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Both the boyfriend and I am pretty interested in Japan. Music, manga and of course the deyummylicious cooking.

So, the other day we decided to create a nourishing, filling japanese specialty? Sushi? Pfft, sushi is so last year when we made a huge batch to feed our friends and the pieces kinda fell apart, no, we were going to make ramen!

Ramen in Japan doesn't always mean the instant packs. It began as a very nice soup, created from the meeting of the chinese and japanese kitchen. Served in huge bowls and very tasty on a cold rainy day






Our shoyu ramen contained:
Ramen noodles, duh
Chicken and soy broth
Leeks
Nori You should not use the sushi kind. We did and it tasted funky
Bamboo shots
Ginger
Spinach
Egg
Pork

It was very good, even if we had to improvise a bit with the bowls.

However, I must admit that we failed with the meat despite following the instructions (which we had, admittedly, just googled) While good, the meat didn't taste at all what I've eaten in restaurants, so I wonder if anyone has any idea what kind it is? We basically took the bacony bits and hoped for the best but that was far to hard.




One unrelated question - Are you familiar with the flat, frying pan baked indian breads? We've tried to make chapti (no yeast, they become very hard) and what the recipe called naan (tasted more or less like regular white bread, was oven baked) and we can't hit the right thing. It's a delicious bread, so if you have the name and even better know how to make them, please share!
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On May 31st, 2006 09:21 pm (UTC), yagathai commented:
Paratha?
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On May 31st, 2006 09:21 pm (UTC), yagathai commented:
Roti?
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On May 31st, 2006 09:22 pm (UTC), dancing_moon replied:
thanks ^_^
Could you please describe them a bit? *starts googling meanwhile*
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On May 31st, 2006 09:27 pm (UTC), yagathai replied:
Re: thanks ^_^
Paratha is pan-fried bread, often slightly greasy, sometimes served stuffed with a variety of savories. Roti is similar, but thinner and more tortilla-like.
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On May 31st, 2006 09:28 pm (UTC), yagathai replied:
Re: thanks ^_^
Oh, and the naan that I know is traditionally oven-baked, but dissimilar to white bread in both flavour and texture.
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On May 31st, 2006 09:30 pm (UTC), dancing_moon replied:
Re: thanks ^_^
I think Roti is what we were aiming for.

Well, it reminded me mostly of hungarian langos, but didn't taste all that spectacular. The recipe book we took it from isn't very true-to-origins tho, so that may have influenced it.
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On May 31st, 2006 09:31 pm (UTC), yagathai replied:
Re: thanks ^_^
Oh, then you also have your kulcha and your chapati. Also, puri (aka poori), but that's very distinctive as being all puffy, and so probably not what you want.
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On May 31st, 2006 11:46 pm (UTC), saltedpin commented:
Mmmm, I've never tried to make my own ramen. Yours looks delicious, though -- I will have to try it now that I've some time to cook properly :D
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On May 31st, 2006 11:48 pm (UTC), saltedpin replied:
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Roti or chapati would be my first guesses re the Indian bread. In my experience naans taste a little different from regular white bread, but I usually order garlic ones ;)
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On June 1st, 2006 09:24 am (UTC), dancing_moon replied:
It's not that hard actually, though it demands a lot of pots and pans ^^ Of course, we cheated a little with the soup stock, you are supposed to boil chicken bones for a couple of hours... We used the better kind of concentrated chicken broth from the store.
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On June 1st, 2006 12:11 am (UTC), dienacht commented:
Mmmm ramen. Since being friends with two Asian-Canadian girls, I have tried every vareity of Japanese food there is, and man is it all awesome. In Oz you mainly get sushi and that's it. But China Town here in London produces some damn fine ramen and rice dishes. Mmmmm!
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On June 1st, 2006 09:21 am (UTC), dancing_moon replied:
Yes, I am so happy that we have on ramen place in this city.
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