There are a crazy number of ways to take your ramen from mediocre to awesome, and one of the coolest has to be with mayo and egg yolk. By adding these 2 everyday ingredients to your next bowl of Mike's Crazy Good Craft Ramen, you can level up an already fire instant ramen experience.
We know what you’re going to say, “wait - Mike’s Mighty Good is already so good. You’re saying it can get even better??” Yes. Yes we do say that. Mayo in your ramen sounds pretty weird, but just trust us here. Read this full article or watch our mayo ramen videos on Tiktok.
Kewpie Mayo Ramen Hack.
Making mayo ramen is about as simple as cooking grilled cheese. It's just a lot tastier. All it really takes is an egg yolk, a 1/4 cup of awesome japanese mayo, and your favorite pack of instant ramen.
The key to the perfect mayo ramen recipe is good mayo. While regular old store bought mayo is fine for a lot of things, it's probably not the best option for a decent bowl of ramen. What you really need for a fire bowl of mayo ramen is Kewpie Mayo or something similar.
What is Kewpie Mayo?
Kewpie mayo is hands down one of the best mayos to have ever existed. This incredible Japanese mayonnaise has been in production since 1925 and was created by Toichiro Nakashima after tasting mayonnaise in America and deciding to bring a high-quality mayo product back to Japan.
You may think all mayo is the same but you would be wrong. Kewpie mayo is an incredible condiment, and while you might not want to replace all of your mayonnaise with Kewpie, it works better than traditional mayo in so many places.
It boils down to a few specific things that make this Japanese mayo superior to almost all other mayos:
1. It's got a more acidic, brighter flavor.
Kewpie mayo has a brighter, more vibrant flavor than other mayonnaise primarily because of the rice wine or apple cider vinegar used in its production. This gives it an insanely craveable quality that keeps you coming back bite after bite.
2. Kewpie Mayo comes in a super cool bottle.
Kewpie mayo has some of the most iconic packagings in food today. With a hyper identifiable soft plastic bottle and a logo that is essentially a baby doll with angel wings, there's nothing quite like kewpie mayo. The kewpie mayo bottle also has a reversible tip, one side is for decorating and has a thinner profile, while the star tip on the other side is for applying a ton of may quickly like for this kewpie may ramen recipe.
3. Kewpie is made from egg yolks, not whole eggs.
This may be the secret to Kewpie Mayo's insane quality level. Instead of using whole eggs like most commercial mayonnaise, Kewpie uses only egg yolks in production giving it a richer, brighter flavor overall.
How Does Mayo Ramen Work?
Making Kewpie Mayo Ramen is incredibly easy. All you do is mix a ramen seasoning packet with 1 egg yolk and 1/2 a cup of mayo, then pour boiling water into the paste to create your rich, flavorful kewpie mayo broth. Once you've created the mayo ramen broth you can add cooked ramen noodles and top your mayo ramen bowl with everything from roasted meat, nori sheets, or even a Japanese onsen egg for a crazy rich bowl of ramen goodness.
The process behind mayo ramen is pretty simple. By creating a paste of the seasoning packet, mayo, and raw egg yolk and then pouring almost boiling water directly into the bowl you can emulsify the ingredients into the broth without overcooking the egg yolk.
Once you've created an absolutely fire kewpie mayo ramen broth you can add your cooked noodles and top the ramen with whatever you like. I personally like to top all my ramen bowls with some sliced green onions, a sheet of nori, a soft boiled egg, but you can go with whatever ingredients you think will blow your taste buds away.
How to make instant ramen with Kewpie Mayo.
Step 1: Open your pack of instant ramen and separate the noodles, and seasoning packet.
Step 2: Bring a pot of water to a boil and prepare the noodles.
Step 3: While the noodles are boiling combine the seasoning packet, egg yolk, chopped garlic, and kewpie mayo together in a bowl and whisk into a paste.
Step 4: Once the noodles have finished cooking, pour 2 cups of the boiling water into the seasoning/mayo paste and whisk until it forms a smooth, thick broth.
Step 5: Allow the broth to steep for 30 seconds before adding the noodles and enjoying!
Mike's Mighty Good Kewpie Mayo Ramen Recipe.
While you can use any old packet of instant ramen for your next bowl of kewpie mayo ramen, you should probably grow up and go with something a little more flavorful. Using Mike's Crazy Good Spicy Pork Tonkotsu Ramen in this recipe just makes sense.
With an incredibly flavorful broth base to start from, adding kewpie mayo and egg yolk is like turning on the seat warmers in a limousine, it's not necessary but it's a pretty good idea. When you add these two rich, fatty ingredients to your ramen broth you create a luxurious experience that's like slipping into a hot tub with a nice glass of whiskey, just for your mouth.
The richness of the mayo/egg yolk build adds a ton of body and insane mouth feel to the ramen broth, tempering the spice level and really bringing it all together to create a one-of-a-kind bowl of ramen.
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Kewpie Mayo Ramen Bowl
- 1 package ofMike's Crazy Good Spicy Pork Tonkotsu Ramen
- 1 egg yolk
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1/4 cup kewpie mayonnaise
- Boiling water
- Bring a small saucepan of water to a boil.
- Open the ramen package and separate the seasoning pack and the noodles.
- Once the water is boiling, place the noodles into the pot and cook them until they are tender.
- While the noodles cook, combine the seasoning packet, minced garlic, mayo, and egg yolk in a bowl and whisk vigorously with a fork or whip.
- Once you've formed a mayo/egg yolk/seasoning paste, allow the noodles to finish cooking before preparing the broth.
- Once the noodles are finished, ladle 2 cups of hot water from the noodle pot into the bowl with the seasoning paste and mix well.
- Strain the noodles away from the rest of the water in the pot and place the cooked noodles into the bowl of kewpie mayo ramen broth.
- Top your ramen with whatever toppings, additions, or seasonings you prefer, and enjoy your kewpie mayo ramen!