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Ramen Soup With Beef Jerky And Shiitake Mushrooms


What’s better than a steaming bowl of ramen?  Ramen with jerky of course!  This addition of this dried meat snack adds a satisfying umami depth to this comforting favourite and you’ll love the flavours and the textures of this version.  Trust us.  It’s that good!

Serves 2


  • 1 small white onion, sliced thinly
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Knob of ginger, thinly sliced or minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (you can also use a sesame oil for golden toastiness, but go easy on it as it is a strong flavour)
  • 1 litre (4 cups) good quality vegetable or chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 packet dried shiitake mushrooms (around 20g)
  • 2 packets instant ramen noodles (around 375g)
  • 70g jerky, thinly sliced (traditional flavour beef jerky works best with this recipe)
  • Sriracha, sambal oelek or any other hot sauce – our favourite is Dr Pauls Hot Sauce. This ingredient is optional if you don’t like your ramen spicy. Add to taste.
  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) miso
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped chives (fresh chives are ideal, but you can use 1 tablespoon of the dried variety)
  • ½ packet baby spinach (optional)


  • Heat oil in a pot over medium heat, then add garlic and onion. Cook until soft and translucent and stir often to prevent burning
  • Add the stock and the mushrooms
  • Add hot sauce or sriracha to taste
  • Bring to a boil, then turn down the heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Season to taste before adding noodles etc
  • Add the remaining ingredients and cook over high heat while stirring
  • Serve immediately


This heartwarming ramen is super quick, yet rich and satisfying with plenty of yummy umami flavour from the mushrooms, the aromatics and the beef jerky.

Tip:  Add the noodles into the simmering broth in a chunk and press them down to keep them submerged.  Resist the temptation to stir or break them up, they’ll soften and separate naturally.

You’ll thank us.  This easy and delicious homemade ramen soup is better than take-out – and it’s so much better for you too!  Enjoy!

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