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.
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