If you’ve seen the first episode of The Mind of a Chef with David Chang, you know what this is about. If you haven’t and don’t have a Netflix account, he makes a batch of gnocchi out of instant ramen noodles for Anthony Bourdain in, like, seven minutes. (His recipe is also in Lucky Peach Issue 1.) I knew I had to attempt this trickery at some point, which brings us to today.
Making ramen gnocchi is a strange experience, and yet, the final dish is not weird at all. It’s just that you start with packs of crunchy ramen noodles and end up with a plate of crispy, creamy dumplings. Noodles are soaked in milk and blended with egg yolks, and then the resulting pâte à choux is piped into dumplings, boiled, and then finally sautéed in butter. Seems easy enough, and yet… Continue reading