I’m very happy to announce that in just a couple days I will be heading off to Japan! Finally, I can check Japan off on the list of countries I want to explore. Two full weeks of wandering the streets of Tokyo, Kyoto, and Asakasa, trying every food I see and soaking in the culture…words cannot express how excited I am. In anticipation of my vacation, I am making a Japanese dish with my favorite unagi. This dish is actually inspired by my last visit to New York where a vendor was selling grilled unagi on noodles. It was easily one of my favorite meals that weekend as the eel was charred to perfection and the noodles were the perfect chew. Here is my recreation of cold ramen noodles with broiled unagi.
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Ever since I was young, I have loved unagi. The Japanese bbq sauce smothered on the charbroiled seafood always has a special place in my heart. It only made sense to take that beloved unagi and topped it on cold ramen noodles, drizzled more of that savory unagi sauce and finished it with a poached egg. How can you go wrong with a dish like that?
Start by making the unagi sauce. Sure you can buy the pre-made sauce, but if you have the ingredients to make it, it can be done in a cinch. To make the sauce, just combine the ingredients and let it simmer until reduced and thickened.
Next, cook the noodles. Now, it’s important to purchase fresh ramen noodles and not the instant packets. Fresh noodles are chewier while dry noodles can easily become overcooked and too soft. Make sure to soak the cooked noodles in ice-cold water to prevent them from over-cooking.To make this ramen dish a little more fun, I added spiralized cucumbers. English cucumbers are excellent for turning into noodles because of their length and thickness. Optimally, you want a cucumber that is at least 1.5 inches in diameter. Don’t bother peeling the vegetable since the peel adds a bit of crunch that is desirable in the dish. Pat the noodles dry after spiralizing to soak up some of the excess moisture. If you don’t have a spiralizer, simply cut the cucumbers into 1-inch strips.Chop the green onions, cut the nori and get your water ready to poach the eggs.While the eggs are cooking, broil the unagi for about 5 minutes or until heated through. Toss the ramen noodles and cucumber noodles together and top with the unagi, egg, nori, and pickled ginger. Drizzle extra unagi sauce on top and enjoy! Although this cold ramen noodle with unagi isn’t a classic Japanese dish, it still makes it on the list as one of my favorite dishes!
Now off to Japan I go! Stay tuned for travel posts on Japan!
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