Wednesday, September 16, 2009


This has been my go-to lunch lately. It feels healthy (or more healthy than eating my kid's pb&j crusts), light and grown-up. It's also quick. I'm talking about Ramen Noodles. I know they get a bum rap, and I'm not to fond of the high level of sodium, but I am fascinated by the whole umami thing and ramen really encapsulates that.

First chop whatever veggies you have on hand. I like mine julienne. I used celery, carrots and pepper. I also love scallions, bok choy, string beans, broccoli. You can use just about anything.

Bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Put noodles, spice packet, all your vegetables and one raw egg (trust me) into the water. Cover and simmer (lower the heat) for exactly 3 minutes.

Transfer to bowl. Mix in something to make it a little spicy. I like to use red curry paste from Thai Kitchen. I use just a tiny bit (1/2 t.). The vegetables will be cooked but still al dente and the egg softly poached. Makes 1 1/2 serving.


daisy said...

Are you serious? Why didn't I marry you? (Shayne is saying the same thing over my shoulder).

Cafe Johnsonia said...

Fred has been making ramen with an egg in it for Lilly. She calls it egg drop soup. :) Fred's aunt makes ramen with various meats and mushrooms in it--think spam and garlicky sausage. It's suprisingly good and gives you that extra boost from the MSG and sodium in case you haven't gotten it already from the noodles alone. ha, ha

Next time, we're adding veggies!

Mom in Mendon said...

Looks good, Erin. (I'm so glad you're blogging. I missed you!)

LoGunns said...

Sounds good! I never would have thought about dropping an egg in. I will try that next time. BTW have you ever tried the recipe for coconut curry that is on that little Thai curry paste bottle? It is delicious.

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carly k said...

Yum! That sounds delicious! I am going to have to give it a go! I LOVE ramen. I usually cook it in a miso soup and tofu, scallions, soy sauce... so this is right up my alley!

And I have no idea how I came across your blog:) Design Mom, maybe? Anyway, I live in St. George, too!