Sunday, September 18, 2011

Beyond Ramen

Today is a joyous day! Not only is this my first blog post, but I also recently replaced my camera after it broke three or four months ago. Now I'll be able to take + upload photos of my food for you guys!

To celebrate, let's start with the forever delicious and time-saving dish, instant ramen noodles! But, as the title of this blog suggests, even if you're in a rush to get food on the table or just want a quick snack, there's no reason why you have to eat plain old instant ramen. Here is how:

1. ~3 cups water
2. 2 green onion (chopped)
3. 1 egg
4. 1 bulb baby bok choy (leaves separated and washed)
5. 1 tsp. sesame oil

1. Boil water on high heat (chop and wash vegetables while waiting!) in small pot
2. Add ramen noodles. Turn heat to medium or medium-high
3. Once noodles soften a bit, crack egg into empty space in pot, next to noodles
    Tip: If you're prone to getting egg shell into your cracked eggs, crack the egg in a separate bowl before adding it to the ramen. If you get egg shell into the bowl, dab your finger in water and then attempt to remove the shell. You'll easily "catch" it!
4. Use a fork or spoon to gently fold egg whites around and over the yolk. Slide fork or spoon gently under egg to prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the pot
5. Add washed bok choy and chopped green onion
6. Add ramen seasoning packet (half, or all of it) and "oil" packet (half)
7. When egg is done to your liking (maybe 8-10 minutes), remove pot from heat, add sesame oil, and transfer to your favorite bowl for eating!

Dry Ramen: Follow steps 1-5 above. When done, remove from heat, drain, and set aside. Then, using 1 tbp. vegetable oil, saute diced yellow onion (however much you want) in a pan with sliced/cubed meat (of your choice) on medium-high heat. When meat is done, add noodles (leave egg to the side). Add ramen seasoning packets and stir on medium-heat for 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer to a plate/bowl and add egg. *Add Sriracha Sauce or Sacha Sauce if desired. *Or try adding lemongrass while boiling noodles, and a squeeze of lemon when done. 1 tsp. sugar, 1 tsp. minced garlic with that combination could be good as well.

Happy experimenting!

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