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How To Make Ramen Noodles Into A Tasty Meal

Updated on September 5, 2015

Does Your Ramen Taste Like Yarn - or Rope?

You can learn some easy tips to make ramen noodles tasty.
You can learn some easy tips to make ramen noodles tasty. | Source

What is Real Ramen?

With just a few minutes and a few additional ingredients, ramen style noodles can be changed into a substantial meal in a number of ways. They can be transformed into a breakfast dish or a dessert.

In some part of Asia, rice and noodles by the bowl appear at every meal, including breakfast, but they are not made from an instant pack and a packet of high-salt ingredients. Ramen style noodles are popular particularly in Japan, but also in China, where they reportedly began, and in Korea as well as nearby countries.

Insatant noodles for sale in Taiwan at My Friend Grocery.
Insatant noodles for sale in Taiwan at My Friend Grocery.

Ramen is Real Food

While often considered a joke-type of food or "toy food" by many people in the USA, these noodles are inexpensive and can be prepared with additional ingredients besides the inner pack of seasonings and the smaller pack of spicy oil that accompanies some flavors and brands.

Ramen noodles are a staple in China and Japan, where egg noodles and flour noodles (wider and softer) are enjoyed at many meals and were fast food type ramen diners are popular. Moreover, there are the common diners and the boutique diners, which offer higher priced toppings.

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Japanese Ramen Shop

Shinjuku, Tokyo (public domain)
Shinjuku, Tokyo (public domain)

Traditional Asian Flavors

In Japan particularly, we find the following flavors as well as many others:

  • Ice Cream ramen (Vanilla, etc.),
  • Chocolate ramen,
  • Green Tea ramen - I like this one!
  • Coffee ramen (kohii gyunyu ramen),
  • White ramen (milk or yoghurt),
  • Red ramen (tomato),
  • Hot Cocoa ramen,
  • Kimchi ramen - I like this one best!
  • Black Bean ramen,
  • Miso ramen.

Varieties of Noodle Dishes

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This is a spcy combination with corn and butter
This is a spcy combination with corn and butter
This is a spcy combination with corn and butter
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How to Prepare Traditional Ramen

Stock up on packages of ramen style noodles, any brand or flavor, when they are on sale. In our area, they go on sale about 3-4 times a year in packs of 6 for 50 cents or a case of 12 for $1.00 in the local grocery stores. Prices and flavors vary in Asian markets, but these are higher-quality and more expensive. Many American chains and Asian markets are offering larger packages of ramen noodles without seasonings and these are sometimes more economical, especially if you have your own favorite spices in your kitchen.

During non-Sale times, ramen packs sell for 10 cents to 39 cents each in my city. A variety of brands are available, some produced in America and some manufactured overseas. Try to stock up when they are on sale, otherwise they may be more expensive than purchasing a 1- or 2-pound box of pasta. You can also save unused packets of seasonings to use with boxed pasta; however, the packets contain salts and sometimes MSG, to which some people are allergic). If and when I do use ramen style noodles, I use only a third to a half of a seasoning packet.

Ramen style noodles in a single pack are convenient, because they do not require one to open a larger box of noodles and to keep bottles of several spices and seasoning salts on hand. However, when we use these noodle packs, it is best to recycle as much of the packing as possible. Increased convenience often leads to increased waste and packaging is one of the costliest wastes in American business. So, please recycle.

One upon a time in America, college students lost weight, because they had little money for food. Then came instant macaroni and cheese and the super-easy Ramen Noodle!

Ramen in Paris

This cold dish is of noodles, pork, omelette shreds, wakame seaweed and cucumber in a vinegar base sauce or soup. (public domain)
This cold dish is of noodles, pork, omelette shreds, wakame seaweed and cucumber in a vinegar base sauce or soup. (public domain)

Drop "The Freshman 15"

Ramen Noodles are on a par with Macaroni and Cheese for college students as an inexpensive and fast meal. However, since college students have begun gaining an average of 15 pounds during the freshmen year since the 1980s, all of these noodles, along with fast-food outlet meals, may have something to do with that weight gain.

