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(Bon Appetit)   Ivy League English major foodie undergrad's tips on doctoring up Ramen to the left. Your useful, fun, tasty non-trust-fund ways to the right   (bonappetit.com) divider line
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517 clicks; posted to Food » on 15 Jul 2021 at 11:50 AM (19 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2021-07-15 10:55:56 AM  
I've made my own ramen and added kimchi before.  It's excellent -- add it in with a healthy blob of tom yum paste and you've got a lovely hot and sour kimchi ramen, to which you can of course add whatever else you want; shallots or spring onions, hard-boiled egg halves or quarters, nori, a slab of tonkotsu, bean sprouts, whatever.  It all works.
 
2021-07-15 11:20:59 AM  
Stop trying to make ramen happen!
 
2021-07-15 11:27:27 AM  
Pfft. I'll wait for Uncle Roger's take on this foodie's take on Ramen, tyvm
 
2021-07-15 11:56:11 AM  
Throw in a handful of frozen mixed veggies before microwaving. It's not *great* but adds a little nutrition.
 
2021-07-15 11:57:45 AM  
Do a quick stir fry while boiling your ramen noodles for half the listed time. Add noodles to stir fry and pour in a nice sauce (can't go wrong with a miso base + soy/oyster/dark soy). Stir around to coat everything while the noodles finish cooking in the pan.

It's great at clearing out bits of leftover veggie from the fridge while getting a quick & easy meal.
 
2021-07-15 12:10:18 PM  
Buy a bag of frozen mixed vegetables.  Throw a big handful into every cup.

Fry or poach an egg and put it on top.

Either of those will cost you no more than 15 cents.
 
2021-07-15 12:12:32 PM  
I forget which movie, but one of the Miyazaki film DVDs had a little extra showing him cooking instant ramen and adding extra ingredients that he served to the staff when they needed to work long hours. It looked wonderful.

If you're ever in NYC, there's a ramen shop called Hide Chan. The pork broth with black garlic sauce is insane. Go easy on the sake. It's on the second floor and the stairs are steep.
 
2021-07-15 12:28:38 PM  
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2021-07-15 12:37:29 PM  
Ground chicken or pork, chopped vegetables and cooked ramen on the griddle grilll until crispy and delicious. So good, but so carby.
 
2021-07-15 12:42:29 PM  
FTFA:  Two things I often have in my fridge are a half-can of coconut milk and a half-used jar of Thai curry paste.


A half-jar of curry paste in a serving of Ramen seems very heavy-handed.  Most curry recipes call for only a tablespoon or two...

/love me some 'super ramen', though.
 
2021-07-15 12:45:54 PM  

olrasputin: Do a quick stir fry while boiling your ramen noodles for half the listed time. Add noodles to stir fry and pour in a nice sauce (can't go wrong with a miso base + soy/oyster/dark soy). Stir around to coat everything while the noodles finish cooking in the pan.

It's great at clearing out bits of leftover veggie from the fridge while getting a quick & easy meal.


Yeah. She sort of mentioned that one. Of course you have to wonder what her definition of 'pre cooking' is:

"Rather than pre-cooking the noodles, I soak them in boiling water for 2 minutes and then drain"

I'll do a stir fry, throw in 1/4 to 1/2 cup of liquid with the brick of ramen, cover with a lid, and then wait 3 minutes for the noodles to soften.

I've also been known to add sliced up hotdogs or frozen shrimp if I'm having it as soup
 
2021-07-15 12:50:52 PM  
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2021-07-15 12:59:08 PM  

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2021-07-15 1:03:17 PM  
Tahini or PB? Yum.
Carbonara? Meh.
Kimchi? Yum!
Crisped with veggies & eggs? Meh.
Miso? Yum!
Coconut milk & curry paste? Yum!

I do about half of that already, so it's good to see like-minded folks, I guess. Add Memmi, sesame oil, and tom yum paste, and you've got options...
 
2021-07-15 1:05:30 PM  

Embden.Meyerhof: FTFA:  Two things I often have in my fridge are a half-can of coconut milk and a half-used jar of Thai curry paste.


A half-jar of curry paste in a serving of Ramen seems very heavy-handed.  Most curry recipes call for only a tablespoon or two...

/love me some 'super ramen', though.


For those tiny jars of red or green curry paste that you can get in most supermarkets, you're probably in violent agreement - they only hold about 4 oz (6-8 tablespoons.)
 
2021-07-15 1:49:36 PM  
Frozen veggies, frozen grilled chicken strips, and a egg.
 
2021-07-15 1:58:51 PM  
I usually just drained the noodles before adding the seasoning packet.  Made a pretty tasty thick noodle.

I also threw a couple slices of cheese on top of a brick and nuked the noodles to melt it.  Not great, but better than you'd think.

Otherwise, just throw some shiat in there, chopped veggies, a fried egg, some lunch meat, anything.  I guess I'm more on his mom's level with this stuff.  I just don't see the point in using instant noodles in a real recipe when you can upgrade to regular noodles for just a few cents.
 
2021-07-15 2:25:38 PM  
is it gold flake? someone please tell me it's gold flake...
 
2021-07-15 2:36:19 PM  
My drunk ramen the other night was braised beef short rib, green chiles, and cheddar cheese.

It was pretty bomb.
 
2021-07-15 2:56:39 PM  

GreatGlavinsGhost: Pfft. I'll wait for Uncle Roger's take on this foodie's take on Ramen, tyvm


Uncle Roger will object to the general lack of MSG. So obviously this would fail to please him.
 
