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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Fun with Ramen Noodles: It's National Noodle Month!

I must admit, I was a bit lax about preparing today's post. I'm still trying to catch up from my mini hiatus and it isn't going well. I may just need to toss a few emails and stay away from Pinterest for a few days while I do. It's just so addicting, lol...My plan was to mention the reason why I chose today to share the book Ramen Noodle Recipes, scan a few recipes from the book and Wah La, instant gratification! (you might remember the Ramen Noodle Fudge I shared a while back:)

That all got discombobulated when I "met" Momofuku Ando. Well, I didn't actually meet him of course, he has long passed. But, I did "get to know" him by the many tributes I read about him while trying to find just the right link to introduce you to The Humble Origins of Instant Ramen: From Ending World Hunger to Space Noodles. (the site is rather annoying because it has a big ol' ad right in the middle of the words. However, if you can get past the annoyance, it has some really interesting info:)

Perhaps I should take a moment to first introduce you to Ramen as described by the Japanese Guide.

Ramen is a noodle soup that was originally imported to Japan from China... In more recent decades, it has become a very popular dish in Japan, adapted to the Japanese taste. Ramen restaurants (ramen ya) number in the thousands, and instant ramen (invented in 1958) is popular both in and outside of Japan.

Ramen noodles are about as thin as spaghetti and are served in a soup that varies based on region, city and even specific vendor. Ramen's popularity stems in part from the fact that it is so inexpensive and widely available...

Though ramen can be considered a one dish meal, gyoza are a common side dish...Ramen can be classified according to its soup base. The most popular ones are:

  • Shoyu Ramen: Brown, transparent, soya sauce based soup
  • Miso Ramen: Brown, non-transparent, miso based soup.
  • Shio Ramen: Transparent, salt based soup.
  • Tonkotsu Ramen: White, milky, pork based soup.

I might be pushing my luck celebrating Ramen Noodles for National Noodle Month but hey, "It's my blog and I can do what I want!." The problem is, Ramen Noodles, according to the National Pasta Association-Fun Facts, are NOT in fact, Noodles!!!

Egg noodles contain egg; almost all other dry pasta shapes do not. By federal law, a noodle must contain 5.5 percent egg solids to be called a noodle. So without egg, a noodle really isn't a noodle.

How 'bout I just drop off a couple of recipes from the Ramen Noodle Recipe book, and you decide...

First off we have Ramen Noodle "Meatballs" with a Swedish twist or is it Swedish "Meatballs" with a Ramen twist? Again, you decide:) I just couldn't resist, after all, today is National Meatball Day!

And for dessert, Rocky Road Bundles!

In the mean time, I'll be flying around blog world visiting your tasty blogs. "See" ya here Wordless Wednesday, which also happens to be...Plant a Flower Day! Louise:)

51 Nibbles:

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

So many good things to choose from, but I'll go with the Ramen Noodles. How timely this is - I was in San Diego last week, and we went to a joint called "Underbelly" for dinner. Their signature dish? Ramen Noodles. I had a gigantic, glorious bowl of Ramen Noodles (enough to feed the entire restaurant) with a rich, savory broth and pieces of pork, sausage and bacon. Combine that with the 60 degree weather they were having, and I didn't want to come home!

I Wilkerson said...

So you are into fusion cuisine now, Louise, with your Ramen noodle Swedish meatballs? Noodle month would be my kids' idea of the perfect month, I think (without the meatball part ;-) )

Gloria Baker said...

Nice post Louise. But Im in love with Ramen noodles!
Sounds so good:)
My twins love these noddles!
Have a nice Sunday!

Rosita Vargas said...

Se ve increìble su plato de fideos y muy tentadoras la albòndigas tambièn,abrazos

Kitchen Riffs said...

