RememBear This: Nissin Top Ramen

Alright, well we’ve all heard the endless jokes about Top Ramen being the diet of college students but I think those jokes are so prevalent because it’s got a lot of truth to it.  I bet a bunch of you ate a good deal of these block o’ noodles (smoodles?!?) in your freshman/sophomore  years.  You really can’t get anything more filling for less money.  Seriously, what other “meal” can you get for $0.19? I think it’s entirely possible that instant noodles have saved more lives than penicillin.

Top Ramen Rainbow

With flavors ranging from the traditional Chicken to Picante Beef and the ambiguous Oriental there is a bag for every palate.  The best thing by far though about these wavy bundles of goodness is that they are an open canvas to your culinary creativity.  The Nissin Corporation may be responsible for the cooking careers of more individuals than they realize.

My brothers and I would have “contests” as to who could brew up the best pot of Ramen soup.  Some of the things we’d add….there was no limits really, anything in the pantry got a go at it…Ritz crackers, saltines, Doritos.  My personal favorite?  The Oriental with fried ham cold cuts, extra sesame oil & seeds, egg, green onions, red pepper flakes and Tabasco eaten with Ritz crackers!!! I told you there were no limits.  I would whip up this bad boy and flop down on the couch for a night of SNICK watching my all-time favorites The Secret World of Alex Mack, All That, Kenan & Kel (“Who loves Orange Soda? Is it truuue-ew?”) and Are You Afraid of the Dark?  To this day we still brag to each other about our Ramen concoctions.

There are many, many recipes that involve Ramen out there (there’s a whole site devoted to it) but here are a couple for you:

Top Ramen Pizza

Cover pizza pan with aluminum foil. Build up foil edges to form about 1/2″ tall rim around the pan. Lightly grease the aluminum surface. Cook both packages of Top Ramen noodles in water with pinch of salt. Do not use flavor packets. Drain noodles and set aside. Brown beef, onions and mushrooms together. Drain excess fat. Stir both flavor packets into meat mixture. Set aside. Beat together egg, milk and parmesan cheese. Stir this mixture into Top Ramen noodles. Evenly spread noodle/egg mixture onto pizza pan. Pour spaghetti sauce over noodles. Sprinkle meat mixture over sauce. Top with mozzarella cheese. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until golden , bubbly brown.  Let stand 5 minutes before slicing.  Great for parties!

Ingredients:

  • 2 packages Beef Flavor Top Ramen
  • Salt
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 jar spaghetti sauce (15-1/2oz.)
  • 3 Tbsp. Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 8 oz. mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 1 pizza pan
  • aluminum foil

Chocolate Ramen Cakes

While the noodles are still in the package, break them in small pieces. Put the vegetable oil in the cooking pan. Turn on the stove and wait for the oil to heat up. Put your noodles in the cooking pan. Since Ramen are dehydrated, you have to be careful not to burn them. Always gently shake the cooking pan. Your noodles are ready once they have a nice brownish color. Turn off the stove and put your noodles in a bowl.

Put the 3 cakes in a plate.  Add the cherries and the fried Ramen on top of the cakes.  Pour the chocolate fondue on top of everything. Enjoy!

Ingredients: (for 3 cakes)

  • 1 package of Ramen noodles (crushed)
  • 3 small dessert cupcakes
  • 1 cup of cherries
  • 1 cup of chocolate dessert fondue
  • 1/3 cup of vegetable oil (cooking)

My question for you, what is your favorite Top Ramen recipe or what is the strangest you’ve come up with?

Check out this really strange Ramen commercial.  I’ve never seen one of their ads on TV, have you?

20 comments on “RememBear This: Nissin Top Ramen

  1. Marvo says:

    I’ve never come up with a Top Ramen recipe, probably because I don’t have a culinary bone in my body, but I have eaten it without boiling the noodles and just sprinkling the flavor packet over the hard noodle brick.

  2. That’s awesome Bear! Recipes!
    I can’t survive on Ramen noodles alone as a diet (I’m Hypoglycemic and it sucks) not enough protein, but I have survived on hamburger helper due to money issues, not fun either lol.

  3. Ryan says:

    Probably not too strange or original but as a kid I always remembear tossing in a Kraft American Cheese single at the peak of the heat…melts it all down to a gooey, cheesy mess of noodles. Memories.

  4. Raiders757 says:

    I used to come up with wacky concoctions as well. It’s endless what you can do with Ramen Noodles. You can even toss them is a hot pan while reheating or making Chinese food for a quick alternative to rice or rice noodles.

    @ Marvo

    I used to think my wife and kid were the only nut cases that do the dry ramen thing. Now I keep hearing there more and more of you guys out there. Crazy, man, just crazy.

  5. Marianne says:

    My kids will eat the noodles dry as well. If there were no ramen noodles, I think my middle child would starve ….

  6. Bear Silber says:

    @Marvo – I would think you’d have at least tried it with some Spam bits and pineapple.

    Erin Brooks – But that’s the beauty of it…you can add all the protein you want to it 🙂

    @Ryan – You know I’ve heard of that but never tried it. So it’s good then? Sounds kinda sketchy.

    @Raiders757 – What are some of your “wacky concoctions”?

    @Marianne – Haha, poor middle one. I’ve heard a lot of people talk about liking it dry…it’s never been my cup o’ noodles 😛

  7. Sam I Am says:

    This is hilarious because I just now came upon this article at the exact same time I am eating a bowl of the oriental flavor ramen.

