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Meet The Two Brands Changing The Future Of Instant Ramen Noodles

Instant ramen noodles are the food that got most of us through our college years, sports events, and many other instances in life where we wanted a quick meal. Available as dried packs or bowls of noodles, all you needed was some hot water and 3 minutes to turn these into a meal.

While they are still a timeless staple, the noodle game has continued to evolve over the years. Today, there’s now two revolutionary companies changing how we look at instant noodles, with fresh, chef-crafted bowls that have the same convenience and cook time as the ramen packets of old.

One of these companies is Pressery, who is changing how we think about how instant noodles can be packaged. Their ramen kit concept is similar to that of a Chobani Flip cup, where granola on the side can be tipped over into your cup of yogurt. In a similar fashion, Pressery ramen kits come with a “lid” that’s actually filled with noodles. Inside each container is some bone broth, which you add the noodles into, microwave in 3-4 minutes, mix in the spice packet, and slurp up just like standard instant ramen.

Pressery works off of a mixture of convenience and nutrition. It’s as fast to prep as a bowl of dried noodles, but comes loaded with protein (rather than salt, as most packaged ramen packets do) and fresh noodles over the shelf-stable fried ones. The product is perfect for grab-and-go from the fridge and provides a satiating meal in a pinch.

Similar to Pressery, Nona Lim Foods is also getting into the instant noodle bowl business. Their packaging is different, as the noodles and broth come in separate packets that you fill into the bowl and microwave. However, they also cook in just three minutes, and come packed with flavor built into the broth, whether it be for a spicy ramen bowl or even plant-based Dan Dan Noodles made with Beyond Meat.

Nona Lim also capitalizes on satiety and nutrition, as their noodle bowls can contain as many as 27 grams of protein per serving. It’s definitely more of a meal than the snack that instant ramen can sometimes be, and delivers massive punches of authentic flavor. This stems from their broths and sauces, which are made using traditional ingredients like Szechuan peppercorns, fish sauce, lemongrass oil, and star anise.

Both Nona Lim and Pressery are taking the instant noodle game to the next level through their convenience and freshness. What makes them stand out, however, is that they also excel in the refrigerated grab-and-go category. This area has expanded rapidly in supermarkets in recent years, as consumers demand more convenience with better-for-you and nutritious, filling products.

Each company also utilizes fresh noodles that can be reheated easily. As a result, the noodles can retain their chew and elasticity, whereas dried noodles tend to be fried and lose that when reconstituted with hot water. The result aligns more with what actual bowls of ramen or other noodles would taste like in a restaurant, combined with the convenience of being able to make these in your microwave.

These noodle bowls meet all of those desires and provide the nostalgia of tucking into a bowl of instant ramen from your college and bachelor days. However, the taste and texture sensations are a far cry from those noodle packets of old, and they’re pushing the entire industry to be more creative, more clean label, and more delicious.

You can find Nona Lim’s noodle bowls at several retailers nationwide starting in May, including Whole Foods, Hyvee, Amazon Go, and select Walmart and 7-Eleven stores. They are also sold online via Amazon and Nona Lim’s website. As for Pressery, their ramen kits are available in retailers like West Coast Costcos, East Coast Targets, and Whole Foods and Natural Grocer outlets in Colorado.

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Spiking Top Ramen With Rosé Is The Kitchen Power Move Of 2019

Who says you can’t make ramen fancier? We just took the popular, bubbly rosé and did just that.

This Rosé Top Ramen takes a standard white wine cream sauce and gives it a fun twist. In this instance, rosé wine is used to add some aromatic, rich notes to a creamy blend of lemon, cream, and Parmesan cheese.

The Nissin Top Ramen with no added MSG plays a starring role, making it an easy dish to whip up in no time at all, while adding a punch of flavor from the seasoning packet. Together, this makes for a luxurious, “treat yourself” meal that you can put together in mere minutes.

To create this Rosé Nissin Top Ramen for yourself, peep the recipe below.

