Sometimes you just want ramen

When we lived in the U.S., we never used to go to ethnic groceries of any sort. We weren’t opposed to it, per se; we didn’t cook very much and when we did, it was rarely from scratch. And if we wanted Chinese/Mexican/Lebanese/Cajun, we went to a restaurant. As our recipe archive demonstrates, things have changed. I’m at the China Laden (Asian market) at least once a week picking up things you just can’t find in the supermarket – soft brown sugar, cilantro, good curry pastes, soy sauce, etc. This past weekend, Cliff came with me and, while looking at the noodle wall, we balked at the price of a package of ramen – 0,80€!! That’s about $1.20! Considering that legions of broke college students lived off the stuff at one time or another, that seems like highway robbery. And makes it very attractive. All of a sudden, ramen sounds delicious.

There are things that we miss every so often that are kind of cheapo, pre-fab…well, just crap really. And right now that thing is ramen noodles. With a little inspiration from a pal, some creativity and an assist from the noodle wall (package of 5 blocks of ramen noodles, sans flavor packets=1,20€), we managed to sate the craving. About half a liter of boiling water with about 1 heaping tablespoon of powdered vegetable broth, a pinch of ground ginger and half a teaspoon of dark soy added plus one block of noodles cooked for about 3 minutes is nearly a dead-ringer for Top Ramen Oriental flavor soup.

It’s considerably more expensive than the pre-packaged stuff, but it doesn’t taste like it. Which is fine with us.

6 thoughts on “Sometimes you just want ramen

  1. CN Heidelberg

    I noticed the high prices on ramen here too!

  2. rositta

    I think your version of Ramen is a lot healthier, at least there’s no preservatives. Did you know that flour has doubled in price in the last few months and all noodles, pasta, bread etc. has gotten way more expensive…ciao

  3. B.

    I’m such a stooge – I cough up the high price for top ramen at the market every week. I might have to try it your way though…

    In the past I NEVER cooked, but suddenly I find myself not only searching out recipes, but inventing them as well. I got on a banana-nut muffin kick that saw me through 5 iterations and the (eventual) adaptation of a recipe. It took time but now I’ve created the perfect Banana Nut Muffin.

    Now if only I could figure out how to brew my own root beer…

  4. Cliff

    Now if only I could figure out how to brew my own root beer…

    Make sure to let me know when you do please!

  5. Candy

    Hey there, I’m wondering where is that Asian grocery store you mentioned here. We live 1 hour north of Regensburg and it’s pretty tough to find Asian grocers here. Thanks!

  6. cliff1976

    Hiya Candy — we frequent the Hong Kong Store on Obermünsterstraße in the Regensburg Altstadt, but there are at least a couple Asian markets around town. Apparently there’s a really big one in Burgweinting, but I’ve never been there and don’t know what it’s called.

    Christina G might have some more details for you, and her perspective is not limited to the downtown Regensburg area, like ours mostly is.

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