- 10 cm piece of konbu
- 35 gm (1 cup) dried shiitake mushrooms
- 4 chicken Marylands
- 400 gm piece of bacon, rind on (see note)
- 1 kg pork bones, coarsely chopped (see note)
- 2 carrots, coarsely chopped
- 1 onion, coarsely chopped
- 9 spring onions, coarsely chopped
- 3 corn cobs, kernels removed
- 200 gm fresh ramen noodles
- 4 soft-boiled eggs, halved
- 80 gm apple woodchips, soaked in cold water for at least 1 hour, drained
- 4 chicken breasts, skin on
- 1Preheat oven to 200C. Rinse konbu, place in a stockpot with 6 litres water over high heat and bring to the boil. Remove from heat, set aside to infuse (10 minutes), then discard konbu and return pan to heat. Add shiitakes and simmer over medium heat until plump (30 minutes). Remove mushrooms with a slotted spoon (discard), add chicken Marylands and bacon, and simmer for flavour to develop (45 minutes to 1 hour).
- 2Meanwhile, spread pork bones in a roasting pan and roast, turning once, until browned (45 minutes to 1 hour). Add to stock and simmer for flavours to develop (6-7 hours). Add carrot, onion and 6 spring onions in the last hour of cooking. Strain (discard solids).
- 3For smoked chicken, prepare a coal-bedded kettle barbecue for indirect grilling (see note) and preheat to 150C. Add woodchips around coals until smoking. Rub chicken with salt, place on rack skin-side down, cover and smoke, adding extra woodchips if required, until golden and cooked through (50 minutes to 1 hour). Set aside to rest (15 minutes), then thinly slice.
- 4Cook corn in a large saucepan of boiling salted water (3-4 minutes), drain and set aside.
- 5Cook noodles in a saucepan of boiling salted water (2-3 minutes) and drain. Divide among serving bowls along with corn, add stock (there will be some leftover; it can be frozen for later use), top with smoked chicken and half an egg, scatter with remaining spring onions and sesame seeds, add nori and serve hot.
Note You'll need to order slab bacon and pork bones from your butcher, who can also chop the bones for you. Indirect grilling is cooking away from the heat, using the top rack. It's important to have your coal base well established and glowing before adding woodchips.
Drink Suggestion: Koshu (aged sake). Drink suggestion by Max Allen