Quick Shoyu Ramen

Quick Shoyu Ramen

The Spruce / Diana Chistruga

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 25 mins
Servings: 2 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
263 Calories
7g Fat
33g Carbs
15g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2
Amount per serving
Calories 263
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 2901mg 126%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 15g
Vitamin C 1mg 6%
Calcium 39mg 3%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 592mg 13%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Ramen is a Japanese noodle dish with as many variations as there are regions in Japan. It's basically a noodle soup, most often made with a meat or chicken broth, and occasionally a fish-based broth. Making delicious ramen noodles can be quite difficult. Chefs in Japan usually train very hard to make quality ramen. This recipe, however, is a relatively quick and easy take on soy sauce-flavored (shoyu) ramen that you can make at home.

Shoyu is just one of several types of ramen. Other common categories include shio, tonkotsu, and miso ramen. Among these, the soy sauce version is noted for its curly noodles and tangy, salty, savory, but light broth. Make it a meal by serving alongside vegetable tempura or top your bowls with cooked chicken, pork, or veggies.

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 2 cups chicken stock

  • 1 cup kombu dashi soup stock (store-bought or homemade)

  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon sake

  • 1 teaspoon sugar

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 2 (3-ounce) packages dried chukamen noodles

  • Optional:

    Negi (spring onion), chopped, for topping

  • Optional:

    Nori (dried seaweed), for topping

  • Black pepper

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Quick Shoyu Ramen ingredients

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  2. Heat sesame oil in a deep pan over medium heat. Sauté the chopped ginger and garlic in the pan for about a minute.

    Garlic and ginger sauteing in a pot

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  3. Lower the heat and add the chicken soup stock and kombu dashi soup stock to the pan. Bring to a boil.

    Stocks added to the pot and boiling

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  4. Add the soy sauce, sake, sugar, and salt to the soup and bring to a boil again.

    Stock boiling in a pot

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  5. In the meantime, boil water in a large pot. Add the chukamen noodles to the boiling water and cook for a few minutes (follow package directions).

    Ramen noodles cooking in a pot

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  6. Place a fine-mesh strainer over a bowl and pour the soup through the strainer.

    Soup strainer in a bowl, ginger and garlic strained out

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  7. Pour the hot soup into individual bowls.

    Soup in two bowls

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  8. Drain the noodles and add to the hot soup.

    Soup in two bowls with ramen noodles

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  9. Add toppings, such as chopped negi and nori seaweed, if desired. Sprinkle with pepper to taste.

    Quick Shoyu Ramen in two bowls

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  10. Enjoy!

Tip

  • The typical noodle used in ramen dishes is called ​chukamen. It is made in Japan using wheat flour and kansui, an alkaline solution. This is the variety we recommend using when making this recipe.
  • The broth can be made ahead of time and refrigerated in an airtight container for up to five days. Reheat until hot before serving and cook the noodles fresh.

What Is the Difference Between Shoyu and Tonkotsu Ramen?

Tonkotsu ramen uses a rich, savory, cloudy broth made with pork bones and other ingredients and is often cooked for several hours before being combined with noodles and slices of pork. Shoyu ramen has a clear broth flavored with soy sauce and other ingredients that is lighter and not as rich as tonkotsu. Chicken, pork, or even fish broths can serve as the base.

Does Shoyu Ramen Have Pork?

Shoyu ramen can be made using a chicken, pork, or fish-based broth. The type of meat broth used to make the soup will depend upon the chef or cook.