Chicken Ramen-Noodle Soup

Chicken Ramen-Noodle Soup

Chicken Ramen-Noodle Soup

Not just Chicken Noodle Soup

It’s that time of year where we’re getting the ill. We find ourselves waking up with any of those horrible familiar feelings :

  • sore throat
  • fever
  • nasal clog

Combat the winter blahs with some warm, delicious, home made Chicken Ramen-Noodle Soup!

  • 1. Combine Chicken, water & any selected seasonings
  • Combine 2½ pounds bone-in, skin-on, meaty chicken pieces, ½ cup chopped onion, 2 teaspoons salt, 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper, 1 bay leaf, 2 to 4 cloves minced garlic, & 8 cups of water. Feel free to add a tablespoon of the following for your unique taste: cider vinegar, coconut oil, and/or grated ginger.

     

  • 2. Simmer : until Chicken is tender
  • Bring the chicken soup to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to a simmer. Cover the pot & let the liquid simmer about 1½ hours, or until the Chicken is tender.

     

  • 3. Cut Up the Chicken
  • Using tongs, slotted spoon, or a pitch fork, you need to remove the chicken from the broth. Then you should allow it to sit long enough to cool down to handle. Pull any of the meat away from the bones, discarding the skin. Cut the meat into bite-size pieces. Remove the bay leaf from the broth & discard it along with the chicken bones.

     

  • 4. Skim Fat from Soup’s Surface
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    Like in boyscouts…

    The easiest way to skim the fat from the broth is by using a large metal spoon to skim off the layer of fatty liquid as it rises to the top of the broth. You could alternatively cover & refrigerate the soup broth for 6 to 8 hours, or until the fat solidifies on the surface. Then use a spoon to lift off the hardened fat.

     

  • 5. Add Vegetables
  • Bring the broth to boiling. Add 2 chopped carrots and 2 stalks of chopped celery. Simmer while covered, for 5 minutes.

     

  • 6. Add the Ramen-Noodles
  • Stir in 1 package uncooked ramen noodles. Return the broth to boiling & simmer, covered, about 5 minutes or until the noodles are tender but still firm. Stir in the chopped chicken from before & 2 tablespoons snipped fresh parsley. Last step is to serve into your soup bowl, & enjoy!

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    Chicken Ramen-Noodle Soup

    Get better this winter!

    When it’s cold out, warm up with some Ramen Noodles!

    When it’s cold out, warm up with some Ramen Noodles!

    Cold Ramen Noodles

    Cold? Warm up with Ramen Noodles

    When it’s cold out, warm up with some Ramen Noodles!

    When it’s cold out… I mean Ohio sub zero cold, I prefer to warm up with one of two things. Either some piping hot coffee, or a delicious bowl of Ramen!

     

    There are a couple of items that I will add to a regular packet of instant Ramen Noodles to get it to these desirable, warming temperatures. First & foremost is to add a habanero to the noodles while they boil. Once the noodles are completed, I throw them into the strainer & put the habanero into the pan. At this time I usually put the packet of flavor into a bowl, & let it sit. Back to the pan, I dump in some sriracha, chili oil, teriyaki sauce, butter, & some mushrooms or egg plant. Once that sauce gets to a simmer, I’ll introduce the noodles from the strainer, mixing the hot sauce to the noodles. By the time the noodles are good & mixed, I add to the packet flavor in the bowl. Mix & enjoy!

    Cold Ramen Noodles

     

    Cold? Warm up with Ramen Noodles

     

    Introduce Eggs to your Ramen Noodles

    Introduce Eggs to your Ramen Noodles

    Introduce Eggs

    Take your Ramen Noodles to the next level : Boiled eggs!

    Most instant Ramen Noodles are pretty much starch & fat. What we need is some extra protein! Eggs are cheap, delicious, & in most cases, easily prepared on the same stove, or more creatively with the same pot using the noodles or broth. Lets look over a short list of Egg preparation for instant Ramen noodles.

    Ramen Noodles
    Boiled Eggs
    • Hard Boiled Eggs

    • Hard boiled eggs are the easiest, basic level of egg in your Ramen : just add the eggs to a pot of cold water, bring it to a boil, then drop it into the noodles. The egg will be pretty perfectly hard boiled in just about the same time that it takes to cook your instant Ramen. What a perfect combination!

