Ramen: Bowls and Brilliant Broths
Broths are the ultimate cornerstones of cooking. A well-balanced broth involves simple steps including temperature control, skimming, and straining. Master the basics, and the possibilities in flavor are nearly limitless. Asian cuisine, such as ramen, is a great source of inspiration when it comes to creating and utilizing rich, bold broths.
A great chicken broth is essential to building authentic shio or shoyu ramen. Shoyu ramen is soy-based, while shio ramen is a salt-based broth made with chicken bones. If you want to create a game-changing broth, you need to consider mixing and matching collagen-rich cuts such as chicken feet and thighs.
Pork broths are also a staple of Asian cuisine. Tonkotsu, a traditional Japanese pork broth, has a thick, creamy foundation. Tonkotsu takes on a world of flavor from enhancers like onions, mushrooms, garlic, and ginger.
For a truly brilliant broth, these traditional staples can be combined. The ramen featured below uses a flavor rich chicken thigh and soy broth, while boasting the unique textures and enhanced elements of Tonkotsu.