One bowl of these noodles costs as much as a lifetime supply of Top Ramen. Enjoy responsibly.
But one Taiwanese chef is spicing up the standard noodle soup, with a price tag that could break the bank. Restaurateur Wang Cong-yuan has created the world’s most expensive bowl of beef noodles. The price tag stands at $10,000 New Taiwan dollars – a staggering US$324.
Ramyeon is the Korean version of ramen, to put it succinctly. A reader and chef named Marc sent me a link to his beautifully designed site where he has a good recipe for Kimchi Ramyeon. Although I’ve still never eaten Kimchi, the presentation of this dish looks excellent. The recipe itself is more work than a simple instant noodle with added meat, but it looks like it would be worth it.
The Tokyo Ramen Show ended today after 5 glorious days. From what I can tell from Google Translate, there are 27 different booths featuring a wide variety of shops and chefs. Booth “SP1” features “Hall forbidden bizarre collaboration Nakahon × Tanmen Mongolia”, which is described as “Miso black pork”. It certainly sounds interesting, although I don’t know what “black pork” is. Probably it’s just a bit of mistranslated text. This link shows the list of vendors. If you use Google Chrome, the Google Translate is integrated once you load the site.
Esha sent me this interesting sounding recipe. It uses Maggi Masala Noodles, which look just like ramen to me. The are also 100% vegetarian, which is a good option for the veggies out there. This recipe also follows my sri raicha tenant.
One packet of Maggi Masala Noodles
One potato, peeled and roughly chopped
One onion, diced
One tomato, chopped
Sri Raicha sauce
Boil the potato until soft, add onions and let that boil for a while. Add chopped tomato. Then when onion is transparent, add the noodles. After a minute put one table spoon of sri raicha sauce. Let it cook until almost all the water is gone. Add the flavor packet. Drain the water and enjoy.
Esha adds, “My mom would make this recipe sundays ofr breakfast when we were growing up. It was our treat!”
I don’t have time to make all the recipes on my site, so if you make them, take pics and send them to me! Thanks to Ryan R from Minnesota? who took pics of Spicy Skillet Ramen and sent me a link to them. I updated that post today.
If you had to pick the Official Food of Backpackers—the beloved staple that almost all of us consume at some point during our trail travels—it would probably be gorp. But a close second would be ramen (also the official food of college students). Invented by Japan’s Nissin Foods in 1958, instant noodles are tasty, fast, lightweight, calorie-rich, and cheap (ten packets for $1 is not atypical). In fact, when it comes to sheer number of calories per dollar, only a stick of butter beats them.
The only people who might love ramen more than hikers are the Japanese: In a 2000 poll by the Fuji Research Institute, citizens ranked instant noodles as the No. 1 20th-century Japanese invention—ahead of karaoke (No. 2) and personal stereos (No. 3). Some brands do have questionable ingredients, like the flavoring MSG (it can cause wicked migraines in some people), but groceries now sell all-natural versions, too. But why confine ramen just to dinner? Here are two sweet breakfast and dessert recipes to broaden its culinary horizons.
The WSJ has a story about a new iPhone app called Ramen Now which can help you find ramen when travelling. Unfortunately the app is only available in Japanese and presumably only useful in places with lots of ramen shops (like Japan).