I have to say, unless its taco Tuesday, I usually steer away from trying international food experiments as they can be really intimating. I have always loved ramen and in Los Angeles we have so many cool spots at our fingertips, talk to anyone from LA, they all have "their" spot. I recently traveled to Chicago and tried this little place called High 5 Ramen. Through a little lit up walkway you walk downstairs to find a dark space with 10 seats and a line out the door. Eventually we managed to get spots not only did I love the hip- hop, dim lit atmosphere I looked around and realized these guys were young hipsters serving ramen.... I figured, if they can do it so can I.I happen to work in little Tokyo where there is a great little mall filled with Japanese dishes and a great market. I am far from a vegetarian, but i figured since I am new to this I would leave the meat out of it this time. Don't worry, you can find all of the items I got in the Asian foods isle at any grocery store. Here is a list of what you will need:

  • 2 Garlic Cloves minced
  • 1 Small stock of minced ginger
  • 1 white onion diced (save a few slices for finishing)
  • 2 Tbsp. Sesame seeds
  • 2 Tbsp. Sesame Oil
  • 1 Tbsp. chili paste
  • 3 Tbsp. Miso
  • 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. Sake
  • 6 Cups chicken broth
  • 4 servings of ramen noodels
  • 1 Shaved Carrot
  • 2 cups corn
  • 10pcs of cabbage
  • 1 Chopped green onion
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • Basil
  • 1 Lime

Ok, Lets start with how to make those eggs. I always thought there was a special ramen egg, turns out you can make them! Bring a sauce pan of water to a boil. Insert the eggs for 7 minutes. While the eggs are boiling place a bowl of water in the freezer. Put the eggs in the cold water as soon as 7 minutes is up. Genitally peel the eggs and place in the 1/2 cup of soy sauce and set aside.
In a large sauce pan heat up sesame oil add diced onion, garlic, and ginger.
Once fragrant add the sugar and miso and sesame seeds and mix well.
Add Chicken stock, sake, salt & pepper
Keep at a simmer
Bring a separate sauce pan of water to a boil for the noodles.
While simmering and boiling you can prepare all ramen toppings.
Follow the instructions on the package,  as soon as the noodles are done drain very well so you don't dilute your broth.
Separate noodels into individual bowls and add broth.
Set all toppings including the egg on top of the soup and serve right away

My Celebration face, the ramen was a success and my friends not only had seconds but thought I was so worldly!