Tantanmen (Sesame and Chile Ramen)
We got this recipe—a sesame and chile-spiked ramen dish—from cookbook authors Tadashi Ono and Harris Salat. This recipe first appeared in our Jan/Feb 2013 issue along with Harris Salat's article Ameya Yokocho Pushcart Ramen.
Enlarge Image Credit: Todd ColemanSERVES 4
INGREDIENTS1 lb. chicken wings
12 cups chicken stock
1 tbsp. toasted sesame oil
2 tbsp. finely chopped scallions, plus ¼ cup, thinly sliced, for garnish
1 (½") piece ginger, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
½ lb. ground pork
1 tbsp. tobanjan (Japanese chile bean sauce, available at Amazon.com)
2 tbsp. soy sauce
1 tsp. sugar
¼ cup plus 1 tbsp. neri goma (Japanese sesame paste, available at Asian Food Grocer)
2 tsp. kosher salt
1 lb. fresh or frozen ramen noodles
Rayu (Japanese hot chile oil, available at Amazon.com), for serving
INSTRUCTIONS1. Place wings in an 8-qt. pan; cover with stock; bring to simmer over medium heat. Cook, skimming foam, until the stock is reduced to about 8 cups, 3 to 3½ hours. Remove from heat, pour through fine strainer, discard solids; reserve stock.
2. Heat oil, chopped scallions, ginger, and garlic in a 12" skillet over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add pork and tobanjan; cook until pork is cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes. Add reserved stock, soy, sugar, sesame paste, and salt; boil. Reduce heat to medium; cook, stirring, for 3 minutes more; keep warm. Meanwhile, bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add noodles; cook, until tender, 2 to 3 minutes, drain, and divide between 4 deep serving bowls. Ladle broth over each bowl of noodles, and garnish with scallions and some rayu, if you like.