In 2009, we went back to the Philippines to visit my family for the Holidays. En route we stopped by Tokyo so we can see what it’s like in Japan during the Holidays and also to have a much needed break after that long trip from Chicago. Once we landed and after checking-in at our hotel, we immediately went to search for food (airlines don’t feed you much nowadays, do they?).
Thankfully, there was a Ramen restaurant just a block away from our hotel and we proceeded there without delay. Of course, everything was in Japanese and we didn’t understand anything on the menu and they didn’t know much English either so the communication was rather short and composed mainly of sign language. But we knew one word – Ramen — and of course, they understood that. We couldn’t explain what kind of Ramen we wanted so we were at their mercy. But…wow…they gave us the Best Ramen we have ever tasted in our life. Below is the photo of this scrumptious bowl of Ramen. We came back a few times to this noodle house – it was so addictive, I thought to myself – “I’m sure they put something in there so we would come back.” LOL. It was simply marvelous!
Below are the Ramen Chefs who made the best bowl of Ramen, ever! I will visit this place again if ever we get the chance to go back to Tokyo.
Here are a few more photos of our trip…for your reading pleasure.
It was the Emperor’s birthday while we were there so the Imperial Palace was opened to the public and we went there to say our greetings! See the Royal family by the glass window?
Me and the tots outside the Imperial Palace after the ceremony.
We visited the world famous Tsukiji Market. That’s a huge tuna! It’s bigger than me! We had the freshest Tuna Sashimi after the tour.
Shibuya at night! This was not just the holiday rush – this is pretty normal!
Hope that made you want to visit Japan! I sure had the most wonderful time and would definitely love to go back.
Now to the recipe. A disclaimer – it will not be similar to the above Ramen. This is more like a quick Ramen-style noodle soup – a simple dish to assemble when you just fancy some cozy comfort from a noodle-based soup. Nonetheless, it is wonderful and quite flavorful too but without the hassle of simmering the broth for hours as they probably do in that Japanese noodle house. Enjoy!
1-2 Boneless and skinless, Chicken Breasts (Grilled, Broiled or just plain Cooked),* each piece diagonally sliced.
10 ounces Ramen Noodles (or your favorite Asian Noodles)*
6 Cups Homemade or store-bought Chicken or Vegetable Stock*
2 Bok Choy, trimmed and chopped (or 1-2 Cups of Baby Spinach Leaves)
1 Can of Bamboo Shoots, rinsed and drained
4-5 Scallions, trimmed and thinly sliced
Boiled Eggs, for topping
A little soy sauce or fish sauce and a squeeze of lemon or lime juice*
*I used some Grilled Chicken Breasts.
*I used Mung Bean Thread (or Cellophane Noodles) for we wanted a gluten-free version for my hubby. But I also used the regular ramen noodles for myself.
*I made my own vegetable stock for this but feel free to use one from the store if it’s more convenient.
*Add any of these for extra flavor and seasoning.
Cook the noodles in a large pot of boiling water. Follow the package directions or cook just until tender. Drain and then divide among the bowls. As to how much noodles you use per bowl will depend on how many bowls or servings you want.
Heat the chicken or vegetable stock until it reaches the boiling point. You can season it with some soy sauce or fish sauce (or plain salt and pepper) to taste at this point. Place the Bok Choy or Spinach leaves on top of the noodles. If you wish you can very quickly blanch the Bok Choy in the broth, too. Ladle in the hot stock.
Top with the sliced chicken pieces, a few bamboo shoots, scallions and boiled eggs. Squeeze a little bit of lemon or lime juice, if desired. In the Philippines, we would have a dipping sauce to eat with the soup – a combo of soy and fish sauces plus a few drops of lemon or lime juice as you can see in the photo below. We add little bits of the sauce as we eat the noodles! Enjoy!
Enjoy this deliciousness in a bowl.
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