Gourmet Instant Ramen

by Sarah

in Asian Dishes, Dairy-Free, Entrees, noodles, Vegetarian

Gourmet instant ramenDoes this title sound ironic? Maybe a little bit? I know you’re thinking that instant ramen can not be gourmet, but when the ramen restaurant is so far away, one has to get a bit creative at home!

This is the super fast upgraded version of ramen I make in my apartment. I add a lot of fixings, to fill it with textures so each bite is different. At the same time, it also makes the ramen feel like a special treat, rather than “I’m to tired to cook real food!”

Gourmet instant ramenThis ramen is super fast – you can make it in about 15 minutes of assembly time. You can use a regular boiled egg, or if you like flavored egg whites you can do what I did here. I soaked the egg in a mixture of soy sauce, water, and cooking wine overnight the day before, and popped it in the ramen noodles at the end.

Gourmet instant ramen

One day when I’m a bit less busy, my goal is to figure out how ramen restaurants make that delicious ramen stew. I believe they stew it for many hours on end, but the texture is so silky and smooth, it is worth all the effort!

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Gourmet Instant Ramen
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Recipe type: Noodles
Cuisine: Asian
Serves: 2
  • 2 packages instant ramen
  • 2 pieces of bok choy
  • 2 scallions, diced
  • ½ cup fresh or frozen corn
  • 1 package mushrooms
  • 1 piece square seaweed, cut to rectangular strips
  • 1 tablespoon hoison sauce
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons cooking wine
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 6 tablespoons soy sauce
  1. The night before, boil the eggs to your liking. I like mine slightly soft in the middle (I add egg to boiling water and let simmer for 6-7 medium heat, then cool in cold water before peeling). Peel the eggs and soak in 4 tablespoons soy sauce + 6 tablespoons water + 2 tablespoons cooking wine filled into a Ziploc bag with the eggs.
  2. Boil the ramen noodles in 4 cups of water and add both packages of flavoring (alternatively, steep the ramen in hot water according to package instructions if you want to be really fast)
  3. Add 1 teaspoon oil to a skillet. Quickly stir fry bok choy and top on the ramen.
  4. Add washed mushrooms to the same skillet and stir fry with 1 tablespoon hoison sauce. Add to ramen.
  5. Add fresh cooked corn (or microwave frozen corn like me) and add to ramen noodle top
  6. Cut seaweed into rectangular pieces and insert in ramen.
  7. Slice the soy sauce eggs in half and top on the ramen. Serve hot!


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1 Cali @ Cali's Cuisine May 11, 2015 at 5:32 am

Gourmet Ramen – an oxymoron for certain. But I think you nailed it! Thank you for putting an interesting twist on something we got tired of eating in college. Looks delish!


2 Sarah May 11, 2015 at 6:59 pm

Thanks Cali!


3 Nagi@RecipeTinEats May 12, 2015 at 12:36 am

I almost fell off the couch giggling! This is exactly what I do – I called it a Instant Ramen Makeover! Whatever you call it, as long as you use a ramen with punchy flavours, it’s super yum. I use the same brand you do!! That red packet is universally recognisable around the world!!


4 Sarah May 12, 2015 at 10:32 am

I’m so glad you do the ramen makeover too! I do love that red package ramen!


5 Oriana Romero May 13, 2015 at 11:45 am

I have never made homemade ramen!! I need to try this … Seriously. Love it. Pinning!


6 Sarah May 14, 2015 at 7:07 am

Thanks Oriana! It’s good for a fast meal!


7 Connie May 14, 2015 at 10:11 am

I had to make ramen after seeing this post because it looked so good! I could eat this everyday :p I didn’t do this step, but soaking eggs in cooking wine and soy sauce sounds SO good. I will definitely try it next time!


8 Sarah May 14, 2015 at 4:28 pm

Thanks Connie! 😀


9 Sonali- The Foodie Physician May 15, 2015 at 8:13 pm

This is such an awesome upgrade of instant ramen! I LOVE ramen so this is right up my alley. I actually just got to NY for vacation and I can’t wait to go Toto Ramen (my fave NYC ramen spot), I’ve been craving it for so long!


10 Sarah May 16, 2015 at 10:41 am

Glad you like it :) Have fun in NY at Toto Ramen! I’ll be going to NY later this summer so will keep Toto Ramen in mind!


11 Chineka @ Savor The Baking May 20, 2015 at 8:34 pm

This is a beautiful dish and I love how easy it is to make.


12 Sarah May 21, 2015 at 12:32 pm

Thanks Chineka!


13 Maggie May 20, 2015 at 8:46 pm

This is ramen 2.0 lol. I admire how creative you are and add a simple ramen a twist. This is the best comfort food for my during traveling. Believe or not, I went to a ramen restaurant for my first meal when I arrived in Austin. This looks so delicious :)


14 Sarah May 21, 2015 at 12:32 pm

Thanks Maggie! Hope you enjoyed the ramen restaurant in Austin! :)


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