How to Improve Ramen: What Do You Add to Yours?

Granite & Ivy
by Granite & Ivy

We love ramen, and I have a simple way to teach you how to improve ramen. Ramen is very cheap and can be a filling meal. There are many ways to improve instant ramen by adding things to it, but I’ll be sharing my favorite way to make it tastier.

Chicken flavor ramen noodles

1. Choose your ramen flavor

I'm going to show you how I make my noodles. I like the beef ones better, but they've been out at Walmart every time we've gone the past few weeks so I am starting with some chicken-flavored ramen. 

Tricolor coleslaw

2. Add some veggies

I get this at Walmart, too, the tricolor coleslaw. I add just like, a handful or so to the boiled water; it turns blue because of the cabbage in here. Also, I'm going to add some mushrooms.

Cooking the noodles and veggies

3. Cook the noodles

I break up my ramen into four when it's still in the packaging, 

just because it makes the noodles easier to eat when they're broken up a little bit. 

On the package, it tells you how much water to cook the ramen in. However, I just put as much as I want and then pour some out before the end. Get the water to a rolling boil. 

Do not overcook your noodles because then they will be soggy.

I wait to put the seasoning packet in until the end when I've poured out some of the water.

Mongolian-style barbecue sauce

4. Choose your sauces

I like to add Mongolian-style barbecue sauce and some Korean chili sauce. This Mongolian-style barbecue sauce is from Walmart, but the one that I really like is from Aldi.

I add about a tablespoon and a half of the Mongolian-style barbecue sauce and half a tablespoon to a tablespoon of the chili sauce.

How to improve ramen

How to improve ramen

Ramen noodles are fun to experiment with, adding things to ramen improves the taste. You can get as creative as you like while still keeping the meal inexpensive. What do you like to add to your ramen? Let us know in the comments!

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  • Gail Kellum Gail Kellum on Nov 18, 2022

    I love cooking cabbage with bite size pieces of Conecuh cajun sausage or Keilbasa til tender in water or broth. Or, you can add sausage to large deep pot and brown then add cut up cabbage and water or broth to cook cabbage. At end when cabbage is tender, add additional broth or water to it, season to you taste.

    The break up Ramen noodles in bowl. Fish out few pieces of sausage and some cabbage place over noodles in bowl, then add broth from pot. Let sit a few so noodles hydrate. So delicious, I don't like soggy Ramen either. Sliced scallon greens would be good garnish... enjoy!

  • Lori Horton Sikora Lori Horton Sikora on Nov 19, 2022

    I add an egg to the boiling water and stir to distribute it through out the chicken ramen. I also through in some frozen stir fry vegetables in any flavor ramen.