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#1 Old 10-11-2006, 02:08 PM
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My mom bought me a big pack of Ramen noodles. They come with the packs of chicken flavoring which, obviously, I throw out.

But plain Ramen noodles are bo-ring. Any ideas of what I can add to make them more exciting?

(Keep in mind I live in a dorm, so my options are somewhat limited. If it involves a microwave I can do it, but that's pretty much it)
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#2 Old 10-11-2006, 02:22 PM
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Make a tomato-based sauce and have it with vegetables, or add them to vegetable soup. You could also make Spicy Peanut Noodles (there's a recipe or two floating around here for that).
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I make my own pho. Thinly slice carrots, celery, parsnips, whatever you like. Layer them in the bottom of a bowl (I like to add frozen peas and corn). Break up the ramen noodles in the bowl and add a veggie boullion cube. Cover with boiling water, let sit two or three minutes, enjoy! You could probably add soy sauce to make the broth more savoury, if you want, just watch the sodium content.
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#4 Old 10-11-2006, 02:47 PM
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drop some veggie bullion into it and some frezen vegges and pop it in the microwave
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Add a tablespoon of miso.
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Add a tablespoon of miso.



I've never heard of miso, but I did some research to learn what it is.

a fermented seasoning paste of soybeans, often with rice or barley added, used to flavor soups and sauces.



Where can I get some? Would Trader Joe's have something like that?
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I've never heard of miso, but I did some research to learn what it is.

a fermented seasoning paste of soybeans, often with rice or barley added, used to flavor soups and sauces.



Where can I get some? Would Trader Joe's have something like that?



I've never been to Trader Joe's, but I'd guess, probably. Whole Foods has it, it's in the refrigerated section. I think most health food stores and oriental stores would have it. It comes in different types - I like the dark brown stuff, but most people prefer the lighter kind.



If you've ever had soup in a Japanese restaurant that had tiny little cubes of tofu in it, that's probably miso soup.
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I used to sautee/carmalize diced mushrooms, and add a little water when they were done with the pan still hot... the water would steam up and absorb the mushroom flavor... anyway... i owuld toss that in ith the ramen - was tasty
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Some of the flavors look vegetarian if not vegan last time I looked (a long time ago). I'm pretty sure the Shrimp flavor of one of the brands has no shrimp or natural flavors or anything!



Nix that. They changed them. I bought a shrimp and oriental flavor tonight and read the ingrediants. They changed. This is Maruchan brand. Oriental now has beef in it, and shrimp now has shrimp and/or lobster flavoring. They didn't used to. I swear!!
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Peanut Noodles are my kids favorite thing to do with Ramen noodles. We buy the big multi-packs at the Grocery warehouse and they're usually chicken, so we toss the seasoning too...



We make 'Peanut noodles" with Ramen (cooked in the microwave and drained), a spoonful of peanut butter, a splash of soy sauce and a spoonful of Sweet-Hot Chili Sauce.



Sweet-Hot chili Sauce even on it's own can perk up Ramen. It can be found in the Asian section of most grocery stores. It's sweet, ginger/garlic-spicy and hot!!
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i think the Oriental flavor is vegan.
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i think the Oriental flavor is vegan.

That's what I thought too, and after I ate a big bowl, I read the ingredients and now it says beef extract?!
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The oriental flavor from Top Ramen (not Maruchan) is vegan. I think it is the only vegetarian ramen as well.
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i always use soy margarine and seasoned salt. mmmmm.
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Peanut Noodles are my kids favorite thing to do with Ramen noodles. We buy the big multi-packs at the Grocery warehouse and they're usually chicken, so we toss the seasoning too...



We make 'Peanut noodles" with Ramen (cooked in the microwave and drained), a spoonful of peanut butter, a splash of soy sauce and a spoonful of Sweet-Hot Chili Sauce.



Ooo I do have peanut butter...

I'll have to get soy margarine and salt. I practically have nothing in my dorm room...
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The oriental flavor from Top Ramen (not Maruchan) is vegan. I think it is the only vegetarian ramen as well.

I was *just* gonna say that.



...I think there's also a "spicy vegetable" flavor that's vegan. The package is neon green. I dunno what brand it is, though.
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My mom bought me a big pack of Ramen noodles. They come with the packs of chicken flavoring which, obviously, I throw out.

But plain Ramen noodles are bo-ring. Any ideas of what I can add to make them more exciting?

(Keep in mind I live in a dorm, so my options are somewhat limited. If it involves a microwave I can do it, but that's pretty much it)



Flavours normally are pure chemicals. But I myself wouldn't meaty or pultry tastes.

Ramen like all noodles agree with almost everthing. Late I had noodles on a plate and covered one half with spinach cooked with pepper and nutmeg and the other half with kraut cooked with tomato sauce and chili (nice colours).

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I've actually never eaten Ramen noodles. I've always heard they're super high in sodium. Is that true?
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yeah, the flavoring isn't really healthy. i get the vegan miso ramen from the health food store, rather than buy the chicken flavor and throw away the packet. miso is high in sodium too, but the vegan ramen have a way healthier nutritional profile. i add veggies to the broth too, to balance the sodium.
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i add veggies to the broth too, to balance the sodium.



Okay this is probably a really stupid question but how does adding veggies balance the sodium? Isn't all the sodium still there and you're still consuming it? Sorry I'm new and become easily confused on this nutritional stuff.
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potassium balances the sodium in your body. and don't apologize for wanting to learn about nutrition!
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One of my favorite quick meals at home is to cook up ramen noodles (either with the Top Ramen oriental flavoring or a veggie bullion) and add frozen veggies. If I'm in a hurry I boil them with the noodles, if I'm not I stir-fry them on the side and heat up a veggie egg roll (I get them at Sam's Club. I don't know the brand) to go with it.



At school I make the oriental flavor and add veggie flakes.
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Thanks for clearing that up Purrpelle.
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I eat Koyo brand Ramen. Sometimes I'll add a little gluten or tofu or spinach to it.
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I eat Safeway brand vegetable flavor. Yay for being cheap!
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I lived on my own for year (after breaking up with my bf after five years) and had little money to spare for food so I lived off of ramen for awhile. Never cooked the broth just did creative and different things with the noodles. Some of my favorites were..ramen with frozen veggies (usually frozen peas), ramen with canned veges (corn, peas, peas and carrots), mac and cheese ramen (soy cheese and soy butter), pasta salad (ramen, tomatoes, cucs, olives, italian dressing), ramen uncooked as a crunchy snack. So cheap and so addicting.
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I put the block of Ramen in a bowl, salt it, and pour over boiling water and wait for a few seconds, then pour out the water whilst the noodles are still al dente. Then I sprinkle the block with vinegar and eat with knife and fork.
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I put the block of Ramen in a bowl, salt it, and pour over boiling water and wait for a few seconds, then pour out the water whilst the noodles are still al dente. Then I sprinkle the block with vinegar and eat with knife and fork.
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i think the Oriental flavor is vegan.

So cheap and yet soooo good.
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