As far as ramen style noodles are considered, they can be prepared in healthier ways. Even the cable TV Food Network has discussed them in the 21st century.

The following are a few of the different types of dishes that can be made quickly from ramen style noodles.

Ramen Egg Drop Soup

Ramen Recipes, Old and New

Cook Time

  • Prep time: 5 min
  • Cook time: 6 min
  • Ready in: 11 min
  • Yields: One Serving

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Asian Noodles

The World’s Best Asian Noodle Recipes: 125 Great Recipes from Top Chefs
The World’s Best Asian Noodle Recipes: 125 Great Recipes from Top Chefs

This book contains traditional recipes of several countries that use a variety of meats and vegetables. and different styles of noodles. Several recipes from famous restaurants are also included.

 

Ramen Bi Bim Bop - My Favorite

Serves 1

To please 4 people, quadruple the ingredients.

Ingredients

  • 1 pack of ramen style noodles, any flavor
  • ¼ pound of chicken, beef or pork strips, stir-fried ahead of time; or use tofu.
  • ¼ cup vegetable or olive oil
  • ½ cup sliced bamboo shoots
  • ¼ white or red onion, sliced thin
  • ½ cup celery, chipped coarse
  • ¼ cup green bell pepper strips, or a combination of green, red, and yellow.
  • ½ cup bean sprouts
  • ¼ cup carrot sticks
  • Lite soy sauce
  • 1 scallion or green onion, sliced thin, the white section and about ½ of the green tail.
  • 1 large, extra large or jumbo egg; for fewer calories and cholesterol, use a medium egg or use just the egg white, saving the yolk for another dish.
  • Your favorite seasonings to taste, or use the ramen seasoning packets.

Preparation

  • Boil 2 cups of water and add the ramen noodles to cook for 3 minutes (or cook in microwave oven for about 90 seconds.
  • In a shallow frying pan or wok, heat the oil and stir-fry the vegetables, all except the green onion) to tender-crisp stage.
  • Add meat strips and toss together until heated through. Remove from heat.
  • Drain noodles, keeping about ½ cup of the cooking water and place both into a deep soup bowl. Sprinkle half of the seasoning packet (or your favorite spices) into the noodles and toss with a fork.
  • Place heated vegetables and meat on top of noodles.
  • Sprinkle half of the green onion slices over the mixture.
  • Sprinkle Lite soy sauce over all.
  • Return the frying pan to the heat, fry the egg or egg white to the soft cooked stage (sunny side up) and place egg on top of the other ingredients in the bowl.
  • Sprinkle with remaining green onion slices and enjoy.
  • Alternatively, hard boil an egg and slice it over the top of the dish.

Overnight Chicken Ramen

I first tasted this dish at a graduate student seminar. We all loved it.

Ingredients (Serves 2-4)

  • 1 pound white chicken meat, chunked - canned or fresh-cooked
  • 2 packs of ramen style noodles, any flavor
  • ½ teaspoon vinegar
  • ¼ cup vegetable or olive oil
  • ½ cup cashews
  • ½ cup sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup celery, chipped coarse
  • ¼ cup baby corn (optional)
  • Your favorite seasonings to taste (curry is nice), or use the 1 of the ramen seasoning packets.

Preparation

  • In a large mixing bowl, break up the two blocks of ramen noodles. Reserve seasoning packets for later.
  • Add chicken, cashews, and sunflower seeds and mix thoroughly.
  • Add seasoning from both seasoning packets or use your own favorites.
  • Place the mixture, covered, in the refrigerator overnight and the ramen will soak up moisture from the chicken and produce a nice salad with a tender noodle.
  • If the chicken is cooked too dry, the salad will not be as moist. In this case, you may want to add a small amount of mayonnaise or salad dressing.

Zach Style Ramen Noodles

Try These Ramen Desserts and Salad

Haystax

Ingredients

  • 1 pack of ramen style noodles, any flavor
  • 2 cups butterscotch chips (or any flavor you enjoy)
  • 1 T butter or margarine
  • 1 T whole milk or evaporated milk

Preparation

  • Heat the butterscotch chips with the milk and butter over a low heat in a large cooking pan, stirring constantly until melted together and smooth.
  • Add crumbled up ramen noodles, crumbling and breaking them as you add them to the pot.
  • Mix well and remove form heat.
  • Using a tablespoon, or a teaspoon for smaller haystax, spoon balls of the mixture onto waxed paper or a Teflon backing pan.
  • Refrigerate the dessert until cold.

