May 242008

I’ve been asked this a few times before, but most recently by Kimber in Spokane, WA… Is it possible to buy gluten-free ramen? I know that I’ve seen rice noodles before in asian food markets and some stores, but I’ve never seen instant rice-based noodles. You’d also have to be sure that the flavor packet was gluten-free and that’s already been discussed here before.

Maybe if someone can find some gluten-free instant ramen, I will make a gluten-free section category for recipes. My new office-mate can’t eat gluten, so it’s made me more cognizant of the issues he has when picking food.

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  10 Responses to “Gluten Free Ramen?”

  1. I’m not sure what you exactly consider ramen, but Thai Kitchen has instant rice noodle soup bowls (thats what they call them) and all but the Hot and Sour flavor are gluten free. The URL is here :

    Or they have noodle carts (all gluten free):

    Or they have instant rice soup (all gluten free):

    They also have take-out sort of meals (only a few are GF, but they are clearly marked):

    Hope this helps Kimber and your co-worker. 🙂

  2. Check our your local asian markets. Stuff from Vietnam, Thailand are made with rice noodles, and with thick rice vermicelli (think of it as rice spaghetti) you can make your own. Also very good, but harder to find are Nissin Demae Ramen rice ramen
    flavors are fish, pork and cabbage, XO sauce and something else

    Happy hunting

    John B

  3. hello, care to advise if there are any manufacturers of ‘good ramen’ by which i mean noodles that are protein-based (as distinct from carbs) with quality (by which i mean non-industrial) flavourings and which also constain a good dose of one’s daily requirements of vitamins (from the spectrum of vitamins); the whole aim here being that can one get a quality ramen meal that will do you for the day?

  4. I am a longtime ramen fan (spending two years in Japan during my childhood had something to do with this, I’m sure), and since having been diagnosed with gluten intolerance, I’ve missed those steaming bowls of easy, quick, comfort food. After a bit of experimentation and happenstance, I came up with a completely reasonable facsimile. (I’m particularly fond of the creamy chicken ramen, but you could subsitute water for the almond milk here, to make a non-creamy variety):

    Celiac-Friendly Creamy Chicken Faux Ramen (Also Vegan)

    1 pack Shirataki noodles (also known as Konnjack or Konnyaku noodles; find these in the refrigerated tofu section at Whole Foods)
    4 tsp powdered vegetarian chicken broth (in NorCal, I buy this in the bulk foods section of Berkeley Bowl)
    1 cup almond milk (the unsweetened variety)
    Splash Bragg’s liquid aminos (or gluten-free soy sauce)

    In a skillet or saucepan, heat almond milk to a simmer. Add the chicken broth powder and stir until completely amalgamated. Toss in the Bragg’s aminos. Drain shirataki noodles in a colander or sieve, rinsing in cold water until the “fishy” smell is gone. Add noodles to soup mixture, stirring noodles with a fork to separate. Cook for another minute for the noodles to absorb some of the flavor of the broth. Pour into a bowl and enjoy!

  5. im always on a Gluten Free diet. i really hate my allergy to gluten because i love the taste of wheat bread. oh well, you just got to live with it.

  6. Best Fried Rice Recipe i’ve ever had. Easy to make and delicious. We are vegeterians so we left out the ham. Still delicious! Make a double batch as my family of four devoured the whole thing with no left overs

  7. go to an Asian supermarket and look for KUNG-FU brand Rice Noodle bowls (from Vietnam) in the Ramen aisle. the noodles are a little chewy but it’s the next best thing to Ramen.

  8. gluten free foods are very helpful specially for those people that have very bad allergies to it “”

  9. I am looking for the ramen style rice noodle. I don’t need the flavor packets as I “toss” them anyway since they have MSG. I LOVE the noodles which I make with my own homemade chicken broth or just Smart Balance. My grandchildren love them, too. Anyone know where I can find RAMEN RICE NOODLES?

  10. The Kung FU rice noodle bowls that Lynne suggested are NOT gluten free. They have wheat flour AND MSG. However, the Thai Kitchen Instant Rice Noodle bowls advertise that they are gluten free. I know you can get those at places like Wal-mart and Vons.

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