I’ve seen Roy Choi on a few cooking shows before and he's a darn good chef, but interestingly also a fan of instant ramen. His particular favorite involves scallions, a poached egg, and american cheese. The book sounds interesting. Roy has lived an interesting and sometimes difficult life and for him ramen provides a spiritual escape. To be honest, I don't like american cheese, but otherwise this recipe sounds pretty simple and good.
Ramen Rater has a guide to the 10 worst varieties. Has anyone ever had any of these? The one in the picture at the top of the article looks terrible. Also be sure to check out the comments as they devolve into racial attacks. Apparently this bottom 10 list has upset some folks. (It’s also on a Taiwanese news channel, but I have no idea what this lady is saying).
http://www.nippon.com/en/features/c00512/” target=”_blank”>Nippon.com has an interesting article about the science of how instant ramen is made. Many people don’t know that it is fried, although for a time in the 1990s, Campbell’s made a baked version. One new thing I learned in this story was about how “space ramen” was made:
In 2005, Nissin Foods developed instant noodles for astronauts, called Space Ram. The noodles come in bite-size bundles coated in egg whites to hold them together in a low-gravity environment. The soup was also made thicker to prevent spattering that could spread inside the space vessel. The flavor is quite strong because a person’s sense of taste is dulled in space. The starch content of the flour for the noodles was also adjusted so that the noodles could be cooked with hot, 70°C water; this was necessary because water cannot boil in the space shuttle due to the low air pressure.
It’s not clear from the story if “Space Ram” has been used before in space, does anyone know?
By now you may have heard of the UK girl who has eaten nothing but ramen for the past 13 years. She is surprisingly still alive. Anyway, DrGullo.com contacted me to get my thoughts. They didn’t print what all I said about it, so I’ll share the full quote from me below. First the story:
A recent news story came out about an 18-year-old from the U.K. who eats the same thing every day – and nothing else. Georgi Readman is totally hooked on Ramen noodles. The 98-lb. girl has been eating them daily for 13 years and “hate(s) the texture of fruit and vegetables.” Unsurprisingly, doctors have condemned extreme diets like this one, stating that she likely “has the health of an 80-year-old” and may suffer from osteoporosis, kidney damage, hypertension, cognitive impairment, stunted growth, and of course, malnourishment.
The article continues:
Not all diets are as extreme as Readman’s, and most people who eat Ramen now and then wouldn’t dream of living exclusively on it. Matt Fischer, for example, is a Ramen critic and expert who told us, “If that was all you were going to eat, you’d really need to enhance it with extra ingredients.” Matt went on to recommend Ramen stir fries, salads, and even egg drop soup.
Now what I continued to say was "You can also make it bit healthier by using less of the flavor packet which is where all the sodium is. Personally, I could never do it, I like variety too much, even with a versatile ingredient like ramen." I did not go into the health impacts, and I am not a doctor, but there is not a single thing on earth, besides water, that you should eat that much of.
I'm curious, what's the longest you guys have gone eating only ramen? For me it's probably only a day.
Congrats to Hans over at TheRamenRater.com on his 1000th review. I couldn’t ever come close to that! BTW – The flavor he reviewed sounds intriguing, but probably best left to college students.
My mom alerted me to an event at Marshall University, in Huntington, WV, next weekend, a ramen noodle cook-off done in the style of “Chopped”. I know that a majority of the readers here don’t live in Huntington, and like me, some may even be Mountatineer fans, but this is a great idea that I think could be done at other colleges. Here are the details, and if you have a cook-off of your own let me know.
Beta Alpha Psi is an honorary organization for Accounting, Finance and Management Information
System students at Marshall University is hosting a charity event called the Ramen Noodle Cook-Off. This event is to benefit the charity Palms for Life which is an international charity dedicated to eradicating poverty throughout the world. The event be held Saturday, March 9th at the Marco room in the Memorial Student Center at Marshall University, from 11am to 4pm, and coincides with a canned food drive.
Ramen Noodle Cook-Off is a fantastic, fun event where anyone can participate. Teams of two people are asked to participate in a “Chopped”-like event and showcase their skills at preparing Ramen Noodles in unique and creative ways. Last year’s creations involved dishes of tacos, no-bake cookies, stir-fry and alfredo – all including ramen noodles as the star!
I think this is a great idea, we all know that ramen is a versatile ingredient, and one that is commonly found on college campuses. Tying that into a charity event for the food bank is perfect.
So I say good luck to Beta Alpha Psi and if you're in the area, drop by!
A fanatic ramen chef, Keizo Shimamoto, who eats 600 bowls a year, has picked his 5 favorite ramen shops in the US. Los Angeles did pretty well and I was surprised not to see SF on the list. Here's an excerpt, read the full story to see the list:
If you know me, then you know ramen rules my life. So when I was asked to compile a list of my top five ramen shops in the United States, then you know that this was no easy task. In the past six years I've probably slurped more bowls of ramen than any other American, including "a dream ramen journey" throughout Japan, spanning 21 cities and 55 bowls in 28 days, but there's still very much that I need to learn about this freakish noodle dish. I initially moved to Japan to study how to make ramen because there wasn't much I could consider "quality ramen" stateside — but with the "ramen boom" finally crossing the Pacific, there are several shops that deserve recognition.
What's better is that you can also watch the full (short) movie called Ramen Dreams, which follows Keizo as he follows his ramen dream to a Tokyo. You can also just watch it below:
A few months back I posted about the anti-lonliness ramen bowl which has an iPhone holder so you can play a game, make a call, or watch TV while you eat noodles. Hans over at RamenRater got an interview with the designer, Miso Soup Design (great name). It’s worth a read.
EDIT: Link fixed
Too bad this doesn’t exist for my Android phone.
Eating the popular noodle dish normally requires two hands — one for chopsticks, the other for a spoon. Designers at a Taiwanese company noticed a guy trying to do that while juggling his cell phone. So they came up with a way to slurp it up while watching videos or reading emails.
This story from GeekSugar has a picture, but I've yet to see an explanation of how you're going to avoid splashing ramen all over the phone.
Fox News Magazine contacted me last week about a story on how to spice up pre-packaged ramen, I was super busy at work and didn't have time to send them anything, but the result is still good. One thing most of my recipes lack is a picture, and that's why I'm linking to this, it's often difficult for me to pick a recipe without one.
Out of all these, the first is my favorite, mainly because it's so simple and it features Sriracha sauce.