$110 a Bowl?

I enjoy a good bowl of ramen as much as the next guy, but $110 a bowl? Only if you’re buying. You can buy your $110 a bowl ramen at the Fujimaki Gekijyo restaurant in Tokyo, and according to the story, you will be able to get them at the Los Angeles restaurant they plan to open.

The “Five-Taste Blend Imperial Noodles” offered at Tokyo’s Fujimaki Gekijyo restaurant is ultimately just a bowl of soup and noodles, albeit an expensive one, especially as Japan’s economy slowly recovers from its worst recession since World War Two.

But owner Shoichi Fujimaki said it’s the soup, and the more than 20 ingredients used to make it, that elevated the dish from street food into five-star cuisine, with the price tag to match.

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Ramen: A True Measure of Inflation

If you really want to know what consumer prices are doing in South Korea, you need to monitor 2 items: ramen and leaf pies. The good news of cheaper ramen and leaf pies comes from South Korea’s JoongAng Daily

Nongshim Co., the biggest ramen producer in Korea, said yesterday it would cut the prices of seven ramen products – including its popular Shin Ramyun and Ansungtangmyun brands – by 2.7 percent to 7.1 percent, effective as of today.

Samyang Corp., the second-largest producer of ramen in the country, also said last Friday that it would cut the prices of five major ramen products by an average of 6.7 percent.

What is a leaf pie you ask? Well I have no idea, but it now only costs only 1800 won (about $1.50 as of Feb 7, 2010). This apparently joins the Big Mac Index as another food measure of economics.

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Green Bean Ramen

Franks hot sauce makes everything better, I bet even Wuthering Heights would be readable if it was first doused with hot sauce.

Submitted By: John R

Submitted From: Charleroi, PA

    Ingredients

  • 1 Package of Chicken Ramen (Or Beef)
  • 1 Can Of Green Beans
  • Hot sauce (Franks)
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Brown Sugar
  • Plain Tortilla Chips

Put noodles in a bowl in microwave for 1-2 mins just to loosen them up, don’t drench them in water just put a little bit of water in the bowl to “cover” the noodles. Then drain the water and stick them in the frying pan, also add a little bit of butter, about 1/4 stick of butter. Then add some green beans and stir all together, then slowly add 2-3 tsps of brown sugar, the package of chicken seasoning, salt (not alot), pepper, 2 tsps of hot sauce and be prepared to eat!

Buying Just the Ramen Flavor Packets?

Suanne asks:

Do you know if the chicken spice (packet) is sold separately from the noodles?
If you do, where can I purchase this from?

The closest I’ve ever been able to do is buying chicken bullion or beef bullion. I prefer to buy the powdered kind rather than the cubes so that I can control the amount. Has anyone found a way to buy ramen flavor packets or ramen seasoning?

Obnoxious Comment Spammers

Please excuse the “meta”, I need to complain for a minute.

There is a new type of comment spammer that I keep having to deal with here. Someone, a bot presumably, will post “Hey great post, I really liked it” and attach a URL. Now, I don’t display the URLs (unless that broke in an upgrade) so this is useless. But it means that I have to decide whether a “Hey nice job” is really Spam or not.

The latest offender here is a shower enclosure company in the UK. They appear to be a legit business, not just a place you can buy Viagra, so I’m curious how they chose spamming a ramen blog to generate business. Anyway, thanks to .htaccess they are now blocked from this site. If they continue to offend, I will be posting their phone number and as much information as I can find on the owners here. You’ve been warned shower enclosure douchebags!

Spicy Skillet Ramen

I found this gem in my box of unpublished recipes, it was from 2007. This recipe suggests a very interesting way to cook the ramen. I’d be curious to see a picture if anyone makes it.

Submitted By: E. Kleveland

Submitted From: Newark, NJ

    Ingredients

  • 1 Packet Ramen (Any flavor or brand; I prefer Beef)
  • 2 Tbsp BBQ Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Tabasco or other hot sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 1/3 cup Milk
  • 2/3 cup Water
  • Generous Dash Lemon Pepper
  • Generous Dash Garlic Powder
  • Generous Dash Onion Powder
  • 1 red Onion; Diced

Set Ramen brick and diced onions aside and mix the remaining ingredients into a small pot. Add the ramen seasoning and stir contents of the pot until consistent. Soak ramen brick in the marinade until noodles are moist yet brick stays whole (depending on the size of the pot, you may have to flip the brick to marinate both sides). After marinated, sear pattie on stove top set to high in a small skillet, flipping each side as it begins to brown/burn (depending on preference). While the brick is searing, bring the left-over marinade to a high simmer in its pot. When the brick is done on both sides, pour simmering marinate onto the pattie still in the skillet (this will ‘flash’ boil the marinate and create a lot of steam so just be aware). This will boil off the remaining water and leave the ramen with a slightly sticky glaze. Sprinkle the diced onion over the ramen and enjoy!

Update: We now have pics thanks to Ryan R!

Ultimate Authentic Sichuan Ramen Noodle Soup Meal

An interesting recipe from China. The spelling on Sichuan is not mine and my spell checker doesn’t like it, but I’ll trust this guy.

Submitted By: thnikkaman

Submitted From: Chongqing, China

    Ingredients

  • 1 or 2 pack(s) chicken flavor ramen noodles. use the flavor packet if you like.
  • 1 tsp of soy sauce or to your liking.
  • 1 pinch of szechuan pepper. (you can find these at your local asian food store)
  • 1 1/2 tsp of black vinegar. more if you like. (can buy at asian food stores)
  • Some chopped green onions to your liking.
  • Some smashed or chopped raw garlic cloves to your liking.
  • Some cayenne pepper oil. Amount is how much you want. see direction on how to make it.
  • Some oil, I recommend Canola.
  • A pinch of salt and/or MSG (it’s authentic!)
  • Optional: some chinese vegetables like Bok Choy, but I personally like green Romaine lettuce. heh heh.

SAUCE: Mix all ingredients except noodles in a big bowl.

PEPPER OIL: First, get some powdered or ground red cayenne pepper, then heat up some oil in a pan until it’s nearly smoking. Next spoon in some of the pepper powder into the oil (careful, the oil will pop!!). The oil is is done when it turns red or until the smell very tempting.

NOODLES AND/OR VEGETABLES: Cook noodles as you normally would in a pot with or without flavor packet. When the noodles are nearly done, put in the vegetables and cook for 2-3 min. more or until vegetables are a little soft. Then pour the vegetables and noodles and some of the water it was cooking in into the bowl with the sauce and start consuming this heavenly chow!!! Serves: 3-4 people