Are bean sprouts raw in ramen?

Answered by Willie Powers

Bean sprouts used in Sapporo Miso Ramen are not raw, but rather stir-fried. This cooking technique adds a depth of flavor and enhances the texture of the bean sprouts. However, if you’re short on time or prefer a lighter topping for your ramen, you can easily prepare a simple version using raw bean sprouts. Let me walk you through a quick microwave method for steaming the bean sprouts.

Here’s what you’ll need:
– Bean sprouts
– Microwave-safe bowl or dish with a lid
– Water
– Salt (optional)
– Soy sauce (optional)
– Sesame oil (optional)
– Garlic powder (optional)

1. Start by rinsing your bean sprouts thoroughly under cold water. This helps remove any dirt or impurities.

2. Place the bean sprouts in a microwave-safe bowl or dish, spreading them out evenly.

3. Add a small amount of water to the dish, about 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep. This will create steam to cook the bean sprouts.

4. If desired, you can season the bean sprouts with a pinch of salt, a drizzle of soy sauce, a splash of sesame oil, or a sprinkle of garlic powder. These condiments will add flavor to the bean sprouts.

5. Cover the dish with a microwave-safe lid or microwave-safe plastic wrap. This helps trap the steam and cook the bean sprouts evenly.

6. Place the dish in the microwave and cook on high for about 2-3 minutes. The cooking time may vary depending on the wattage of your microwave and the amount of bean sprouts you are steaming. Start with 2 minutes and check for doneness. If needed, continue cooking in 30-second intervals until the bean sprouts are tender but still retain some crunch.

7. Once cooked, carefully remove the dish from the microwave using oven mitts or a towel, as it will be hot. Be cautious when removing the lid or plastic wrap, as steam may escape.

8. The steamed bean sprouts are now ready to be used as a topping for your miso ramen. Simply place them on top of the noodles and broth, and enjoy the added texture and freshness they bring to the dish.

So, while the traditional Sapporo Miso Ramen uses stir-fried bean sprouts, this microwave method provides a quick and easy way to enjoy raw, steamed bean sprouts as a lighter topping option. Feel free to experiment with additional seasonings or toppings to suit your taste preferences.

I hope this guide helps you incorporate bean sprouts into your ramen in a way that suits your needs. Enjoy your homemade miso ramen!