Are you ready to take the plunge and explore how to use fresh ramen noodles? Fresh ramen is always best and using fresh ramen (non-fried) noodles gives your bowl of ramen that extra touch of authenticity. Yes- you can enjoy a bowl of restaurant-fresh ramen at home! We can show you how:
Start with a 32 oz bowl for your ramen. The higher the lip the better to hold the broth at the bottom. Ramen fans consume the broth as part of assembling a spoonful to eat. More noodles and toppings are the key here. And a big bowl will do wonders. You need chopsticks and an Asian soup spoon with a flat bottom to hold all that goodness.
Fresh ramen comes in a wide variety of forms, but, the most common are probably in the freezer case in your local Asian market. Some like these are soft and fresh and shelf-stable. Skip the hard, fried versions as they will just disintegrate over the course of the meal.
Fresh noodles have a good chew, are made with the best ingredients, and cook in about two minutes. Using fresh noodles gives your dish a better flavor as the gluten in the noodle is still pliable. Fresh ramen noodles also are great at absorbing the broth stock for a tastier bite.
Best Uses for Fresh Ramen Noodles
Fresh noodles aren’t just for ramen. You can use them in a stirfry, salad, or even okonomiyaki. Below are some of our favorite fresh ramen noodles recipes from our staff:
- Easy Chicken Katsu Ramen
- Hawaiian Saimin Ramen
- Creamy Miso with Crispy Mushrooms
- Black Garlic Shio Ramen
- Malaysian Ramen Salad
- Salty-Sweet Asparagus Bacon ramen bowl
Need some great ideas for toppings?
Every fresh ramen bowl should have at least one of each of these: Shoyu egg and chashu pork. Other ideas of what to add can be found here. And if you are adventurous you can see all of our recipes here.
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