Extreme Ramen

If you have never eaten Ramen, you are missing the boat. Yes, it very cheap; typically $.50 to $1.00 depending where you shop.

But, I’m not talking about just eating Ramen. I’m talking about creating a Ramen dish to call your own. Let’s get extreme! Break out the spices, spiralized veggies, cheese and eggs for one damn good healthy meal.

The bowl shown below is simple veggies: spiral yellow zucchini, cucumber and carrots. Clearly, the veggies go on top of the dish. Don’t cook the veggies or they’ll get soggy.

Things start getting extreme by adding spices, a slice of American cheese and a cracked egg. Putting an egg in at the end of the cooking process while leaving the pot on the range gives the egg a chance to poach. Put the cheese on top right when serving. The cheese gets all gooey and delicious. I use Boars Head American. But try your favorite cheese. That’s the fun part of Ramen – you can customize the flavors to your liking.

Shown above is Ramen with egg, cheese and carrots. I held back on the broth for the purpose of the photo so you could see the egg and cheese.

On instagram there are thousands of beautifully staged photos of intimidating ramen bowls with hard boiled eggs, veggies and everything one needs to make the dish look beautiful. The photos here are real life with my iPhone – real time – ready to eat. You can jump right in, start cooking and know it doesn’t have to look perfect to be delicious.

Another fun thing about eating ramen and noodle bowls is not only playing with the ingredients but, theres tons of fun in getting new bowls. Having the right bowl for your ramen creation is key; it seals the deal! Check out these beautifully inspired Japanese Sometsuke Bowl Set includes 4 Bowls to create a beautiful table but, if you want to have bowls for everyday, the plain white are just as much fun and work with marvelously with any decor. (2-Pack) Porcelain Noodle Soup Bowl with Bamboo Chopsticks and Ceramic Spoon (20 oz Bowl)- Perfect Bowls for Ramen Soup Noodles Cereal Pho Popcorn Oatmeal – Dishwasher Microwave Safe

Save some money and get going to pick up some ramen at your local grocery. Get crazy with the toppings and go extreme!

I would like to hear your extreme ramen toppings. I’m sure they’re amazing

Try this book for your ramen adventure Simply Ramen: A Complete Course in Preparing Ramen Meals at Home and enjoy!




Arouse Your Tastebuds

Excite your tastebuds and have a party in your mouth with Sweet and Spicy Korean bbq sauce by Roy Choi for Williams Sonoma.

The tantalizing bursts of flavor starts sweet and expands to a mild heat. With flavors of sesame, garlic, and cilantro (to name a few) you won’t be able to get enough.

It’s easy but, slow. All you need is a whole cut chicken with bone in, a jar of sauce and chopped cilantro. Put 2 tbs. of olive oil in a Dutch oven to get the party started; brown the chicken a little on each side, add 3/4 jar of sauce and water almost covering the chicken. Simmer for one hour. The meat will fall off the bone! Remove the chicken and drizzle with the remaining sauce and sprinkle with chopped cilantro.Serve over rice or with veggies if your trying to cut carbs.

As per Roy Choi and the Williams Sonoma recipe, cauliflower steaks with A Pinch of LA! seasoning is a great accompaniment.

Slice the cauliflower into 3/4″ pieces, starting in the center by cutting in half. Lay the cauliflower on a baking sheet and drizzle with a generous amount of olive oil then sprinkle with an ample amount of rub. Bake at 350 for approximately 40 minutes and that’s it! Flavorful, succulent cauliflower that will keep you coming back for more.

You can’t get much simpler than a jar of sauce. And a baking sheet of cauliflower. Everyone I served this dish to raved about its combinations of flavors. I felt like a superstar thanks to Roy Choi and Williams Sonoma.