Ramen Food Trucks

Ramen Food Trucks

Ramen Food Trucks

Food trucks that specialize in Ramen Noodles

Hapa Ramen : San Francisco, California

Recently the popularity of food trucks has been exploding! Along with that, many local areas are starting to hold food truck gatherings, which as one might imagine are gatherings of many food trucks. They are great, sometimes held at farmers markets, or local music events. However, for as many as I’ve been to, I have yet to see a Ramen Noodle Food Truck.

Perhaps that is because I’ve not been to San Francisco, California, where I could easily find Hapa Ramen who makes a unique bowl of noodles. They serve all locally sourced, organic ingredients. As they put it, We use the good stuff. It is fantastic. Just read below:

Organically raised pork, chickens that enjoyed roaming around their pastures, & locally sourced konbu. Also they use seasonal, local vegetables from the best farms—Catalan, Dirty Girl, Star Route, Serendipity, Knoll, and Marin Roots, to name a few.

Hapa Ramen Food Truck


Prison Ramen: Recipes and Stories from Behind Bars
This rather unique and edgy cookbook, Prison Ramen takes readers behind bars with more than 65 ramen recipes and stories of prison life from the inmate/cooks who devised them. Including content from celebrities like Guns n’ Roses guitarist Slash and the actor Shia LaBeouf.

Prison Ramen: Recipes and Stories from Behind Bars


 

Ramen Rickshaw: Springfield, Ohio

Perhaps you have read Omnivore’s Dilemma and watched Food Inc, realizing that local, organic is the way to go with food. For us, the reasons are even simpler: it tastes way better and we want to support the local farmer to complete the circle for the local economy.

Then there is the Ramen Rickshaw in Springfield, Ohio.

Ramen Rickshaw

The Ramen Rickshaw showcases comfort food products, carefully refined to accommodate the tastes & expectations of the Springfield market. They have produced variations of three iconic Japanese culinary dishes: fried rice, Japanese curried rice & an entire showcase product of ramen noodle soup! The broth is based on a family recipe handed down from relatives who owned their own ramen noodle shop in a little country village in Japan. Both the broth & noodles are handmade from scratch. The Ramen Rickshaw is the featured food truck at the Springfield Rotary Gourmet Food Truck Competition!

I don’t know about you, but I can’t imagine better options for Ramen Food Trucks! Be on the lookout in your local area, & be sure to give us an update if you see any!

Vegan Korean Ramen Noodle Soup

Vegan Korean Ramen Noodle Soup

Making a bowl of Korean Ramen Noodles

Korean Ramen


In Korea, ramen is called ramyeon (라면).

Everyone grab your ticket and take a seat, because we are about to jump on the Vegan train! Next stop is Korean Ramen Soup town. After having gone Vegan, nothing can prepare you for the flavor, and taste improvement of raw, high-quality, organic vegetables! Prepare yourself for this amazing bowl of soup that welcomes those delicious ingredients with a Korean inspiration.

  • 1 package Koyo Organic Ramen Noodles
  • 2 tea spoons olive oil
  • ½ tea spoon gochugaru / ¾ tablespoon if you want a more spicy soup
  • 4 to 5 dried dried Shiitake mushrooms
  • ¼ oz dried kelp
  • 4 & ½ cups water
  • Two to three large cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ of a small carrot, chopped into ¼” pieces
  • Four to five white button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tea spoon of salt
  • 1 & ½ table spoon white miso
  • ½ table spoon Sunchang Gochujang (a Korean red pepper paste)
  • 1 table spoon nutritional yeast
  • One to two scallions, chopped, plus any additional for garnish

In a medium bowl

First we need to grab a medium sized bowl, so that we can start to soak the shiitake & the dried kelp in 1 cup of water until completely restored to its original state. Then slice the shiitake mushrooms, & return them to the bowl.

In a medium pot

Now we will need a medium pot in order to heat up the 2 teaspoons of olive oil, be sure to do this over medium. Add gochugaru & toss for about 20 seconds until fragrant. Be careful not to burn and blacken the pepper flakes! This heats up quickly.

Add the shiitake!

This is really simple! Moving right along lets go ahead & just keep adding the ingredients. Place the shiitake & the kelp along with the soaking water, into the pot. We then add garlic, mushrooms, & carrots. Add 4.5 cups water, cover & bring this to boil.

Add miso!

It is time to start adding some ingredients. Add in the miso, salt, nutritional yeast, & gochujang. Lower the heat to a simmer, & leave for about 4 to 5 minutes.

Add the Ramen Noodles!

