VIBES: Thom Yorke “Truth Ray”
Its cold season and I’m now sick for the second time in a month. Im over chicken soup at the moment so this recipe was created out of the dire need to load up on veggies and vitamins. You can use whatever combo of vegetables you’re into, the stock is pretty easy to make from scratch, but you can also just use pre-made veggie stock as a shortcut. Just make sure to add some garlic, ginger, soy and miso to add depth to the flavor. Fresh Ramen noodles are definitely the way to go here. I got mine at Mitsuwa. If you can’t find fresh, call it a day and use the $.25 packet from the bodega- but toss the powdered broth.
6 cups of water or broth
Prepare all the veggies and place them in individual piles on a large plate or platter so that you can add them into the broth individually when it is time. Meanwhile, bring another large pot of water to a boil for the ramen noodles.
When the pasta water has come to a boil add the ramen noodles and cook for 2 minutes (or 1 minute less than package directions), be careful not to over cook! You want the noodles to be a little less than al dente so that they will be perfect once the hot broth is ladled over them. Drain noodles, rinse with cold water and set aside.
In a small saute pan heat the olive oil over medium. Add the hot pepper seeds and garlic. Toast the garlic until nice and golden. Remove from heat before it browns. Strain the oil and set aside for garnish.
Add the carrots and the peppers to the broth, cook for a few minutes, until slightly softened but still crisp. Then add the green onion, and corn, cook for another minute. Divide noodles between 4 soup bowls and set to the side.
Add the zucchini to the broth, then ladle the veggies and broth over the noodles in the soup bowls and serve immediately. Garnish with toasted garlic and pepper seeds, cilantro and sriracha pepper sauce to taste.
NOTE: You can easily swap the veggies to your specific tastes. Bok Choy, Bean Sprouts, Spinach, Mushrooms, etc.. all work well. Use the broth as a base and then mix up the veggies and garnishes with what you have on hand.