The Newbie Foodies are embracing Ramen making with a fury. The Mr. made a dashi and a pork belly based broth. We got a pasta machine for Christmas so celebrated the end of 2013 by making our own noodles for the first time. We started with not just 1, but 3 different variations so that we could contrast and compare. The first was this basic ramen noodle recipe from NoRecipes.com. We then modified that recipe a bit by using Whole Wheat flour. The final batch was from the Ivan Ramen Cookbook. As an intro, Chef Ivan says something to the effect of you will curse him and/or love him when you try this recipe and that turned out to be very true. This dough was by far the most complicated AND the most difficult to work with- but in the end it blew the competition away with its superior mouthfeel and ability to grasp the miso broth.
When we finally assembled our bowls of ramen and sat down to eat I heard a loud cheer from outside and realized that it was officially 2014. A fantastic foodie way to ring in the New Year!