One of these days I really do need to master Tonkotsu Ramen -- I love anything with pork in it. I love ramen of all types, even the cheap instant stuff one buys in supermarket. I think celebrating ramen makes total sense for National Noodle Month -- even though they don't contain egg (that definition definitely needs to be updated; it probably worked fine for decades when noodles meant egg noodles to most people, but these days they don't). Fun post -- thanks.

CQUEK said...

Japan is a country filled with ramen, and I am the biggest FAN.

Gloria said...

you brought back my childhood memories Lousie..Ramen noodles were always my favourite..drooling over the burger..& I loved those rocky road bundles..thank you so much for sharing this...

~~louise~~ said...

I can just imagine you slurping a big bowl of Ramen in that San diego heat, T.W. Did you bring any home for us???

~~louise~~ said...

Now that you mention it, Inger, I guess I am, lol...

~~louise~~ said...

Definitely not only for adults, Gloria. I think most kids like Ramen even Marion!

~~louise~~ said...

¿No se ven delicioso, Rosita? Con mucho gusto voy a compartir :)

~~louise~~ said...

I have actually heard of Tonkotsu Ramen but I think oodles of noodles just wouldn't cut it for such a delicious meal. I wonder how difficult Ramen are to make at home anyway. Uh oh, more researching, lol...Perhaps for next year's Noodle Month I will have the answer:) Thanks for popping by John. I'm already missing your Sunday posts:)

~~louise~~ said...

Looks like there are many fans everywhere, Candy. Oh yum, Ramen!!!

Catherine said...

Dear Louise, Welcome back!! I too was not able to blog for a few days and I know the feeling of trying to visit all the lovely friends in blog-world.
I love these noodles and they seem to make everything taste better.
Blessings dear and so nice to have you back.
Catherine xo

Nee said...

Hi Louise , ramen noodles is always a go at my house ... small package kkinds you can have a quick cup og soup . I will try the noodle burger , sounds great , something my family would love . Thanks so much for sharing :)

Marjie said...

I've never eaten Ramen noodles, but my kids consumed a lot of them in college. I saw a movie a couple of years back about an American girl working in a noodle shop in Japan (I think it was Japan), but of course the title escapes me. That's the extent of my Ramen knowledge!

~~louise~~ said...

I'm so glad, Gloria:) It seems everyone has a place in their heart for Ramen. Thanks for dropping by...

~~louise~~ said...

Hi Catherine! It's so wonderful to "see" you. Don't you worry about catching up Catherine, everyone has had their days. Take care dear Catherine:)

~~louise~~ said...

I have a feeling the kiddies would LOVE those Hamburgers, Nee. Let us know...

Dottie said...

Hi Louise, Good post! But you always have so much fun and interesting stories. Yes, I remember those Ramen noodles very well. Used to eat them years ago when I was working. I think I tried them with the ground beef, and then I would add other ingredients such as mushrooms, carrots, etc. The Rocky Road Bundles looks really interesting. Looking forward to Wednesday as Plant A Flower Day. Thanks for sharing, Blessings on a good Monday! Dottie :)

Cakelaw said...

I didn't really know what Ramen noodles were before, so this is an interesting post. Hmm, the rocky road version could be challenging.

Anne Regalado said...

A good bowl of ramen here is a bit steep so I seldom eat it *sigh* I love tonkatsu ramen and actually planning to make the soup base from scratch , crosses fingers , hopefully , next month :D Ramen noodles and chocolate together sounds weird .

~~louise~~ said...

Oh yes, Marjie. Ramen and Oodles very popular with college kids:)

~~louise~~ said...

I never "played" with Ramen noodles, Dottie but, I am tempted to try those bundles. I'm so glad you enjoyed this post, Dottie. Thanks for visiting...

~~louise~~ said...

I would love to try those bundles Cakelaw, just out of curiosity of course:)

~Lexibule~ said...

J'ai l'eau à la bouche devant ces jolies photos!! Bon lundi:) xxx

Pam said...

The "meatball" burgers look & sound tasty. I still crave plain old beef Ramen noodles every once in awhile... takes me back to my college days.

