Living here in Hawaii, there’s a ramen joint on every corner so imagine how upset I am now that I cannot eat those delicious ramen noodles. It’s truly a tragedy. I wanted to make a hot pot in my donabe pot but since I hadn’t yet purchased a heat source or found gluten free ramen noodles, I set the dream aside. While looking online, I got the idea to buy a portable camping stove to use as our heat source. You just use a can butane fluid and you’re in business. (Also, on our next un-scheduled power outage, we’ll be able to eat. For the noodles, I found some rice noodles. They came in packs that look like ramen but are all gluten free. I picked up a spring onion and a curry one and decided I would blend the two to make my broth. I also decided to add a pack of dashi because that makes everything taste better. For the soup, since we were going to be meat free, I did baby bok choy, mushrooms, and green onions.
After I prepared the pot and the soup, I got the broth going. I knew it wouldn’t take very long to cook the vegetables or the noodles so I wanted to just give the broth’s flavor time to get richer. The house smelled really great. Even the kids were asking what that smell was. About 15 minutes before dinner, I turned the heat down and added the vegetables. At first, everything was nearly overflowing but I knew they would cook down a little bit so I gave it a quick stir and put the lid back on. Five minutes before dinner, I added the noodles since they only need a few minutes and I didn’t want them overcooked.
Once the noodles are cooked, you’re good to go. Just serve it up and enjoy! We have a hot pot that serves 2-4 people and we both had 2 servings of soup so it was perfect for us. The best part is the clean up, just give the bowl a quick wipe down! It’s like a skillet, no soap needed. And isn’t any meal better when there’s no clean up?
Here’s the recipe in detail:
- 2 packages of your favorite ramen
- 1 package of dashi
- 2 baby bok choy heads
- 8-10 mushrooms
- 1 bunch of green onions
- Add water, the broth packages, and dashi to your hot pot and allow to simmer for about an hour. Stir well in the beginning to mix in all the powder
- 15 minutes prior to serving, add the vegetables and allow them to cook down
- 5 minutes prior to serving, add the noodles and cook until they’re done
So, there’s our take on a hot pot. Do you have a favorite recipe? I’d love to try it!