Oh my word, what a Wednesday, folks. This afternoon, Jia and I watched the live coverage of the USA Elections while savouring a hearty and tasty bowl of instant noodles. Nothing can beat the gratification of devouring a hot bowl of instant noodles goodness on a relatively cool day. Perhaps it is the MSG-flavoured soup stock or the fact that we are true-blue Asians, we just can't hide our love for instant noodles.
Some days, I wake up craving for Korean kimchi instant noodles, while some days I find myself craving for spicy coconut broth noodles. There are far too many flavours, brands and varieties of instant noodles out there in the world for me to name my favourite one. There isn't a bowl like the other and there surely isn't a default recipe available. While some like to keep their noodles simple and plain, I usually put together a bowl of instant noodles with whatever fresh/frozen ingredients I have in my fridge. It's really up to you to get creative!
Min+Jia's Lazy and Rainy Day Instant Noodles
Recipe inspired by our mothers
Prep time: 5 mins | Cooking Time: 10 - 15 minutes
1 packet of instant noodles, choose your favourite flavour!
A handful of enoki mushrooms, cut into half
3 Napa cabbage leaves Napa, cut into bite-size
3 sticks frozen crab stick, cut into 3 parts or keep it whole
3 frozen crab roe fishballs
1 slice of cheese (optional)
2.5 cups water
2 stalks spring onion, cut into 3cm strips
A sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds
A sprinkle of seaweed flakes
A drizzle of sesame oil
Bring a pot of water to a boil and add napa cabbage. If you prefer softer cabbage, boil for approximately 7-10 minutes before adding the frozen crab-roe fishballs. When the fishballs have soften, add in noodles. Use a pair of chopsticks to loosen up the noodles, and proceed to add in the flavoured stock packet. If you prefer an intense flavoured soup, add in a full packet, otherwise, half or three quarters of a pack will do just fine!
As the noodles come to a boil, add in enoki mushrooms and crab sticks. Just before you are done, crack an egg into the soup or add a sliced cheese on the top. Turn off the fire, pop the lid on and prepare your garnish. Serve noodles with a sprinkle of spring onion, seaweed flakes, toasted sesame seeds and a drizzle of sesame oil. I would also recommend garnishing your noodles with fried shallots, coriander leaves or garlic chips!
Eat immediately or your noodles will get soggy!
Jia's definition of a good bowl of Kimchi ramen includes a mixture of fresh and frozen ingredients as well as a slice of cheese to flavour and thicken the broth. For myself, no bowl of instant noodles is ever complete without the addition of an egg.
Isn't it amazing how you can easily turn a plain and simple packet of instant noodles into a hearty and tasty meal under 30minutes? All it takes is some creativity and packets of instant noodles, and your meal is served! To make evening dinners more special, boil some instant noodles then bake it with a delicious meat sauce topped with tons of grated cheese, or simply crush some uncooked noodles and add it to a chicken stock for a quick and tasty chicken soup.
So many recipes and only one stomach to take it all in.
How do you like your instant noodles? What's the craziest instant noodles recipe you have ever cooked? Share them all with me!
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