The main product you will need is whatever version of noodles aka "Top Ramen" you have. We all love this inexpensive dish, but to take it to the sublime taste level add at least 3 more ingredients.
Buy a bottle of toasted sesame oil. It must be "toasted" to give the correct flavor. My favorite brand is "Companion" which I purchase from Raley's Supermarket. You will also need a lemon and some real hot sauce such as Tabsasco.
Cook noodles as directed. Then add drops of sesame oil, hot sauce, and a spoonful or so of lemon juice. Taste it till you get the right balance. Ilike to add black pepper also.
To make this dish even better, you can add numerouse things, but not too many! I like to snip off the green stalks of green onions or chives into the pot. Or greens (beans, collards, swiss chard)from my garden or fridge. Cilantro, of course, is wonderful and add lots of herbs such as cilantro or green onions - these are so healthy for you. You can throw in pieces of chicken, turkey, or beef, but don't add too much to the pot or it will be overwhelming and won't have the right balance.
The noodles and the flavor packet that comes with it, the toasted sesame oil, the lemon and the hot sauce - that is what will knock your socks off. The rest is to "up" the nutrition value.
Will have to try this. I love Ramen noodles already, and there are so many uses for them. And sesame oil? Love it. I love to take about 1 lb of cut up chicken pieces, put about 1 tbsp sesame oil, cover the meat and let it marinate for about 2 hours covered in the refrig, then fry it up and add it to a fried rice stir fry. Delicious.
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I'd check out the Guide (link at the very bottom) to walk you through the process.
I personally do not like Ramen in any way, but sesame oil indeed has a very special flavor. I used to buy a ready made green salad with a pouch of sesame oil dressing. It was very delicious. But I never buy a sesame oil by itself, I find it too expensive. But that's me, I am Mrs.Scrooge. I think we all should share our favourite inexpensive recipes. Thanks for sharing yours!
Hi,yeah I also try to do things on the cheap. The bottle of sesame oil I buy is under four dollars and i only use it to add the taste I want. So I usually use it in other dishes along with extra virgin olive oil which is so so healthy for us. Keeps our digestive track working correctly, etc. back to the noodle recipe, I use maybe a teaspoon or less in it so that is only a few cents or so.
I mentionded Top Ramen cause it's cheap and popular. I am surrounded by college students and that is what they eat so often. When they smell my Top Ramen or taste it, they are amazed they are eating the same product.