Now we get to add the ramen noodles! Additionally add some scallions, & bring heat back up to medium. Let boil for just about 2 minutes until the noodles are al dente. Quickly take off the heat. Adjust seasoning as needed, garnish with more scallions and serve.

Ramen Noodle Nutrition Information

Just how bad is Ramen for you?

Review of Ramen Noodle Nutrition Information

That is the question that I got asked moments after I started this website year ago. While my friends and I love to make and eat Ramen Noodles, the nutrition question was brought up almost immediately, and it can’t (nor shouldn’t) really be ignored.

Difficult to answer

Not even taking sides, it actually is a difficult question to answer. You see there are two types of Ramen Noodles. There is the instant Noodles that take about 3 minutes to microwave, and then there is actual hand made Japanese Ramen Noodles served in a restaurant that take years to master. The second type mentioned is entirely different than just the instant noodle soup known for being inexpensive in bulk.

Ramen-Noodle-side-by-side

Dress it up

Admittedly, this site has some recipes that uses (or suggests using) the instant noodles, and making a dish that resembles the labor intensive, high-quality soup. While this is intended in all well and good fun, lets take a look at the difference in nutrition!

Comparing the noodles

Just how do the two varieties compare when it comes to their nutritional value? Simply take a quick gander at the plastic-wrapped Nissin Top Ramen and you can easily see :

  • 380 calories
  • 7 grams of fat
  • 910 mg of sodium

These numbers are based on the whole brick, and include the salty Chicken Flavor.

FDA recommendations

The FDA recommends that the average American consumes under 2,300 mg of salt per day. A package of the selected product contains more than half of this!

The competition

What makes this difficult is that it is impossible to research the dietary statistics on restaurant-made ramen. Especially when it is hand made. However, I think it is safe to assume it would not be nearly the nutrition train-wreck that the instant noodles are.

What does this mean?

Simply put, consuming too much sodium will increase the risk of heart failure, osteoporosis, stroke, high blood pressure and heart disease. For a college student, this is easily overcome with youthful energy burning, however for adults not so much. Try to make the intake less often as you get older, it is kind of common sense. And for a special treat, get the good stuff.

Ramen Noodles, the good stuff!

Halloween Ramen Spooktacular

Halloween Ramen Spooktacular

Halloween Ramen Spooktacular

Make some wickedly haunted Ramen Noodles for your Halloween trick or treat

 

What could be more fun than a halloween themed Ramen Noodle dish for your friends and guests? Lets go over this recipe that is just as much fun to make as it is to display and eat!

Ingredients

6 cups water
2 packs ramen noodles
2 to 5 hot dogs
4 ounces Enoki mushrooms
8 ounces napa cabbage
8 ounces tofu
½ teaspoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon sukiyaki sauce

Halloween Ramen

Adding Fingers to your haunted Halloween Ramen Noodles

  • The first thing we need to do in order to make some fingers for our Ramen Noodles, is to boil a small pot of water.
  • Break your hot dog in half.
  • Make 2, very shallow cuts in the middle of the hot dog pieces. These will be the knuckles.
  • The last item to making our fingers, is to make the fingernail. Using a spoon we cut away the pointed end.

Ramen Noodles & other toppings

  • Thoroughly was the napa cabbage, & once completed, separate the leafier parts from the stalks.
  • Cut the tofu into smaller, bite-size pieces.
  • Cook the ramen noodles without flavor packs for around 3 minutes.
  • Separate & rinse the ramen noodles, & toss with sesame oil. Be sure to keep the water, as it’s necessary for cooking the hot dogs.
  • Add the flavor packs into water, then cook the finger hot dogs prepared earlier, &the tofu for 3 minutes.
  • Poach the napa cabbage for 3 minutes, & remove the softer parts at about half way through.
  • Poach Enoki mushrooms for 1 minute.
  • Lastly, to assemble we place the cooked noodles at the center of a noodle bowl. Then layer the cabbage, mushrooms, tofu, & hot dog fingers on top.

Make it bleed

Additionally, if you want to kick up the heat & add some “blood stains” to your noodle dish, decorate the bowl with some red sriracha.

Ramen Noodle Challenges

Ramen Noodle Challenges

Ramen Noodle Challenges

Bulk Eating Ramen Noodle Challenges

For this post, I thought that a fun topic might be to cover some different and unique Ramen Noodle Challenges. After doing some quick searching on the internet, there seems to be two different types of challenges : Eating Ramen in Bulk, and Eating Super Spicy-Hot Ramen. Below I have gathered a collection of YouTube videos that contain both of these, linking the creator & their channel or Facebook. If you are interested in providing your own videos, challenge stories, or have an idea for other types of Ramen Noodle Challenges, feel free to reach out to me or leave a comment.

