I love ramen. No, not the stuff in the styrofoam cup. Way too high in sodium! Since sodium is not my friend and there are no good noodle shops in our area, I set out to make my own. This recipe was my best attempt by far.
Most of the ingredients can be found in the asian section of your grocery store. Mirin, sesame oil, low sodium soy sauce, black sesame seeds, and ramen noodles. The scallions and baby corn can usually be found in the produce section. If your store doesn’t have fresh baby corn, you can probably find canned baby corn. If you use canned make sure to rinse and strain it so you don’t get the added sodium. You will also need four cups of broth, I used chicken but vegetable would work nicely as well.
I was lucky and found these beautiful scallops at my local grocery store as well. If not, a fish market would have them. A good quality frozen scallop, shrimp or sliced tuna would also work.
In a four quart stock pot over medium-low heat, combine four cups of stock, two cups of water, four tablespoons of mirin, two tablespoons of low sodium soy sauce and Maldon to taste. Simmer while preparing the remainder of the dish.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add in four bundles of ramen. Cook four minutes, rinse with cold water and drain.
Heat one tablespoon of sesame oil over medium-high heat and toss in a quarter cup or so of black sesame seeds. Toast a few minutes to release the flavor and remove from heat.
Heat another tablespoon of sesame oil in a second skillet over medium-high heat. Slice the scallions and saute them for three minutes until they begin to get tender.
Clean, dry and cut the scallops in half. Add the scallops and the baby corn to the skillet with the scallions. Saute two to three minutes, then add in a tablespoon of butter, a tablespoon of mirin and a tablespoon of low sodium soy sauce. Simmer for a minute or two to combine the flavors.
Next, to build the perfect bowl of ramen! Add some noodles to your bowl.
Next a scoop or two of the broth.
Add some of the scallops, baby corn and scallions.
Sprinkle with some of the toasted black sesame seeds.
Don’t forget to pick up a bottle of your favorite sake or plum wine!
Finally the perfect meal is complete! My hubby said this was the best ramen he had ever had, even better than the noodle shops!