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A simple bowl of unctuous roasted pork belly ramen with noodles in a deeply flavorful broth is the perfect warming, comfort food.

Pork belly ramen

Ok, so I was very nervous about calling this recipe “Ramen” because it’s a very loose interpretation of ramen. Kombu and Dashi aren’t easily accessible where I live but the owner of the Asian supermarket gave me some excellent advice.  She said her Japanese clients mostly use miso paste and Ponzu to make their broths. This makes up for the lack of depth and flavor that kombu and dashi add. And so, I did the same thing.  Ponzu is a citrussy sauce often used in Japanese cuisine and I have to say, it made such a difference to my broth.

Pork belly ramen

Obsession with Ramen

My obsession with ramen started quite some time ago but intensified when I started following David Chang. Chang is probably the ultimate ramen-obsessive and his series, Mind of a Chef, follows him travelling through Japan during many of the episodes, looking for the best ramen the country has to offer. I have been re-watching this awesome show this past week and just could not go another day without making ramen. And I mean proper ramen, not just instant noodles in artificially flavoured broth.

Pork belly ramen

Pork belly ramen

I decided to use pork belly because I just can’t get over how unctuous and decadent it feels to eat generous slices of it. I first roasted the belly to create some depth and flavor and then removed the bones and cooked them in chicken stock (another cheat) with garlic, ginger, spring onions, soy sauce, fish sauce and a few carrots for sweetness to create a seriously good pork-infused stock.

This was then turned into the most delicious broth which I seasoned with more soy sauce, miso paste and ponzu. Around 5 minutes before serving I sliced the pork belly and allowed it to heat through in the broth before serving the meat with noodles, a soft egg and a few extra slices of spring onion. Such a glorious meal and yes, it takes a bit of time but man, it’s so worth it!

Pork belly ramen

How do you make really good ramen?

The key to any good ramen is the broth. Pack as much flavor into your broth as you can by using dried kelp (kombu), Bonito flakes or Miso. Dashi, a Japenese stock, is ideal as it is made with Kombu, Bonito or Niboshi (anchovies/sardines) and adds a serious punch to the broth. Cooking the broth with bones (in the Tonkotsu-style) enriches the broth and adds meaty umami.

Finish your ramen with noodles of your choice (cooked in the broth to absorb those luscious flavors), slices of meat, a soft egg and fresh spring/green onions.

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4.78 from 9 votes
Pork belly ramen
Pork belly Ramen
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
4 hrs
Total Time
4 hrs 15 mins

A simple bowl of unctuous roasted pork belly ramen with noodles in a deeply flavourful broth is the perfect warming, comfort food.

Course: Dinner, Noodles, Ramen
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: Pork belly ramen, Ramen, Ramen recipe
Servings: 8
Calories: 593 kcal
Author: Alida Ryder
  • 1 kg bone-in pork belly
  • salt & pepper to taste
for the broth
  • pork bones from roasted belly
  • 2 carrots roughly chopped
  • handful spring onions roughly chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 x 4cm piece fresh ginger sliced
  • 8 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2-3 tablespoons ponzu or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons miso paste
  • soy sauce to taste
for the ramen
  • roasted and cooled pork belly sliced
  • noodles cooked
  • 1 boiled egg per person, cooked to preference
  • fresh spring onions sliced
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 160°c.
  2. Rub the pork belly with salt and pepper then place in the oven and allow to roast for 90 minutes-2 hours or until the belly is cooked through.
  3. Remove the belly from the oven and allow to cool then carefully slice off the bones and place the belly in the fridge to chill completely.
  4. Place the roasted pork bones in a large pot then add all the remaining broth ingredients. Bring the broth the a boil then turn down the heat and allow to simmer for 2-3 hours or until the broth is golden brown in colour and deeply aromatic.
  5. Strain the broth then set aside.
  6. When you are ready to serve, slice the cold pork belly then warm in the broth for 5 minutes.
  7. Serve the pork belly with the noodles, boiled egg and spring onions and top with the broth.
  8. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
Pork belly Ramen
Amount Per Serving
Calories 593 Calories from Fat 495
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 55g 85%
Saturated Fat 20g 100%
Cholesterol 95mg 32%
Sodium 1528mg 64%
Potassium 503mg 14%
Total Carbohydrates 7g 2%
Sugars 1g
Protein 17g 34%
Vitamin A 51.8%
Vitamin C 2%
Calcium 3.3%
Iron 9.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Lene

    Looks really good!
    The pork isnt too `boring` when its only seasoned with salt and pepper?

    Also if you have dashi, how would you use it in the recipe? Combine it with the chicken stock? Or replace it?


    • Alida Ryder

      I think if you use good quality pork and season it generously, it shouldn’t be bland. But feel free to add flavorings of your choice. And yes, you can replace the stock with Dashi if you have it or use half and half. 🙂

  • Reply

    This looks just delicious Alida! And your photos are just stunning!

  • DGee

    Used Smoked Boczek (pork belly) fresh from my father in law’s smoke house in Poland. It really did over power the broth but still tasty. Will learn for next time. Great recepie.

  • Ashley

    What type of noodles do you use? I’m new to this scene ?

    • Alida Ryder

      I use egg noodles from my Asian grocer but you can really use any noodles you want.

  • Jordan basing

    This recipe is delicious! So easy! I even used just pork belly strips as I struggled to find pork belly on the bone in the uk, it was still amazing. An absolute staple in my recipe book.

    • Alida Ryder

      Using pork belly strips is a great idea. SO glad you liked it.

  • Mi May Man

    WOW! Delicious ^__^

  • Aly

    How many does this recipe serve?

  • Connie

    Pork belly isn’t smoked like bacon, its just fresh pork! We also call it side pork!

    • Alida Ryder

      Yup! Smoked pork would over power the other ingredients in this broth.

  • Sabrina

    This ramen sounds incredible! Awesome pictures too!

  • Jason

    I love this recipe, I’ve made it 4 times now and every time people rave about it. The reason I even looked for this specific dish is because I go to a Japanese restaurant in San Diego called Tajima and they have pork belly ramen soup that tastes exactly like this, it’s so similar they could have possibly stolen your recipe! Anyway, I can’t get bone in pork belly so I buy the de-boned type and use pork neck bones for the broth. I was making it at my parents house in Arizona and couldn’t find neck bones or belly so I used spare ribs for the broth, and pork sirloin in place of the belly, that also works. So if you can’t get the exact ingredients, still make it, it turns out amazing every time.

    • Alida Ryder

      Jason, you don’t know how much your comment means to me. As I have never had proper ramen before, I was so worried that the flavours in mine wouldn’t be authentic so this is such a big compliment. Thanks so much for letting me know how much you love this recipe.

    • Jennifer

      Jason: In a pinch just remember that bork belly is essentially bacon that hasn’t been sliced yet.

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