Ramen Rice

I used to eat rice plain when I was a kid. Straight-up, white jasmine rice with no salt, no soy, nothing. I was one of those super-picky eaters and plain rice was my dinner most nights, which exasperated my mom to no end. When I was feeling adventererous, I’d pour whatever Chinese soup we were having over the rice and eat soupy rice.

Even better than soupy rice is when rice is cooked in broth; the flavours soak right into each individual grain making them explode with flavour. Mike came up with an idea for ramen rice, so I took it and ran with it.

Ramen rice is rice cooked with ramen broth instead of water then topped with whatever you’d top your ramen with. I topped ours with roasted pork shoulder, edamame, corn, and a soft boiled egg. I pan-fried the corn and edamame with some miso butter to add a bit of extra umami kick.

This is kind of a throw it together kind of dish, so I don’t really have a recipe; I just cooked rice with ramen broth instead of water in my rice cooker. As an owner of a rice cooker, I never make rice in a pot. I did it once, out of desperation while I was on vacation in Mexico, but at home the rice cooker is my friend.

If you don’t have massive amounts of frozen ramen broth in your freezer, this recipe works equally well with chicken or your favourite stock. If you’ve never had rice cooked in broth before, you’re in for a treat!

10 Comments add yours

  1. What is the white and pink swirly thing? This is a smart, nutritious and delicious looking idea!

    Eddie answered you before I did: it’s naruto, a Japanese fish cake. It’s yummy!

    steph on April 19th, 2010 at 9:35 am
  2. what rice cooker do you love? i need a new one and what one that will last a long time with a super good-sealing lid.

    Heehee, to be honest, I just have a cheap house-brand rice cooker that takes forever. I’m looking for a new cooker too, I hear Tiger or Zojirushi are good.

    steph on April 19th, 2010 at 9:38 am

    I have Da-Tong, which is a Taiwanese brand. It is the kind you have to put water in with the rice, and outside the pot. But it is amazing! And it comes with a separator-rack so you can steam something on top with it and have a one-cooker meal. I generally steam chicken, fish or chawan mushi with it.

    Chawan mushi – just beat eggs, bit of salt and chicken broth. Steam exactly with the rice and every time it has come out to perfect, smooth, custard-y goodness! (From your previous post hehe)

    I am going to have to look into this Da-Tong rice cooker!

    steph on September 19th, 2010 at 1:08 pm
    Eleana on September 17th, 2010 at 3:40 pm
  3. White and pink swirly thing = naruto

    This is a great idea!

    Thanks Eddie!

    steph on April 19th, 2010 at 9:39 am
  4. Great idea. Love it. can even do a pasta version!

    Hmm, pasta ramen…I’ll have to figure that one out.

    steph on April 19th, 2010 at 9:40 am
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