Miso Ramen

Charsiu MIso Ramen
Miso Ramen with Vegetables. Ant Photography/Moment/Getty Images
  • 30 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: 2 servings
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Miso Ramen is a Japanese noodle soup with a broth seasoned with miso and served with a variety of vegetables and garnishes. The miso broth recipe for this dish is made from the chicken base, ground pork, and vegetables, while the noodles are fresh, pre-made chyuka-men style Chinese noodles that cook quickly and taste quite good.

Some garnishes you may want to offer alongside the ramen include chopped green onion, hard boiled egg (or soy sauce egg also known as shoyu tamago), fish cake (kamaboko) slices, roasted white sesame seeds, pickled bamboo shoots (menma), kikurage wood ear mushrooms and boiled spinach. 

What You'll Need

  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • teaspoon ginger (fresh, minced)
  • 2-ounce ground pork
  • 5-ounce bean sprouts (rinsed)
  • 4-ounce cabbage (chopped)
  • 2-ounce​ carrot (cut into thin strips)
  • 4 cups warm water
  • 2 teaspoon chicken bouillon powder (or substitute with chicken base)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 4 tablespoons miso paste (try awase miso which is a mix of red and white miso, or white miso)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 pkg. chyuka-men Chinese style ramen noodles (fresh is preferred over dried, but either will work)
  • 2 cups water for boiling noodles

How to Make It

  1. Heat canola oil in a large deep skillet or a wok over medium-high heat. Add minced ginger and garlic to the skillet and saute pork on medium heat until done.
  2. To the skillet with meat, add carrot, bean sprouts, and cabbage and saute together for a few minutes until vegetables are tender.
  3. Pour warm water into the skillet. Season with chicken bouillon powder or chicken base, sugar, and soy sauce and bring the soup to a boil. Turn down the heat to low, and melt miso in the soup. Add sesame oil last, and then turn off heat.  
  1. In the meantime, prepare the noodles. Boil water in a large pot. Put Chuka-men noodles into the boiling water and cook for a few minutes, until the noodles are al dente, or reach your desired firmness. Drain the noodles well and serve into two deep soup noodle bowls.
  2. Pour the hot miso soup mixture with pork and vegetables over the noodles.
  3. Add optional garnishes from the list above.

Recipe Tips:

  1. Substitute ground pork with ready made, thinly sliced charsiu pork from the deli section of your local Japanese or Asian market. Other types of ground meat also work, for example, ground chicken, ground turkey, etc. If you like shredded chicken, this may be used as well.
  2. For the miso paste, try white miso, or "awase" miso which is a mixture of red and white miso paste.
  3. If a Japanese or other Asian grocery store is not available to you, try substituting the fresh chyuka-men noodles with the dried noodles for making instant ramen. If you opt to use these dried noodles for this recipe, please remember to toss out the seasoned soup base enclosed with the dried noodles so you can make your delicious miso broth!

Article Edited by Judy Ung