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5 Best Ways To Fix Up Your Ramen


By Sierra Juarez

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Ramen is a staple of college and was practically its own food group during my Freshman year. After a few months of cafeteria food, I started wanting to make my own meals in the comfort of my own room. However, there is only so much you can do without a stove or a large space to cook. Following in the footsteps of many college students before me, I resulted to Ramen, as I’m sure many of you in the UT Class of 2020 will do.

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Throughout my Freshman year in college, I began to experiment with different ways to “doctor” up Ramen. Sometimes my intent was to make the sodium packed noodles a bit healthier, while other times I was just experimenting with different flavors. I compiled my five favorite results below for the upcoming college Freshman living in dorms. Mix and match and of these ideas for a great bowl of Ramen!

1. Eggs:
Crack an egg into your Ramen after cooking the noodles. Stir the egg lightly and heat up in the microwave for an additional minute. The noodles will have cooked egg pieces throughout, similar to eggs in fried rice. It adds a different texture to the noodles, and as an egg-lover, this was a personal favorite.

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2. Fresh Vegetables:
Chop up some of your favorite fresh vegetables and throw them into the same bowl as the Ramen. Add an additional minute on top of the regular cook time so that the vegetables are thoroughly cooked. I always added fresh mushrooms, broccoli and green onions, but any of your favorite veggies could do the trick!

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3. Soy Sauce:
I know that soy sauce may sound unappealing in an already sodium packed meal, but if you substitute half of the Ramen flavoring packet with a bit of soy sauce, the noodles won’t taste overpoweringly salty. Nearly every time I ate Ramen, I either put half of the flavor packet or none at all. Supplementing soy sauce for the flavor packet every once in a while, is a must.

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4. Sriracha:
I am a firm believer that Sriracha sauce makes everything taste better. You can put Sriracha on any and everything including your Ramen. For a spicy flavor, mix up a bit of Sriracha into your bowl of Ramen after it’s finished cooking.

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5. Meat:
For all of the meat lovers out there, you can add some grilled chicken or any cooked meat to your Ramen. Adding meat is a great way to make your Ramen a more full-meal.

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