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Using Green Tea In Your Instant Ramen Is The Trending Hack That Is A Game Changer

Instant ramen was the representative food of many college students back in the day. It was inexpensive, delicious, and easy to make. All you needed was some hot water, a dry cup of noodles, and you were pretty much good to go.

While we’ve discovered ways to hack our ramen over the years, a new method has surfaced that could potentially be a game changer for how we eat instant noodles. And all you need is some green tea.

SoraNews24 reported a hack that’s happening in Japan where folks are replacing the water in their instant ramen with green tea. While this adds an extra step of boiling green tea to add to the dry noodles, apparently it also unlocks a flavor of untold deliciousness.

The herbs from the tea are said to compliment the savoriness of the broth, coming together beautifully.

Resident fitness guru and video producer Ricky Zollinger and myself whipped up a cup to try. We steeped some Lipton Green Tea, nuked it in the microwave until it was boiling, and added it to a cup of beef-flavored instant noodles. No joke, it was amazing.

“The green tea adds another layer of flavor,” said Zollinger. “It compliments the seasoning, giving the cup depth and creating a silkier broth.”

This discovery even opens up the possibility of experimenting with other tea flavors. There’s a pack of ginger tea under my desk that may pair quite nicely with a chicken flavor.

Excited to see what else we can discover.

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Quirky Japanese Vending Machines We NEED In The US

During my college days working the late hours of a newsroom, the vending machine was my best friend. But the endless cycle of salty chips and sugary drinks grew tiresome, and I longed for something more unique out of that snack dispenser.

If only I had known how other parts of the world innovate their vending machines to provide something more.

Take the Setouchi region of Japan, for example. In a country that boasts the highest density of vending machines in the world, it’s not surprising that there will be a handful that offering something outside of the typical snacks or candies. However, the ones in Setouchi stand out for putting the truly unexpected inside of their machines.

Behold, some of the more whimsical vending machine offerings that can be found in the Setouchi region of Japan, as well as other parts of the beautiful country.


Udon

Courtesy of Yamaguchi prefecture

While the Japanese noodle soup is probably best served fresh, sometimes you’ll need a hearty helping of noodles and broth while in a pinch. A few machines in the Setouchi region of Japan are home to Udon vending machines that serve up noodles, broth, green onions and meat. Perfect for when you’re in the mood for some soup without the hassle of interacting with a human person.

Dashi

Courtesy of Setouchi Tourism Authority

In select parking lots in the Hiroshima or Okayama Prefectures, one may stumble upon a vending machine filled with dashi, a traditional Japanese broth. Dashi is made from dried bonito, a type of tuna, and kombu seaweed. The stock is typically used as a base for soups or to season ingredients. SoraNews24 says that one vending machine location in Hiroshima sells as many as 200 bottles each day, both for the novelty of a vending machine souvenir and as an actual ingredient for cooking.

Eggs

Courtesy of Setouchi Tourism Authority

One of the more common vending machines in Japan feature fresh eggs. These are stocked by local farmers that could contain up to 21 boxes in each machine. The prices for these range depending on the size and amount you want, but if you’re looking to create an omelet on short notice, this contraption could be a lifesaver.

Pizza

 

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Instant pizza? Yes, please. Vending machines housing slices of savory pizza have been popping up around Japan for years now. Every time I see a photo of one, I am saddened that this ingenious marriage of Italian food and technology has yet to become mainstream in the US. Just the thought of knowing I can get a slice in seconds at any hour of the day brings me so much comfort.

Oranges

 

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The Ehime prefecture is best known for its oranges and produces more than 250,000 tons of different citrus fruits. To celebrate the bountiful supply of citrus, there is a vending machine located on the entrance of the Ehime Egao Kanko Bussankan in the Matsuyama Ropeways Shopping District that dispenses the fresh fruit. In order to prevent bruising, the oranges are placed in cans that can be opened upon purchase.

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Popular NYC Ramen Shop Is Giving Away 1,000 Free Bowls For One Day Only

Photo Courtesy of Ippudo Ramen

One of my must-visit ramen joints when I’m in New York has got to be Ippudo. While I’m anxiously waiting for the Santa Monica location to open, my mind drifts to the cold winters where I would consume their ambrosial tonkotsu broth with mind, body, and soul.

