Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Full (Ramen) Monty

Having tried instant noodles a few weeks ago and liked them, when I came across the real deal of instant ramen, Top Ramen chicken flavor, I couldn't resist trying it. Top Ramen is downright famous, or infamous, depending on one's point of view. My Beloved was game for this experiment, so we boiled some water this noon, et voilĂ !, we had lunch.

Being the inveterate tinkerer that I am, I couldn't resist a few changes to the basic "recipe." I chopped some fresh green onion and cilantro, cubed some leftover chicken, and added them to the bowls before pouring in the noodles and broth. A quick stir, and Bob's your uncle!

Easy to see why this is a staple for college students and starving artists. It takes no time at all, it's warming in that wonderful chicken soupy way, and it tastes good. The noodles are fun and curly, easy to pick up but impossible to get into the mouth gracefully - and that's half the fun. The broth is salty and deeply chickenish, even when you know it came out as powder from that funny foil pack.

I do think my embellishments helped make it special but I wouldn't turn my nose up on a plain bowl of this, either, especially when My Beloved is away and I'm not feeling up to serious cooking.

Comparing the two I've tried, I really think I enjoyed the Top Ramen more than the Annie Chun's, but either makes a quick and warming meal. 


Blogger Katie Zeller said...

I almost bought some ramen (of some sort) after your other post.... Now I;m tempted again. French ramen... I've never had it and it seems so easy to get a hot lunch.

Thursday, March 26, 2015  
Blogger Whiting Hyland said...

I used the noodles for spaghetti one night when Mom and Dad came to the Dominis apartment. Fun!!

Friday, March 27, 2015  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Katie, give it a whirl - it's not serious lunch, but it's good and warming.

Whiting, that's pretty clever - good bachelor trick!

Wednesday, April 01, 2015  
Blogger Greg said...

Ramen is the hot diggity! There is a new Ramen place in San Rafael I want to try.Sun Noodle makes most of the noodles used in the US. The have a retail ramen kit that use fresh noodles. Got to locate them.

Thursday, April 09, 2015  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Greg, I will perhaps try that soon, too. Annie Chun's kit has "fresh" noodles, but _real_ noodles would be even better, I'm sure.

Sunday, April 12, 2015  

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