Ramen Remix- How to Upgrade Your Next Noodle Bowl

Whether you had them during your broke college days, while you were growing up poor, or tried them at a noodle shop on your last vacation to Shanghai- Ramen noodles has come a long way and has been known to have many different variations than just noodles and broth.


The origin of ramen is still not clear to this day. Some say it comes from China, while others argue it originated in Japan. Nevertheless, the traditional way these noodles are served is simply in broth with salt and bones and with just a few toppings. Growing up, I can remember friends of mine who would throw in sliced hot dogs, chopped boiled egg, and a few dashes of hot sauce. Sounds ghetto for sure, but it turned a plain bowl of noodles in hot water into a pretty decent meal for lunch. ramen_post2

Ramen is broadly categorized by two components: noodles and broth. But it’s what you add into the dish that truly turns a plain old noodle bowl into a gourmet feast. Here I have broken down just a few of the infinite possibilities for add in’s from meats to veggies: Meats

  • braised pork
  • pulled chicken
  • pork belly
  • sliced steak
  • seafood (shrimp, scallops, squid, crab)
  • surimi (imitation crab meat)


  • corn
  • spinach
  • lettuce
  • bok choy
  • mushrooms
  • shredded carrot
  • scallions/leeks
  • bean sprouts
  • bamboo shoots
  • dried seaweed

Other traditional toppings

  • pickled ginger
  • soy sauce
  • hard or soft-boiled egg
  • sriracha or chili paste
  • minced garlic
  • sesame oil and/or seeds
  • bean paste
  • fish paste
  • rice vinegar

Non-traditional toppings

  • jalapeno
  • crushed peanuts
  • truffle oil
  • kimchi
  • bacon
  • tofu


As you can see, the combinations are endless and if I have missed something on this list- feel free to be as creative as you want to your next bowl of ramen noodles. Personally, I’ve enjoyed spinach, green onion, roasted chicken, and egg in my own bowl but I can’t wait to jazz it up next with jalapeno, pork, and truffle oil. How will you upgrade your next noodle bowl?


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