Ingredients
1 package Nissin Top Ramen Chicken Flavor
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 shallot, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 cup heavy cream
1 pinch red chili flakes + some for optional garnish
1 pinch ground pepper
½ tablespoon lemon juice
¾ cup shredded parmesan cheese + some for optional garnish
1 ½ cups rosé wine
Chopped parsley, as optional garnish

Servings: 1

Directions

Step 1
Bring a saucepan of water to boil over high heat. Once boiling, add 1 package of Top Ramen noodles. Cook noodles for 3 minutes. Drain and set aside.

Step 2
Heat olive oil in a medium frying pan on high heat. Once hot, add chopped shallots, garlic, chili flakes, and pepper. Sauté until transparent. Then, add wine. Allow wine to reduce by half, then add heavy cream and stir. Set to low and simmer for 5-10 minutes.

Step 3
Add flavor packet and parmesan cheese to the cream sauce. Once incorporated, stir in lemon juice.

Step 4
Transfer cooked noodles to a skillet and add sauce. Toss until coated evenly. Serve immediately, and garnish with parmesan cheese, parsley, and more chili flakes!

Photos by Pete Pham


Created in partnership with Nissin Top Ramen

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How To Make ‘California Style’ Ramen

Those on the West Coast know that one of the best ways to get your fries is loaded up like a certain California burger chain’s secret menu. For those of you that don’t have a location nearby, or just want an easy way to get the taste of their legendary sauce at home, this inspired Top Ramen recipe is the way forward.

This recipe swaps out fries for Nissin Top Ramen to make it easier from both a cooking and accessibility standpoint. By using Nissin Top Ramen, everything you need to make the recipe is a pantry staple and requires little time to prep and cook.

You get the satisfaction of gooey, melted American cheese, sweet grilled onions, and the zesty sauce, just by adding ramen to the mix.

It’s a hearty and simple recipe that pays tribute to a California classic and can be whipped up in no time at all. Plus, it’s vegetarian if you use Nissin Top Ramen Soy Sauce or Chili flavor, which makes it enjoyable for both carnivores and herbivores alike.

You can view the whole recipe for this fast food-inspired Ramen below.

Ingredients
1 yellow onion, thickly sliced
1 package Nissin Top Ramen, without seasoning packet (Use Nissin Top Ramen Soy Sauce or Chili flavor to make it vegetarian)
¼ cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons ketchup
½ teaspoon yellow mustard
1 Tablespoon “Dill Relish” (not sweet relish)
½ teaspoon white vinegar
2 slices American cheese

Servings: 1

Directions

Step 1
Heat an empty medium frying pan on high heat. Once hot, place onion slices face down onto the pan and sear until lightly charred. Set aside.

Step 2
Next, bring a pot of water to boil for your Top Ramen. Once boiling, add ramen and cook for 3 minutes.

Step 3
While water is boiling and noodles are cooking, assemble the sauce! Add mayonnaise, ketchup, yellow mustard, dill relish, and white vinegar to a bowl and stir until combined. Set aside.

Step 4
Drain water from Top Ramen noodles and transfer to a skillet. Pour your sauce on top and mix. Then add American cheese slices and grilled onions. Place a plate or lid on top of the noodles for 1 minute and allow the heat to melt the cheese. Transfer to a plate. Serve immediately and enjoy!


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Cacio e Pepe Top Ramen Balls Are Shockingly Simple To Make

Pasta dish cacio e pepe is the gastronomic poster boy of simplicity at its best. The combination of pepper and cheese is the flavor bomb everyone is indulging in because of its low-work, high-reward recipe.

While cacio e pepe is traditionally served as a creamy bowl of decadence, there’s nothing that says you can’t have it on-the-go or in snack form as well. The best way to do it? Turn it into deep-fried pasta balls.

Made with Nissin Top Ramen (without the seasoning) and a dip that incorporates the ramen broth, there’s plenty of texture from the crispy noodle breading and cheesy noodle interior. Using Top Ramen for the inside and the breading is a clutch move that makes these even simpler to make.