       

    • Soft Boiled Eggs

    • The soft boiled eggs are a bit trickier, because they involve more time. Once the water comes to a full boil, the eggs should find their way into the pot, start to timer, & pull them out after. The timing is key. If you want softer eggs, 3 minutes is enough, or for a fully-set white and semi-liquid yolk go for a full 5 minutes. Once completed cooking, cut the eggs open & stir the yolk into the broth. Time to enjoy!

       

    • Fried Eggs

    • In a separate pan fry up an egg, just like you would prepare for breakfast. Once completed, introduce to the top of your instant Ramen. It does not get any easier (or delicious) than a fried egg in your instant Ramen!

       

    • Egg-drop method

    • Alright, lets create small curds of egg blossoms! The egg-drop method will yield eggs that float in the broth & coat your noodles. It’s really easy. First lightly beat an egg in a small bowl. Then, once your noodles are cooked, swirl the noodles and hot broth gently around the pot. Once you get the broth is moving, slowly introduce the beaten egg to your noodles. It should set into fine ribbons & look amazingly delicious.

       

    • Poached eggs

    • These will never come out perfectly shaped. While cooking, before the noodles start separate, remove the pot from the stove-top & break a raw egg right into the center! Cover the pot & let sit for a couple minutes. Let both the noodles & eggs fully cook like normal. Poached eggs in your instant Ramen Noodles.

       

    Try any one of these? Try them all? Feel free to share your photos or stories!

    Korean Ramen Game

    Korean Ramen Game

    I found this free Korean Ramen Game, & have been playing it on my PC a lot. The game is simple, & very addictive.

    Korean Ramen Game

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    • The game can sometimes take a few minutes to load.
    • Click on the pot on the right to start.
    • Add water, then add noodles.
    • Add one egg, one onion, and one spice packet.
    • Add all of the ingredients and remove from the stove before it burns.
    • Repeat until your eyes bleed.

    Enjoy!

    The many flavors of Ramen Noodles

    After some very lengthy downtime, I finally got the site back up & running!

    Lets just do a quick breakdown of a list of all the flavors of Ramen noodles. If I’m missing anything, please feel free to make a
    quick note!

    These include nissan, top ramen, and maruchan brands.

    • Chicken
    • Creamy Chicken
    • Roast Chicken
    • Pork
    • Beef
    • Oriental
    • Cheese
    • Chili lime
    • Chili lime shrimp
    • Shrimp
    • Cajun Chicken
    • Smoked Ham
    • Mushroom
    • Chicken Mushroom
    • Lime Shrimp
    • Chicken Vegetable
    • Spicy Chili Chicken
    • California Vegetable
    • Salsa Picante Chicken
    • Roast Beef
    • Teriyaki Chicken
    • Picante Beef
    • Hearty Chicken
    • Shrimp Picante
    • Salsa Picante Chicken
    • Beef Tomato
    • Hot & Spicy
    • Teriyaki Chicken

    Ramen Noodle Salad

    Ramen Noodle Salad

    Ramen Noodle Salad

    Ramen Noodle Salad

    I first tried this Ramen Noodle Salad at a large family get together over the summer, with some revisions. It was an awesome salad! The revisions that I made were to add carrot shreds, which actually added a bit of sweetness & the dressing that I used had added more vinegar, ½ a cup of sugar, & olive oil. Then instead of just raw Ramen Noodles I also add some chow mein rice noodles. Very delicious!

    Ramen Noodle Salad
    Ramen Noodle Salad

    Ingredients :

    • 1 head Napa Chinese cabbage, preferably shredded
    • 5 green onions, chopped but include the tops
    • ½ Cup butter
    • 1 (2½ oz.) pkg. Ramen noodles, preferably broken
    • ½ Cup sesame seeds
    • ½ Cup almonds

    Dressing :

    • 3/4 c. sugar
    • 3/4 Cup salad oil or olive oil
    • 2 tbsp. soy sauce
    • ½ Cup red wine vinega

    Shred your cabbage & combine with the onions. Once done, set aside. Brown the Ramen Noodles, sesame seeds, & almonds in the butter & drain onto a paper towel. Mix the dressing & chill. Assemble approximately 20 minutes before serving.

