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There’s no way you have never tried ramen. Zilch. Whether it’s from a Japanese restaurant (authentic or not) or instant noodles (such as Maruchan or Top Ramen), you’ve eaten ramen.
If not, where have you been???? It’s SUPER DELICIOUS. Especially if you’ve graduated from Maruchan ramen to any other instant noodles OR had them at a restaurant. Like ever watch a Korean drama and always had to eat ramen whenever it popped up? Well, this might just be me.
Okay, but if you don’t know, it’s pretty much noodles soup. It can be served in a variety of different broths, commonly pork, soy sauce, or miso.
My pork ramen noodles soup recipe is like a compromise of pork and soy sauce. We’re cutting down on time here and so we can’t afford to spend sixteen hours+ on an authentic Tonkotsu (pork) ramen. It’s not going to happen.
My version is a seemingly quick pork ramen noodles soup that’s definitely small on prep. Let’s get eating!Jump to Recipe
Here’s a couple of things you might want to know:
You’re going to use entire green onions.
We’re going to be adding the entire green onion, not just the leaves for garnish. This is my simple of way of adding extra onion flavor without a whole lot of chopping. But really, this makes use of the whole green onion by using the bulb that is more “oniony” in taste. Place white bulbs during the beginning of cook time alongside broth.
What kind of pork do I use? Do I have to use pork ribs?
This recipe calls for pork ribs that are cut up into smaller chunks. If you’re thinking of the ones for BBQ, think of that but cut up. If this is not available to you, choose bone-in pork belly as your next substitute. Otherwise, you can use the larger cuts but prepare to cook longer.
Where do you find ramen broth?
You can find ramen broth at your local Target. If you have their Red Card, you get free delivery and can purchase it online if it’s not in stores. While I used Imagine’s Organic Ramen Broth, you can use an alternative, but look specifically for a broth made from soy sauce.
You don’t want to forget about your soup.
Probably the most important thing to know here is that you don’t want to sit and forget about it. I mean that’s essentially what this recipe is, but you don’t want to come back 2 hours later and realize the pork flavor is too strong for you. You want a nice balance between the pork & the ramen broth.
Alright, let’s get away from the questions & reminders and on to the cooking! If you’re hungry enough, let’s make some ramen!
Make this super simple, easy pork ramen noodles soup at home! Made in only 45 minutes, you'll have delicious ramen in a jiffy!
- 1/2 lb pork ribs, cut into small chunks*
- 16 oz ramen broth (I use Imagine Organic Ramen Broth, typically comes in 32oz)
- 2 green onions, divided (green leaves thinly sliced)
- 1 garlic clove
- 1/4 cup carrots, thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup cabbage, thinly sliced
- 1 pkg ramen noodles (I use Maruchan Ramen without seasoning)
- salt and pepper to taste
In a small pan, sear pork ribs until slightly browned. Then remove pork ribs. Pat them down with a paper towel to remove excess oil.
Move pork to a small pot. Add ramen broth, the white bulbs of the green onions, and garlic. Bring to a boil and simmer for 30+ minutes or until pork is fork-tender. While simmering, cover with lid, tilted.
Add carrots and cabbage. Salt and pepper to taste. Continue on a simmer until soft.
When ready to serve, add the leaves of the green onions for garnish.
*Look for or ask your butcher for pork ribs that are cut up roughly in small 2" x 2" squares with bone. You do not want to get the ones typically used for BBQ. If you do, add more to cooking time. Another substitute to consider is bone-in pork belly.
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