“This post is sponsored by Kroger, all opinions are my own.”
My absolute favorite thing when I was a kid (and now when I allow myself to have it) was ramen noodles. The chicken kind please. There is just something that I loved about the taste, and the texture of those noodles! Now, these specific noodles I am talking about are terrible for you, almost no nutritional value. But as I got older and started learning more about food, and different cuisines, I began to wonder about my favorite childhood dish and its origins. I wanted to know about this noodle dish that a good portion of the world enjoys. I decided that I wanted to revamp this noodle dish favorite into something more adult and more nutritious.
The history of Ramen goes back many, many years, but one thing is for sure, many different Asian countries enjoy this dish and put their own spin and variety on it. The dish begins with an unctuous base made of some kind of stock, usually some scallions, miso, kombu (kelp), an egg, and some kind of protein. The soup base is really what gives this dish its amazing flavor and the reason to keep coming back for more. The noodles in Ramen traditionally are handmade in a tradition that goes back many years and is steeped in Asian culture. So, the real question here is how do I create something that is as close to classic Ramen as possible without traveling to Japan? I head to Kroger.
Kroger’s HemisFares brand is awesome when searching for authentic exotic ingredients. They put in time and research their products and import authentic ingredients that are quality. I no longer have to search all over to get the ingredients I need. The ingredients I needed for my Ramen proved to be right at my fingertips at Kroger.
HemisFares Mina Somen thin wheat noodles, Soy Sauce, Aka Miso, really set this dish apart. I found the other ingredients I needed in the produce aisle, and picked up a box of Simple Truth Chicken stock to begin this magnificent soup base.
This dish was the best noodle dish I have ever made. I spent some time as a child in Japan and I really have a love of quality sourced ingredients. HemisFares products really made this dish soar because these are authentic noodles, miso, and soy sauce. Often the most simple of dishes are among the most difficult to make but the tastiest when done properly.
The broth was so flavorful and delicious. I cooked the the broth mixture for about 45 minutes as I wanted all the flavors to marry. While that was cooked I precooked some chicken breast thinly sliced it and hard boiled an egg. When the mixture had cooked about 45 minutes I added in the noodles and turned off the broth. I added some thinly sliced green onions, mushroom, the egg, and the chicken and this was a great meal from start to finish.
1 Tbs of HemisFares Aka Miso
1 package of Mina Somen Thin Wheat Noodles
1 Tbs of HemisFares Soy Sauce
Thinly sliced mushrooms
1 hard boiled egg
1/2 cup of chopped scallions
1 inch knob of grated ginger
1 finely diced onion
3 cloves of garlic diced
1 chicken breast cooked and sliced
4 cups of Simple Truth Chicken Stock
In a sauce pan place the miso, soy, ginger, garlic, chicken stock, onion and simmer for 45 minutes. Bring to a rapid boil and stir in noodles. Remove from heat add in scallions, mushrooms, and cut the egg in half and place in soup. Enjoy!!!