December 1, 2023
Pho Ramen and Soba

3 Simple Recipes For Pho Ramen and Soba – Worlds Favorite Noodles

Noodles are a staple food in many cultures and are enjoyed in a variety of ways. Three of the most popular regional noodle dishes are Pho, Ramen and Soba. Each dish has its own unique history, ingredients, and preparation methods.

Pho

Pho

Pho is a Vietnamese noodle soup that is typically made with rice noodles and a flavorful broth made from beef or chicken. The broth is simmered for hours with spices and aromatics to create a rich and savory flavor. Pho is typically served with various toppings such as herbs, lime, bean sprouts, and thinly sliced meat.

Pho Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 8 cups of beef or chicken broth
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 inch piece of ginger, sliced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3 star anise
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 package of rice noodles
  • 1 lb thinly sliced sirloin or chicken breast
  • Fresh herbs such as basil, cilantro, and mint
  • Bean sprouts
  • Lime wedges
  • Hoisin sauce and Sriracha (optional)

Instructions:

In a large pot, bring the broth to a boil and add the onion, ginger, garlic, star anise, cinnamon sticks, coriander seeds, fennel seeds, peppercorns and salt. Simmer for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare the rice noodles according to the package instructions.

Strain the broth and discard the spices. Return the broth to the pot and keep it warm.

In a separate pan, quickly cook the thinly sliced meat until just browned.

To assemble the Pho, place a portion of the cooked noodles in a bowl and top with cooked meat.

Pour the hot broth over the noodles and meat.

Add your desired toppings such as herbs, bean sprouts, and a squeeze of lime.

Serve with hoisin sauce and sriracha, if desired.

Enjoy your delicious bowl of Pho! The rich and flavorful broth paired with the soft noodles and thinly sliced meat creates a satisfying and comforting meal. Feel free to customize the toppings to your liking, and make the dish your own.

Ramen

Ramen

Ramen is a Japanese noodle dish that is made with wheat noodles and a flavorful broth made from pork, chicken or seafood. The broth is typically flavored with soy sauce, miso, or tonkatsu and is then served with a variety of toppings such as sliced pork, boiled eggs, and scallions. Ramen is often considered a comfort food in Japan and is enjoyed by people of all ages.

Pork Tonkatsu Ramen Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 8 cups of chicken or pork broth
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 inch piece of ginger, sliced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup sake
  • 1/4 cup mirin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 lb pork belly, sliced into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 2 packs of fresh or dried ramen noodles
  • 4 soft boiled eggs, halved
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup bean sprouts
  • 1/2 cup sliced shiitake mushrooms
  • 1 sheet of nori, torn into pieces

Instructions:

In a large pot, bring the broth to a boil and add the onion, ginger, garlic, soy sauce, sake, mirin, and salt. Simmer for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare the pork belly by slicing it into 1/2 inch pieces and pan-frying until golden brown on both sides. Set aside.

In another pan, quickly cook the shiitake mushrooms until softened. Set aside.

Cook the ramen noodles according to the package instructions.

To assemble the Ramen, place a portion of cooked noodles in a bowl and top with cooked pork belly, mushrooms, bean sprouts, and a soft boiled egg.

Pour the hot broth over the noodles and toppings.

Add the green onions and nori on top.

Serve hot and enjoy your delicious bowl of Pork Tonkatsu Ramen.

This Pork Tonkatsu Ramen is a hearty and flavorful dish, with tender pork belly, soft boiled eggs, and flavorful broth. The combination of salty broth, chewy noodles, and crisp veggies makes for a comforting meal that is sure to satisfy your cravings. Customize the toppings to your liking, and make this dish your own.

Soba

Soba

Soba is a Japanese noodle dish that is made with buckwheat flour and is often served cold with a dipping sauce or in a hot broth. Soba noodles are thinner and more delicate than other noodle dishes, and are often enjoyed for their light and nutty flavor. Soba is also commonly served with various toppings such as tempura, vegetables, and nori (dried seaweed).

Cold Soba Noodle Salad Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz dried soba noodles
  • 2 bunches of scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup shredded cucumber
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 cup chopped roasted peanuts

For the dressing:

  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced

Instructions:

Cook the soba noodles according to the package instructions. Once cooked, rinse the noodles under cold water to stop the cooking process.

Mix the sliced scallions, shredded carrots, cucumber, chopped cilantro, and chopped peanuts in a large bowl.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients until well combined.

Add the cold soba noodles to the bowl with the veggies and peanuts, and pour the dressing over the noodles.

Toss everything together until the noodles and veggies are well coated with the dressing.

Serve the Cold Soba Noodle Salad as a main or side dish.

This Cold Soba Noodle Salad is a refreshing and light dish that is perfect for summer days. The chewy soba noodles are paired with crisp veggies and a flavorful dressing, making for a delicious and satisfying meal. Enjoy this dish as a main course or as a side dish with your favorite protein.

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Final Thoughts About Pho Ramen and Soba

Pho, Ramen, and Soba are all delicious regional noodle dishes that millions of people worldwide enjoy. Whether you prefer a rich and savory broth, or a light and nutty noodle, each dish offers its own unique flavor and experience. Whether you are in the mood for a comfort food like a bowl of soup or a refreshing cold noodle dish, these regional noodle dishes are sure to satisfy your cravings.

Nick Adams

Nick is a former student at Collège Boréal - Kapuskasing in northern Ontario. Nick writes and studies French history and is a financial advisor based in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. From time to time, Nick contributes to the TwoVerbs Project.

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