This recipe uses another traditional ramen ingredient, namely menma (Manchurian wild rice stems), which I love. Along with fishcake (naruto), spinach, lard, and green onion or Japanese leek, the garnishes add a nice touch to the salt flavoring.
Salt Flavoring for Ramen Soup
- 5 cups strained chicken stock
- 2-1/2 teaspoons salt
- Black pepper to taste
- Manchurian wild rice stems (menma or shinashiku) to taste
- 4 slices fishcake naruto
- 8 leaves parboiled and trimmed spinach cut into thirds
- 2 teaspoons lard
- Minced green onion or Japanese leek to taste
Heat stock and add the salt and pepper to taste. Place garnishes on top of the cooked noodles in the salt flavored soup. Add ½ teaspoon lard to each serving and serve piping hot.