Tantanmen

This ramen was SO GOOD. And a lot easier to pull off than the other recipe I made. You do need to purchase some weird ingredients and invest some time in simmering the broth, but the results are delicious.

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 1 lb. chicken wings
12 cups chicken stock
1 tbsp. toasted sesame oil
2 tbsp. finely chopped scallions, plus 1⁄4 cup, thinly sliced, for garnish
1 (1⁄2″) piece ginger, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1⁄2 lb. ground pork
1 tbsp. tobanjan (Japanese chile bean sauce, available at amazon.com)
2 tbsp. soy sauce
1 tsp. sugar
1⁄4 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
chile oil

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 3 1⁄2 hours (keep an eye on this – mine over-reduced a little). Remove from heat, pour through fine strainer, discard solids; reserve stock.

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.
TAGS: Soups Asia

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