For those ramen romantics who will happen to be in New York next week, Ippudo will be giving away 1,000 free bowls of ramen in honor of their 10th anniversary here in the United States on Oct. 16.

Photo Courtesy of Ippudo Ramen

Festivities will last for one day and, upon opening, patrons of the first East Village location will be served free bowls of ramen while supplies last. Obviously this will be a first-come, first-serve, basis so if you’re in the area and want that free bowl of ramen, we recommend you get there early to secure your place in line.

Ippudo’s Santa Monica location can not come soon enough. Perhaps a trip to the Berkeley, CA, spot may satiate my cravings until then.

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Restaurant’s BEER RAMEN Lets You Slurp Straight From A Beer Mug

On a hot day, nothing beats an ice-cold glass of beer. What I usually don’t chase when the weather’s scorching, however, is a piping hot bowl of ramen. Sure, ramen is arguably one of the most delicious noodle dishes on the planet, but I’m a sweater by nature and would probably run hot the rest of the day. Cravings be damned.

What if there was something that combined the cooling effect of beer with the flavorsome components of ramen?

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Yuu Japanese Tapas, a restaurant located in British Columbia, has decided to put an innovative spin on the traditional Japanese noodle dish.

Served inside of a beer mug, the ramen noodles are added to an ice-cold broth made from bonito flakes. To replicate the aesthetics of beer, the ramen is topped with a foam made from a combination of egg whites and gelatin.

While it may look like a hefty pint, the “beer ramen” has ZERO alcohol inside of it. Sorry, guys.

The concept was inspired by the cold noodles of Asian culture, ones that were typically served during the hot summer seasons. Not the more well-known hot ramen dishes most are used to, but still traditional nonetheless. Dishes like zaru soba (cold buckwheat noodles) and naengmyeon (cold Korean noodles) are fan favorites during the warm months.

Yuu’s Beer Ramen was originally intended as a limited time menu item for the summer, but the restaurant is seriously considering keeping the novelty dish around for a few extra months. That gives us some time to plan a trip to Canada.

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Oozy Eggs Are Stuffed Inside This Spicy Spaghetti And Meatballs


Scotch Egg meets spicy spaghetti and meatballs in this wild take on a pasta classic.

This version of the midweek pasta meal, created in conjunction with the Incredible Egg, adds a British twist to the tomato sauced staple. These stuffed meatballs are similar to Scotch Eggs, an iconic food from across the pond that takes a soft-boiled Egg and wraps it in ground meat. Deep-fried to a perfect golden brown, the Eggs are cooked to just the right temperature to ensure that the yolks are still runny.

Overall, it’s an elevated take on the classic college pasta dish, perfect for the back-to-school student looking to get creative in the kitchen. Whipping up the spaghetti takes little to no time at all, and the stuffed meatballs are easy to make ahead of time. Prep the meatballs until the point where they need to go into the deep fryer, then cook them as your spaghetti cooks for a simple but oozy meal in minutes.

The combination of spicy tomato sauce, runny Egg yolks, and meatballs makes for a hearty yet tasty meal that will help push you through the rest of your work or school week.

For those looking for the full recipe, you can find it below:

Ingredients
For the meatballs
5 Eggs

4 oz pork sausage
4 oz ground beef, over 30% fat content
1 Egg (for meat mixture)
1 tablespoon of fresh chopped parsley
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon brown mustard
1 ½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon of black pepper

1 24-ounce jar Arrabiata sauce

1 box spaghetti

Parmesan cheese

Servings: 2-3 (there may be extra sauce/pasta – this serving size is based on the number of meatballs per plate)

Directions

Step 1
In a medium saucepan, heat Arrabiata sauce.

Step 2
Bring a large pot of water to boil, adding a good amount of salt and a dash of olive oil. Cook spaghetti to package instructions. Set aside.

