How I like my instant ramen — al dente!

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So I was watching someone make instant ramen the other day, and I was horrified because he was putting the ramen in BEFORE the water started boiling. He was doing it all wrong, like not scrambling the egg before putting it in the soup…well, maybe wrong in my eyes. I’m quite particular about my ramen. I guess we all have different tastes, because Amy prefers to drop her egg and then scramble it like egg drop soup.

I feel that making instant ramen is an art. In fact, I found an expert who knows what he’s doing when it comes to cooking ramen. Toshio Yamamoto, 49, loves instant noodle so much, that he actually blogs about it, vlogs about it, and eats it five days out of a week, according to Boing Boing. From his vlogs on YouTube, seems like the man really knows his ramen. Check it out:

Here’s how I like my ramen, al dente style:

  1. Heat up water until it’s boiling.
  2. Tear packet and put seasoning in.
  3. Put ramen in and shake it around with my chopsticks a little.
  4. Scramble egg well and drop it in.
  5. Season with fish sauce and seasame oil if feeling adventurous.

Note that I never leave my ramen in for too long, because I don’t like it when it’s all overcooked and super soggy! How about you — how do you like your ramen?

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  • Suzanne Leung

    Korean ramen is the absolute BEST! Shin Ramyun! Also, I’ve always wanted to try this: http://www.ramenbox.com/order/home.php

  • Les

    I use similar steps except I put the seasoning into my bowl first and then pour the cooked ramen and boiling water into it. Oh, and it has to be Ichiban branded ramen – no exceptions.

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  • Emily Co

    @Les I’m a total traitor to Japan…I think Korean instant noodles are the best! Or maybe I just forgot what instant ramen from the Motherland tastes like…haven’t been back in a while!

  • Tim

    I like my ramen with a stick of butter.
    And some bacon bits.

  • Tiffany

    I boil the water, drop in the noodles for 2 min, put in the seasoning, then add some beansprouts for crunch, and I like egg yolk, so I put the egg in right as I’m turning off the heat. Mix around a little to make sure the egg is cooked, and add some sriracha if its not already a spicy flavor!

    So hungry now!!!

  • http://www.yumyumcha.com bill

    Let the water boil and than dump square of ramen in, dunk it and soak it. Put leftovers in for a few moe minutes, pull and eat!

  • Evie

    Boil H2O, drop in noodles. In a pan, saute onions and garlic, add 1/4 season packet, continue. Put saute in bowl, drain half H2O from noodles. Chopstick noodles into bowl, add noodle water, stir w/sticks. Soy sauce/fish sauce to taste!

  • Kaname650

    Ramenbox is especially useful if you are in an area with limited access to asian markets. My niece is in Nebraska and all they have in the local stores there are Top Ramen & Cup O’ Noodles.

  • http://2besureofwhatwehope4.blogspot.com g

    Depends what’s around the house, but I like throwing things like:

    -Fried tofu (cut)
    -Fish cake / fish balls
    -Kimchi
    -Extra green onions

  • Les