The traditional food in Morioka is called Morioka Reimen. The soup originates in the northern part of the Korean peninsula. Teruto Aoki, a native of North Korea, introduced the dish to Japan. He opened a ramen restaurant in Morioka in 1954. Aoki’s family is the creator of the Morioka-Style Cold-Ramen, and his descendants have been experimenting with the recipe since then.
The Morioka-Style Cold Ramen is very simple and delicious. You can use either a soup or tare as your base. While tare is a traditional ingredient in Japanese food, it is best to use a seasoning to add a little spice to your soup. The tare is a popular ingredient in Morioka-style cold ramen, so make sure it is fresh.
Morioka-Style Cold Ramen Recipes
- In a large mixing bowl, mix the soup, tare, and ice cubes. Leave the soup in the refrigerator while you prepare the noodles.
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook the noodles. Ramen that has been cut to a standard thickness (about 1 mm) will cook in 1 to 2 minutes.
- Strain the noodles and run under cool water until the noodles are at room temperature.
- Carefully place the noodles in your ramen bowls, keeping them tidy. Pour the cold soup over the noodles.
- Top with 2 slices of chashu, 3 to 5 pieces of menma, a sprinkle of negi, and a sheet of nori. Serve immediately.
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Instant Pot Morioka-Style Cold Ramen
- 200g ramen noodles
- 1 liter chicken or vegetable broth
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon mirin
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
- Garnishes: sliced cucumbers, boiled eggs, ham slices, and nori strips
- Broth Magic: In the mystical embrace of the Instant Pot, pour in your chosen broth. The foundational canvas where the silent songs of flavors will dance, echoing the tender yet profound whispers of the soul.
- Flavor’s Embrace: Introduce soy sauce, mirin, and rice vinegar. With every drop, a silent narrative unfolds, a dance of elements, an intimate ballet where aromas and flavors converge and diverge.
- Pressure Cook’s Ballet: Secure the lid. Set the Instant Pot on high pressure for 10 minutes. In the silent, mystic dance of pressures and steams, flavors meld, embracing each other in an intricate ballet, echoing the cosmos’ silent dance.
- The Release: Allow a natural release for 10 minutes, then quick release. A silent unveiling where pressures depart, and the soulful, aromatic narrative ascends, touching senses, stirring the soul.
- Chill the Soul: Transfer the broth to a bowl. Let it embark on a silent journey to coolness in the refrigerator. Each drop, each aroma, a silent note echoing the serene dance of cool retreat.
- Noodle’s Dance: Boil the ramen noodles as per the package instructions. Cold water’s embrace follows, a silent dance of temperatures where heat and coolness unite, echoing the eternal dance of opposing yet harmonious forces.
- The Assembly: Place the cold noodles in a serving bowl, the chilled, aromatic broth whispering its silent tales alongside. Adorn with slices of cucumber, boiled eggs, ham, and nori, each an intimate expression of silent, soulful echoes.
Tips for making Morioka-Style Cold Ramen
- Garnish Gracefully: Adorn the bowl with an artful touch of seasonal vegetables, offering not just a visual treat but an intricate dance of flavors that echo the soul’s silent symphony.
- Beverage Pairing: A glass of chilled sake or a crisp white wine stands as a silent companion, each sip echoing the nuanced ballet of the ramen’s flavors.
- Serving Aesthetics: Consider serving in authentic Japanese ramen bowls, where the visual embrace is as soulful as the flavors that linger and dance upon the palate.
- Balance of Flavors: Respect the silent dance of soy, mirin, and vinegar. Their harmony is a soulful song echoing the intricate ballet of the universe.
- Avoid Overcooking Noodles: Al dente, where every strand dances with a tender yet firm grace, echoing the soul’s silent symphony.
- Chilling Process: Let the broth embark on its cooling journey undisturbed. Patience is not just a virtue but a silent companion, echoing the profound dance of flavors in tranquil repose.
FAQs of Morioka-Style Cold Ramen
- Can I Use Different Types of Noodles? Yes, the dance of flavors is as versatile as it is profound. Soba or udon can weave their own unique narratives, echoing silent songs of lands, seasons, and elements.
- How to Store the Leftover Ramen? Embrace the leftovers in an airtight container, and let them rest in the refrigerator’s silent embrace for up to two days, where flavors meld and echo the intimate dance of time.
- Can I Add More Proteins? Indeed, slices of grilled chicken or tofu can be silent companions, each bite echoing the soulful dance of proteins and flavors in unison.
- What if I Don’t Have Mirin? Fear not, for rice vinegar mixed with a touch of honey can step into this intricate dance, echoing the silent yet profound notes of sweetness and depth.
- Can I Make it Spicier? A dash of chili oil or a sprinkle of red pepper flakes, and the silent symphony welcomes a spicy verse, echoing the fiery dance of elements in passionate play.
Step into the world of Morioka-Style Cold Ramen. A soul-stirring dance of flavors awaits. Click, explore, savor – a universe of silent songs beckons!
I'm James F Anderson, a noted sous chef from London and a Le Cordon Bleu alumnus. My career began in a Michelin-starred Parisian eatery, where my blend of classic and contemporary cooking, using seasonal ingredients, earned accolades. Recognized in culinary publications and on cooking shows, I’m committed to mentoring aspiring chefs and delivering memorable dining experiences, marking me as a standout talent in the culinary world.