You can make these with any kind of noodles, sure, but if you’ve got a few packets of Top Ramen sitting up in the cupboard, why not use them to speed the process up and get these hot snacks poppin’? The curly noodles help capture all of the sauce, ensuring each bite is that much more hearty and flavorful.

If you’re big on cacio e pepe and want to whip up a quick form of it, these crispy ramen balls accomplish that while adding a textural experience to the standard bowl of comforting decadence.

To make these Top Ramen Cacio E Pepe Balls, peep the recipe below.

Servings: Makes 6 ramen balls

Ingredients
4 packages Top Ramen, without seasoning packet, reserve 2 for breading
1/2 tbsp fresh cracked pepper
1 ½ cups Asiago or parmesan cheese
1 ½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup flour
1 egg, beaten
Canola oil
For the dipping sauce
¼ cup butter
¼ cup flour
1 cup noodle water
Salt and pepper to taste

Servings: 1 (makes 6 balls)

Directions

Step 1
Bring a saucepan of water to boil over high heat. Once boiling, add 2 packages of Top Ramen noodles. Cook noodles for 6 minutes to release the starch. Once done, transfer noodles to a baking sheet lined with paper towels to absorb the moisture. Keep the noodle water for use later.

Step 2
Once the noodles have cooled, combine the noodles, cheese and black pepper in a large bowl. Form the noodles into 2 inch balls.  Refrigerate for 15 minutes.

Step 3
Fill a large soup pot half of the way high with canola oil. Heat over the stove on medium / high heat until the oil reaches 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 4
While oil is heating, place 2 packages of Top Ramen noodles in a large ziploc bag. Use a mallet or rolling pin to finely crush them.

Step 5
In 3 separate small bowls, add flour, beaten egg, and ground Top Ramen noodles. Dunk chilled noodle balls in flour, then egg, then Top Ramen. Place directly into heated oil and fry about 5-10 minutes until golden brown. Once golden brown, remove to a plate lined with paper towels to absorb the excess oil.

Step 6
In a separate pan, start your sauce by melting butter in a skillet. Whisk in flour until combined. Add noodle water and continue whisking until the sauce is desired thickness. Add salt and pepper to taste. Pour over your cacio e pepe balls, or use as a dipping sauce!

Photos by Marc Kharrat


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Cup Noodles Just Dropped A Bunch Of Merch You’ll Want To Cop ASAP

Instant ramen, including Top Ramen and Cup Noodles, is the food that got us through childhood, college, bachelor life, you name it. When the going got tough, it was there for us. And now, there’s a whole online shop of Cup Noodles merch for us to rep your favorite instant comfort.

Photo courtesy of Cup Noodles

The new Nissin fan store website just launched with a lineup of branded swag, including shirts, hats, and other gear that you can rep. Items range from a $4 variety pack of a stickers to a $500 “Send Noods” neon sign and a whole bunch of stuff in between.

Photo courtesy of Cup Noodles

For those looking for some Halloween costume ideas, there are options in the shop as well that let you or your dog dress up as a bowl of noodles.

All of the gear is limited edition, so if you want to cop it, you should head to the online store sooner rather than later. As of publication time, though, nothing has sold out just yet.

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These Top Ramen Pringles Taste Exactly Like The Real Thing

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Sometimes, you get flavored chips that don’t really taste like the flavor they claim to be. That’s not what we have here with these new Pringles.

The iconic chip brand has joined forces with ramen-making giant NISSIN to develop a Chicken Top Ramen-flavored Pringle that literally brings you back to slurping up bowls of noods in college. Then you remember they’re potato chips, and immediately, your mind gets blown.

Granted, they do taste similar to raw, crunchy Top Ramen, but the fact that it’s a snackable potato chip makes it just a little more appealing than eating uncooked noodles.

