This Easy Pork Ramen is unlike any ramen you had in your college days! Thinly sliced, perfectly cooked, juicy pork tenderloin and an egg with a gloriously runny egg yolk, crunchy Asian greens, and flavorful mushrooms, all swimming in a scrumptious and flavor-packed ramen noodle broth.
Delicious Easy Pork Ramen in 30 minutes!
If you like chicken ramen instead, here’s my Easy Homemade Chicken Ramen recipe!
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A quick and easy meal that’s big on flavor is every cook’s goal. One that can please the whole family, and is a constant favorite is the dream.
Lately, my dinner preparations have taken a hit because I’ve been insanely busy with my cookbook that I’ve been working on, so there’s been an even bigger emphasis on easy dinners.
Ramen noodles are synonymous with quick, easy meals. But I’m not particularly fond of using those flavoring/seasoning packets that they come with. This is where Marinated Fresh Pork comes into the picture! Mr K loves the ramen and pork combination, and this Easy Pork Ramen is one of my go-to meals when I’m short on time and it NEVER disappoints.
We don’t have marinated pork available where we live
But if you don’t have marinated pork available where you live, don’t worry! You can still make this incredible ramen for your family.
I’ve included a simple and easy spice mix you can use to marinade a plain pork loin too.
Since pork loin cooks quickly (30 – 40 minutes, depending on the weight of the pork loin). So you can simply cook your noodles with your favorite broth and vegetables, and you have one flavor-packed meal ready to be served by the time the pork is cooked in the oven.
MORE TIPS ON HOW TO MAKE EASY PORK RAMEN
- First tips is to use a simple, marinaded pork loin. But of course if you don’t have access to that, you can marinade your own with a simple spice mix that’s big on flavor!
- Second, to make this dish even more scrumptious and easy – start with store-bought broth and then up the ante with lots of flavor. I use organic, salt reduced broth and add garlic, ginger, pepper, chili flakes and soy sauce, and since the mushrooms are also cooked in the broth here, they also add a delightful umami flavor to it. No one will guess that it’s all been cooked in under 30 minutes!
- Cook the vegetables IN the broth to make this easy for you! The greens are also cooked in the broth, along with mushrooms here. I just place the greens in the hot broth for just a few minutes, and not any longer because I want my greens to stay wonderfully crunchy.
- I used shiitake mushrooms for this easy pork ramen bowl, because that’s my favorite, but I have also added some enoki mushrooms. But you can use any kind you like, of course. You can even use dried shiitake mushroom, which is easier to find.
- Cook all the vegetables at the end IN the broth, you don’t have to worry about using separate pans either.
However, the one thing I do cook separately is the eggs. While the egg is optional, I do like serving eggs with my easy pork ramen – mostly for that golden, runny egg yolk! That yolk adds a wonderful richness and texture to the broth that we both love. The good news is YOU CAN MAKE THE EGGS AHEAD OF TIME (upto 4- 5 days ahead of time), and you can make it extra special too.
Just check out how to make simple, easy, and extra jammy Ramen Eggs here.
This is unlike any ramen you had in your college days, I guarantee it! 🙂 It’s an upgraded version that’s packed with zesty flavor, better than anything you could make with those seasoning packets. And it’s better for your family too. I always have a few different flavors of Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork in my freezer, precisely for meals like this. With 6 flavors to choose from, there’s quite a bit of variety you can add to your meals.
And the great thing about this easy pork ramen bowl was that we had plenty of pork leftovers for the next day too. I love thinly slicing the leftover pork and making sandwiches with it, or adding it to rice and making a quick fried rice for lunch or dinner.
Between writing, baking and photographing dozens and dozens of cakes for the cookbook, I haven’t had time to plan elaborate meals, but I need not have worried. This easy pork ramen bowl is an absolute home run!
