Ramen at home - Sun Noodle Ramen Kits
Far as I'm concerned, it's always a good time for ramen and noodles in piping hot broth. But now that it's getting chillier, it's an even better time for it. Last Saturday while stocking up on my Asian pantry necessities at K&S Market on Charlotte, I was thrilled to find Sun Noodle ramen noodles. Not only that, these were their flavor kits
This is real ramen. Sun Noodle Co., based in the US, is the company that supplies most good ramen restaurants in the country (including Nashville) with their noodles.
I bought three flavors and the one I made tonight that I'm sharing with you is the Tan Tan Ramen: Spicy Sesame Seed flavor. The packs come with enough for two people (or four if you want to split it even further because the portion size is pretty large).
The instructions say to cook the noodles in boiling water, untangling the noodles till they're loose, then dunk into a cold water bath before draining and adding to the broth. As for the broth you add hot water to it and mix it up a bit and it looks JUST like it would if you ordered it at the restaurant - nice, rich, thick and fragrant. The toppings are up to you.
If you'd like to add an egg, here is how I cooked mine for a slightly runny yolk.
- Boil water
- Use a thumbtack and very gently poke a tiny hole into one end of the egg, being very very careful not to break the membrane, just enough to put a hole in the shell.
- Carefully drop the egg/s into the water when it's at a rapid boil and turn the heat down to medium
- Boil for 4 - 6 minutes. The longer you boil it, the more cooked the yolk's going to get so if you'd rather it have a fudgier texture, leave for 6 minutes.
- Remove the eggs from the water and put them into an ice water bath immediately. Let them sit in there while you cook the noodles and boil water for the broth.
- Peel the eggs and slice in half.
The broth tasted as lovely as it smelled, and it was no surprise that the noodles had really really good texture. If you're wondering if it's as good as it would be if you went to an actual Ramen place or a Japanese restaurant? Not quite. BUT, for a home-cooked meal? It's pretty damn fantastic. 10/10 will buy and cook again.