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7 Ways to Improve Instant Noodles

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by Marina (subscribe)
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Published April 22nd 2013
Instant ramen - making oodles of noodles better
Instant ramen is a staple in most homes, but how can you make the quick meal into something a little more substantial?

1. Stove top cooking
Try cooking the noodles on the stove- most brands recommend that you pour boiling water over the ramen in a bowl, but you can achieve noodles that are more tender by cooking the noodles on the stove.

2. Eggs
Add an egg or two for extra protein.

Most people beat an egg lightly then pour it over the noodles before swirling it around, creating egg drop ramen. Or go for an authentic Japanese feel and soft boil an egg, slice it in two, and use it as topping.

[ADVERT]Another variation is to scramble the egg with nothing more than a bit of salt and oil/butter, before shredding it and mixing it in with the ramen. The texture of the scrambled egg meshes well with the noodles, though you want to eat it quickly before it gets too soggy!

3. Meat
If you want meat to go with your noodles, fry up some slices of Spam or some diced ham. Create an Asian-Italian fusion by adding diced tomato and some cooked Italian sausage into your ramen pot as it simmers. Serve with a topping of grated tasty cheese.

4. Asian fusion
On the note of fusion, you can take inspiration from Vietnamese pho.

Freshen up your ramen with a handful of mung beans (make sure to cut off the roots), fish sauce, green onions, and a slice of lemon or lime.

5. Vegetables
For those who need a bit of green, chop up some fresh leafy veggies for your ramen. My go-to vegetable is bok choy- you can get a bunch for between 50c-70c at most Asian supermarkets.

Wash the leaves, chop them roughly and toss them in about a minute before you take the ramen off the stove.

6. Hot and spicy
For those who love spicy food, try adding a dash of Tabasco or a teaspoon of chili oil.

My favourites- chili oil, complete with dried seeds.

Gochujang, Korean chili paste, might also be to your fancy- it comes in small, crimson tubs or jars in most Asian supermarkets.

Dried and crushed red peppers pack a great punch, so be wary when putting these into your ramen!

7. Sesame oil
Instant ramen from the Nissin brand generally comes with a small packet of sesame oil, but most brands don't. Invest in a small bottle of sesame oil (around $5-$6) and mix a teaspoon's worth into your ramen for extra fragrance.

This bottle cost $5.50 at the local grocery store.

Coles generally stocks several brands of instant ramen and some Asian condiments, but you'll get more bang for your buck by getting the same ingredients from an Asian supermarket- they cost up to half as much what a franchise supermarket will charge.
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Great article! Yay for ramen!
by Serena (score: 1|58) 2669 days ago
You can also soften the noodles with hot water but not too soft..drain it then fry it like fried noodles with the addition of meat, veggies and anything you like. Add dark soy sauce or fish sauce.. even chilli or chilli sauce too... o(~_O)o
by email (score: 0|2) 2668 days ago
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