Coast Cooking

Coast Cooking: Ramen is a good comfort food

To most of us Ramen is nothing more than a dried package of noodles. Many of us discovered them in college as a quick, cheap snack, and they remain only that to most.

In a good Asian market, Like Lee's International Market in Biloxi, you can find almost 40 different types and flavors.

To anyone with even a cursory knowledge of Japanese cuisine,  however, just the mention of Ramen will send a thrill through their soul.

Ramen is the ultimate comfort food in Japan. It consists of a bowl of hot broth, a broth just as flavorful as it can be, fresh noodles, and a world of condiments far too broad to list.

Ramen also differs by region and there are countless shops that sell nothing but Ramen.

Good Ramen is made with fresh noodles and they are impossible to find here. Do the best you can.

Here is a very simple recipe

1 package Ramen style noodles

1 roasted chicken

1 cup fresh mushrooms

1 chopped jalapeno

1 small bunch cilantro

Prepare the noodles according to package directions. Remove the meat from the bones, then use the carcass to make a stock (just add water and simmer).  Taste the stock, season as needed,  and when it is just right, strain and discard the solids. Sauté the mushrooms in a bit of oil, when tender remove and set aside. Fill individual bowls with stock, add a heaping helping of noodles, 1/4 cup or so of chicken, jalapeño, mushrooms, and cilantro. Serve piping hot.