Ramen for a Rainy Day
Ramen for a Rainy Day
A cold rainy winter conjures up cozy thoughts: ugg boots, an open fire, sharing endless cups of tea with friends and family, and of course warm nourishing foods.
These last few weeks I’ve been staving off the cold by cooking my way through soup made from just about every vegetable. We are part of an organic buying coop so basically I was making soups using whatever came in our latest delivery. In just one week I had made and sampled; green soup, cauliflower tofu and mushroom soup, potato and leek, and tomato basil and capsicum soup.
When a virus visited our family I needed a food as medicine soup…and this is what came of that thought…Ramen! It was so easy, quick, and popular which means it’s been on our weekly dinner rotation since. Enjoy!
Ramen Soup with Pork Dumplings
For the broth:
4 Cups water
2 Cups Stock – I used a combination of chicken and vegetable
Bone Broth 250ml – can substitute for some of the stock or add both!
2 tbsp tamari, coconut aminos or soy sauce
2 cm thinly sliced ginger
2 garlic cloves thinly sliced
Salt and pepper
For the Pork Dumplings:
500g pork mince
Fresh finely chopped Corriander & Onion to taste
Lime – We had none so used Lemon this time
Chilli – Red. We had none so used green
Vegetables of choice: I use whatever we have in our organic delivery. This time I used Carrot and Broccoli but other times I’ve used carrot, snow peas and mushrooms.
Noodles of choice: Gluten Free go for Rice Noodles or Vermicelli, Paleo go for zucchini noodles
The method is simple. Make the pork dumplings first. Combine mince, ginger, garlic, onion and corriander. Mix with hands and roll into small balls. Leave to rest while making broth. Combine stock, and water in a large pot or saucepan. Add the sliced ginger and garlic, tamari and bone broth and bring to the boil. Then reduce heat and add the dumplings and cook for roughly 5 min or until cooked through. Then add the vegetables and noodles and cook until tender. Wulluh! You are done! Serve with the lime wedges and chilli and enjoy! This is one of those dishes where the pot is empty at the end of the meal, no leftovers!
I’d love to know your thoughts and also your cooking adventures or your favourite ‘food as medicine’ dish. Feel free to share them below and also if you enjoyed this Ramen recipe pass onto others.
With Love Laughter & Care on your Journey,