Kombu (also called dashima or konbu) is an edible kelp popular in Japan and Korea. Bonito flakes are dried-tuna shavings (tastier than they sound!). Find them in well-stocked grocery stores, in Asian markets, or online.


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20 mins
2 hrs
2 hrs 20 mins


Ingredient Checklist
To Top It Off: Ramen is way more fun when you pile it high with tasty garnishes. This list will get you started.


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  • In a large pot, add all the ingredients listed through the chicken stock; bring to a boil. Skim any foam that rises to the surface, then reduce heat to medium. Simmer, uncovered, until the broth is flavorful, 2 to 3 hours, adding more stock or water, if necessary, to keep the solids covered with liquid and adjusting heat up or down to maintain a low simmer. (If using a pressure cooker, add all the ingredients listed through the chicken stock; seal and cook for 30 minutes, then proceed with the recipe.)  

  • Using a colander, strain the broth into another large pot. Discard the solids, reserving the hot dogs if they look good. Taste the broth and add the soy sauce, if needed. Divide the noodles, sliced hot dogs, and broth among shallow bowls. Add toppings as desired.