Ramen Dessert

Ingredients

  • 2 packages of ramen style noodles (keep the seasoning packets for another dish)
  • 3 cups of chocolate chips (or any flavor you like)
  • 2 cups of tiny marshmallows
  • ½ cup coconut
  • ½ cup walnuts or almonds, broken

Preparation

  • Place the WHLE blocks of ramen side-bi-side in a square 8" by 8" cake pan.
  • Cover them with layers of marshmallows and chocolate chips.
  • Place the cake pan in the oven on low heat (250 degrees F) only until the chocolate melts.
  • Remove pan from oven.
  • Top the dessert in the pan with coconut and nuts.
  • Refrigerate until cold and then cut into bars.

Peach Ramen Dessert

Ingredients

  • 1 pack of ramen style noodles, any flavor
  • 1 #10 can of peaches (14 to 16 oz.)
  • 1 cup evaporated milk (use the rest for coffee creamer or salad dressing) or 1 cup cream
  • ½ cup of peach juice from the can of peaches
  • ¼ cup brown sugar or honey
  • ½ cup crushed corn flakes or frosted flakes

Preparation

  • In a baking dish, mix the milk or cream, peaches, peach juice, and brown sugar or honey together well.
  • Add the crushed noodles and mix them so that they are all covered in the wet ingredients.
  • Place the dish in a 350 degree F oven for just 5 minutes.
  • Open the oven and sprinkle cereal flakes over the top of the dessert and bake an additional 5 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and serve hot with ice cream.

Ramen Salad

Ingredients (Serves 1)

  • 1 pack ramen noodles
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 Tablespoon mustard
  • 1 large celery rib, chopped coarse
  • ½ cup mild cheddar or Colby jack cheese, cubed
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 2 hard-cooked eggs, peeled and chopped. (use only one, if desired.)

Preparation

  • For this dish, go ahead and cook the ramen noodles in 2 cups of water and drain the water. Set aside.
  • Mix mayo, mustard, honey, and half of the contents of the seasoning packet in a deep soup bowl.
  • Add the cooked ramen noodles, celery, cheese, and eggs.
  • Mix well.
  • Refrigerate until cold if desired, or enjoy at room temperature. Add any additional garnishes you like.

Ramen Party

© 2008 Patty Inglish

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    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image
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      Patty Inglish 6 years ago from North America

      ...suggesting that nnodles are not food LOL I'm laughing!- but I know what you mean. They cook fast and are a good base.

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      stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Fantastic hub! I am going to load up on noodles and mix them with food. GBY Love you forever and moreover.

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      sharon e dix 7 years ago

      Thanks for the time you spend helping others better their life.So much good on your sight,wow,thanks for all that you do ,then and know.Sharon E Dix

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      loveofnight 7 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

      although i am familiar with these noodles, i had no idea how many recipes someone could come up with for these noodles.

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      Patty Inglish 7 years ago from North America

      Thanks so much for all the great comments!

      townart - You can have a little fun and keep form getting bored with some noodles and imagination, I've found :) Glad you like the Hub.

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      townart 7 years ago

      What a detailed and memorable essay about Ramen. I had no idea there were so many other flavors to explore - I've got to try the hot cocoa. I've been throwing out the flavor packet for years now and making my own broth for the noodles but this seems like a novel departure to think of noodles as dessert. Thanks for the info (and inspiration).

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      buddhkist 8 years ago from State of Somewhere

      I will definitely try out these recipes! I used to live on nothing but ramen back when I was a starving musician. They got old pretty fast. Wish I had access to recipes back then. heh

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      SanDiegoVending 8 years ago

      Wow, great hub! So many great Ramen recipe ideas. Thanks!

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      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from North America

      That sounds really goo as well. Thanks for the recipe and your visit!

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      dindin 9 years ago from Texas

      Great hub! I ate so many ramen noodles in college. I often through away the seasoning packages and made some thing healthier as well.

