Ramen is one of the quintessential student/poor person meals. Not that fancy stuff you can order at Big in Japan, I'm talking the super cheap square brick of dried noodles with seasoning that transforms into a super cheap meal. Everyone has a soft spot for this deliciousley cheap dish, but here are a few tricks to take $1 ramen to the next level, without breaking the bank.
1. Throw an egg in it
Egg and ramen are a classic combo, as boiled aggs are often paired with the dish. For a lazy alternative, whisk a couple of eggs and add them in when the noodles are nearly done boiling. Mix well and you'll get a cool egg element to your broth which will add that yolk-y flavour and protein to boot. If you feel like dirtying a pan, a fried egg thats still a little runny is also awesome atop ramen noodles.
2. Add Sriracha or leftovers, but mostly Sriracha
This one is kind of a no brainer. If you've got something in the fridge you cooked a night or two ago, never assume you can't add it to your ramen. Since most ramen is pretty basic in flavour (especially the chicken kind) you'll find that almost anything can be thrown in without destroying the taste. Cold chicken, pork, or beef are always welcome, as are frozen veggie-mixes. Get creative and I'm sure you won't be dissapointed.
3. Fry it up
This idea was inspired by the Ramen Burger, and essentially entails frying your ramen noodles. Submerge your noodles in boiling water for a couple of minutes, long enough so they become a little tender, not so stiff, but still generally hold their form. Heat up a pan of sesame oil (or whatever fat you have on hand) and lightly fry both sides of your semi-cooked noodle brick. Put it back in the water to gain more moisture and by the end you have crispy ramen noodles which are still very slurp-able.
4. Add a Laughing Cow Cheese
Cheese and ramen seems a little counterintuitive, but trust me on this one people. When your noodles have nearly cooked, throw in a triangle or two of La Vache Qui Rit cheese. Mix well and make sure you break up the soft cheese so that it fully melts in the broth. The soft cheese adds a lot of dimension to the spicy broth and result is a ramen soup that is smooth, slightly creamy, and utterly tasty.
5. Water --> Chicken Stock
Every grocery store ramen packet directs you to use water when boiling your noodles, which is tried, tested, and true, only a quick liquid replacement makes for much more flavour. Switch half of your water with chicken stock (or all if you're feeling adventurous) and boil as you normally would. When cooked in chicken stock, the dried noodles absorb the meaty flavour and become much more scrumptious. Beware when adding in your seasoning packet, as the chicken stock already gives a lot of salt and flavour already. Feel free to mix it up with vegetable or beef stock as well.
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Montreal food lovers missing their glory days of restaurant hopping rejoice: YATAI MTL, a festival dedicated to Japanese food and culture, is back with Japan Week, a mixture of both online and in-person events from June 7 to 13.
Opening night on Monday, June 7, at Café Osmo (51, rue Sherbrooke Ouest) at 5 p.m., will feature a Japanese mini market and "official opening of the association between Café Osmo and the Japanese counter Marusan," according to a press release.
If a delicious meal that's made with love from a local restaurant and saves you a bit of cash is your ideal take-out trifecta, consider ordering something with eggs.
Eggs add a boost of flavour and nutrition to any meal. A serving of just two large eggs provides 13 grams of protein, plus vitamin A, D, E folate, iron, zinc and choline. What's even better is that they can be eaten at any time of the day: before work as breakfast, during your lunch break or while you wind down in the evening.
With so many Montrealers living, working and doing pretty much everything else from home these days, Get Cracking and SkipTheDishes have teamed up to make it easier than ever for Montrealers to enjoy the protein-packed goodness of eggs any time — and with a discount, too.
Starting May 10 and running for a limited time, search "EggsAnytime" on SkipTheDishes and get $5 off an egg-cellent meal from participating restaurants. Be forewarned: you might just be tempted to order, eat, repeat.
Why You Need To Try It: Like a warm hug after a long day, ramen reigns supreme when it comes to comfort food, and Tsukuyomi's Chicken Tonkatsu is definitely no exception.
Packed full of noodles, pork bone broth, braised chicken, nori, spinach, bean sprouts and, of course, a seasoned egg (but would it even be ramen without it?), what sets Tonkatsu apart from the rest is the silky smooth consistency of its creamy broth that'll have you slurping the bowl clean.
Why You Need To Try It: Marché Italian Le Richmond's Capricciosa Pizza is a mouthwatering meal whether you order it fresh or for later.
It's not just the perfectly crisp crust and ooey-gooey mozzarella that makes this a delicious go-to, but the addition of hard-boiled eggs, artichokes, tomatoes, cooked ham and mushrooms. While a great dish for sharing, you might just want this one all to yourself.
Why You Need To Try It: Fleurs et Cadeaux's Katsudon features breaded and fried pork loin pan-cooked with dashi broth, egg and onion. Served over rice, it's a great protein-packed dish to keep you full and feelin' fine all day long.
If a picture speaks a thousand words, then this dish might as well pen its own novel because it's one you're sure to remember.
Why You Need To Try It: It's the simplicity of Ruby Rouge's fried eggs with shrimp — like so many dishes from this Chinatown staple — that make it as tasty as it is wholesome. It's the kind of meal you can even enjoy for lunch, dinner, on the go, or just 'cause.
Why You Need To Try It: You may be familiar with the Croque-Monsieur, but if you've yet to become acquainted with its spouse, the Croque-Madame, it's high time to introduce yourself.
Duc de Lorraine's Croque-Madame keeps it real delish with a fried egg and broiled béchamel atop a toasted ham and cheese sandwich. The yolk actually acts as a sort of sauce the second you bite into it, infusing the sandwich with even more flavour.
Why You Need To Try It: Hitting all the flavour notes that make a dish truly delicious, it's with good reason that pad thai is so popular. Springy rice noodles, sauce that'll send your tastebuds to heaven, scrambled-in eggs and veggies all colours of the rainbow making Soupe & Roll's Pad Thai as gram-worthy as it is appetizing.
Address: Currently 1008, rue Clark, Montreal, QC, for delivery.
Why You Need To Try It: Get ready to savour the flavours of Restaurant Jade's Minced Pork and Preserved Egg with Rice Congee. Sometimes called "century egg", a preserved egg is one that's been aged in a mixture of ash, clay, salt, quicklime and rice hulls. The result is an explosion of flavour that makes this ingredient a must-try, at least once.
For $5 off one of these dishes, search "EggsAnytime" on SkipTheDishes, select the restaurant of your choice and pick the menu item that grabs your eye. The offer is active between 11am and midnight every day during the promotion, and the discount will be automatically applied to your order.
Whether you choose warm and hearty ramen, delicious pizza or cheesy Croque-Madame, these Montreal restaurants have tasty, egg-filled meals that you can enjoy at any time of the day.
The ramen restaurant always has amazing monthly specials, so we're sure this one won't disappoint.
The dish is made with "thick noodles in a vegetarian miso broth topped with pork belly, onsen tamago, kakiage, sweet corn, scallions, nori, chilli pepper, chilli oil, butter, and a blow-torched tomato with swiss cheese."
For an extra $2, you can also add another onsen tamago, which is basically the equivalent of eggs benny.
The dish is available for just $14.95 for takeout and delivery.
It may be a breakfast dish, but we're sure it makes for a great meal any time of day.
Just be sure to give it a try before March 31.
We can't wait to taste it! What about you?
Address: See website for multiple locations
Price: $14.95, order online
Why You Need To Go: For an all-day-breakfast like no other.