Behold the ramen burger, a meat patty stuffed between two pan-fried ramen buns. It sounded so weird (and fun) when I read about it on Huffington Post that we just had to taste-test one.
Lauded as the new Cronut, the dish was created by ramen blogger Keizo Shimamoto.
Adapted from YumSugar.com.
Chicken Ramen Burgers
4 packages ramen noodles (I used chicken flavor)
4 tablespoons neutral oil, such as canola or grapeseed
4 tablespoons ketchup
2 tablespoons sriracha
1 pound ground chicken
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 slices provolone cheese
1 cup arugula
4 fried eggs (optional)
4 scallions, thinly sliced on the bias
Cook ramen according to directions on package (including the seasoning), then drain off the liquid. Let cool to room temperature. In a small mixing bowl, whisk eggs until no streaks of yolk remain. Add ramen, tossing thoroughly to coat with the egg. Divide the egg-dressed ramen into 8 portions, and place each portion into a ramekin or bowl.
Cover the ramen with plastic wrap, and weigh it down with a can of soup to compress it into a bun shape. Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.
Add the oil to a skillet, and set over medium-high heat. When the oil begins to shimmer, unmold the ramen buns into the pan, two at a time, and cook until the bottom is a dark golden brown. Flip both of the patties, and cook until a dark golden brown on both sides. Repeat with remaining ramen buns. You may need to add more oil.
Whisk together the sriracha and ketchup in a small bowl.
Season the ground chicken with salt, pepper and a couple of splashes of soy sauce and sesame oil. Form meat into four patties. Wipe out the skillet, and cook the burgers over medium-high heat until brown and cooked through, about 6 minutes per side. Finish with another splash of soy sauce and sesame oil. Top with a slice of cheese.
Wipe out the skillet, and lower the heat to medium.
Assemble the burger in this order: Ramen bun, arugula, ketchup, burger patty (cheese side up), fried egg (optional), scallions and the second ramen bun. Wrap in wax paper for easier eating, and serve hot. Makes 4 burgers.