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College Delicacies Ramen Noodles

Updated on June 14, 2023
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Ramen noodles and college life are intertwined

You can't go through college without having had your fair share of ramen noodles. Seriously, it's in the syllabus - eat mass quantities of ramen noodles. Ramen are part of the core curriculum, and they won't graduate you without a passing grade.

Hell, I had a professor who would give extra credit for recipes for ramen noodles. You wonder how I got an A in Calculus 101? Ramen noodle recipes.

This "photo" is actually a watercolor by Pikajane. She chose to do a watercolor of Ramen noodles because it exemplified the college experience.

Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner? "Yes"

Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner?  "Yes"
Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner? "Yes"

Get it in bulk and save!

As a college student, you may only have $4.37 to eat for the month, after beer. Don't waste extra money on things like milk or toilet paper.

Food is what really matters!

Cook Time

Prep Time: 1

Total Time: 1

Serves: 1


  • 1 Package Ramen noodles


  1. 1. Grab a pack of Ramen. It doesn't matter what flavor, they all taste the same.
  2. 2. Open it and grab the flavor packaging. Discard the wrapper (in the trash)
  3. 3. Sprinkle the flavor package evenly on the dry ramen noodles and eat.
  4. I ate quite a few packs like this when time was short.

Unusual Flavors

Okay, earlier I stated that all flavors tasted the same. I stand by my statement that all commonly available flavors taste the same, but there are a few exceptions.

For some reason it bothers me tremendously that they offer a "buy new" option. How else are you going to buy ramen?

Lime Chili Shrimp "Not Used"

Picante Chicken A wonderful example of Mexican-Japanese fusion cuisine. Apparently, that's really a thing because of course it is. Surprise, it is near a college.

Hot Chili Guaranteed to give you heartburn. "Gently Used"

The Purists' Ramen

The Purists' Ramen
The Purists' Ramen

Cook Time

Prep Time: 2

Total Time: 5

Serves: 1

"Fancy" Egg drop Ramen

  • 1 Package Ramen noodles
  • 2 eggs


  1. 1. Boil water (you can boil water, right?)
  2. 2. Add flavor package
  3. 3. Add noodles
  4. 4. Crack two eggs into the boiling water. No matter how hungry you are, do not eat the shells
  5. 5. Mix with fork, but not too much. This isn't scrambled egg ramen.

Okay, an actual Recipe - Oriental Ramen topping and dressing for salad

Definitely worth the work, this is a recipe to make toppings for a salad, as well as dressing.

Cook Time

Prep Time:

Total Time:



  • 1 package "Oriental" flavor ramen
  • slivered almonds (optional)
  • a tbsp or two of butter
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup vinegar (white or cider)
  • the package of oriental seasoning
  • to taste (you can use sugar
  • splenda
  • stevia
  • about 1/2 cup granulated sweetener (depending on how sweet your sweetener is)


  1. Crush the Ramen noodles while still inside the package. Pretty small/bite size. About the size of a crouton. Open the package and empty into a pan. Add slivered almonds if desired. Add the butter and toast on low setting until butter is absorbed. Allow to cool and dry. Then you can save it in a Ziploc bag until you want to use it.
  2. Mix the last 5 ingredients. You can store this in the refrigerator, and make sure to mix up the dressing just before serving.
  3. Add dressing to whatever salad you like, top with the ramen/almond combination.

How do you cook your ramen at a dorm?

The biggest problem I had was how to cook ramen noodles. My dorm didn't allow a stove or hot plate, and I am willing to bet yours won't either. I can't imagine how quickly I would have burned down my dorm with a stove.

My stepmother actually solved this problem for me, and gifted me an incredibly useful electric hot pot.

You can cook your ramen in this, or heat water for coffee or tea. You can make hard-boiled eggs (another cheap college food staple). You can also heat water for plain chicken broth, which should be the other half of your college diet.


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