There are a variety of instant ramen noodles in Japan. There are cup ramen and what I call brick ramen, but there are also straight noodle packets of ramen which come in a variety of different flavors and some with different types of noodles. Cooking cup ramen is pretty straight forward and most people know how to cook brick ramen as well, so this article will only be covering how to cook different types of straight noodle ramen.
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This instant ramen for two people has basic cooking instructions. Take 450ml of water (I sometimes use 500ml) and bring it to a boil in a small saucepan. Once the water is boiling, add one bundle of noodles and cook for 2.5 minutes (I sometimes cook for 3 minutes) stirring occasionally to prevent noodles from sticking together or to the bottom of the pan. After that, pour everything into a bowl and add one of each of the spice packets (which you can also add to your bowl while you are cooking the noodles and once the noodles are cooked you can pour them and the water used to cook them on top of your spices in your bowl) and enjoy (although it may take a little while for it to cool enough to eat)
Now this ramen has different instructions, although I have used the previous instructions to cook and serve these noodles for Nathan which is his preferred way to eat any ramen. I however prefer the dipping method for soba and ramen whenever I can. The package says to cook the noodles in 1 liter of water but that seems like a lot of water to me, and I’m not sure if that is for both bundles of noodles, but either way I do not have a pan big enough to hold 1 liter of water so I use 800ml of water for a single bundle of noodles and it seems to come out perfectly for me. Bring the water to a boil then add the noodles and cook for 6 minutes. If you are using only 800ml of water you may have to stir constantly to prevent the noodles from sticking to the bottom of the pan. Once the noodles are finished cooking, strain and rinse them. In a small sauce bowl combine one of each of the spice packets and only 50ml of room temperature water. To eat, take some noodles and submerge them in the sauce then take them from the sauce and eat them, repeat until all noodles have been consumed. You will have left over sauce which you can drink if you want.