  8. ChrisSh says:

    I remember the first time I had ramen noodles…

    Now, my mother loves to cook and is horrified by ramen noodles, so they never made an appearance at our house. But when I was about 6 or 7 probably and at my grandma’s house, I had my first experience. She made fried chicken and for our side, we had these delicious, creamy, amazing little noodles. I thought they were the best thing ever! Turns out it was ramen, but I loved it. I even remember the flavor – creamy chicken. It’s the only one I’ve ever liked.

    Funny side note – a good 12 years later, right before I left for college, my grandma stopped over (one of the last times I would ever see her. RIP Grandma!) and gave me a huge bag filled with creamy chicken ramen… because she remembered how much I had liked it. 🙂

    Anyway, the only change I ever made was to add sour cream to a creamy chicken one. I would also sometimes dip french bread into the bottom to soak up the last of the flavor.

    Which reminds me, I find it strange how many people I know who heat up the noodles in water, then dump all the water out, then add the flavor packet…

  9. Ok so my sophomore year in college I decided to take financial matters in my own hands and told my parents that even though it would be $8800 a year for room and board, if they sent me a check for $7000 I would take care of finding an apartment and budgeting groceries for the year.

    2 months into the school year I had blown close to 5k. So I ended up eating Ramen almost every lunch and dinner for 5 months. By the end of that year I was a Top Ramen Pro! I figured out the precise amount of water to fill the pot with so I didn’t have to drain or dilute the flavor packet.

    Great memories! Thanks Bear!

  10. Ok so my sophomore year in college I decided to take financial matters in my own hands and told my parents that even though it would be $8800 a year for room and board, if they sent me a check for $7000 I would take care of finding an apartment and budgeting groceries for the year.

    2 months into the school year I had blown close to 5k. So I ended up eating Ramen almost every lunch and dinner for 5 months. By the end of that year I was a Top Ramen Pro! I figured out the precise amount of water to fill the pot with so I didn’t have to drain or dilute the flavor packet.

    Great memories! Thanks Bear!
    OH! You’re my new favorite blogger fyi

  11. Adam Bomb says:

    That commercial is one of the most disturbing things I’ve seen in a while….and I had to watch it right before going to bed!

    I never went to crazy with my ramen. Usually I just boil it, then drain off the excess water and add the seasoning packet. Sometimes I like to add some diced chicken to it.

  12. Pasquinel says:

    Count me as a dry Ramen connoisseur as well, primarily because I despise mixing liquids with my foods (Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup being one of the very rare exceptions). Eating these as a crunchy snack transports me back to my elementary school days when my classmates and I would sneak these bags into class, pour the flavor packets within, shake everything up, then eat them behind our teachers’ backs while sifting through issues of Nintendo Power. I don’t recollect why they prohibited us from eating these delicious treats. Sure, the sodium content may have been a little on the high side but was it any less healthy than eating those greasy potato chips?

  13. @Sam I Am – I think the noodles have special powers.

    @ChrisSh – You have a very special grandmother.

    There is a fine science to how much water to use and when to add the seasoning packet. Due to extensive debate on this topic I will not divulge my methods of cooking.

    @Gregory Ng: The Frozen Food Master – That is AWESOME! How’d you blow the $5k? Something good I hope. The world’s best microwave?

    …and I’m glad I can entertain and bring back memories. Thanks.

    @Adam Bomb – Diced chicken would be nice. From the Foreman Grill?

    @Pasquinel – Yes!!! Nintendo Power, I freakin’ love that thing. By the way you’re talking about it, it seems like ya’ll were sneaking drugs in the classroom 😛

  14. Adam Bomb says:

    Bear, I don’t think the Foreman grill was around back in the day. We didn’t have one anyway.

    And Nintendo Power was the bomb. I remember excitedly anticipating that magazine coming in the mail, back before game previews/reviews and cheats were available on the interwebz.

  15. RossS says:

    While I could easily go into TMI territory, I’ll spare y’all. Suffice to say, I’ve been eating Ramen wether it’s in it’s Ichiban or it’s Ramen forms since waay too long ago. When I first moved out of my parents house, I had to eat something. Being 18 meant I could eat just about anything and survive. My eyes to the glorious wonders of Ramen noodles about then, and at $.025 it was priced perfectly! I lived on it just about solely for the first 3 months. I still eat it on occasion, although it’s usually as a topping on a Chinese Chicken Salad. Yum!

  16. @Adam Bomb – Opps, yeah you’re right, no Foreman back then.

    Do they still make that mag?

    @RossS That’s actually a great tip…the ramen on top of salad! Sandra Lee would be proud.

  17. RossS says:

    @Bear – you’re right. As I reread my post I realize how sucky it came off….let’s just pretend it never happend, ‘k? It wasn’t even close to how I thought it. Being compared to SL has got to be a new low for me. Maybe next time I’ll try to come up with something one can do with Ramen in 30 minutes.

  18. @RossS – Hahha, I actually meant that in a good way, if that’s possible. I really do think that’s a good idea and want to try it.

  19. Elizabeth says:

    My favorite way to prepare ramen noodles is to forgo the flavor packet and use two packets of instant miso soup. It’s more expensive than ramen probably ought to be, but that’s still pretty cheap for food, right? And it’s delicious.

  20. Shea says:

    Lmao…wow. I always drain off the water, then put in fresh hot water and add the seasoning. I have to drain the water because sometimes the excess starch in the water from the noodles will make me gag. -_- not fun.

    Nah i like to dice up some onions and a bit of shredded cabbage throw it on the griddle and make myself some stirfry. ^^

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