Not So Tonkotsu Ramen: Recipe

RECIPES | This not so Tonkotsu ramen is a twist on a classic Tonkotsu ramen . It is by no means a traditional broth as I struggled to find pigs trotters which are characteristically the base of this style of ramen. Nonetheless the combination of pork ribs, soup bones and chicken wings make a thick, creamy, rich broth which is utterly delicious.

not so tonkotsu ramen recipe

Preparation Time: 10 minutes / Cooking Time: 8 hours / Serves: 6


  • 1kg pork ribs
  • 1kg beef soup bones
  • 250g chicken wings
  • 200g kombu
  • 90g bonito flakes
  • 1 brown onion, cut in quarters
  • 4 garlic cloves, whole
  • 8L water

Toppings (to taste)

  • 1 soft boiled egg
  • nori
  • tofu (optional)
  • spring onion
  • enoki mushrooms
  • 270g packet ramen noodels, cooked as per the instructions
  • 200g pork belly, thinly sliced
  • sliced cabbage


  1. Place the pork ribs, soup bones, chicken wings, kombu, bonito, onion, garlic and 5L of water in a large heavy bottom pot.
  2. Put the pot on a high heat and leave it for 8 hours, adding the additional 3L of water as needed.
  3. Strain the broth through a muslin cloth or fine sieve. Retain the liquid and discard the rest.
  4. In a serving bowl, add the ramen noodles, broth and your choice of toppings.


All topping are optional, you a can use whatever you would like to top your ramen.

Lauren has travelled extensively, allowing her to experience different cultures around the world. This has fed her desire to travel and try as many cuisines as possible. Lauren's appreciation for food is grounded in the philosophy that food has a unique way of telling a story about family, friends or struggles. She believes food is a way of preserving culture and the stories of the people behind them. This has inspired her to create recipes and design events that ensure food from different cultures is accessible at home.


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