Instant ramen noodles get a real bad rap. Yet college kids everywhere are surviving off the 5 for $1 meals that you can find at just about any grocery store, gas station and 7-11. I ate my fair share of Ramen in college, and years afterwards. With no regrets! I loved the stuff haha. Sure, its enough sodium to bloat you up like a balloon but once in a while I think it’s OK to indulge.
I’ve always wanted to have a Ramen night where I make “Classy Ramen” by adding in fresh ingredients instead of the freeze dried stuff that comes at the top of the Cup of Noodle. The addition of protein can class up Ramen even more.
My husband and I were snowed in all weekend so it was the perfect time to make Classy Ramen!! We headed to Trader Joe’s to pick up some fresh veg for our dishes and let our imaginations run wild.
Veggies I added to my Ramen:
Protein I added:
-Pork Chops that were leftover that I thinly sliced
Added to the broth:
-Sesame seed oil
-Ground fresh chili paste
Here’s how I did it:
1. Bring 2 cups water to a boil. Add ingredients listed above to the broth to taste. Depending on how spicy, salty, garlicky you want your Ramen.
2. To the seasoned boiling broth, add your veggies. Boil just a few minutes until blanched, but still have a nice crisp.
3. Remove veggies from the broth, arrange in your bowl.
4. Add noodles to the broth and add flavor packet included in the package. Break up noodles a bit with chopsticks while they boil.
5. Crack 2 eggs (or 1 if you prefer) in to the noodles and allow to cook for a minute or so. Break up egg with chopsticks. (You can add the eggs this way, or you can soft boil and add to the dish when served, however you prefer).
6. Add the cooked noodles to your bowl of veggies. Pour broth over everything.
7. Top with Siracha for extra spice, chopped scallions, and sesame seeds.
This dish came out sooo good! It was insanely flavorful and delicious, and I didn’t feel so guilty about it because of all the fresh veggies I had packed it with. Give this a try- you won’t be dissapointed!
Here’s an article from HuffPost on some surprising things about Ramen!
Any other tips to make Ramen classy? What boring foods have you elevated?