How To Amp Up Your Ramen Game
Having re-enrolled in university recently, I’ve given in to the stereotypical student life, and increased my consumption of instant ramen. While it was initially nice and nostalgic to eat something I hadn’t really had in years, I quickly started to want more flavor as well as a bit more ‘heft’ to the meal. I did some searching, and I found Instant Ramen in North America kind of gets a bad rap. There are lots of great ways to use the noodles in creative ways that can still be cost effective, but will taste great and fill you up too! After playing around with some simple upgrades, I eventually just started making my own ramen!
Here are some easy steps to take in order to make your ramen more than just a package of seasoning and noodles:
- Add protein
- A super easy way to make your instant ramen more filling is to add a protein source. A classic and easy way is to add an egg. You can boil it (separately or in the ramen itself) or just mix it into the broth and noodles. Or you can toss in some chicken, ground beef or pork, or any other meat you may be in the mood for.
- Throw in some veggies
- Cup of noodles come with some dried carrots and peas, but we can do better than that! Shred up a carrot and add it in, maybe some mushrooms, or whatever you have in the fridge, there’s no right or wrong way to do this. Spinach has become a staple of my ramen, as I can toss handfuls of it into my pot as it wilts down.
- Use your own broth
- If you have homemade broth available, that’s going to be a huge upgrade. But if that’s not an option (who has the time to go through all that effort anyway?), adding a vegetable or chicken broth, or even using a bouillon (or better than bouillon) base will still be an instant improvement.
- Get creative with your base
- This was my last step in my ramen journey, and I have never gone back! Before adding your broth you can experiment with flavors. It’s also a great way to use up any sauces or ingredients you may have lying around. Adding aromatics like ginger and garlic is a great idea, and (oil and sauces) have now become a kitchen essential of mine.
When you’re ready to ditch the instant ramen and make your own, here are some recipes you can try out: