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Easy ‘Tantanmen’ Ramen

Noodles, spicy pork, a rich creamy broth… you guys, this ramen dish is ALL the things. Bonus points for being surprisingly simple to make, too!


Easy ‘Tantanmen’ Ramen

15 minutes
15 minutes

6 cups chicken stock

2 cups unsweetened soy milk

400g (1.7 lb) fresh ramen noodles

4 baby bok choy, halved lengthways

2 soft boiled eggs, halved


Spicy pork topping:

1 tbsp vegetable oil

3 garlic cloves, finely chopped

300g (10.5 oz) pork mince

1 tsp finely grated ginger

2 tbsp doubanjiang chilli bean paste*

1 tbsp soy sauce

1 tbsp sake


Soup flavouring paste:

¼ cup Japanese or Chinese white sesame paste*

2 tbsp soy sauce

2 tbsp white vinegar

4 tbsp finely sliced spring onion (white part only)

2 tbsp chilli oil

  • Step 1

    To make the spicy pork topping, heat the oil in a wok or frying pan over high heat. Add the garlic, pork and ginger and stir-fry until almost cooked. Add the doubanjiang paste and stir-fry for another minute. Add the soy sauce and sake. Turn the heat to low and gently simmer for 3-4 minutes or until most of the sauce has been absorbed. Remove from heat and set aside until ready to serve.

  • Step 2

    For the soup flavouring paste, in a small bowl combine the sesame paste, soy sauce, vinegar, spring onion and chilli oil. Set aside until ready to serve.

  • Step 3

    To make the soup, add the chicken stock and soy milk into a large pot over high heat. Bring to a simmer.

  • Step 4

    Cook the ramen noodles and bok choy in boiling water.

  • Step 5

    Divide the soup flavouring paste among serving bowls. Ladle over the hot soup, mixing to combine. Divide the ramen noodles among the serving bowls. Top with spicy pork and bok choy. Add an egg half and serve.

  • Notes

    – Doubanjiang chilli bean paste is a salty fermented paste often used in Chinese recipes from Sichuan province. Order it online or find it at a Chinese supermarket. You could also use Korean gochujang paste (different flavour but still great!).

    – Japanese or Chinese white sesame paste is made from roasted sesame seeds. It’s available online or from Asian supermarkets. Substitute peanut butter if you can’t find the sesame paste.

What does tantanmen mean?

Tantanmen is a noodle dish that originated in the Sichuan province in 1841. Its name translates to “noodles being carried”. That’s because tantanmen was originally carried and sold by a shouldering pole. Another fun fact: while it originated in China’s Sichuan province, tantanmen ramen has become a highly popular Japanese dish.

How is tantanmen ramen different?

Tantanmen ramen is quite different from other ramen styles like Shoyu ramen for example. The main difference comes down to the spice level. Tantanmen ramen is typically a lot spicier than your more traditional ramens. While traditional Japanese ramen focuses more on the rich broths and hearty flavours in the soups, tantanmen ramen focuses predominantly on the spice factor.

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What our customers say

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March 25, 2024

You gotta try this!

Such a flavorful ramen and so easy to make. Don’t worry if you don’t have the special chili bean paste or the sesame paste because the suggested substitutions work just fine. Also our store did not have baby bokchoy so I subbed napa cabbage+shitake mushrooms one time and baby spinach another time. The ramen was even better the next day.

September 25, 2023

Absolutely love it!

This has changed the way I do my ramen forever! It’s so easy and delicious!!! My husband asks for it once a week now and I’m happy to have a go-to recipe.

April 24, 2023

I love it!!

I have just tried it and it is super easy to cook and very delicious! Marion, thank you very much for sharing ❤️

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