DIY Cheap Gourmet Ramen at Home

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Cheap and Gourmet usually don’t go hand in hand, but in this case, it does!

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This is the most important ingredient.  I bought this on sale at $1.59 CAD each (reg. price $2.59 CAD)

gyoza

I also bought a bag of frozen gyoza for $7.99 CAD for 45 pieces ($0.18 each – not bad considering Ramen places usually charge $3.99 for 3 pieces)

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As for the seaweed salad.  I bought it as a (sort of) big tub from Costco (forgot the price)

Other cheapie ingredients: 

1/2 cup of chicken (leftover from my $4.99 rotisserie chicken that I got from the US Costco)

1/2 cup of sliced mushroom

1/2 cup of frozen corn ($0.99 / bag at Winco – US)

1 cup of baby spinach ($3.99 USD for a box of baby spinach at US Costco)

1 Organic Free Range Egg ($3.89 a dozen from Trader Joes)

As you can see, I bought the majority of the ingredients from the States.  The cost is relatively the same in CAD if you convert the USD to CAD.

Preparation:

  1. Boil 2 pots of hot water.  One pot for cooking the ramen – put a washed egg (with its shell)  into this pot to cook the egg while you wait for the water to boil.  One pot for soup base.
  2. Once the water boils, put the ramen into the boiling water and cook it for 2 – 3 minutes after the water starts boiling again.
  3. Shut off heat and take out the ramen and put in a bowl, empty the soup  / sauce packet into the same bowl and mix it withe ramen.
  4. Leave the egg in the hot water and let it sit.
  5. In the other pot of boiling water, once it boils, add the frozen corn in the water.  Wait for the water to boil again before you add the spinach.
  6.  Once the spinach is cooked, use a ladle and add the corn, spinach and hot water into the ramen bowl.  Use a pair of chopsticks or a fork and loosen the noodles so the sauce can dissolve in the hot water
  7. In a fry pan, you can pan fry the mushroom and the rotisserie chicken and add it to your bowl of ramen.
  8. Lastly, take out the egg from the hot water, peel off  the shell and slice the egg the way you like it! 🙂

As for the gyoza, well, the instructions are on the bag if you want to add gyoza to your ramen!

Happy Gourmet Cheap Eats!

Do you have any other ways of making ramen?  Do share!  Or other cheap yummy recipes turned gourmet style? 

HAPPY FRIDAY!

~The Money Pincher~

 

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5 thoughts on “DIY Cheap Gourmet Ramen at Home

  1. What’s your favorite ramen brand for *chewy* noodles? There’s an Asian market right by my house, but I always end up getting ramen in the food court rather than by package because of their deliciously chewy ramen (also “freshness”, loosely defined).

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