Since it’s starting to become perfect ramen weather, I’ve been taking pictures of the ramen I make at home. For the past few instances, I’ve taken on the challenge of trying something new. Let me start by saying I’m not fancy, I definitely used packets of instant ramen and made use of what else was in the pantry or refrigerator. I had a lot of fun.
Most of the time, whenever I’m home alone and want a bowl, it usually looks something like this:
As it’s boiling I’ll throw in frozen dumplings, egg, and/or veggies. For this instance, I put in a dollop of miso paste, egg, kimchi, store-bought chashu and topped with sesame seeds. As much as possible, I always try to make it more than just a bowl of noodles and soup. The new thing was the miso paste; I figured since I slurp up all the soup anyway, why not making it slightly more appetizing?
The next time around, I made this:
I had learned from more than one source that adding a spoonful of peanut butter to it actually thickens the broth nicely. I peeled some chicken into it and topped it off with red pepper and it was quite hearty. It worked, the peanut butter wasn’t overpowering either, I was afraid it would become like a Reese’s peanut butter cup. Power packed with protein, I made sure to run before I cooked and ate it.
Last week, I put this together:
It was a packet of ramen where you’re supposed to drain the water and then add the sauce/seasoning to it. To make it fancier, I put it over a bed of arugula and topped it with grape tomatoes and a hard boiled egg. It was refreshing since it was quite hot that day.
I enjoy that ramen is kind of like a pizza, in that you can theoretically throw whatever you want on top of it. Other things I’ve eaten with my ramen in the past include spam, bacon, cheese, spinach, basil, mint leaves, lap cheung, hot dog, corn, tilapia, avocado..
Topped off with sriracha, tapatio, sesame oil, garlic oil or soy sauce.. it’s great!
The one thing I haven’t tried yet is going to 7-Eleven, making instant ramen there and then adding chili and cheese to it from the nacho dispenser. Smart enough to know better, but dumb enough to still try.. (for now anyway).
What do you do to your ramen?