Japanese noodle soup makes a great morning meal.
Ramen for breakfast, why not? I often make scrambled eggs cooked in brown butter with crisped sage leaves in the morning, so why would those ingredients be any less delicious in a bowl of noodles? I like to cook bacon in the oven. There’s less mess to clean and the bacon ends up perfectly crisp. Just be sure to reserve the bacon fat; you’ll need it for many of my basic recipes.
Ohayogozaimasu (Good Morning) Ramen
- 8 strips bacon
- 1 bunch sage leaves
- ¼ cup unsalted butter
- 1 avocado, sliced (3–4 slices per serving)
- 1 tomato, diced (small pile per serving)
- 1 bunch enoki mushrooms, small pile per serving
- 2 ¼ cup Miso soup base
- 12 cups broth, chicken or vegetable
- 6 cups cooked Ramen noodles
- 6 poached eggs
- Preheat oven to 400ºF (200ºC). Lay a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet. Spread the bacon strips on the sheet and bake for about 20 minutes. Watch carefully as time will vary with ovens. They will crisp up with no need to turn the pieces over. Save your bacon grease in a jar because you can use it to make the ramen soup bases. Remove from the oven and set on a paper towel.
- Roll the sage leaves into a cigar shape and cut perpendicular to the roll into long strips, or a chiffonade.
- Heat the butter in a small skillet over high heat until the butter starts to brown. Immediately scatter the sage leaves in the pan and cook for about 10 seconds. Turn the heat off and use a slotted spoon to remove the sage to a paper towel. Keep the browned butter to drizzle over the ramen.
- Boil a pot of water for your noodles. In a separate saucepan, bring 2 ¼ cups (530 ml) Miso Base and
- 12 cups (2.8 L) of broth to a boil, then lower the heat and let simmer until it’s ready to serve. Note: It’s 3 tablespoons of base to every 1 cup (235 ml) chicken or vegetable stock. Use about 2 cups (475 ml) soup per serving. Right before serving, crank it back up to boil.
- Boil the noodles. If fresh, boil for about 1 minute; if packaged, boil for about 2 minutes. As soon as they’re done, drain well and separate into serving bowls.
- Pour 2 cups (475 ml) soup over each bowl of noodles. Top each bowl with mushrooms, avocado slices, tomatoes, poached egg, a crumbled up half strip of bacon, and crispy sage; lay another whole piece of bacon on the side. Drizzle the browned butter over the top for added flavor.