Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Chicken, Mushroom and Bok Choy Ramen

So, we're pretty sure the sign at the farmer's market said that this mushroom is hen of the wood. Which is also known as maitake--so I thought I'd go with a Japanese recipe for this one. We love Ramen, for one because it's easy, and two because it's versatile. I've made Ramen so many different ways before I blogged that I can't remember all the yummy variations. One of the reasons I'm doing this blog is purely so that I'll have access to all my mad experiments after I've forgotten thm!

Promise, this one's pretty sane!
And to be completely honest, it's a riff off of Alton Brown's Ramen Shrimp Pouch

My recipes are generally for two people, but this one serves 4.


  • 3 chicken thighs
  • 3 package Ramen noodles
  • 6 cups chicken broth (from cooking the chicken thighs)
  • 1/2 cup mirin
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 4 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 clump hen of the wood or oyster mushrooms
  • 1 sliced onion
  • 1 small parcel of bok choy, chopped
  • 1/2 cup scallions sliced
  • Fresh ground white pepper to taste
  • Honey to taste
Two very good things in life--ichimi (finely ground red chili pepper) and white pepper.


  • Place the chicken thighs in a small sauce pan and cover with 7 cups of water, bring to a boil, then turn down to medium low heat and allow to simmer for about 30 minutes.
  • Remove the chicken thighs from the liquid and put in the fridge to cool, when it is cool enough to handle shred the chicken.
  • Strain the liquid and reserve six cups.
  • Cook the ramen noodles per package instruction, but discard the seasoning packets. Strain the noodles, run cold water over them, and put to the side.
  • Combine reserved chicken broth, mirin, soy sauce, and sesame oil, bring to a boil and add the bok choy.
  • Turn down to a slow boil and cook the bok choy and onions for about 5 minutes or until the tenderness is to tase.
  • Add the mushrooms and the scallions and the shredded chicken.
  • Sprinkle on white pepper.
  • Drizzle over honey.
  • Place cooked ramen in the bottom of each bowl and ladle soup over.
  • Serve with ichimi.

1 comment:

  1. That is definitely hen of the woods. I love hen of the woods -- my dad, as a proper Italian from New Castle, PA, has spent each fall since he was a small boy searching for hen of the woods growing on unsuspecting oak trees. He says that hen of the woods foraging was such intense business in his hometown that people would never, under any circumstances, divulge the location of "their" tree. We still search for them every fall. It is great adventure, and even greater eating!