Any excuse is a good excuse to indulge one’s craving for ramyeon/ramyun (aka ramen). And what better excuse than a coronavirus shelter-in-place order (or a quarantine order) and a post from Food Network extolling the merits of Nongshim’s Shin Ramyun?
Shin ramyeon is a Korean export everyone should try at least once. They sell it at major grocers such as Safeway and Walmart, so it’s easy to find. Or if you’re taking sheltering in place to the extreme, you can find it on Amazon.
Just because you’re stuck at home doesn’t mean your meal prep has to be stuck in a rut too. But if you pack on some pounds during your quarantine, don’t worry about it. It’s ok to adapt your diet to this unusual situation when fresh veggies and herbs may be more difficult to obtain. Serve this ramyeon alongside four to six different kinds of vegetable banchan (side dishes), so your meal will have some simple carbs, complex carbs and protein all together.
How did I do it?
I started by following the Shin ramyeon cooking directions on the package. Remember, there are two servings of ramyeon per pack. If you’re still worried about packing on the “quarantine 15,” make sure to share it with someone else.
I scrambled an egg (or you can include two eggs) and poured it in during the last 30 seconds to 1 minute of cooking, swirling it around like one would do for egg drop soup. I garnished the finished ramyeon with green onions and slices of fried turkey Spam. The Food Network article gives many other options to customize your ramyeon, so you can boost the nutritional value and flavor at the same time.
No one believes ramyeon is health food, but it doesn’t have to be utterly and completely bad for you, either.
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