Whatever level of culinary experience you have, when you live by yourself, you learn a couple of things when it comes to cooking. First off, every meal is an experiment. The refs and freezers of a typical Filipino bachelor contain more alcohol in them than actual food! When it does have food, it’s usually leftovers from eating out, or the random microwaveable meal-in-a-box. Second, if one does decide to actually cook, it’s the washing-up of every item used in meal preparation that’s really more of a pain than the actual cooking itself.
No one wants to wash all the pots, pans, dishes, and utensils on a full stomach. This dilemma has given rise to the sneaky, famous phenomenon called the one-pot-meal, and this, I am proud to say, may also be my sneaky INfamous specialty!
For my first one-pot-meal recipe for Dessert Comes First, here’s a warm and fuzzy dish that surprisingly, goes well with this scorching summer heat! In Korea, when the weather is hot they eat spicy food so that their bodies actually sweat more and cool down. Science: Love it.
This recipe will be featuring the easiest, won’t-even-take-you-30-minutes-to-make- Korean Ramyeon! It’s a fun dish and an awesome summer-buster. You can really customize it to your liking, and you won’t mess it up! Here’s how I like making it.
Won’t-Even-Take-You-30-Minutes-To-Make Korean Ramyeon
Yield: one serving
all ingredients available at any Korean grocery
1 package Korean instant ramen (spicy seafood flavor if available)
½ can of SPAM, any flavor, sliced into 1.5x1.5 inch cubes
8 pcs tteokbokki (Korean rice cakes)
1 fish cake sausage, sliced
½ cup kimchi, fresh or bottled
1 slice pre-packaged cheddar cheese
1 sheet dried toasted nori (dried seaweed sheets)
Fill a small saucepan with 1 cup water and bring to a boil.
Add the instant ramen and all seasoning packets included.
Add the SPAM into the broth.
Add in the rice cakes and sliced fish cake sausage
Mix in kimchi.
Place into a bowl and immediately top with the cheddar cheese so that it melts onto everything.
Finish off with shredded nori sheet.
And there you have it, a nice steaming bowl of Korean ramyeon! Some people even add mini Korean sausages and thinly sliced pork belly but this recipe is hearty enough already. Try making your own version and let me know what you think of this version, too! 'Til the next one-pot-meal!
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