Friday, September 28, 2012

Grown-Up Ramen

If you've ever been to college, chances are, you've had Ramen noodles. You get a whole meal for just $.33. How can you beat that? 

Well, we've progressed since our poor college days, and we wanted to find a way to elevate the Ramen noodle. Mostly because the salt content in those little packets of seasoning are through the roof! You can buy just the noodles in the International aisle of your grocery store, or you can buy the individual "soup" packages. 

This preparation will be cold. If you want to try it warm, just prepare your onion and dressing before you cook your noodles.

Here's what you need: *Note - the quantities on the dressing are approximate. Use your taste buds. They'll tell you when you have the right mix.

1 package Ramen noodle soup
1 scallion
2 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce
1-2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 - 1 Tbsp rice vinegar
1/2 - 1 Tbsp honey
5-6 drops of Sriracha (more if you like it spicy!)
Freshly ground black pepper
Kosher salt if you need it, but you should get enough salt from the soy

Here's what you do:
First things first, open up the package of Ramen and throw the seasoning packet in the trash. You don't want to be tempted to use it.

Now that that's taken care of, put a sauce pan of water over high heat and bring to a boil. Add your noodles and let cook for 3-4 minutes. They cook fast, so don't let them go too long. No one likes mushy noodles.

Pour all of your dressing ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk to combine.

Your noodles should be done by now, so drain and rinse with cold water to stop them from cooking and cool them down. If you are serving this as a warm noodle dish, just drain and add to your dressing.

Slice up a scallion. We like to cut them diagonally when we're putting this in a salad like this. It's just prettier. You can slice them any way you want, we won't judge you. 

Add your noodles and scallions to the bowl with the dressing and toss to coat everything.

That's it! You're ready to eat.


1 comment:

  1. Some minds think alike. I just did this for a quick dinner while Herself was at yoga a couple of weeks ago. I did a Thai version with peanut butter, fish sauce, Sriracha, soy, lime juice, brown sugar, white pepper and frozen peas. Nothing wrong or cheap about it. Always keep a couple of packets of ramen in the pantry and you'll never be without a quick meal. (Just remember to throw out the "flavor" packet like you said!)