Playing With Mr. Noodles

I think everyone has had these instant ramen noodles, one brand or another. They seem to be the thing people make jokes about. Don’t know exactly how they ended up with the reputation they have, maybe it’s because they are extremely inexpensive. They are something I totally enjoy having for lunch, not only an inexpensive lunch but a very good lunch. When ever I find them on a case lot sale I buy them. Twenty nine cents a package makes a very cheap lunch. There is another reason people think they aren’t a good product, and that is because they don’t know what to do with them.

If you follow the package directions you get something that is actually good. Then their are people like my wife who just boils them in water, drains them, and tosses them with the seasoning packet. They do have suggestions to add other things which my wife refuses to even try.

Since I like to play I have taken it farther than even the suggestions. Yes, I started out just following the directions and suggestions on the package which does make a good lunch. Over the years carrots, celery, green onions, mushrooms, and even brussel sprouts have made the pot. My favourite way gives me the noodles to eat and a very good bowl of soup. I admit I think a bowl of soup and a sandwich is one of the best lunches you can have, this is a very very close second. Rather than water and the seasoning packet as the directions say, which only give you a small amount of soup, I use broth. Doesn’t matter whether it beef, chicken, or vegetable broth, what does make sense you bump up the favourite. What I put in flavours the noodles and makes them away better. This, if you try it, will make you a great lunch.

1 package Mr. Noodles

1 and 3/4 cup of broth (today I used beef broth because I had some in the fridge)

3/4 cup water

1 tablespoon soy sauce

pinch of ground ginger

pinch of garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon bacon fat or butter

your choice of vegetables which is optional and this time I didn’t use

Add broth, seasoning packet, water, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, bacon fat, and vegetables to a sauce pan and bring to a boil covered. Add the noodles and boil uncovered for 3 minutes stirring often. Dump in a soup bowl and enjoy, and yes don’t leave a drop of the soup in the bowl.

About Graham Stewart

This is me on a bad day.
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