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.