As a student, I eat lots of ramen noodle. I don’t eat it because I can’t afford anything else but I eat it because I love it. When I was in Vietnam, sometimes my family would make it a ramen noodle type of dinner. Now I am here in the States, I eat them when I don’t feel well or just craving something that reminds me of home. Today, I will share with you how I fancy up my ramen noodle.
The term “ramen” comes from the Japanese. In Vietnam, we just call it instant noodle. When I tried ramen for the first time, I thought it was going to taste like the noodle at home but I was wrong. For me, there is a definite difference between ramen and the regular instant noodle. The ramen noodle is a lot thicker, and I taste too much flour in that. It took me a while to find the instant noodle that I used to have at home in an Asian market in Spokane.
Instant noodle can be cooked very by pouring hot water over the noodle and seasoning in a bowl. Cover it up for 3-5 minutes and the noodle is ready. I have made some changes to that cooking process so I can have the noodle for dinner and still be full. You have to admit that if you just eat the noodle as in came in the package, it’s not very fulfilling.
So what I do is I cook the noodle on the stove with a pot with some added ingredients. You can put anything in with your instant noodle really, and that’s what so great about it. I consider noodles and rice are base-line food because they can go with almost anything.
My ingredients of choice are tomatoes, green beans, chicken or beef (depends on my mood). I first put about 2-3 cups of water in the pot. You need more water since you’re cooking more than just the noodle. After the water, I put in the seasoning and wait for it to boil. I then put in the tomatoes that I cut up, then the meat. When the meat is cooked (about 10 minutes for), I put in the green beans or other veggies. After another 10 minutes, I add the noodle in and cook it for 3 minutes. And voila, I have a delicious dinner with my favorite food in the world.
By cooking on the stove, I have taken away the meaning of “instant” in the instant noodle but it’s so much more fulfilling. This works with ramen noodle too, I just prefer instant noodle is all. So next time you’re craving ramen noodle for dinner, try out this recipe if you have time. You will be surprised what differences a few ingredients could make to the regular noodle soup that you eat.