Pork Ramen

Yield: 4 servings Active time: 45 minutes Total time: 3 hours October 17, 2015

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.

Ingredients

  • 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

Suggested Toppings

  • Cilantro
  • Scallions
  • Poached or fried eggs
  • Roasted squash or sweet potato
  • Sautéed shitake mushrooms
  • Pickles
  • Bonito flakes
  • Kombo
  • Nori
  • Chile paste

Directions

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.

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