Sriracha Ramen Soup with Bok Choy and Shiitake Mushrooms
Ah, ramen… for years, I refused to eat ramen because it just reminded me so much of the days when I was 18-years old in my first apartment and practically survived on the stuff… I mean, come on, at 10 for $1.00, you know I stocked up every pay day. Times were lean, to put it mildly.
Flash forward 20 years and I’m shopping at Whole Foods when, what do I see? The sushi bar is now selling what is basically a kicked up version of my old back-in-the-day ramen and it’s $8.00 – for one bowl!
I was curious….but hesitant…
And after months of passing this same restaurant-in-the-supermarket, I gave in and finally, reluctantly, with very low expectations, ordered a bowl of their ramen.
And was pleasantly surprised.
This was not the ramen I knew. There were fresh veggies and ginger in such colorful display, the noodles themselves were almost secondary.
Almost. There was definitely no noodle left in the bowl by the time I was through with it.
That experience is the inspiration for this dish, which does actually require you purchase three packages of those dried ramen noodles of your college days (no way it was just me) but don’t worry, you can pitch the overly salty seasoning packet right away. 😉
- 3 packages dried ramen noodles (discard seasoning packets)
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 5 green onions, chopped
- 1 small carrot, grated
- 2 teaspoons ginger paste
- 4 cups bok choy, sliced into ribbons
- 1 1/2 cups shiitake mushrooms (stems removed), thin sliced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 5 cups vegetable broth
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon sriracha sauce
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- Prepare ramen according to package directions, omitting the seasoning packet. Pour into a colander, rinse with cold water, drain and set aside.
- Heal oil in a large pot over medium heat.
- Add green onions, carrot, ginger paste, bok chop, and mushrooms. Cook 2-3 minutes to soften.
- Add garlic and continue cooking an additional 1 minute.
- Stir in the broth, soy sauce, sriracha, salt, and pepper.
- Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Allow to simmer 3-5 minutes.
- Stir in cooked ramen noodles.
- Adjust seasoning to taste, top with cilantro, and serve hot.