trying my hand at ramen!

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josh and i have been loving ramen lately (especially since jin ramen has come to the upper west side, if you’re in the neighborhood you must try!) so we were really excited the other week when our blue apron delivery included everything to make our own pork ramen at home! this is one of those meals i would never consider making on my own, so this was the perfect push to try my hand at home with something i’m currently loving and would otherwise feel intimidated by.

we’ve partnered with blue apron today to share the recipe with you! you can see all of their incredible recipes right here if you’d like. and if you’d like to give them a try, the first 100 readers will receive two free meals on their first blue apron order by using this link.  if you aren’t already familiar with them, blue apron delivers all the farm-fresh ingredients in the right proportions to your door, so you can follow their recipe cards and make beautiful meals at home with ease.  we have been using them for a few years now, and have loved the way it introduces us to new foods and meals. and personally, i love that is forces me to cook something. ;)

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PORK RAMEN

what you need:

1 pork roast
3/4 pound fresh ramen noodles
2 scallions
1 ear of corn
1 eggplant
1/4 ounce microgreens
2 tablespoons pork demi-glace
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 1-inch piece of ginger
2 tablespoons soy glaze
1 teaspoon pork ramen spice blend (black sesame seeds, white sesame seeds, kibbled nori and sansho pepper)

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preheat the oven to 450 degrees. heat a medium pot of salted water to boiling for the noodles. wash and dry the produce. slice the scallions, husk the corn and cut the corn kernels off the cob. cut and discard the stem of the eggplant and then cut the remaining eggplant into 1/2-inch thick rounds. peel and mince the ginger.

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remove the netting from the pork and pat dry with paper towels. season the pork with salt and pepper on all sides. brown the pork in 2 teaspoons of oil on medium-high heat and cook, turning occasionally, for 4-6 minutes per side or until evenly browned (i always brown my meat a few minutes longer than suggested.) transfer to a foil-lined sheet and roast in the oven for 10-12 minutes, or until cooked through.  remove from the oven and let it rest 5 minutes before cutting.

blueapron-8while the pork roasts in the oven, wipe out the pan you used to brown the pork, and heat 2 teaspoons of oil to medium-high heat. add the sliced eggplant in a single layer and season with salt and pepper.  cook, flipping a few times as you go, for 5 to 7 minutes. season again with salt and pepper to taste.

while the pork continues to roast, add 2 teaspoons of oil to the pan used to brown the eggplant and heat until hot. add the ginger and white bottoms of the scallions with a little salt and pepper. cook, stirring frequently, 2 to 3 minutes.  add the corn, soy glaze, vinegar, demi-glace and 2 cups of water. season with salt and pepper. bring to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, 4 to 6 minutes, or until thoroughly combined. remove from the heat.

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while the broth simmers, add the noodles to the pot of boiling water, stirring gently to separate. cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes. drain and rinse under warm water.  you can then divide the noodles into however many portions you plan to serve, by plating the noodles into bowls.

blueapron-5blueapron-4when cutting the pork, find the lines of muscle (or grain), and thinly slice crosswise against the grain. stir any juices from the cutting board into the broth. divide the finished broth between your bowls of cooked noodles. top with the browned eggplant and sliced pork. garnish with the spice blend, green tops of the scallions and microgreens.

blueapronand then, ENJOY! (ps. why does “plating” something make me feel SO fancy?)

blueapron-2next time, we want to try making ramen with a soft boiled egg! get ready. ;)

thanks to blue apron for partnering with us on this post! you can see the full recipe, as well as many others, right here. and don’t forget that the first 100 readers to sign up here to give blue apron a go will get their first two meals free! to sign up for your two free meals!

  1. Brooke

    Where is your cardigan from? Love it

    • TAZA

      thanks! from & other stories!

  2. Gabriella

    Oh my! That looks delicious! And I would (and still am) be SO intimidated to do a dish like that on my own, even though I love cooking.

    Also, PLEASE share where your lovely cardigan is from! It looks super comfy and I’ve been looking for a good one just like this one!

    • TAZA

      thank you gabriella! it’s from & other stories!

  3. Claire

    This recipe looks really yummy! It’s too bad that it is somewhat difficult to transcribe a recipe with the US measures in French. I guess it’s all about training…

    Your vest is very cool and beautiful. You rocks Naomi, even if anyway you always looks beautiful no matter what you wear!