So many of you guys left me comments, sent me messages, and spammed my wall asking for a Ramen Video… So here it is!!! 12 Packs of Ramen Noodle, roughly 11lbs of Noodles and Broth, and only for $1.50!!! Thanks everyone for showing so much enthusiasm, I really appreciate it =]

In this video Tyler attempts to eat over 5 pounds of Mr Noodles Instant Ramen Noodles!!

sweaty man eating spicy ramen soup

Fire Noodle Challenges

Super Hot Ramen Noodle Challenges

Your own Ramen Noodle Challenge?

Have something in mind? Post a comment below!

These are just some of the many, many Ramen Noodle Challenge videos that I am finding on YouTube. And while none of these have been created by myself, I have an idea or two for some challenges that I kind of hope to get organized at some time. Though I’m interested to get input from what you want to see as far as challenges, or perhaps some that you have done yourself.

 

Try your own Challenge!

Ramen Noodle Challenge

Samyang Ramen Spicy Chicken Roasted Noodles

Ramen Life TShirt

Ramen Life T-Shirt

 

 

 

Mi and Yu noodle bar Baltimore

Yesterday I stopped at Mi and Yu Noodle Bar in Baltimore Maryland. It was raining, dreary, & I wanted some soup to pick me up. While I’ve known about this place for a while, I was just now trying it for the first time.

Mi and Yu noodle bar Baltimore

In each corner is a little nook that seats two & overlooks onto Charles Street in Federal Hill. In the center is another seating area, & along the wall there more seats. Plenty of places to sit, I imagine this places fills up quick.

For lunch I ordered Vegetable Soup, Fried Tofu, with Ramen noodles. The soup, eggs, & ramen noodles all came in their own separate containers. Back at the office the assembly began.

Mi and Yu noodle bar Baltimore

Putting this together, I must have done something wrong. As there was barely enough room in my Soup Bowl for the broth alone, I had to drink it down some. The eggs went next, & clearly I should have put them in last as they immediately sank. At this point I was only able to fit in two of the four slices of Fried Tofu, which left my Ramen Noodles sticking out on top.

Mi and Yu noodle bar Baltimore

It went down easy, & achieved my goal of a warm soup for lunch.

Ramen Noodle Alternatives

Ramen Noodle Alternatives

Ramen Noodle Alternatives

Looking for an alternative to the instant ramen noodle

Ok, so what exactly are you referring to, when you say Ramen Noodle Alternatives? Ideally, this is going to look at making some healthier versions of your favorite dish at home. This also means no more over-salted, Styrofoam cup, prepared in the microwave like you’re pulling an all-nighter for a final. This topic is going to focus on healthy meals that are prepared on the stove.
Now we could look to just other noodle types, such as Shirataki or Udon noodles, but lets go deeper down this rabbit hole.
  • Simple Homemade Chicken Ramen

  • 2 chicken breasts (boneless, skin-on)
    kosher salt and freshly-ground black pepper, to season
    1 tbsp unsalted butter
    2 tsp sesame or vegetable oil
    2 tsp fresh ginger, minced
    3 tsp fresh garlic, minced
    3 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
    2 tbsp mirin
    4 cups rich chicken stock
    1 oz dried shitake mushrooms (or 1/2 cup fresh)
    1-2 tsp sea salt, to taste
    2 large eggs
    1/2 cup scallions, sliced
    2 (3 oz) packs dried ramen noodles
    If you want a pho type dish, optionally add some fresh jalapeño slices at serving!

    Simple homemade chicken ramen

    To cook the chicken, we are first going to preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Season the chicken generously with salt and pepper. Melt the butter in a large oven-safe skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken, skin-side down, and cook until the skin is golden brown and releases easily from the pan, about 5-7 minutes. Flip the chicken over and cook for another 4-5 minutes, until golden. Transfer the skillet to the oven and roast for 15-20 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through. Remove from the oven, transfer the chicken to a plate and cover with foil until ready to serve.
     
    Make the ramen broth: Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat, until shimmering. Add the garlic and ginger, and cook for a few minutes until softened. Add the soy sauce and mirin, and stir to combine. Cook for another minute. Add the stock, cover, and bring to boil. Remove the lid, and let simmer uncovered for 5 minutes, then add the dried mushrooms. Simmer gently for another 10 minutes, and season with salt, to taste.
     
