Ramen is a popular Japanese dish made with wheat noodles. These noodles are served with a flavorful broth, meats, vegetables and make a hearty meal. The preparation of authentic ramen noodles is considered an art in Asia and takes time and skill. Luckily for those who don’t possess culinary expertise, we have instant ramen noodles!
You can discover a wide variety of instant noodles in most food stores. People often use a saucepan for cooking ramen noodles, but you can avoid the cleanup and mess by using a microwave. Typically, ramen noodles come with the broth, but some people like to eat ramen noodles dry without broth. For that, you need to add a small step to your cooking process.
Microwaving Instant Noodles
Open the bag of ramen noodles and place them in a microwave-safe bowl. Remove the seasoning packet that comes with the bag. Pour in enough water to submerge the noodles. Season the noodle water to make a tasty broth. You can also leave a small quantity to sprinkle at the end.
Cover your bowl with a tight lid and place it inside the microwave for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes.
Remove the ramen noodles from the microwave with the help of potholders and stir with a fork. The noodles should be soft and not crunchy. They should also be transparent and wavy. Pour the remaining water in the container down the sink. If the noodles are not quite done, leave the water in the container and cook the ramen for another 30 seconds.
Remove the ramen noodles from the microwave and add the leftover seasoning to the noodles. Mix the seasoning thoroughly into noodles using a fork.
Things You’ll Need
- Microwave-safe container
Using your bare hands, crush the crunchy noodles while they are in the bag to make shorter noodles.
Microwave Ramen with Egg
Fact check: Instant ramen is the perfect cheap food you can find anywhere. While it’s good by itself, you can always find creative ways to transform it into something even better. Whenever I feel hungry, my favorite food hack is to crack an egg into the container as my ramen is cooking. It instantly improves the flavor and your mood!
The inspiration comes after the mouth-watering Korean spicy soft tofu stew, also known as soondubu jjigae (순두부찌개). It’s a regular meal in my dine-out routine, and I’ve noticed it always comes with a raw egg. You have to crack it open and drop it in the fresh stew adding a tasty layer of richness and flavor to the dish. It makes one wonder: how many other pot dishes can benefit from the same hack?
Last week, I tried this on my favorite ramen noodles, and the outcome was incredible. I added home-made soya sauce, chili sauce, and a seasoned soft-boiled egg (shoyu tomago) to my ramen. Another great way to enhance the creaminess of the eggs is to try Soondubu jjigae – a silky-soft Korean spicy stew. Here’s how to make soft and flavorful ramen with poached eggs:
Step by Step Guide
- Put a small pot of water to boil.
- Once it starts to boil, add the ramen seasoning to the hot water. You can also add a pinch of garlic powder and Better than Bouillon.
- After that, you can add ramen noodles and reduce heat to a simmer.
- As the noodles soften slightly, create a small opening in the middle of the entangled ramen, and crack an egg right into it.
- You can add extra ingredients, like vegetables (spring-onions) or sliced meats.
- After some time, bring the heat back up to let the eggs poach, and then simmer for another minute so that the noodles can soften.
And you’re done.
Just add your condiment into a bowl and dig in. A subtle poke of the egg with your fork or chopsticks will bring about the creamy, soft and runny yolk in the broth. Share your experiences in the comments!
How to make Microwave Ramen Better – Tips and Tricks
Here’s a confession: sometimes I’m not too fond of instant ramen. I prefer to relish authentic Japanese noodles made with the freshest ingredients. But Alas, I can’t always have my favorite meals instantly ready. So, how does one make microwave ramen better? I have discovered six different ways to jazz up those little packets of salty noodles.
You can find them in any store for as low as 30c and upgrade them for less. Besides that, you can use all the leftovers in your kitchen and spice-up your ramen! Today, we’ll discuss upgrading instant ramen using ingredients you can easily find in any grocery store. You can fill up a big bowl of ramen noodles with a soft boiled egg, tofu cubes, bell pepper, spinach, and sliced greens on the side.
Let’s explore the ways you can turn instant noodles into a legit meal.
USE HOME-MADE BROTH
A jar of vegetable broth or the flavor of Better Than Bouillon? You can ditch the salty pack of MSG and use home-made broth. You can use vegetable or chicken flavored Better Than Bouillon.
