15-Minute Top-Shelf Ramen Recipe

15-Minute Top-Shelf Ramen Recipe
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Top Shelf Ramen
Geri Salmon
Top Shelf Ramen

From the ages of 6-10 I cooked like a broke college student. Ramen, American cheese, leftover-sandwiches.  Though I haven't entirely outgrown my early principles — hot food is the best food; when in doubt add salt; and every ingredient can and should fit in a single bite — I have a more demanding palette and greater access to better ingredients (on the higher shelves). This ramen pays homage to my earliest days at work in the kitchen, on days that I can't really pay for anything else.

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Ingredients

  • 2 ½ cups water
  • 1 package of ramen, preferably Top Ramen
  • 2 tablespoons carrots, finely chopped
  • 2 shiitake mushrooms, stems removed and thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup bamboo shoots, sliced
  • 1 scallion, sliced
  • ¼ teaspoon ginger, minced
  • ½  teaspoon chili-sesame oil
  • ½ teaspoon Sriracha
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 egg, beaten

Directions

Bring two cups of water to a boil, drop in the ramen noodles. Add the carrots and shiitake mushrooms.  After a minute, bring the heat down to a simmer.  Add all of the remaining ingredients except for the egg.  

In a bowl, beat the egg with one tablespoon of water.

Once the noodles and vegetables have reached the desired tenderness, turn the heat off. Using a fork, begin to stir the soup as you slowly drizzle the egg into the pot. Pour the soup into a large bowl, put on cartoons, enjoy.

Nut Shopping Tip

Whenever possible, purchase whole, not presliced or chopped nuts. They have a longer shelf life.

Nut Cooking Tip

Toasting your nuts helps release essential oils and intensifies their flavor.