what can i add to ramen

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  • #49725

    empresslilo28
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    im in college so im in tight budget n i bought ramen, but i mean lots of it, but eating it alone all the time can become tiring, ive seen in kdramas n show they add some egg or other things, what kind of this can i add to the ramen to make it better n how do i know when to add it?,thanks.

  • #54111

    Is this just regular Ramen, or Korean Ramyun? Ramyun, as the Korean call it, is usually spicy. But either way, you can throw in a egg and mix that around, throw in some spam (yes spam, cheap but decent meat), dduk (rice cake), green onions or hotdogs. The Ramyun I get in restaurants around Seoul, Korea just have dduk in it though and its good enough.

  • #54112

    powerplantop
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    Kimchie, egg, tuna and green onion are my top choices.

  • #54113

    empresslilo28
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    its regular ramen, thanks ima try em

  • #54114

    koralex90
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    Try adding a slice of American cheese for a creamy twist! this is very popular in Korea!

    I like to put frozen shrimp in mine in place of spam.

    Green onions, Kimchi, Rice cakes for rice cake soup, eggs, and white rice at the end when all you have left is the soup :)

  • #54115

    JulieVeg
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    For Korean Ramen I like to add broccoli, tofu (fried or unfried), kimchi, scallions and a little sesame oil. That way it is healthier and like a whole meal.

  • #54116

    i like to add mushrooms, broccoli and a little sesame oil. in a korean cooking show, i once saw someone add mint leaves and egg threads to spicy ramen. (youtube has good videos on how to make egg threads = simple really).

    oh you know what, a college friend of mine use to boil the noodles and vegetables, then drain the water and add the powdered soup base. so it’d be like oriental noodles. she made me try it and it was pretty good. never would have thought about it. she used the oriental flavored ramen and also added shredded chicken.

  • #54117

    leahangel
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    If you like spicy food try getting a case of Shin Ramyun, it’s the best! I like to add in baby spinach leaves (or other greens I have around), cilantro, soybean sprouts, tofu, and/or green onion. I rarely add in meat, but I think spam would be good. Also any left over meat you may have in the fridge :)

  • #54118

    kizuna4me
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    ooh, I love adding stuff to my ramen. I love putting in dumplings/mandoo/potstickers, eggs, tofu, kimchi, leftover beef/pork/chicken, any frozen shrimp I have on hand, romaine lettuce/cabbage (we use it a lot in our hotpot/shabu shabu/oden, put it in last so it still has crunch but it’s sweet!), any oden stuff like fish cakes/shrimp balls etc. basically, anything in your fridge that can go in soup even frozen/fresh vegs like broccoli/squash…

    But if you really are on a budget and want to spruce it up: egg and green onions are the best. and if you have about 10 to spend, go to the store and buy a bag of shrimp, the cheapest you can find, even precooked is fine or if you like, canned tuna goes well with the spicy ramen flavors (that I have only heard b/c I can’t stand the smell of it)and just add it in. wonderful how it changes it from boring noodles to a meal.

  • #54119

    katncherries
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    I just made the shin ramen with hotdogs and tdokboki. Delicious! Thanks for the ideas!

  • #54120

    i use samgyumpsal, pork belly slices, egg, green onion and kimchi in my ramen.

    =9

    you can also use hot dogs and flat rice cakes, sliced up potatoes if you’d like also.

  • #54121

    i like the way kizuna4me eats! hahaha!

  • #54122

    unchienne
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    For regular ramen, I usually stick to just an egg. Sometimes I’ll add tabasco to give it a kick.

    However, with Korean ramen, like Shin ramen, I put in oodles of stuff. Mostly green onion, kimchi, raw frozen seafood (they sell a mixed version usually intended for paella and such in most supermarkets), gochujang, spam, or a clam or two. Just a mix and match of those ingredients makes for some excellent ramen.

    A word of warning about ramen. It’s extremely salty and has almost no nutritional value. If you still want to eat it, try adding vegetable matter to it such as carrot, onions, spinach, broccoli, etc…

    I’m on an extreme budget as well (got laid off last year and still haven’t found employment), and I find that eating Korean is fairly inexpensive since rice makes up the bulk of the meal. Once you have your main seasonings, a soup, kimchi, and some side dishes are all I make on the weekends and just eat that with rice for the rest of the week. ‘Course, I don’t know how you’d feel about eating Korean everyday. I grew up on the stuff, but I know some of my non-Korean friends think I’m crazy for eating rice for breakfast, lunch, and dinner everyday.

