Spicy Lamb Coconut Curry Ramen


2 tablespoons sambal oelek

2 shallots, peeled and halved

6 cloves garlic, peeled

1 (2 inch) piece ginger, peeled and sliced

1/4 cup cilantro stems, chopped

1 tablespoon ground coriander

1 tablespoon ground turmeric

1 teaspoon curry powder

1 tablespoon vegetable or canola oil

2 (14 ounce) cans unsweetened coconut milk

2 cups chicken broth

1 tablespoon fish sauce

1 tablespoon light brown sugar

Kosher salt

Spicy Lamb (recipe below)

2 (3 ounce) packages instant ramen noodles, flavor packets discarded*

2 eggs

1 bunch scallions, very thinly sliced

1 lime, sliced into wedges

Cilantro, for garnish


1 tablespoon vegetable or canola oil

1 pound American ground lamb

2-3 teaspoons sambal oelek, depending upon how spicy you’d like

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon ginger powder

Kosher salt


Puree sambal oelek, shallots, garlic, ginger, cilantro stems, coriander, turmeric, curry powder and 3 tablespoons water in a food processor until a smooth-ish paste forms.

Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the above paste and cook, stirring constantly, for 4-5 minutes. Whisk in coconut milk and broth and season generously with Kosher salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and cook for 20 to 25 minutes. Add fish sauce and brown sugar, and cook for at least 5 more minutes. Pour soup through a fine mesh strainer and discard solids. Return soup to the pot and keep hot.

Meanwhile, cook eggs: bring water to boil in a medium saucepan. Lower heat to a rapid “hard simmer”. Carefully lower eggs into water and cook for exactly 6 1/2 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to remove eggs from water and place in an ice bath (bowl filled with very icy water). Let eggs cool completely, then carefully peel and slice in half.

Meanwhile, cook spicy lamb: heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add lamb and season with Kosher salt, breaking into small bite-sized pieces as it cooks, until no pink remains, about 6 minutes. Stir in sambal oelek, garlic powder, and ginger powder and cook for 1 more minute. Remove from heat and set aside until soup is done.

Cook ramen noodles in boiling water until just cooked through (if you cook too long, they will turn to mush).

Divide broth between bowls. Add ramen noodles, spicy lamb, scallions, and garnish with cilantro. Serve with lime wedges. Devour immediately.


*You can also feel free to use another type of noodle-like thicker stir fry rice noodles or even spaghetti!

**If you have extra soup and lamb leftover, refrigerate and reheat for a future meal!

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