I assume a lot of you spent New Years Day slouching around fighting hangovers. Don’t worry, we’ve all been there. In fact, that’s exactly what I did. My lazy day was interspersed only by a quick trip to the shops, a nap and a bowl of comforting shin ramyun noodles.
On first meeting Dave, it became quickly apparent that for most of his bachelor days, he was living on packet noodles called shin ramyun, bulk bought from the local Korean supermarket. Initially, I have to admit I thought that meant he was a rubbish cook with no interest in food and a cupboard full of pot noodles.
That was a mistake, and often now, it’s me asking for shin ramyun. He is a good cook, he does like food and shin ramyun is NOT pot noodle or anything close. It’s something he discovered when living in Korea and just loves to eat. Yes, it’s dried noodles in a packet and is fast to prepare but that’s all. The flavours are great – authentic, spicy and rich. And when enhanced with a few extra bits, this is great comfort food.
Ingredients (per person)
- 1 packet of shin ramyun
- 500ml water
- 3 spring onions finely diced
- 3 shiitake or chestnut mushrooms sliced
- 1 egg (we use duck eggs for a treat)
- Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan.
- Add the noodles and the two sachets of flavour.
- Boil for around 2 minutes.
- Add half the spring onions and the mushrooms and continue to cook until the noodles are almost cooked.
- Carefully crack the egg into the pan and using chopsticks gently whisk the white away from the yolk so that it mixes into the noodles.
- Cook for a few more minutes until the yolk is still runny but the whites are cooked through.
- Gently pour into a bowl and sprinkle the remaining spring onions on top.
- Eat with chopsticks and a spoon (or, in my case, a fork and spoon) and take great delight in breaking the yolk and watching it spill into the noodles.
You can buy shin ramyun from amazon or from Asian supermarkets. Look out for the distinctive black and red packaging. The brand you want is Nongshim. Nothing else will do!
It seemed fitting that on New Years Day, cuddled up on the sofa, we ate the last two packets from his big box of ‘Bachelor’ noodles. I’m 100% sure that more will be purchased but this time we’ll be buying them together.
Additionally, I’m entering this into the Simply Eggcellent January link up by Dom at Belleau Kitchen. This is a healthy but filling meal where the duck egg is the star of the show! Find more healthy recipes from other bloggers which include eggs here.