Iron Ramen Challenge 1

I am announcing a new semi-whenever contest called the Iron Ramen Challenge. If you’ve seen Iron Chef, it is a similar concept. I will name one or two ingredients and accept entries for the best recipe produced with those ingredients. Winners will receive fame and glory forever on the interwebs. If you have pictures of the dish, of yourself making it, etc etc, send those along too (I think my mail form takes attachments). If you can't send the attachments, just send me the recipe first and I will get back to you with an address to send the pics to.

Iron Ramen Challenge 1: A spicy? summer dish...

Ingredient(s): mint or cilantro & lime (juice acceptable)

Send your entries by July 31 using the contact form on the right hand side of the page.

Where Da Smack At?

Sam writes in from Brooklyn and asks....

I have a question for you, do you know what happened to Smack ramen? It seems to have disappeared off the face of the earth, and the only two places it can be ordered and't have working phone numbers to divulge where they get their supply from. Any help would be appreciated.

A Smack-head

I haven't seen Smack for a bit either, but I haven't been really looking either and my wife does most of the shopping. Where do you guys get your Smack from? I used to know who made Smack, but I can't remember that either...

As You May Have Noticed…

I’ve been on “vacation” for about a week, and I'm heading to Denver for a conference on Wednesday, so I don't expect any posts until next week.

Sorry for the non-post, post, but if you're dying for your fix, this explains the delay.

Somewhat Asian Noodle Salad

Confession: I’ve never made a salad with ramen, but it sounds good for a chilled summer salad. This recipe also leaves you with one left over flavor packet for other fun uses.

Submitted By: Gaby Williams

Submitted From: Peoria, IL


  • 2 packages chicken ramen
  • 2 teaspoons chili oil
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 handful fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 handful cilantro, chopped
  • 1 head of lettuce, chopped (I used 1/3 head of romaine, boston bibb, and red leaf)
  • optional add-ins: grilled shrimp or grilled chicken

This serves 4.

1. Cook both packages of ramen, adding only one seasoning packet to the water.

2. Drain, add noodles back into pot. Add 2 teaspoons chili oil and 3 tablespoons rice vinegar and stir. (If you don't mind how the basil and cilantro looks wilted, add it now. If you want the herbs to be pretty, wait until the noodles are chilled. IMO, it doesn't taste the same, I highly suggest adding the basil and cilantro in this step.)

3. Chill noodles in the fridge; when they are cold enough for you, put handful or more of lettuce in bowls. Place large spoonful of tasty chilled ramen on top. Add chicken or shrimp (if you would like, of course). Enjoy!

Hooray for Spicy Ramen!

I asked my wife to buy me “some ramen” during her latest grocery store trip, expecting a random bunch of packets when she returned. She came back with one of each flavor of Top Ramen (which I haven't had in awhile), and now there seems to be some new flavors. I am thinking specifically of Teriyaki Chicken and Picante Beef. In a sort-of mini-review, here are my thoughts:

Teriyaki Chicken: Not good. I'm not sure why, but I didn't like this one at all. I also managed to overcook the noodles and they were mushy.

Picante Beef: Yummy yummy! I love spicy food and the spicy flavors went well with the beef. This would be great with some onions and carrots and sliced beef. I highly recommend this one.

I also know that Snack Ramen makes Picante Shrimp, and whenever I find it in the stores, I will definitely try it out. Has anyone here had it (and where did you buy it?)

Grilled Ramen: Wow

I found this gem in the comments on my site. I’ve had plenty of stuff grilled, even grilled Caesar salad before, but this is the first grilled recipe I’ve ever seen! There’s a great picture too, but I cannot figure out hot to link to it, oh well.


If you love the taste of a good char on just about anything, then this is a fun and frugal dish that you should add to your repertoire. Now the staple food of college student cooks, the apathetic, and the budget conscious obtains it's bbq boy scout patch. First, a note about our main ingredient: I am loyal to Nissin brand Oriental Flavor ramen (tasty, vegetarian, always on sale - but feel free to use whatever brand/flavor you prefer).