    Make the soft-boiled eggs: Fill a pot with enough water to cover the eggs, and bring to a boil. Gently lower the eggs (still cold from the fridge) into the boiling water, and let simmer for 7 minutes (for a slightly-runny yoke) or 8 minutes (for a soft, but set-up yoke).
    Meanwhile, fill a large bowl with ice water. When the timer finishes, transfer the eggs to the ice bath to stop the cooking process. Wait at least 5 minutes, or until cool enough to handle, then carefully peel away the shell and slice in half, lengthwise. Set aside until ready to serve.
     
    Assemble the ramen bowls: Meanwhile, chop the scallions and jalapeño (if using). Slice the chicken into thin pieces. Set aside. When the eggs finish cooking, add the ramen noodles to the boiling water. Cook for 2-3 minutes, until soft, then divide the noodles into two large bowls. Add the sliced chicken and the ramen broth. Top with the fresh scallions, jalapeño and the soft boiled egg. Serve immediately.



  • Farmer’s Ramen

  • Broth:

    2 carrots, cut into 1 inch lengths
    2 small Japanese leeks, or 4 scallions, trimmed and cut into 1 inch lengths
    1 inch fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
    4 bone-in free-range chicken thighs (or 8 wings)
    1 tsp sea salt
    2 TBS rapeseed or sesame oil

    Farmers Ramen

    Noodles:

    TBS sesame oil
    2 c. flour
    2 eggs, room temperature
    2 egg yolks, at room temperature

    Toppings:

    4 eggs
    1 small bunch chopped bitter greens, either bok choy or kale
    3 TBS finely chopped Japanese leeks or scallions
    1 sheet nori, cut into eights

    Soy sauce, miso, or sea salt (to taste)

    Make the broth. Preheat the oven to 450°F. Place carrots, leeks/scallions, ginger, and chicken thighs in a roasting pan, and toss with salt and oil. Roast for 40 minutes. Pour chicken, veggies, and all the juices into a large stockpot, and cover with 16 cups of cold water.
     
    Bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer, covered, for 1 hour. After 1 hour, remove the lid. Take out 2 of the chicken thighs and place in a small bowl. Cover the thighs with hot broth and let cool to room temperature, then shred. Continue simmering the remaining broth for another 30-60 minutes, until it is reduced to about 8 cups. Strain broth into a clean pot and keep warm over low heat. Discard vegetables and remaining chicken thighs.
     
    Make the noodles: mix 2 TBS of the sesame oil into the flour with your fingers until it is crumbly. Add eggs and egg yolks and stir with your hand until incorporated, then knead on a flat, clean surface for 5 minutes until the dough is pliable but stiff. The dough takes some force to really work it into a pliable piece. Let dough rest 10 minutes.
     
    Roll out the noodle dough to a thickness of about 1/8 inch using a pasta machine or a heavy rolling pin. Cut into linguine-sized noodles by hand with a pizza cutter, sharp knife or by using a pasta machine.
     
    Prepare the toppings: bring a large pot of water to a boil over high-heat. Add the eggs and boil for exactly 7 minutes, then remove with a strainer and place directly into a bowl of ice-cold water. Let cool, then peel. In the boiling water, blanch the bitter greens until just tender, then add to the cold water with the eggs. Keep the water boiling – you will use it to cook your noodles just before serving.
     
    Once the broth, noodles, and toppings are ready, prepare the bowls: add a small amount of miso, soy sauce, or salt to each bowl (according to diner’s preference) and pour a ladleful of hot broth over the seasoning. Stir the broth into the seasoning. Divide the shredded chicken amongst the bowls. Drop the noodles into the boiling water and cook for 2 minutes – they will float up to the top when they are done. Remove the noodles with a strainer and divide among the bowls. Top off each bowl with a few more ladlefuls of hot broth, 1 egg cut into halves, a handful of the cooked greens, some of the nori pieces, and a sprinkling of scallions.
     
    Serve very hot, adding extra seasoning where desired.



  • Miso Ramen with Roasted Vegetables

  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
    1 yellow onion, coarsely chopped
    1 large leek, trimmed and roughly chopped
    4 cloves garlic, chopped
    1 (2-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
    1 ounce dried shiitake mushrooms
    2 sweet potatoes (about 1 pound), peeled and cut into small cubes
    1 head of garlic
    1 pound fresh shiitake mushrooms, brushed clean and sliced
    Low-sodium soy sauce or tamari, for seasoning
    1 1/2 pounds fresh ramen noodles

    1/4 cup white or yellow miso
    4 green onions, white & pale green parts, finely chopped

    Vegetarian miso ramen with roasted sweet potatoes

    In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, warm 2 tablespoons of the oil. Add the yellow onion, sprinkle with salt, and sear, without stirring, until browned, about 5 minutes. Stir in the leek, garlic, ginger, dried mushrooms, and 6 cups water and deglaze the pan, stirring and scraping up any browned bits from the bottom. Reduce the heat to medium-low, partially cover the pan and simmer until fragrant, about 1 hour. Strain the broth through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl and discard the solids.
     
