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Jerk Chicken Ramen

Laz is combining Japanese Ramen with bold jerk chicken flavor from the Caribbean.


  • Chicken:
  • 1 scotch bonnet pepper, seeds removed
  • 2 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 2 scallion, roughly chopped
  • 1 (1-inch) piece of ginger, skin removed
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons thyme
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice; 2 teaspoons zest
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ cup water
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 leg-and-thigh attached piece of chicken
  • 1 tablespoon whole allspice berries
  • 5 cloves
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • Tare:
  • 4 ½ cups low-sodium chicken stock, divided
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ½ cup mirin
  • 3 tablespoons sake
  • 2 whole garlic cloves
  • 1 (1-inch) piece of ginger, sliced
  • 1 (½-ounce) dried shiitake mushrooms
  • 6 whole black peppercorns
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 teaspoon whole allspice berries
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 2 scallion, finely chopped (white and green parts)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • Toppings :
  • 2 portions fresh ramen noodles (5-ounces each)
  • Shredded carrots
  • Corn
  • Steamed cabbage
  • Bean sprouts
  • Small red chili peppers, sliced into thin rounds
  • Chopped scallion
  • lime wedge, for garnish


  1. Directions: In a food processor, combine the scotch bonnet pepper, garlic, scallion, ginger, brown sugar, thyme, soy sauce, lime juice and zest, olive oil, water, salt and pepper. Pulse until smooth. Reserve a ¼ cup of marinade in a small bowl. Place chicken in a storage bag and pour the remaining marinade over the chicken. Add the allspice berries and cloves and mix around to evenly coat the chicken. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, up to 8 hours.
  2. Heat oil in a grill cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat until slightly smoking. Cook chicken, skin-side down, until skin is crisp and charred, about 8 minutes on one side. Flip the chicken and continue cooking for an additional 8 to 10 minutes, until thermometer registers 165ºF. Remove from heat and transfer to a plate. Cover with foil.
  3. Bring to a boil 1 ½ cups chicken stock, soy sauce, mirin, sake, garlic, ginger, shiitake mushrooms, peppercorns, cloves, allspice, brown sugar, scallion, and thyme. Reduce to a gentle simmer until liquid has reduced to 1 cup, about 20 minutes. Strain the liquid through a fine mesh strainer and set aside. The tare can be made up to 2 weeks in advance and refrigerated.
  4. To Serve: Mix 2 tablespoons of tare with 1 tablespoon of the jerk marinade in each serving bowl. Heat the remaining 3 cups chicken stock. Pour about 1 ½ cups hot stock into each bowl and stir to incorporate the jerk mixture. Cook noodles in boiling water for 90 seconds. Drain the noodles and add immediately to the bowl. Top with shredded jerk chicken, carrots, corn, cabbage, bean sprouts, red chili peppers, scallion, and a lime wedge. Cook with soul. Eat with pleasure!