  • #54123

    CharityS
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    When we make ramen at my house we do this one version that is quick and delicious. We add kimchi, a handful of frozen mixed stirfry veggies and a big handful of shrimp that we keep in the freezer. Then top with some sliced scallion and or some bean sprouts. Sometimes I add an egg while it is cooking. I always top it with a bit of sesame oil. It makes for a very filling and delicious soup.

  • #54124

    smccarthy71
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    SPAM! YUMMY!

  • #54125

    cbeau69
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    We always put Mandu in our Ramen soup

  • #54126

    Kat_R
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    I often add hot dogs(usually only in pork flavored ramen) and a slice of american cheese to mine. I also found shredded cabbage, just regular green cabbage, is very good in all different kinds of Ramen. I normally ad the cabbage as close to the end of the cooking time as is physically possible (like I mean within the final 20-30 seconds) so as to maintain some of the crunch of the cabbage. Really hope this helps, I’m in the same boat, I’m a college student on a majorly tight budget, like I still live at home with my parents.

  • #54127

    Krynauw Otto
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    You can add Kamaboko which is Japanese fish cakes, boiled egg, roasted pork, mandu, baby spinach and even kimchi!

  • #71902

    Xiaohuang96
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    Koreans like to put a slice of American style cheese slice or ranch sauce! You can also add som gochugaru, dried shallots, fried garlic, sesame powder, black pepper powder…. well the matter is up to your taste! All popular tastes begin with creativity!

  • #71925

    EvilGrin
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    Fish balls are a great simple addition to ramen.

    My personal favorite is curry paste, coconut powder, fried tofu and any leftover meat.

    • #71929

      John in Baton Rouge
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      Gosh that looks good. I dont remember seeing coconut powder anywhere

  • #71933

    EvilGrin
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    Coconut powder is usually in the the Thai or Malaysian section in specialty markets. Indian markets have it sometimes too.

    There is a brand of ramen that comes with everything you need. Prima Taste Singapore noodles or Prima Taste Laksa noodles. They are very hard to find and very expensive for ramen.

    A 4 pack around here is $10-$13 or around $3 each.

    Another very good one is Mykuali White Curry Noodles. Much cheaper but also hard to find.

  • #73379

    Kodji
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    I love this thread! Here is my usual ramen: I forgo the spice packet, mix about a tablespoon each of gochujang and fermented soybean paste with about a half teaspoon of sesame oil and a couple tablespoons of the cooking water. Then I drain all the water from the noodles, mix in my sauce, and top it with green onions, sesame seeds, soybeans if I’ve got them, and eat with a side of kimchi.

  • #73400

    EvilGrin
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    I ditch the season packet quite often and just use the noodles. They work well for many things. Even Dan Dan style or fried sauce noodles.

    None of my markets sell plain Paldo or Nongshim noodles though so im stuck buying the single serving ramen with seasoning packets. Paldo, Nongshim and Prima Taste have some of the best tasting noodles.

    The Prima Taste noodles are fantastic but really hard to find separately. Their seasoning though is top shelf for ramen. If you like curry, i HIGHLY recommend them.

    http://www.primataste.com.sg/store-detail.aspx?PID=181&CatID=108

  • #73401

    EvilGrin
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    If you want a good no salt added and no MSG added seasoning powder look for Riken Dashi. A bag has 14 packets. Each packet is enough for at least 500ml of stock.

    They offer a vegan with just kombu, They also offer one made with bonito flakes and one made with sardine. This brand is very low in sodium and works great for lots of stuff.

  • #73472

    EvilGrin
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    Curry laksa la mian with fish balls, shallots, onion, carrot and fried tofu

  • #73510

    Annika4
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    My kids like to add sliced hotdogs to their ramyeon. I like to add green onions, Napa cabbage (or spinach, or green leaf lettuce), egg (in threads like egg drop soup), sometimes I add bean sprouts and grilled, marinated tofu. (I have a smokeless, indoor electric grill.)

  • #79877

    m09nijino
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    I recommend Korean ramen with Kimchi, Tofu, green onion, Egg, sesame oil and a trace of sugar. Korean ramen is so spicy for me, when add a trace of sugar. It’s going to be mild taste.

  • #80645

    Merle
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    egg :D

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