Perfect Instant Ramen

Roy Choi shares his take on the ubiquitous Korean staple
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Perfect Instant Ramen
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Perfect Instant Ramen

Recipe adapted from Roy Choi, L.A. Son

Yield: 1 serving

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Total Time: 13 minutes


2½ cups water

1 pack Shin Ramyun (or another brand of instant ramen)

1 egg

½ teaspoon butter

2 slices American cheese

¼ teaspoon toasted sesame seeds

½ scallion, green part only, thinly sliced on a bias (optional)


1. In a small saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Add the ramen noodles and cook for 2 minutes, then add the flavor pack.

2. Cook for another 3 minutes, then turn off the heat and crack in the egg, but do not mix it in. Pull the hot noodles gently over the raw egg and allow the egg to poach, about 3 more minutes.

3. Carefully pour the ramen into your serving bowl of choice, making sure not to break the egg.

4. Add the butter, cheese and sesame seeds to the bowl and stir gently to incorporate. Top with the chopped scallion (optional) and serve.

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