Introduction: Ramen Burger
Making a ramen burger is easy, and the unusual noodle-y bun is sure to confuse and delight your taste buds; and your friends! The noodles are soft with great texture, and just like regular ramen noodles these noodle "buns" can be seasoned any way you like.
Keizo Shimamoto created the ramen burger and shares all his ramen adventures on his blog. When he debuted the burger this year at a food fair in Brooklyn, NY people waited hours in long lineups for his original, noodle-y, twist on the classic burger. Now you can make your own ramen burger at home!
All you need to make your own ramen burger buns are a pack of ramen noodles and an egg.
1 pack of ramen nooodles makes 4 "buns".
Let's make a ramen burger!
Open 1 package of ramen noodles and set included soup power aside.
Place noodles into pot of boiling water, remove from heat and let soak for about 2 minutes. Strain water and let noodles cool completely, about 5-10 minutes.
Step 2: Mix in Egg and Beef Base
Once the noodles have cooled, crack an egg into the noodles and sprinkle in the soup powder. Gently mix until completely combined.
Step 3: Forming the Buns
To form the buns line any small round-bottomed dish with plastic food wrap. I used small disposable baking tins, but coffee cups or bowls without much taper also work well.
Line the containers with plastic food wrap and scoop in a portion of noodles, then fold the plastic wrap over the noodle. I was able to stack my tins, and weighed them down with a large glass jar. The added weight from the jar will compress the noodles and help them keep a puck-like shape.
Place the noodles and weight into the fridge for about 30 minutes.
Step 4: Cook Buns
Set your range to high and heat up a frying pan.
Add a drop of olive oil, then invert your noodle container into the frying pan. Let noodles cook for about 5-7 minutes and then carefully flip with a spatula. If your noodle puck is breaking apart allow to cook for another minute.
Allow your noodles to cook the egg completely and get a nice golden brown colour.
Don’t worry if your first noodle bun doesn’t turn out, it can take a few tries to get the buns to cook right. Practice makes perfect!
Step 5: Assemble Burger
The official recipe calls for green onion, arugula and soy sauce, but I went the classic bacon cheeseburger. Make your burger to suit your taste.
Eating a ramen burger is an experience.
The pan-fried noodle bun is crunchy on the outside, deliciously tender in the middle, and the perfect addition to any hamburger. The power soup base makes the noodles a little salty, and the beef flavour of the broth compliments my all beef hamburger patty.
The texture is a little odd at first, but decidedly good. I promise you won't be disappointed with this burger.
Have you made your own ramen burger? I want to see it!
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