Shiitake Mushroom and Tofu Ramen

We’re avid fans of Ryen Lung and his adorable corgi Gatsby on YouTube, and Ryen has recently posted videos where he cooks ramen dishes. So this inspired us to try this ramen recipe from the Homemade By You website. Unfortunately, I wish I hadn’t bothered.

The recipe begins well and all good stuff is going into this – mirin, soy sauce, chilli, garlic, ginger, kombu, peppercorns… but the amount of hassle and faff involved was incredibly frustrating. Cook this and set to one side. Now cook these other things. Now strain them. Now cook something else… marinade something else… it seemed to take forever and use almost every pot, pan and utensil in the kitchen.

On top of that I had some… incidents like my soba noodles not being properly immersed in the water so their tips didn’t cook, and my mushrooms turning out weirdly chewy. It was also a bit galling to use lovely porcini mushrooms and then have t o throw them away. On top of all that, I found the tofu a bit bland (first time I’ve cooked with it, actually).

So not an overwhelming success. But it looked pretty, and the broth itself was very very tasty. We won’t be cooking this one again though…