August 1, 2013

Japanese Dipping Noodles - Tsukemen

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I got hungry for ramen, particularly tsukemen, while watching The Mind of a Chef on Netflix streaming. Who wouldn't be? I searched online for recipes, combined them, and made my own dipping ramen at home. I cooked a portion of Chinese-style fresh egg noodles and a small bundle of Japanese dried egg noodles. The dipping sauce is supposed to be thick, oily, salty, and sweet and should cling to the cold noodles. I had it with a boiled egg, thinly sliced pork belly, fish cake, and pickled seaweed. This dish is truly delicious and perfect to have during hot summer days.

for a little heat and extra flavor, I added a teaspoon of sansho spice powder, a combination of red chili, sansho pepper, white and black sesame seed, and seaweed

Japanese Dipping Noodles (Tsukemen)
serves 1
1 bundle fresh Chinese-style egg noodles

dipping sauce
2 tablespoons light olive oil
2 scallions, chopped
4 thin slices pork belly
2 fresh shiitake, sliced
1½ cups gelatinous chicken or pork broth
2 tablespoons mirin
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon sugar
1 small packet shaved bonito, divided
1 small skin-on garlic clove, smashed
half inch fresh ginger, smashed
1 tablespoon sesame seed oil
1 teaspoon vinegar
  • In a medium saucepan, heat oil and add scallions and pork. Cook until pork is lightly browned. Add shiitake, saute for 1 minute then add broth, mirin, soy sauce, sugar, half of shaved bonito, garlic, and fresh ginger. 
  • Let come to a boil; simmer uncovered for 5 minutes. Remove and discard garlic and ginger. Remove pork and mushrooms; transfer onto a serving plate. Add sesame seed oil and vinegar to the dipping sauce and simmer for 1 minute. Transfer into a bowl; top with the remaining shaved bonito. 
  • Cook noodles according to package directions. Rinse under cold running water until all the starch is removed. Transfer into a bowl. Serve with the reserved pork belly and shiitake, boiled egg, fish cakes, shaved cucumbers, or steamed vegetables of your choice. Enjoy!


Winnie said...

It looks great!
I'd really like to try cooking noodles like yours and soon(!), although without the meat/chicken

Kim, USA said...

This is good and is easy to prepare thanks for sharing!


Iska said...

This sounds fantastic and definitely my type of noodles :-)

maiylah said...

oh yummm! would love to try this! bookmarked!

thank you so much for sharing and linking over at Food Friday, Ms. Oggi

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