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Posted 6/2/15 , edited 6/20/15
"Those who rule ramen, rule the world" - 大将

I'm all about ramen. In-fact, I'm all about noodles. I guess you could say, I strive to become the Oda Nobunaga of the noods...someday. Lately, I've been preparing my Shin Ramyun by boiling the noods, along with the vegetables from the packet, in hot water. When the noods are almost al dente, strain the hot water and add...milk. Yeah, milk. About as much milk to fill a noodle bowl. Also, I drop the seasoning packet at that stage. Sometimes when i'm not feeling lazy, I poach an egg in a separate pot. If the egg is poached with the noods, it becomes hard to control and the egg becomes lumpy. I like my poached eggs runny. I always keep sliced green onions in the fridge for garnish. By thinly slicing green onions lengthwise and shocking them in ice cold water, they'll curl, adding a nice finish to a bowl of ramen. Finally, top with some kind of oil. i.e. sesame oil, extra virgin olive oil, burnt garlic oil, etc.

The end result is a richer, more defined soup, almost like that of a chicken/beef bone stock that has been simmered for a couple hours. How rich you'd like the soup depends on how long the milk is left to reduce. The spiciness from the seasoning compliments the richness of the milk very well. The noodles must not be cooked all the way through in the hot water. By straining the water early, they can resume cooking in the milk broth, absorbing all the flavors. The poached egg adds another layer of creaminess to the ramen. The astringency from the raw green onion slightly cuts the richness of the broth and the egg while adding another layer of flavor. The most important part of ramen, is the oil. As the noodles emerge from the boiling hot broth, they become coated in a layer of oil. Thus adding to the flavor and slurpability. Don't use fuq'in...straight vegetable oil. I haven't tried this with Maruchan brand ramen but i'm sure it'll end up tasting nasty as fuq. Don't do it with Maru-chan....

So, how do you prepare your ramen?
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Posted 6/2/15 , edited 6/2/15
Seasoning and garnish packet contents go into the water along with the noodles in the beginning rather than at the end. This allows the flavor to cook into the noodles and gives the garnishes time to rehydrate. Cover. Heat at full blast until a furious boil is achieved, then reduce heat and gently simmer for about 2-4 minutes, depending on the thickness of the noodles.

I occasionally break an egg into the noodles after I transfer the soup and noodles into a bowl and stir a little. I don't like eggs overcooked (if I even have to cook them) and the heat from the soup is enough to satisfactorily denature the egg protein. The addition of the raw egg when serving also cools the noodle soup so I can eat more easily and quickly.

I rarely add veggies, meat, or other stuff. I don't really consider instant noodles to be real food so I don't put much effort into making mine. I generally dislike the texture of non-instant stuff in my instant noodles. The contrast is too odd for me to like. Like putting Kobe beef in your frozen gas station bean burrito. Or installing expensive rims on a rusty 80s car with broken windows. Nowadays, I don't use the entire seasoning packet in an attempt to lighten that heavy dose of sodium that is present in all instant noodles. I use like 3/4th. Not much of a difference but it's something, I guess. I also no longer finish the broth.
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I don't get pacakaged ramen i get cup ramen. I also don't have a water boiler or a kettle so i put water to the fill line and microwave it for 3 minutes. Works i guess
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I put everything in at once let it cook. Put in crushed red pepper adds some kick. Then I put an ice cube in to cool it off lol.
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It says to put boiling water in the cup ramen and wait, but I microwave the water in the cup, going against all sane recommendations of the instructions. It works fine.
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I don't.
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I get a small sauce pan, add enough water, let it boil, once it boils add the noodles and whatever meat desired at the time. Wait until the noodles have softened then add sauce package, soy sauce and sugar. While that cooks in a little bit then I get a bowl ready with lots of sriracha, cut green onions, onion, cilantro and fresh bean sprouts. Then I turn off the stovetop and pour it in.
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Posted 6/2/15
Here we go..
1.Bring water to a boil
2.Crack open egg and pour into water
3.Put ramen in water
4.stir ramen and egg until the ramen is done
5.drain most of the water
6.place in bowl
7.add butter and seasoning packet
8.stir and eat
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Posted 6/2/15

jaykirbydudee wrote:

I don't get pacakaged ramen i get cup ramen. I also don't have a water boiler or a kettle so i put water to the fill line and microwave it for 3 minutes. Works i guess


They're literally the same thing >_< just simpler i guess.


I tend to throw stuff from the pantry in to add flavor Garlic powder and black pepper. I like it hot and spicy :3
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Posted 6/2/15 , edited 6/2/15
Drop of sesame oil (there was briefly a Spicy Sesame flavor of TopRamen that included a tiny packet of sesame oil, but was too expensive to continue)
Unobtrusive drop of soy sauce (Kikkoman if possible)
Chopped ham (or imitation seafood if Shrimp flavor)
Frozen chopped spinach
-or-
Chopped scallions
Garlic scallions/Chopped garlic scapes (a summertime-only gourmet-vegetable craze which recently caught on with the foodies at our farmers' market)
Bean sprouts
(Miso if Chicken flavor)

Haven't tried milk or egg, though...
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Posted 6/2/15 , edited 6/2/15
Lmfao I love how some people go all out like they were challenged to shokugekiand then there are others like lol I just throw it in the microwave and eat it bro.

The only thing that I add to my ramen is hoisin sauce and sriracha, makes it taste much better and adds some spice
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Posted 6/2/15
open package
add water up to line
add veggies or meat
3-5 minutes in microwave
take out and put soy sauce on or other dressings
or sometimes just cook it on the stove
(this is for teriyaki or ramen or cup noodles)
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Posted 6/2/15 , edited 6/2/15
It depends.

There are so many ways to cook it.



SO MANY WONDERFUL WAYS!
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