Source: original experiment
Preparation time: Under 10 minutes
Cooking time: About 5 minutes
Yield: One entree or two side servings
- 1 15-cent package ramen noodles
- 1 minute steak (such as a Steak-umm philly cheesesteak)
- 1 green onion, chopped
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp Mirin (Japanese sweet cooking wine)
- Slice minute steak into suitably-Japanese-sized strips. Cook them.
- Prepare ramen noodles as directed for a soup, EXCEPT don't add the
colored MSG (a.k.a. "flavor" packet). Find creative uses for the
"flavor" packet, such as giving annoying dogs massive migraines.
One minute before the "noodles" are done "cooking," scramble the
egg and add it and the mirin to the pot.
- When "noodes" are "done," add the green onion and meat.
- I've been told that for a proper Japanese-style broth you need to add some
bonito flakes to the soup. I have no idea what a bonito is, nor
where to find flakes of one. You can try using wasabi powder instead,
but that probably won't have the desired
effect. (Yes, I know that bonito is Japanese for
tuna. When I wrote this recipe I didn't.)
can use other meats too. Just make sure they're cooked before
them to the soup. You can't go wrong with shrimp or chicken.
- Replace the ramen with rice, and stir-fry the meat along with some ginger,
minced garlic, and your choice
of vegetables in a wok, and instead of adding the egg and mirin
to the rice,
add the rice to the wok, stir-fry until golden brown, then add the
egg and mirin and stir-fry until the egg is done cooking.
you've just turned a basic Japanese-style soup into basic
Japanese-style fried rice. Replace the mirin with chili-garlic paste
and you've got Chinese-style fried rice, and replace it with Sri Racha
(hot chili 'ketchup') and you've got Vietnamese-style fried rice, and
replace it with some unsalted peanuts and lime sections and remove
the egg and you've got Thai-style fried rice. Pseudo-oriental food
works in mysterious ways.
- If you're into that sort of thing, adding some crumbled nori (dried and
roasted seaweed, the stuff used to wrap sushi) just before serving
can be good. Your mileage may vary.