This quick ramen broth is easier than making a traditional bone broth and takes a fraction of the time. Add more chilli if you really want to ramp up the heat!
Each serving provides 535 kcal, 49g protein, 37g carbohydrate, 20g fat, 5g fibre.
- 1.5 litres/2½ pints chicken stock
- 15g/½oz dried porcini mushrooms
- 1 star anise
- 2.5cm/1in piece fresh root ginger, peeled and thickly sliced
- 3 garlic cloves, lightly bashed
- 3 spring onions, white and green parts separated, finely chopped
- 750g/1lb 10oz chicken thighs, skin removed and bone in
- 4 large free-range eggs
- 2 tbsp white miso paste
- 1 tbsp mirin
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 12 dried shiitake mushrooms
- 400g/14oz cooked ramen noodles
- 100g/3½oz baby spinach
- sea salt and freshly ground white pepper
- 1 red chilli, deseeded and cut into thin strips, to serve
- 1 tsp furikake (Japanese seasoning) (optional), to serve
Pour the stock into a large saucepan and add the porcini, star anise, ginger, garlic, white parts of the spring onions and chicken. Bring to a gentle simmer and cook gently for 25 minutes or until the chicken is tender and cooked through.
Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside. Pour the broth through a sieve into a jug and discard the rest of the contents. Return the broth to the pan and place over a medium–high heat.
When the broth comes to the boil, carefully add the eggs in their shells, and cook for 6 minutes. Lift out the eggs and transfer to a bowl of iced water to cool.
Whisk the miso paste into the broth, then stir in the mirin and soy. Add the shiitake mushrooms and cook for 3–4 minutes or until tender. Season with a pinch of sea salt and a small pinch of white pepper.
Add the noodles to the broth and cook until the noodles are warmed through. Remove the noodles with a slotted spoon and divide between four warmed bowls. Shred the chicken, discarding the bones, and place the chicken in the broth with the spinach leaves. Cook until warmed through. Use a slotted spoon to remove the chicken and spinach and divide between the warmed bowls.
Shell the boiled eggs and halve each one. Ladle the broth into the bowls, add the eggs and garnish with the green parts of the spring onions, red chilli and furikake and serve.
Let the strained broth cool at the end of step 4 then freeze in a suitable container. Shred the chicken and freeze separately. Defrost both at room temperature, then reheat the broth thoroughly in a pan over a medium heat. Continue as per the rest of the recipe.