MEAT KING Ramen

Nissin Ramen is releasing a new instant noodle product with one of the best names ever, MEAT KING. This cup is packed with extra meat, specifically beef, chicken, and pork. This was just released and costs around $2 per cup, depending on the exchange rate. I’m not sure you can buy this in the US, the original press release is all in Japanese. Read about it in English here.

The meat in the image below looks like the pork that you get on a pizza, but I’m honestly not sure. Personally I’d rather either add my own meat or do without it for instant noodles.

Faux Pho

I’m a sucker for Sriracha sauce and fresh basil. Also did you know that Hesperia is not a Spanish word as I had originally thought, the town is named for a Greek god.

Submitted By: Shelly Willis

Submitted From: Hesperia, CA

    Ingredients

  • 1 package beef ramen
  • 1 package oriental ramen
  • 1 piece star anise
  • 4 cups water
  • Sriracha hot sauce
  • 1 lime
  • leaves from 1 sprig thai basil
  • handful of bean sprouts
  • 1 fresh sliced jalapeno

Put water and star anise in pan and bring to boil. Add noodles from one package of ramen (save the noodles from the other for another use) and cook 3 minutes. Remove the star anise and add seasoning packets from beef and oriental ramen packages. Add the Sriracha sauce, veggies and lime juice to taste. Serves 1.

Awesome Beef Ramen

If you ever find cheap steak on sale, this is a good recipe to use them for. The submitter recommends, “I buy thick cut beef chuck steak when it’s on sale. I then cut it into about 4 large pieces, trim the fat, put em into ziplocks and freeze.” Also if you’ve never had sweet soy sauce, it’s awesome!

Submitted By: Dean-o

Submitted From: Tuscon, AZ

    Ingredients

  • Chuck steak, fat trimmed off
  • Ginger, fresh
  • garlic
  • sweet soy sauce
  • regular soy sauce
  • hot pepper flakes
  • beef broth
  • assorted vegetables (carrots, bok choy, green onions, etc)
  • dried shiitake mushrooms (optional)
  • chopped peanuts (optional)

To make this awesome ramen dish slice some semi-thawed beef across the grain very thin –as much as you think you want at one serving. put it in a ziplock bag. Add fresh ginger (slice with a potato peeler), finely minced garlic, sweet soy sauce, regular soy sauce, and hot red pepper flakes (take from a pizza place). Add some canned beef broth and mix. If you have any, chopped or ground dried shiitakes go good too. I make these in batches and freeze them as a mix with the steak. When you’re ready to eat thaw a bag — put it in a bowl — add a brick of ramen and water to cover. You may also add your favorite chopped veggies (bok choy, carrots, green onions). Zap the whole mix in the microwave or cook in a pot until the ramen and steak are cooked. (If you’ve chopped the steak thin enough it will cook quickly.) Garnish with chopped peanuts if you like. Eat like a king for cheap!

Over 4,308 Reviews of Ramen

This guy has my limited review section crushed beyond all hope. He has reviewed (as of Feb 20), four thousand three hundred and eight varieties of ramen. The site is in Japanese, so I can’t make real sense of it, but I’ve gotta give this guy an A for effort. The link below also points to the guy’s Youtube page, although it is also in Japanese, it’s worth watching a couple of his reviews.

Review from BoingBoing:

i-ramen.net is an amazingly meticulous web site that chronicles one man’s daily consumption of different kinds of instant noodles since 1997. It appears from the way they’re numbered that he is now on his 4,308th bowl. For each new type of instant noodle, he creates a thorough chart that includes a full ingredients list; comments on texture, flavor, quantity, and price; and a starred rating.

$110 a Bowl?

I enjoy a good bowl of ramen as much as the next guy, but $110 a bowl? Only if you’re buying. You can buy your $110 a bowl ramen at the Fujimaki Gekijyo restaurant in Tokyo, and according to the story, you will be able to get them at the Los Angeles restaurant they plan to open.

The “Five-Taste Blend Imperial Noodles” offered at Tokyo’s Fujimaki Gekijyo restaurant is ultimately just a bowl of soup and noodles, albeit an expensive one, especially as Japan’s economy slowly recovers from its worst recession since World War Two.

But owner Shoichi Fujimaki said it’s the soup, and the more than 20 ingredients used to make it, that elevated the dish from street food into five-star cuisine, with the price tag to match.

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Ramen: A True Measure of Inflation

If you really want to know what consumer prices are doing in South Korea, you need to monitor 2 items: ramen and leaf pies. The good news of cheaper ramen and leaf pies comes from South Korea’s JoongAng Daily

Nongshim Co., the biggest ramen producer in Korea, said yesterday it would cut the prices of seven ramen products – including its popular Shin Ramyun and Ansungtangmyun brands – by 2.7 percent to 7.1 percent, effective as of today.

Samyang Corp., the second-largest producer of ramen in the country, also said last Friday that it would cut the prices of five major ramen products by an average of 6.7 percent.

What is a leaf pie you ask? Well I have no idea, but it now only costs only 1800 won (about $1.50 as of Feb 7, 2010). This apparently joins the Big Mac Index as another food measure of economics.

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Green Bean Ramen

Franks hot sauce makes everything better, I bet even Wuthering Heights would be readable if it was first doused with hot sauce.

Submitted By: John R

Submitted From: Charleroi, PA

    Ingredients

  • 1 Package of Chicken Ramen (Or Beef)
  • 1 Can Of Green Beans
  • Hot sauce (Franks)
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Brown Sugar
  • Plain Tortilla Chips

Put noodles in a bowl in microwave for 1-2 mins just to loosen them up, don’t drench them in water just put a little bit of water in the bowl to “cover” the noodles. Then drain the water and stick them in the frying pan, also add a little bit of butter, about 1/4 stick of butter. Then add some green beans and stir all together, then slowly add 2-3 tsps of brown sugar, the package of chicken seasoning, salt (not alot), pepper, 2 tsps of hot sauce and be prepared to eat!