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Menma is a popular Japanese condiment that’s slightly crunchy and full of flavors. It’s made from lactate-fermented bamboo shoots, and often used as a topping for ramen noodles. In this post you’ll learn everything about Menma food and how to make menma for ramen in less than 15 minutes.
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Menma Recipe (+VIDEO)

Menma is a popular Japanese condiment that’s slightly crunchy and full of flavors. It’s made from lactate-fermented bamboo shoots, and often used as a topping for ramen noodles. In this post you’ll learn everything about Menma food and how to make menma for ramen in less than 15 minutes.
Course Condiment, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Japanese
Keyword Menma, Menma Ramen, Menma Recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 47kcal
Author izzycooking

Ingredients

  • 1 can bamboo shoot (about 19oz with water, and 10oz drained for each can)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons garlic finely minced
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 ½ teaspoons chicken bouillon powder (Chinese chicken stock powder)
  • 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon mirin
  • 1 teaspoon sugar

Instructions

  • Drain and rinse the canned bamboo shoot thoroughly.
  • Cut them into thin slices, about 1/4-inch thick and 2-inch long. (Optional: you can place them in a strainer and pour hot water over to get rid of the flavor from the can)
  • In a small bowl, mix together chicken bouillon powder and water. Mix well and set aside.
  • In a non-stick skillet over medium heat, add sesame oil and minced garlic.
  • Sauté for about 1 minute and add sliced bamboo shoots. Stir-fry for about 2 minutes.
  • Then add the chicken stock mixture, soy sauce, mirin, and sugar. Mix and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat and simmer uncovered for about 10-15 minutes until the liquid has mostly evaporated.
  • You can serve immediately or store the menma in an airtight container (with the remaining liquid) in the refrigerator. It’ll last up to 1 week.

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Notes

  • Avoid pre-sliced bamboo shoots as they’re often too soft.
  • You can add chilli pepper to your menma if you’d like to have a spicy flavor.

Nutrition

Calories: 47kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 347mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg