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What are some super awesome ways to spice up ramen noodles?

Asked by KatawaGrey (21433points) March 29th, 2011

I absolutely love Ramen noodles. They’re cheap, they’re easy to make and, quite frankly, I think they are delicious. However, I hate the flavor packets. First of all, none of them are vegetarian. I checked. The oriental flavor packets have beef fat in them. Second of all, they are ridiculously unhealthy.

Currently, my favorite thing to do with Ramen noodles is to throw in a little Alfredo sauce, some Dubliner cheese, and a hint of white pepper. I also like to use vodka sauce and freshly ground black pepper. Occasionally, if I’m feeling super healthy, I’ll throw in wild rice or broccoli.

So, collective, what are some awesome ways you have of spicing up Ramen noodles sans flavor packet?

I’d prefer vegetarian ideas but if you something fabulous with meat in it, hell, let me know. I’m sure someone else would love to hear about it!

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Aethelwine's avatar

You could cook the noodles in some seasoned chicken broth (oops, sorry not veg) Add a dash of Sriracha and a teaspoon (or more) of crunchy peanut butter.

chyna's avatar

Stir in some sausa. Everything is better with sausa, ranch dressing or worstershire sauce. I put all of these on rice to spice up white rice.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

30 ways to upgrade your ramen I know 5 is vegetarian, 10 has fish sauce but no meat, a few have eggs… Good stuff.

Berserker's avatar

Well, I’m not sure if it’s super awesome but…well I like ramen too, but damn man, you feel hungry like five minutes after. They just don’t fill you up. What I do is boil hotdogs, cut them up and add them in the noodles. (after those are done, one hotdog is enough) But that’s meat (if you wanna consider hotdogs anything more than rubber boots and various animal anus) so here’s another thing I do with them, that I don’t like as much as the hotdogs because it makes the whole meal go cold really fast, but it’s still tasty; I add either olives or pickled banana peppers with the noodles. (I’m gonna have to try with pickle slices some day) Gives it some damn good taste, and is more filling than just the ramen itself. (the hotdogs fill up more than the veggies though)

So yeah, this is all pretty welfare style, and to make it worse…actually, I love uncooked ramen, too. I like the flavour packets straight, sprinkled all over the uncooked noodles. Then you break it all up and eat them like chips lol. Warning; the bottom of the bag can get pretty harsh. So yeah, not super awesome, in fact this is probably traumatizing people right now, but this is stuff I like doing to my ramen lol.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

@Symbeline That’s the second or third recommendation on my link, so clearly lots of people think that’s actually very yummy.

KatawaGrey's avatar

@Symbeline: Yeah, the whole ramen not filling you up thing is why I like to add stuff to it, specifically cheese. I bet you could heat up the peppers a little before putting them in.

Thanks everyone! These are some great ideas. :)

Berserker's avatar

@KatawaGrey Yeah but then they get all wrinkly and taste funny…maybe there are different ways to heat them…

@MyNewtBoobs They better lol. :D

12Oaks's avatar

12.5 milliliters of tobasco.

Cruiser's avatar

Eat them naked with someone who matters! :) or at least take off your socks!

rooeytoo's avatar

Do you have the Mi Goreng kind where you live? They are already super spicy, I just add some broccoli and carrots and there you are!

Coloma's avatar

I’d stir fry em up with soy sauce and ginger add some pea pods, mushrooms and water chestnuts, maybe toss in a handful of almond halves or cashews. Mmm good!

Coloma's avatar

OH! And cabbage! Cabbage noodle stir fry!

jerv's avatar

I like them with a bit of peanut butter, preferably crunchy. Sure, it isn’t exactly Thai cooking, but it’s close enough considering the cost of the ingredients and minimal effort involved.

SeaTurtle's avatar

Add them to frying pan just before done throw in an egg , à la egg fried noodles !
(spring onions work well)

Raven_Rising's avatar

Crunchy peanut butter, Sriracha and perhaps some shredded carrots and cabbage is my favorite. Pretty tasty.
Or slowly adding a beaten egg to the hot broth after the noodle have finished cooking. It becomes similar to an egg drop soup. Again, I’d add Sriracha to the final product.

Hell, I think you should add Sriracha to just about everything

Raven_Rising's avatar

@MyNewtBoobs I love that site but didn’t realize they had a ramen section…cool!

downtide's avatar

Miso paste and lots of fresh veggies. Cashew nuts (unsalted). Tofu. Wakame (seaweed). Fresh chillis. I usually add shrimps too but they’re not vegetarian.

Foolaholic's avatar

I like to add some stir-fried vegetables, usually red peppers and mushrooms. I can also imagine chives would be nice, but I’ve never tried it…

nikipedia's avatar

I know this isn’t what you asked, but it turns out vegetarian ramen exists! They sell that guy in the kosher section of my grocery store.

Haleth's avatar

I like to stir-fry vegetables while cooking the ramen in the microwave, then drain the ramen and add it to the frying pan with some soy sauce and hoisin sauce. It comes out a bit like lo mein.
I also use vegetable stock or vegetable broth as a base for the sauce, then add an egg or some mushrooms in there while it’s boiling.

jgrissett's avatar

I eat the chicken ones, and I’ll put half the packet in, salt, pepper, a little bit of butter, minced garlic, olive oil, and parmesan cheese and just toss it all up to get the flavor mixed around! And if you want some spice, put a little bit of cholula on it. Add a few grilled cheese sandwiches and dinner is ready!

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