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This Savory Ramen Doughnut Is Made Using Maruchan Gold Noodles

This content has been created in partnership with Maruchan.

There is much debate surrounding the origins of the doughnut. The Greeks have been making loukoumades, basically the donut hole’s cousins, since the B.C.’s, and Dutch settlers brought something remarkably similar to today’s doughnuts when they came to America. A couple theories exist for the origin of the modern day doughnut, but none are confirmed. There is, however, no controversy over who created the Doodlenut. That would be Southern California’s very own geniuses over at Nitrolado Cafe, who are cranking out a doughnut entirely made of Maruchan Gold ramen noodles for the Nood Beach Festival in Huntington Beach, CA on September 1st. 

Using only the finest of instant ramen, the Doodlenut starts with Maruchan’s restaurant-grade ramen pack, Maruchan Gold. Due to the special drying technique Maruchan’s developed for their Gold line, these noodles hold their chew better than their regular ramen noodles, making them perfect for a ramen doughnut. 

After being boiled, the noodles are dunked in a mixture of soy sauce, eggs, green onions, and lots of cheese. The completed mixture is then shaped into donuts using a pan similar to a muffin tin, and dipped in flour, egg, and panko bread crumbs. After being dropped in the deep fryer, they’re fried until they’re golden brown on the outside but still remain the chewy ramen noodles we all know and love on the inside. At this point, they’re virtually indistinguishable from a classic “crumb” doughnut you can find at any local shop.

Then it’s topping time. First up, cheese — and lots of it, melted with a blowtorch. From there, it can go two different ways. The Tokyo Style Doodlenut is delicately topped with sukiyaki beef, a poached egg, pickled radish, and furikake. The Hawaiian Style Doodlenut is topped with Spam, pineapple, okonomiyaki sauce, Japanese mayo, and furikake. 

Both Doodlenut’s toppings tower high, making them a substantial meal. These aren’t your typical doughnuts that leave you ready to eat the rest of the box laying in front of you. 

If you’re interested in trying one of these crazy concoctions, or any of the other 20+ noodle vendors that’ll be there, head on out to Foodbeast’s Nood Beach Festival on September 1st.


This content has been created in partnership with Maruchan.