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landarc 03-15-2013 01:35 PM

Smoked Pork Rib Ramen
Had some leftover ribs, needed to do something with them, sort of tired of eating them straight...from the blog, but, copied here completely. Just another weird Platypus Fusion dish.

What to do with leftover ribs, especially after eating them for two meals. Well, I like to make a basic broth from smoked meats from time to time. So, ramen seemed like a good idea, and it would be lighter than how I have been eating. A good choice all the way around.

A Bowl of Noodles

Although many ramen snobs of late love to talk of the noodles, the key to me, for a great bowl of ramen comes down to the broth and the tare. One of the problems with using smoked meats for broth is that they actually produce an overly smokey, and consequently, simple tasting stock. Things need to be added. I built the broth with the use of blackened scallions, ginger, garlic, three bones of the smoked ribs, and a few flavor enhancers.

I started with 3 bones from the leftover rack of ribs, these were boiled at a full boil for 15 minutes, water being added as needed to keep the pan filled. As could be predicted, the resultant liquid was smoky and porky, two high notes then nothing. I had blackened some scallions, the white parts only, to add a bit of depth and color. The entire bunch was blackened then coarsely chopped and added to the broth.

Need more burn!

I decided to go a little more fragrant, so added 2 cloves of garlic, cracked, and about a teaspoon sized chunk of ginger, smashed, as well as 3 shiitake mushrooms. This was all reduced to simmer for 15 minutes, then an additional layer of flavor, in the form of shoyu and fish sauce, about 2 tablespoons of each. This last addition was both about salt and umami. That being done, I added 1 cup of the broth to a small pan, added in four shiitake, 1 teaspoon of Agave syrup, 2 more tablespoons of shoyu and a teaspoon of Tonkatsu sauce. This was both to cook the mushrooms and make the tare, a flavorful syrup, which adds punch to the broth. I reduced the tare by 2/3, once the mushrooms were cooked and removed. At that point, I added some toasted sesame oil, just a little.

The Broth, about halfway there

The Tare, ready to go

From there, it was time for the other elements...
Shiitake mushrooms braised in tare

Wilted bean sprouts

Kale, braised in broth

The mushrooms were slice, the bean sprouts wilted just enough to reduce the beany quality they can have, although these were quite fresh. The kale was a last minute substitute. I had wanted Mitsuba, but none could be found, so I wanted Mizuna, which I found, but, when I opened up the bag, it was bad, so on to the kale, which was leftover from last week, and which apparently does not go bad very fast at all. Things were assmebled in the bowl, along with a few shreds of the ribs.

Ready to be drowned

From here, just pour the broth on, add the tare and I opted to add some rayu (spicy sesame oil) and Yuzu-Pao, sort of a Sriracha with Ponzu added condiment. I add the tare both before and after the broth, the get more flavor into the mix.

The Broth shot-payoff time

Hopefully, you can see that the tare is still coating some of the toppings, and you can see the broth has a nice color. The overall effect was of a rich, lightly spicy and complex broth, supported by vegetables and noodles. I have not talked much about the noodles, although I love hand made noodles, I truly believe that chuka soba barely cooked, or fresh chow mein noodles from the store do just fine in supporting the broth and tare. And as for the kale, it worked great in ramen, who knew?

Gore 03-15-2013 01:39 PM

Wow, I can so taste that. Will have to talk my wife into picking up a rib roast, so we can make some soup. :becky:

fingerlickin' 03-15-2013 01:51 PM

That looks phenomenal Bob. Now you just need to figure out how to get that broth into powdered form for me.

Bonewagon 03-15-2013 02:52 PM

That looks fantastic. :clap:

Gnaws on Pigs 03-15-2013 02:55 PM

That looks great!

beercuer 03-15-2013 03:49 PM

Now there's an inspired meal, and rich in color too! Looks quite delicious to me, Bob! Luv your choice of ingredients.

Ron_L 03-15-2013 03:54 PM


Originally Posted by landarc (Post 2408695)
Just another weird Platypus Fusion dish.

Wow 4Dueces! you cook just like Landarc! Amazing.

One question...

When did you put the platypus in? i didn't see it in the pictures or write-up?

deguerre 03-15-2013 03:59 PM

Here's your Pla Pla Pla Pla Pla Platypus Ronelle.

Nice one Bob. The kale was an interesting happy accident, no?

VA-Dave 03-15-2013 03:59 PM

Sorry.....I was staring at your breasts......... what did you cook again?


superlazy 03-15-2013 04:30 PM


Originally Posted by VA-Dave (Post 2408876)
Sorry.....I was staring at your breasts......... what did you cook again?


there was food?

chicagokp 03-15-2013 04:46 PM

That looks awesome!

beercuer 03-15-2013 05:04 PM


Originally Posted by VA-Dave (Post 2408876)
Sorry.....I was staring at your breasts......... what did you cook again?


I'll help you out here, Dave... It was a DD-licious ramen soup.

93vpmod 03-15-2013 05:21 PM

Looks like an abundance of flavor!

buccaneer 03-15-2013 06:47 PM

I could use a bowl of that delicious abomination about now....

Phubar 03-16-2013 08:01 AM

Ain't nothing but yummm!

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