Five ways to eat your noodles - instant ramen hacks
Nia Bennett | Feb, 25 2019
Ramen has always been my go-to food ever since I was a kid. I have fond memories of being young and when I’d come home from school, packet noodles were my go-to. Since my parents worked, instant ramen noodles were easy to make and did its job of filling me up. Somehow that’s been a sweet memory and even when I went to university, this one habit remained. Cramming between assignments and part-time jobs, making ramen noodles on a busy day has always been a hit. Although there have been times when I have fancied experimenting with ramen to try new flavours and thus began the process of trials, some failures but also some exceptional successes. So I bring to you five of my favourite ways to eat ramen if you are in a mood for something new.
Ramen bhajis are exciting, especially if you are a fan of onion or potato bhajis, this new way will definitely be tasty. My go-to method is to steam leftover vegetables, mash them, add salt, chili flakes, garam masala, non-flavoured cooked ramen. Once they are nicely mixed. I make a gram flour batter, similar to the one used for onion bhajis.
To make this use a few tablespoons of gram flour, a pinch of salt and just enough water to make a nice smooth paste. A tip is to make sure the paste is not too thick or runny.
In a separate pan heat oil, once the oil is hot, take a tablespoon of the ramen mixture dip this in the gram flour paste and start adding them to the hot oil filled pan. At a time I usually cook 4-5 depending on the size of the pan. Allow them to cook for a few minutes till it’s golden brown on both sides. Do this in batches till you have enough. These are exceptional with ketchup or any other dip and makes a great starter.
Ramen fajitas are simple and foolproof. Just stir fry leftover meat and saute it with some vegetables. If you are vegetarian, skip the meat and just saute any of your favourite vegetables with a bit of salt and any of your favourite seasoning.
Now warm a tortilla, add the vegetables, top it with some non-flavoured cooked ramen, add cheese, roll it and your ramen fajita is ready.
Ramen Red Thai Curry
On a cold day, if you are craving something warm yet comforting then the ramen red Thai curry is an instant hit.
To make this I've added a cup of chicken stock to a pan, added some red Thai curry, peanut butter and to this add a cup of thick coconut milk. Stir this well, now add your packet ramen and stir it well.
Continue by adding some chopped green onions, juice from half a lime, salt and pepper. I decided to add king prawns and let this cook in the sauce for 6-7 minutes.
Finally top this with some roasted and crushed peanuts, lime slices, cilantro and this will be your ultimate comfort food.
Chili Ramen Stir Fry
Ramen stir fry is humble yet so tasty. This is my go-to recipe when I have leftover vegetables and I am too bored to have simple stir fry or salad.
To make this recipe, I have used red cabbage, carrots and peppers and tossed in chillies and sriracha sauce, salt and pepper. But there’s no rule, simply use your favourite veggies and seasoning. Now toss in the cooked ramen so it absorbs all the flavours.
I love these chili ramen stir fry noodles with fried tofu and a sweet chili sauce dipping. Yummy!
This is as simple as it gets. Just place the cooked ramen on a slice of bread and top with cheddar and then cover it with another slice of bread. Generously slather butter on the top and bottom of the bread and let it toast in a toaster/panini press. Now it’s ready to eat, exceptionally satisfying food.
There are endless ways to eat instant ramen noodles, just experiment but if you want to try a new way - I highly recommend you try one of these recipes. If you have an interesting recipe, we’d love to hear from you.