It's kind of a new category for us, a RAMEN SOUP BASE, what???
You read that right. Kier and I are huge Ramen (and Ramyeon) fans, our favourite is the Nong-Shim Spicy Ramen probably but there are many instant noodles we love... We love them so much we wanted to just have a whole shaker of that delicious powder that comes with them! So we made our own.
Our soup base powder is umami, satisfying, salty, ginger-y and has a little kick. It's not as spicy as the ones we usually have in order to be more accessible for those of you that don't want their mouth to fall off on the daily - you can of course always add chilli flakes or some hot sauce to make it spicier. The beauty is also in the fact that you can make your broth as concentrated or weak as you like. It contains a whole bunch of Japanese white miso powder, soy sauce powder, wakame, gochugaru and more!
How do you use it? Easy!
Bring 500ml (or 250ml if you only want a small bowl) of water to a simmer and add 4 (or 2 for the small bowl) teaspoons of Ramen Soup Mix, stir and let simmer for 5 minutes. That's the base broth done!
But honestly, we always add stuff to instant ramen, so we recommend you try some of the following:
- Dash of sesame oil
- Some cut up pak choy
- Mushrooms (shiitake, chestnut, enoki for example - most Asian markets have an awesome variety)
- Egg (you can drop it in raw and it will cook in 2-3 mins, but you can also top your finished soup with a fried egg or a boiled one)
- Sprinkle of spring onion
- A cheese single (you know, those ones that comes individually wrapped. It may sound strange at first, but it's very popular to do in Korea and makes the broth more creamy so I'd really recommend you try it! - you can also add a dash of soy milk/cream)
- Peanut butter - think satay with this one
It works amazing paired with ramen noodles, udon or rice noodles. You can find those in Asian supermarkets but failing that Tesco, Sainsburys and all of those usually also have a small selection of dried Asian-style noodles. We always have a stash of them in our house - our favourite ones are actually frozen ones from our local Asian market. Yum. Cook your noodles to packet direction, drain and add to the bowl first. Then top with the broth and your add-ons. Sprinkle some sesame if you like and bam, full on meal right there.
We made sure we packaged this product in a 100g shaker so you get many uses out of it.
But that's not the only way you can use it! It's basically just an amazing umami seasoning, so sprinkle it on your stir fry whilst cooking, add it on eggs, popcorn or make a crazy good marinade by mixing some into sesame oil to create a glaze-like consistency and apply to tofu or meats. We packed it full of miso so it's super savoury and flavourful.
We really hope you'll love it, let us know how you use it :)
Our Ramen Soup Base & Seasoning contains MSG. Read more about what MSG is here (spoiler: It's awesome.)