Anybody have any Ramen Noodle advice?

@AmbiePam (56897)
United States
September 24, 2007 9:18pm CST
Ramen noodles are known to be popular with the cash stricken college kids. But now they will become popular with me. I can't afford a lot of things right now, due to things I could never have known would happen. So I'm going to start eating ramen noodle soup for lunch and dinner, and probably a snack. I don't want to get totally sick of it, so I won't eat it for breakfast. But don't worry about my diet. I'll put some fruit in my day, and I always take vitamins and drink A LOT of water. So although I have found www.mattfischer.com/ramen that declares itself the 'Official Ramen Homepage', I'd still like to hear how you would enhance the ramen noodle experience. I don't like the stuff too much, but then I don't eat it a lot. So are there any cheap ways you like or could think of to make the ramen noodles have a little more 'punch'?
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@GardenGerty (126922)
• United States
25 Sep 07
My first husband first ate Ramen noodles in Japan. He said they served them with thin sliced meat and eggs and scallions. So that would be my first suggestion. Get your broth boiling and drop a couple of eggs into it and do what is called basting, that is, splashing the hot broth over the egg to cook it on top. I also put frozen veggies in it, and chunks of any left over meat. My daughter will put a slice or two of cheese and some peas in hers. Good luck.
@AmbiePam (56897)
• United States
25 Sep 07
Those are excellent ideas, I would never have thought of an egg.
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
26 Sep 07
That is almost like the whole idea of the oriental soup...Egg Drop...which I used to eat and love--be a good source of protein
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@LittleMel (14033)
• Canada
25 Sep 07
the ramens we have here are cooked the way we cook noodles. if you are interested there are many recipes online, some of them have affordable ingredients. In my case I used to cook it, then fry it and add shrimp or ground beef with seasoning. Or I will add fried eggs and fried tofu instead, on top of fried noodles. Both eggs and tofu contain high proteins and noodles with carb. sorry to hear your situation. I was there too and now things are better. if you are dilligent with your savings, you will come up a winner later on.
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@AmbiePam (56897)
• United States
25 Sep 07
The problem is I'm on disability. And while I'm grateful, they don't give enough to have any savings. But brighter days will be ahead. I'm doing my best to get well, and when that happens I can get a job that allows me to buy a little better food. : )
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@flowerchilde (12533)
• United States
25 Sep 07
..all I know is spaghetti sauce on them.. or butter and mixed vegetables... or cut up carrots cooked with them.. carrots are very thrifty.. Or of course as a soup.. you could make a gravy with a little meat or onions for topping them with.. One time I practically lived on ramen noodles, potatoes, carrots, onions and microwave popcorn.. When you're really, really broke.. top them with a packet of ketchup and garlic powder.. :)
@Buggheart (446)
• United States
25 Sep 07
I love ramen so I eat it all the time and one of my favorite recipes that has a lot of flavor is one I got from a Weight Watchers message board. I'm too lazy to type it out and don't have enough posts to paste it in here so I'll try to PM it to you thru MyLot. It has ribeye steak in it but I've made it with cheap cuts of beef or left over roast beef and it's pretty good that way too. Sometimes I even leave the beef out and add extra cabbage. I think it's delicious and my DH who doesn't like anything likes it too.
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@AmbiePam (56897)
• United States
25 Sep 07
Sounds like a good idea, thanks!
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• United States
25 Sep 07
Have you ever shopped at a store called Aldi? They have canned goods, staples, and frozen foods for very reasonable prices. Might want to check that out as well as it should save you some money.
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@AmbiePam (56897)
• United States
25 Sep 07
Yes, now that you mention it! I used to get all my toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning products, and deodorizing sprays from them. I really should do that again because I would definitely save some money there.
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• United States
25 Sep 07
Here is a site that is for those who are frugal: http://www.geocities.com/joydoctor2001/Ramen.html One word of caution...those ramen soups are loaded with salt. Try to get the pack that has the seasoning in a little foil packet and get rid of that.
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@AmbiePam (56897)
• United States
25 Sep 07
So I shouldn't use the seasoning at all?
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• United States
25 Sep 07
I wouldn't. That is the sad thing about ramen noodles that have the season already in them....the salt, the preservatives and additives. Depending on health conditions, it can make your health worse. Even if you are in good health, it will bring it down. It is better to use herbs. When you are cooking with ramen, remember they are fragile. It does not take long to cook them and they can get mushy easily. What else will you be eating besides fruit, water, and ramen?
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@terri0824 (4991)
• United States
25 Sep 07
I like adding frozen mixed vegetables to them as well as some crab meat. That would be my favorite way that I have ate them before. I know it's not my favorite thing to eat, but have ate it lately due to limited budget for food.
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@AmbiePam (56897)
• United States
25 Sep 07
Is it imitation crab meat? And do you include the broth or just use the flavor packet?
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@terri0824 (4991)
• United States
25 Sep 07
Yes, imitation crab meat, and I usually don't use the flavor packet when I add the veggies and crab meat, I just add them to the noodles.
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@jillhill (37377)
• United States
25 Sep 07
Just add some veggies. Like frozen mixed vegetables. That way you will have a little more substancial meal.
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@AmbiePam (56897)
• United States
25 Sep 07
I don't like most mixed vegetables (I know, you'd think I'd just grow up and eat them), but maybe I could get one or two vegetables to chop up in the soup. Only thing is, I don't know what vegetables that would go with that distinctive broth.
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@creematee (2810)
• United States
25 Sep 07
Ambie, I would suggest broccoli, peas, carrots, for starters. I don't think the veggie matters, as long as long as it's included!
