Whats in Your Ramen?

September 24, 2007 in cooking, Food Porn, ingredient, product, recipe

First, I would LOVE to hear from you all how you [tag]personalize[/tag] your [tag]ramen[/tag]!

What IS in your ramen?

Are you Ramen-[tag]Orthodox[/tag] who likes it [tag]plain[/tag]?

Are you a Ramen-[tag]Liberal[/tag] who likes to make it different every time?

I am not ashamed to say that there are times when the family just wants a certain sort of food and no “healthy” alternative will do. For some families this might be mac & cheese or frozen pizza or [tag]twinkies[/tag], for us its [tag]ramen noodles[/tag].

Ramen noodles are ok, if its an occasional treat. (ok, I have a hard time eating them because I had WAY too much of them in [tag]college[/tag] and [tag]grad school[/tag])

My problem with ramen noodles is that I get bored with it, easily. Until this iteration, I had only experimented with ramens insofar as adding a beaten [tag]egg[/tag] to the noodles after boiling and seasoning to add some [tag]protein[/tag]. This has never appealed to my family so its not been made much.

With the family members crying out for ramen and my being crazy-bored with the unfortunate limp things, I decided to branch out a bit and have the ramen travel to a new and, hopefully, exciting land.

What I came up with was an odd combination of [tag]artisanal[/tag] [tag]sustainably[/tag]-grown [tag]ground beef[/tag] raised on the Golden Acres ranch in Waterloo, New York, [tag]homegrown[/tag] [tag]organic[/tag] [tag]tomato[/tag]es, organic [tag]green onion[/tag]s, and organic [tag]oregano[/tag], [tag]MSG[/tag]-loaded Del Taco [tag]taco[/tag] [tag]seasoning[/tag], MSG-loaded ramen noodle flavoring and MSG-loaded ramen noodles. If I make this again, I might need to either simply use [tag]carbon monoxide[/tag] treated ground beef and [tag]pesticide[/tag] and MSG treated veggies from the grocery store or organic MSG-free ramen and my own mix of organic taco seasonings so that there is not such a [tag]karmic[/tag] clash!

This recipe is not earth shattering, its obvious! I just thought I would put it together like this to make it easy.

[tag]Mexi-Cali Ramen served in mini-pumpkin bowls[/tag]


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 packet Taco Seasoning
  • 1 tomato, cubed
  • 3 green onions, confetti dice
  • sprig of fresh oregano
  • 5 packets ramen noodles, chicken flavor (more or less, up to you)
  • 1 pat [tag]butter[/tag] per noodle batch
  • 5 mini [tag]pumpkin[/tag]s


Brown the beef and then prepare as per the taco seasonings packet, adding in the fresh tomatoes, 1/4 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano, and the white part of the diced green [tag]onion[/tag]s (save the green part for garnish).

Prepare the ramen noodles such that you remove the noodles from the boil-water, drain, add a bit of butter and a sprinkle of the MSG flavoring packet. Toss in a bit of the green onion dice and more chopped fresh oregano too.

Hollow out the mini pumpkins.

Put ramen noodles in the pumpkin bowl. Spoon some of the taco meat on top. Garnish with diced green onion and a bit of fresh oregano.

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