Cheater Ramen

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, I Love Ramen!! There are those days though, that I just don’t want the whole hassle of making ramen from scratch. I grew up on top ramen (Maruchan brand of course); ramen has always been a comfort food to me. My dad was the one who’d always stay home with me on sick days and make me ramen instead of chicken soup. But he never was a very good cook, so packaged things were his specialty.  He’d always doctor it up with his add-ins like spam, portages sausage, left over chicken, egg, or what ever was in the fridge. Once I was old enough to cook for myself I continued the heritage of adding things to my top ramen. Of course fish cake and spam are my go to toppings, but I’ve also been know to add deli meat, pot stickers or whatever greens are growing in the garden especially mustard greens! I love eggs in my ramen, soft boiled is the best in my book, but I don’t always want to take the time to soft boil an egg when I am making a quick ramen. One day I was waiting impatiently for my broth to boil when I thought, “why don’t I poach my egg in the broth?” and let me tell you something, GAME CHANGER!! The whites were so flavorful from the broth and my yolk, perfectly runny, it was perfection! My cheater ramen is pretty damn good for being top ramen, a fantastic substitute for “from scratch” ramen.

Cheater Ramen                                                                                                                                    Yield 1 serving

1 package of Oriental Ramen (Maruchan brand)

Sriracha (to taste)

1 link of Lap Cheong, sliced

1 Green Onion, sliced

1 egg

Small handful of Spinach

Step One:  In a small pot, brown the Lap Cheong. Careful because it happens pretty quick.

Step Two: Add the amount of water the package says to, add seasoning package, green onion and sriracha (to taste) then bring to boil.

Step Three: Once the broth is boiling reduce the heat to a simmer and poach the egg in the broth to your preferred doneness (I like a soft egg), then remove the egg and set aside.

Step Four: Bring the broth back to a boil and the noodles; once the noodles are about 1/2 way cooked, add the spinach.

Step Five: Once the noodles are done, pour into a bowl, top with the egg, and shove it into your face hole!

Other Toppings that are equally amazing!


Portage sausage

Bok choy

Mustard greens

Miso paste

Pot stickers/ won tons

Rotisserie chicken

Deli ham

Left over Bulgogi

Or whatever sounds good to you!

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