8 Ways to Elevate Your Ramen
Instant ramen is breaking out from college dorms and into the hands of the most creative home cooks across the country. Here are our favorite new ways to upgrade your noodles.
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Top it With Bacon and Egg
Food blogger Molly Meehan of Say Yes to Yolk shares this brilliant tip: Add a soft-cooked egg, crispy bacon bits and a sprinkle of sliced scallions to take your ramen dish from good to great. Additionally, Molly flavors her broth with miso, lemongrass and ginger. Yum!
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Opt for Specialty Noodles
We bet you’ve never seen ramen quite like this before! Blogger Gina Fontana of Healthy Little Vittles turned us on to specialty black rice ramen (buy them in bulk, here) which add a stunning purple hue to your dish—plus, they’re gluten-free, too! Gina adds lots of extras like miso, tahini, carrot, mushroom, bok choy and edamame for a wholly satisfying meal.
Try Duck Fat
If you haven’t cooked with duck fat before, now’s the time to start. You’d use it similarly as you would bacon fat, and it’s what blogger Betty Liu uses to whip up this insanely savory ramen dish. She cooks duck breast as her main protein for the mean and fries chopped scallions in the fat.
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Flavor it With Kimchi
Sarah over at The Woks of Life uses prepared kimchi (a staple of Korean cuisine made from salted and fermented vegetables) to flavor this exciting batch of ramen. It’s quick and easy but delivers major flavor. Go the extra mile by learning how to make your own kimchi from scratch.