One thing I love more than instant ramen is ramen hacks. Simple as adding in some scallions to making a totally different style of dish, ramen hacks are fun and ingenious. My favorite quick hack is adding some fried onions and a shoyu tamago, for added protein and some crunch. Search for ramen hacks on the internet and you find that people have taken the humble noodle to great heights by adding ingredients and modifying the way it is prepared. From ramen carbonera to ramen pizza, it takes the dorm room staple to the dinner table.
ode to the instant noodle written by fellow hapa Kenji. He goes through the simple additions, like adding fish cakes (kamaboko) or sriracha, all the way to ramen poutine!
One idea he put in my head was taking the classic Thai coconut shrimp soup, tom kha goong, and making it into a ramen hack. Below is my version of the theme.
Tom kha goong: "tom" means "boiling," "kha" refers to the galangal traditionally used (a relative of ginger root), and "goong" is "shrimp." So I suppose this isn't really tom kha goong ramen because I didn't use any galangal. You can find more traditional recipes for this soup, with galangal and lemongrass, but I believe ramen hacks should be quick and easy, otherwise really what's the point of using instant ramen?
Tom Kha Goong Ramen
1 package of ramen (I used shrimp)
2 cups water
1 cup coconut milk
1 tsp sriracha (or thai red curry paste)
1 tbs thai fish sauce
1/2 cup cooked shrimp (I like the smallest shrimp)
cilantro for garnish
|Your broth will be much more orange than my photo looks|
For all my instant ramen lovers, here are some additional ramen hacks as well has some fun trivia!
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