    Preheat the oven to 400°F. Add the sweet potatoes to a baking sheet and drizzle with a little oil; toss and spread into an even layer. Cut the top quarter of the head of garlic off and discard. Drizzle the cut side of the garlic head with a little oil and wrap with foil. Add to the sheet pan. Roast, stirring the potatoes occasionally, until tender and tinged with brown, and the garlic is very tender. Remove from the oven.
     
    Squeeze the garlic cloves into a blender and add 1/3 cup of the roasted sweet potatoes with 1/2 cup broth. Puree until smooth and add to the broth.

     
    In the saucepan over medium heat, add the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring, until tender. Add the broth and season to taste with soy sauce. Bring to a simmer, then reduce the heat to low, cover partially, and simmer until warmed through. Whisk in the miso.
     
    Divide the noodles evenly among individual bowls. Ladle the broth over the noodles, dividing them evenly, then top with the roasted sweet potatoes. Sprinkle with the green onions and serve.

10 Ramen Noodle Facts – Page 1

10 Ramen Noodle Facts – Page 1

10 Ramen Noodle Facts

Some facts & history about Ramen Noodles you may not have known

Lets go over some Ramen Noodle facts, as well as a little history about these delicious instant noodles!

ramen noodle facts
Instant noodles on white background
  • 1. Instant Noodle History

    Lets begin at the beginning. Where did all of this Ramen Noodle goodness get it’s start? As per the wikipedia for instant noodles : Instant noodles were invented by Taiwanese-Japanese inventor Momofuku Ando in Japan. It was first marketed on 25 August 1958, by Ando’s company, Nissin, under the brand name . Ando developed the production method of flash frying noodles after they had been made, creating the “instant” noodle. This dried the noodles & gave them a longer shelf life, even exceeding that of frozen noodles.

     

  • 2. Ramen initially was a luxury

    While it would cost considerably less than $200 a year to eat ramen for every meal, back in 1958 the first instant ramen was ironically considered a luxury item. This was because Japanese grocery stores sold fresh Japanese noodles (also known as udon noodles) at one-sixth the cost of Ando’s new instant noodles. Each noodle block was pre-seasoned & sold for 35 yen. Despite this, instant noodles eventually gained immense popularity, especially after being promoted by Mitsubishi Corporation.

     

  • 3. Ramen is the Japanese word for Chinese lo mein

    The Japanese owe it to the Chinese for the trendy food’s name. According to Being Japanese American by Gil Asakawa, ramen is the Japanese pronunciation of the kanji characters for lo mein or lau mein in Chinese. However, there are competing theories, & other authors feel the most likely etymology is lamian. Whichever is the case, it’s no surprise that ramen is inspired by lo-mein, another boiled noodle dish invented centuries ago.

  • 4. The preservatives inside instant Ramen Noodles are very difficult to digest

    Dr. Braden Kuo (a gastrointestinal specialist) of Massachusetts General Hospital used a pill-sized camera to record up to 32 hours & monitor the digestion of instant Ramen Noodles versus homemade Noodles. After two hours, the preserved noodles were still relatively intact & undigested.

     

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Ramen Noodle Chicken Salad

Ramen Noodle Chicken Salad

Ramen Noodle Chicken Salad

Not just Chicken Salad, Ramen Noodle Chicken Salad!

Transform plain cooked chicken & boiled ramen noodles into a hearty Ramen Noodle Chicken Salad with fresh produce

  • 2 packets of ramen noodles (that is our pasta)
  • ½ cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • ½ cup sliced green olives
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • ¼ cup minced onion
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar-cheese
  • 1 (10 ounce) package frozen corn kernels
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • ¾ cup Italian-style salad dressing
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup chicken meat (canned or cooked)

 

  • 1. Like most introduction steps to cooking any ramen dish, we need boiling water. Once boiling, add the ramen noodles (without flavor packets) & cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Rinse with water & Pour into a large bowl.

 

  • 2. Combine the ingredients, mushrooms, olives, celery, onion, cheese, corn & green bell pepper with the ramen & start mixing.

 

  • 3. In a small bowl, whisk together dressing & mayonnaise. When satisfied, pour dressing over salad & toss again, coating evenly. Gently mix in the flaked chicken. Let refrigerate for a few hours, & serve.

 
Ramen-Noodle Chicken Salad

Ramen Noodle Chicken Salad

Make it your own!