You know what ramen means. Late nights, too many shots, early morning classes….oh wait, that’s college ramen (or so I’ve heard). No, today we’re talking fancy, after-college, grown-up ramen. You know, the one that’s responsible and is served at 6pm instead of 2am, the one that shows how healthy it is by including some green stuff, the classy one that is seasoned with things like pork belly and sriracha, the one that is civilized and served in a bowl with an actual spoon (as opposed to in a pan and being eaten with your hands, although this ramen is completely acceptable to eat with your hands). Ah, ramen, you grew up so fast…
Ok, enough with the college reminiscing. Be an adult, grab a package of those cheap noodles, make this dish (or make this), because judging by the amount of restaurants adding ramen nights to their menu (at least in our neighborhood), it looks like ramen may not be such a ‘Van Wilder’ after all…
- 1 package of ramen (I prefer the chicken or beef flavors)
- Peanuts or cashews
- Sautéed onions and garlic
- Shredded cabbage
- Shredded carrots
- Crispy bacon or pork belly
- Lime slices
- Sesame oil
- Sesame seeds
- Soy sauce
- Prepare ramen as you normally would. Add on the toppings of your choice and enjoy hot.
- For the ramen pictured, I used beef ramen, topped with a sautéed egg, crispy bacon pieces, onions and garlic, a sprinkling of cilantro and peanuts, a squeeze of lime juice and a drizzle of sriracha.
- Eat immediately as soon as this is prepared as this does not save well.