Authentic Tonkotsu Ramen Recipe

This authentic Tonkotsu Ramen recipe delivers the ultimate umami experience with its rich pork broth, fresh noodles, and classic toppings. Perfect for any ramen enthusiast!
A bowl of homemade tonkotsu ramen with sliced pork, a soft-boiled egg, seaweed, bean sprouts, and green onions. Nearby are small bowls of extra bean sprouts and dipping sauce. Chopsticks and a napkin are placed beside it.

For Kenji, Tokyo-based graphic designer and food enthusiast, nothing compares to the comfort of a steaming bowl of Tonkotsu Ramen. After a long day balancing colors and shapes, he finds solace in this rich, creamy pork broth ramen, a dish that combines tender pork, fresh noodles, and a medley of delightful toppings. It’s not just a meal but a culinary experience that brings warmth and satisfaction, reminiscent of his favorite ramen spot in Shinjuku.

A bowl of Tonkotsu Ramen with sliced pork, soft-boiled egg halves, green onions, nori, and noodles in savory broth.

Authentic Tonkotsu Ramen Recipe

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A rich, creamy pork broth ramen, featuring tender slices of pork, fresh noodles, and a medley of toppings that make this dish a comforting delight.
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Meal Type Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Japanese
Servings 4
Calories 740 kcal
Difficulty Intermediate
Ingredient Cost $21
Shopping Cost$49

Equipment

  • Large pot
  • Medium pot
  • Strainer
  • Knife
  • Cutting board

Ingredients
 
 

  • 1 lb pork bones
  • 1 lb pork belly
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 knob ginger minced
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 8 cups water
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons miso paste
  • 1 tablespoon sake
  • 4 portions ramen noodles fresh
  • 2 eggs halved, soft-boiled
  • 1 cup bean sprouts
  • ¼ cup green onions chopped
  • 1 sheet nori seaweed, cut into strips

Instructions
 

  • In a large pot, bring water to a boil and add pork bones. Boil for 5 minutes, then drain and rinse the bones.
    1 lb pork bones
  • In the same pot, heat vegetable oil over medium heat. Add garlic, ginger, and onion, sautéing until fragrant.
    2 tablespoons vegetable oil, 4 cloves garlic, 1 knob ginger, 1 onion
  • Add the pork bones back to the pot with 8 cups of water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 1.5 hours.
    8 cups water, 1 lb pork bones
  • In a medium pot, cook the pork belly until tender, then slice it thinly.
    1 lb pork belly
  • Strain the broth and return it to the pot. Add soy sauce, miso paste, and sake, stirring to combine.
    1/4 cup soy sauce, 2 tablespoons miso paste, 1 tablespoon sake
  • Cook ramen noodles according to package instructions and divide into bowls.
    4 portions ramen noodles
  • Pour the broth over the noodles and top with sliced pork belly, soft-boiled eggs, bean sprouts, green onions, and nori strips.
    2 eggs, 1 cup bean sprouts, 1/4 cup green onions, 1 sheet nori

Notes

The longer you simmer the broth, the richer the flavor.
Customize with additional toppings like corn, bamboo shoots, or mushrooms.

Nutrition

Calories: 740kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 18gFat: 70gSaturated Fat: 24gPolyunsaturated Fat: 11gMonounsaturated Fat: 31gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 163mgSodium: 1.243mgPotassium: 403mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 239IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 61mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Comfort Food, Japanese Cuisine, Pork Broth, Ramen, Tonkotsu Ramen

Ingredient Costs: Cost of Recipe by Ingredient Measurements

Shopping Costs: Cost of Recipe with Brand New Ingredient Purchases

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