Shortcut Ramen with Beef and Mushrooms
Anyone who has made pho will recognize the technique of charring the onions and ginger to add smoky aromatic flavor to this broth, which is exceptional when done with homemade stock, and a brilliant flavor shortcut when using a store-bought stock. We call for ramen noodles, since they’re easy to find, but you can definitely substitute dried or fresh rice noodles if you prefer.
- 2½ cups low-salt beef broth
- 4 ounces (2 cups) mixed mushrooms (such as oyster or stemmed shiitake), thinly sliced or torn
- 1 scallion, thinly sliced
- 2 packages instant ramen (preferably not fried; noodles only)
- 1 ¼–½-pound piece beef eye round, sliced crosswise ⅛" thick
- Bean sprouts, basil leaves, and thinly sliced serrano chiles
Heat oil in a medium pot over medium heat. Add onion, cut side down, garlic, and ginger. Cook, stirring occasionally, until garlic is golden, 3–4 minutes. Add 1 1/2 cups water, broth, star anise, and cinnamon; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer until flavors meld, 7–8 minutes. Add mushrooms; simmer 2 minutes. Add scallion. Season with salt.
Meanwhile, boil ramen until tender but still firm to bite. Drain; divide among bowls.
Add beef slices to soup; simmer until just cooked through, about 20 seconds. Using tongs, transfer beef to bowls.
Discard ginger, garlic, star anise, and cinnamon; ladle broth into bowls. Garnish with bean sprouts, basil, and sliced chiles.