Food - Drink
The Meaty Ingredient That Will Change Your Instant Ramen Forever
By JEN PENG
Even though instant ramen can be enjoyed on its own, many people have found that by simply adding a few extra ingredients, it can be elevated to a whole new level. Traditional additions to the instant ramen that make it a full meal include an egg, vegetables like spinach, seaweed, or mushrooms, as well as some sort of seafood or meat.
Although Spam may have a reputation as mystery meat that comes in a tin, it is essentially pork with ham and makes a terrific meaty addition to instant ramen. Spam musubis, Hawaii's version of ramen, and spam with instant ramen are also popular morning dishes in Hong Kong and a popular spicy stew in Korea.
On their websites, Maruchan (maker of instant ramen) and Spam provide simple recipes that anyone can try at home: Prepare your instant ramen according to package directions; pan fry several slices of Span until crispy, then cook an egg in the same pan; top a bowl of instant ramen with broth with the crispy spam, fried egg, and sliced green onions.