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Homemade Ramen Recipes You Can Easily Master

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Most ramen restaurants refuse to-go orders because those steaming-hot bowls need to be slurped down quickly, lest the noodles get bloated and soggy. It's a real bummer when all you want to do is eat ramen in the comfort of your flannel-lined loungewear without having to brave the stupid-frigid weather. 

In the past, you'd settle for dried noodles in a Styrofoam cup with broth made from a packet. But now, thanks to these 11 recipes, you have the know-how to make your own real ramen. Fresh-cooked noodles, warm flavorful broth, chashu pork, and marinated eggs are only a few clicks away.

Spicy pulled pork ramen
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Spicy pulled-pork ramen

This meal comes together quick if you’ve already got pulled-pork leftovers in the fridge. Recipe here.

Key ingredients:

  • Pulled pork
  • Shiitake mushrooms
  • Chicken stock
  • Hoisin sauce
  • Dried ramen noodles

 

Tonkotsu ramen

Not an easy one, but the best recipes usually aren’t. This one calls for pig trotters, chicken feet, and an excess of pork fat -- so you know it’s a winner! If you’re up for making a truly authentic bowl, start here.

Key ingredients:

  • Fresh ramen noodles
  • Pig trotters
  • Chicken feet
  • Ginger
  • Pork belly chashu
Vegetarian ramen
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Vegetarian ramen

This vegetarian recipe was developed by an avid meat eater, who calls it “a damn tasty bowl of vegetable noodle water.” But it’s so much more. Check it out here.

Key ingredients:

  • Kombu seaweed
  • Onions
  • Leeks
  • Parsnip
  • Popcorn

 

Slow-cooker ramen

The finest Japanese ramen takes hours to make. This simpler version lets the slow cooker do most of the work, but still tastes delicious. The recipe's here.

Key ingredients:

  • Boneless pork shoulder
  • Chicken broth
  • Cremini mushrooms
  • Fresh ramen noodles
Easy ramen
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Quick and easy ramen

This one’s for the lazy man who still wants something better than an instant packet. Half an hour is all it takes. Recipe here.

Key ingredients:

  • Sesame oil
  • Ginger
  • Chicken broth
  • Shiitake mushrooms
  • Yaki soba noodles

 

Alkaline noodles

If you want to be really ambitious, make your own noodles, too. Baking baking (that is not a typo!) soda turns it into alkaline salt, which gives ramen noodles their signature golden hue and chewiness. Everything you need to know is right here.

Key ingredients:

  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking soda
Pork chashu
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Slow-braised chashu pork

Chashu pork is the star of the ramen bowl. Take the necessary steps to make it melt-in-your-mouth tender. Learn how here.

Key ingredients:

  • Pork shoulder
  • Soy sauce
  • Mirin
  • Sake
  • Ginger

 

Marinated soft-boiled eggs

Whip up this quick marinade if you don't have leftover chashu broth to soak your ramen eggs in.

Key ingredients:

  • Eggs
  • Soy sauce
  • Mirin
  • Sake
  • Sugar
Chicken ramen
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Chicken ramen

This baby takes only 30 minutes to make, and it involves ginger butter. Ginger butter, guys. Right this way.

Key ingredients:

  • Chicken
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Shiitake mushrooms
  • Dried ramen noodles
  • White miso

 

Chashu miso ramen

Bone broth takes hours, but this miso-based soup is ready in 15 minutes. Recipe here.

Key ingredients:

  • Miso
  • Ground pork
  • Chili bean paste
  • Chicken broth
  • Fresh ramen noodles
Vegan ramen
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Vegan smoked shiitake ramen

Even without meat, this broth oozes of umami -- thanks to the stovetop-smoked shiitakes. Full recipe here.

Key ingredients:

  • Dried shiitake mushrooms
  • Kombu seaweed
  • Mirin
  • Butternut squash
  • Fresh ramen noodles


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Perry Santanachote is Thrillist's recipes editor. She likes her ramen with chili oil, corn, and extra pork belly. Follow her at @perrysant.