Ramen Junket to Tokyo

One of the best ways to experience a foreign country is to experience it’s great food. To that end, this popped-up in my inbox last week.

NYT GO: RAMEN is NYT GO’s first trial. With the recent global popularity of Ramen, the tour’s first destination is Tokyo. Tokyo is the origin of Ramen. The “mecca” has over 5,000 Ramen shops. The tour is an economical and smart 7 day trip for the busy, creative, and urban youth. With visits to various key points such as the Raumen Museum and other locations with the tour group, you will also have plenty of free time on your designed trip!

I don’t live in New York and I can’t afford a trip to Japan, but this sure sounds like fun. If anyone who reads this blog goes, please let me know, I’d like to post some of your experiences and pics.

Recipe: The Hunger Eradicator

When I was a kid, I used to put Doritos inside sandwiches sometimes, mainly ham sandwiches, but it also works on PB&J. It gives the sandwich a satisfying crunch and a cheesy flavor. I haven’t done this in 25 years, but it I bet it still tastes good. This recipe reminded me of doing that as a kid, although I never mixed the Doritos with tuna. If anyone is brave enough to try this, post a comment on how it tastes.

  • 1 packet ramen, crushed
  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 can of tuna, mostly drained
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 handful doritos, crushed
  • 1 hefty dash of cayenne pepper

While its still in the package, crush ramen noodles to your liking. Open only the end of the package, make sure it stays in good shape for use with the doritos. Throw flavor packet in your cupboard somewhere to use at a later time and dump the crushed noodles into a bowl. Add your water, soy sauce, tuna, lime juice, garlic and honey to the bowl and mix thoroughly. Microwave on high for four minutes. While its in there, take your handful of doritos (maybe 15 chips, 20 at the most) and put them in the empty ramen bag. I use the Sweet & Spicy doritos. Add your cayenne pepper to the bag as well, hold the top closed and crush your chips. After the four minutes is up, remove ramen from the microwave and add crushed dorito mixture. Mix well. Place the bowl back in the microwave for another 1-2 minutes (depending on altitude, as you want it to set like a thick stew as opposed to a soup). Remove, allow a few minutes to cool, and enjoy.

Just a note: If the contents of your bowl looks like lumpy sludge, then you did it right. Don’t look at it, just eat it. Trust me, looks can be deceiving.

Momofuku Noodle Bar Chef David Chang’s New iPad App

Most ramen fans cannot afford an iPad, unless you are forced to eat ramen because you bought one, but for those of you with an iPad, check out this new app from Momofuku Noodle Bar chef David Chang.

…the first app will present an interactive bowl of ramen from his Momofuku Noodle Bar. Clicking the ingredients in the image will reveal about 35 videos, 50 recipes, graphics and other elements.

“We thought the ramen was the best thing to start with,” he said. “Within that soup there’s so many things. We wanted to see how far we could go down that rabbit hole.”

The ramen app will include a tour of a ramen factory in Japan; an interview with Allan Benton, the Tennessee smokehouse master whose bacon is used in the broth; a consultation with Harvard food scientists about Mr. Chang’s efforts to make a pork-based variant of dashi; a talk by Harold McGee (green-screened into outer space) on hot broth’s effects on noodles; and a scrollable time line tracing the rise of ramen in Japan over the last century. There will also be appearances by Wylie Dufresne, Charlie Rose and Anthony Bourdain, and plenty of cooking demonstrations.

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Homemade Ramen Noodles

I’ve posted a link on a way to make ramen noodles at home before, but this one looks different It also includes a lot of details on the process and different variations used to get to the final recipe which is pretty cool. The post here also has some details on the “Science Behind the Noodles” which includes details on alkali water and what impact it has on the final product (similar to brewing beer, in which the water also has a large impact).

Frankly I’m way too lazy to do this myself, but if any of you try it, let me know.