5 Minute Ramen

Every once in a while comes along a day when even the most passionate thing I do -obviously, cooking- feels like a burden or more like a chore I need to do but don’t want to.

So before dialing up any delivery service, I check out my pantry and see what I could really whip-up in less than 15 minutes with minimum effort.

One of the best recipes for such a day is my easy ramen.

Ramen is usually a combination of noodles + broth + veggies + protein + sauce.
In my experience though, if you have the right amount of spices, you can do even a lot easier than this.

I call the base of every cuisine’s cooking “the holy trinity”.
In Italian cooking we have the sofritto trinity; when cooking French you will resort to a mirepoix,  and even in our oriental cuisine, it’s always vinegar, coriander, and garlic.. a trinity right there, whether it’s part of your Molokheya, Koshari or whatever you choose to add some “dakka trinity” to.

In approaching south-east Asian cooking, with the exception of India, it’s mostly the same trio: onion, garlic and ginger…. now hold that thought for a minute, we’re coming back straight away.

Remember the pantry? Go looking for some instant noodles right there. I am sure you got some on your last trip to the supermarket.. we all do.

So, now we have all our thoughts together, let’s begin making a Ramen that’s worth pulling out the China chopsticks for:


  • 1 pack of instant noodles (don’t use the seasoning or oil that comes with it)
  • boiling filtered water
  • soy sauce
  • a nib of fresh ginger, grated
  • a clove of garlic, minced or grated
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder (or a small amount of grated onion, about a tablespoon)
  • chili powder, to taste
  • slices of spring onions for garnishing

Step one:
Boil the instant noodles in the already boiling water. Do not add salt, nor the seasoning pack that comes with it.

Step two:
Half way through the cooking, add the garlic, onion and ginger and let them infuse into the water while it evaporates.

Step three:
Once the water is half way evaporated (or a little less), add some soy sauce, according to taste. If you like a bit of heat, add some chili powder.

Scoop into your favorite soup mug/bowl, top off with the spring onions and enjoy 🙂




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