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Coffee Pot Ramen Noodle Recipes: Water Heater Is All That's Needed For Soup
Easy Recipes for Busy People: Coffee-Pot Ramen!
One of the easiest dishes to prepare is Ramen Noodle Soup. This staple of Asian cuisine is a low-cost, high-flavor, and filling dish that's perfect for students, budget-conscious cooks, and for people without a lot of skill in the kitchen. Surprisingly, one of the easiest ways to prepare Ramen Noodle Soup is not on a stovetop, but in a coffee pot!
Ramen in a Coffee Pot!?
Coffee pots provide all the essential ingredients to a successful serving of Ramen.
- Boiling hot water
- The "bowl" of a carafe to contain the ingredients
- The drip station, where stock and seasonings can flavor the water
The following are some important safety tips to keep in mind, and a few recipes.
Yes, I said safety tips. Coffee pot Ramen has caused quite a few starving bachelors a boiling-hot surprise when they attempted to make it the first time!
WARNING: Contents May Be Hot... And EXPANDING!
Ramen Noodles are delicious because they soak up all that heavy, salty, delicious stock. This means that when you put your noodles into the carafe, they won't just remain the same size. the moment the hot water falls on top of those squiggly little threads, they're going to expand faster than the Gross National Debt!
When you are making coffee pot ramen NEVER fill your pot more than halfway. If you have a 12-cup coffee maker (which is the best kind for coffee pot Ramen!) never put more than six cups in your water tank.
Just make one packet at a time! Don't try to get fancy making multiple packages at once, either. We all tried it in college, and the results were dangerous. These noodles expand fast. By putting in too many noodles, either the water level would become volatile and start to spill over, or the upper portion of noodles never get full coverage. Seriously, mates, you're already making the most convenient noodle on earth. There's no reason you can't make one packet, pour it into a bowl, then make another. If you really need that much Ramen right away, go ahead and whip out your regular soup pot.
This stuff will come out hot, and you don't want to risk any spillage. Keep it one packet at a time, and keep the water level less than half of what your carafe can safely contain!
How to Make Basic Coffee Pot Ramen
The steps to Coffee Pot Ramen should be ridiculously easy to understand, for even the most primal, primate-level code monkey churning their way through their differential equations.
- Open the packet of noodles.
- Put the uncooked noodles into the carafe.
- Put enough water in the water tank to cover the noodles, and never fill the tank more than halfway
- Put the seasoning packet in the drip station.
- Check to make sure your coffee pot is plugged in.
- Push the button to start the pot.
I don't think food comes easier than this. The Ramen will turn from pasty-chalky raw noodle, into delicious, greasy Ramen in a few minutes, directly in a receptacle that is designed for perfect ramen consumption! It has a handle, and often a lid. A busy student could easily hold the handle and slurp their Ramen while raiding in World of Warcraft with their dominant hand!
Now that the basics are covered, let's talk about some delicious things you can do to spice up your coffee pot Ramen!
If you have a coffee pot that has a plate that burns hot, plop an egg in the carafe. A little extra protein is good for you, and the boiling water will cook the egg right into your delicious soup. give it a stir, to evenly distribute the egg and enjoy with Chicken or Oriental Ramen! It almost tastes like egg-drop soup!
If you want to get some veggies, try throwing in some snap peas and onions, maybe even carrots! Always chop up your vegetables very small, because you're counting on the boiling water from the coffee pot to do the cooking for you, and the smaller you slice your veggies the better they will cook!
Carnivores with lunchmeat around will find many ways to integrate pre-sliced meat into their coffee pot Ramen. Beef stock Ramen, in particular, mixes well with a wide-range of meat and meat-based products from Bologna and Salami, to honey-glazed ham!
Now, let's say you started with coffee pot ramen, but you are also willing to have a pot of something cooking on your stove. If you want to make Ramen Noodle Soup in a more traditional fashion, sautee some meat and vegetables (my favorite is bacon cut into little squares with frozen vegetable stir fry blends from the freezer aisle) and once your meat and veggies are cooked, your coffee pot ramen is in a perfect pouring device, with a handle and a spout and everything. It's like having a dedicated Ramen Noodle cooker right next to your Rice Cooker.
One word of advice: Remember to clean your coffee pot thoroughly. Nobody likes chicken stock in their morning cup of love, and nobody likes coffee grounds in their evening bowl of soup!