Lovers of Asian cuisine know just how delicious a bowl of hot ramen can be. The comforting flavors make it easy to devour several portions without even realizing it!
If you’ve never tried pork ramen before, it’s definitely something you need to check out. There are plenty of traditional Japanese recipes out there, as well as some with unique, modern twists.
In this article, we’re going to be looking at them all! This is our list of the 10 best spicy pork ramen recipes that are super easy to make at home.
The first recipe we’re looking at is pretty straightforward and contains a lot of the familiar ingredients you will have used before when making ramen.
The only slightly difficult ingredient to find might be gochujang, which is a red chilli paste. However, if you don’t already have some of this stuff in your kitchen, we’d highly recommend getting it.
The gochujang and blend of spices in this recipe will leave your palate sizzling with excitement!
While the last recipe may have required a few too many ingredients and steps in the process for some home cooks, this one can be made in 30 minutes by practically anybody!
There isn’t an intricate blend of a million different spices in this recipe because all of the flavor comes from the main ingredients themselves.
For example, instead of using a super hot chilli paste to provide the heat, sliced ginger and chilli flakes will work just fine.
Ok, the last couple of recipes were easy to follow but still required at least a couple of tricky ingredients. However, it’s pretty much guaranteed that you’ll have all the ingredients for this recipe in your kitchen right now!
This is the perfect example of simplifying a traditional Asian recipe to make it easy for home cooks across the world to make it themselves.
Most of the spice and flavor comes from the sriracha or chili garlic sauce that’s recommended for serving but you could easily substitute this for whatever hot sauce you like best.
For a slightly more traditional, advanced recipe, we look to this one known as ja-ja men.
Interestingly, while most of the recipes we’ve looked at so far will call for slices of pork, this one requires ground pork, which is often much cheaper and easier to find in local stores.
The interesting flavors come from some traditionally used soy sauce, sake and that great chilli paste, gochujang.
Another interesting twist with thi recipe is the addition of a large, chopped tomato which adds a bit of zest to your bowl.
One of the great things about this ramen recipe is the fact that most of the cooking can be done in a single pot. This is where the pork, noodles and many of the other ingredients will be cooked most of the way, saving a ton of washing up time.
It’s a really good, authentic recipe that will require you to source a lot of ingredients but it’s definitely worth it.
Of course, some things that can’t be found in your local grocery stores could be substituted for other ingredients but make sure you do your research to ensure that the flavor balance will remain as delicious as it should.
Ramen experts will probably have heard of tonkotsu ramen before. It’s a dish that’s centered around a very rich pork bone broth which provides an exquisite background to the other flavors in the bowl.
This recipe sticks true to Japanese tradition and will require you to get hold of plenty of different spices, sauces and other ingredients.
However, what you’ll be left with is a hot bowl of comfort food that explodes with different levels of spice and flavor with every bite.
This is the sort of dish you could happily eat every day of the week!
With this recipe, the focus is centered squarely on bok choy as a key ingredient to provide some dynamic texture within the bowl.
Bok choy is basically like an Asian cabbage which works perfectly with the flavors you’ll often find in Japanese dishes.
Of course, you’ll find all the other classic ingredients here, like ginger, garlic, soy sauce and chicken broth to bring out the flavor. However, the majority of the spice comes from the sriracha or chilli oil that’s recommended.
The list of ingredients for this recipe really isn’t very extensive and you’ll probably have most of them laying around in your kitchen already.
The combination of chilli garlic sauce, ginger and honey makes for an exquisite broth to soak the noodles and ground pork in.
Not to mention, the recipe also recommends topping the dish with sliced scallions, sesame seeds and roasted peanuts for an additional level of crunchy texture.
Any kind of pork you can find that’s flavored with miso is pretty much guaranteed to be delicious. It’s a traditional Japanese seasoning that works super well with the other flavors typically found in Asian recipes.
In this case, you can either find the miso paste yourself or buy pork that’s already flavored with it.
You’ll also need quite a few different ingredients for texture and seasoning but they all combine very well together into a traditional Japanese dish.
The last recipe on our list is a little different from the rest, using ramen noodles to make a delicious pork stir fry.
These types of noodles work really well in a stir fry because the sauce sticks to them very easily and the smoky flavor of stir frying will cling to each ingredient.
Here, the chilli bean sauce is a key ingredient for providing the heat so make sure you can get a hold of some.
If you’ve read through this whole article, there’s a good chance your mouth is watering right now!
There are plenty of recipes we’ve looked at here that most people will have all the ingredients for already in their kitchen.
So, what are you waiting for? Get cooking!