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How to make REAL Japanese ramen from scratch

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As a person living in Japan, I feel sad at how ramen is treated in the west. It is considered the epitome of junk food; a greasy, carcinogenic mess, lacking in any nutrients whatsoever and only to be eaten as a last resort or as a college student...
Here in its home country, ramen is, if not the healthiest thing around, at least something that you can eat every day and not get sick. And of course, the taste is incomparable.

This recipe will teach you how to make true ramen from scratch, with little more cost than a instant ramen packet (depending on what you do for the soup). It does take some extra effort, but if you enjoy cooking and know how to knead things, it should be fine!
 
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Step 1: Gather your ingredients

You will need:
3/4 Cups Flour (see below)
1 egg
~3/4 tsp salt (or to taste)
~1 tbsp water (depending on flour and humidity)

In Japan, we do not have all-purpose flour, only low gluten and high gluten flours, which we have to mix. If you do have easy access to these flours, you should mix about 1 part low gluten to 2 parts high gluten. Otherwise, just use all-purpose flour. It's not vital to the noodles.

This dough doubles or even quadruples very well, although the dough becomes harder to knead.

Step 3: Knead that dough.

Once your ingredients are somewhat combined, dump the stuff onto your CLEAN counter and start kneading. It should be a little stiffer than bread dough.
The dough is ready when your hands become fairly clean and the dough does not stick as much anymore (and when your forearms are sore). When it is the right consistency, you should be able to lift your hand and the dough should fall off after about a second.
If it's too sticky, add some flour and knead it in. If it doesn't stick at all, add some water a few DROPS at a time.
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My younger brother is 11, and just like me he adores watching anime and learning about the Japanese culture as a whole: today he was super bored and I suggested we make ramen! the noodles came out to be a bit thick but we had a lot of good flavor and plenty of vegetables and overall had a lot of fun kneading the dough,( he ended up teaching me more about that than I did him!) This is a great idea for the kids but can get a little bit messy. We ended up making quite a bit too much so I may update on how long the noodles last, but thank you for this recipe!

I have made my own pasta noodles for some time, and have never used semolina, and they taste great. I used my spaghetti nests I recently made with Pamelas Artisan Flour (GF rice flour) and basically the same porportions as mentioned here, only I mixed in stand mixer and cut with pasta attachemnt, and it was great.

tgvoss27 days ago

Have you tried using Kansui?

I KNEW this could be done from scratch. This is very similar to how my Mom taught me to make home made noodles, we just don't knead it as much and cut it thicker, more like dumplings than long noodles. Thanks for sharing!
williamrlazenby made it!1 month ago

Great tutorial! The technique of folding the dough to cut it was awesome. I have read multiple how-to's on making pasta and not one ever mentions that!

I made a pork, onion, and brussel sprout ramen. It was tasty!

Thank you!

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as far as broth, it's easy. eat some meat. chicken, or preferably pork(i like pork broth ramen). meat with bones. eat the meat, keep the bones. For pork broth, could maybe use pork chops, but pork ribs, or something with a bone (hell... just go to a butcher and get a ham bone) and add few cups of water, rough chop onion, maybe some garlic, salt pepper, butter and let it warm. you kinda want it to sit at just below boiling for as long as possible. breaking the bones will let more marrow out into the stock, when done, strain off the solids... can freeze stock in tupper ware, or keep in jars in the fridge(maybe a week) --i find making the noodles much more impressive. stocks/broth are a cinch. all you need is a bit of time.

MichaelC241 month ago

This is basically just homemade egg noodles, but bonus points for being good and thorough instructions, better than the egg noodle recipe I've been using.

But to make it really authentic-tasting, don't forget the MSG! ;-)

This. is. AMAZING. Thank you!

PriyaA12 months ago

is there substitute for eggs??

SophiaL2 PriyaA12 months ago

You can use the method with kansui/lye water/梘水 instead of eggs.

The recipe would be: 2 cups bread flour, 1/2 cup warm water, 1 tsp kansui.

Flax seed and water together will give you the egg substitute you need. I think it is a 1 to 1 ratio with water to flax seed. Stir and let sit for 5 minutes then add to your mixture.

"Vegans know best"

I wish I could print the instructions out. I really want to make this. I love soup and I love noodles and I'm always jealous of Anthony Bourdain eating all the good ramen in Japan!

In Russia, Siberia we call it :"lapsha" with the accent on the second syllable.

JemsF3 months ago

Thank you so much for this! I've been wanting to learn this especially now that I'm married! ^___^

davidbarcomb3 months ago

Great tutorial. I would definitely try this!

VanMeterDr3 months ago

Thanks very much for the recipe, I made it last night and it was delicious. I had a couple of notes from my experience which may help out:

- this recipe serves two roughly 6 ounce servings worth of noodles, you will want to double if you are serving more than two people

- if you are using stock, you should boil the noodles in plain water and then transfer them to a pot with the stock and any other vegetables / meat.

I also was too lazy to prepare the pork shoulder, but I did add unpasteurized Miso, shitakke mushrooms, nori and scallions. The scallions I added during cooking as well as for a topping when serving.

veryverybary3 months ago

Ive always enjoyed the come in a pack Ramen but have been making my own pasta for some time. I decided to see how the Ramen noodle was made and low and behold, the same for the most part except in Italy I think it would be called Pasta in Brodo (broth). Reading the Ramen recipes here I see they some I'm sure going to try. I would go so far to suggest if your a noodle lover to read "The New Complete Book of Pasta" by Maria and Jack Scott. Its 448 pages of Pasta and the art of and now realizing what Ramen is all about what a blend of fine dining this could be. They go into great detail in making your Pasta and Im sure it would add to the Ramen noodle.

