Dr. STONE’s season finale is almost here, and what better way to say "see ya later" than homemade ramen and cola?
We can’t believe it’s already time for this season of Dr. STONE to come to a close, but that doesn’t mean we have to be sad: instead, we think it means we should try and close out this season with a bang! Personally, I love pairing foods with things I’m watching for themed get togethers (or even if it’s just me and my partner), and Dr. STONE has given us two great options: Senku Cola and ramen. The best part? Both of these things are fairly easy to make, and you could get both of them prepared just in time for the big finale, sipping and slurping your way through the final episode (or, if you’re like us, the entire season from start to finish). No matter what, we think you’ll love these Dr. STONE inspired recipes, and the best part is they’re fairly universal, meaning you can make yourself some cola or ramen any time you want with just a few simple ingredients!
First, let’s start with the ramen. Ramen is a fairly “simple” dish to make, although don’t let that fool you: there are many, MANY ways to make ramen, and some of them are far more intricate and skill-based than others. Ramen benefits from being a dish that is easy to add and subtract things to, though, and this recipe here is one such dish.
Ramen Ingredients You'll Need:
- 1 tbsp. Sesame oil
- 2 to 3 Cloves of garlic, minced (Or about 2-3 teaspoons of bottled minced garlic)
- 1 tsp. Grated ginger
- 4 cups Beef broth (You can absolutely use vegetable broth)
- 2 cups Water
- 2 tbsp. Soy sauce (Add to taste)
- 4 oz. Button, shiitake, or other mushrooms
- 1 5 oz. Package of ramen noodles per serving
- 1 Carrot, grated
- 1 cup Thinly sliced bok choy leaves or spinach
- 2 tablespoons Chives or scallions
- 1 Hard-boiled egg half
- Proteins of your choice (We suggest char-siu pork or thinly sliced pork loin, chicken, or tofu)
The only ‘difficult’ ingredient we find is the availability of ramen noodles, depending on your location. If you can’t find Asian markets nearby, don’t fret! A single instant ramen package actually has exactly the amount of noodles you need for one person (5 oz.); this may even be an affordable option if you don’t think you’ll use a whole package of fresh ramen noodles! As for the seasoning packet, you don’t need it for this recipe, so you can toss it or keep it for whatever other food science experiment you have in mind.
To match the Dr. STONE vibe, we suggest rough, stone hewn style bowls, but really any deep soup bowl will work really well. A key with ramen is making sure your bowl is deep enough; ramen doesn’t work as well in very shallow bowls!
Once you have your ramen ingredients ready, follow these steps:
1) Heat the sesame oil in a saucepan to medium heat. Add garlic and ginger, and cook until browned, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking and burning (burnt garlic and ginger taste pretty bad!).
2) Pour in your selected broth, water, soy sauce, mushrooms, and then raise the heat until it starts to simmer. (If it looks like it is going to boil, or starts to boil, just turn the heat down low and stir it vigorously. Don’t let it boil too much, or the soup stock will evaporate!)
3) After about 5 to 10 minutes (however long it takes for your mushrooms to get soft), add your noodles. Cook until the noodles are soft, add in the bok choy (or spinach) and carrots, then immediately transfer to bowls.
4) From there, top accordingly: we suggest a half a sliced hard boiled egg, and some protein. Tofu is a great choice, regardless of if you eat meat or not, and we suggest firm or very firm tofu; you can even grill it slightly before putting it in your ramen!
And there you go! If you want to get things prepared ahead of time, you can even cook the soup base and chill it before you add the noodles, veggies, and proteins, then simply bring it back to a heated temperature, add the noodles, and serve, and you didn’t even have to make the noodles yourself out of millet! We’re sure Senku would be okay with some of our pre-stone era shortcuts.
Feel free to get really creative with that recipe, too; you can add tons of flavors to your stock. While it doesn’t follow traditional dashi style soup bases in most Japanese ramen recipes, we find that this works really well for a quick ramen dish, and it can be fun to let your guests pick various toppings and add them at their own leisure! It’s also a very simple dish to make Vegan; simply replace the beef stock, and use a non-meat protein.
By now, though, I’m sure you’re all curious about the real star of the show here: Senku Cola! Were you one of the few who tried to make your own after episode 15 aired? If not, you might be surprised at just how easy Senku’s recipe is to follow, as long as you abide by the steps we’ll outline here for you. And Mecha Senku is right: you really only need honey, carbonated water, lime, and cilantro.