Step 3
Start by placing Eggs in a pot of heavily salted water, and bring to a boil over high heat. As soon as water starts to boil, cover the pot and remove from heat. Allow Eggs to rest for 4 minutes in the hot water, and then carefully transfer to a bowl of ice water. Let cool for about 5 minutes. Carefully peel the Eggs when cooled.

Step 4
In a large bowl, combine the sausage, ground beef 1 whole Egg, garlic powder, parsley, and mustard. Combine until fully incorporated. Divide the meat mixture into 5 portions. Flatten meat mixture with hands and fold evenly covering the Egg completely.

Step 5

Place frying oil in a large soup pot and bring to 350 degrees. Once at the right temperature, drop in the meatballs. Deep fry until golden brown and delicious.

Step 6

Assemble the pasta, sauce, and meatballs. Cut open the meatballs and watch the Egg yolks ooze out!


Created in partnership with The Incredible Egg. 

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This Guy Created A Knife Out Of Pasta That’s As Sharp As The Real Thing

As much as I love pasta, I also fear it. Fear it in the sense that overeating those delicious noodles will eventually lead to my downfall. Now, it seems, I’ll have another reason to fear the majestic pasta.

YouTube channel kiwami japan demonstrates the art of crafting cutlery by showing viewers two different ways to make a kitchen knife with pasta noodles.

By grinding down spaghetti noodles with a food processor, a powder is created that is turned into a paste. As the paste dries, it’s molded into the shape of a knife and dried for 10 days. Once the pasta is hardened, the meticulous process of sharpening the knife begins.

After what seems like hours against a whetstone, the knife is finally able to slice through produce and cardboard like it was made of steel.

Kids, do NOT try this at home.

Check out the video to see the tedious project. If you decide to try your hand at this craft, and you’re done playing with the knife, you can simply boil it up and serve it with some cheese — as seen at the tail end of this video. Bon appetit and happy slicing.

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The Amount Of Noodles In These Jumbo Cheesy Ramen Eggrolls Are INSANE

If ramen noodles, crab rangoons, and egg rolls came together and created a massive food baby, this is what it would look like.

Norigami has put together the best of all three foods into jumbo cheesy ramen eggrolls that seriously pack in the carbs. This exclusive item is being made for Foodbeast’s AYCE Asian food festival, NOODS NOODS NOODS presented by Original Cup Noodles and taking place on Saturday, January 27th in Santa Ana, CA.

This noodle-centric mish mash utilizes ramen noodles as its starchy and rich core. Norigami doesn’t skimp on the noods in their egg rolls, as they spill out and nearly hit the floor when you bust them open.

The ramen is joined on the inside with a nifty spin on crab rangoon filling, complete with bacon, imitation crab, and cream cheese. All of that gets crammed into an egg roll wrapper and deep-fried to golden, melty perfection.

jumbo cheesy ramen eggrolls

This on-the-go, Foodbeast-worthy noodle snack is definitely worth a trip to this year’s NOODS festival. Those interested in tickets, whether it be for the buy-as-you-go Marketplace or one of the two three-hour VIP all-you-can-consume sessions, can score them here.

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Bruxie’s Kickin’ Kimchi Ramen Waffle Has Upgraded The Chicken Sandwich

There’s not much else better in life than a delicious, crispy, golden fried chicken sandwich. I mean, what’s there to hate about a juicy fried chicken sandwiched between tasty buns?

Is there even a way to upgrade a dish that’s already pretty much perfect?

Well, that’s what the mad geniuses at Bruxie have done. They’ve concocted a delectable Kickin’ Kimchi Ramen Waffle that they’re using as buns for a fried chicken sandwich, and it’s available only at FOODBEAST’s AYCE Asian food Festival NOODS NOODS NOODS presented by Original Cup Noodles on Saturday, January 27, in Santa Ana, CA!

This crazy cheesy waffle is made of their famous waffle batter, garlic chili hot sauce, green onion, pork belly, cheddar cheese, and ramen noodles… and it’s all topped off with their Kickin’ Chicken and smothered with a cheesy kimchi sauce.

It really doesn’t get much better than that.

Get your tickets to NOODS NOODS NOODS now to nab this and many more exclusive noodle-inspired dishes.