5 Ways To Enjoy Instant Ramyun: Delicious Recipes You Can Make Using This Spicy Noodle Pack

5 Ways To Enjoy Instant Ramyun: Delicious Recipes You Can Make Using This Spicy Noodle Pack
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The immense popularity of Korean dramas in the Philippines has influenced our vacation bucket list, the way we dress, and especially what we eat. Almost every K-Drama has an episode where the characters are enjoying a hot bowl of ramyun which, by the way, is now readily available at our local supermarket in instant packs. Did you know that there is more than one way to prepare this Korean staple? Here are some recipes to elevate your instant spicy noodles:

Sundubu Ramyun

This recipe was shared by Hyosun, a Korean-American mom who started a food blog back in 2009. Her favorite instant ramyun upgrade is done by combining sundubu jjigae (Korean spicy soft tofu stew) and ramyun in one dish.

What you’ll need:

  • ½ pack of tofu
  • ½ pack of ramyun
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped scallion
  • ½ teaspoon of minced garlic
  • ½ tablespoon of sesame oil
  • 1 medium egg
  • A pinch of pepper

Procedure:

  1. Put the sesame oil, half of the ramyun seasoning mix, and the minced garlic in a small pot. Mix them well over medium heat for about 30 seconds.
  2. Add 1 cup of water into the mixture then turn the heat up to medium high.
  3. When the water starts boiling, add the tofu and let it simmer for 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Drop the noodles in, then add half of the vegetable flakes packet. Continue to boil for 3 minutes or until the noodles are almost cooked.
  5. Crack an egg straight over the noodles, turn the heat off, then drop the scallion into the pot as well.
  6. Before serving, sprinkle a pinch of pepper for added flavor!

Milk Ramyun

This is a super easy recipe, especially if you want to do a creamy version of ramyun!

What you’ll need:

  • 1 pack of ramyun
  • 1 and ½ cups of milk
  • Chili pepper flakes
  • Optional: green onions

Procedure:

  1. Boil water in a pot over medium heat, then add the noodles in as you would cook a normal Shin ramyun.
  2. After 3 to 5 minutes, drain the water completely.
  3. Add 1 and ½ cups of milk into the pot and bring it to a boil.
  4. Once the noodles are thoroughly cooked, add ½ tablespoon of chili pepper flakes and some chopped green onions if you prefer.

Kujirai Style Ramyun

The Kujirai Ramen is popularized by a Japanese comic series called “Mokuyoubi no Furutto”, where a character is seen making ramen using a frying pan, with only a small amount of water. It became such a famous dish after fans of the comic series actually tried the recipe!

What you’ll need:

  • 1 Pack of ramyun
  • 1 medium egg
  • 1 slice of cheese
  • 1 and ¼ cups of water
  • A handful of chopped green onion

Procedure:

  1. Pour 1 and ¼ cups of water into a frying pan. Take note: it should be a frying pan and not a deep pot!
  2. Bring it up to a boil, then add the ramyun noodles, the vegetable flakes packet, and only ½ of the spicy seasoning.
  3. Let the noodles boil until they start to soften. In the middle of the pan, create a small circle and crack and egg right on it.
  4. Reduce to low heat, place the lid on, and let it cook for about a minute.
  5. After a minute, place a slice of cheese on top of the noodles and sprinkle chopped green onions.
  6. Once the cheese slice is soft, turn off the heat and serve!

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Kimchi Ramyun

What would happen if two Korean cuisine staples are combined into one dish? Answer: it would taste phenomenal, of course! The Kimchi Ramyun gives you just the right amount of spice to keep you wanting more.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 5 thinly sliced shiitake mushrooms
  • ½ cup chopped cabbage kimchi
  • ¼ cup kimchi juice
  • 2 and ½ cups of chicken stock
  • 2 teaspoons of Korean red pepper powder
  • ¼ teaspoon of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of sesame oil
  • 1 pack of ramyun

Procedure:

  1. In a medium pot over medium heat, add vegetable oil and mushrooms, and stir-fry for 3 minutes. Then, add the kimchi and stir-fry for another 2 minutes.
  2. Add the kimchi juice, chicken stock, Korean red pepper powder, sugar, and sesame oil. Let it sit for about 5 minutes or until it begins to boil.
  3. In another pot, boil the noodles according to the package instructions, but do not use the spicy seasoning and vegetable flakes! Just boil the noodles in water until it’s cooked.
  4. Transfer the cooked noodles into a bowl, pour your broth over it, then serve!

Stir-fried Ramyun

Who would have thought you can eat ramyun with no soup? With this dish, you can control the use of ramyun powder so that it won’t be too spicy.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 pack of ramyun
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped green onion
  • ¼ kg of pork belly
  • ½ cabbage
  • ½ medium onion
  • 1 tablespoon of soy sauce

Procedure:

  1. Chop the vegetables and pork belly into bite-sized pieces.
  2. In a small pot, boil some water and put the noodles in. Cook according to the package instructions, but don’t put in the seasonings.
  3. In a separate wok, add the pork belly and chopped green onions to stir-fry until the pork belly is cooked.
  4. Add chopped onions and cabbage into the wok, as well as 1 tablespoon of soy sauce and ½ of the ramyun powder.
  5. Once the noodles are cooked, drain the water and transfer the noodles into the wok.
  6. Stir-fry until you have reached your desired texture. Add water if it’s too dry.
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