Chicken Shio-Ramen

By Adam Liaw

Ingredients

Broth

  • 1 piece kombu
  • wings and bones from the chicken
  • 5 dried shiitake mushrooms
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 brown onion
  • ½ cup loosely packed bonito flakes

Chicken chashu

  • thigh and drumstick from the chicken
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp sake
  • 2 tbsp mirin
  • 1 tbsp sugar

Chicken breast

  • breast from the chicken

Shio Tare

  • 1 piece kombu
  • ¼ cup dried shrimp
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp sake
  • 1 tbsp mirin
  • ¼ tsp rice vinegar

Chicken oil

  • fat from the chicken
  • ¾ cup canola oil
  • 5 spring onions, cut into 2cm pieces

Noodles and Toppings

  • 1 sheet nori
  • 2 spring onions, finely sliced
  • 1 ajitama (cured ramen egg), or boiled egg
  • 1 tbsp dried wakame, reconstituted in hot water

Method

 

  1. For the chicken oil, place the chicken fat and canola oil in a small saucepan over low-medium heat and cook for about 20 minutes until the chicken fat starts to brown. Increase the heat the high and add the spring onions. When the spring onions turn brown, drain the solids from the oil. Allow to cool.

  2. For the shio tare place the kombu and dried shrimp in 1 cup of cold water and refrigerate overnight. Pour the water into a small saucepan and bring to a simmer, removing the kombu when the water starts to steam. Add the salt, sake and mirin and stir to dissolve the salt. Drain the solids from the liquid and stir the vinegar through the liquid. Allow to cool. 

  3. For the broth, place the kombu and chicken into 4 L of water and bring to a simmer, removing the kombu when the water starts to steam. Simmer at very low heat for about 1 hour, then add the mushrooms, carrot and onion and simmer for another 2 hours. Add the bonito flakes and turn off the heat. Allow to stand for 30 minutes then strain the soup.

  4. For the chashu and chicken breast, tie the pieces of deboned thigh and drumstick together into a roulade with butcher’s twine, keeping the skin on the outside. Place the chicken roulade and breast into the barely simmering broth for 10 minutes for the breast and 15 minutes for the roulade. In a separate saucepan place the soy sauces, sake, mirin and sugar and bring to a simmer, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Reserve the breast, and place the roulade into a press-seal bag with the remaining chashu ingredients for the soy sauce mixture. Refrigerate the breast and chashu overnight. 

  5. Cook the noodles in plenty of boiling water as the packet directs, then drain well. 

  6. In a serving bowl place 1 tbsp each of the shio tare and the chicken oil. Add 1.5 cups of the broth and then add the noodles. Top with a few slices of chicken chashu, chicken breast and the remaining toppings.

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