I was lazy. I didn't get out of my yoga pants all day long - a day which was devoted to watching Breaking Bad, some reruns of Top Chef and the Huskies beat down Arizona while a monsoon raged on outside. It was a perfect day to be gluttonous when all I needed to do was walk to the corner market for a few packets of Top Ramen and some burgers. I used Mashable's recipe as a guide and here's how I made this delicious gut bomb:
Ingredients (serves one)
- One packet of top ramen
- A hamburger patty of your choice - painted hills beef for Nick and a veggie quinoa patty for me
- 1 egg
- Cooking oil
- Toppings of your choice. Here is what I used:
- Greens - Mashable used arugula but I used a baby swiss chard, spinach and baby kale mix
- Sliced green onions
- Wasabi Mayo
- Soy sauce
|Don't overcook it. It's nice when it's al dente.|
|I beat two eggs for two servings here.|
|The egg is a binder so the bun stays together.|
|You can spray the bottom half of a bowl with cooking spray.|
4. Ensure the noodles are pressed evenly and add a weight to the top of ramen like a heavy mug, ramekin or can. Refrigerate for half an hour.
|Don't let the noodles spill up from the weight too much - even it out.|
|The noodles don't absorb much oil - it's not too greasy.|
|Watch the temperature and turn it down if the noodles have burnt spots.|
8. Cook the hamburger patty. I added some soy sauce to season ours but season to your liking.
9. Assemble the burger. I put sriracha and ketchup to one of the buns and wasabi mayo to the other. I topped my burger with the green onion and shallots along with some sliced avocado, tomato and greens. However, the veggie burger has a thinner patty so you can add more toppings whereas Nick had to remove the tomato from his in order to bite in. The ramen bun is a bit dry so I do recommend condiments and textural contrast like avocado or sauteed mushrooms. I think a fried egg would have been awesome.
|My veggie burger & toppings|
The ramen burger is a crunchy, gluttonous and savory not-meant-in-nature combination that makes you a little ashamed to enjoy in public. Something about it feels slightly wrong and deliciously right. However, it was a complete gut bomb. I've been known to down an entire plate of Matador nachos by myself and I've indulged in Red Mill onion rings, double-fried kennebec frites and tatchos. However, the last few bites of burger were a bit difficult and I pretty much passed out a couple of hours later on the couch while trying to watch some more college football. I woke up with a food hangover the next day. I haven't eaten ramen or that much processed modified starch in years and it hit me like a crunchy truck.