What once was a lazy way to get the flavors of tantanmen into some instant ramen became one of our best recipes yet. This is our unofficial hack for Mendokoro Ramenba‘s tantanmen. For this recipe, we suggest using pork-based ramen like spicy Jin Ramen, which we believe works best.
This instant ramen tantanmen is thick, slightly creamy, and flavorful. The ground pork gives it a nice meaty flavor—especially if you have those browned parts. The broth is nutty; and while it’s still pretty spicy, it doesn’t violate the senses thanks to the addition of milk. You can add a bunch of other stuff to this recipe to finish: sesame seeds, spring onions, or even some nori!
- ½ tbsp oil
- 100g ground pork
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tbsp peanut butter
- 2 cups hot water
- 1 cup milk
- 1 pack instant ramen, pork flavor recommended
- ½ tbsp chili oil, optional
Cook pork: Heat oil in a pan over high heat. Add ground pork and cook until well browned.
Make broth base: Add the soy sauce and peanut butter and cook, stirring constantly, until peanut butter is liquid. Add the water, milk, and ramen seasoning packets. Stir to combine and bring the mixture to a boil.
Cook noodles and serve: Add ramen noodles and cook until noodles are tender. Place everything into a bowl and top with chili oil.