Recipe #5 – Ramen

The peak of college living.


I’m a bit surprised at myself. I’m a blog for college students and have not showed you how to make ramen. I apologize for this, and will remedy this by showing you how to make a ramen that can trump ANY cup o’ noodles.

The great thing about ramen is that you can top it with anything, and use any soup base you’d like. As long as it’s not the included soup packet. That stuff will do bad things to your body. You can use your choice of bouillon or powdered consomme. My recommendation is Better than Bouillon, which I’ve talked about before. What I do is combine a teaspoon of Chicken Better than Bouillon, a tsp each of soy sauce and mirin (the flavor pack I mentioned in the first recipe), a pea-sized amount of Sriracha, a 1/4 tsp of ginger, and a dash of sesame oil. Mix it all together in the bowl you will serve this in, and set it aside.

Now for the topping. For this dish, I sliced half a chicken breast, as well as onion and green bell pepper into strips, and stir-fried it with garlic, soy sauce, and mirin unti the chicken was cooked through and browned. Set that aside too.

Finally, we cook the ramen. I have Maruchan ramen noodles in my apartment, but here’s a list of some better noodles you can use. You could even use the soup packet with some of these! Anyway, pour 1 2/3 cups of water into a saucepan, then add some black pepper and 1/2 tsp of minced garlic. Put the saucepan on high heat and wait for it to come to a boil. Once it’s boiling, add your noodles and cook for 2-3 minutes. When they’re done, take the pot off the heat. Take some chopsticks or a fork and stir some of this water into your serving bowl. This will dissolve your semi-homemade soup base. Then pour the noodles i and stir everything around. At long last, arrange your topping upon the noodles.

And that’ll do it! A healthy bowl of ramen that’s easy to make and a million times better than just the noodles by themselves. There’s a reason this is the comfort food of Japan. Remember: you gotta eat the rest of your life. Might as well eat well. See y’all soon!


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