2021-07-15 3:15:26 PM  
My go to base for ramen is ginger scallion sauce and gochujang.

From there I'll usually add a combo of the following:

pork belly
tofu
kimchi
baby bok choy
poached or soft boiled egg
 
2021-07-15 4:08:51 PM  

mike_d85: I usually just drained the noodles before adding the seasoning packet.  Made a pretty tasty thick noodle.


I do that too, but I usually step on the seasoning - 2 bricks of noodle, 1.5 packets. Indomie's Mi Goreng works great, too - designed to be eaten drained.
 
2021-07-15 4:17:00 PM  
I should mention that I'm probably cheating by keeping a big container of homemade Szechuan chili oil on hand. That shiat would make unseasoned rice cakes taste luxurious.
 
2021-07-15 4:27:11 PM  

GreatGlavinsGhost: Pfft. I'll wait for Uncle Roger's take on this foodie's take on Ramen, tyvm


It will just be "HAIYAAAAAA..."
 
2021-07-15 4:28:12 PM  

Decorus: GreatGlavinsGhost: Pfft. I'll wait for Uncle Roger's take on this foodie's take on Ramen, tyvm

Uncle Roger will object to the general lack of MSG. So obviously this would fail to please him.


No shiatload of garlic, no farkton of MSG? Ayuh.
 
2021-07-15 4:49:22 PM  

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2021-07-15 6:06:41 PM  
the headline made it sound like caviar and lobster. it is actually very reasonable.
I always have Kim chi or sauerkraut on hand. other things come and go. I am the kind of person who makes Kraft Mac and cheez when I have no milk and just sub in salsa instead. these Raman ideas seem fine to me.
 
2021-07-15 6:51:58 PM  
Rather than pre-cooking the noodles, I soak them in boiling water for 2 minutes and then drain.
How is putting the noodles in boiling water for 2 minutes not pre-cooking them?
 
2021-07-15 8:34:58 PM  

FormlessOne: Decorus: GreatGlavinsGhost: Pfft. I'll wait for Uncle Roger's take on this foodie's take on Ramen, tyvm

Uncle Roger will object to the general lack of MSG. So obviously this would fail to please him.

No shiatload of garlic, no farkton of MSG? Ayuh.


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2021-07-15 9:47:53 PM  
Today was beef stock concentrate, white miso, chopped garlic, and some hot taqueria hot sauce.
 
2021-07-15 10:08:40 PM  

Oneiros: FormlessOne: Decorus: GreatGlavinsGhost: Pfft. I'll wait for Uncle Roger's take on this foodie's take on Ramen, tyvm

Uncle Roger will object to the general lack of MSG. So obviously this would fail to please him.

No shiatload of garlic, no farkton of MSG? Ayuh.

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...must has. Thanks to you, Amazon's sending me a 3-pack. Looking forward to trying them.
 
2021-07-15 10:10:53 PM  
This thread's torture. :)
 
2021-07-15 11:04:59 PM  

FormlessOne: Oneiros: FormlessOne: Decorus: GreatGlavinsGhost: Pfft. I'll wait for Uncle Roger's take on this foodie's take on Ramen, tyvm

Uncle Roger will object to the general lack of MSG. So obviously this would fail to please him.

No shiatload of garlic, no farkton of MSG? Ayuh.

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...must has. Thanks to you, Amazon's sending me a 3-pack. Looking forward to trying them.


FoodMax had two flavors of them one time, and I tried them both.

I seem to remember that they weren't joking around on the heat, but I don't recall how well the garlic came through.

(But I also have large containers of fried garlic and fried shallots that I'll add for other types of ramen, so I might've done that)
 
2021-07-16 12:54:51 AM  
I can't eat instant ramen noodles anymore, so I make it from scratch using glass noodles instead (usually made from mung beans). I add whatever I have in the fridge, including kimchi because I ALWAYS have kimchi. I've tried a ton of noodles recently, because some noodles are better than rice, even brown rice, in terms of carbs, and some are very very good. If you like the chewy texture, glass noodles of some kind are better for your health instead of wheat noodles, rice noodles, or rice.
 
2021-07-16 2:45:46 AM  

silvervial: I can't eat instant ramen noodles anymore, so I make it from scratch using glass noodles instead (usually made from mung beans). I add whatever I have in the fridge, including kimchi because I ALWAYS have kimchi. I've tried a ton of noodles recently, because some noodles are better than rice, even brown rice, in terms of carbs, and some are very very good. If you like the chewy texture, glass noodles of some kind are better for your health instead of wheat noodles, rice noodles, or rice.


When I move out of this motel and into my own space (hopefully next month) and have a proper cooking area. I plan to make scratch ramen or pho at least once a week.

Incredibly cheap, delicious, scales well, stretches far, and keeps the house smelling phenomenal.
 
2021-07-16 2:28:41 PM  

silvervial: I can't eat instant ramen noodles anymore, so I make it from scratch using glass noodles instead (usually made from mung beans). I add whatever I have in the fridge, including kimchi because I ALWAYS have kimchi. I've tried a ton of noodles recently, because some noodles are better than rice, even brown rice, in terms of carbs, and some are very very good. If you like the chewy texture, glass noodles of some kind are better for your health instead of wheat noodles, rice noodles, or rice.


Glass noodles have a ton of carbs.
 
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