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Noodle Soup: How to level up your instant Ramen

Noodle Soup: How to level up your instant Ramen

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When it comes to quick and easy meals, instant ramen noodles are a go-to for many people. But while the basic recipe is tasty enough on its own, there are plenty of ways to take your ramen game to the next level:

  1. Start with good quality noodles: It all begins with the noodles, so choose ones made from wheat, rice, or a combination of the two. The best ones are fresh or air-dried, but if you're using instant noodles, look for brands that use organic ingredients and have a lower sodium content.

  2. Add protein: Top your ramen with cooked chicken, beef, pork or tofu, or crack an egg into the hot broth and let it cook.

  3. Spice it up: For a real flavour boost, add some Melinda's Sriracha, Tonkostsu chilli crisp or if you like it really hot why not try Sabarac's Japanese Miso Fermented Hot Sauce

  4. Experiment with toppings: There are endless options when it comes to toppings. Try sliced spring onions, chopped coriander, bean sprouts, pickled ginger, seasame or nigella seeds or sliced mushrooms.

  5. Go vegetarian: Make your ramen soup more veggie-friendly by adding a variety of fresh vegetables like spinach, carrots, and sugar snap peas. Or more asian inspired veggies like bok choi, pickled dikon, morning glory, or nori (seaweed).

  6. Make it creamy: Stir in a spoonful of peanut butter or tahini, or add some coconut milk for a rich, creamy broth.

  7. Try a different broth: Switch up the flavour of your ramen by using different types of broth. Try miso, chicken, beef or vegetable broth, or mix it up by combining different broths. We sell some delicious Thai Bone Broth which is the perfect ramen base with added kick from Tom Yum spices.

  8. Eat the Noodles, leave the sauce - then crack in 2 eggs - stir and microwave this for a couple of minutes, to make the perfect spicy omlette post noodles, upgrade to your snack to a two course meal!

  9. Make some Ramen Eggs - or Ajitsuke Tamago - start with soft boiled eggs (which should take around 6 minutes), immediately plunge them into a an ice bath, then peel once cooled. Make a marinade of Dark Soy Sauce, Mirin, Fish Sauce, Oyster Sauce, Salt and Pepper Seasoning, Chilli Crisp and Seasame Oil - stir and add water until the eggs are covered and chill overnight for an impressive looking garnish.

  10. Slurping ramen noodles is an essential aspect of Japanese dining culture, as it demonstrates appreciation and respect for the chef's culinary skills. The art of slurping has its origins in Japan, where it is believed to enhance the flavor of the dish by aerating the noodles and broth, resulting in a richer taste experience. The act of slurping also helps to cool down the hot noodles, making them more enjoyable to consume. Moreover, the audible sound of slurping is considered a sign of contentment and pleasure in Japanese culture, conveying gratitude to the chef for their delicious creation. Thus, slurping ramen noodles goes beyond mere table manners, as it signifies a deep-rooted appreciation for the culinary traditions and craftsmanship of Japanese cuisine.

In conclusion, ramen noodles don't have to be just a quick and easy meal. With a few simple tweaks and the addition of some hot sauce and chilli products, you can elevate your ramen game to a whole new level. So, go ahead and experiment with different toppings, sauces, and broths, and find your perfect bowl of noodle soup - tag us on instagram at @slih.shop with your creations!