Quick and easy menma recipe

Menma is a seasoned bamboo shoot topping for ramen, which is normally fermented. It is absolutely delicious, and one of my favourite toppings for ramen. Menma is somewhat of a specialist ingredient and can be difficult to source in regular grocery stores, however it’s possible to make a quick and easy version of it yourself at home.


  • x1 400g can bamboo tips / ½ pack bamboo tips
  • 1 tsp chicken powder
  • 100ml boiling water
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp sake
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp mirin


  • Cut the bamboo tips into strips. Place the bamboo strips into a strainer, rinse them with hot water and dry them with a paper towel.
  • Make a chicken stock with 1 tsp chicken powder to 100ml boiling water, and place to one side.
  • Heat 1 tbsp sesame oil in a skillet on a low-medium heat. Add the bamboo shoots and saute for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the chicken stock, 1 tsp sake, 2 tsp soy sauce and 2 tsp mirin to the pan, and reduce until almost all the liquid has evaporated.
  • Your menma is now good to enjoy – either as a topping for ramen or as an accompaniment to any other dish of your choosing.  It will keep in the fridge in an airtight container for 2 days.

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