California Ramen

California Ramen

This soul-satisfying dish is deliciously brothy, chock full of flavorful veggies and has the perfect little kick of heat from the Sriracha! The recipe may have many steps, but this labor of love is well worth the effort!


serves 2-4


1 tablespoon olive oil

2 heads bok choy, bottom trimmed and halved lengthwise

1 yellow onion, coarsely chopped

1 head garlic, coarsely chopped

1 knob ginger, finely minced

1 (3.5 ounce) package of brown beech mushrooms, base removed

4 cups of your favorite broth

1 (10 ounce) package ramen noodles

2 eggs

1 avocado, sliced

1 bunch cilantro, coarsely chopped

1 lemon or lime

1 tablespoon Sriracha or your favorite hot sauce



Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Trim the base of the bok choy and cut it in half. Sear both sides, about 2 minutes, until slightly brown and tender. Remove from pot and set aside.

In the same pot, add the onions, garlic and ginger. Cook until the edges of the onions start to brown, about 2 minutes. Add the beech mushrooms and cook until they begin to soften, about 1 minute. Add ¼ cup broth and deglaze the brown bits on the bottom of the pot. Add the rest of the broth and simmer for about 20 minutes (though you can cook longer for a deeper flavor). Season to taste with salt.

Meanwhile, in a separate pot, fill with water and bring to a rolling boil. Add the noodles and gently separate with chopsticks or a fork. Cook for 2 minutes. Scoop out the noodles, then run them under cold water briefly to prevent overcooking. Bring the same water back to a boil again, add the eggs (leave the shell on) and boil for exactly 4-6 minutes, depending on your egg softness preference (4 minutes will result in a slightly runny yolk, 6 minutes will yield a firm yolk), take the eggs out and immediately put it in an ice bath. Carefully peel off the shell.

Add the noodles and bok choy to serving bowls, pour the broth over the top and layer on the sliced avocado. Add the egg. Sprinkle on the cilantro and squeeze lemon or lime over each bowl. Drizzle with hot sauce and serve.


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