“A New Twist on Ramen”
Friday is here again and today I will be sharing a few recipes to help you add a little flare to the otherwise average Ramen Noodles! Let’s be honest, some of us live off of this stuff in college (I know I do at least!) and with each packet priced at a low 39 cents, you just can’t beat the deal. But before I go there, I wanted to share with you a little bit of the history of Ramen Noodles (when I came across the info it was too interesting not to share).
Ramen noodles originated in China and are called “Lo-Mein” in Chinese, which means boiled noodles (go figure). However, “Ra-men” is the Japanese pronunciation of the Chinese Characters for Lo-Mein. I know your probably wondering how Japan got thrown into this mix but come to find out; there are lots of countries who sell Ramen in their country. As a matter of fact, each country’s Ramen noodles reflect their own particular flavor preferences. Korean Ramen is highly spiced and often contains packets of black bean sauce. China makes Ramen in Szechuan flavors. Thailand makes very thin, delicate noodles with very hotly spiced packets. Japan prefers the flavor of seafood and mild spices. In the U.S. they are usually available with meat flavors, mushrooms or mild spices often referred to as “Oriental flavor”. Chicken flavor is my personal favorite!
Now on to some of my favorite recipes…
Ramen Breakfast Burritos
This may sound strange but it’s surprisingly delicious!
• 2 eggs
• 1 tomato- sliced
• 1 (3ounce) package ramen noodles- your choice
• 1 onion sliced
• 1 cup shredded cheese
• 4 soft tortillas
• Your favorite hot sauce for taste
1. Break an egg in with the ramen noodles while boiling. Add seasoning packet as directed and enjoy a filling breakfast soup.
2. In a medium saucepan, boil just enough water to cover a block of ramen. When water comes to a boil, add block of ramen and then a layer of onion and tomato slices. Top with a whole raw egg. Put the over on and cook until the egg reaches desired doneness.
3. Boil ramen noodles and one beaten egg for three minutes. Drain all but 1 tablespoon water. Stir in seasoning packet, cup shredded cheese and a dash or two of hot sauce. Wrap flavored noodles in warm tortillas for breakfast burritos.
Broccoli and Ramen Noodle Salad
This one is so easy to prepare and makes a great lunch!
• 1 (16 ounce) package broccoli coleslaw mix
• 2 (3 ounce) packages chicken flavored ramen noodles
• 1 bunch green onions, chopped
• 1 cup unsalted peanuts
• 1 cup sunflower seeds
• 1/2 cup white sugar
• 1/4 cup vegetable oil
• 1/3 cup cider vinegar
1. In a large salad bowl, combine the slaw, broken noodles and green onions.
2. Whisk together the sugar, oil, vinegar and ramen seasoning packets. Pour over salad and toss to evenly coat. Refrigerate until chilled; top with peanuts and sunflower seeds before serving.
Chicken and Cheese Ramen
I discovered this one while experimenting in my kitchen one day. It’s not the healthiest recipe but it tastes way too good to pass up!
• 1 egg
• 1 chicken breast- sliced
• 1 (3 ounce) package chicken flavored ramen noodles
• 1/3 cup shredded cheese
• 2 tablespoons butter
1. In medium sized pot, crack egg into boiling water and boil noodles, mix well.
2. Drain mixture and add butter, cheese, and sliced chick breast, cook ahead of time, however desired. I usually bake mine and add a little poultry seasoning.
3. Add chicken seasoning packed and mix well. Serve.
These are a few ways that I have jazzed up my Ramen meals, but there are numerous other ways to “spice” up your Ramen. All it takes is a little imagination and some courage!