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Ramen noodles

Soy Sauce Flavoring for Ramen Soup

Author Lucy Seligman


  • 2 large garlic cloves peeled
  • 2 knobs ginger peeled
  • 1 Japanese leek white part only
  • 4 tablespoons mirin sweet sake
  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons sake
  • 5 cups strained chicken stock


  1. Mash the garlic, ginger and leek together. Mix together the mirin, soy sauce and sake. Add all the ingredients to a small saucepan and let cook slowly, over low heat, for five minutes. Combine the soy sauce flavoring with hot stock.
  2. Place garnishes on top of the cooked noodles in the soy sauce flavored soup. Add ½ teaspoon lard to each serving and serve piping hot.

Recipe Notes


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