Winter Chicken Ramen with Choy Sum, Soft-Boiled Eggs & Miso Broth

Winter Chicken Ramen with Choy Sum, Soft-Boiled Eggs & Miso Broth

Chicken Demi-Glace

Using demi-glace is one of the easiest ways to add depth of flavor to almost anything. The term comes from the French “demi,” meaning half, and “glace,” meaning glaze. But what is it, exactly? Demi-glace, like all kinds of stocks, starts with bones. The bones are roasted and simmered with onions, celery, carrots, herbs and seasonings. The resulting stock is then reduced, cooking off most of the water and concentrating the flavors. The product is one-tenth of its original volume, slightly gelatinous and packed with flavor. We use it to add body and complexity to everything from soups to casseroles to sauces.

4 Skin-On, Bone-In Chicken Thighs
4 Farm Eggs
1½ Pounds Fresh Ramen Noodles
10 Ounces Choy Sum - a leafy vegetable commonly used in Chinese cuisine can substitute Napa cabbage, Savoy cabbage, Bok Choy, baby bok choy, bean sprouts.
7 Ounces Enoki Mushrooms
4 Scallions
6 Tablespoons Chicken Demi-Glace
4 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
2 Tablespoons Mirin
1 2-Inch Piece Ginger
1 Tablespoon Sesame Oil
1 Teaspoon Togarashi-Nori Spice Blend - Japanese 7 spice**
¼ Cup White Miso Paste

**Japanese 7 Spice
Serves: 12
Serving Size: 1 teaspoon

1/2 sheet nori, (dried seaweed)
1 tablespoon  Orange Peel, Valencia
4 teaspoons Red Pepper, Ground
2 teaspoons  Sesame Seed
1 teaspoon Ginger, Ground
1 teaspoon  Poppy Seed
1/4 teaspoon White Pepper, Ground

Process nori in mini food processor until fine flakes form. Mix nori and remaining spices until well blended.

Store in tightly covered jar in cool, dry place.

Wash and dry the fresh produce. Heat a large pot of water to boiling on high. Remove the chicken from the refrigerator to bring to room temperature. Separate the stems and leaves of the choy sum; finely chop the stems and roughly chop the leaves. Cut off and discard the root ends of the enoki mushrooms. Cut off and discard the root ends of the scallions; thinly slice the scallions, separating the white bottoms and green tops. Peel and mince the ginger. In a small bowl, combine the miso paste, mirin, three-quarters of the soy sauce and ¼ cup of water.

Season the chicken thighs with salt and pepper on both sides. In a medium pan, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned chicken, skin side down; loosely cover with foil. Place a medium, heavy pot on the foil to press the chicken down; fill the pot with water. Cook, occasionally pressing the pot down, 10 to 12 minutes, or until the chicken skin is crispy and browned. Remove the pot. Flip the chicken and cook 3 to 5 minutes, or until cooked through. Transfer to a serving dish, leaving any browned bits (or fond) in the pan. Drain off and discard half the drippings.

While the chicken cooks, add the eggs to the pot of boiling water and cook for exactly 6 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove the cooked eggs, leaving the boiling water in the pot; immediately run the eggs under cold water for 20 to 30 seconds to stop the cooking process. When cool enough to handle, carefully peel the eggs. Cut in half and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

While the chicken and eggs cook, in a medium pot, heat 6 cups of water to boiling on high. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low. Whisk in the chicken demi-glace, miso-mirin-soy sauce mixture and half the ginger until well combined. Remove from heat and set aside.

While the eggs finish cooking, heat the pan of reserved chicken fond on medium until hot. Add the remaining ginger; cook, stirring frequently, 20 to 30 seconds, or until fragrant. Add the choy sum leaves and stems; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the leaves have wilted. Remove from heat and set aside. When cool enough to handle, slice the cooked chicken and place in a medium bowl; toss with the white bottoms of the scallions, sesame oil and remaining soy sauce.

Add the noodles to the same pot of boiling water used to cook the eggs; stir gently to separate the noodles. Cook for exactly 90 seconds, or just until tender. Drain thoroughly and rinse under warm water. Divide the cooked noodles and miso broth between 4 bowls. Top with the dressed chicken, seasoned eggs, cooked choy sum and enoki mushrooms. Garnish with the green tops of the scallions and as much of the spice blend as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like your dish to be. Enjoy!