Bamboo and Mushroom Ramen

Bamboo and Mushroom Ramen

Ramen, quite understandably, has become inseparable from Japanese cuisine. And the dish is quickly gaining ground in Britain, with ramen restaurants opening their doors frequently. Quick and satisfying, this recipe for Bamboo and Mushroom Ramen encapsulates what has made this noodle soup so ubiquitous in its country of origin.

My current obsession with ramen began when the, now successful, Sticks’n’Broth opened its doors on Baldwin Street in Bristol. Styled as a sort of fashionable street food restaurant, the ramen served at the establishment is phenomenal.

Recipe for Bamboo and Mushroom Ramen

Having said that, making ramen at home is so quick and easy to get right that heading out to eat it isn’t necessary. It’s simply a case of brewing up a delicious broth with stock and a few added ingredients, stir frying some vegetables and serving it all with an egg and noodles.

What you put in your ramen is up to you. I had a bowl recently that was topped with a whole leg of confit duck. Though that’s not exactly frugal. But my bamboo and mushroom ramen certainly is.

Vegetable-based ramen, when prepared correctly, can be as delicious and filling as any meat-based ramen. It’s all about the broth; if your broth is flavourful and well-considered, you’ll end up with a satisfying and moreish bowl.

For a quicker ramen-esque recipe, check out my Noodle Broth, or for something meaty my recipe for Tom Kha Gai is a real winner…

Bamboo & Mushroom Ramen

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 150g dried noodles, egg or wheat
  • 1 large leek, finely sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 dried red chillies
  • 1 litre chicken or vegetable stock
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 125g chestnut mushrooms, sliced
  • 225g bamboo shoots
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 100g pak choi
  • 50g beansprouts
  • 2 spring onions, finely sliced

Method:

  1. Take a large saucepan and cook off the leek and garlic in 1 tablespoon of sunflower oil. Once the leek is starting to caramelise add the bay leaves and dried red chillies.
  2. After a minute tip in the stock and bring to a gentle simmer. Allow the flavours to infuse for at least 15 minutes (lid on).
  3. Meanwhile, heat the remaining sunflower oil in a wok until smoking. Tip in the bamboo and mushrooms and stir fry for 2 minutes. Drizzle with the sesame oil and set aside.
  4. Put your eggs on to boil in a smaller saucepan. Once boiling they’ll need exactly 5 minutes.
  5. While the eggs are boiling, strain the prepared broth to remove the leek, chillies and bay leaves. Return it to the stove and add the noodles. Season with the soy sauce.
  6. Just before the eggs are ready add the mushrooms and the bamboo to the broth. Transfer into two bowls.
  7. Peel the eggs and slice in two. Place face up in the ramen and garnish with the pak choi, beansprouts and sliced spring onions. Serve with optional soy sauce.

How To Make Ramen Recipe for Noodle Ramen

Cost: Though ramen gives the impression of being rather an indulgent, expensive dish with a bit of everything, it can be prepared without too much expense.

Using inexpensive vegetables like mushrooms and bamboo, this bowl of ramen can be served up for as little as £3.60.

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20 comments on “Bamboo and Mushroom Ramen

  1. cookinginsens
    January 22, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    I just saw another bowl of ramen! Yours looks gorgeous. I especially like the picture with the pak choy.

    • frugalfeeding
      January 25, 2015 at 4:25 pm

      Thank you, Rosemary – glad it inspired too!

  2. Our Growing Paynes
    January 22, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    Too funny. I posted a ramen today as well! Aren’t they great soups?

  3. amcarmen
    January 23, 2015 at 11:59 am

    That looks delicious! Love the shot of the pak choy standing up from the bowl 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      January 25, 2015 at 4:24 pm

      Thank you! Yes, I really wanted to capture how tall it was 🙂

  4. Misky
    January 23, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    Just made this. Very nice winter warmer.

  5. danyandy
    January 23, 2015 at 11:45 pm

    great looking noodles 🙂

  6. tiefsa
    January 24, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    I always love beansprouts in any noodle dish.

  7. saraheatsboston
    January 24, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    I LOVE Japanese food and love ramen! I’ll have to try this sometime at home. I always loved eating the pak choi when eating hot pot- had no idea that’s what it was called! Thanks for posting!

    • frugalfeeding
      January 25, 2015 at 4:28 pm

      Please do. I’m not actually a huge fan of pak choi, but my girlfriend loves it.

  8. Stephanie
    January 27, 2015 at 7:07 am

    This looks SO good. The egg is perfectly cooked!

    • frugalfeeding
      January 27, 2015 at 10:48 pm

      Thank you – 5 minutes exactly, unless you’re wanting to dip of course!

  9. emmaeatsitalian
    February 10, 2015 at 10:22 am

    Love ramen, thanks for sharing this, looks great!

    • frugalfeeding
      February 17, 2015 at 1:12 pm

      My pleasure. Me too; and it’s great to be able to make it at home.

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