Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Spicy Gourmet Kimchi Ramyun

Spicy Gourmet Kimchi Ramyun #recipes #koreanfood #ramen


It's been tough last week..never ending week and this one already started to be not far off. I know tough, I am a tough cookie but I get easily overwhelmed and then I drop few floors down...
Yesterday's rain was magical! I think, I needed rainy, thundery rather depressing Monday...a day to just relax and curl in a blanket, read a book and let my mind get in a calming place of state. Call me over emo women, I wouldn't mind because that's what I am...aren't we all having those days once in a while?
HAha! I am so regrading already writing about my emotions but hey I am, who I am and I wouldn't change for nothing...I love my emo moments! 

When I have those days, so called "my 5 minutes dedicated purely to myself", I usually make very spicy kimchi ramen or ramyun. Oh and if it's raining like these past 2 days, it became a must have! 
Spicy makes me tingle, and relaxed and I instantly feel calmness going through my body. Ahh it hits the spot!!! -I would say! 
What makes you calm and collected? 

Anyhow, I wanted to share this recipe for quite sometime. I had more than several requests for "healthier" gourmet ramen but I just couldn't post it before...I apologies for waiting for so long. When you think of "ramen" it associates you to unhealthy fast instant noodle soup that most of collage students live off, but It can be turned around when you add fresh ingredients, it is instantly more delicious and yes lil' bit healthier version. Maybe it looks more like Jjigae (stew) but it's not! 

With posting K-ramen, I thought it would be appropriate to dedicate this post to Ferry victims!I am sending virtual hugs to all the families that were affected with recent tragedy on South Korean ferry, named Sewol. It's truly heartbreaking and I cannot even imagine how all those families felt then, and even feel now! So much going on in this world and it sadness me....we move on and continue living the best we can, always keeping those that we love but lost, deeply chained in our hearts! I just have to say:"my condolences South Korea"...

Now without taking too much of your time let's get some food into those bellies..shall we?! One thought...you have to make this because it is absolutely amazing especially if you love spicy, but of course it can be adjusted to your own taste! I love adding tofu because just like rice it suppresses bit of the heat! Oh and I am so not "making it fancy" when there is no camera around! It is eaten from the pot in my kitchen without any reservations!!!!!


Spicy Gourmet Kimchi Ramyun

Spicy Gourmet Kimchi Ramyun 
Makes 2-3 | Total Time: 20+minutes
Prep time: 5 min. | Cook time: 15+ min.
Ingredients:
  • 2 cups Chicken broth, low sodium
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 2x2 Dashima/Kombu/edible kelp 
  • 3-4 oz (85g-113g) Chicken /beef or pork, cut into small cubes or very thin slices
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • 5 Mushrooms, sliced (I used both button and Shiitake
  • 1 cup Ripe (Aged) Kimchi, chopped
  • 2 pk Shin Ramyun, instant noodles {with seasoning}/not in cup
  • salt to taste *if needed 
  • 1 Egg (more if desired) 
  • Silken Tofu, or odeng (fish cake)*optional
Garnish options: 
  • 2 Green Onions, chopped 
  • Red Chili Pepper, fresh 
  • Korean Chili Treads {shilgochu}/Seasonwithspice.com
  • Sesame Oil 
  • Cheddar Cheese 
Directions:
  1. Boil chicken broth and water, adding kelp in the broth, Let it boil for 2 minutes and add chicken or any other meat that is cut into very small slices or cubes. Let it boil on high heat for 6 minutes covered with the lid. You may take kelp out or leave it in and/or eat it later. READ NOTES*
  2. Take the lid off and add chopped green onion, mushrooms and chopped kimchi. Stir and cover to boil for 3-5 minutes. 
  3. Open Shin Ramyun pack and take the seasoning out. Add seasoning to your spicy tolerance *half of seasoning {in foil pk} of 1 pack could be enough spicy for some -Taste and see if you need more seasonings.
  4. Add noodles, stir and cook for 3 more minutes, uncovered. You may add cubed tofu or sliced odeng to the soup at this time.
  5. While the soup is boiling add egg, you may stir if you like or leave it to cook whole, like a poached egg. 
  6. Take it off the stove and garnish it with chopped green onions, red chilies, Korean chili treads and sesame oil, Cheddar cheese gives you creamy sensation. All optional** 
Enjoy!!! 

Note*
Meat is not as important, if you don't want to use it but I love it, it gives me more flavor. 
You can add canned/or in pk tuna, so good with it too. Oh of course spam too.  
IF you use beef, let it cook/boil over 6 minutes. Chicken Cooks faster! Any meat that boils it's better when it cooks longer, so I will let you decide.
I used fresh shiitake because I had whole pk. So what you need to do is just cut off the steams and slice them. In case you would like to use dry, just soak them for 10-15 minutes prior to cooking, cut out the stems and slice, then boil with kelp in the first step. 
I like adding ripe kimchi, about 3-4 months old, cause that sourness gives so much flavor. 


Wishing you great week!
your friend,
Sandra

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12 comments :

  1. Yes, I do have those emo days too! But having such a beautiful goumet noodles will make everything just fine! :)

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    1. Oh girl, I hear ya....sometimes I would just like to sleep! Yes, ramen make everything peachy perfect...hehe thank you dear Sue!!!

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  2. What cheddar cheese? Really! That's something new that I have to give it a try! Creamy sensation sounds fun. :) This is supposed to be "quick" meal, but the way you present it, no one can tell if it's quickly made!! ;)

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    1. Don't tell me that you never had american cheese or cheddar with ramen...kimchi ramen? It is simply amazing! Piping HOT soup, sour-spicy kick and there is melted cheese...so yummy!
      It is quick, not as one that you boil water and drop the noodles for 3 minutes, but I say it's pretty simple all together! Thanks Nami as always...I tried to make it look good!!!! ;D

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  3. Yum, you make the non ramen lover crave ramen! I need spicy food in times of distress too! It totally hits the spot and calms me down. I love adding cheese too, sriracha too! I hope it rains some time soon here in socali.

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    1. Right! We are the same then...I calm down when spicy hits my belly lol! Thank you again for your kind comment Ms Kim!:))

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  4. Wow! An another gorgeous pic! I put kimuchi in ramen sometimes. With additon of cheese, this is new flavor and looks fantastic!

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    1. Oh how I love both together...I put cheese but not all the time...esp if I don't have tofu which I love in any soupy form then I definitely add cheese! Thank you so much for your kind comment!!!

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  5. I know what you're talking about Sandra! There are times when I don't want to do anything and just feel down for no reason. But I find food to be very comforting, and what lefts me up is either something sweet or noddles :) ... I love spicy food and as always your recipe looks mouth-watering.

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    1. Yes, It can be so hard for us moms...but hey there is always food to comfort us or simple hug to pick us up! :) Thank you, Muna so much, I appreciate your sweet comment my friend!!

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  6. My mouth is watering....fantastic flavours and awesome clicks, Sandra.

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  7. A great recipe matched with fabulous photos! Thumbs up!

    Julie
    Gourmet Getaways

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