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Ramen Noodles - Favorite Additions

calla0413 Feb 8, 2007 09:05 AM

My mother was great at seriously doctoring up a boring, plain package of ramen noodles and turning into a culinary work of art. Even as an adult, every once in a while, I have to make my own version of doctored up ramen noodles. I know I am not alone. I have seen other Hounders elude to their own versions of ramen noodles. Come on, share your ramen noodle secrets with us.

Here is my current favorite:
1 package of Maruchen Chicken Flavored Ramen
1 egg
2 frozen potstickers
1 green onion
1 tbs. of Franks Hot Sauce

All eaten with a side of kimchi.

  1. jill kibler Sep 13, 2008 10:26 PM

    grated or cubed cheese and peanuts in the bottom of the bowl. pour the noodles and soup over and wait for the cheese to melt. if i don't have cheese, good yougurt is great mixed into the broth.

    the korean kim chi style has a real kick.

    peace, jill

    1. K K Sep 13, 2008 07:55 PM

      For me and millions of Hong Kong expats (and those with roots in HK) grew up eating Nissin Demae, a Japanese brand of I would say the defacto instant noodle.

      The chicken Nissin Demae is an all time favorite. Usually I just toss in supermarket or Chinatown deli Cantonese bbq (cha siu) or roast duck for a quick fix with it.

      But HK style cafes (in Hong Kong) are great at re-inventing this dish, from stir frying Nissin Demae noodles with XO sauce and spam to pork liver soup base (with pork liver slices).

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        fuuchan Sep 13, 2008 02:46 PM

        1 egg - it must be soft poached with the yolk still runny. The ramen we usually have in this house (eaten sparingly and in the event there is nothing else to eat) is usually too assertively and complexly flavored to add anything else to it. No nuclear neon yellow broths here.

        The egg is probably the only consistent addition, for less complex soups, like instant udon, I may add shrimp, scallions and Chinese cabbage, or fish balls, squid balls, beef balls, etc.

        1. krisrishere Sep 13, 2008 08:18 AM

          While the water is coming to a boil add thinly sliced red jalapenos and mushrooms. Cook the chicken flavored ramen. Once in your bowl add a tablespoon of cilantro, green onion, 1-2 drops sesame oil, 2 lime wedges and a teaspoon of chili garlic sauce. YUM.

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            burritobelle Sep 12, 2008 03:46 PM

            I also like to scramble an egg into the broth to make it like egg flower soup. If I have it in the house: cubes of firm tofu, chopped scallions, straw mushrooms, slices of fish cake and a squirt of sriracha.

            1. Chew on That Sep 12, 2008 12:32 PM

              Here is how I make my ramen. I cook the noodles in water and then strain and then just pour half the seasoning package onto the noodles and eat! I hate to admit it but I love it like this. I add hot sauce sometimes. I buy Maruchan chicken flavor too.

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              1. re: Chew on That
                KaimukiMan Sep 13, 2008 09:33 PM

                you might want to try pan frying the noodles after draining, almost like you would fry rice, some spam, ham, egg, frozen veggies, whatever. I'm getting hungry.

                1. re: KaimukiMan
                  porker Sep 14, 2008 12:22 PM

                  I agree, cook the noodles in plain water, strain, fry in hot pan to crunch up the edges, add the seasoning pack to the dried, fried noodles, and whatever else - ohhh, a dab of oyster sauce.

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                tastycakes Sep 12, 2008 07:38 AM

                i had a vietnamese roommate once and he taught me all kinds of tricks with asian ramen, in the foil packets. my favorite combo was asparagus, garlic, egg, cilantro, green onion, lemon, and sriracha. sometimes we added tomato if it was around.

                1. RealMenJulienne Sep 12, 2008 07:03 AM

                  Please please don't eat Maruchan Ramen, as it is really the worst variety! Any random pack of noodle you find at the local Asian food store will be far better. I think Tung-I beef flavor is an excellent palette for experimentation.

                  Your add ins sound delicious though. I'd not thought to put potstickers in there before. I like to add:

                  Chinese beef meatballs, or rou4 wan2
                  Chopped Napa cabbage
                  Scallion cut into long strips
                  One egg, right at the end of cooking, so each bite of noodles is coated with runny yolk

                  On a related note, when I was a child my dad told me eating one pack of noodles would shut down my immune system for 15 minutes. When I get the obligatory sodium headache/slight nausea after eating these I wonder if there isn't some folk truth to that.

                  1. katkoupai Jun 12, 2007 08:08 AM

                    --Thinly sliced red onion or thinly sliced green onion (or both)

                    Sometimes, I'll add very thinly sliced fresh mushrooms. :)

                    My favorite brand is actually Korean (I think?)-- it's spicy and comes in it's own bowl. The lid is red.

                    I have also added cooked grean beans to it-- very good.

                    I would like to add thinly sliced green cabbage to it. I think that will be great. :)

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                    1. re: katkoupai
                      pattisue Jun 12, 2007 08:59 AM

                      If I don't have leftover chicken, beef, or pork, then I take three flash frozen chicken tenders from the freezer, season & slice them up and throw them in. They cook very quickly, along with the noodles. Then I add frozen peas and a big squeeze of sriracha. The potsticker idea sounds good, too. Oh, and I use the Sapporo Ichiban brand (chicken flavor) more often than not.

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                      justagthing Jun 12, 2007 07:00 AM

                      I do like so many others, but the only thing I am going to add that I haven't seen yet is frozen green peas and/or frozen corn.

