Delicious noodle bowls are a staple in Japan. However, it can be astounding when faced with all the different and delicious options. One that you might not have heard of is the noodle soup of Chinese origin, Nagasaki Chanpon. As a traditional dish in Nagasaki, this hearty meal was meant as a healthy dish to fill up its people. Filled with fish, protein and vegetables, chanpon is the ideal meal for a party or simply for a night in by yourself.
What you will need: (serves 2 people)
- ¼ carrot
- 2 spring onions
- salt and pepper to taste
- 6 shiitake mushrooms
(Optional Notes: There are many ingredients that you can add for taste to your Nagasaki Chanpon. It is purely personal choice and there is no way to make it wrong. Just make sure the soup base is correct then add till your heart is content. )
How to Cook It:Soup
1Bring a pot of water to a boil and add the Chanpon noodles. These will take approximately 2 minutes to cook.
2Strain the noodles and set aside.
3In another pot, combine the chicken and pork stock.
4Add the soy sauce, mirin, ginger paste, oyster sauce and sugar and mix well.
5Once the mixture is at a boil, add the milk.
6The soup mixture is done. Add salt and pepper to taste.
How to Cook It:Additions
1Start cleaning the squid and slicing into rings (if you want to prepare traditionally, you can score the squid which will allow for a better texture when eating and allow it to cook more evenly). At this time, you can also peel and devein the shrimp if necessary.
2Chop up the carrot, spring onions, cabbage and prepare the snow peas (chop and prepare any extra ingredients that you may want to add during this time).
3Chop the pork belly into thin slices.
4Add cooking oil to the wok and add pork belly. Once it is no longer pink, add the shrimp and squid.
5Add ingredients based on how long they will cook in 30 second to 1 minute time frames. Start with the carrot and onion. Then finally, add the cabbage, kamaboko, bean sprouts and mushrooms.
6Add salt and pepper to taste.
7Combine the soup with the other ingredients in the wok and mix thoroughly.
8Add to a bowl and enjoy!