Some poetry is universal: we all know the Robert Frost poem about the road not taken; Shel Silverstein was a straight-up guru; Dr. Seuss was either a genius or tripping on acid or both; and chances are you’re familiar with good ol’ William Shakespeare, even if you hated having to act out scenes from Macbeth in class.
But only one poem truly resonates with all college students, English majors, and non-English majors alike. And it’s this one:
- Peel off the lid.
- Pour boiling water into the cup.
- Let sit for three minutes.
- Stir well and serve.”
To a college student, nothing is more poetic than the directions for making Cup Noodles. These noodles are a member of the College Food Holy Trinity, alongside Easy Mac and Nutella. And it’s all thanks to the hard work and perseverance of Momofuku Ando, Taiwanese-Japanese inventor, and entrepreneur, who would be turning 105 years old today.
Ando created Instant Ramen, a flash-fried version of the classic Japanese noodle dish, as a cheap solution to post-World War II Japan’s hunger problem. Since then, it has evolved into a reliable solution for chronic starvation in college. Apart from being hot and comforting, it’s also impossible to screw up, which you probably can’t say about your last Orgo midterm.
So in honor of our noodle patron, check out this definitive guide to pimping out the ramen you’ll be inevitably having for dinner in the library tonight.
1. Ramen Cacio E Pepe
Some people are blessed with Italian grandmothers who can make homemade pasta. Other people are gifted with a knack for cooking. And for the rest of us, at least there’s this recipe.
2. Ramen Salad
Next time you’re paying twelve dollars for a salad you’re just going to eat the toppings off of, imagine yourself eating this instead. And then go make that dream a reality.
3. Hot & Spicy Ramen Chili
simply fail an exam? Are you missing home? Your romantic interest hasn’t texted you in at least four hours. Allow this chili to embrace you and reassure you that everything will be fine.
4. Chicken Ramen Noodle Soup
Because chicken noodle soup is the most effective treatment for any ailment, including the flu, SAD, and severe hangovers, this recipe is available to you.
5. Egg, Bacon, and Ramen Scramble
Although the early bird may get the worm, this ramen scramble is for the tardy student. Which I’m going to say is unquestionably superior.
6. Cheddar Broccoli Ramen
Purchase a sizable pack of Cup Noodles if you are that person who is always short on money for meals out. You will be satisfied after eating this dish for at least a few hours.
7. Ramen Veggie Stir-Fry
That’s accurate. With this stir-fry recipe, the quickest, easiest dinner idea ever just got quicker and easier. Because nobody has time to prepare rice.
8. Ram N’ Cheese
You probably will eat both Easy Mac and Instant Ramen today, so why not do both at once to save time? This fusion dish will sate all of your stereotypical college cravings.
9. Diy Gourmet Ramen
These unusual ingredients are probably not things you keep lying around, but if you do, this ramen is for you. You’re a freak, too.
10-Minute Egg and Spinach Ramen
Ten minutes is considerably less time than it usually takes to prepare anything else, but a little longer than it usually takes to prepare ramen. However, the potential for yolk porn in this recipe makes the extra time totally worthwhile.
11. Parmesan Ramen
This bowl of instant noodles screams, “I obviously had ramen lying around and I literally just needed a vehicle for the cheese to enter my mouth.” In any case, it tastes great.
12. Deceptively Simple Poached Egg Ramen
Arriving with these noodles will confuse your fellow library patrons. Everyone will believe that you brought a private Japanese chef with you. The truth won’t be revealed to anyone.
13. Ramen Egg Drop Soup
A desperate-hungry-American-college-student makeover of hot, comforting soup was recently applied to the Chinese restaurant version. But holy cow does this dish satisfy?
14. Ramen Egg Stir-Fry
If your parents knew you were consuming foods from each food group, they would be extremely proud of you. Unless they’re worried that, after a long night of studying for midterms, you’re sending them a picture of this dish at 4 in the morning.
15. Dessert Ramen
SALUTE YOURSELF. Make yourself this less ominous, actually delicious ramen adaptation of Buddy the Elf’s horrifying dessert spaghetti when your sweet tooth is acting up.
What to Add to Ramen to Make It Nicer?
With a few simple adjustments, such as the addition of onions, sesame seeds, or Sriracha, instant ramen may taste even better. Famous chef Roy Choi makes his quick ramen with butter, egg, and American cheese. Added options include soy sauce, kimchi, peanut butter, and others. 13-Jun-2019
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