“A bowl of ramen is a self-contained universe, with life from the sea, the mountains, and the earth. All existing in perfect harmony. Harmony is essential. What holds it all together is the broth. The broth gives life to the ramen.”
Maezumi, Ramen Girl
It all begins with a spicy glazed piece of salmon, a few spears of asparagus and a small bunch of trimmed green onions and a few minutes later a delicious bowl of noodles for dinner with enough left for tomorrow’s lunch, ramen style with spinach. Neither bowl is an authentic recipe from some expert, just a simple dish for my craving for spicy Asian…for leftovers I found the very last container of homemade ramen broth which also serves as a friendly reminder that I have a rainy day or two coming up and I love making the time-consuming broth under such circumstances again while watching Ramen Girl.
I made a simple teriyaki sauce to add to the finished noodles and a separate sesame glaze to marinate the salmon in for a few minutes. For the sesame glaze a couple of fat cloves of minced garlic and about 1/4 inch of minced fresh ginger (you can also grate the ginger and garlic). In a small bowl add 1/2 tablespoon spicy sesame oil (it is hot) or just plain roasted sesame oil, 2 tablespoons honey, 3 tablespoons rice vinegar, 4 tablespoons soy sauce, heat in microwave for a minute and set aside. Marinate your piece of salmon in the sesame glaze for 10 minutes. Pat the salmon with a paper towel sear salmon in a very hot nonstick pan or well seasoned cast iron or stainless pan over medium high heat for approximately 2 minutes. Brush with glaze…I chose to do a quick sear on the second side and because the filet was thick and I finished it in a 450º for an addition 3-4 minutes or until the fish was nice and flaky. Brush fish with the glaze while in the oven, remove from pan, set aside while you garnish your cooked Asian noodles with your favorite ingredients, today grilled asparagus and green onions.
Tomorrow glazed salmon floating in a mellow ramen broth with fresh spinach. I added a little of the teriyaki sauce to the broth.