This is described as the “everyman’s ramen.” The broth of apples, garlic, ginger, onions, and pork comes together in a few hours. Maruchan ramen, found in every grocery store, is fine, but quality noodles make a big difference.
Recipe from Esquire.
- 1 cup diced Red Delicious apples (skin on)
- 1 cup diced garlic, about 3 heads
- 1 cup diced ginger
- 1 medium yellow onion, diced
- 1/2 rack baby back pork ribs (about 1 lb.)
- 12 cups water
- 1 cup soy sauce
- Ramen noodles, preferably Sun Noodle fresh ramen noodles
- Poached or fried eggs
- Roasted squash or sweet potato
- Sautéed shitake mushrooms
- Bonito flakes
- Chile paste
Place diced apple, garlic, ginger, pork ribs, water, and soy sauce in a large, heavy-bottomed stock pot (at least 6 quarts) and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until reduced by half, about 2 1/2 hours. You will end up with 6 cups of broth.
Remove pork ribs and separate into portions. Remove solids from broth with a strainer and discard. Transfer broth to a clean pot and keep warm.
Cook noodles according to package directions.
Place cooked noodles in bowls, cover with broth, top with pork ribs, and add toppings.