However, this is far more involved than the ramen recipe, and we’ll say right here: you will likely need to buy a mortar and pestle to properly complete this recipe. Many supermarkets sell them, so those aren’t impossible to find. While there are many debates on which is the best type of mortar and pestle out there, we recommend either a stone or ceramic one; most stores sell these. If anything, consider avoiding wood/bamboo ones, as they can absorb oils. You can also use a food processor or even a blender, if you want to skip the manual labor (or just can’t find a mortar and pestle). Just be careful that the food processor/blender doesn’t render your mixture totally liquid!
Cola Ingredients You'll Need:
- ¼ cup of Honey
- 1-2 Limes (depending on size), enough to get ¼ cup of zest from
- ¼ cup Squeezed lime juice
- 3 tbsp. (roughly) of Cilantro (otherwise known as ‘pakuchi’ in Japanese, or coriander leaves)
- Carbonated water (We recommend one 8 oz. bottle per serving)
There are a few wrinkles to this list of items and the recipe. If cilantro tastes like soap to you, we recommend that you avoid using the leaves, and only use the stems: most research suggests the leaves are what cause the soap taste, and since you aren’t going to be eating cilantro, the stems will work just as well! In our various attempts, we actually used a little less cilantro sometimes to try and nullify any negative tastes people associate with it, which seemed to work well; you really just want the oils from it.
Once you have everything ready for your cola, we suggest doing these steps in order:
1) Chop up the cilantro, and zest the lime. If you do not have a zester, you can use a peeler, and you will need to chop the peeled skin into smaller pieces.
2) Juice the lime(s) into a separate container.
3) Using the mortar and pestle, muddle the cilantro and lime zest. Once you start to achieve a paste-like consistency, you’ll want to add some of the lime juice to help continue breaking it down. It should look like a somewhat chunky green mixture by the time you’re done.
4) In a saucepan or small pot, add the honey and heat it until it caramelizes, over medium heat. This step is VERY EASY to get wrong; you’ll want to give it your full attention. Once your honey goes from golden to a darker brown, you’ll have achieved caramelization. Transfer it from the pan to a cool container to avoid it further burning.
5) Mix the honey, lime, some lime juice, and cilantro mixtures together. At this point, you can add additional parts of lime juice or caramelized honey, depending on your tastes.
6) Using a strainer, pour the honey/lime/cilantro mixture into the strainer, draining the syrupy liquid from it into your desired glass. (If you're going to attempt to bottle the cola, you'll need to do an extra step.) Then, pour the carbonated water over the strainer and into the glass, which will create your cola! You can always add less water or more syrup mixture, according to your tastes.
7) If you’d like to use a bottle, make sure the bottle is clean, and then use a funnel to safely pour the cola mixture into the bottle. You can then use a cork to seal the bottle up (before drinking, give it a quick shake!).
If you happen to have a soda-making machine in your home, you can actually follow most of these steps, and then have the machine do the last few parts for you! You may want to just change the recipe accordingly depending on the size of the bottle your machine uses. Also, you should have enough honey and cilantro/lime mixture leftover to make a few more servings, but feel free to make more of whatever you need to serve as many people as you expect! Once you’ve caramelized the honey and created the muddled lime and cilantro, they’ll both stay for a little while in a refrigerator, meaning you can always make a fresh glass of Senku Cola at your leisure. If you happen to be of drinking age, we found that Senku Cola mixes quite well with alcohol, too, so feel free to (safely!) give that a try.
We do feel the need to state that you will likely find this does not taste like Coca-Cola; there are various missing elements here, so if yours doesn’t taste like that, then you’re okay! Senku’s Cola is a bit more similar to Cola styled candies and snacks that you might see in Asian markets, and you can change the flavor profile of your own batch by changing how much honey, lime, or cilantro you use in the mixture. It’s quite adaptable, and if you want to get really crazy, feel free to try out different citrus mixtures, adding spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, and more!
And there you have it, a perfect Dr. STONE finale meal: ramen and homemade cola! All you have to do is sit back, and sip and slurp your way through the Dr. STONE finale with your pals. And with both recipes being so easy, you can likely get them prepped well in advance of your viewing of the last episode. So don’t delay: hit up your local supermarket, get yourself some ingredients, and get yourself ready for an epic way to say goodbye (for now!) to Dr. STONE!
Did you try either recipe? What did you think of them? Come back and let us know what you think in the comments!
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