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Four Simple Ways to Improve Ramen Noodles

Updated on September 10, 2019
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Cheryl enjoys writing articles that save the readers time and money. She has been writing food hack articles for over 10 years;

Maruchan Ramen noodles
Maruchan Ramen noodles

1. Hammer away

Ramen Noodles are thought of to be a mainstay of many college students diets. Although this food is not big on nutrition and is high in sodium, it can be quick and easy to fix if you need something to eat on short notice. In this neck of the woods, Maruchan is a popular brand that can be purchased individually, in a small package with six servings or in a case of twelve. I know people who had this product along with other food items and others who eat it alone as the main dish. Either way, there are four things you may not have given much thought when it comes to this pasta that can simplify things for you.

If you enjoy Ramen noodles you probably have at some point been exasperated with how long the pasta strands are after cooking. If you have not developed a method to shrink the pasta, I have a suggestion that may benefit you. In all my years of eating Ramen noodles, I had never thought of it before. I always had crumbled the pasta with my hands as I put it in the boiling water. Recently my seven-year-old granddaughter told me that her mom takes a hammer and beats the noodles before opening the package. I Hammer first one side and then the other. I do it again for good measure. When you pour the noodles out after hammering, you may be surprised at how small each strand will be. Once cooked, you will be pleased that you used this simple food hack to make this food choice smaller.

uncooked Ramen noodles
uncooked Ramen noodles | Source

2, Spice it up

If you desire extra flavor from your Ramen noodles try adding a few of your own spices in addition to the seasoning packet. This will improve the taste immensely. I have sprinkled french fry seasoning, garlic powder, seasoning salt, and Mrs. Dash to my Ramen noodles. You can be creative and choose your own. Sometimes I mix various seasonings together and it really improves how the noodles taste. You might also consider adding butter, lemon juice, or other seasonings of your choice. You know what satisfies your taste buds so go for it. A male friend of mine often eats the noodles plain, and does not add the seasoning. I guess it's true that there are different strokes for different folks.

Oodles of noodles
Oodles of noodles | Source

3. Mix it up

Ramen Noodles come in a variety of flavors including chili, roast chicken and shrimp. Each package of Manchurian Roman Noodles has two uncooked block sections of the product. Try mixing your favorite varieties by using one section each of two different flavors. If you are cooking for more than a couple of people simply use the entire packet of both flavors. My grandchildren's two favorites are beef and chicken. After hammering one package of beef and one of chicken flavor, I put them together in the boiling water, add the seasoning packets and I have a tasty dish. By mixing the various brands it creates new flavors and your taste buds will love it.

Ramen Noodles
Ramen Noodles | Source

4. Add veggies

Throw in a few veggies with your Ramen noodles to obtain extra vitamins and minerals. Carrots, peas, corn, broccoli or even onions. Again use your own taste buds and decide what you most enjoy. Your finished product will resemble the cups of Oodles of Noodles. There are numerous recipes for mixing other foods with your noodles, but these four tips are simple ways to quickly crumble the noodles and to enhance the flavor. Keep in mind that adding vegetables will give you additional nutrition, but will not take away from the unhealthy aspects of this product.

Ramen Noodles won't be on the list of food cures and are not high in vitamins, mineral, or fiber. Some people believe they should be avoided at all costs. Healthline indicates that instant Ramen Noodles are not as healthy as those the Japanese use which is made from egg noodles and they lack antioxidants and other key nutrients. In addition, their high salt content puts you at risk for stomach cancer, heart disease and stroke. If you enjoy this product keep in mind that moderation is the key.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Cheryl E Preston

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    • Cheryl E Preston profile imageAUTHOR

      Cheryl E Preston 

      8 months ago from Roanoke

      I enjoy playing hem also.

    • Rochelle Frank profile image

      Rochelle Frank 

      8 months ago from California Gold Country

      I know that ramen noodles are supposed to be a nutritionally inferior food, but I happen to love them. I usually buy the chicken flavor, but it doesn’t really matter, because I almost always toss the flavor packets. I might use a little chicken broth, add garlic, hot sauce and some vegetable juice. I don’t use a hammer,but before opening the package I usually bend and break the noodle brick into four pieces.

      I like the suggestion of adding vegetables. That would make it less “guilty”.

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