Finding great ramen outside of an actual Japanese noodle house is almost impossible. That being said, I’ve taken to making some of my own bowls of delicious ramen (especially during the pandemic). If you’ve spent any time watching Naruto, then you’ve probably seen him chowing down on some ramen.
What type of ramen does the young Naruto eat, though?
Naruto’s favorite ramen is miso ramen noodles with pork. Naruto almost always orders an extra serving of pork to satisfy his seemingly neverending hunger too. Miso ramen typically consists of boiled miso and pork stock, fresh vegetables, soft-boiled eggs, and of course ramen noodles.
Typically, I make miso ramen using chicken. However, after spending a weekend re-watching Naruto, I decided that it was time for me to try making it with pork. It turned out amazing! So, in today’s post, I’ll show you exactly how to make Naruto’s favorite miso pork ramen. It’s time to chow down!
How To Make Naruto’s Favorite Miso Ramen
If you haven’t seen Naruto, then you’re missing out on one of the best anime series of all time (besides Dragon Ball-Z of course). Even if you have seen it before, I highly recommend going back and re-watching it for old time’s sake. So, head on over to Crunchyroll or Hulu, where you can watch all of the episodes!
In Japan, ramen is arguably the most popular type of noodle. Unlike udon or lo mein style noodles, ramen is thin and stringy. In contrast to the thicker noodles (which absorb more of the broth), ramen noodle dishes tend to focus heavily on the added ingredients to absorb the rich flavor of the broth.
Miso Ramen Ingredients
Whether you’re making a traditional sukiyaki dish or a noodle dish, the key to making great Japanese food is to alwaysuse the best ingredients that you can find. The meat, veggies, spices, and even the miso additive itself need to be made with top-tier ingredients.
So, that being said, here’s what you need to purchase to make two large servings of pork miso ramen:
- 1 tablespoon of salted butter.
- 2 whole eggs.
- 2 cups of fresh spinach or kombu (Japanese algae).
- 4 cups of pork stock.
- 2 cloves of garlic (finely chopped).
- 1 tablespoon of thinly sliced ginger.
- 1 tablespoon of diced scallions.
- 2 whole pork chops sliced thinly (the bigger the better).
- 2 tablespoons of traditional miso paste.
- 2 servings worth of ramen noodles.
Cooking Naruto’s Miso Ramen
I guarantee that this is going to taste a lot better than that Ichiran instant ramen that you’re used to throwing in your microwave. In my opinion, homemade ramen is always better. Plus, it contains fewer salty additives and preservatives, which makes it a lot healthier. That being said, here’s how to cook Naruto’s favorite ramen dish!
Step 1: Make The Broth
Your first step is to cook the pork broth. Start by adding your 4 cups of pork stock in a large pot. Melt the butter in the warm broth to add extra flavor.
Step 2: Soft Boil Eggs and Spinach
Once the broth comes to a light boil, turn it down to a simmer and add your eggs. You’ll also be cooking your 2 cups of spinach or kombu alongside the eggs.
The goal is to soft-boil your eggs, which means that the white will be fully cooked while the yolk is still somewhat soft and yellow. To achieve this, you’ll want to cook the eggs for around 7 minutes at a light simmer. As soon as you remove them, set them aside in a bowl of ice water to prevent them from cooking any further. Also, remove the spinach (or kombu) and set it aside in a small bowl (you don’t want it to overcook).
Step 3: Boil The Pork and Add Miso
Next, you’re going to add your 2 tablespoons of miso paste to the broth and your sliced pork chops. You want to make sure that your pork is fully cooked and browned, so this should take around 20 to 30 minutes.
Step 4: Add Ramen + Other Ingredients
Finally, you’re going to add all of the other ingredients (garlic, ginger, and scallions) along with your two servings of dry ramen noodles. Let the noodles cook for about 10 minutes at a low simmer.
Can You Used Microwave Ramen Instead?
You can use instant microwave ramen if you can’t find traditional dried ramen noodles. However, I recommend using the real thing as it will taste better!
Serve and Enjoy!
Finally, divide the soup into two bowls, peel the soft-boiled eggs and chop them in half. Give each bowl a full halved egg and divide the spinach or kombu that you set aside earlier as well. Let the soup cool for a few minutes and you’re ready to eat!