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Question #91446 posted on 06/16/2018 2:12 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What are some good Ramon recipes? Anything with Spam or Tuna?

-Ramon Scattering


Dear Ramone,

As Tipperary pointed out, I sincerely hope you aren't talking about cooking people named Ramon. Most likely the majority of Ramons in the world are just nice guys living life as best they can. So instead I'll give you tips for cooking ramen. 

Basically, when I want good ramen, I do the same thing guppy outlines below. However, I have some addendums, so go ahead and read guppy's answer first: 


Dear RS,


So a few months ago my roommate introduced me to "fancy ramen." People. This is AMAZING. I'm horrible at writing out recipe instructions so hopefully this works and you get edible food from this:

  1. Boil water. If you like the broth, measure out how much water you need for your usual ramen. If you're like me and just like the noodles and seasoning without the soupiness, then do however much water you want.
  2. While the water is warming up, chop up 1/4 an onion, a bit of garlic, 1/4 a pepper, some mushrooms, or any other vegetable you like. You can also mix up the amount of each vegetable. (I'm honestly not sure if the proportions I gave are right. Don't get mad at me if your ramen is completely overwhelmed with onion.)
  3. Add olive oil to a frying pan, stick those vegetables in there, and cook/fry them.
  4. Hopefully by now your water is boiling. Add your ramen noodles.
  5. This is where it gets tricky. If you want the broth, this will take some practice. Basically, you want to add in spinach and, a little bit later, an egg into your ramen. But you have to do it at the right time so it all (the spinach, the egg, and the ramen noodles) finish cooking at the same time. My roommate is very skilled at this, and knows exactly when to put them each in. I guess you can use two different pots at the beginning—one for the ramen, the other from the spinach and egg (you can follow the instructions below on cooking those two). Or you can be like me and do the following -
  6. If you don't want that broth, you'll finish cooking the ramen noodles, then use a fork or spoon to get the noodles out while leaving the hot water in the pan. Or, you know, dump out the water and start a new pot boiling. Live your best life.
  7. Put your ramen in the bowl of your choice. Add the seasoning packet.
  8. Add a cup or two of spinach to the water (it really cooks down, so don't freak out about how much green you're putting in your college meal). Let that cook for about 3-4 minutes. Then take out the spinach with a fork or spoon and add it to your ramen.
  9. Don't forget your pan of vegetables! Keep stirring them, don't let them burn. If they look done, just take them off the heat until you've finished your ramen.
  10. Add an egg to your boiling water. I've heard stuff like putting vinegar in the water to keep the egg together. I'm just lazy and drop it right in there. Let it cook for 2-3 minutes. You'll want a runny yolk, but cooked outer white.
  11. Get that egg out. I usually use my fork or spoon and hold it up to my egg to keep the egg in place while dumping the water out. I really don't know the best way to get a poached egg out the water. So. Have fun with that.
  12. Add your egg to your ramen.
  13. Add your cooked vegetables to your ramen.
  14. Sit back, enjoy, and marvel at how a college meal suddenly seems amazing and something you'd gladly serve on a date.

-guppy of doom


Still with me? (this is Anathema again).

Alright, now my advice is to add peanut butter and hot sauce at the same time as guppy suggested to add the flavor packet. It will give your ramen a delicious spicy peanut twist that I love. If you're feeling super fancy, you can also saute any kind of meat along with your veggies to add more protein and flavor to your dish, and seal the deal with sesame seeds sprinkled over the top.

Enjoy your vastly improved ramen!


P.S. if you're serious about enjoying ramen, I'd suggest buying actual ramen from the store instead of just Top Ramen.