Vegetarian or Not?

There has been alot of discussion and emails to me as to whether ramen is vegetarian. I am sensitive to this issue since I am married to a vegetarian (from Texas no less).

In general, the noodles are safe to eat for vegetarians. However, read the labels carefully, some brands use animal fat in the noodles or to cook them.

In general, the flavor packet will contain animal by-products, so be wary here.

If you find a brand of ramen that is animal by-product free (in regards to the noodles), try that and add some veggies!

I have anecdotal evidence that Top Ramen Oriental Flavor is vegetarian (includng the seasoning), but I don't have the ingredients in front of me. If you know otherwise, or know brands that are vegetarian or vegan, please let me know.

Fried Ramen Cake

A quick and easy way to add some protein and butter to your ramen.

Submitted From: California
Submitted By: Tess


  • 1 pkg ramen – chicken flavor works best
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons butter

In a small saucepan heat 1 cup of water to boiling. Add flavor packet and ramen noodles. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until all the water is absorbed. In the meantime, whisk the egg in a small bowl.

Heat butter in a medium-sized nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until the foaming subsides.

This next step needs to be done swiftly so that the egg doesn’t scramble - when the noodles are done, remove the saucepan from the heat and add the whisked egg quickly, stirring all the while to coat the ramen, then dump the whole thing into the skillet. Use a fork to arrange the noodles into a rough circle.

Cook without disturbing until the bottom of the cake is browned, then flip the whole thing over with a spatula and brown on the other side. It’s done when it is brown and crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.

You could add things to the noodles (chicken or meat or veggies) but it’s pretty pointless because they are perfect the way they are.

Oscar’s Orient Express

This one sounds really good!

Submitted By: California
Submitted From: Joey


  • 1 Diagonally sliced Zuccini
  • 4 small straight cut stocks of Baby Bock Choy or Mustard Greens
  • sliced brown onion 1/8 of 1 whole one
  • 2 diagonally sliced Oscar Mayer Hot Dog Smokies
  • 2 packets of Ramen
  • 2 quarts of water
  • 1 pinch of chives

Boil water & season with black pepper & salt. Add Zuccini and let simmer medium heat for 1 minute. After that add the hot dogs and continue to simmer for 1 more minute. Next add the 2 packets of ramen. Simmer for 2 more minutes and add the Baby Bock Choy. Simmer for 30 seconds and lastly add the sliced onion simmer 30 more seconds. Remove from heat immediately and season with 1 packet of ramen seasoning. Top of with chives and let sit for a few minutes. Enjoy!!!

Ramen Taste Test Results

It should be obvious from my name that I am not in fact Asian. So, perhaps my Gaijin taste buds cannot discern flavor quite as well as those of the reviewers at the Seattle Post Intelligencer. The Seattle PI wrote this brief ramen review/comparision, one done by real Asians. They reviewed several brands of ramen, ranging from Indonesian to Japanese.

Chicken and Beef Ramen

A University of Georgia coed writes in and shares this yummy treat! I've never seen Everglades seasoning, but I suppose it's a southern thing...

Submitted By: Mary Catherine Lanigan
Submittef From: Athens, Georgia, USA


  • Beef Ramen Package
  • Grilled Chicken Breast
  • Annies Natural Salad Dressing (I prefer shitake)
  • Everglades Seasoning (all purpose seasoning)
  • Onion Salt
  • Hot Sauce (I prefer Tabasco)

Marinate grilled chicken in a combination of Annie's Natural Salad Dressing and Everglades seasoning. Meanwhile cook ramen according to directions on package. Sear chicken on both sides, and then place it into a preheated 350 degree oven and cook until done. Drain ramen leaving a little bit of water, season with onion salt, and tobasco. Cut up chicken and mix it into ramen...Enjoy!

Sesame Chicken Ramen Soup

This one sounds yummy!

Submitted By:Judy
Submitted From: Belmont, CA, USA


  • 1 package chicken flavor Top Ramen noodles
  • ½ package chicken flavor seasoning mix
  • ½ teaspoon sesame oil
  • ½ teaspoon sesame seeds
  • ¼ cup roasted chicken, shredded or chopped
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped flat leaf parsley

Boil ramen noodles according to package, including only half of the seasoning mix. Immediately add the remaining ingredients, stir and enjoy adjusting ingredients to taste. Serves: 1 (increase ingredients as needed to serve 2 or more)

Maryland Ramen

I love Old Bay seasoning!

Submitted By: Brendan Morland
Submitted From: Maryland???


  • 1 part shrimp ramen flavoring
  • 1 1/2 parts Old Bay seasoning
  • Pre-steamed or imitation crab meat (optional)

Cook the ramen as normal, adding the crab meat to the boil if desired. Add in the shrimp flavoring packet and the Old Bay seasoning. Serve as a soup or on the side with crab legs or other seafood.

Wagga Ramen

Submitted By: Lindsay Kaplan
Submitted From: Hopewell Junction, NY, USA


  • 1 pack of chicken ramen
  • 1 teaspoon tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 2 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoon parsley flakes
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1 half onion, sliced into thick chunks
  • 1 half carrot, thin sliced
  • 1 half broccoli crown, cut into medium pieces
  • 1 half can of water chestnuts, drained
  • 1 handful of fresh snow peas
  • soy sauce

Place 4 cups of water in a pot with tomato paste, oyster sauce, garlic, parsley, mushrooms, half of seasoning packet and a few shakes of soy sauce. When mixture comes to a boil, add noodles, water chestnuts and carrots. After a minute of cooking, add broccoli and onion. After three or four minutes, add snow peas, another shake of soysauce to taste and second half of seasoning packet. Turn off heat and let sit, stirring for a minute. Serve hot with both spoon and chopsticks.