ramen http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/414/all en-US For the Love of Ramen: An Interview with Ed from RamenRamenRamen.net http://www.wisebread.com/for-the-love-of-ramen-an-interview-with-ed-from-ramenramenramen-net <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/for-the-love-of-ramen-an-interview-with-ed-from-ramenramenramen-net" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/ramen.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When I brainstorm for cheap eats I often think of packets of ramen. Today I had the pleasure of interviewing Ed from <a href="http://www.ramenramenramen.net/" target="_blank">ramenramenramen.net</a>. Ed reviews hundreds of types of ramen on <a href="http://ramenramenramen.net">his website</a> and I consider him to be a folk hero to ramen lovers everywhere. Ramen is usually more than just a flavor packet and dried noodles and Ed has a <a href="http://www.ramenramenramen.net/ramen-glossary/" target="_blank">great ramen glossary</a> to explain the complexities in real ramen. Read on for some interesting ramen facts! </p> <p><strong>Are you a ramen lover because you like to save money? How much do you think you have saved by eating lots of ramen?</strong></p> <p>Actually, the instant ramen I usually eat isn&#39;t cheap. I love &quot;real&quot; ramen, and I tend to prefer some of the more expensive &quot;Japanese imported&quot; instant ramen. The cheap stuff is great too, but once you&#39;ve had the better instant ramen, it just doesn&#39;t compare.</p> <p><strong>What is the most expensive ramen you ever bought? Was it worth it?</strong></p> <p>I think the most expensive instant ramen I&#39;ve bought was around $4-5. It was one of the &quot;bowl ramen&quot; from Japan and it even had a piece of pork! Seriously! I don&#39;t remember which one it was exactly, but I can dig up my post on it. Was it worth it? Even the best bowl ramen I&#39;ve had doesn&#39;t compare to a good bowl of real ramen, but yes, it was darn good.</p> <p><strong>What stores are your best sources for acquiring ramen?</strong></p> <p>There are a few Japanese supermarkets in my area that I check out on a regular basis. There&#39;s a Mitsuwa and Marukai, big supermarket chains. Those tend to be the best sources.<br /><strong><br />How much ramen do you eat each week?</strong></p> <p>I try to eat ramen about once a week or every other week. This week, my wife is on vacation so I&#39;ve been eating ramen more often. Shh...don&#39;t tell...hahaha</p> <p><strong>What is the most disgusting or scary ramen ingredients you have ever seen? What is your favorite?</strong></p> <p>I&#39;ve never seen it in person, but there&#39;s a picture of ice cream ramen on my blog: <a href="http://www.ramenramenramen.net/2007/10/28/ice-cream-ramen/" target="_blank">http://www.ramenramenramen.net/2007/10/28/ice-cream-ramen/</a> . But that doesn&#39;t sound nearly so bad as natto ramen. Natto, if you don&#39;t know, is really an acquired taste. It&#39;s a sticky bean dish that tastes like...I don&#39;t know...<em><strong>spider webs and dirt?</strong></em> My favorite ramen is boring old shoyu or chashu ramen (which is just shoyu ramen with extra pork). I still think it&#39;s the best.</p> <p><strong>Do you think ramen is a healthy food? What could you add to ramen to make it extra yummy and healthy?</strong></p> <p>Real ramen is definitely healthy. It&#39;s a Japanese fast food and much healthier than the fast foods we Americans eat. Instant ramen is not too bad, though it usually has a lot of sodium. I like throwing in mushrooms when I&#39;m cooking instant ramen, especially enoki mushrooms because it&#39;s healthy and so easy. I also make hard boil eggs to go with my ramen. You could just as easily add some bamboo, green onions, corn, assorted veggies, or if you&#39;re really ambitious, roast pork!</p> <p><strong>When you dated your wife did you share your love for ramen with her?</strong></p> <p>Yes! My wife also enjoys ramen, but she doesn&#39;t quite like to eat it all the time like I do. We went to Japan for our honeymoon and I actually took her to the Ramen Museum in Yokohama. Haha.</p> <p><strong>What did she think?</strong></p> <p>She&#39;s a great sport about it. She&#39;s actually the one that encouraged me to start a web site about ramen.</p> <p><strong>Did you design that <a href="http://www.ramenramenramen.net/ramen-lapel-pin/" target="_blank">yummy looking lapel pin</a> on your site? Have you seen anyone wear it?</strong></p> <p>Yes I did. Thanks for the compliment. Some of my friends wear it but I haven&#39;t been lucky enough to see anybody else wear one :(</p> <p><strong>Well, that&#39;s all now. Next time you come to San Mateo you should definitely go to Santa Ramen. They have a larger location now so it fits 65 people. The wait isn&#39;t so bad anymore! I just had the always sold out stewed pork topping for the first time last weekend and it was super yummy!</strong></p> <p>Thanks for the interview! I will definitely check out Santa Ramen the next time I&#39;m in the area! Thanks for the heads up!