When there’s no good ramen shop in town…

Every now and then, I enjoy a good steaming hot bowl of ramen. You get spoiled being in cities like New York, Vancouver or Toronto. And obviously you get spoiled if you live in Japan. Unfortunately, I have yet to find that delicious bowl of ramen in Ottawa. Have no fear though! It pays to have people in your life who love to experiment with making food.

Behold, a partnership of partnerships: one couple to make the ramen broth (many many hours of boiling a variety of bones), one couple to make char siu (wrapped – in my mind this is the only proper char siu for ramen) and ramen noodles.

Noodles of various textures, thanks to different concentrations of lye water.
Noodles of various textures, thanks to different concentrations of lye water.
Noodles for ramen
Noodles for ramen
Toppings for ramen
Toppings for ramen
More toppings for ramen, including seasoned hard boiled eggs (yum!).
More toppings for ramen, including seasoned hard boiled eggs (yum!).
Wrapped homemade char siu
Wrapped homemade char siu
Finished product: 4 bowls of homemade ramen!
Finished product: 4 bowls of homemade ramen!

This isn’t exactly a throw-together last-minute meal and for that, I do wish a good ramen shop would open in town…but how often does one get to enjoy a completely homemade bowl of ramen!? YUM.

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