Tonkotsu Ramen | Basics with Babish

Published on Oct 4, 2018
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Tonkotsu ramen: less an essential skill and more a right-of-passage for the modern home cook. And, you know, an essential part of Japanese culture and day-to-day life. Sure, it takes two some-odd days to make, and sure, you can burn your hands on the alkaline salt, and sure, getting every element just right is a constant barrage of challenges. But with that first steamy slurp comes a superlative sense of accomplishment - not to mention, a truly delicious dinner.
NOTE: Any time I said baking powder, I meant baking soda - do not write and perform voice-over at 7AM when you are not a morning person.
Ingredients and Method for Broth and Pork:
Tonkotsu broth:
Chashu pork:
Other Ingredients:
+ For the marinated soft boiled eggs:
Soft boiled eggs
Soy sauce
+ For the tare:
Vegetable oil
Dried anchovies
Soy sauce
Bonito flakes
+ For the homemade ramen noodles:
Baking powder
All purpose flour
Bread flour
+ For ramen assembly:
Sliced chashu pork
Cooked ramen noodles
Tonkotsu broth
Nori (dried seaweed)
Special Equipment:
Rolling pin
Pasta roller (stand mixer or otherwise)
Music: "Mr. Miyagi" Blue Wednesday
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  • BAKING. SODA.* I'm so sorry, any time I said baking powder, please interpret that as baking soda. I'm shy on sleep and I have lain waste to my own voice-over.

    • what i do is 40ct packages. then tender meat from a pig. then slice it when its raw in thin 5mm slices. bake them at a high temperature for a short period of time. then i make what you can call upgraded instant ramen. ---------------- since its quite a lot of work to make your own pasta i dont always do this but i do make ALWAYS my own lasagna sheets. and create a 5-8 layered lasagna, depending on how much sauce i have. lasagna sheets are quite thin (like setting 2-3, on my manual roller)

    • Bacon spooooooodie

    • Share veg ramen recipe

    • Make koupepia and maybe homemade halloumi but not with cows milk only goats and sheep's milk

    • Can you cook Malaysia food like Nasi Lemak?

  • I don’t like ramen, this made me nut, I want this

  • I was watching this while eating instant noodles. Not japanese. Not Korean. American noodles.

  • Where is the tonkotsu broth recipe! The link takes you to your Tampopo ramen recipe

  • I just love the way you talk 😍😍😍 You are humorous and neverrr boring 😊😊😊

  • Just want to point out, tonkotsu is pronounced tonk(oh)tsu, tonk(ah)tsu as you pronounced it Is a completely different Japanese food

  • I'll probably watch all the ramen videos at some point, but I'm kind of curious if it's possible to make naruto at home. Also if it's possible to make the gigantic naruto they put on the ramen in Kamen Rider W

  • 6:44 That looks AMAZING! Bravo!

  • Videos like these really increase my respect for cooks. I basically cook NOTHING. If it weren't for fast food joints, restaurants, and grocery stores, I'd be in big trouble...

  • char siu with tonkotsu ramen is kinda weird. but i'm sure it tastes good

  • Babish’s alliteration always on point

  • Whenever he says and S it penetrates my head and tickles my belly button


  • Babish went deep with the "Loving yourself is the most important technique I can teach you". I love being suscribed to your channel. Gracias.

  • Got up at 9 and spent my whole Sunday making tonkotsu broth. Didn't bother with the noodles or the pork. Still, the taste just from the broth was incredible. It was so rich, my damn head was sweating.

  • Love you Babish ❤

  • Is it as good as bone daddies tho🤔🤔if you know you know

  • Tonkotsu broth link is wrong, the correct one goes to the Binging with Babish: Arrested Development Special (feat. Sean Evans) and you go to the 3 30 mark. Help like this comment please

  • you forgot the gun

  • *Min Yoongi did better 😂*

  • Watching those noodles be cut was orgasmic

  • I really want to try this recipe but I can't find the vidoe of you doing the broth. The link in the description leads to the wrong video it seems...

  • YAAAAS!! Thank you :)

  • Who the fuck actually thumbs down his videos. Haters. I will fight all 259 of you, individually or all at once. I’m that confident.

  • I saw a doc on a ramen chef who used roasted tomatoes as an umami bomb and I tried it and it was fantastic.

  • The eggs are a pain to prepare.

  • This is definitely not basic, can you do a not so time consuming/cheaper version?

  • Woww this is insane Of course, in the GOOD way. Awesome job, sir!😉

  • you look like nick jonas idk what’s taken me a year to figure that out

  • Ya gotta do Pho next!

  • Make Omurice!

  • You should do the "cook book" meal from Elvira mistress of the dark. Ya know since Halloween is coming up and stuff.

  • Do PHO, you COWARD

  • I think I’ll leave this to the restaurants. Loved the video, Babby. Maybe one day I’ll try it

  • wow

  • Bruh if you cut your past noodles shorter you're weak

  • oh my lord. this is the most beautiful thing I have ever watched.


  • How about making the ramen from Naruto

  • ...and if you're allergic to seafood like me, create your umami bomb using toasted sun dried daikon, toasted sesame seeds, vegan oyster sauce (made from mushrooms) and a generous helping of reduced brown chicken stock or lightly singed demi-glace.

  • Share veg ramen recipe

  • Dude! You're like a cooking God!

  • Call it advanced recipes with Andrew

  • That moment when he added Menma but not Naruto

  • Babish, this is great but the link to the broth takes us to an arrested development recipe :/

  • "Use your own words" Textbook: 30 minutes. Babish: One half of one hour.

  • what espresso machine is that behind him?

  • Please stop pronouncing tonkAtsu

  • Could these noodles be dehydrated to preserve, so I could "batch cook" plenty in one setting and have for many meals, or to give to my kids to take home??

