Japanese ramen balls recipe

  • Serves 4-6
  • 10 mins to prepare and 10 mins to cook
  • 368 calories / serving
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This warming and brothy Japanese soup makes for a filling meal, thanks to a combination of beef meatballs, spinach, shitake mushrooms and ramen noodles all spiced with Asian flavours.

Place the beef, half the soy, the sesame oil, cornflour, 1 tsp caster sugar and the garlic in a large bowl. Mix well. Divide the mixture into 32 and roll each into a small ball. Place the stock, mirin, chilli oil and remaining soy and sugar in a large wok or pan and bring slowly to the boil. Add the meatballs and gently simmer for 5 mins. Add the mushrooms and noodles, return to the boil and simmer for 4 mins. Add the spinach and cook for a further 30 seconds or until just wilted. Serve the soup straight away, divide between bowls.

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  • Ingredients

  • 500g lean beef mince
  • 4tbsp soy sauce
  • 1tbsp sesame oil
  • 1tbsp cornflour
  • 1 ½tsp caster sugar
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 900ml beef stock
  • 2tbsp mirin or sherry
  • 2tsp chilli oil
  • 300g fresh spinach
  • 75g shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 180g ramen or udon noodles
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
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  • Energy 1546kj 368kcal 18%
  • Fat 13.8g 20%
  • Saturates 2.7g 14%
  • Sugars 5.5g 6%
  • Salt 2g 33%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 21.9g Protein 35.6g Fibre 4g


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