Spicy Tsukemen


Dipping Ramen

"Tsukemen" is an unusual dish where the ramen noodles and soup are served separately. Enjoy my spicy version of tsukemen served with a hot, aromatic homemade broth flavoured with ginger, garlic, miso and chilli. It's delicious, warming and ready in just 15 minutes!


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Spicy Tsukemen


2 servings




15 minutes




for the meat:

» sesame oil » spring onion finely sliced » chilli finely sliced » garlic finely diced » ginger finely diced » pork mince » tobanjan (Chinese chilli paste) » miso paste » ground sesame seeds » black pepper

for the soup:

» water » chicken bouillon » sugar » soy sauce » slurry (potato starch & water) » sesame seeds » chilli oil (garnish) » chilli (garnish) » Chinese chives (garnish)

noodles & toppings:

» ramen noodles » sesame oil » spring onion » kizami nori (shredded seaweed) » slurry (potato starch & water) » narutomaki (fish cake) » menma (fermented bamboo shoots) » ramen eggs

Fry the aromatics

Heat a pan on medium low. Add sesame oil, spring onion, chilli, garlic and ginger and fry until lightly sizzling and you can smell the aroma.


Add the meat

Turn up the heat to medium and add the pork mince. Stir fry until browned.


More flavour

Add tobanjan, miso paste, black pepper and ground sesame. Stir fry for 1 minute.


Making soup

Add water and chicken stock powder and bring to a boil. Once boiling, lower to a simmer and add the soy sauce and sugar.


Thicken the soup

In a small bowl make a slurry with potato starch and cold water. Pour the mixture into the broth and stir continuously until slightly thickened. Once slightly thickened, remove from the heat and set aside for later.


Cook the noodles

Cook the ramen noodles according to the instructions on the packaging. Once cooked, wash with warm running water and transfer to a mixing bowl. Drizzle with sesame oil, mix well and dish up.



Divide the noodles into portions and add the toppings of your choice. Serve each portion with an individual bowl of dipping soup garnished with chives, chilli slices, chilli oil and sesame seeds. Enjoy!


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