If you’re gluten free, ramen is a dish that you usually have to do without, which I think is simply unfair and the reason I decided to create this bacon and egg breakfast combo. A traditional ramen broth takes days to prepare but, by using this beautiful bone broth, you still reach the intensity of flavour that is so critical to a good ramen. I use 100% brown rice ramen noodles however buckwheat soba are perfect too.
Serves: 4 people
Time: 30 mins
* indicates optional ingredients
2 teaspoons brown rice or white (shiro) miso paste
½ teaspoon ground ginger, finely grated on a microplane
1 teaspoon sesame oil1 tablespoon tamari (or light soy sauce)
4 large free range eggs
250g (9 oz) dried brown rice ramen or soba (100% buckwheat) noodles
*4 organic bacon rashers, rindless (optional)
2 teaspoons chilli flakes or any chilli paste (optional)
2 spring onions (scallions), finely slicedskin on)
Pour broth into a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer. Add miso and whisk to combine. Stir through ginger, sesame oil and tamari; taste and add more tamari, if necessary. (The broth should be well seasoned). Cover and, over a gentle simmer, cook for at least 10 minutes or until ready to serve.
Meanwhile, place water and a generous pinch of sea salt in a large saucepan and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, gently submerge eggs and cook for exactly 6 minutes. Drain and run under cold water (if you prefer hard-boiled eggs, cook for 7–8 minutes). Once cool enough to handle, remove shell and slice in half lengthways.
Cook the noodles according to packet instructions and drain well.
To cook the bacon, heat a non-stick frying pan over a medium-high temperature. Add bacon and cook, turning once, until crisp, about 3-4 minutes. Drain on absorbent paper.
When ready to eat, divide noodles between bowls and then ladle piping hot miso broth over each serving. Top with egg, crispy bacon rashers, chilli and spring onions.
Note: Bacon is not a whole food ingredient I recommend on a daily basis, which is why I have included this as an optional ingredient. For any clean eating purists, just top with an egg but for a little weekend indulgence, a slice of bacon works a treat..