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15-Minute Japanese Curry Ramen

It took a mere quarter hour, but have you ever seen a creation more beautiful? It’d be a hard no from me. A curry broth. A topping that’s brimming with savoury, porky goodness. A smattering of pickly, gingery perfection to tie it all together and boom! Flavour bomb, in just 15 minutes. Job. Done.


15-Minute Japanese Curry Ramen

5 minutes
10 minutes

1 litre (1 qt) chicken stock

8 pieces (150g, or 5 oz) Japanese curry cubes*

2 tbsp soy sauce

3 tbsp mirin*

cooked ramen noodles, to serve 

1 spring onion (scallion), trimmed, finely sliced

Japanese pickled ginger, to serve


Spicy pork topping:

1 tbsp vegetable oil

300g (10.5 oz) pork mince

2 tbsp doubanjiang chilli bean paste*

100g (3.5 oz) baby spinach

1 tbsp soy sauce

  • Step 1

    Place a pot of water over high heat and allow it to come to the boil (this is for the noodles later).

  • Step 2

    For the curry broth, heat the chicken stock in a large pot. Once it’s simmering, add the curry cubes, soy sauce and mirin. Reduce the heat to medium-low, then simmer, stirring occasionally, for 6-7 minutes or until the curry cubes have dissolved and the broth has thickened slightly.

  • Step 3

    In the meantime, to make the spicy pork topping, heat the oil in a wok or frying pan over high heat. Add the pork and stir-fry until almost cooked. Add the doubanjiang paste (you could also use gochujang here instead if you prefer) and stir-fry until well combined. Then add the spinach and soy sauce and stir-fry for another 2 minutes or until the spinach has wilted. Remove from heat and set aside until ready to serve.

  • Step 4

    To serve, divide your cooked ramen noodles between serving bowls. Ladle the hot broth over the noodles. Top with the spicy pork and sprinkle over the spring onion. Add some Japanese pickled ginger and serve immediately.

  • Notes

    – Japanese curry cubes are available in the Asian aisle of most supermarkets or search them out online. A popular brand is S & B Golden Curry.

    – Mirin is a type of Japanese cooking rice wine (it has less alcohol than sake but is sweeter). It’s available in the Asian aisle of some major supermarkets or from an Asian grocery store. If you prefer not to use it in this dish, feel free to substitute it for some apple juice instead.

    – Doubanjiang is a Chinese fermented broad bean and chilli paste. It can be found at an Asian grocer or ordered online.

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What our customers say

4.9 out of 5 stars (based on 7 reviews)
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Marion’s 15 minute ramen

February 5, 2024

This recipe is easy, fast and so full of flavor. I love how the Japanese curry cubes provide great flavor to the broth. The only thing I would change is the thickness of the broth.. I prefer my ramen broth a little thinner. All in all.. excellent and yummy!

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September 5, 2023

This popped up on my Facebook yesterday and I had to make it tonight for dinner. My husband and I absolutely lovedddd it. We used the Chuchyion chilli paste as the supermarket didn’t have the other paste and it was just as amazing! The only thing I’d love was if you could list the macros under the recipe.

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September 5, 2023

Made it for a quick dinner after my weekly shopping. It was a huge hit with the family. I added shiitake mushrooms to the pork. I already had the Japanese curry cubes in my pantry but had no idea what to do with them. Now I know 🙂

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