spicy pork ramen
Mmm. There is just something so good about eating ramen for dinner. This time of the year it is such a nice meal to come home to work from, as it warms up your body and really is soul food. When we told a friend of ours we had tried a new ramen recipe, their first response was: "Isn't it hard to make?" We were so pleased to share that it is actually quite an easy meal - perfect for a quick, simple dinner on a busy evening. Whether you like it extra spicy like we do, or not, once you have the base made, you can add just about any vegetable or meat you'd like. We love how versatile it is and just how comforting this dish is.
2 boneless pork chops or small pork tenderloin
6 garlic cloves
3 tbsp Sriracha sauce
1 small piece of ginger
2 medium yellow onions
2 packets of raw ramen noodles
2/3 tbsp red chili flakes
1 ½ tbsp soy sauce
4 cups of chicken broth (but you could use beef too)
3 stalks of bok choy
2 stalks of green onion
2 hard boiled eggs (optional)
- PREP THE PORK. Preheat the oven to 350° F. In a medium bowl, mix together 3 cloves of minced garlic, a drizzle of olive oil, 1 tbsp salt, 1 ½ tbsp of cracked pepper, half of the red chili flakes, and 1 tbsp of Sriracha. Coat the pork in the paste and put in the oven for 20-30 minutes, or until the meat is cooked through and the juices run clear.
- PREP THE REST. Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil. Once boiling, remove the pot from the heat momentary to gently lower the eggs in. Once all the eggs are in, return the pot to the element and simmer for 5-6 minutes. As the eggs boil, slice two thin pieces of ginger and all the garlic. Dice the yellow onion and chop the green onions. Cut off the very end of the bok choy.
- BOIL THE NOODLES. When the eggs are done, place them in a bowl of cold water and let sit for a couple minutes to cool down. Return the same pot to the stove, this time adding the soy sauce, broth, ginger, garlic, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Cover and let the mixture simmer on low heat for about 15 minutes while the pork finishes cooking. Once you have added all the ingredients, remove the egg from the water and gently peel off the shells. Then cut them in half.
- CUT THE PORK. When the pork is cooked, remove it from the oven and let sit for 1-2 minutes. During that time, add the ramen noodles and let simmer for about 5 minutes, or until the noodles are soft. Slice the beef into strips, and then add the bok choy and half of the green onions into the broth for about 1-2 more minutes.
- FINISH & ENJOY. Divide the ramen noodles and broth into bowls, placing the sliced pork and soft boiled eggs on top. Sprinkle the remaining green onions on top, as well as a dab of Sriracha sauce. Enjoy!
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