    Oh and the “you may also enjoy” widget is working again! ;)

    All the best,

    Claire

  4. ashlee norton

    Was it good?!

  5. Erin

    The banner ads at the bottom of the screen are very distracting from your content & also do not go away when you ex out of them. I come on here to read your blog…not find out about safety information on unrelated medication: Mybertiq

    • josh

      Thanks, Erin, for your comment! I just took down all the ads on Love Taza.

      Let me know if the ad at the bottom gives you any more trouble.

  6. Molly

    Hi! Is there a way to select which meals you’d like to receive? Or is it selected by Blue Apron?

  7. Allison

    We’ve been wanting to try this for a while. The meals always look so good. Thanks for sharing. By the way-still loving your kitchen!

    Love, Allison over at Allison’s Eye
    http://allisons-eye.com/

    • TAZA

      thank you allison! me too!

  8. rach

    looks amazing! the only ” ramen” I’ve had comes out of a plastic package… -_-
    I have got to try real ramen!

  9. Christy

    Just heard about & other stories for the first time on The View this morning! Great stuff!

  10. KathyRo

    Oh man I just changed my Blue Apron subscription from the 3 meals per box to the 2 meals per box ( what? I can’t keep up!)
    And I missed this recipe!
    Oh well at least I have some delicious Southern Style shrimp boil!

  11. antonia

    Love Blue Apron too! Where’s your tee from? Love the color!

    • TAZA

      thanks! it’s an oldie from free people. :)

  12. we indulge in getting fresh and fat white soba noodles from the Asian grocery store, taking the packets of seasoning from Mama brand tom yum flavored ramen, and making fancy ramen at home with the fancier noodles, fresh spinach (wilted into the hot soup), with an egg CRACKED into the pot just before serving to make the soup creamy. maybe we’ll add any leftover meat. maybe. it’s literally $1.00 per bowl, and it feels like such an indulgence!

    • TAZA

      this is amazing! thanks for sharing!

  13. Loni

    Love Ramen! I just signed up for Blue Apron! Can’t wait to try! I love your sweater as well! <3

  14. Naomi, I LOVE plating too :) <3

  15. Carly

    This looks so yummy! I am always impressed by what Blue Apron offers
    Dresses & Denim

  16. Lydia

    Please post where your sweater is from!!

  17. Lauren

    hair goals! and the ramen looks good too

  18. I just tried Blue Apron tonight too! It was so fun making the recipe! Your recipe looks great too! I’m reviewing the shrimp rolls on my blog tomorrow! Plating is definitely the fanciest part ;)

    – Laura

    http://Www.lauraaimevous.com

  19. Nicole

    Hey! I love your blog! I love the sweater too but I’m in LOVE with your shirt! Where’s it from?

  20. This looks wonderful.

    I love your kitchen! You do a wonderful job at decorating apartments!

  21. Shauna

    That looks amazing- ramen is the best but we never cook it at home,

  22. This looks so amazing! I ate my body weight in ramen when I was in Japan a few months ago, I would love to try cooking it at home! Thanks for sharing :)

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  23. Nat

    Wow great recipe!! Taza what do you do with your eyebrows? They look amazing!!

  24. Eisley

    this looks so yummy!! my question isn’t related to your post really at all, but where did you get the magnets for your dishwasher?? I know you mentioned it sometime before, but I just can’t remember. xo

  25. Amber Spencer

    Looks so good!

  26. Britta

    Looks so good! What’s your lipstick color? You have been so good lately. : )

  27. You win the “Fanciest Meal Ever Made with Ramen Noodles” award. Millions of college kids have no idea… =)

  28. Cait

    I was wondering if you will ever or have ever done a blog post on your hair routine and everyday make up routine. You are gorgeous and I would love to learn some new beauty tricks! You look like you know what you’re doing haha :-) love this post!! Yum yum ramen!

  29. Mckinley

    Where did you get the dishwasher magnets?!

  30. Britt

    I love this kind of food-services! In Paris, I’m using Cookin’theworld this week, and I absolutely love it. When the delivery man came, it felt like christmas, haha!

    xx B

  31. emily

    how do you get so much volume in your hair?!

  32. Tara

    We have been using Blue Apron for a month or two now. Loving it!