Ramen noodles, the college kid’s diet staple. Ramen are cheap, come in lots of yummy flavors, and are actually a popular Japanese soup. You can even eat them right out of the package for a crunchy snack. And while all of that is a ton of uses, there is more!
Ramen Comes to America
Ramen has been a staple of the Japanese for centuries. The noodles are simple and inexpensive to make, taste great, and are loaded with salt. After WWII, the soldiers brought them back from Japan and the rest is history. Ramen has prospered so well that it was voted most popular Japanese export of the 20th century. That is serious stuff.
Ramen Goes to College
So, all those college-minded brain-i-acks in one place with little money, and the munchies. Enter a food source requiring only boiling water and a few pennies and a love affair is born. Since college kids have a vested interest in Ramen, it’s not surprising that they are the ones creating millions of variation using the humble Ramen as a base for everything. Okay, maybe not a million, but a lot.
Fifty Ways to Eat Your Ramen
The aforementioned college students have invented 50 ways to eat Ramen, but we are on a schedule so we will hit the highlights. First you must prepare the noodles for dinner duty. For recipes with traditional noodles (cooked), prepare the noodles and set aside. If the recipe calls for raw noodles, break in bite-sized pieces and set aside.
Soups are easy and quick. The fastest is simply to partially cook two cups of a package your favorite veggie, then add them to the noodle pan and prepare per the directions. Shrimp make a good add-in for soup. Using frozen cooked shrimp, rinse to thaw while the water is heating. Once the water boils, add noodles and shrimp and prepare as normal.
Noodle salads are good too. On the lighter side, mix four cups of shredded lettuce, grated carrot, green onions (optional), and slivered almonds. Break up and add the raw noodles; then add two tablespoons each of canola oil and honey mixed with the spices from the noodles.
Ramen for Breakfast?
Yep. Boil ramen noodles with only enough water to cover noodle block. Add Ramen, onion, and then tomato slices, and crack in a raw egg. Do not stir; keep covered until the egg is done.
Ramen for Dessert?
Ramen is the perfect compliment for all the various courses of any meal, so yes, even dessert. This can be a bit dangerous, so proceed accordingly. When you need that serious chocolate fix, this is your Ramen go-to. Using two inches of water, boil Ramen with one cup of brown sugar. Then drain almost completely and stir in one tsp. of vanilla, and one cup chocolate syrup. Put it all on a plate and top with powdered sugar and whipped cream. Prepare for a sugar coma.
The humble noodle elevated. Enjoy.