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/xin-lu">Xin Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/for-the-love-of-ramen-an-interview-with-ed-from-ramenramenramen-net">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cooking-great-meals-with-your-car-engine-the-heat-is-on">Cooking great meals with your car engine. 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That's older than any U.S. president has lived. Maybe the instant ramen has more nutritional value than we previously thought.</p> <p>Regardless of what you think of ramen, it certainly deserves a place among the greatest inventions of humanity. According to the <em>New York Times</em>,</p> <blockquote><p><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/09/opinion/09tue3.html?_r=1&amp;oref=login">Ramen noodles</a> have earned Mr. Ando an eternal place in the pantheon of human progress. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime. Give him ramen noodles, and you don&rsquo;t have to teach him anything.</p> </blockquote> <p>Here are some of the best ramen related sites out on the Interweb:</p> <p><a href="http://mattfischer.com/ramen/">The Official Ramen Homepage</a> (run by Matt Fisher) is THE place to go for ramen recipes. Readers submit their own personal twists to the classic ramen, including odd, but tasty sounding, recipes like:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://mattfischer.com/ramen/?p=287">Barbeque Cheeseburger Ramen</a> (under the <a href="http://mattfischer.com/ramen/?cat=13">Quick and Easy category</a>)</li> <li><a href="http://mattfischer.com/ramen/?p=287">Hyperactive Candied Choco-Ramen</a> (part of the <a href="http://mattfischer.com/ramen/?cat=10">Dessert category</a>)</li> <li><a href="http://mattfischer.com/ramen/?p=258">Batter Fried Ramen</a> &mdash; made with beer! (part of the <a href="http://mattfischer.com/ramen/?cat=15">Alcohol category</a>)</li> <li>Plus hundreds of other concoctions!</li> </ul> <p><a href="http://www.ramenramenramen.net">The Ramen Blog</a>, written by edjusted, is dedicated to fresh ramen and other ramen-related news. Regarding his blog, edjusted says,</p> <blockquote><p>I like ramen! I&rsquo;m not a connoisseur and I&rsquo;m not much of a writer, but I know what I like and this is my attempt to describe the what and why of my encounters with the ramen world.</p> </blockquote> <p>He may not be a writer, but there are plenty of mouth-watering pictures of hot steamy noodles (see picture). Mmmm, food porn.</p> <p>Speaking of food porn....</p> <p><object width="425" height="350"> <param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/7IJXUAkqXWM" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/7IJXUAkqXWM" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="350"></embed></object></p> <p>(<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IJXUAkqXWM">Video</a>)</p> <p>If ramen was an integral part of your life back then (or now, even), I like the tribute Tannazie of <em>all kinds of yum</em> suggests (really cool foodie blog, by the way):</p> <blockquote><p>Shell out a dime and pick up a pack of Top Ramen. And pour out some broth for our homie Momofuku.</p> </blockquote> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/greg-go">Greg Go</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ramen-miracle-food">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sayonara-ramen-san">Sayonara, Ramen-san</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/when-good-food-goes-bad">When Good Food Goes Bad</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/for-the-love-of-ramen-an-interview-with-ed-from-ramenramenramen-net">For the Love of Ramen: An Interview with Ed from RamenRamenRamen.net</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-delicious-homemade-gluten-free-bread">Frugal Gluten-Free Living: Delicious Homemade Gluten-Free Bread</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-eat-oats-when-you-hate-oatmeal">11 Ways to Eat Oats When You Hate Oatmeal</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink cheap eats food blogs instant noodles momofuku ando ramen recipes Wed, 10 Jan 2007 01:40:41 +0000 Greg Go 160 at http://www.wisebread.com Sayonara, Ramen-san http://www.wisebread.com/sayonara-ramen-san <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sayonara-ramen-san" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000017851206_Full.jpg" alt="ramen bowl" title="ramen bowl" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="119" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Will alerted me that the inventor of instant noodles, Momofuku Ando,&nbsp;<a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/6237013.stm" target="_blank">died over the weekend</a>. I was sorry to hear it; mind you, the man was 96 years old.</p> <p>Is Momofuku not the greatest name ever?</p> <p>Ramen has been a long time favorite of mine, harkening back to my childhood, when they were an easy snack with what seemed at the time,&nbsp;like an exotic twist. I was allowed to eat them with chopsticks, an honor not bestowed upon very many other foods in our household, although twirling the noodles around a fork was equally delightful. My favorite flavor was, and probably still is, pork.