Tuesday, October 9, 2007

No More...Ramen Noodles

Ramen noodles are one of my true joys in life. They're salty, and delicious, and oh-so-bad for me, and I love them. Unfortunately, they're packed in obnoxious plastic bags that make buying them totally off limits.

Wanted: A Ramen Alternative

Right now, I have exactly seven packs of ramen left over from my plastic-buying days, which means that very soon I'll never be able to eat my favorite noodles again. So what I need to do is figure out a ramen alternative. I suppose I can use some chicken bouillon for the flavoring, but I need to find some good noodles that are plastic free. Ideas?


Anonymous said...

Do you have a natural foods store that sells pasta and other noodles in bulk? I have found most of my plastic-free solutions at the bulk bins. I just take my own bags or containers.

Instant ramen noodles are seriously evil if you ever look at the ingredients. Did you know that they are deep fried? And yeah, I kinda miss them too!

LifeLessPlastic said...

Ah yes, I remember the day I learned that ramen noodles are deep fried. 'Twas a bit of a shocker, but somehow it didn't stop me from eating them. It'll probably be for the best if I don't find a similar alternative, though. They are totally junk food, after all.

As for a bulk store, we only have one that I know about in my area, but I haven't made it over there yet so I'm not quite sure what they have. I'm really excited to check it out, though, especially since my my Ecobags just arrived in the mail. I'm planning to go this Saturday. Hopefully they'll have some good cereal and pasta and stuff.

Radical Garbage Man said...

1. Buy a thin vermicelli noodle that is plastic free (flour or rice, your preference)

2. Boil until just al dente

3. Lightly pan fry in a light oil (sesame is traditional, but olive oil would be tasty -- albeit very different finished product) with or without seasonings (and vegetables if you like)

4. Drop it in your broth and you're ready to go


4. Pat dry, let cool and refrigerate until you're ready for ramen

LifeLessPlastic said...

Sounds delcious Radical Garbage Man! And I love the idea of patting them dry and saving the leftovers for later!

Anonymous said...

Radical Garbageman is really the smart one.

Kelsey said...

Hi! I just found your blog and since I love ramen I had to comment on this post! At one point I wanted to make a reusable bag by stitching the packages together (the ones from Asian groceries have such fun wrappers!), but I realized I would probably never actually use it.
Like Beth said so many years ago, you can get bulk ramen noodles in Asian grocery stores -just the noodle, you make your own broth and such. Or you could make your own, a la Tampopo! (That film could make the fullest person feel like eating...)
This instructable has a fantastic recipe http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-REAL-Japanese-ramen-from-scratch/
I suppose you could make big batch over a weekend of it and dry your own!