It’s a Ramen Miracle: Healthy Lunch Tang Tips!

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Have your lunches been a bit drab lately? Are you in need of some new inspiring, delicious meals to get you through your work or uni days? You’ll love our Asian lunch ideas – they’re simple, nutritious and guaranteed to be a hit with your stomach!

Here are a few of our favourite recipes that will have you hanging out for lunch day after day! You’ll be a source of envy in the office, with the scents of your tantalizing Asian lunches filling the kitchen.

Chicken Ramen Miracle

 Ramen is a popular Japanese noodle soup. It is an art form, but that doesn’t mean it has to be difficult to make! Take the leap and add this delicious chicken ramen to your lunch rotation. Note: Unless you’re an early riser, you may want to make this dish the night before because it takes almost an hour to complete.

What you’ll need:

Broth:

  • 4 cups of water
  • 4-5 chicken wings
  • 2 cloves of crushed garlic
  • 3 slices of ginger root
  • 2 green onions
  • 2 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 Tbsp Sake
  • 1/2 Tbsp Mirin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 Tbsp sesame oil

Noodles:

  • 150-200g dried Chukamen (Chinese style noodles)

Topping:

  • 1 cup bean sprouts, blanched
  • 1 green onion, finely chopped
  • Shredded chicken (from the broth)

 

Method:

  1. Make the broth first. To begin, put water and chicken wings in a large pot and bring to the boil. After boiling for a few minutes, remove any scum and fat that may have come to the surface of the soup. Add garlic, ginger, and green onions, and cook covered for 40 minutes. Then, add some water if you feel you are losing too much liquid. Strain the soup, but save the chicken wings and set aside. Season with soy sauce, sake, mirin, salt, and sesame oil. Keep warm on low heat, covered.
  2. Prepare the toppings. Blanch bean sprouts in boiling water for a couple of minutes, and strain. Chop green onion. Remove bones from the chicken wings and shred the meat into small pieces by hand.
  3. Once everything else is ready, cook dried chukamen noodles according to the package. Divide the noodles in half and put in large bowls. Pour the hot broth over, and top with bean sprouts, onion, and chicken. Now your delicious dish is ready to eat!

 

Dosirak

Thought Japan had all the lunchbox fun? Think again! The Dosirak is the traditional lunchbox style meal of South Korea, usually made at home from scratch and served in a metal tin. What sets Dosirak apart from other lunchbox style meals? It’s typically shaken before eaten, combining all the ingredients and flavours together. Yum!

What you’ll need:

  • Red chilli paste (Gochuchang)
  • Cooked Rice
  • Dried seaweed
  • 1 egg
  • As many vegetables as you like!

Method:

Pop all ingredients in an airtight lunchbox and shake, shake, shake!

 

 Egg Fried Rice

Pushed for time? Looking for a simple and nutritious meal on the go? Egg fried rice to the rescue! Take this classic side dish and turn it into a healthy, quick lunch option!

What you’ll need:

Method:

  1. Beat together the egg and sesame oil and set aside.

 

  1. Heat the vegetable oil in a wok or large frying pan. When it’s simmering and almost smoking, add the rice and stir-fry for 3-4 minutes until completely heated through.

 

  1. Add the peas, spring onions and beansprouts. Stir-fry, turning the rice constantly around the pan, for about 3 minutes. Season well with soy sauce and pepper, then push to one side of the pan. Pour the beaten egg mixture onto the other side and leave for about 10 seconds so it begins to set. Briskly swirl around the egg to break it up and then toss around with the rice. Stir-fry for a further minute and serve…or put in a container ready for lunch later!

 

To shop all the ingredients needed to make these delicious recipes and for more cooking inspiration, come and visit us at 185 Russell St, Melbourne. Be sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook as well to stay up to date on our promotions and new stock arriving.

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