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ajhuff
01-25-2013, 03:45 PM
From speaker advice to ramen advice. :bigeek:

I don't know a lot about ramen except for the 10 for $10 packages at my local grocery (I prefer to drain the water and then stir in the spice packet. I don't really care for them as a soup). But about every three months I can sometimes make it to the big city to one of the international farmers markets. Last time I was there I was overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of different brands and kinds in an entire aisle. Most of them I can't even read. From the US, Korea, Thailand, and of course Japan. I think many of you enjoy these and I think they are popular in their home countries. I'm not even sure all of them were ramen or noodles. Just instant meals in a bowl.

I bought one from Myojo, imported from Japan) that was ok but not knock my socks off. It was a mustard/mayo soy sauce thing. I left the dried vegetable packet out. I also bought a "gourmet spicy" one from Nongshim, product of the USA, that was better.

Rather than playing hit and miss with the few trips I get to make to the city, can anyone recommend some favorites that I can be on the look out for next time I get the opportunity?

Thanks!!!

-AJ

The hekler
01-25-2013, 07:41 PM
I really enjoy using the nongshim spicy as a base and I then add the veggies/protein that I want. I do prefer the Black label they have though, it's about twice the price but I find its quality makes up for the price, don't forget to add an egg yolk really makes the whole thing pop!

ajhuff
01-25-2013, 07:53 PM
I had no idea about adding an egg yolk. See, this is why I ask even if I feel silly doing so. Thanks!

-AJ

sw2geeks
01-26-2013, 05:33 PM
Myojo is my favorite brand. It sounds like you got there mustard/mayo Yakasoba, which is actually pretty popular, but I prefer there soups.

I like dressing mine up with a boiled eggs and Chinese BBQ pork.

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I wrote a little story about dressing up instant ramen (http://www.dfw.com/2011/10/17/524263/instant-ramen-a-5-minute-lunch.html) a while back.

Oh, and in case you missed it. A UC Davis grad who ate way to much ramen in school has come up with the Rapid Ramen Cooker. (http://rapidramen.com/)

physiognomy
01-27-2013, 01:21 PM
I'm keeping an eye on this thread... I don't know the first thing about ramen, except that I like eating it. Im also looking to learn more & pick up some pointers. The pictures above have me heading to the store & I haven't eaten breakfast yet!

lowercasebill
01-27-2013, 05:08 PM
From speaker advice to ramen advice. :bigeek:

I don't know a lot about ramen except for the 10 for $10 packages at my local grocery (I prefer to drain the water and then stir in the spice packet. I don't really care for them as a soup). But about every three months I can sometimes make it to the big city to one of the international farmers markets. Last time I was there I was overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of different brands and kinds in an entire aisle. Most of them I can't even read. From the US, Korea, Thailand, and of course Japan. I think many of you enjoy these and I think they are popular in their home countries. I'm not even sure all of them were ramen or noodles. Just instant meals in a bowl.

I bought one from Myojo, imported from Japan) that was ok but not knock my socks off. It was a mustard/mayo soy sauce thing. I left the dried vegetable packet out. I also bought a "gourmet spicy" one from Nongshim, product of the USA, that was better.

Rather than playing hit and miss with the few trips I get to make to the city, can anyone recommend some favorites that I can be on the look out for next time I get the opportunity?

Thanks!!!

-AJ

next time you are in the big city look for these http://www.ramenramenramen.net/wp-images/P1000026.JPG they are fresh noodles much less fat content. [10%]
i went on a ramen quest after reading momofuku cook book and takashi's noodles.. make my own stock and freeze ... makes a great quick dinner , not as fast as instant but with a poaced egg , some left over meat maybe some tofu and a handfull of frozen bagged spinach it is real comfort food .

sachem allison
01-27-2013, 05:10 PM
I personally like the udon packets better. Definitely add the egg and some protein. I like sambal or sriracha.

lowercasebill
01-27-2013, 05:18 PM
I personally like the udon packets better. Definitely add the egg and some protein. I like sambal or sriracha.

i got a pack of them as well at assi today.. i wish mitsuwa was not so far. i even put some corn in the last bowl like hokkaido ramen .

quantumcloud509
01-28-2013, 06:30 AM
Or you can turn cooked ramen into gnocci. Thatll get anyones attention.

Sambal
01-28-2013, 10:00 AM
Or you can turn cooked ramen into gnocci. Thatll get anyones attention.

How do you do that?

Jmadams13
01-28-2013, 11:56 AM
Someone watched Mind Of a Chef too, lol. Good show. I tried it, but they turned out gummy. I think I over worked the "dough."

quantumcloud509
01-28-2013, 12:16 PM
How do you do that?
Ask David Chang.

Someone watched Mind Of a Chef too, lol. Good show. I tried it, but they turned out gummy. I think I over worked the "dough."
Yeah that whole series on Chang was sweet. I haven't tried yet. Id guess it has a lot to do with not overcooking the noodles and cooling them down fast enough.

Jmadams13
01-28-2013, 01:40 PM
Probably did over cook the noodles. I'll have to try again

quantumcloud509
01-29-2013, 02:13 AM
Man! Just had a creamy chicken top ramen with jalapeno cheese johnsonville sausages cup up into it, finished with a splash of milk. Havent had ramen in a while, this was better than i remember!