Once a week, usually on a Friday, Peter and I do this thing we call Asian Family Night. It always involves making and eating a big Asian meal and then piling tons of blankets and pillows on the floor and watching a movie together. When Henry was a baby, he would fall asleep almost immediately and Peter and I would watch a new blockbuster or romantic comedy. Now that our little man is a bit older we usually watch a family friendly movie like Big Hero Six, Wall. E or Mulan.
This week we decided to make "fancy" ramen after watching an episode of The Mind of A Chef (hosted by David Chang of Momofuku fame) devoted to the subject.
Peter and I both are both competitive which led to a cook-off of the dueling ramen variety. To keep things fun and easy we used instant ramen (his Korean and mine Japanese) and flavored the broth to our liking with seasoning and an assortment of vegetables, meat and herbs. And of course we both topped our ramen with a boiled egg... so yummy!
I know it is not a health food, but ramen is pretty versatile and it you can really liven it up. My ramen had Oriental seasoning, chicken broth, lime, minced garlic, sliced jalapeño peppers, cilantro and shiitake mushrooms and I also added Sriracha. I tried to hit all the flavor families; the broth was salty, sweet, sour and savory with umami notes.
Peter's ramen had a hot & spicy beef broth, green onions, jalapeño, shiitake mushrooms, Sriracha and soy sauce. The flavor was distinct because of the spicy and smoky flavor of Korean red chili pepper as well as the addition of dried fish cakes.
I loved them both and could not pick a favorite, but Peter announced himself the winner! There was definitely a comment about his superior noodle skills too! Ha. Either way, the evening was a blast and a great start to the weekend!