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Easy Pork Ramen
- 8 oz Pork tenderloin
Spice mix for the loin
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 tbsp freshly cracked black pepper please use less, if you don't like spicy food
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 packets dried ramen noodles (plain noodles, without spice packets)
- 1 L chicken broth or beef broth, reduced salt (just over 4 cups)
- 1 inch ginger skin removed and sliced
- 3 garlic cloves sliced
- 2 spring onions / scallions cut into large sections
- ½ tbsp chili flakes crushed red pepper (please be mindful about adjusting spice level to your preference, this was fairly mild for us)
- 1 ½ tsp black peppercorns either whole or coarsely ground
- 2 tbsp soy sauce adjust to your taste
- 115 g fresh shiitakes mushrooms sliced (or about 10 dried shiitake mushrooms, soaked in warm water and sliced)
- 4 stalks of Chinese greens like baby bok choy or yu choy
- 1 bunch Enoki mushrooms optional
- Extra chopped spring onions to garnish
Half Boiled Eggs
- 2 ramen eggs large eggs (to make jammy eggs)
- Mix all the ingredients in the spice mix.4 cloves garlic, 1 tsp Salt, 1 tbsp freshly cracked black pepper, 2 tbsp vegetable oil, 1 tbsp soy sauce
- Spread the spice mix all over the tenderloin. Cover and marinade for at least 1 hour, upto overnight (in the fridge)8 oz Pork tenderloin
- Preheat oven to 350°F / 180°C.
- When the oven is preheated, roast the pork tenderloin until the pork has an internal temperature registered at 160°F with a meat thermometer. This can take between 20 - 30 minutes depending on the thickness of the tenderloin piece.
- Once it’s cooked, remove from the oven, cover and let it rest for about 10 minutes before slicing.
- Follow the recipe instructions for ramen eggs, to make ramen eggs for this recipe. The eggs require at least 2 hours or upto overnight marinating.2 ramen eggs
- To make hard boiled eggs (with runny yolks) - Bring a pot of water to a boil over medium high heat (with enough water to completely cover the eggs).
- Add some salt or vinegar to the water. Lower the eggs into the water gently. To prevent the eggs from cracking, remove the pan from the heat, and lower the eggs gently. Once the eggs are in the pot, return it back to the stove.2 ramen eggs
- Cover with a lid and allow the water to come to boil. Set the timer to cook the eggs for exactly 6 minutes (set a timer). Reduce the heat to a simmer.
- When the 6 minutes are up, remove the eggs and place them in a bowl with iced water OR under cold running water for a few minutes.
- Crack and remove the egg shell carefully. Keep the eggs covered until you are ready to serve.
Ramen Noodles and broth (make this while the pork is cooking)
- Place all the ingredients except for the ramen noodles, mushrooms, Asian greens and chopped spring onions, in a pot.1 L chicken broth, 1 inch ginger, 3 garlic cloves, 2 spring onions / scallions, ½ tbsp chili flakes, 1 ½ tsp black peppercorns, 2 tbsp soy sauce
- Bring the stock to a boil over medium high heat. Cover and let it simmer on medium - medium low heat for about 15 - 20 minutes.
- Once the pork is cooked and ready to be sliced, you can remove the garlic cloves, ginger and spring onions from the broth if you want (we like to eat it all).
- Add the greens and blanch quickly for 1-2 minutes in the simmering water. Remove the greens and set aside.4 stalks of Chinese greens like baby bok choy
- Add the ramen noodles, and sliced shiitake mushrooms and let it simmer for 3 - 5 minutes until the noodles are done.2 packets dried ramen noodles, 115 g fresh shiitakes mushrooms
- Slice the pork tenderloin into thin slices.
- Divide the ramen noodles and broth into two bowls.
- Add the enoki mushrooms and blanched greens over the hot broth, followed by the pork slices, jammy egg, cut in half and the chopped spring onions. Enjoy!1 bunch Enoki mushrooms, Extra chopped spring onions to garnish
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Even better – you can roast, grill or sautée Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork for a variety of quick and easy meal solutions. From roasts, to salads to stir fries – we have used it for carnitas, curries, an even simple pork chops for wholesome meals that are never short on flavor. Head on over to your local Walmart to get Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork in the pork section of the meat aisle.
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