~~louise~~ said...

Bon lundi à vous aussi, Lexibule. Je suis très heureux que vous avez apprécié cet article et les photos :) Merci beaucoup d'être passé ...

~~louise~~ said...

I can't wait for you to share, Anne. I imagine your soup to be delicious!

kitchen flavours said...

Hi Louise,
I've eaten ramen noodles in Japanese restaurants, and I don't fancy them that much, maybe because the ones I ate are not cooked "to perfection"!!
But I would definitely love to have that meatball burger and the rocky road! Yums!

~~louise~~ said...

I thought that "meatball" burger was quite intriguing too, Pam. I'd love to try it!

SissySees said...

My attempts to end the hiatus aren't going so well either. Life keeps happening.

Ramens always remind me of a former co-worker. He ate them for lunch or dinner nearly every day.

Katerina said...

I haven't tried ramen noodles yet! I have no idea how they taste haha! But this meatball burger definitely makes me hungry! Have a beautiful day my friend and thanks for yet another informative post!

Ivy Sew said...

Hi Louise, good post on ramen noodles. My children love ramen noodles and never get tired of it!!! Wow, your meatball burger and Rocky rock bundles are so tempting and irresistible! How I wished I could have a bite of it now. You have a good week ahead and cheers :)

Geraldine Saucier said...

I love Ramen Noodles. I use them in a Chicken Salad recipe that is yummy. I need to try the meatball recipe.

Alida said...

Mmm.. noodles!I love them, I really do. We usually go out once a week or every two weeks to eat noodles. Something different to the usual Italian food we have and they are so tasty!

Cathleen said...

I have only tried ramen noodles twice in my life, but they sure were tasty! :)

Savannah Granny said...

Never knew that Ramen Noodles had such an impressive history. I didn't know about the Chinese connection either. My only knowledge about Ramen Noodles was my five grandsons existing on them during collage.
They will be coming into town for the festivities and will get a kick out of that Rocky Road recipe. Pinning,
Have a blessed week, Ginger

Juliana Levine said...

I used to love ramen...but stop eating it a while ago due to the salt and MSG content...although I realized that they now have without MSG. After seeing these recipes I am very tempted to get some and make them.
Thanks again for this fun post Louise...have a great week :D

~~louise~~ said...

I'm not too fond of Ramen when they aren't cooked "to perfection" either, Joyce but when they are, Yum!

~~louise~~ said...

Ramen was pretty popular where I worked too, Channon.

~~louise~~ said...

You should try Ramen at least once Katerina. Why not in one of those meatball burgers, lol...

grace said...

i haven't had ramen since college, but i suspect i could make it a lot more palatable now--i've come a long way culinarily! :)

~~louise~~ said...

So glad you enjoyed this post, Ivy. It was such FUN to share:)

~~louise~~ said...

Chicken Salad? That sounds intriguing Geraldine. Thanks for sharing:)

~~louise~~ said...

They are tasty, Alida and a nice break every once in a while:)

~~louise~~ said...

Hi Cathleen and Welcome!
Once is never enough for Ramen noodles, Cathleen. You should try those Rocky Road Bundles and see how you like those too:) Thank you so much for visiting, Cathleen. Drop by anytime:)

~~louise~~ said...

Oh I bet your grandsons would love those Rocky Road Bundles, Ginger. Perhaps you can add a bit of green for the festivities, lol...

~~louise~~ said...

I agree about the salt, Juliana but I don't think it is in the noodles themselves. I don't usually use the packet that come with them and I take it away from marion if she tries to use it, lol...If you make any of the above recipes, just use the noodles!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

I love ramen, but I stopped buying them because they contain MSG... Will have to see if teh ramen I bought still contain this nasty additive.

Cheers,

Rosa

Mich PieceofCake said...

So many delicious things in one post, Louise. I'd choose ramen too! I'm a big noodle lover.