    Enjoy!

     

     

     

     

    Ramen Noodle Egg Drop Soup

    Ramen Noodle Egg Drop Soup

    Ingredients:

    • 2 cups water
    • 2 eggs, beaten
    • 1/4 cup onion, diced
    • 1/4 cup celery, diced
    • 1/4 cup green bell pepper, diced
    • 1 (3 ounce) package chicken-flavored ramen noodles

    Directions:

    1. In a saucepan, boil water.
    2. Once water is boiling, add the vegetables, the beaten eggs, and the seasoning packet if noodles are not pre-seasoned. Stir until eggs look done. Then simmer for 5 minutes.
    3. Add noodles and cook for 3-5 minutes or until noodles are tender.
    Ramen Noodle Egg Drop Soup
    Ramen Noodle Egg Drop Soup

     

    Samyang Beef Flavor Ramen

    Beef Flavor Ramen

    Samyang Beef Flavor Ramen

    Always looking in the Asian Isle at shopping stores, I sometimes will come across new flavors of Ramen Noodles that I have not heard of before. My most recent find was the Samyang Beef Flavor Ramen.

    Samyang Beef Flavor Ramen Noodles
    Samyang Beef Flavor Ramen Noodles

    Produced by Samyang Food in Seoul, South Korea, this is an excellent medium of Ramen Noodle goodness! The Beef Flavor certainly has a bit of kick to it, but it is easily tolerable when compared to other hot Ramen Noodle flavors. The noodles themselves seemed to have a certain texture that was unique & defined.

    For the price, it certainly is a great catch. I’ll be sure to pick up more of these & incorporate some diversity into my Ramen Noodle lunch time!

    Quick Veggie Ramen

    When times are tight & budgets are pinched we all have at least two dollars left in our food budget. A quick tripped to the grocery store to purchase some obvious Ramen Noodles! At nearly 25¢ a package, ramen has to be the best food deals out there. Best of all it is fun to eat, too. Because a packet of ramen can be more than just soup waiting to be made, it can be accurately described as a blank canvas ready to be turned into culinary art. Here is a quick way to pimp out your ramen and make it into a simple, satisfying dinner.

    Veggie Ramen Dish

    Veggie Ramen (pictured above)

    Toss a tablespoon of butter into a skillet.
    Add 2 tablespoons each of thinly-sliced carrots, frozen green beans, frozen white corn, and edamame.
    Cook just until softened.
    Add a packet of Pork Ramen, along with 2 cups of water, & cook until the noodles are cooked through, about 6 minutes.
    Add seasoning packet.
    Serve and enjoy!

    Ramen in a pinch

    Ramen in a pinch

    Preparing instant Ramen Noodles with what’s available

    While staying in a hotel in historic downtown Baltimore, I happened across a liqueur store that sold among the obvious Ramen Noodles! There were a few different brands to chose from, but they had my favorite, “Gourmet Spicy” Nongshim Shin Ramen. As an added bonus, & much to my delight, also sold at this wonder store was chop sticks. The man at the counter even offered them to me for free if I could prove that I actually know how to use them.

    Slurping Ramen
    Slurping Ramen

    Back to the hotel room, I’m armed with Ramen Noodles, chop sticks, & an appetite. Really I have nothing to cook with, so I’m looking around the room with some hope & imagination. Never a good combination.

    After a quick hunt for some required items, around the hotel room I quickly though of using the coffee maker to bring the water to temperature. It’s looking like this might actually work! Using the provided glasses for water, I was able to fill the coffee maker in about three attempts. Now what to pour the hot water into? From my trip there I had an empty venti-coffee container from Star Bucks.

    Star Bucks Venti
    Star Bucks Venti

     

    Perfect! Emptying the packet into the cup, my mouth begins to salivate. It took two amounts of what the coffee maker had to offer, & once the cup was full I was able to cover it with a take-out menu to keep the heat in. After checking my email the Ramen Noodles had enough time to thoroughly cook, absorb the flavor, & was ready for human consumption!

    Hopefully you can walk away with a bit of this for preparation, or in desperation, & can enjoy some Ramen Noodles while traveling, if you find yourself in a pinch!