Thursday, July 5, 2012

Celebrating the 50th post with a bowl of Awesome. Ramen at it's quickest.



I have not been keeping well this past week. And weeks before that, have been spent making recipes that got me so excited about  posting them but eventually curbing it since it was, you know, my 50th post, call it a half milestone if you will, and I wanted to do something special. I am 66.66% done with it. But I have been playing the role of the Queen of Procrastination and been lazy on working on the last part of it. Soon, soon, and I promise that it will be worth the wait.

While everything else that I made has been a little on the advanced side and some of which had me in tears of pride and joy when I tasted the resulting outcome, this gave me the necessary push to go ahead and make it my special post. Why? Because this has been making my day everyday through my sickness. The brother has been loving his unwell time at home while slurping on bowlfuls of this awesomeness.

I have to thank Krytie from Food Mantras for mentioning that if there was a movie that described her, that would be 'The Ramen Girl' starring Brittany Murphy. I just knew I had to watch the movie when I saw this poster.



That scene where she walks into the Ramen shop for the very first time, on a cold rainy night, that one bowl manages to make her smile and give her hope. Something similar could have happened with me. There is something about eating the medley of soup and noodles and all those veggies with an Egg in a bowl, with a chopstick, gulping down hot soup and heaving that sigh of satisfaction while immediately strongly pulling in all the moisture in your nose with that next breath, it's an experience one would never forget. No they won't. And then every single time they feel low or unwell, they will lean on that bowl of awesome for comfort. I promise you this much.

While in the movie the broth simmered away for hours at end and so much more was going on, I tried to make it quick and as easy as possible. If this is so tasty, I cannot even imagine how amazing the real Ramen would taste. I would have to make a trip to Tokyo for that. *starts looking for the bucket list*

Okay enough banter, the recipe is easy to put together, and I strongly recommend for all of you to try it. You may or may not thank me later but do send me a happy thought or two :)


Quickfix Ramen
Serves 2
Recipe : Self


Ingredients:

2 packets Maggi Noodles (You can use any kind of noodles)
1 tbsp Oil
4 cloves of Garlic, chopped
5-6 sprigs of Spring Onion, half chopped and some cut into 2 inch stalks for decoration.
1 Egg.
1 tbsp Schezuan Sauce/Sriracha/Red Chili paste
4 tbsp Hot and Sweet Sauce
A couple of dashes of Tabasco
Salt to taste
1 tbsp Pepper Powder
4 cups Water
Extra Water for boiling Noodles.


Method:

Get the Ingredients ready.



Boil an Egg as per your preference and cut it into two.

In a deep pan heat up the Oil, Add in the garlic and cook for 30 seconds, add in the Spring Onion (Save the decorating stalks) and stir well. Add in the taste makers from packet noodles and all other ingredients along with water, except Salt. Let this come to the boil. Turn the heat to simmer and let it cook for 15 minutes. Check for Salt and add it if necessary.



In the mean time, Boil the noodles separately in water until almost done. Drain and set aside.

To Assemble:

Add half of the noodles in each bowl, top it up with the Broth and decorate with Spring Onion Stalks and Egg. You can use Spinach, Pork, Chicken, anything you like!



Enjoy yourself :) 

9 comments:

  1. Happy 50th!! Nice comforting dish you have here. Hope you are feeling better now!

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  2. Thank you :) I am all good now (but pretending to be unwell so I have an excuse to make this again)

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  3. That first picture totally made me drop my jaw. I could so do with that now! Hope you're feeling better now. Hugs!

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  4. Thanks Saee!! For an amateur photographer that is a huge compliment. I have been trying to work on my photography skills as much as I can with my little point and shoot camera :) Big hugs!

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  5. Yummy! What if we don't have the tabasco sauce? What flavor is it? Any other brand we can use?

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  6. You can use a normal chili paste or chili sauce :) Tabasco comes in different flavours like pepper, chili, garlic and chili etc.

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