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.
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!
- 2 packages Beef Flavor Top Ramen
- 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?