Protip: Using half-broth and half water will keep the salt levels down.
Besides that, you can also use house-made bone broth, dashi or miso mixed with water. It also gives you better control over salt and other ingredients. Best of all, it offers plenty of flavor options
Put garlic, ginger, and sliced green onion on a cutting board. Adding fresh aromatics like these to your broth gives the flavor of an authentic dish. If you’re under the weather, fresh ginger in a soup can help you feel better. It has several medicinal properties to tackle different ailments and life your spirits up.
Pro Tip: Grate the ginger and mince the garlic. You can sauté both in olive oil for a minute before adding the broth to the pot. The green onion can be sprinkled over the top at the end or sautéed with the garlic and ginger. I prefer the crunchiness of fresh spring onions added after cooking.
ADD YOUR FAVORITE SAUCES
Add Siracha to Garlic and Ginger in the saucepot.
If you’re like most people and have ten half-used sauce bottles in the fridge, then it’s time to use them. Instant ramen noodles provide the perfect opportunity to empty those sauce bottles! You can stir chili garlic sauce, sambal, oyster sauce, fish sauce, hoisin sauce, gochujang, soya sauce, and any other sauce to enhance the flavor of your broth. You can also add them after cooking as a seasoning.
Protip: Sauces often have added salt, so keep this in mind when adding salt to your broth. Another reason why I prefer half broth and half water – it gives you more room to add sauces later
ADD MORE VEGETABLES
If you’re like me, then you must love a ramen bowl packed with fresh vegetables. It’s a fun and healthy way to add nutrient-rich food into your diet. Scan your fridge for any vegetable that can be used, like carrots, bell peppers, cabbage, mushrooms, and more. You can also toss in some frozen vegetables, like peas, broccoli florets, and baby corn.
Protip: If you don’t have any vegetables available in your pantry, you can stop by the local salad bar in your town. You don’t need to purchase the whole package for each. You can also add proteins like tofu or rotisserie chicken and toss in there.
ADD A PROTEIN
My favorite protein to add ramen noodles is chicken because I always have leftovers! But there are so many different options. You can use tofu cubes, sliced tempeh, soft-boiled eggs, rotisserie chicken, ground pork (browned), pulled pork, shelled edamame, and shrimp.
Pro Tip: You can crack a raw egg into the simmering broth and let it cook for about 6 minutes. Ensure the broth isn’t too hot, or the egg will break apart, making the ramen cloudy.
ADD PEANUT BUTTER
It’s time to go wild! For a Thai-inspired ramen upgrade, try adding a spoonful of peanut butter. You can top off your ramen with various fun ingredients to give your broth flavor, color, and texture. To achieve a nutty flavor, you can ditch the packet seasoning. Instead, you can whisk together sesame oil, honey, peanut butter, soy sauce, rice vinegar, ginger, and garlic and pour it over hot ramen noodles.
Here are some other ideas: sriracha, kimchi, sesame seeds, chopped scallions, crumbled bacon, nori (dried seaweed), fresh herbs (cilantro, Thai basil, and chives), a drizzle of toasted sesame oil, crushed chilies, and a wedge of lime or furikake.
That’s all it takes to turn a sad packet of instant noodles into a gourmet bowl served in fine-dining restaurants!
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do you cook ramen noodles in the microwave?
You can microwave it for a minute. Break the noodles while still in the packet, and then place them in a safe microwave container. Pour ½ Cup water over these broken noodles. Microwave for about 1 minute and repeat in 30-second intervals until steaming hot noodles are soft.
Can You Microwave Ramen Cups?
Polystyrene and Styrofoam ramen cups are technically microwave-safe. However, I don’t recommend using these containers as there are numerous health risks involved. For example, if you microwave the noodles using a Styrofoam cup, it releases more BPA chemicals. Avoid putting the cup in the microwave.
Is Ramen Japanese or Chinese?
The more popular theory is that ramen originated in China by immigrants in the late 19th century. According to the Yokohama Ramen Museum, ramen made its way to Japan in 1859.
Can You Eat Ramen Every day?
Ramen offers loads of calories, but it isn’t as nutritious. Unless you add plenty of vegetables and proteins, it isn’t healthy to consume every day.
How long is Ramen Good For?
Fresh noodles have a short shelf life. You have to consume them fresh and piping hot.