ramen

How to make ramen noodles your b*tch!

Remember those days back in college when you were poor?  I mean really poor!  Well, not booze poor, but food poor!  You would never waste money on food because that would take away from the booze budget.  So you went to the grocery store and bought a case of Top Ramen for $2.65.  It fed you for a week.  

The problem, is that stuff is absolute crap!  The noodles aren’t too horrible, even though is processed junk.  But the bad part is all in the spice packet.  That thing packs a whopping 1,370 mg of sodium and absolutely nothing else.  It has ZERO nutritional value.  The daily recommended sodium intake is 2300 mg.  You just blew 60% of that in one simple meal.  No wonder this country has heart and blood pressure problems!

Well, I love me some ramen but I don’t want all that sodium.  To combat this, I dumped that spice packet and made my own from organic spices and no salt.  

The sodium grand total?

4 mg

Take that Top Ramen!

However, just making your own spice packet doesn’t exactly make ramen your bitch.  No, you have to take total control and smack it around a little.  I’m talking about adding enough good stuff to totally make it submit.

Let’s get to the spice packet first then will talk about whips and chains. 

Here are the two options I put together.  And mind you, this isn’t exactly vegetarian/vegan.  However, you can make minor tweaks to get there.

Chicken Flavor
  • 2 tbl onion powder
  • 2 tbl poultry seasoning
  • 2 tbl garlic powder
  • 2 tsp black pepper
Oriental Flavor
  • 2 tbl onion powder
  • 2 tbl ginger
  • 2 tbl garlic powder
  • 2 tsp black pepper

That makes up a shitload of the spice mixture.  When I make the ramen, I just use a heaping spoonful of the spice.

Whips and Chains

Ramen alone is boring.  Plus, it still has no nutritional value, or at least enough to make it worth eating.  Here’s a list of good stuff to add:

  • Small can of tuna (in water, not oil)
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Slice of American cheese (this is how they served it when I was in South Korea)
  • Frozen vegetables (peas are my favorite)
  • Sriracha
  • Dried seaweed (called nori most of the time)
  • Squeeze a lime
  • Eggs (hardboiled)
  • Sauteed mushrooms
  • Crispy baked tofu

And finally…

When I was in South Korea, the little mom and pop restaurants would mix up a huge bowl of ramen with spices, seaweed, and they’d drop a slice of American cheese on top.  That, some yaki mandu (think pot-stickers at TGI Fridays….without 36 pieces of flare!), and an OB Beer was about $3 and holy shit did it hit the spot!  Although, the meat in the yaki mandu was probably mystery meat (meaning Fido), it was still tasty.

Whip up some of this shit and let me know how it turns out.

UPDATE: Try a little coconut milk too!  Full-fat of course.  Never buy anything low-fat.  We’ll talk about that another time.

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