Mexican Ramen Soup

I’ve always liked chicken tortilla soup, we’ll for as long as I’ve eaten Mexican food for (I was a picky kid). One thing I’ve never liked is sour cream. Cream shouldn’t be sour because sour means spoiled (to me anyway), but I have a lot of quirks about food (like this blog) so you should just ignore me and cook this.

Submitted By: Aron B.

Submitted From: Orlando, Florida, USA.

    Ingredients

  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 medium avocado
  • 1 large cooked chicken breast (I like it grilled.)
  • 1 cup chicken Maruchan Instant Lunch
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 16oz can drained black beans
  • 1/2 16oz can drained corn
  • dollop of sour cream
  • garlic powder, to taste
  • hot sauce, to taste (I like chipotle Tabasco.)
  • cilantro, chopped, add to taste
  • smashed tortilla chips, to taste

Cook the chicken breast (grilling works best), this can be done ahead of time. Mix the lime juice, chili powder, garlic powder, hot sauce, and cilantro and add to the ramen cup. Pour the boiling water in the cup, then let sit for 4 minutes in order to cook the ramen. Pour the cooked ramen mix into a large bowl, mix in the corn and beans. Top with avocado, chicken, sour cream, and smashed tortilla chips. Enjoy!

Shrimp Scampi Ramen with Asparagus

This recipe sounds pretty good, but I had some question for the author and he never responded, so I’m posting it as-is and hopefully he will reply with some clarifications!

Submitted By: John Holland

Submitted From: Franklin, TN

    Ingredients

  • 1 Pack of Ramen (any flavor)
  • 10-15 precooked frozen shrimp
  • Garlic Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream
  • 1 bunch of uncooked Asparagus tips
  • 4 cups of water

Pre-heat oven to 375ºF. Wash shrimp under warm water and remove tails. Place shrimp in oven dish, generously sprinkle Garlic Pepper and top with margarine or butter. Place into heated oven and cook until butter/margarine is bubbling. Microwave, on high, asparagus tips in 2 cups of water for 5 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit. Microwave ramen with seasoning in 2 cups of water for 5 minutes remove, stir, and let sit for several minutes, then drain thoroughly. Cut noodles once or twice and mix in sour cream until evenly dispersed. Drain Asparagus and place on top of Ramen, then do the same with the sauted shrimp.

Serves Two

Momofuku Ando Statue Unveiled

Tons of ramen news today. Ando’s wife and the former PM of Japan (see previous story) were on-hand for the unveiling. It’s amazing that this “small invention” has grown to almost 92 billion servings served last year. I doubt anything any of us will do will ever reach those proportions!

FULL STORY

Former PM of Japan Junichiro Koizumi Talks at World Ramen Summit

I didn’t even know that there was a World Ramen Summit until today, you’d think they could comp me some passes or something! 😉 The article even has a picture of the PM, but it looks like he’s looting a tomb in the picture, I don’t know where they found it.

Excerpt:

TOKYO (Reuters) – Junichiro Koizumi never hosted a G8 summit while in office, but this week the popular former Japanese prime minister popped up at a “World Ramen Summit”, where he touted the tasty noodles as a universal treat.

“Ramen is not just for Japan, but it is also for the world and the universe,” Koizumi, whose colorful ways made him one of Japan’s most popular leaders ever, told business people from about 20 countries in Osaka, western Japan, on Wednesday.

FULL STORY

PS – I found this site, which has a link to summits dating from 1997 to 2006, but I haven’t found much on the 2008 event. Can someone get me a link?

Sweet and Spicy Shrimp/Lime Ramen

I just finished off a batch of Lime/Shrimp ramen that I bought a few weeks ago. As it turns out, I find the lime flavor a bit too sharp, but I think this recipe would still be good.

Submitted By: Danielle

Submitted From: Fort Hood, Texas, USA

    Ingredients

  • 1 pkg. Lime Shrimp Ramen w/flavor packet
  • 1 tsp. Louisiana Hot Sauce
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups water

Pour water into microwave safe bowl. Place the water in microwave for 2-3 minutes or until water is very hot. Take bowl out of microwave and add the Ramen noodles to the bowl. (You can crush them if you like, I prefer to leave them long.) Add the flavor packet, hot sauce and brown sugar. Stir and let sit for three minutes or until the noodles are done to your liking.

MIT Announces Ramen Encryption Breakthrough!

MIT announced today that they are commercializing a formerly top secret program that uses ramen noodles to encrypt military communications. The project, which had been under-wraps since it’s inception in late 1998 will now be sold to businesses and also foreign governments. The encryption method uses two common items that every soldier has to encrypt radio and computer network traffic: ramen noodles and digital cameras.

“Every ramen pack is unique, the way the noodles flow and twist in the ramen brick provides the perfect unique signature that we can use to encrypt communications,” stated Dr Vinsh Gupta, head of the Communications Lab at MIT. “Soldiers open the ramen brick, take a picture of the noodles, and then we apply our special algorithm to the digital image. It’s been tested with several brands although we prefer Maruchan due to the ease of purchasing it.” “We believe it to be unbreakable,” he added, “nobody has yet been able to generate a similar random pattern with software.”

MIT expects to finalize work on a cell-phone version of the encryption package by Fall of 2008, work that has been difficult due to the low processing power in most cell phones. “It will work on the iPhone first of course,” noted Dr. Gupta.

A spokesman for the U.S. Army confirmed the story but was concerned about this technology falling into the wrong hands, “We’re afraid about the evil-doers getting a hold of ramen noodles.” There is currently no ban on exporting ramen to Axis of Evil countries, although House Representative Marilyn Musgrave (R-Colorado) says she will propose one this year.