You know how when you go on vacation you have that one meal that sums up the whole vacation and reminds you of being there whenever you have it? Well, this is going to sound nutso, but for me this Ramen dish reminds me of Paris. I know, I know! So wierd!
Here’s the story – The apartment we stayed in in Paris was surrounded by Japanese restaurants (there were at least 8 within a 3-block radius), and while on vacation we both got sick, and for two of our 7 nights in Paris all we wanted was soup…so we went down to one of the Japanese restaurants and had Ramen bowls with spinach and downed enough Green Tea to kill whatever was attacking our travel-weary bodies.
So, tonight I decided to bring Paris to CT with these Shrimp and Spinach Noodle Bowls (I had shrimp to use up and figured this would be a good way to do so).
These were great – simple and so cozy on this unusually cold May day.
3 Packets, Ramen noodles (doesn’t matter what flavor, you’re not going to use the packet)
2T. Homemade Oriental Seasoning – recipe below (tastes just like the Oriental flavor packet that comes with Ramen, without the MSG or added salt)
1C. Fresh spinach
1/2lb. Shrimp (uncooked, thawed, de-veined and de-shelled, please)
2T. Onion powder
2T Ground ginger
2T. Garlic powder
2T. Black pepper
Salt, to taste
Boil water. Add seasoning and noodles. Cook 3 minutes.
Add shrimp to the water and boil another 45 seconds to 1 minute.
Add a 1/2C. of raw spinach to the bottom of each serving bowl. Ladle broth, noodles and shrimp over the spinach and let wilt 1 minute.