Spring Pork Ramen
with snap peas
When we featured this ramen in April 2016, it got rave reviews thanks to a rich, flavorful stock that is created as the pork slowly cooks with aromatics. This time around, we're doubling up on pork so that you'll have leftovers to make Banh Mi tomorrow night.
Smarts: If you'd like, use instructions in this previous ramen recipe to make soft-boiled eggs to top off your bowls.
- Onions - 1, quartered
- Garlic - 6 cloves, peeled and crushed
- Ginger - 3 Tbsp, peeled and sliced
- Oil, cooking - 2 Tbsp
- Pork, bone-in shoulder roast (sometimes labeled pork butt) - 3 lbs
- Mushrooms, dried shiitakes - 1 oz
- Stock, any low-sodium variety - 6 cups
- Miso paste, any type - 1 1/2 Tbsp
- Ponzu - 2 Tbsp (sub rice vinegar)
- Peas, snap, fresh or frozen - 10 oz, chopped (sub spring peas)
- Limes - 1, wedges
- Cilantro - 1/4 cup, chopped
- Noodles, dried ramen - 6 oz
- Oil, toasted sesame - 1 tsp
- Onions / Garlic / Ginger - Prep as directed and combine. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
- Slow-cook pork: Season pork with some salt and pepper. Heat a skillet or non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Add oil. Once heated, sear pork on all sides until golden brown. Combine onions, garlic, ginger, mushrooms, stock and pork in the bowl of a slow-cooker. Cook until pork is tender and falling off the bone, 4 to 5 hours on high or 7 to 8 hours on low. (You can also sear the pork in a Dutch oven, add the other ingredients and cook at a low simmer until pork is tender and falling off the bone, 1 to 2 hours). (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
- Snap peas / Limes / Cilantro - If using frozen snap peas, run under warm tap water to defrost. Prep as directed. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
- When pork is finished cooking, remove meat from the slow-cooker (or Dutch oven) and place on a cutting board.
- Place a strainer over a large mixing bowl and pour cooking broth through the strainer. Reserve broth and discard any solids caught in the strainer. Return broth to the slow-cooker. Turn the slow-cooker up to high (or medium heat under the Dutch oven) and whisk in miso paste and ponzu. Simmer broth (it will continue to develop flavor while you prepare the rest of the ingredients).
- Shred pork and discard bone. Taste and season meat with some salt and pepper. (Remember to reserve half the shredded pork for tomorrow.)
- Heat a skillet with sesame oil over medium-high heat. To heated oil, add snap peas and a pinch of salt. Saute until peas turn bright green and are warmed through, 1 to 2 minutes (be careful not to overcook or they will lose their crunch). Transfer peas to a serving bowl.
- Optional step: Return the skillet to stovetop and increase to high heat. Add a splash of cooking oil (not on ingredients list) and then shredded pork. Saute pork until golden brown and crisp around the edges, 4 to 5 minutes. This will give the pork crunchy edges and add flavor, but skip it if you are short on time.
- Add noodles to simmering broth and cook until noodles are tender, 4 to 6 minutes.
- When noodles are finished cooking, taste broth and season with additional miso, ponzu, or a bit of hot sauce if you like spice. (Don't skip this final seasoning step because there is variation in the flavor and sodium content of stock.)
- Ladle noodles and broth into serving bowls. Top each bowl with pork, snap peas and cilantro. Serve with lime wedges to squeeze over the finished dish. Enjoy!
Great recipe. Could use more veggies. Recommend refrigerating the broth separate from the noodles. This prevents the noods from getting soggy and allows you to skim some of the pork fat from the top (which you should depending on how fatty your pork butt is). Very fatty, rich meal so don't skimp on the lime juice to add some acid and brighten the meal up.0 Helpful
always a winner!0 Helpful
My family loved this. The broth is delish. I am eating low carb so my family ate ramen and for me I used julienned collard leaves as "noodles". I really liked it. You could just as easily use a spiralizer and make zucchini noodles.0 Helpful
I have made this a few times. It is one of my favorites. I like to add different veggies to the finish soup/pork/ramen.0 Helpful
This is amazing, especially if you crisp the beef. However, I highly recommend only making enough for one night, like the other ramen-type meals at Cook Smarts.0 Helpful
I was not a big fan but my husband liked it. I used red miso which may have overpowered the dish.0 Helpful