If you’re excited to try this college food mashup out, Dollar General is gonna start carrying them this month nationwide. If you do pick up a cylinder, try closing your eyes when biting into one of these ramen-flavored chips. You’re gonna be surprised at how much this tastes like the real deal.

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14 Insanely Simple Ways to Upgrade Your Instant Ramen

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Nothing against ramen burgers or serious ramen shops, but sometimes all you have is five minutes and a microwave. And sometimes that’s all you need. Believe it or not, the distance between a sad dorm dinner and grocery store gourmet can be as short as the walk to your fridge or kitchen pantry. We rounded up a couple of our favorite super simple, mildly out-of-the-box instant ramen upgrades that will make you feel like the cleverest, cheapest bastard on the block. And isn’t that the dream?

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American Cheese

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Shout outs to Roy Choi for this little tip. Two slices of American cheese + chicken ramen block = even instant-er mac & cheese.

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Peanut Butter

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Sounds weird, tastes amazing, like a soupier version of pad thai. A tablespoon or less should be more than enough.

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Ice Cream

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Okay, hear us out. We understand Japan does some really weird shit. But in this case it pays off. The key is not to mix the vanilla ice cream into the chicken broth, but to let it slowly melt, taking small doses of it in with every spoonful like a dip. The result is creamy and subtly sweet, like eating dessert before dessert.

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White Pepper

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A staple table seasoning at many ramen spots, but also a total revelation when you have nothing else at hand. Subtler than black, you can sprinkle white pepper generously over any flavor ramen you’d like.

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Hot Sauce & Honey

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Great separately or together, this combination using Sriracha and chicken ramen tastes a little bit like sweet Filipino spaghetti, though bolder flavors on pork broth might resemble a sweet and sour pork.

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Pudding

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Full disclosure here: this combination was gross. Our research told us it should have tasted good, and the reason ours didn’t might have to do with the fact that we used normal butterscotch pudding instead of the caramel “flan” the original version called for. Still, beware, adventurous eaters only.

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Coconut Milk & Ginger Powder

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Like Thai coconut curry. We used about five tablespoons of coconut milk and sprinkled ginger powder to taste. A squeeze of lime goes in nicely as well.

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Tequila & Lime

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As you might expect, the tequila and lime juice combination adds a nice burn to chicken broth. Add a half tablespoon of tequila and a tablespoon of lime halfway through boiling to help meld the flavors.

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Pineapple

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Best with pork broth, tastes a bit like Hawaiian ham.

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Bacon Bits

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Another no-brainer, we hope. Though, unlike us, you could drain most of the soup to transform the dish into something like ramen carbonara. We are not a smart bunch.

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Fried Egg

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If you’ve heard of this and never done it before, you might want to re-assess your life choices. If you’ve never heard of this before, you’re welcome.

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Red Chile Flakes

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Less invasive (and arguably hotter) than Sriracha.

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Dino Nuggets & Katsu Sauce

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The layman’s chicken katsu. Regular barbecue sauce also works.

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Yogurt & Curry Powder

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Another one you’ll want to drain most of the soup for, best when paired with either chicken or oriental broth. A dollop of yogurt should be enough. Sprinkle curry powder to taste.

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‘Po’ Boy Ramen Sandwich’ for When You’re Desperate and Out of Bread

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There are days when all you want is a f*ckin’ sandwich. So, you get up from your desk, open the fridge, take out the ham and cheese, then reach for the bread. Except you’ve run out, or the bread’s gone moldy, or you forgot to pick some up during your weekly grocery run. Drat! You desperately scan your kitchen countertop and cupboards, searching for any hope of sliced bread. Suddenly, your eyes fall on an orange package of Top Ramen. 

Brilliance happens.

You rip open the package, carefully divide the ramen into two parts, then sandwich a few slices of ham and cheese between the chunks of stale noodles, using the seasoning to flavor your meat. You’ve reached the demise of your taste buds and the height of your genius at same damn time.

You can thank Foodbeast Fan Stuart C., WWE enthusiast and straight up thug, for that one.