I was told by my grandfather to marry someone of my culture, “so you won’t fight during war or at the dinner table.” But do as others do and not as they say, and I am now marrying into a new culture, adding to my three. Amsterdam has over 189 nationalities in fewer than 1 million people, free to be who we are. The recipes for the Cooking Studio find me in the streets, and they build on my friends, travels, and imagination. They’ve been tested and trusted to create a variety of global recipes.
You can find most of the ingredients in the bigger supermarkets with an Asian food section, or specialty food stores. Amsterdam has several incredible Asian stores: standouts are the Hong Kong Superstore on Kinkerstraat 298 (map), Tijn’s Toko on the Albert Cuypmarkt (map) and others on this list.
- 2 large garlic cloves, minced
- 1 cm ginger, minced
- 1 shallot / small onion, minced
- 1 tbsp. sesame seeds, ground
- 1 tbsp. coconut oil
- 50 g ground pork or chicken (you can also substitute with celery / carrot mix)
- 1 tsp. Chili Bean Sauce/Paste (La Doubanjiang)
- 1.5 tbsp. miso
- 1.5 tbsp. sugar
- 1 shot glass sake (skip if you don’t like)
- 3 cups (700ml) chicken stock/broth
- 1 tsp. salt & pepper
- 1 serving buckwheat noodles between 90-100 g)
- 3 Coquilles Saint Jacques (use this chart, depending on recommended protein amount and if adding miso egg and meat base)
- Ramen Eggs
- Corn kernels
- Nori seaweed
- Chopped scallion/green onion
- Broccoli florets cooked in the broth for six minutes
Start by adding coconut oil in a pan and frying up some onions, garlic and ginger. Add the meat base and let cook until browned, then mix in the miso and La Doubanjiang. Add the ground sesame seeds and sugar, and finally the liquids, the broth and sake and stir until it’s all come together. Add salt and pepper, then bring to a simmer and keep rolling for 10 minutes. The broccoli florets are to be added in the last four minutes. The scallops go in for the last minute and thirty seconds.
In a separate pan, prepare the noodle as per package instructions. You’ll have already made the ramen egg, so take it out of the fridge. Drain it, and drain the corn kernels. Chop the green onions, prepare the ginger and nori from their containers and by now the noodles will be ready. Once drained, add them to your bowl and ladle in the ramen broth. When you are satisfied, start adding scallions, pickled ginger, corn kernels, and finally the eggs. Corner it with the seaweed. Leave one corner empty.