Wanna be on Top (Ramen)

Written by Katherine Bacon

Ramen is the stereotypical “college kid” food. It’s dirt cheap, literally 13 cents for a pack, and can be made within minutes. You could eat 3 square meals of ramen for an entire year and it would only cost you $142.65.

That sounds too good to be true, right? And yes, that is right, because if you ate a regular package of ramen at every meal for an entire year you would die of boredom as well as malnutrition.

Ramen has only been around since the 20th century, but in that time people have figured out some ways to make it taste pretty darn good. So if you want to save some money but also get that Chinese food fix, some “fancy” ramen might be for you.

Here are some cool twists to try along with that 13-cent pack:

  1. Ditch the flavor packet and add Miso instead. This is how ramen is usually cooked in Japan and it’ll taste just like the traditional Japanese soup.
  2. Add some protein into your ramen with an egg. Either add a hard-boiled egg or make ramen egg drop soup. Simply scramble and add in the raw egg to the boiling broth.
  3. Put some veggies in your ramen. Get some nutrition by adding in carrots, kale, scallions, etc.
  4. Add in some meat or tofu. It’s an easy and flavorful way to get protein.
  5. Add some cheese and make a ramen mac n cheese, or just sprinkle some parmesan and garlic and boom, parmesan garlic noodles.
  6. Literally any sauce. Try them with soy, stir fry, sweet and sour, curry, you name it.
Some ramen with pizzazz!


Maybe try all of these at the same time or combine a few! With ramen you can make your meals a little more affordable without sacrificing flavor.

Edited by Annie-Laurie Blair

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