MENEATER4 months ago

Japanese foods looks attractive and so nice, you know. Look at here... for example, though.

http://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1329/A132904/13171454/

skshockley4 months ago

And what's so bad about adding cheese sauce to make cheese noodles? I've seen people on animes eat cheese noodles.

MarleneT14 months ago

I think the most important thing about cooking ramen noodles is to cook them with baking soda as they do in the restaurants. Salt will not produce the springy texture. Also I do a pork stock with a smoked ham hock, or add a smoked ham hock to my homemade other stocks and also add kombu and fish flakes for authenticity.

So, how is this different from regular egg noodles, aside from it being in broth instead of spaghetti sauce?

Totally different. These are noodles, spaghetti is pasta and it's made with semolina flour, will usually also have eggs and some water, but some oil in the dough as well. Taste and texture are not the same at all. I am not sure I'd like those noodles here with spaghetti sauce, like tomato base sauce.

StevenR2 Benmo695 months ago

No, that recipe is exactly the same as Italian fresh pasta. Semolina (which is just a part of a type of wheat anyway) is only used in some pastas in Italy, mostly the kinds that are dried and those from southern Italy. This recipe is exactly the same as for some home-made pasta from northern Italy.

I agree with you Steven, this is pasta dough, what makes REAL Japanese Ramen noodles is alkaline.

yea, I looked at the recipe and went almost the same as the egg noodles I have been making for years. except I have never kneaded them. And rational for my egg noodles is 2c flour to 5 eggs

i have not tried my own noodles yet... i LOVE ramen soup, grew up eating the top ramen brand, the little noodle brick in plastic wrapper, not in styrofoam (extra toxic) and have always added good veggies etc. now as an adult and trying to avoid salt and chemicals i have been making my own chicken stock. i make a very rich stock from roast chicken carcass in my crock pot, with the normal veggies and some herbs. to that stock when i make ramen soup i add at least an equal part water, a couple dashes of onion powder, a dash of garlic powder, a dash of black pepper, a pinch of dried oregano, a pinch of dried basil and a pinch of dried parsley and a few drops of sesame oil. this makes the absolute best version of the instant noodles, i can't wait to try making my own.

carleton.fisk.7 made it!4 months ago

Super easy. My broth flavor came out perfect but a little to hot. I enjoyed it was a little toasty for my wife. Thanks for the info, I'll be making this all the time now.

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How do you store them? How long can they be stored? Can I freeze them?

What you show us is nothing else then what we are doing in Europe called Spätzle, Knöpfli, Gnocchi or Pizzocheri when spinach is added, we make em fresh or buy em made fresh and not deshydrated using GMO free fresh products, seems it has absolutely nothing in common with the Ramen from which the article warns us as harmful for consumption.

gezkigibel4 months ago

Hi! I made this recipe, actually today is the fourth time I make it and I love it! Thank you for sharing it... I just wanted to add that the reason ramen gets such bad rep is because of the instant ramen noodles, which are so popular but so bad for you.

DougB35 months ago

Thanks a bunch! I love making my own noodles but I realize now the issue I've been having is not adding extra flour and folding the dough over, and not flouring them again before boiling them.

Sure we eat the crappy dried stuff, but we KNOW it's not real ramen. When I was in college, my friends and I went out of our way to avoid the packages stuff. Most of us would find all the legit Ramen shops in Japan Town, San Jose, or SF. Good recipe! I hope to find a good broth recipe here as well. Then next, Pho!

Benmo695 months ago

Thanks! I made them twice so far, love it! Second time I wanted to make noodle chicken soup, I try adding a little bit of onion powder and it turned out great. So I put the same amount of salt, but just added maybe 1/4 tsp of onion powder. With a good commercial chicken broth (no time today for homemade broth) and a touch of soy sauce, those noodles are just perfect!

Thanks!

It is a lot of work but then again with a new article I saw on how the prepacked stuff is preserved with a chemical they found causes heart disease and other problems this is timely, I have a member of the family with renal disease that can't take a lot of salt, (usually toss out the "flavor pkt" on the instant stuff and add my own veggies and no salt seasoning because of that) Do you think a Potassium Chloride salt substitute would work in the recipe?

This is exactly why i looked up this recipe! yea if we are doing ramen in this house, It's with real noodles not plastic.

shanneenekpop6 months ago

I'm so used to ramen looking nice, and having everything in place. The picture you featured with the vegetables mixed in, doesn't look appealing at all, I'm sorry to say. The vegetables look really soggy. And the white stuff over it? Is that egg? I like to eat the eggs first, it doesn't look nice mixed up with the vegetables like that. I'm sure it tastes great, but without the appealing look, it just doesn't work for me. But thanks for sharing the recipe though. :)

Perhaps you ought to check Google Images for a few representative pictures? You might find that your idea of ramen appeal is the exception and not the rule...

Nhat-VietP5 months ago

It's sad that INSTANT ramen is assumed to represent FRESH/homemade ramen. But logically, shouldn't instant ANYTHING naturally be kept separate from the slow versions?

It's also sad how "bukkake udon" carries a certain connotation...

balbers26 months ago

i love it, i just made some. i'll be making this again. thank you! :)

joscie6 months ago

this looks good! I for my soup I like soy sauce, a little dashi and a little sugar. super yum!

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