Glutens in the Flavor Packet?

Someone asked me how to substitute for the flavor packet, which we’ve been asked before, but the question is because there is gluten in the flavor packet in most ramen. I didn’t know that was the case, but I’ve never checked. There are plenty of good substitutes for the flavor packet, but I also think there’s probably a ramen maker out there that is gluten free in the seasoning packet. Does anyone know?

    Here are my substitutes for the flavor packet:

  • chicken/beef bullion cubes (gluten free ones are available at celiac.com)
  • My personal favorite is boullion in a jar. It needs to be refrigerated after opening, but it seems to be higher quality to me.

Original question:

I have a recipes for broccoli slaw salad that calls for ramen noodles and the seasoning packet. This is a wonderful salad, and great to eat.

The problem is I was recently diagnosed with Celiac Disease which is an allergy to glutens. These are flour, wheat, barley, etc.

In the ramen seasoning packet, there is wheat, would you have any idea what the other seasonings are that I could try and substitute so that I can continue to make the salad minus the noodles?

Recipe for Homemade Noodle-shop Style Ramen

The Nichi Bei Times has a yummy looking recipe for making noodle-shop style ramen at home. This is not making noodles from scratch, but you do make your own broth (from chicken wings and some other ingredients). I know absolutely zero Japanese, but based on where the paper is located, I’m thinking Nichi Bei means North Bay (for San Francisco Bay). I could be wrong though. Anyway, this is a perfect way to use your left over uncooked wings from the Super Bowl.

Recipe Link

Buried Treasure Ramen

This recipe sounds interesting, although I don’t really like cabbage, I think I could handle a small amount of it. The real trick here is probably the size of the bowl since that influences the amount of water that is used. I haven’t tried this myself, but if you have any input here, let me know. I think too much water is going to lead to a weak soup.

Submitted By: Tiffany D.

Submitted From: Dallas, Texas

    Ingredients

  • Pork-flavored ramen (Mama’s brand (yellow packaging)
  • 1 raw egg
  • 1/2 cup frozen vegetables (peas, carrots, corn)
  • water (not cold)
  • 1/2 cup chopped cabbage (very thinly like cole slaw, if possible use picked salty Thai cabbage)
  • pickled peppers

Crack an egg (don’t break the yolk) into deep bowl and then pour water to fill the bowl halfway. Place the ramen onto the top of egg and add seasoning packet. Add the frozen veggies and chopped cabbage. Next, add more water to barely cover the ingredients and cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Heat in the microwave on high for about 5 minutes. The egg should be soft boiled when it finishes. Garnish with a little bit of cabbage and peppers.

Ichiban Miso Ramen with Tofu and Green Onion

In all honesty, I don’t eat tofu. I have tried it before and I didn’t like it. My wife is vegetarian and even she doesn’t like it. But there is one dish in which we will both eat tofu, and that is miso soup at Japanese restaurants. PS – This recipe is vegetarian as far as I know, I don’t know what’s on the ingredients list on the ramen package!

Submitted By: Stephen Williams

Submitted From: Lynwood, WA

    Ingredients

  • 1 Package of Sapporo Ichiban Miso Flavored Ramen
  • 1/3 Cube of Firm or Extra Firm Tofu, drained and cut into small cubes
  • Small amount of fresh Green Onions, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. of Sesame Oil

Bring 2 cups of water to boil in a small saucepan. While waiting for the water to boil, add the Sesame Oil to a small frying pan and heat to Medium-High. Once the water is boiling, add the ramen noodles (I split the noodle brick in 2 halves). Boil the noodles for 3 minutes. While the noodles are boiling, add the chopped tofu to the frying pan and fry for 2 minutes. Stir constantly. After frying the tofu for 2 minutes, add the green onions and stir. Fry for one more minute. Reduce heat to medium. Once the noodles are done boiling, drain them until a small amount of water is left (About 1/3 cup). Add the seasoning packet to the saucepan and stir into the ramen/water mixture. Once the packet is dissolved, add the contents of the saucepan to the frying pan and stir. Cook for 2 minutes until the water is absorbed. Serve on a plate and enjoy. Feel free to add a small amount of ground red pepper for some spice. This is a great meal for less than $2.00 and I enjoy it all the time!

No, I Won’t Fix Your Problem

To the users who keep posting comments with your full name, email, and phone number, I don’t care that you got a bad packet of ramen. Why? Because I don’t make ramen; I’m just a guy with a blog. From now on, I’m going to start a special section for you and move all your comments there. You’ve been warned.

PS – If your email address ends in @aol.com, this is probably directed to you!