  • Please do a collab with Jun's Kitchen if you or he go to Japan or him to America. Plese

  • try Chinese food?

  • You called it "tonkAtsu" ramen pretty much every time. Torturous. Tonkatsu is a breaded pork cutlet, not tonkotsu ramen. Just saying. Also "tare" is just the Japanese word meaning "sauce"....

  • "char siu pork belly" means roast pork pork belly why are you like this

  • Can you please make koupepia and souvla

  • Unpopular opinion maybe feature a person from the ethnic food you’re gonna do? I could be wrong but it seems kinda wrong for you to be making these foods with such a wide audience and not highlighting people who have deep connections with the food that you’re using for profit? I sure there are a lot of chefs who are doing the same thing but are not at the same limelight as you are? I am genuinely posing these questions.

  • Here’s a challenge: cook human in your next video

  • i really want to make this but I'm worried it'll taste Too fishy with the Bonito and the dried anchovies

  • Could you possibly post some alternative recipes for people with dairy allergies??

  • たんぽぽラーメンの動画もあるw

  • Why couldn’t this be from naruto

  • Ah yes, i remember my very first Christmas/wedding where I too received my one and only Shiny new stand mixer pasta roller. I remember asking Aunt and Uncle Murphy where they had bought it from and all they could tell me was that it was gifted to them by another friend who had it gifted to them. I am still yet to find any kind of product like this in any store or online. Only Ebay, where other giftee's are selling them.

  • In my country is Babish a politian

  • the broth in Japan is never that cloudy

  • Where's the tonkotsu stock recipe? It's the main ingredient in this thing.

  • I'm Chinese, and you still do it better than me.

  • He cut the egg the wrong way!!! :o

  • Authentic recipes which are very much appreciated. However, SLOW DOWN your speech. I like the fast pace, but please.... less words! There is no reason to stress out your viewers with this express train monotone, its robotic and goddamned irritating! So is the ridiculous background noise called 'music'. No music, very few words, a good video make.

  • that background instrumental tho

  • Is it that good?

  • I'm making this in the next few weeks, gonna have some extra money coming in so I can afford to drop some money on this. I've always wanted to make the real OG ramen

  • The link to the Tonkotsu broth doesn't work. It links to another random episode.

  • What about Pho?

  • The Ramen Broth link doesnt lead to ramen broth. 😫 It goes to your arrested development recipe.

  • Omg I wish I could make this but I can't eat fish

  • babish is basically the bob ross of cooking

  • Your kitchen is going to smell absolutely great after frying the anchovies

  • bro, i study listening to your voice

  • Is the 12 hour broth used as is or it should be diluted with water?

  • I made a very similar recipe for christmas one year. My family said it was one of the best things I've ever made.

  • My absolute favourite, nicely done!

  • Babish how do I make this vegetarian :(

  • Only if Naruto was there...

  • You are a god

  • 4 oz plus 2 tablespoons of water is a weird measurement

  • Droooolinggg - so good!!!

  • I started watching this thinking "ill impress my girlfriend by making her some home made Ramen". Now after watching this video im thinking "ill just take her to a ramen restaurant"

  • tonKOtsu, not tonKAtsu

  • A heads up, the Tonkatsu broth link goes to your arested development epsiode.

  • Beautiful outcome ! I just wish the ramen bowl at the end was 2x times bigger 😉

    • Qu'est-ce que tu penses de la recette de nouilles Alex?

    • Collab!

    • Alex French Guy Cooking oh my god it’s Alex of the ramen

    • ALEXXXX!! You're the man! Collab. collab. COLLAB. COLLAB!!!!

    • Agreed. He pulled out that bowl and my first thought was 'no, he's not going... yup. he did.'

  • Could you offer some vegan/vegetarian cooking ideas? I'm sick of chips and salsa for every meal but unsure of how to cook

  • Can you make breakfast or dessert

  • If anyone is ever in socal i highly recommend going to "Slurpin Ramen" in City of industry. Their broth is fucking delicious

  • Anyone know how long the alkaline salt keeps?

  • Can you do ichiraku ramen hehe just a thought

  • Eauch... Not a big fan of the menma.

  • No thanks, Japanese things are nose diving the trending charts these days... Why the heck would I want to eat Japanese stuff?? Me and my buddies are more into Korean stuff such as K-pop, K-drama and K-food. These K waves are soaring on global trending charts everywhere. Can't deny this fact... Forget about Tonkotsu... That sounds kinda criminal and sly....

    • What. the. fuck. is this stupid comment? People eat Japanese food because it tastes good. Or if they don't don't eat it because its not to their taste buds preference, not because "K-Pop is trending" or because "Tonkotsu sounds criminal and sly" (jesus christ! ). lol What the hell are you smoking you dumb racist fucking donkey.

    • Estrading Co what the heck does this comment even mean

  • Please do fried food. (Chicken, fish, fries, and pork chops!)

  • This is great if you live where you only have these ingredients. You can make much better food with less effort. I question your culinary skills and deference to a culture you really know nothing about. Why not use real anchovies? Beat the dough with a dowel then use a 100$ food processor. Do you just like to hear yourself talk? This is shit food and you are a shit cook. Use more soy sauce.

  • I dig your content, but I have a pet peeve about people saying "Tonkatsu" ramen when it's "Tonkotsu" ramen. In Japanese, each vowel only has one pronunciation, so the O character makes the same exact sound in the beginning of the word as it does in the end of the word. Tonkatsu = Fried Panko Breaded Pork Cutlet Tonkotsu = Pork Bone Broth Tohn-koh-tsu Not Tohn-kaht-tsu Not really your fault, just a thing that grates on me lol.

  • I dont like seeing his face. I feel dirty.