Crock Pot Pork Ramen - The Gingered Whisk

Friday, April 15, 2016

Crock Pot Pork Ramen

Have you ever wanted to try making your own ramen, but didn't know where to start? Or did you even know you could make an amazing, healthy, easy and delicious ramen that doesn't come in a microwavable pouch?

Slow Cooker Pork Ramen - Super easy and super amazing!

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Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, I had a newborn who refused to sleep. Like, ever. And I watched a lot of TV very late at night. One night I happened to catch this movie called "The Ramen Girl" starring Brittany Murphy. Basically, this girl finds herself abandoned, dejected, and utterly hopeless in Tokyo, and has no where to go except this Ramen House, where she forces the chef to teach her his trade. Now, if you know anything about Ramen beyond the microwaveable college staple, then you know that Ramen is more of a revered art form than it is "food" - and its ALL about the broth. Chefs actually spend years and years perfecting their broth making skills before they are even allowed to serve ramen to anyone. It's like, a really big deal.






Pork Ramen with all the toppings! super easy and so delicious!

It might have been because I was delirious with utterly no sleep, or it might have been because its easy to feel kinship with hopeless wretches when you are rocking a screaming baby who refuses to sleep for more than 4 hours in an entire day, or maybe its because I love the thought of food as an art form - any way you look at it, I loved this ridiculous movie. And that is when I became obsessed with making and eating Ramen.

Easy Pork Ramen Soup


Don't fret, though - because you, too can totally achieve an amazing bowl of ramen, and it won't take you years to master it, either. I've tested tons of recipes and perfected the BEST and EASIEST way for you to enjoy a delicious and healthy bowl that you can actually prepare at home with almost no work! And guess what? You make it in the crock pot!

Easy Pork Ramen made with a slow cooker!


The broth, while it hasn't been graded by a Ramen Master (that's a real thing), is pretty dang good - its complex, flavorful and amazing. You can easily customize this dish by adding toppings based on what you like or what you have on hand. I totally suggest buying those little bags of pre-shredded cabbage and carrots, as they make prep-work almost nonexistent. I set all the toppings out in little bowls and let everyone add what they like - kiddos LOVE adding their own ingredients to their food. It's a sneaky way to get them to try things they might normally turn their nose up at.

You can also use those cheap-o packets of ramen (and throw away the spice packet), or you can get the real thing and use these ramen noodles. Remember - boil an egg for 5 minutes for a soft and runny yolk, 7 minutes for a soft but set yolk, and 10 minutes for a hard set yolk.

Have you tried making your own ramen before? Whether you have company, or you need a fast weeknight meal, you will definitely enjoy this easy recipe!

Crock Pot Pork Ramen


by The Gingered Whisk
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Keywords: soup/stew pork
Ingredients (12 servings)
  • 2-3 pounds pork shoulder or butt
  • 4 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cups low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 TBSP fish sauce
  • 1 TBSP fresh ginger, grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 TBSP chili paste
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 TBSP sriracha
  • 1 TBSP toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 TBSP brown sugar
  • 4 packs or Ramen Noodles, seasoning packets discarded
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 4 eggs, for serving - soft boiled or fried
  • 1/2 cup of each for serving - sliced carrots, sliced jalapeƱos, sliced mini sweet peppers, shredded cabbage, sliced shiitake mushrooms, fresh cilantro, basil and green onions
  • toasted sesame seeds, for serving
Instructions
Add the pork to the crock pot.
Pour in the chicken broth, soy sauce, rice vinegar, fish sauce, ginger, garlic, cinnamon, c hili paste, lime juice, sriracha, toasted sesame oil, pepper and brown sugar.
Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours.
Remove the pork from the crockpot and lightly shred with two forks.
Add the ramen noodles, cilantro and basil and cook for 5 minutes.
Once the noodles are cooked, ladle the broth into bowls and top with all the things!
Enjoy!
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** recipe slightly adapted from Half Baked Harvest

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9 comments:

  1. I love ramen...it is something that you can have any time of the day.

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  2. Hi,
    Visiting from abakinglegacy.com and just wanted you to know...I love this post. My grandsons love Ramen...that microwave stuff. We try to dress it up. I will have to make this for them. I like the idea of letting them pick their own toppings. Lovely blog.

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  3. Hi Jenni - Great post!! I've never heard of the Ramen Girl or a Ramen Master. Where I have been?? This looks so yummy! Definitely something my picky baby boy (he's 18!) would actually eat. Thanks so much.

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  4. This sounds amazing! I'm always looking for good crockpot recipes, and I had ramen for the first time this year and it was So Good. Pinning!! :)

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  5. What a tasty recipe, your ramen looks delicious & I love all the different spices you've used. Pinned for later :)

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  6. We love ramen. We eat it even in the warm summer months! I love that your recipe is customizable. And thanks for teaching me a new word today (or two words) - Ramen Master haha!

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  7. Wow, this sounds SO flavorful! Pork ramen is my fave - definitely going to try this one out.

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