so i got really into ramen

Over the course of 2020’s quarantine I was unemployed, mostly stuck in my apartment, and totally focused on personal projects. I ended up cooking more than I had in years, and I was really trying to make every dollar stretch, when I stumbled on this tweet by @Its_Brig.

This lil comic sparked a fire! This recipe is so tasty and easy to make and I want more people to see it!

A fresh bowl of fried ramen: it's delicious and sort of nutritious


Let's start by going over the standard ramen stir fry by @Its_Brig:

Fried Ramen (standard flavor)

Ingredients: Instructions:
  1. mix the ramen spice pack w/ soy sauce, sesame oil, your sweet & your spice to make your custom sauce, stir well!
    • You want soy sauce & sesame oil in a 2:1 ratio
    • Everything here is to taste! The soy sauce & spice pack have a ton of salt, so if you want less, use less. Experiment and find out what ratios you like best!
  2. boil the water in a small covered pot, cook the noodles as usual (three minutes probably)
  3. drain the noodles
  4. heat up a pan w/ some oil on medium
  5. if you have meat or raw onions, cook them first
  6. stir in egg, break it up like you’re scrambling it (or not, whatever), let them cook a bit
  7. sometimes you gotta add a little more oil here
  8. push everything to the side and add your noodles! let them fry up for a bit and get crispy!
  9. add the rest of your veggies (except your green onions)
  10. pour the sauce over all of it and stir it all up
  11. add any green onions & sesame seeds on top

I have been eating this like twice a week since I found out about it and it has been such a good & simple meal. Cooked like this, ramen is filling and has some legit nutrition, veggies, protein, plus lots of calories and carbs to keep you going! I am not a nutritionist!

okay i've eaten this one hundred times and now i'm bored of it

Nice job, join the club! Let’s talk about BONUS RECIPES. There are quite a few modifications that make these noodles into a totally new flavor! These mostly involve altering your sauce ingredients, while the basic recipe stays the same.

Pad Thai Fried Ramen


You make this more or less the same as before, with some small changes:

  1. put the peanut butter in the microwave for about 30 seconds, to make it easier to stir. Then add the fish sauce, soy sauce, half of the spice pack, garlic, brown sugar, rice vinegar and lime juice, and stir it up
  2. bell pepper should be cooked a little longer, along with the egg
  3. add cilantro and green onions at the end, on the top of your noodles

Creamy Gochujang Fried Ramen


Same as before! The only note here is: When adding the sauce, melt the cream cheese in the microwave for ~30 seconds first. This will make it easier to stir into the rest.

and that's it!

This has been my go-to lunch for the pandemic! It’s simple, filling, and it makes you feel like you actually cooked a dang meal instead of scrounging for scraps. Let me know how you like it, and if you come up with any new modifications yourself! I’m still looking for new ways to mix these up (hot mustard noodles..?) so maybe there will be an update someday.

Good luck and good noodles!