Freestyle is more than a dance genre. In Japan, freestyle ramen is that which cannot be classified by region; basically, just like in dance, anything goes in freestyle.
Remember my egg porn carbonara? I went ahead and used some bacon fat reserved from that recipe to give ginger bacon beef some extra sumptuous fattiness. Assemble beef and 4 hour soy-marinated soft-boiled eggs over saucy ramen noodles and sprinkle with furikake: a salty-sweet seaweed seasoning, found in most Asian food markets. どうぞめしあがれ (bon appétit)!
Slurpable Tossed Noodles
2quartswater, plus 2/3 cup
1/3cupdark soy sauce
1/2cupdark soy sauce
1tspdark sesame oil
4tbspfinely chopped scallions
4servings cooked ramen, al dente
Ginger Bacon Beef
6strips turkey bacon
1tspfresh ground ginger
2tbsproom temperature bacon fat
2lbslean ground beef
salt and pepper, to taste
Boil 2 quarts of water in a saucepan over high heat. Pierce the rounded end of each egg with a sewing needle to make a tiny hole to prevent an air bubble from forming. Gently lower eggs into the boiling water. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 6 minutes. Rinse under cold water and peel very gently.
Meanwhile, stir together the remaining water, sake, soy, mirin, and sugar in a small bowl (should barely fit all 4 egguntil sugar has completely dissolved. Carefully transfer the eggs to the marinade. Place two plies of paper towel over the eggs and press down until the towel in saturated; this will keep the eggs submerged in the marinade. Place in the refrigerator from 4 to 8 hours, then discard the marinade.
In a saucepan, stir together soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, sriracha, and sesame oil until sugar has dissolved. Heat over medium heat to a simmer and toss noodles in the sauce. Set aside.
Ginger Bacon Beef
Fry bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat until crispy, about xx minutes. Set bacon aside. In the same skillet, sauté ginger and garlic in the bacon fat about 1 minute until fragrant. Add beef and lightly season with salt and pepper. Crumble bacon in pan, and cook beef about 10 minutes, until cooked through.
In a bowl, serve noodles with ginger bacon beef, halved egg, scallions and furikake seasoning.