Yakimiso (Stir-Fry Miso) Ramen Recipe

Try this ramen dish, which calls for the chef to stir-fry the soup in a wok prior to serving. The extra step concentrates the flavors.

| July 2019

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Kururi, one of the most famous miso ramen shops in Tokyo, one day suddenly shut its doors. No one really knew why, as they had a constant hour-long line every day of the year. Some people said the master was just tired of making ramen. Though no one knows his secret recipe, one technique he used was to stir-fry the soup in a wok before serving. This concentrates the flavors and makes the ramen extra hot (in temperature, not spiciness). Recreate this crowd-drawing technique at home with this unique recipe.

Makes 4 bowls of ramen
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Difficulty level: 3
Weeknight, kid-friendly meal

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Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup bean sprouts
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup Basic Miso Tare 
  • 5 cups any type clear soup
  • 1 1/3 pounds fresh noodles, such as chukasuimen  
  • 4 to 8 slices pork chashu
  • Negi (finely chopped scallions)

From the store:



  • Soup: Mix equal parts unseasoned low-sodium chicken broth and dashi broth. Japanese dashi powder to make broth can be found in the Asian foods section of many supermarkets or in Asian grocery stores or online.
  • Noodles: Use 3 ounces of dried ramen noodles per bowl, preferably the medium-thick, curly style.

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Steps: 

  1. Bring a medium saucepan of water to a boil over medium-high heat. Blanch the bean sprouts in the boiling water for 20 seconds. Drain.
  2. In a wok, heat a bit of vegetable oil over high heat. Stir-fry the bean sprouts with a little salt and pepper.
  3. Add the miso tare and soup to the wok. Continue to cook over high heat for a few minutes.
  4. With all your ingredients ready to go, bring a large pot of water to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook the noodles. Ramen that has bee cut to a standard thickness (about 1 mm) will cook in 1 to 2 minutes.
  5. About 30 seconds before the noodles are finished cooking, ladle the soup and bean sprouts into the ramen bowls.
  6. Drain the noodles, taking care to shake off as much excess water as you can. Carefully place some noodles in each bowl of soup, keeping them tidy.
  7. Place 1 or 2 slices of chashu and a sprinkle of negi neatly on the ramen. Serve immediately.

Cooking tip: Be sure to serve this one quickly; the hot soup will continue to cook the noodles as soon as you put them in the bowl.

Also from Ramen at Home:

More about Japanese cuisine on Fermentation!

ramen-at-homeGetting good ramen doesn’t have to mean going out. Ramen at Home makes it easy to create savory, sumptuous, and authentic ramen bowls right in your very own kitchen. Featuring tons of simple and tasty recipes, this book is a must have for anyone interested in the art of making ramen. From stocking ramen essentials to properly topping a piping hot bowl of noodles, Ramen at Home offers you detailed guides ― so new and experienced chefs alike can learn the secrets of preparing restaurant-quality ramen. Helpful sidebars show you how to pick the perfect ramen, while also providing interesting insights into Japanese culture and cuisine. Ramen at Home includes: THE COMPLETE BEGINNER’S GUIDE ― Learn absolutely everything you need to know to serve up your own delicious bowls of ramen at home; STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS ― Detailed instructions for each recipe make it easy for even novice noodle chefs to assemble perfect ramen ― every single time; and OVER 100 RECIPES ― Discover amazing recipes for broths, noodles, toppings, bowls, and sides that feature both authentic Japanese flavors and innovative new tastes.

Excerpt from
Ramen at Home: The Easy Japanese Cookbook for Classic Ramen and Bold New Flavors by Brian MacDuckston, published by Rockridge Press. Copyright © 2017 by Callisto Media. All rights reserved.





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