Around the Bowl

Soups of the world – Recipes from around the globe & some creations of my own


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Beef Ramen – The Versatile Japanese Soup

Ramen is complex and simple at the same time.
Why complex? Well, If you try to unravel its secrets or to find the definite and true recipe you can go mad on the process; there are as many versions as regions or cooks in Japan and all around the globe! Making the broth from scratch takes a lot of time, ingredients and patience, but that probably might be the key to a good ramen, then it is possible to be as playful as you desire with the toppings and garnishes! By the way, the home-made ramen stock reminds me of the Spanish cocido broth because of its meat cuts and cooking method, it’s interesting to find this connection points between such two different and distant cultures through their cuisine.
And why simple? Because ramen also allows to be simplified and transform into a healthy, delicious and creative dish for the every-day easy to put together meal. I just use a good quality stock and the rest is pure inspiration!
Although I usually choose to go for the extremely simplified version of this soup, I love this guide to Ramen, it provides a lot information classified in a very clarifying way, its like the Ramen encyclopedia!

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Doenjang Jjigae – Korean Miso Soup

Hello my foodie friends! I’m sorry for my short disappearance, I have had a busy week, but I’m back to share a delicious and spicy Korean hotpot! Sometimes I have the feeling that this look like a spicy food blog, but I can’t help it, I love it! I think about 70% of everything I cook is spicy or at least very fragrant. Is not that we don’t enjoy a delicate Mediterranean dish at home as well, but there is an undeniable trend here…

Doenjang is the Korean miso, made of fermented soybean paste and Jjigae basically means stew.  I adapted today’s dish from this recipe in Beyond Kimchee site, a great blog to learn or initiate into Korean food. The fermented soybean paste is not hot, but very salty and strong-flavoured and it gives the stews and soups a very particular flavour.

Let’s cook our Doenjang Jjigae?

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