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                      1. re: justagthing
                        Whosyerkitty Sep 13, 2008 03:01 PM

                        I add frozen peas. Well, actually, I put them in the bowl and dump the soup (often with other things added) in, the heat thaws them do they are warm but still firm. Have used beaten egg many times, but now I have to try that poached thing. Maybe right NOW.

                      2. hannaone Jun 12, 2007 05:54 AM

                        Drop the egg(s) in just before ramen is done. DO NOT STIR. When done egg is runny yolk with solid white - soft boiled without the shell. Spam/hotdog or both. sliced onion. green onion, mandu, dried anchovy, ddeok, and cheddar cheese. All in Shin Ramen of course.

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                          Trufflebaby Jun 12, 2007 05:47 AM

                          I started eating them when we were living in Hawaii - that was about 25 years ago and haven't stopped since.

                          I didn't think anyone else ate this with other things added in! Happy to hear I'm not alone !!

                          I love them w. chopped vidalia onions, water drained, 1/2 seasoning packet mixed in, hot sauce and a little honey mustard! I have also been known to add chopped fat free hot dogs to them as well!

                          I think they are being discontinued at Stop & Shop where I usually pick them up - Does anyone know where else they can be found ??

                          1. goldenroxy Feb 9, 2007 08:50 PM

                            i love adding ingredients to my noodles. i usually buy the Japanese brand. i forget the name, but it's in the bright green and white package. it's very similar to roman. this may be odd but i love scrambling an egg and making it into a egg flour noodle soup.

                            1. grishnackh Feb 9, 2007 05:45 PM

                              In college I loved to pour off almost all the broth after the noodles were cooked, then add one or two raw eggs, and stir until the eggs were cooked through, scrambled into little bits. So good!

                              1. bkhuna Feb 9, 2007 05:41 PM

                                Spam, green onions and loads of chili oil.

                                1. cherrylime Feb 9, 2007 05:27 PM

                                  crunchy peanut butter and hot sauce and scallions..

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                                  1. re: cherrylime
                                    katkoupai Jun 12, 2007 08:10 AM

                                    What does the peanut butter do? This sounds interesting...

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                                    amyvc Feb 9, 2007 05:21 PM

                                    there was a long post on this a while back. you should do a search for "ramen noodles."

                                    1. calla0413 Feb 9, 2007 03:38 PM

                                      Oh my goodness! I've found my long lost cousins! Hot dogs, Spam...I thought I was alone.


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                                        SomeRandomIdiot Feb 9, 2007 12:12 PM

                                        a fried egg, some fried spam and raw scallions

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                                        1. re: SomeRandomIdiot
                                          bitsubeats Feb 9, 2007 12:29 PM

                                          i forgot about fried spam! thats good and so are chopped up hot dogs.

                                          1. re: bitsubeats
                                            SomeRandomIdiot Feb 9, 2007 12:32 PM

                                            i fry hot dogs when im out of spam.

                                          2. re: SomeRandomIdiot
                                            dty Sep 12, 2008 06:49 PM

                                            That is the credited response.

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                                            drgnflychic Feb 9, 2007 12:09 PM

                                            I like to put pepper jack cheese in mine and let it get all meltey and gooey, yum!

                                            I love Ramen.

                                            There is a website that has some cool recipes on it, and some not so cool ones, like Inmate Ramen. haha


                                            1. choctastic Feb 9, 2007 11:42 AM

                                              i found a cache of ramen in the pantry so have been eating it. not my favorite thing in the world but hey it's edible. my sis taught me to poach an egg next to the noodles and in the time it takes to cook the noodles, the egg is perfectly poached with firm whites and runny yolk. also, i mince green onions and throw that in, and add whatever vegetable is avail. today it was green beans. i guess i would add kimchi too but if it's good kimchi i'll just eat that straight. cubed tofu sounds good, i'll try to find some in the fridge for lunch tomorrow.

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                                                GurglingStomach Feb 9, 2007 10:50 AM

                                                An egg, green onions, and japanese or korean fishcakes or fishballs.


                                                1. bitsubeats Feb 9, 2007 09:59 AM

                                                  how about putting the kimchi INTO the ramen? I do that with shin ramen. I also add an egg raw at the end or I swirl it in while its on the stove.

                                                  I also add korean ddeok (oval rice cakes)
                                                  frozen mandu
                                                  kamaboko or other fish cakes
                                                  sliced green onions

                                                  1. MsDiPesto Feb 9, 2007 09:02 AM

                                                    I sometimes sprinkle additional chicken boullion powder into the broth. Yes, I know a lot of people only use half of the little package that comes with the ramen, but I like salt.

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                                                      kristyn Feb 8, 2007 12:12 PM

                                                      I think I have a new pregnancy craving. Thanks.

                                                      1. dagoose Feb 8, 2007 11:13 AM

                                                        Wow, did you grow up in my house? we do the egg, the potstickers and the green onion, also the kim chi, but instead of frank's we use Yank Sing's sauce (I get it shipped to seattle from the restaurant in SF) Its perfect for ramen.
                                                        That and a diet coke, and I need no other food in my life.

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                                                        1. re: dagoose
                                                          calla0413 Feb 8, 2007 03:57 PM

                                                          That's only my version. My mother's is much more elaborate than mine. When I was in elementary school I went to a friend's house for lunch and I saw ramen noodles on the counter. I was so excited then, I realized, oh wait, why didn't she put an egg in or wait.......just noodles and broth? Real shock to the system.

                                                          My mother's favorite additions:

                                                          green onions
                                                          a touch of sesame oil
                                                          tofu cubed
                                                          some leftover pork
                                                          korean hot pepper

                                                          Takes ramen to whole new level!

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