The Ramen Diary: 7 Days of the Noodle Follow-up

Well, it looks like she did it. Addie Broyles in Austin managed to navigate another week on the poorly designed interstate system and eat ramen for 7 days, with her family's support! (I've never been able to get my wife to buy in to this kind of thing). As long as you ignore the opening sentence and the finger-wagging about nutrition this is a great article, including some of the recipes.

Great story with a nice photo collage as well.


Ramen noodles aren't exactly the pharaoh of the food pyramid, but at less than 20 cents a package, they are cheap and easy to make, which makes them a favorite among college students. Just the thought of opening the crinkly plastic package and dumping a block of noodles into boiling water might take you back in time.

But in a recession like this one, maybe it's time to give ramen another chance.

With a few vegetables, an open mind and suggestions from ramen lovers on Twitter, could I turn that brightly colored package of ramen noodles into the base of a really good meal? To find out, I proposed a weeklong challenge to my husband: to make ramen interesting enough to eat for seven days in a row.

7 Days of the Noodle

Addie Broyles in Austin, TX (capital of Texas and home to one of the most screwed up interstates I've ever seen) is the food writer for the Austin American-Statesmen and She announced on Monday that she would be trying to eat ramen once a day for 7 days and try to "not get sick of it". Personally, I think this should be easy. If you go to a decent grocery store you can find enough basic variety to keep you interested even if you only add a few veggies and some chicken.

She has several good ideas so far from readers, if you have one, add a comment to her story.

Win Ramen: Student Scavenger Contest 2009

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Ramen with Stir-Fried Spinach

I tried to grow spinach this summer, but the seeds never sprouted. I like to eat spinach in salads, but it also does well in stir-fry’s, even if it doesn’t give you super-strength. Note: As usual, this is vegetarian in that you’re not adding meat. Check your noodles before adding the seasoning, the seasoning may have meat in it.

Submitted By: Melanie T.

Submitted From: Tennessee, USA


  • 1 packet of ramen, any flavor except the “creamy” flavors
  • 2 large handfuls fresh spinach leaves
  • 1 tbsp roasted sesame oil (with or without chilis)
  • 1 Tbsp black sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp minced fresh ginger
  • 1 clove minced fresh garlic

Boil the noodles just until barely done. Pour off water, add cool water to stop the cooking, stir in the seasoning packet to lightly flavor the noodles. Set aside. In a wok or seasoned frying pan, heat the oil along with the ginger, sesame seeds and garlic just until it begins to be fragrant. Toss in the spinach leaves and stir-fry until they are wilted but still bright green. Add soy sauce, remove from heat. Drain noodles and place in bowl. Pour spinach and sauce over the noodles.

Dan Dan Ramen

I’ve never seen Chinese black vinegar before, but I do love Chili oil.

Submitted By: Shaun Liboon

Submitted From: St. Paul, MN


  • 1 pkg. Roast Pork Flavored Ramen
  • 1 tbsp. Chili Oil
  • 2 tbsp. Peanut or Sunflower Butter
  • 1 tbsp. Hoisin Sauce
  • 1 tsp. Sesame Oil
  • 1/2 tsp. Chinese Black Vinegar

Most decent chinese restaurants offer delicious thick homemade chili oil as a complimentary condiment. Grab a bunch with your next take-out order to stash at home. Crush the noodles in their packaging. Mix the last six ingredients in the bottom of a big noodle bowl along with the Roast Pork seasoning packet. Dump the crushed noodles on top. Top with boiling water, only until you just cover the noodles. Give it all a quick stir. Cover the bowl and go check your email. Mix it all up again. The noodles shouldn't be too soupy, but a creamy and spicy sauce.