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@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
25 Sep 07
You can try some of the following. Take it from a former college student. Don't get me wrong though, I know how to cook plenty, but Ramen is Ramen :D These are all separate entries by the way. Do not mix them all up unless that is what you want -Add an egg to it, either when its real hot and fresh, or a cooked scrambled egg -Add Cumin and Chili Powder -Add Basil, Parmesan and/or Ricotta, and cooked diced tomatoes -Add Sage, really works with the pork or chicken one -Add Rosemary, really works with beef (optional: Sage and Salt) -Add some lemon juice, garlic powder and salt -Add Red Pepper to add a different heat and kick -Add Sesame seed and/or Sesame Oil -Add Soy Sauce -Add some mustard or wasabe if available -Add a little ginger if available -Add Cinnamon and sugar for a slightly sweeter taste -Add a bit of curry powder for a kick if available -Add Mozzarella, Parmesean, Provolone, Cheddar Cheese as a topping -Add croƻtons and let them soak in for a bit, or break up some toast -Add bacon to it -Add diced red and green peppers if available, let them cook with it
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@AmbiePam (56897)
• United States
25 Sep 07
Cumin and rosemary are not friends of my digestive tract, but the other recipes will keep me fed for quite a while,thanks. When I started college I lived with my parents, so I never got the ramen noodle dorm life. LOL
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• Canada
25 Sep 07
Hi AmbiePam, I wish I lived closer to you! I'd invite you over for meals! I'm not really a big fan of ramen noodles, but when I do eat them I have them with eggs. I fry up the eggs with the seasoning from the noodle package or I use tex mex. Sometimes Walmart will have really good deals on thins like noodles and mac & cheese.
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@AmbiePam (56897)
• United States
25 Sep 07
Thanks! We could put on a neighborhood contest on who could make the most creative ramen noodle dish! : )
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• Canada
26 Sep 07
Your welcome hun, and please know that if you need to talk I am just a pm away!
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@AmbiePam (56897)
• United States
26 Sep 07
Thank you. : )
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
26 Sep 07
Hubby likes his with onions in it and we both like it with chunks of ham and velveeta cheese. I love those things. Speaking of which I need to pick up some more. **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
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@AmbiePam (56897)
• United States
26 Sep 07
I never would have thought about onions, but they go with that perfectly. And it's healthy for our immune systems.
@crazed_moma (1054)
• United States
25 Sep 07
Hubby considers him self the "Ramen Gourmet" he puts it in a pan with a very small amount of water and when it's the right consistency adds soy sauce and crushed red pepper flakes.
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@AmbiePam (56897)
• United States
25 Sep 07
Simple, but snazzy!
@3lilangels (4639)
• United States
25 Sep 07
i love those noodles but be very careful though because they have so much salt in them,one package contains 790mg of sodium which is extremly high,just eat half the package at a time.i like to season them with a little butter and some garlic.simple but tasty.
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@AmbiePam (56897)
• United States
25 Sep 07
I'm starting to think my ramen noodle idea to save money is not a very good one. That is a lot of salt! I might as well just buy regular noodles. : )
@sunshinecup (7880)
25 Sep 07
I use to "wing" dishes useing these handy little things buy tossing in a meat, a vegie and an oninion. However my fav is to cook and drain the noodles then mix the season on them. Pour that onto a plate and then top with mixed vegies (frozen bag kind) steamed with a dash or two of soy sauce. Quick, easy and cheap! :o)
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@AmbiePam (56897)
• United States
25 Sep 07
Cheap food is what I'm looking for! : )
@Zelmarq (12567)
• Cebu City, Philippines
25 Sep 07
Yes, I have not so good news about noodles and ramen, thay have linked it to cause cancer and can be very dangerous to ones health if eaten often. I love eating ramen and noodles but after I heard the bad news I have tried to get away from them and have changed my diet to fish and vegetables. Its takes ones creativity to eat cheap but healthy food. I can make a meal out of potatoes and eggs, and any vegetable with eggs. Or you can try several combinations to have a healthy meal. I have also erased canned goods from my kitchen coz I have also learned not so good things about it.
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@AmbiePam (56897)
• United States
25 Sep 07
That's the problem, isn't it? Every single food seems to have a link to cancer now days. I guess we should just live on vegetables. Even eating meat and fish seems to be laced with warnings.
• Japan
26 Sep 07
Try an egg and some spinach, and crushed garlic.
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
26 Sep 07
Depends if you are cooking just plain ramen noodles..are you? Or are you getting those cup of noodles kind of things? If you're just cooking up plain noodles, how about adding a boullion cube..either chicken or beef?? Then add some kind of veggies you like?? What happened? If you want to PM me let me know what's going on, okay?
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@creematee (2810)
• United States
25 Sep 07
I like to add a package of those little noodles to a can of chicken noodle soup. Since the canned soups are lacking in noodles, the Ramen seem to make it better. I then use the seasoning packet that comes with it, and add that to mashed potatoes, rice, or a homemade soup that I'm making. Be careful with how much you add, though, because it can get very salty! :)
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@smileymom (169)
• United States
25 Sep 07
i have tried different things in ramen noodles. i have stir fired them w/ some peanut sauce and a small chopped piece of chicken breats. i also have made them with brocolli and cheese. i think you do alot of stuff with them.
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@ssf12ster (489)
• India
25 Sep 07
top ramen noodles is hat i threw away sometime back.i ate some other cheaper stuff without fry and raw only.u need to break the noodle packet and just eat it.!terrible
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