In the city of Makati in the Phillipines, in a ramen restaurant called Mitsuyado Sei-Men, you can apparently get a cheese dipped ramen dish. I love traditional ramen, and like the author of this article, I bet I'd never order this, but apparently it was good!
My wife’s tsukemen arrived, served beside its bowl of dipping sauce, redolent of the wondrous reek of parmesan on top and with a small bowl of luminescent melted cheese by its side. Mixed together, it looked like a hearty plateful of spaghetti with cheese sauce. Going against every instinct of what is sensible and right in this world, one takes a few strands of this with one’s chopsticks, and dips it into the sauce, a rich but subtle shoyu-derived broth, nothing too strongly flavored. It’s a bite of starchy umami-coated goodness with a soothing warm chaser. The double-cheese sauce is the ace-in-the-hole for this restaurant, which might otherwise not bob its head above the crowd in the competitive ramen wars of the city.
I can't get the idea of alfredo pasta out of my head when I think of this dish. When I order ramen, I order it for the steamy warming pork broth and the texture of the noodles, not for parmesean, would you guys be brave enough to try this?
Fox News Magazine contacted me last week about a story on how to spice up pre-packaged ramen, I was super busy at work and didn't have time to send them anything, but the result is still good. One thing most of my recipes lack is a picture, and that's why I'm linking to this, it's often difficult for me to pick a recipe without one.
Out of all these, the first is my favorite, mainly because it's so simple and it features Sriracha sauce.
Most people are visual about food, for example, I almost always end up picking something off the menu that there is a picture of. Even better are pictures in recipe books, and topping that are videos of recipes. The Huffington Post has a slideshow and series of videos on how to make some good (and some bad) ramen recipes. My personal favorite from this list is the Kimchi Ramen Grilled Cheese Sandwich and the Asian-Style Ramen Noodle Pancakes. For the videos, the Ramen with Peanut Butter is my favorite, peanut butter and sesame oil are a good and cheap ingredient to add to your noodles.
Chinese restaurateur and chef Cui Runguan is selling robots that can hand slice noodles into a pot of boiling water called the "Chef Cui". I've never seen noodles made this way, only spun and sliced and stretched, so this is interesting. The video mentions a "windshield wiper" motion, which is apparent as you watch the slicer move back and forth. Also interesting to note, I could hire a chef in China for $4700 per year! I've posted about noodle bots here before, but this one is a bit different in that it's just slicing the noodles into boiling water.
Sandra writes in with this interesting recipe. First of all, I didn't know that canned tamales existed. I'd never even had a tamale until I was about 25 and living in Texas and I found that I really like them, the canned ones though? Who knows. I do like Wolf Brand Chili. I highly advise you to not real the nutrition label on either can.
4 pkg Ramen noodles (no seasoning packets)
1 15 oz can of Wolf Brand Chili
1 15 oz can of Hormel canned tamales
grated cheddar cheese
Open chili and tamales. Remove paper from tamales add the tamales and chili to a saucepan. Heat them together, slowly. Cook ramen noodles until done and drain. Pour chili and tamales over ramen and add the cheese. Stir together and serve. Makes enough for 4 people.
Hans at the RamenRater sent me a note about this story. As a person who loves spicy noodles and is glad to see them so prevalent, I was excited to read this. I've had a few of these and I really enjoy #8 and #5.
A couple days ago, I was making lunch for my son and decided to dig into my goodie box from Orderramen.com. After digging through things, I decided to try something I'd never had, Nongshim Potato Noodle Soup. These noodles, as the title suggests, are made with potato flour, but as I found out they are not gluten free, the 2nd ingredient on the package is wheat gluten. (This is not an issue for me, but I know it is for some people). The soup base is a beef base, with a slight spiciness, and it comes with a dried vegetable pack that includes green onion and large garlic slices. The noodles were quite firm after cooking, not in a bad way, but in a way that suggests that they would hold together for a long time.
Unfortunately after I cooked these, I made a mistake, I drained them. What I found is that these noodles, when drained, tend to stick together, and they get worse as they sit on your plate. I had to cut them with a knife so that my kid could eat them without picking up the entire pile of noodles at once. We both liked the flavor, but I really recommend eating these as a soup! If I eat these again as a soup, I'll do a more thorough review.
Note: these are not available yet via Orderramen.com, but there's lots of other good stuff there including Nongshim Black, one of my favorites.
I was pretty excited to try this new Korean ramen from orderramen.com. The Ottogi Kiss Myon is a spicy, brothy, chicken flavor which I found really lived up to the description. First, I cooked this one exactly 3 minutes as the website recommends, not the usual 4 or longer for other “gourmet” noodles. I found the broth to be rich and flavorful, it was not a thin watery broth, it was hearty and full flavored. The spice level was enough to keep me interested, but not eye watering. The noodles themselves were a great texture, but be careful not to cook too long, I think these were thinner than usual. I think this would be a great one to add green onions or thin sliced carrots to, in order to bulk up the dehydrated vegetables, and perhaps an egg too.
Nick from OrderRamen.com sent me a goodie box of ramen last week. The box featured some new flavors that are supposed to be good as well as some old favorites like Sapporo Ichiban. First a quick review of Sapporo Ichiban. When the box came my kid and I were both excited, but since he doesn't like spicy stuff, I picked out the non-spicy stuff and let him choose. After much deliberation he settled on the Sapporo Ichiban beef flavor noodles. I cooked them my favorite way for making dry noodles, that is, add half of the flavor pack to the water, boil, drain. Then add the noodles back to the pot, and sprinkle seasoning while stirring. I was able to share this secret technique with my 3 year old as he "helped" me.
I managed to sneak a few bites before my kid noticed and I must say that I still like Sapporo Ichiban ramen. It is simple and good tasting. The texture is good and the seasoning is not too strong. My kid ate the rest, so he's a fan too.