Hi! I am Rhys Ford and I would like to welcome you to this stop on the Ramen Assassin Blog Tour!
I am looking forward to introducing you a new series as well as two very fun characters I enjoyed writing, Kuro Jenkins and Trey Bishop. The first book, Ramen Assassin, came to me as a nebulous idea but then really pushed into the forefront of my brain while I was beginning to write Hellion, the third book in the 415 Ink series. Unfortunately, I scared TA Moore with a very bad habit of mine called staring into space while thinking. I was contemplating the ins and outs of a series called Ramen Assassin and she took my crazed, unfocused look as the possibility of a spider of the wall behind her.
There was no spider. But what did come out of it was a murder mystery about a former government operative turned ramen chef and the recovering drug addict, former child star he saves from certain death and eventually falls in love with.
This book allowed me to combine two things I love — killing people and cooking. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. On this blog tour, I’m going to be sharing a few of my favorite dishes as well as a how to throw together ramen with what you have in your pantry and refrigerator. Please be sure to hit up every single stop on the blog tour for a different recipe at each stop as well as that blog’s giveaway!
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And now, onto the food…
1⁄2 pound ground pork (or 1/2 lb diced chicken 1 lb VERY firm tofu)
2 tablespoons shoyu (soy sauce)
1 tablespoon dry sherry or rice wine
4 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon chili-bean sauce / hot chili sauce
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
1 cup Salt (you’re not cooking with this, it’s to soak the eggplant)
1 1⁄4 pound Japanese eggplant, cut into 3/4 inch x 2 inch strips
1 tablespoon sugar
1 cup chicken broth
1 tablespoon apple cider or balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons sesame seeds, toasted
2 scallions, white and light green parts only, finely chopped
In a bowl, mix the pork with shoyu and the sherry.
In a separate bowl, combine the sugar, chicken broth, apple cider and cornstarch.
In a gallon sized bowl, combine ½ cup salt with 2 quarts water. Add the eggplant and soak for 20 minutes. Remove from the water and dry.
In a wok, heat the vegetable oil until smoking.
Add the chili-bean sauce, garlic, ginger and cook over high heat until fragrant, about 20 seconds, then add the pork and stir-fry until browned, 2 to 3 minutes.
Remove the cooked pork and wipe out the wok. Reheat with the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil on high heat.
Add the eggplant and stir-fry until it begins to soften, about 3 minutes and the skin is lightly charred. Add in the cooked pork mixture and combine.
Stir in the broth/cornstarch mix (making sure the cornstarch is evenly mixed in), and remove from heat once the broth thicken and is a shiny glaze. Plate and garnish with the toasted sesame seeds and scallions and serve.
Ramen Assassin by Rhys Ford
When life gives Kuro Jenkins lemons, he wants to make ponzu to serve at his Los Angeles ramen shop.
Instead he’s dodging bullets and wondering how the hell he ended up back in the Black Ops lifestyle he left behind him. After rescuing former child star Trey Bishop from a pair of thugs in the middle of the night, he knows it’s time to pick up his gun again. But it seems trouble isn’t done with Trey, and Kuro can’t quite let go… of either the gun or Trey Bishop.
Trey Bishop never denied his life’s downward spiral was his own fault. After a few stints in rehab, he’s finally shaken off his Hollywood bad-boy lifestyle but not his reputation. The destruction of his acting career and his relationships goes deep, and no one trusts anything he says, including the LAPD. When two men dragging a dead body spot him on a late-night run and try to murder him, Trey is grateful for the tall, dark, and deadly ramen shop owner he lusts over—not just for rescuing him, but also for believing him.
Now caught in a web of murders and lies, Trey knows someone wants him dead, and the only one on his side is a man with deep, dark secrets. Trey hopes Kuro Jenkins will stick around to see what the future holds for them once the dust settles, but from the looks of things, neither of them may survive to find out.
You can buy Ramen Assassin at:
Dreamspinner Press https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/ramen-assassin-by-rhys-ford-10582-b
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About the Author
Rhys Ford is an award-winning author with several long-running LGBT+ mystery, thriller, paranormal, and urban fantasy series and is a two-time LAMBDA finalist with her Murder and Mayhem novels. She is also a 2017 Gold and Silver Medal winner in the Florida Authors and Publishers President’s Book Awards for her novels Ink and Shadows and Hanging the Stars. She is published by Dreamspinner Press and DSP Publications.
She’s also quite skeptical about bios without a dash of something personal and really, who doesn’t mention their cats, dog and cars in a bio? She shares the house with Harley, a grey tuxedo with a flower on her face, Badger, a disgruntled alley cat who isn’t sure living inside is a step up the social ladder as well as a ginger cairn terrorist named Gus. Rhys is also enslaved to the upkeep a 1979 Pontiac Firebird and enjoys murdering make-believe people.
Rhys can be found at the following locations:
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