Saturday, September 17, 2011

Ramen Noodle Thai Basil Soup

Yum

Since the kids are back in school I only had to make lunch for myself today.  I wanted something quick, easy and hot to eat since it was cold out today.  Browsing my pantry I saw a childhood favorite of mine, Ramen Noodles.  Yes, you heard me correctly....Ramen Noodles!  I remember making Ramen noodles as a kid after school for a snack.  I never followed the directions, I just threw things in and it always came out pretty good.  Well, except for the time I threw in sunflower seeds and that was not so good.  I was only 11 years old... so I call that a learning experience.  Today, I decided to pump up this inexpensive packet of noodles with lots of vegetables, Thai flavors and shrimp.  The soup came together in less than 15 minutes and as I savored each bite, I told myself,  "I may be eating Ramen, but I'm eating in style".    





Ingredients:
1 packet of chicken flavored Ramen Noodles
1/4 of a yellow onion chopped
1 chili sliced (any spice level)
small handful of frozen green beans
small handful of carrots sliced
small handful of grape tomatoes sliced 
1 stalk of scallions sliced
1 clove of garlic grated *see note
1tsp of ginger grated *see note
1-2 Tbs of fish sauce
2-3 Tbs of coconut milk
1/8 tsp ground turmeric
1 smal handful of Thai Basil leaves
3-4 cups of water
5-6 large shrimp cleaned (frozen is fine) or any leftover chicken, pork, beef
Lime wedges

Notes:  Any of the vegetables and protein are optional.  You can mix and match to what you have in your fridge.

Directions:
In a large pan or skillet on high heat, add your water, fresh vegetables, whites of scallions, chicken seasoning (from Ramen), fish sauce, turmeric, garlic, ginger and bring to a rapid boil.

When the vegetables and onions are almost cooked add your noodles from the Ramen packet.  Cook for 1-2 minutes.

Next add your raw shrimp or cooked leftover meat and the frozen green beans and scallions greens.  Cook until the shrimp start to turn pink (about 1-2 minutes).  Taste for seasoning.  If you need more salt flavor add a little more fish sauce or less salt flavor add a little more water.




Then add your basil leaves and stir gently. When the shrimp are fulling cooked turn off the stove and add a squeeze from a lime wedge.  You can add more lime at the table.  Enjoy.


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15 comments:

  1. Oh, my does that look DELICIOUS!!! Gorgeous soup!

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  2. Oh it looks fresh and delicious :) I love my noodle this way, too :)

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  3. looks delicious!!and glad to find you....Now I am following your blog...:)

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  4. Ramona, this is delicious! I bet everyone loved it...this certainly isn't the ramen noodles you eat in college dorms!

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  5. This is something I have tried doing recently with Ramen noodles & the whole family loves it- just have started trying more thai flavors & love it!! Love your version & presentation.

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  6. Oh my, this looks absolutely fantastic, Ramona. I've never done anything with a packet of ramen noodles except break it up, open it, cook it, and add the spice packet. I need to rethink all that now. You've given my ramen hope!

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  7. That looks absolutely tempting! I'm currently based in Thailand, and haven't really that much chance to cook noodles since it's everywhere here! Anc curried noodles are one of my favorite.

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  8. What a great lunch! My daughter loves ramen noodles, but this is a great way to dress it up into a full meal for everyone to enjoy.

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  9. I never knew you would call this ramen soup. We call it mi goi (mi in a package). I always have a whole box (30 packages) in my pantry in case we don’t want to cook. When we cook it, we would always put in veggies, eggs and whatever meat we have left. You are so right, even ramen soup can be eaten in style! And I love yours!

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  10. Ramona, this is just gorgeous! It's so colorful and delicious-looking! Great pictures! Btw, I added you to my blogroll. I hope that's okay!

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  11. Oh my word Ramona! I'm inviting myself over for lunch!!! That soup is gorgeous! Those colors are beautiful and that shrimp! Look at that shrimp! And you know...I would have been content with the Ramen (I just love those noodles!) Great soup! And I hope your weekend was a good one!

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  12. Wow talk about gourmet ramen!! What a yummy idea!

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  13. That's the classiest bowl of Ramen Noodles I've ever seen. Such vibrant colors, and oh how my hubby would love this!

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