Ramen Recipes to Write Home About
The affordability of ramen is no secret. It's the product most people think of when they hear the words "cheap food." But if you don't have access to the good stuff (I sure do miss my favorite noodle house on Guam), finding good ramen recipes based on the bargain brands can be tough. Sure, there are plenty of them out there suitable for a college dorm room. But I'm talking about ramen recipes your average work-at-home professional and general Asian-food fan can get excited about. (See also: 10 Awesome Easy-to-Freeze Meals)
Here are my favorite ramen recipes to enjoy at home. Those following a plant-based diet may prefer recipes for vegan ramen specifically, although there are a few on this list that would convert easily enough.
A favorite one that we make quite often in the summer time is this cabbage ramen noodle salad. Aside from the cabbage, which keeps for quite some time in the refrigerator, all of the ingredients can be kept in the pantry. This makes it a perfect recipe for assembly cooking. Simply prep all of the dry ingredients and store them in canning jars or anything that's airtight and resealable. That way, all you need to do is cut the cabbage and mix up the liquid dressing when it comes time for dinner.
To mimic the more traditional uses for this popular pasta, think about the ingredients you'd have in your bowl of ramen soup if you were at a Japanese noodle house or elsewhere in East Asia. This Korean ramen soup from the folks at Eat Your Kimchi looks fun and affordable, particularly if you have access to an authentic Asian market. You could also get creative and try making your own ramen soup with spinach, mushrooms, affordable imitation crab meat, and a few fun garnishes like chopped scallions and crumbled nori sheets.
Dishes That Go the Extra Mile for Flavor
This recipe for Asian noodles with shrimp is made with ramen and features coconut milk, snow peas, and loads of style. If you're a fan of street food, then this recipe for pad Thai made with ramen might be just what the budget doctor ordered. Of course, you could always just cook up the noodles and simply stir fry them with a few vegetables to make lo mein. But if you're looking to step outside of the ramen box a bit, consider a ramen carbonara or these spicy curried ramen noodles for a flavorful and affordable last-minute meal on a busy day.
That's right. I said pizza. According to this ramen recipe resource from the Nissin company, you can turn ramen noodles into a pizza crust and slice as usual. Who knew? They top theirs with traditional ground beef and mushrooms, but I'm sure you get creative with your pizza sauce and other toppings to create a unique pizza suited to your personal taste.
Hotel Coffee-Maker Ramen
Hey, we've all been there. Stuck in a mid-class or lower hotel for business with the only dining options being the local grocery store and greasy drive-through for yet another night in a row. That's when you need some serious ramen recipes for the budget traveler. While many people think that eating ramen when you travel should be relegated to the camping and backpacking arenas, the truth is there are a fair number of meals you can create using your hotel coffee maker as a launch platform.
You can even steam some broccoli and shrimp separately in the filter compartment to combine with the noodles when they are finished. Mix in one of the extra peanut butter tubs from the establishment's breakfast buffet and you're in business with an impromptu peanut lo mein.
Clearly, ramen doesn't have to be delegated to dorm rooms alone. It's earned its place at the dinner table, at least from time to time. Do you have any exceptional ramen recipes that you feel are worth writing home about?