I was recently inspired to try a new dish. I watched the The Ramen Girl staring Brittney Murphy and it got me really wanting the soup. So I did a little research and found out that ramen is not all that hard to make (or so I thought.) I planned to make some and found that I would have to go to a specialty market to get almost all of my ingredients. The nearest Asian Market is about an hour away, so I knew I would not be making this during the week.
As my husband pulled into the market it was unlike anything I had ever seen! There were only a few items that I could identify, most of the packaging was not in English, and I was experiencing a combination of awe and culture shock. I thought about leaving and just hitting up a Chinese restaurant on the way home just so that I didn't have to ask for help (that sounds stupid, but it was where I was at), my husband had other plans, and went to get the store clerk. We got all of our ingredients and headed home.
I started making my dashi (broth) right away. I soaked my mushrooms and got out my benito flakes and I totally chickened out. I wasn't putting fish flakes in my soup, and it was an entirely too long of a process to make the stock from them. So I made a chicken and Shiittake broth instead (I still don't know what I am going to use the fish flakes for!) My husband and I each did a batch of noodles. I have to say making the dough was easy, but cutting them was nuts. I could not cut them thin enough, and I couldn't get the dough to go through my pasta roller (it's going back.) The next time I do it, I am buying soba noodles. They will be a lot lighter and they will be so much quicker.
What it's supposed to look like.
|Photo Courtesy of Tasty Island Hawaii|
|What it is not supposed to look like.|
|Photo courtesy of Fan Pop|
|Photo courtesy of my camera, he he|
Get out there and try something new, Happy Cooking!