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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.<br><br>
But plain Ramen noodles are bo-ring. Any ideas of what I can add to make them more exciting?<br><br>
(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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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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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>SummerSn0ws</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Add a tablespoon of miso.</div>
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I've never heard of miso, but I did some research to learn what it is.<br><br><i>a fermented seasoning paste of soybeans, often with rice or barley added, used to flavor soups and sauces.</i><br><br><br><br>
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.<br><br><i>a fermented seasoning paste of soybeans, often with rice or barley added, used to flavor soups and sauces.</i><br><br><br><br>
Where can I get some? Would Trader Joe's have something like that?</div>
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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.<br><br><br><br>
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!<br><br><br><br>
Nix that.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> They changed them. I bought a shrimp and oriental flavor tonight and read the ingrediants. They changed. This is <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maruchan" target="_blank">Maruchan</a> 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...<br><br><br><br>
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.<br><br><br><br>
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.</div>
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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 (<i>not</i> Maruchan) is vegan. I think it is the only vegetarian ramen as well.
 

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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...<br><br><br><br>
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.<br></div>
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Ooo I do have peanut butter...<br><br>
I'll have to get soy margarine and salt. I practically have nothing in my dorm room...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rolleyes:">
 

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The oriental flavor from Top Ramen (<i>not</i> Maruchan) is vegan. I think it is the only vegetarian ramen as well.</div>
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I was *just* gonna say that.<br><br><br><br>
...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.<br><br>
But plain Ramen noodles are bo-ring. Any ideas of what I can add to make them more exciting?<br><br>
(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)</div>
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Flavours normally are pure chemicals. But I myself wouldn't meaty or pultry tastes.<br><br>
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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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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