When New York meets Tokyo
When an average trendy New Yorker stand in line with 150 others for a burger, this burger must actually be in all mouth!
Since more than a year, the still unbroken top trend in the East Coast fast food gastronomy – THE RAMEN BURGER!
Actually, it could also be called Keizo Burger, named after its inventor, the 35 year old New Yorker programmer with Japanese roots, Keizo Shimamoto.
As a Japanese kid growing up in California, Keizo Shimamoto developed a love for both parts of his culture: Tokyo and L.A., ramen and burgers.
Ramen are Asian noodles made without eggs, from wheat flour, salt and water.
How to make your own Ramen Burger:
2 packets Instant Ramen (of your choice)
2 Burger Patties
Handful of Arugula
2 Tbs Chopped Scallions
2 Tbs Soy Sauce
1 Tbs Hoisin Sauce
Fried Sunny Side Up Egg (optional topping)
Cook the instant ramen as you normally would until al dente, drain well and add the seasoning from the enclosed packet to flavor the cooked ramen.
Add one egg (or two if you want, otherwise fry up the other egg) and incorporate that into the ramen. Adding some sesame oil at this stage helps if you find the ramen noodles getting clumpy.
Divide the ramen noodles into two parts and shape them into patties. I used a pastry ring to help me create a disc shape, and then I sear these noodle discs on an oiled frying pan until the tops are brown and crispy.
I placed a ramekin over the noodles so that it’s compacted and that helps to retain the shape.
Cook the burger patties as per normal, season with salt and pepper if desired. Make the sauce by combining soy sauce and hoisin sauce together; sprinkle some sesame seeds to prettify.
Assemble by stacking in the following order: noodle, arugula, burger patty, sauce, scallions, fried egg, more scallions, noodle. That’s it, enjoy!