Ramen noodles are made from dough of wheat flour, salt, and a type of alkaline water containing potassium carbonate and sodium bicarbonate. Eggs are sometimes used instead of alkaline water. Noodles are usually flat, fat, thin, and ribbon-like. They can be straight or wrinkled and they come in yellowish hue. Ramen is a typical Japanese food though it originated in China. It is usually cooked with broth or boiling liquids flavored with meat and vegetables. Toppings are usually added like pork and onions to add flavor.
One example of ramen noodles that gained popularity is yakisoba. Yakisoba means "fried noodles." It is prepared with vegetables, bite-sized pork, carrots, cabbage, salt and pepper. It is usually served in a plate. Another way of preparing yakisoba is by piling the noodles. The piled noodles are placed on sliced bread and showered with pickles.
Instant ramen is a popular food among Orientals. Since it production, its preparation has gave birth to wide varieties of recipes ranging from fried ramen to salads, served mostly in restaurants. It has gained popularity in western countries and is now served not only with meat-based broth but with a wide range of ingredients like vegetables, nuts, and fruits.
Salads are mixtures of foods, often served with dressings with addition of meat, fish, cheese and grains. According to history, salads originated in countries like Italy and the Netherlands. The word "salad" comes from the French word "salade" which means salt in Latin. There are types of salads. These are sometimes named based on the food items mixed with the vegetables. Some of popular ones are Antipasto salad, Chef salad, chicken salad, and ham salad. Dressings come in wide varieties like vinegar, mayonnaise, lemon, or soy sauce.
Below is a simple ramen noodle salad recipe that is easy to do. This requires no heating and is ready to eat as soon as all ingredients were mixed up.
Cabbage Ramen Noodle Salad
Ingredients for the salad:
1 package of Top Ramen Noodles, crumbled
½ head cabbage, finely chopped
4 green onions, chopped
½ can sliced almonds
Directions: Mix all ingredients together except the ramen noodles and refrigerate.
Ingredients for the dressing:
Flavor packet from the noodles
2 tbsp of sugar
3 tbsp of vinegar
½ tsp of pepper
Directions: Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Serve as a salad dressing.
If you are tired of cooking ramen the traditional way, you can try this ramen noodle salad recipe at home. You can serve this either as your main dish or side dish.
There are other simple ramen noodle salad recipes out there. Sanyo Foods Corporation of America offers different food services, products, soups, sauces, condiments and dressings to suit your innovation when it comes to making salad from ramen. Sapporo Ichiban, a product of Sanyo Foods, is one of the popular brands of ramen noodles in the market today. A wide variety of flavors ranging from soy sauce, chicken, beef, shrimp, and miso are available. These ramen noodles come with their distinct colored packaging.