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Volume 4 | Issue 03

March 6, 2018

Noodle Bowl Obsession


SPOTLIGHT

Asian noodle bowls combine elements of rustic simplicity with complex, rich flavors—making this culinary category one of the most exciting to hit American menus in recent years. Rooted in traditional street fare, such dishes as Vietnamese pho, Malaysian laksa and Japanese ramen are considered essential comfort food by millions. And as American patrons become more familiar with these dishes, the nuances of technique and flavor from various cities and regions can add excitement to your menu. Take ramen, for example. The miso ramen of Sapporo, Japan is traditionally topped with sweet corn, butter, bean sprouts, pork and garlic; in Fukuoka, you’ll find thin noodles, crushed garlic, pickled ginger, sesame and mustard greens in a piping hot bowl of pork bone tonkotsu broth. Whether you choose to take on an authentic recipe or simply use a classic dish as inspiration for a brand-new build, the key to a memorable noodle bowl is ingredient quality. Aromatic broths, fresh herbs and vegetables, well-seasoned proteins and toothsome noodles deliver the textures, colors and tastes that come together in a feast for the senses.



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Take your guests on a culinary tour of Asia with a trio of delicious noodle bowl recipes! WATCH THE VIDEO. 

Whether you’re striving for authenticity or looking to put your own spin on a fusion dish, noodle bowls present a world of culinary possibility. Take a look at our latest menu ideas and recipes.


RECIPES FEATURING
CUSTOM CULINARY® BRANDED PRODUCTS


Vietnamese-Style Pho Broth Bowl
Custom Culinary® Beef Pho Broth delivers rich taste and aroma to this traditional noodle soup.
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Sriracha Lime Ramen Bowl
Put a spicy, tangy twist on ramen with the addition of our Master’s Touch® Sriracha Lime Flavor Concentrate.
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Japanese Soba Noodle Bowl
Gold Label Wasabi Ginger Ponzu Sauce brings just enough heat to stir-fried vegetables, chicken and buckwheat noodles in this tasty dish.
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Tom Yum Veggie Noodle Soup
The perfect option for vegetarian guests, featuring Custom Culinary® Thai Style Vegetable Broth.​
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Traditional Tonkotsu Ramen
Custom Culinary® Tonkotsu Ramen Pork Broth serves as the authentic foundation to this on-trend soup.
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MENU INSPIRATION FEATURING
CUSTOM CULINARY® PROPRIETARY PRODUCTS


Bibim Naengmyeon
This dish features a savory chilled broth made from Custom Culinary® Korean Soybean Soup Concentrate, loaded with sweet potato noodles, chili paste, thinly sliced brisket, button mushrooms, pickled radish and spring onion.

Chimichurri Tsukemen Ramen
Chewy ramen noodles are topped with a tea egg, green onion, shaved beef and Custom Culinary® Green Onion Sesame Chimichurri, served alongside a bowl of shoyu ramen broth for dipping.

Umami Noodle Soup
Complex flavors come alive in a broth made with Custom Culinary® Roasted Garlic Black Bean Sauce, layered with chili noodles, scallions, radishes, mushrooms and seared pork belly, topped with fried garlic and chili strands.

Coconut Tamarind Laksa
Thick rice noodles are served in a fiery curry broth made with Custom Culinary® Coconut and Tamarind Sambal, topped with shrimp, bamboo shoots, scallions, red onion, cilantro and lemongrass.


CUSTOM CULINARY® FEATURED PRODUCTS


Indulgent dishes grounded in premium ingredients help bring the carnival cuisine trend to life on your menu. Our products deliver those bold flavors with operational ease. 

PROPRIETARY PRODUCTS*

  • Korean Soybean Soup Concentrate
  • Green Onion Sesame Chimichurri
  • Roasted Garlic Black Bean Sauce
  • Thai Basil Chili Chutney
  • Coconut and Tamarind Sambal
*Products are customized; please contact your Custom Culinary® representative for more information.

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Chef Talk

Chef Michael Smith recounts his delicious trip to Seoul —from the jaw-dropping grocery stores to BBQ joints to street carts—and share how the memorable dishes he tried can inspire your own menu.

WHERE INSIGHTS BECOME INSPIRATION
FlavorIQ® enables our customers' growth and success by approaching the creation of customized solutions with a bold mix of expertise, aspiration and curiosity. We develop unique products, menu concepts and "gold standard" flavor delivery systems, meeting the requirements of our customers today and anticipating their emerging needs, too. The opportunities we identify for operators and food manufacturers on a global scale are rooted in a deep understanding of the culinary arts, sensory science, consumer insights and food science. Our ultimate goal? Innovation without limits.