</p> <p>During college, especially on those long, wintery Massachusetts nights sans car, ramen (and variations of ramen) because a staple snack for all-nighters. I became particularly enamored over the kimchi-flavored &quot;Bowl Noodle Hot,&quot; a styrofoam bowl of noodles and a little packet of delicious flavor that could warm you right to your core. I even got my mother, who lived across the country, hooked on them. At around 500 calories, they really were a decent lunch, and Mom would top hers with raw spinach, which quickly wilted and became a delightful topping. Also, they were vegetarian, which was important to both me and the vast majority of my friends at the time.</p> <p>During the dorm days (and the East Coast ice storms of 1997), we students would hoard veggies from the cafeteria salad bar and add them to the kimchi ramen once it was cooked. Scallions were a nice touch, as were sliced hardboiled eggs, the aforementioned spinach, and even lettuce and other leafy greens. I balked, but one friend swore by those baby corn thingies. The best thing about the ramen, mind you, was that it was cheap. We paid roughly 50 cents per bowl of kimchi ramen, and probably 20 cents for the regular, plastic packaged stuff that you find at Safeway (or in this case, Stop 'N Shop).</p> <p>When I lived in China, instant ramen was known as <em>fangbian mian</em> (pronounced, roughly, as <em>fong bien mien</em>), meaning &quot;convenient noodles.&quot; &quot;Ramen&quot; is actually the Japanese approximation of the Chinese <em>la mian</em>, which means &quot;pulled noodles,&quot; and could refer to pretty much any kind of long noodle made by stretching dough.</p> <p>We students of Chinese got a kick out of the name, and how everytime it was mentioned, every Chinese person within earshot of our lessons would hasten to add that <em>fangbian mian</em> is REALLY, REALLY bad for you. MSG! Carbs! Sodium! That said, <em>fangbian mian</em> are de rigeur for train travel. If you are taking a train across China, <em>fangbian mian</em> is your best bet for staying fed. Sure, you can shell out $4 for a pseudo-bento box of bony fish and old rice, but Chinese ramen is REALLY gourmet, with little packs of beef or pork in an oily sauce <strong>in addition</strong> to the normal flavoring pack.</p> <p>Let's be honest: instant noodles aren't great for your health (is &quot;instant&quot; anything good for your health?). REAL ramen, the kind that is carefully crafted by boiling all kinds of things (fish flakes, pork bones, whatever) isn't bad for you. The noodles have more fiber, and toppings are usually fresh. But who has time to make REAL ramen? I sure as hell don't. But I'll spruce up instant ramen any day. It takes away the guilt that comes with eating &quot;instant&quot; food, and makes for a decent, quick meal. In fact, I keep the toppings around in little Tupperware containers in my fridge, so they can be used any time.</p> <p>My favorites include woodear mushrooms (actually, almost any exotic mushroom bought at Asian food stores, NOT at a regular supermarket), green onions/scallions, corn, butter, bamboo shoots, dumplings, and crab. You know those cans of crab meat that they sell at Costco for $13? Or Trader Joe's for $9? Totally worth it. It only takes a pinch of crab ($1 worth) to make a bowl of seafood ramen rich, inviting, and extra delicious. If you need to put together a quick meal that costs less than $3, you can do it with instant ramen and some fresh toppings.</p> <p>So, goodbye, Ando-san. And thanks for all that you did for students and other frugal types with your mouth-watering, cheap, and easy cuisine.</p> <p>Here are some other links to some delicious ramen recipes and history.</p> <p><a href="http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2042.html">Guide to Ramen</a><br /> <a href="http://www.bob-an.com/recipe/dailyjc/basic/ramen/ramen.html">Recipe: Tonkotsu Ramen</a><br /> <a href="http://www.chow.com/recipes/31178-slow-cooker-pork-ramen">Recipe: Slow Cooker Pork Ramen<br /> </a><a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/shoyu-ramen-51187270">Recipe: Shoyu Ramen<br /> </a><a href="http://steamykitchen.com/15145-miso-ramen-recipe.html">Recipe: Miso Ramen</a><br /> &nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sayonara-ramen-san">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ramen-miracle-food">Ramen, miracle food</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/when-good-food-goes-bad">When Good Food Goes Bad</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/for-the-love-of-ramen-an-interview-with-ed-from-ramenramenramen-net">For the Love of Ramen: An Interview with Ed from RamenRamenRamen.net</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-delicious-homemade-gluten-free-bread">Frugal Gluten-Free Living: Delicious Homemade Gluten-Free Bread</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-eat-oats-when-you-hate-oatmeal">11 Ways to Eat Oats When You Hate Oatmeal</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink cheap eats instant noodles ramen recipes Wed, 10 Jan 2007 00:17:57 +0000 Andrea Karim 174 at http://www.wisebread.com