Ponyo Ramen

A warming, cheap soup that is way better than a Pot Noodle. This recipe – named after the Studio Ghibli film Ponyo – is perfect if you have some ham hanging around in the fridge, but are fed up with sandwiches. You can swap out the ham for any leftover meat. You can also change around the vegetables, adding whatever you like. Suggested alternatives are sugar snap peas, beansprouts, bamboo shoots and cabbage. You can easily make this into a vegetarian dish by leaving out the ham and doubling the amount of egg. Warning – this recipe is rather spicy! Cut down on the chili if you like your soup to have less of a kick.

  1. Heat a small saucepan of water until it is boiling. Place the egg inside and boil for 6 minutes. Plunge the egg into cold water and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile pour the stock into another pan and put onto a high/medium heat. When it is boiling add in the onions, ginger and chili. Boil for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the corn, mushrooms and noodles. Boil for 3 minutes with the lid on.
  4. Give the noodles a stir, and add the mangetout and ham. Boil for another 2 minutes with the lid on.
  5. Deshell the egg and slice in half – it should have a nice runny yolk.
  6. Divide the ramen between two bowls, adding half the egg to each. Serve topped with the springs of coriander if using.

Useful Cooking Information


Metric Imperial
10 g½ oz
20 g¾ oz
25 g1 oz
50 g2 oz
75 g3 oz
110 g4 oz
150 g5 oz
175 g6 oz
200 g7 oz
225 g8 oz
250 g9 oz
275 g10 oz
350 g12 oz
450 g1 lb
500 g (½ kg)18 oz
700 g1½ lb
900 g2 lb
1 kg2¼ lb
1.3 kg3 lb
1.8 kg4 lb
2.2 kg5 lb


Metric Imperial
50 ml2 fl oz
75 ml3 fl oz
100 ml3½ fl oz
125 ml4 fl oz
150 ml5 fl oz¼ pint
200 ml7 fl oz
250 ml9 fl oz
300 ml10 fl oz½ pint
425 ml15 fl oz¾ pint
600 ml20 fl oz1 pint
800 ml1½ pint
1 l1¾ pints
1.2 l2 pints
1.5 l2½ pints
1.8 l3 pints
2 l3½ pints


Metric Imperial
5 mm¼ inch
1 cm½ inch
2 cm¾ inch
2.5 cm1 inch
3 cm1¼ inches
4 cm1½ inches
5 cm2 inches
10 cm3 inches
15 cm4 inches
20.5 cm6 inches
23 cm9 inches
25 cm10 inches
30 cm12 inches

Spoon measures - mean level measures unless the recipe says 'heaped'

Eggs - are always large for baking, unless recipe says otherwise

Oven Temperatures

Gas °F °C
Mark 1275140

Fan assisted ovens - remember to reduce temperatures by 20°C

Most Useful US/European Conversions

ButterUS 1 cup / 2 sticks8 oz220 g
SugarUS 1 cup6 oz175 g
FlourUS 1 cup4 oz110 g
LiquidUS 1 cup8 fl oz225 ml
Prepped OnionsUS 1 cup4 oz110 g
Cheese, GratedUS 1 cup4 oz110 g
Diced FruitUS 1 cup5 oz150 g
Fresh BreadcrumbsUS 1 cup2 oz55 g

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