      Here's a super easy one that I always liked.Just take a spoonful of peanut butter, some garlic powder, and a few dashes of soy sauce and stir them up in a bowl. Then toss the cooked noodles.Super easy and tasty

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      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from North America

      I hope you do, debby28, and then you and your grandson can have fun food together. Or you can keep some just for yourself. :)

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      debby28 9 years ago from WASHINGTON

      I peronally am not a fan of those noodles but my grandson loves them. And I keep them in the house all the time, I am going to try the desserts they sound yummy thanks for the info.

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      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from North America

      I hope you have a good time trying some of these recipes, steph, I must look at our local dollar stores and see if they, too, have mass quantities of ramen noodles on sale. Thanks!

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      Stephanie Hicks 9 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Wonderful Hub! I am thinking about our local dollar store where they sell the Ramen Noodles at times for 20 for $1 (I think). I love Ramen Noodles, but stopped eating them when I "matured" and because they were too salty. Some of these would be great to try out with the family!

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      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from North America

      Thanks so much! - I love adding healthy foods to these fast noodles.

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      Decrescendo 9 years ago

      Looks nutritious. Makes me feel like eating now.

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      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from North America

      Poached eggs sound good with ramen, jakewriter.

      Mary, thanks for the kind words!

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      Mary K Weinhagen 9 years ago from Minnesota, usa, Planet Earth

      This Hub ROCKS!!! KUDOS!

      ;-)

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      jakewriter 9 years ago from India

      I'm going to try Ramen with poached eggs. My daughters love Ramen noodles. Thanks

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      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from North America

      Makes me hungry right now too - I'm going to go make some.

      Thanks for all the nice comments. I'd be a chef in another life perhaps.

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      Stacie Naczelnik 9 years ago from Seattle

      I love noodle dishes...making me hungry.

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      Just Passing By 9 years ago

      Spam is a number one treat in Hawaii, so maybe Vietname people like it too.

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      marisuewrites 9 years ago from USA

      yummm I'm trying some of these....good info and economical!! Marisue

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      Peter M. Lopez 9 years ago from Sweetwater, TX

      I remember the days of living on Ramen noodles well. I had a Vietnamese friend of mine make me what was alleged to be a Vietnamese dish: Ramen & Spam. I doubt it was authentic, but it was delicious. I'll give your recipes a try. Thanks.

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      daghfal 9 years ago from doha

      hmmm...look very interesting, I want to try it. Thanks for recipes.

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      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from North America

      I woderered if bacon bits would be good - thanks for the tip. I have sometimes crumbled some sausage on top and springkled romano cheese.

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      Frank 9 years ago from Montana

      I mix other engredients with mine to,such as weaners,bacon bits,eggs.

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      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from North America

      Hi dihoh - happy to hear that you like these recipes! I just started playing around with noodles and rice and such and remembered what some friends had shown me and came up with some interesting combinations. It's fun! Thanks for commenting. :)

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      dlhoh 9 years ago

      I don't cook but ramen sure ranks top in my list. Thanks for writing such an informative hub. The various ways of preparing ramen meal suggested by you in the hub is amazing!

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      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from North America

      O I am so happy about that! I hope she really likes these recipes - I have notes on others I'll put together. So glad you stopped by!!

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      Zsuzsy Bee 9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Patty! I just e-mailed your hub to my daughter. You know to battle the 'College Student Food' blues.

      Great hub as always

      regards Zsuzsy

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      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from North America

      Thank you solarshingles! I've lately been seeing suggestiogns for more noodle meals and coming up with many of mine own. When food gets boring, we can change it. :)

      arkwriter, I'll try your recipe. Douns very different and good, Thanks for visitng!

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      arkwriter 9 years ago from Houston, Texas U.S.A.

      I'm really impressed with this hub. You have made a simple Asian food package into a "Miracle Meal". Have you read my hub on the "Healthy Popiah"? Please go to: https://hubpages.com/health/popiah

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      solarshingles 9 years ago from london

      Really grat job - hub!

      I love food and I love noodles. However, I haven't ever thought there are so many different sorts out there.