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Chicken Ramen

Chicken Ramen

This is a little bit of an impromptu post. It’s been awhile since I’ve had ramen. Instant noodles and I have a long history and it’s been a love hate relationship. Here’s the story. Instant noodles was banned in my household growing up after my parents deemed it was bad for us. Naturally, my reaction was to declare it one of my favorite foods and to eat it whenever I was outside the house; at a friend’s house, or a corner restaurant, wherever I could. Telling me I couldn’t eat it made me love it. Any instant noodles that was far from the vicinity of my home stood no chance against me.

Chicken Ramen

Then I left home and went to college and it became nothing but instant noodles because like most stupid teens, I was almost always broke after spending my money on stupid stuff. So instant noodles changed from being a novelty to a necessity. Which of course fostered hate. Now, being married and settled and actually knowing how to cook, I’m mostly ambivalent. I don’t crave it, I don’t particularly care about it but I don’t hate it either. It’s a good balanced relationship, I think.

Chicken Ramen

Unlike my younger years where I liked it as it was; a brick of noodles and the flavoring packet, I now have a lot of fun dressing it up. I’ve had this particular dress up twice since yesterday. Yesterday, I was far too lazy to bother plating it right or making the effort to take good pictures. I snapped a few halfhearted attempts thinking I’d post them on Instagram, which I never did. I was just concerned with eating and watching the series premier of Crossbones. It never even crossed my mind to make a post about it because let’s face it, it’s ramen. Really not a big deal.

Chicken Ramen

But today, I was in the mood. And all my arguments about it being too inconsequential to blog about seemed so far away. I didn’t decide to make a post until the egg was poaching and I was thinking about that golden yolk bursting and drenching my noodles. And how crunchy the shallots would be. And how the chives worked so well with it. And how that sesame oil looked so good spread out on the noodles. And how adding lime juice and sugar really brought out the flavor. And last but not least, how chewy and delicious those mushrooms were. That’s when I made a trip to my prop cabinet and got my noodle bowl and decided I’m going to blog about this.

Chicken Ramen

The recipe measurement may be a little off or need to be tweaked according to taste as I didn’t write any of it down and just tossed random stuff in until it looked good. So I hope you’ll be a little forgiving after laughing at me for posting a ramen recipe. At least the pics are nice…right? Right? Well, now that it’s all on the table, here’s my recipe for dressed up chicken ramen. Feel free to add actual chicken slices if you want, I hadn’t defrosted mine since this was a spur of the moment kind of thing. You can also add some Sriracha, hot sauce or red pepper flakes if you like it hot. Enjoy!

PS: These are the first pictures on my blog that were not taken with an iPhone but from an actual DSLR a friend lent to me: Canon Rebel 400d. I don’t know what I’m doing but so far I like the results!

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Chicken Ramen

Chicken Ramen


  • Author: The Cooking Jar
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: 1

Ingredients

  • 1 brick of ramen noodles
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 4 dried whole shittake mushrooms
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon chives, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fried shallots
  • Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Over medium high heat bring chicken stock to a boil
  2. Add in noodle brick and mushrooms and simmer until noodles are malleable
  3. Add in sugar and lime juice and stir to combine
  4. Crack the egg and poach until the egg whites solidify
  5. Remove from heat and top with sesame oil chives, fried shallots and pepper
  6. Serve hot

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5 Comments

  • Reply
    Heidy L. McCallum
    June 11, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    Thanks for coming and linking up at #TheWeekendSocial. Please be sure to come back next week starting Thursdays at 9PM EST on http://mccallumsshamrockpatch.wordpress.com/ ! I hope to see you there! We really enjoyed reading your blog and can not wait to see what you stun us with next!
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  • Reply
    Dorcas@feelgoodfoodblog
    June 26, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    Looks great! Definitely going to try this!

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      June 26, 2014 at 12:41 PM

      Thanks, Dorcas! Hope you like it 🙂

  • Reply
    Nagi {RecipeTin Eats}
    July 20, 2014 at 6:06 AM

    This is too too hilarious. I was at my mum’s today and she made ramen. It made me think “I should do a ramen post”. Searched it on foodgawker…and what do you know? YOURS came up! Are you kidding me?? I seriously almost fell off the couch laughing! Great recipe. Nice step up from just sacking a packet of ramen in a pot (which was a staple in my university days!)

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      July 20, 2014 at 2:12 PM

      Great minds…speaking of which, I was gonna do drunken noodles soonish too! We seriously need to stop doing this 😉

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