Ramen Burger Recipe: Learn How To Make Keizo Shimamoto Creation At Home [RECIPE]

By Danny Choy on August 9, 2013 1:42 PM EDT

Ramen Burgers
Ramen burgers are a hit at Brooklyn's Smorgasburg. Learn how to make your own! (Photo: GoRamen.com)

The ramen burger, which debuted earlier this month at the Brooklyn Smorgasburg food fair, has taken New York City by storm. The latest odd-food superstar has already generated so much buzz that lines waiting for the latest culinary creation are stretched as long as the lines of an DMV in Brooklyn.

The creator of the fun ramen burger is Keizo Shimamoto, a second generation Japanese American that had a passion for ramen since he was a child. Shimamoto is the founder of the ramen blog GoRamen, which has been active since 2007.

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"From a very young age, at a time when my brain was still learning how to store memories, I've always loved ramen. As a second generation Japanese-American who grew up frequenting Japan with family, I soon developed a love that would one day encapsulate my wildest dreams," described Shimamoto in his personal profile.

While a ramen burger may sound like the late-night concoction of a starving, and perhaps hungover, college student, Keizo Shimamoto's creation show's incredible skill and sensibility. Essentially, the ramen burger consists of two fried ramen noodle patties, and a beef patty topped with scallions, arugula, and a secret shoyu sauce.

Visitors of Brooklyn's Smorgasburg were eager to wait on line for one of Shimamato's ramen burger. With only 150 burgers available on its debut, Shimamoto quickly sold out.

"The burger is juicy and delicious," described Kendrick Lo, one of the 150 lucky eaters at the Smorgasburg. "They cook it perfectly medium-rare and the ramen noodles work surprisingly well as a bun." The beef patties are about 75% lean and do really well to capture the umami flavor.

As delightful as a ramen burger sounds to eat, it will be even more rewarding to learn how to make one yourself. Here is the recipe for Keizo Shimamoto's delightful ramen burger:

INGREDIENTS:

1 package of dried ramen (Sun Noodle brand)
1 egg
Cooking oil
1 beef patty
shoyu (soy sauce)
sesame oil
1 scallion, chopped
arugula
cheddar cheese (optional)

The most challenging component of the ramen burger is getting the ramen bun just right. First, cook your ramen, without seasoning. Next, stir the ramen into an egg and allow the ramen to sustain a shape. After that, press and mold the ramen into a flat and round shape and have it refridgerated for 15 minutes. 

Finally, the ramen bun is ready to be fried. Heat oil in a pan and fry both patties until their are brown on one side and cooked on the other.

Prepare your beef patty as you would like and marinate the meat with a splash of soy sauce and sesame oil for flavor. Lastly, place the patty over the ramen buns, garnish the beef with arugula and scallions.

Want to make a full meal? Mix it up! 

Add in an ajitsuke tamago, also known as a marinated egg. First, Boil an egg for about 5 and a half minutes in order to have a perfectly bouncey egg whites and a delicious gooey yolk. 

Next, throw your boiled eggs into an ice bath for five minutes to stop the cooking process. Now, gently tap the sides of the cooled eggs to crack and peel the shell.

Finally, place the peeled eggs into a delicate ajitsuke tamago marinade (1/2 cup soy sauce, 1/2 cup mirin, 3 slices of ginger, 3 tea spoons of green onion, and three table spoons of brown sugar. Mix until sugar is completely dissolved).

Cover the marinade with a paper towel and leave them inside the refridgerator for up to 24 hours. You're done!

Enjoy your delicious ramen burger and ajitsuke tamago with your friends!

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