A College Staple, Made Gourmet
Last year my Aunt sent me 72 packages of kimchi ramen bowls. To start off, do you even know how much space 6 cases of ramen takes up? The only place to store these in my triple bedroom last year was underneath my bed. While I do love this college student staple, 72 packages of anything is a lot. So to add some variety to my meals i decided that I would repurpose or improve the ramen. This was inspired by the show Chopped on Food Network. For those of you who do not know, Chopped is a show where professional chefs are given a random set of ingredients and are tasked with creating a tasty meal using the basket items. For instance, during the dessert round of one episode the chefs were given beets, goat-cheese, quick cut oatmeal and, crystallized ginger. Can you imagine making dessert with those ingredients?!?!
Anyways I digress, with 72 bowls of ramen I tried making chow mein, topping it with pesto, and making a rice pilaf of sorts (this was one of my poorer experiments). However, the best ramen experiment was just jazzing up the ramen.
In order to jazz up your ramen, you will need a package of ramen (this can be a cup of noodle, kimchi bowl, or a package noodle), one carrot, some enoki mushrooms, 5 wontons (you can make these or buy them frozen), bok choy (not pictured), 1 three ounce chicken breast, and sesame seeds (optional). Bring a pot of water to a rolling boil and cook your ramen according to the package directions. If you are using cup or bowl ramen, cook as you normally would and then transfer it to another larger bowl. Next, cut the carrot into discs and the chicken into 1/4 inch slices. Bring the pot of water back to a boil and cook each item separately. Carrots and enokis take about two minutes to cook; chicken takes 1.5-2 minutes; bok choy takes about 2.5 minutes; wontons take 3-3.5 minutes.
After each item is cooked place it on top of your noodles. Once you have all of your desired toppings mix everything together and sprinkle with some sesame seeds. If you need extra flavor you can add some soy sauce.
Experiment: Try using different vegetables like snap peas or thin sliced pork for more variety.
- 1 package of ramen
- 1 carrot
- 5 wontons
- Enoki mushrooms
- 1 bok choy
- 3 oz chicken breast
- Sesame seeds (optional)
- Cook ramen according to the package’s directions.
- Cut the carrot and bok choy and chicken breasts.
- Cook each of the toppings separately.
- Top your ramen with your the desired toppings and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
- Add some soy sauce for extra flavor if needed.