Noodles have become an integral part of many Asian cultures. From Chinese noodles to Japan’s ramen to Vietnam’s pho to Thailand’s pad thai to the Philippines’ pansit, noodles make up some of Asia’s most popular comfort food.
Noodles have been around for almost two millennia, giving birth to countless varieties and dishes. But nothing has revolutionized it the way the Japanese did when they introduced instant noodles. Instant noodles were invented by Momofuku Ando in 1958 to create a version with a much longer shelf life. Since then, instant noodles have taken over the world. Admit it or not, it has become a staple, especially of those in a hurry or on a budget. Instant noodles are cheaper and easier to prepare — boil the noodles or add hot water, put in the seasoning, and voila! You have your meal!
But if you want to upgrade your instant noodle game, here are some recipes we found on YouTube that add oomph to your quick favorite. Note: You may replace other brands used in the videos with the brands that are available in your area.
Fancy Ramen Recipe
This collaboration between Tasty and Rie McClenny will give you an idea of how to make your instant ramen fancy. Additional ingredients include shrimps, mushrooms, ginger, garlic, carrots, and other seasonings. Learn other tips too as you watch her prepare the ramen. It took her thirty minutes to prepare but the video is only about seven minutes long.
Instant Noodles Pinoy-Style Sopas
Kusinerong Arkitekto‘s version of chicken noodles sopas will make two packs of instant noodles serve more than two persons. Additional ingredients include garlic, onion, hotdog, evaporated milk, cabbage, carrot, and other seasonings. Go to 2:28 time stamp to skip the intro and jump to the actual preparation and cooking.
Fried Pancit Canton
Yummy Food Meals channel put a twist on Lucky Me’s instant pancit canton noodles. The added ingredients are spring onions and eggs. The end product is similar to tortang giniling or tortang talong.
French Onion Ramen, Ramen Cacio e Pepe, and Ramen Salad
This Mythical Kitchen‘s video is very timely. The team made three ramen recipe hacks that are easy to prepare:
- French Onion Ramen
- Ramen Cacio e Pepe
- Ramen Salad
The best thing about the channel is that they put the time stamps, the ingredients, and the step-by-step cooking process for each ramen recipe suggestion on the description section.
Korean Snack Bar Ramen, Kujirai Style Ramen, and Milk Ramen
For those who are into Korean noodles, Cookat presents three ramyun recipes that will pimp up your regular instant noodles. The three recipes are Korean Snack Bar Ramen, Kujirai Style Ramen, and Milk Ramen. These recipes are simple and easy to prepare. They also require minimal additional recipes.
Ramen Pad Thai and Ramen Mac and Cheese
Tina Yong‘s instant noodle upgrade suggestions include simply incorporating toppings in a regular noodle soup: Ramen Mac & Cheese recipe and Ramen Pad Thai recipe. The mac and cheese part starts at 1:02.
Instant Noodle Pizza
5-Minute Crafts Girly made a list of transforming your instant noodles to a whole new different meal or snack. Some of the interesting items are noodle pops, noodle nuggets, and noodle sandwich. But the yummiest is the noodle pizza, which starts at the 00:50 time stamp.