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 Naruto eat, though?
Naruto eats miso ramen with pork. Naruto always orders an extra serving of pork to satisfy his seemingly never-ending hunger. 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. So, now that we know what kind of ramen does Naruto eat, 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. Especially if you intend on watching Boruto – then, it’s imperative to binge-watch all seasons of this shounen anime first. 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.
Naruto’s Favorite Ramen Is Popular Around the World
Today, Miso ramen is among the most popular noodle dishes in the world. It owes most of its fame to the internet – from being exposed mainly on Instagram and TikTok, but also on other social media. Naruto eating ramen frequently in most episodes (he loves this dish so much, he gobbles it up three times a day) is partially to blame for ramen’s popularity, for sure.
But the dish’s appeal doesn’t stop there. Not only does it look good served up in a bowl with some pork and boiled eggs, but this type of ramen has a savory taste and is also a satisfying and fulfilling meal. This dish is a perfect solution to a cold day, as it warms you up instantly, while also providing flavorful nutrition. Another appeal of Naruto ramen includes the fact that it can also be customized to suit your own personal taste.
Miso Ramen Ingredients
Whether you’re making a traditional sukiyaki dish or a noodle dish, the key to making great Japanese food is to always use 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. Keep in mind that the base of this dish, and its main ingredient is Miso paste, which is made of fermented soybeans. It has a creamy and thick texture and is commonly used in Japanese cuisine.
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 to 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 Use 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 whole egg cut in halves 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!
Miso ramen is considered one of the best Asian comfort foods for many reasons, and if you use the right ingredients, you too can enjoy its thick broth and hearty and salty taste. Although the soup in itself is flavorful, all the added toppings are the icing on the cake, and a combination of thinly sliced veggies, alongside meat, will make you come back to this dish often.