Ramen Noodle Soup To Go
During the past two weeks I have been posting noodle recipes that can be taken to work in conjunction with a giveaway that’s running on my blog. So far I have posted a recipe for Thai vermicelli noodle soup and soba noodles with leeks and crab sticks (both are easy and healthy meal options). Today I have a recipe for the king of all noodles: The ramen noodle! As you may have noticed by the amount of ramen noodle relate posts I have (Ichiran, ramen bowl noodles, miso ramen, ja jamen and even a Halloween ramen!) they are one of my favorite meals/snacks of all time. There are so many ways to cook, dress and present them. The options are endless! All hail the ramen noodle!
Buying cup noodles at the store is one way to go about eating ramen but making your own type of instant ramen noodle soup is even better because you get to dictate the flavor of the broth and toppings that will go into it. This ramen noodle soup to go recipe is quite traditional in the sense that it’s made using very popular and common toppings. Sliced pork and a boiled egg are fixtures on ramen menus all over Japan since they add flavor to the broth but also make the dish more heavy and filling. We all know that a small cup of Top Ramen won’t get us far if we don’t eat anything else with it! That’s why toppings are so important; not only do they add texture and flavor, they also turn a simple ramen noodle soup into a meal with substance.
For this recipe I suggest cooking the ramen noodles until they are al dente. The reason why is to prevent them from overcooking once boiling water is added to the cup. Bringing them to work completely uncooked wouldn’t have worked either since packaged dried ramen noodles are a little thicker than the ones found in instant ramen noodle cups. Adding a little bit of oil to the noodles when you pack them up in your thermal cup should also help them from getting too sticky.
For vegetarians, you can substitute the pork and the boiled egg for tofu (fried tofu pockets or abura age are absolutely delicious!) and chopped broccoli. As I mentioned before, the options are endless with ramen noodles so have fun experimenting with your own flavor mixes and create your own ramen noodle soup recipes! Don’t forget to share by leaving a comment – I always love to hear your ideas and suggestions!