Ramen is an easy, quick-cooking meal perfect for those on the go or college students who are busy studying.
- 2½ cups (590 milliliters) water
- 1 packet of ramen, including soup base
- Toppings, such as eggs, meat, or scallions (optional)
- Bring the water to a boil. Pour 2½ cups (590 milliliters) of water into a saucepan. Place the saucepan on the stove and bring the water to a boil over high heat.
- Stir in the soup base. Tear open the seasoning packet that came with your ramen. Pour the contents into the boiling water and give it a stir.
- Allow the broth to cook for 1 minute. This ensures that the powder dissolves completely and that the water is hot enough for the next step.
- Add in the noodles. Gently press down on the noodles with a chopstick or a wooden spoon so that they sink into the water. You may have to hold them down for a little bit. Do not break the noodles in half or stir them. They will separate on their own. You can also cook the noodles separately in a pot of boiling water.
- Cook the noodles for about 2 minutes. Once they start to break apart, pull them out of the broth using a pair of chopsticks or tongs. You can also pour the broth into a serving bowl through a strainer.
- Fan the noodles. This will help stop the cooking process and prevent them from turning limp and soggy. You can use a hand-held fan, a little electric fan, or even a stiff piece of paper or a folder. Another alternative would be to rinse the noodles under cold water.
- Add the noodles back to the broth. At this point, you can add some tasty toppings, such as an egg, meat, or vegetables.
- Some toppings should be added at the last minute, after you’ve already poured the ramen into a serving bowl.
- Serve the ramen. Pour the ramen into a large, deep bowl. If you added a pouched or fried egg into the pot, consider scooping it out with a soup ladle, then placing it back on top of the ramen, after it’s already in the bowl. At this point, you can also add other toppings, such as cooked meat.