Good Recipe from the Charlotte Observer

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May 252009
 

I’ve been to Charlotte a few times but only to change planes in the airport. The airport has some nice rocking chairs to relax in and enjoy a nice bowl of ramen, if you cooked it and brought it with you… This recipe has sriracha and eggs, which makes it an instant classic for me. This recipe is also a variation of what I showed 9 News when they interviewed me.

Ramen noodles can be a main dish

May 232009
 

This one is so simple and so tasty. The twist of lime really adds an interesting kick too.

Submitted By: RamenRyan

Submitted From: Chicago,IL

    Ingredients

  • Maruchan chili ramen
  • chopped green onion
  • finely chopped cilantro
  • pinch of garlic powder
  • pinch of red pepper or cayenne
  • lime (optional)

Prepare ramen and strain, leaving just enough moisture so that chili packet, garlic powder and red pepper will dissolve (a couple tablespoons approximately). Place half of the dry mixture at the bottom of serving bowl before ramen noodles are completed. Throw in ramen noodles, and other half of dry mixture on top and mix. Garnish with green onion and cilantro and sprinkle fresh lime juice to taste (not too much, lime can overwhelm). Your taste buds will thank you.

Slightly Asian Ramen

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May 102009
 

I’ve never had a porcini mushroom, but I do like shitakes and regular button mushrooms on occasion. One of the best pizzas I ever ate was a pepperoni and marinaded shitake mushroom pizza.

Submitted By: Wojtek
Submitted From: Toronto, Canada

    Ingredients

  • 1 packet of ramen (beef flavour)
  • 3 slices of dried porcini mushrooms
  • 1/2 tsp of Hoisin sauce
  • 1 green onion
  • 1/2 tsp of garlic/chili sauce
  • 1/4 tsp of sesame oil

Chop green onion on angle and separate white from green parts. Bring water to a boil according to packet recipe. Add mushrooms, let simmer until soft (2-3 mins). Add noodles, Hoisin, flavour packet, garlic chili sauce and white part of green onions — simmer until noodles are desired softness. Add sesame oil and green part of onions — remove from heat. Let stand for a minute or two. Absorb wonderful aroma.

Also try with substituting fresh cilantro for green onions; quite a different experience.

Book Review: The Ramen King and I

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May 072009
 

I just finished reading “The Ramen King and I: How the Inventor of Instant Noodles Fixed My Love Life” by Andy Raskin.

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from this book when I started, I mean, I know Momofuku Ando was a great man, but could he fix someone’s love life? Based on the first few chapters, Momofuku has his work cut out for him. Andy seems to have at least two relationships going on at any given time and is not happy about it (I use the term relationships very loosely here). Andy decides that he will follow the motto of an older Japanese TV show and shout out “I want to…” and follow what comes next. In this case, what comes next is “meet Momofuku Ando and make instant ramen with him”. I won’t spoil the book by giving away the rest of the story, but this book is a fun read. Andy’s writing style is humorous and interesting, and I also enjoyed the sprinklings of Momofuku’s biography throughout. Last night I stayed up past midnight reading despite having to get up early this morning and that is the mark of a good book in my opinion.

The Ramen King and I by Andy Raskin will be released today, May 7. I recommend you pick up a copy and maybe even use the Amazon.com button on this site to do so!

The Ramen King and I

Get Ramen Advice from Momofuku Ando

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May 032009
 

In addition to inventing instant ramen noodles, Momofuku Ando was also a prolific writer of wisdom and sayings. Thanks to the magic of the internet, you can now get “ramen advice”, which will answer your questions and solve your problems using advice from Momofuku Ando.

Ramen Advice

Here’s a sample piece of wisdom…

Dear Momofuku,
Do you have any advice for how my family can handle all of their financial troubles?
–Strapped

Dear Strapped,
Momofuku Ando lost everything, save his home, when he was 47 years old. He felt that it was the worst moment of his life, and arguably it was. I can’t presume to know the difficulties your family is facing, but I hope it is some comfort that the experience led Momofuku to instant ramen. He once said, “Behind every valley, a grand mountain awaits.”