As the title says.
Ramen burger ! Yeah, and it’s probably addictive. At least, my version is. You should really try.
If you wonder who came with this crazy idea, here is a little historic explanation. Everybody knows Fukushima, the region is famous for its… atomically good ramen. Well that’s a true.
喜多方ラーメン (Kitakata ramen) from the town of Kitakata are said to be one of the 3 best in Japan.
source “tourist info”
They are ramen, topped with chashu (pork roast), a slice of surimi, menma bamboo shoots, negi… Then one shop had the idea to make to round patties of broth flavored noodles and serve the toppings inside :
source “the restaurant that started the ra’burger”
They have then been copied all by many others.
So, I have not followed their recipe at all. I’ve used a home-made black bean burger and improvised my fried noodles :
making the burger (click here).
Here are toppings. My sauce : neri goma (pasted sesame, tahini), rice vinegar, miso, a little sugar, paprika, chili pepper and turmeric.
The construction : a round of pan-fried ramen, a layer of greens, a bean burger, a good amount of sauce, pickled ginger, a second round of ramen, cut coriander leaves.
That’s a complete Spring spicy ramen burger. And it’s really delicious.
I tried to eat it with the hands, and I got greasy fingers, that I had to lick after… A sort of burger case would be convenient. I should get some printed at my name.
I could eat beef burgers but I now prefer bean burgers. If you think I’m weird, you should try these. They are soft, juicy, crunchy, flavorful. And easy to make.
Basic ingredients that you can make from scratch but I had them ready to start. Yakisoba (fresh ramen for hot plate) and cooked black beans (here kuromame). You can use other types of noddles/pasta.
Mix, shape and cook. OK, I mash the beans with a fork, I mince the greens, onion, ginger, I roughly break the walnuts. That’s not precise be make them to taste, you can sample the ingredients as you mix in. With 1 cup of beans, I made 2 burgers. I cook them briefly in a frying pan.
With 1 pack, I made 4 rounds of yakisoba. I stir-fried them with a little sauce and spices, then shaped and cooked next to the burgers.
You wonder why I made these yaki-soba “patties” ? Oh, I had space in the frying pan. You’ll see that in next post.
Here is the burger !
You knew French 3 Kings’ cake, la galette des rois . Here it’s the galette des… noix. Noix are nuts. It went a little crazy.
It was going to look like that. Something like this :
But it would be filled with a classic crème d’amande. It became that :
It’s made like a crème d’amande but…
It’s a crème with two nuts, cashew nuts and a few walnuts. Both are infinitely cheaper than almonds, and just as good.
Then… a mistake : not waiting enough to chill the filling. Bref, the crème was runny, no way to properly seal the pie.
Then… oops, the fève (token) is not inside : forgot it !
Bref, that was too late.
Then… the pie burst in the oven.
Bref, some filling leaked.
Then… the runaway filling fell in the bottom of the oven, burnt and made tons of smoke, the cooking sheet started burning.
Bref, the whole city of Osaka was totally burnt.
Then… the pie was not burnt at all.
Bref, the monster survived the tragedy and came to scare guests on the table.
Then…1/3 of the pie wedges had no filling ! And no king, no queen, no quiing, this year.
Bref, we are all losers (yes, everybody picked one of the damned wedges).
Then… we’ve eaten the good wedges after that.
Bref, we’ll be super-fatty losers.
Besides, for 2/3 of it : it’s perfect. Great fun, great dessert.