Cheater Weeknight Ramen: Some people spend years learning how to make the perfect bowl of ramen. I won't pretend that this is that. But, it's really good and actually doable for a home cook on a weeknight! A few shortcuts plus a few tricks makes for one great bowl of food! | macheesmo.com
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Cheater Weeknight Ramen

Cheater Weeknight Ramen: Some people spend years learning how to make the perfect bowl of ramen. I won't pretend that this is that. But, it's really good and actually doable for a home cook on a weeknight! A few shortcuts plus a few tricks makes for one great bowl of food! | macheesmo.com

Ramen is one of those meals that can be very intimidating. You hear stories about a chef who has trained for years just to perfect a noodle or a stock. People take ramen very seriously.

But, I’m a believer that the perfect can be the enemy of the cook and this is especially true in the kitchen. Do I wish I had a huge container of perfectly simmered stock in my fridge? Absolutely. Do I wish I knew how to make fresh Udon noodles from scratch. Definitely.

But, I don’t and I don’t and I still want to eat ramen that I make. And I want it to be done in about 45 minutes so I can do it on a weekday!

This cheater weeknight ramen is my answer. It’s relatively easy to make, but it has a few tricks that make it better than out-of-the-box ramen.

Compromise can be a good thing. A really good thing.

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Cheater Weeknight Ramen

A few shortcuts plus a few tricks makes for one great bowl of doable ramen!

Ingredients

Cheater Ramen Stock

3 cups beef stock
2 teaspoons white miso paste
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon soy sauce

Hoisin Pork Loin (optional, but good)

1-1 1/4 pound pork loin
3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar

Other Fixings

Udon noodles
Grated carrot
Scallions
Cilantro
Sesame oil
Sesame seeds

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Directions

  1. For cheater stock, combine beef stock, miso, butter, and soy sauce in a pot and warm over low heat. It should never boil, but a light simmer is okay.
  2. For pork loin (optional, but good), mix together all ingredients in a bowl and pour over pork loin. Ideally, do this a few hours in advance or the night before so pork can marinate.
  3. Place pork in a roasting pan and roast at 400 degrees F. for 20-25 minutes until the thickest part of the pork loin registers at least 145 degrees F. Flip the pork every 10 minutes and baste with any marinade in the pan.
  4. Remove pork and let rest.
  5. Meanwhile, prep other ramen ingredients including cooking the noodles according to package, grating carrot, and chopping herbs, and making Soft Boiled Eggs.
  6. Slice pork thin into coins. Divide noodles between bowls and pour in warmed ramen stock. Top each bowl with some pork, an egg, veggies, and a drizzle of sesame oil and sesame seeds. You can also add soy sauce and chili oil if you want!

Cheater Weekday Ramen

Three important pieces of ramen: Stock, noodles, toppings. Let’s handle all of them in turn.

First, stock. Ideally you would have homemade, but we can amp up store-bought stock with this stuff.

Cheater Weeknight Ramen

My Stock trick.

I add a few spoonfuls of miso paste to my stock with some butter (for fat) and soy sauce and gently heat it. No need to boil it. It’s surprisingly delicious for something that takes just a few minutes.

Cheater Weeknight Ramen

Pretty good!

I wanted some pork for my ramen bowl so I worked up a quick Hoisin pork loin. I know this might look hard, but it’s actually easy. You marinate the pork loin the night before, and then it roasts for about 20-25 minutes while you work on the other stuff.

As it roasts (at 400 degrees F.) flip the pork loin a few times as it roasts and please be sure to use a meat thermometer. When it hits 145 degrees F. in the thickest part, it’s done. The worst thing is an overcooked pork loin!

After it comes out, let it rest for a few minutes and then slice it nice and thin for the bowls.

Cheater Weeknight Ramen

Quick roasted pork loin.

While the pork loin roasts, you can cook the noodles and prep the veggies. I also like to make a few soft-boiled eggs which takes about 10 minutes.

So everything kind of comes together at the same time which is nice.

Cheater Weeknight Ramen

Lookin’ good.

If you wanted to leave out the pork or the egg, that would be just fine. It’s a great bowl of food no matter what. I also added some sesame oil and sesame seeds to mine.

There’s a happy medium in the homecook’s world between cooking projects and easy dinners. This weeknight ramen is a nice middle ground and I think you’ll love it.

Cheater Weeknight Ramen: Some people spend years learning how to make the perfect bowl of ramen. I won't pretend that this is that. But, it's really good and actually doable for a home cook on a weeknight! A few shortcuts plus a few tricks makes for one great bowl of food! | macheesmo.com

10 comments on “Cheater Weeknight Ramen

  1. Thanks for sharing. I love ramen, but I have this idea in my head that it takes days to make. This sounds like a good place to start.

    1. Well, the official version probably does, but this version pays pretty great dividends for the amount of time it takes. Report back if you give it a shot! :)

  2. I’ve been looking for an accessible Ramen recipe for awhile and this one looks delicious! My pork loin is too big so I’m going to freeze half, do you think it would be ok to freeze it in the marinade? Thanks!

      1. Freezing it worked great! I just thawed it out for at least a day so it could thaw and soak up the marinade. I also added chopped Napa cabbage. Topping it with sesame oil, seeds, and Sriracha added tons of flavor. Thanks for the awesome recipe!

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