When we lived in Hackney in London, our flatmate’s girlfriend was often at the flat. She is Vietnamese and because we didn’t have a lot of money she would share with us her mother's famous recipe for making the Vietnamese soup called phở. We would be living off this through the tough times cause it would be cheap as chips. 

Now we have had it so many times and we have made it our own. Since we are loving the Japanese kitchen so much, we have been taking more things from that kitchen and have made it into a ramen instead. We eat this at least twice a month still and since we have more money now, we like to put all sort of things in it! 
I have been asked so many times to share my tips and tricks on this recipe so here we go. This is the recipe for the exact ramen as seen in the pictures. 

Serves one person

  • 300ml of preferred stock (you can use a homemade broth, half a stock cube to 300ml water or the ramen soup packet) 
  • 1 block of noodles (you can use egg noodles, ramen noodles or the instant ramen noodle packets)
  • 1 spring onion 
  • 100g of pointed cabbage, bok choi, leak or other greens of choice 
  • 2 slices of cucumber 
  • a few pieces of bamboo 
  • 1 tsp. of fish sauce 
  • 1 tsp. of soy sauce 
  • 1/2 tsp. of sesame oil 
  • hot sauce (optional)
  • sesame seeds 


Cut the spring onion at an angle (use the whole spring onion), shred the pointed cabbage and pull the bok choi apart. Cut the cucumber into slices and thinly slice them lengthways. 

Place the block of noodles in a pot, add half a stock cube and 300ml of boiling water. Add the fish sauce, soy sauce and sesame oil. Let everything boil for 3-5 minutes or until the noodles are soft. 

Pour soup and noodles in a bowl and add the pointed cabbage, bok choi, spring onion, bamboo and cucumber on top. Finish off with some hot sauce (if you like it spicy) and sesame seeds. 


if you want to make it as cheap as possible, chose the instant noodle package and use the soup packet that comes with it. The more homemade ingredients you use the healthier and nutritious it is for you.

You can choose whatever you like to put in the ramen. We love to put leftover chicken pieces in and a hardboiled/poached egg, sometimes even some bacon.