Ah, Ramen. I'm sure most of us have eaten it at one point or another. Some of us eat it more than others. I say that as a grad student on a pretty limited budget. But let's be honest--limited budgets are not exclusive to grad students, or even college students. Many of us have been forced to eat kind of skimpy for financial reasons, and sometimes that includes choking down that Ramen in our cupboards.
Now, I think I like Ramen more than some people. I actually don't mind it. But no matter what you think of Ramen, it's pretty hard to get excited about it. Nobody is thrilled to eat a bowl of Ramen. Nor should anybody be.
But Ramen doesn't have to be a terrible thing. Lately, I've been trying to save a little money in the food department, and I've resorted to eating Ramen for lunch and/or dinner. But, thanks to Toni Patrick's book 101 Things to Do with Ramen Noodles (with a few modifications), I've been able to find some creative ways to kick regular ol' Ramen up a notch or two. I'm going to share two of those ways below the noodle block.
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The first is called Chinese Fried Noodles. It's really quite easy. You'll need the following ingredients:
1 package Oriental-flavored Ramen noodles, with seasoning packetFirst, boil the noodles and the peas (in separate pans). Drain the noodles and peas and set aside.
1/2 cup frozen peas
1/2 tablespoon soy sauce
2 teaspoons canola oil
Add the canola oil to a small frying pan and heat. Scramble the egg and add it to the pan. Cook through.
Add the noodles, seasoning packet, and peas. Stir and fry for a couple of minutes.
Add the soy sauce.
The second way to spice your Ramen up a little is called Garlic Noodle Saute. You'll need the following ingredients:
2 packages chicken-flavored Ramen noodles, with seasoning packetsBoil the noodles and set aside.
2 tablespoons minced garlic
onion powder (you can use a chopped onion if you want)
2 cups canned or fresh mushrooms (I'm using canned)
2 teaspoons canola oil
Add the canola oil to a large frying pan and heat. Add the garlic, onion powder, and mushrooms and saute for a few minutes.
Add the noodles and seasoning packets, chopping up the egg. Stir and fry for a few more minutes.
So, the next time you have to use Ramen for a meal, have no fear. It doesn't have to suck!