Yes, you are reading correctly, this is a recipe for instant ramen noodles... Wait, what? Instant is in the name! Why do I need a recipe to make this? You might ask.
Well, let me tell you that this recipe is going to rock your world, keep you on a budget and brighten your life on those nights when you come back from work with your spirit crushed and crazy hungry. I practically survive my early 20's on ramen instant noodles and all those years taught me the potential these packs of goodness have.
To spice up what it is normally a pretty boring meal, I'm using a series of ingredients that we usually have in the pantry, because we love Asian food. But, don't feel like you have to break the bank or go to an Asian food store to make this recipe. For example, I'm using pak choi but you can use cabbage instead, which is easier to find, I'm also using sake, because, oh well, I like to drink, so much that I put booze in my food every chance I get, but it's totally optional. Another good way of saving money and avoiding waste is to buy dried mushrooms instead of fresh, they are cheaper and last for months.
Hope you try this recipe, it serves 1 but you can easily double it up. Here is what you need:
- 450ml/2 cups water
- 1 pack instant ramen noodles
- A handful small dried shiitake mushrooms, hydrated and halved
- 1 pak choi, cut into wide strips
- 1 tsp ginger, finely chopped
- 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
- 1 tsp soy sauce
- 1 tsp sake (optional)
- 1 boiled egg
- 1 small spring onion, chopped
In a small sauce pan, over a high heat, bring 450ml of water to a boil. Once boiling, lower the temperature to medium-low and add the powder seasoning packet that comes with your ramen noodles, followed by the mushrooms, pak choi, ginger, garlic, soy sauce and sake. Stir and let everything simmer for 2 minutes. Add the noodles, stir well and let simmer for further 2 to 3 minutes or until the noodles are cooked to your liking (I like mine pretty raw!)
Serve the noodles with the boiled egg, sprinkle the spring onions on top and drizzle with some sesame oil.
Note: The noodles I bought came with a small packet of sesame oil, if you can't find this kind, you can add some sesame seeds instead or leave it out completely.