Thoughts For Food

Insights into the Mind of a Culinary School Student


Roy Choi’s Ramen


I love Ramen. I love Roy Choi. I absolutely LOVE this recipe.

Now, I know what you’re thinking; Cheese? In Ramen???

Trust me, it’s actually delicious. Enjoy!

Advertisements


2 Comments

Recipe: At-Home Stir-Fry


Too tired to go out to a restaurant? Too broke to order out? Don’t worry! This recipe is right up your alley! You don’t even need a Wok! Seriously, I’ve done this recipe with both a Wok and a wide saute pan. Both work out just fine, so don’t worry! So here you go! It’s time for some at-home Asian food!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Pound of peeled and de-veined shrimp
  • 2 Packs of instant ramen noodles
  • 1 Spanish Onion
  • 1 Bell Pepper (color is up to you)
  • 1 – 2 Carrots (depending on their size)
  • 1 Rib of Celery
  • 2 – 3 Cloves of Garlic (depending on their size)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Crushed Red Pepper Flake
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 1/4 Cup of Chicken Broth
  • 2 Tablespoons of Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon of Mirin (you can skip this if you can’t get a hold of any)
  • 1 Tablespoon of Sesame Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon of Butter

Hardware:

  • A Wok or a large, wide saute pan
  • Silicone Spatula
  • Pot for boiling the ramen noodles
  • Strainer
  • Chef’s Knife
  • Cutting Board
  1. Slice up all the vegetables. No dicing here please. The carrots, celery and bell pepper should be in thin, almost matchstick cuts. The onion should be cut in half and then each half sliced thin. The garlic is the only one who should be diced, fine.
  2. Put your pan/wok on the heat and crank the heat as high as it will go.
  3. Add the butter to the pan and then add all the veggies, except the garlic. Season with the salt.
  4. In the mean time, put the ramen into the other pot and boil with salted water until done. Drain and set aside.
  5. When the veggies become soft, add the shrimp, garlic and red pepper flakes. Cook until the shrimp turn pink.
  6. Add the ramen noodles and all the liquids now.
  7. Toss and saute for a couple of more minutes until done.

There you have it! Asian-style food, without the delivery charge! Enjoy this one guys!


Recipe: 3 for 1 Pizza Special (Part 2)


Here it is, as promised! The final part to this two-post extravaganza and the finale to Pizza Week! I promised two more recipes and I shall deliver! So here we go!

Super Savory Pizza

Ingredients:

  • Fresh or Store-bought pizza crust
  • 1 Can of Tomato Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon of Dry Oregano
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic
  • 1 Pack of Pepperoni
  • 2 Italian style Sausages out of their casings
  • 1 Cup of Provolone Cheese, grated
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper

Hardware:

  • Box Grater
  • Sautee Pan
  • Pizza Pan
  • Silicone Spatula
  • Pizza Cutter
  1. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees
  2. Stretch out your fresh dough on the pan
  3. Cover with the tomato sauce
  4. Sprinkle the Oregano on top
  5. Heat the sautee pan on medium-high heat. Add olive oil
  6. Add the Sausages and break them up with the spatula. Season with salt and pepper
  7. Sautee the Sausages until brown
  8. Take out the sausages and put them off to the side for a bit
  9. Dice up the garlic and, using the fat that remains in the pan, sautee the garlic for 1 – 2 minutes
  10. Add the garlic to the tomato sauce on the crust
  11. Cover with the Provolone
  12. Add the pepperoni and browned sausage on top
  13. Bake at 450 for 10 minutes

Enjoy this one folks! It’s another favorite of mine. If you’re a sucker for Italian Sausage like I am, then you’ll love this! Now, on with the show!

Asian Style Pizza

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup of Hoisin Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons of Sesame Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon of Soy Sauce
  • 1 Pack of Instant Ramen
  • 1 Teaspoon of Crushed Red Pepper Flake
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Chili Oil
  • 1 Cup of Shredded Chicken (or Duck if you can get your hands on it. yet another leftovers magnet here)

Hardware:

  • Small Pot
  • Pizza Pan
  • Small Bowl
  • Balloon Whisk
  • Wooden Spoon
  1. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees
  2. In the bowl whisk together the sauce-to-be
  3. Fold in the chicken
  4. In the small pot, cook the ramen in salted water for 5 – 6 minutes. Drain thoroughly when done
  5. Stretch out the dough on the pan and add the chicken-sauce mixture
  6. Top with the cooked and drained ramen noodles
  7. Bake at 450 for 10 minutes

Surprised? Well I at least hope you were! This is a recipe I just thought of a few days ago. I tried it and it really is fantastic! It’s a nice little twist on the traditional pizza and it’s a great way to experiment with flavor profiles. Have fun with this one!

Well that draws Pizza Week to a close! I hope everyone enjoyed this little culinary excursion into Pizza Land. It’s a land of unlimited possibilities where instead of asking “Why?” you should instead ask “Why not?”

Send me some feed back by leaving comments or e-mailing me: CadetGuardsman@gmail.com. You can even leave me messages on my Twitter! See you guys later!


2 Comments

Recipe: Ramen Omelette


This recipe is fantastic for clearing out leftovers in the fridge. All the different types of flavor profiles that can be made and combined here are many and varied. This takes a little bit of work, but the end result is well worth it.

Ramen Omelette

Ingredients:

  • 4 Large eggs
  • 1 pack of instant ramen (Maruchan works best)
  • 1 Tablespoon of milk
  • 1 Tablespoon of Soy Sauce
  • 1 Teaspoon of Hot Sauce
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Butter and Olive Oil

Now, the rest of the ingredients can be just about anything! Fresh herbs, sauteed veggies, even leftovers from the fridge. The sky’s the limit! I’ll tell you when to add them in later on.

Hardware:

  • Spring-Loaded Tongs
  • Silicone Spatula
  • Pizza Cutter
  • 2 Large Bowls
  • 1 Medium-sized pot
  • Balloon whisk
  • Either a non-stick or over-safe pan
  1. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil in the pot. When the water boils, salt the water and add the ramen cake. Cook for about 5 minutes.
  2. In one bowl, combine the eggs, milk, soy sauce, flavor packet from the ramen and the hot sauce. Whisk to combine.
  3. When the ramen is done, kill the heat and drain the ramen thoroughly.
  4. Combine ramen with egg mixture. NOW is the time to add any more ingredients you may want to add. Sauteed mushrooms, caramelized onions, roasted garlic, shredded chicken, diced ham, etc. The sky’s the limit! There’s only two things I’d caution: don’t use more than three ingredients at a time and if you want to add cheese, don’t do so until the end.
  5. Melt butter and add olive oil in pan with medium-high heat
  6. Add the mixture to the pan and cook for 7 or 8 minutes, while moving the pan occasionally to prevent sticking.
  7. If you have an oven proof pan, slide the entire thing into your over set to broil. Cook until the top is browned and slightly crispy. If you don’t have an oven proof pan, take your pizza cutter and divide the mixture into 4 slices and flip over each slice and cook for another 5 minutes. Serve hot.

I hope you guys enjoy this recipe! It is well worth the work! It’s perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner!