Everyone has been in a pinch before. Your budget can get very tight sometimes, and eating high-quality food just isn’t affordable. I’ve definitely been there before! During a time in my life where I put education before riches. The time when I decided to go to college. College was a lot of fun, but I went to school full time and to work part-time. This meant that I was also broke full time! I remember scrounging for change to eat something off the dollar menu with courtesy water. The struggle was real. One of the most popular meals that I would eat was ramen noodles. One serving of ramen noodles is under 50 cents. They are super cheap, but unfortunately, they taste like they cost. Poorly! Ramen noodles aren’t disgusting, but I wouldn’t call them delicious by any means. If you want to enjoy them, you need to learn how to spice up ramen noodles to give them great flavor. Let’s learn what spices and ingredients will do this!
Spices to Add to Ramen Noodles to Make Them Better
You can easily transform your ramen noodles by adding certain spices and ingredients. They already come with a seasoning packet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t add more! One of the spices you can add is sesame seeds. Simple and delicious! Throw some sesame seeds on top with some chopped scallions to give your ramen noodles texture and added flavor. You can add some curry powder to your noodles with a little bit of coconut milk and give them a taste of Thailand! You can even skip the seasoning packet, and mix your noodles with crumbled bacon, peas, butter, and parmesan cheese for a carbonara style taste!
You can give your noodles a kick by adding sriracha sauce to them after they are done cooking. This will bring a sort of sweet heat that will improve them. You can also transform your ramen noodles by cooking them a little differently. Once you’ve boiled the noodles, you can add them to a wok with some sesame oil, stir fry veggies, and soy sauce to make them a noodle stir fry! You can still season the noodles with the seasoning packet, and you can add chicken, beef, or shrimp! This will truly transform your noodles. You can add any combination of veggies or meats to make your noodles better! One of the popular things you can add is, believe it or not, eggs.
Ramen Noodles and Eggs Cuisine
Eggs and ramen noodles are actually a thing! It is very popular in ramen noodles actually. If you go to a fancy ramen noodle restaurant and order a bowl of ramen, you will find that the ramen noodle soup bowls they sell come with different kinds of meats, veggies, and a soft boiled egg. Nothing to make your ramen noodle bowl complete than a soft boiled egg. However, with cheap ramen noodles that you eat against your will (because you’re too broke to eat anything better) you don’t just add a soft boiled egg on top. The popular way to eat these cheap noodles with egg is different. If you want to know how to spice up ramen noodles with eggs, you’ll want to scramble in the eggs.
The first thing you’ll want to do is cook the ramen noodles according to the package without adding the seasoning packet. After they are done, drain the water and mix in the seasoning packet. Set aside, and then chop up about ½ a yellow onion. Heat a tablespoon of vegetable oil over medium-high heat, and add the onions. Cook the onions for about 3 minutes and then add the noodles and continue cooking and stirring for 3 more minutes. Whisk 1 egg and add that to the noodles and onion mixture with a teaspoon of water. Cook and stir mixture for 3-5 more minutes or until the eggs are fully cooked, and then salt to taste. You will end up with a delicious mixture of eggs and ramen; that can be eaten as breakfast, lunch, or dinner and actually be nutritious thanks to the eggs!
Chicken Ramen Noodle Soup
My mother was never one to make us ramen noodles for a meal. In fact, I never tried ramen noodles until I was in high school, and I didn’t even like them then! It wasn’t until college, that I discovered how yummy they were. I may have been starving from being so college broke, but I loved ramen noodles in college! It wasn’t until I was an adult, that my mother made me my first ramen noodle dish. That is what I am sharing with you today. I am going to teach you how to make my mother’s chicken ramen noodle soup.
I was at home and I was really sick. I believe I may have had the flu. Regardless of what I was sick with, my sweet mother heard the news. Like any great mom, she decided to bring me good ole chicken noodle soup. I was brought up having canned chicken noodle soup so that’s what I was expecting. My mother showed up with a delicious homemade chicken noodle soup with chicken, potatoes, onions, and yummy noodles. When I asked her about it, she told me that she had merely transformed cheap ramen noodles!
All she did was boil a chicken breast in water and all-purpose seasoning. Then, she removed the chicken breast and set it aside. Then, she added diced yellow potatoes and chopped yellow onions to the chicken broth and started boiling the potatoes in the broth. While the potatoes and onions cooked, she chopped and shredded the chicken breast. As soon as the potatoes were cooked, she added the shredded chicken back into the broth with the potatoes and onion. Afterward, she added ramen noodles. She skips using the seasoning packet, and seasons the broth with all-purpose seasoning instead! Once the noodles are soft, it is done! This is my favorite super fast and delicious chicken noodle soup or chicken ramen noodle soup.
Ramen is There to Save the Day!
Ramen noodles are a lifesaver. These cheap noodles helped me survive college! It’s always a good idea to stock up on ramen noodles, just in case you’re ever broke. Even if you aren’t broke, it is a quick meal that you can enjoy from time to time. Now you know how to spice up ramen noodles to make them a good and nutritious meal! You can add some seasoning to them to make them taste better. You can fry them up with meats and veggies to make stirfry or other noodle dishes! Mix your ramen noodles with eggs for a hearty breakfast, lunch, or dinner. And if you’re not feeling well, now you know how to make delicious chicken ramen noodle soup. You’re welcome. No matter how you fix them, ramen noodles will satisfy. They are filling and can be very delicious! The next time you’re not sure what to cook or just don’t want to spend that much, spice you up some yummy ramen noodles!