Kimchi Ramen with aubergine and red pepper 

Ingredients (serves 4) 

Method

  1. Get a very large saucepan and add a dash of sesame oil. When the oil is hot add the ginger, garlic and chilli. Fry for 2-3 minutes. 

  2. Next add the vegetable stock, miso, soy sauce, kimchi, paprika and brown sugar. Simmer on a medium heat. 

  3. Preheat your oven and set it to a medium heat grill. 

  4. While the broth is simmering prepare the aubergine. Cut the aubergine into 6 strips. Get a large griddle pan and add a dash of sesame oil. When the oil is VERY hot add the 6 strips of aubergine. Place a heavy object on top to press the aubergine into the pan. Fry for 2 minutes on one side and then 2 minutes on the other side. Set aside.

  5. While the griddle pan is still hot griddle the sweet red pepper for 2-3 minutes and set aside. 

  6. Place the aubergine onto a baking tray. In a small dish mix the sesame oil, brown sugar and gouchujang paste together. Brush the paste onto the aubergine and place under the grill for 5 minutes. 

  7. Cook the ramen noodles according to packet instruction. When the noodles are ready divide the noodles into 4 deep bowls. 

  8. Divide the broth into the 4 bowls. Garnish with the red pepper, aubergine, spring onions, sushi sheets, sesame seeds and kimchi. 

  9. Enjoy! 

For the broth

  • 600g ramen noodes

  • 1 small diced knob of ginger

  • 3 crushed garlic cloves 

  • 1/4 diced green chilli 

  • 2 kallo vegetable stock cubes in 1.5L of hot water 

  • 1 tsp miso paste 

  • 1 tsp smoked paprika

  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce 

  • 2 heaped tbsp kimchi 

  • 1 heaped tbsp brown sugar

For the Aubergine

  • 1 aubergine 

  • 1 tsp sesame oil 

  • 1 tsp brown sugar

  • 1 tsp gouchujang paste

To Garnish 

  • 1/2 sweet red pepper cut into rings

  • 2 diced spring onions

  • 4 tbsp kimchi 

  • 2 nori sushi sheets (optional) 

  • Black sesame seeds (optional) 

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For full instructions on how to make kimchi click on the photo or go to recipes - sides! Alternatively if you are short of time shop bought kimchi can be equally fantastic!