Friday, January 10, 2014

Frugal Foodie Friday - Ramen Noodle Salad

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...Those of us with small families eat loads of chicken and pork. Their convenient sizing makes them an ideal meal to prepare for two to four people and  chops and cutlets have become a mainstay of small family dinners. The Silver Fox recently requested I make Tonkatsu, a Japanese pork cutlet, for dinner. I was happy to comply, because the cutlets are also a favorite of mine, and it gave me the opportunity to test an vaguely Asian noodle dish that I found on the blog What's Cookin Chicago. The dish was made with 30 cents worth of ramen that was tossed with carrots and cilantro and then dressed with a tart-sweet dressing that had some real zing. I decided to use the noodles as a side dish and arbitrarily called it a salad because I preferred it at room temperature rather than warm. Obviously, you can vary the vegetables you use, and the addition of a bit of meat or shrimp would make the dish suitable for a light meal. It takes all of ten minutes to make this noodle salad, so it is as easy on the cook as it is on the pocketbook. The dish adds color to the plate and if you like the tart-sweet combination, I think you'll enjoy today's Frugal Friday feature. Here is how the noodles are made.

Ramen Noodle Salad...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of What's Cookin Chicago

3 packages of any flavor ramen noodles
1/2 cup grated carrot
1-2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
1/3 cup rice wine vinegar
1-2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoon sesame oil

Discard seasoning packets from ramen noodle packages. Bring 6 cups of water to a boil. Add noodles to water and cook just until done, about 4 minutes. Drain and place in a large bowl. Add carrot and cilantro. In a small bowl, whisk vinegar, sugar and sesame oil to combine. Drizzle dressing over noodles and toss. Serve noodles at room temperature. Yield 4 to 6 servings.

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Life's a shoe said...

what a great idea for a frugal meal! thanks for sharing

Unknown said...

This looks like a delicious quick and easy dish! I love that my Asian market carries ramen style noodles without the seasoning packet! They come is rectangular sheets rather than foldered into a square.

This might make tomorrow's dinner line up! With temperature tipping 105 quick and easy will be well preferred over having the stove or oven on for long periods!

Beverly said...

Ramen noodles are one of my grandson's favorites. They also toss the seasoning. I will definitely share this with them.

Unknown said...

I like this idea... very simple and straight forward. Perfect for a side dish.. or even through the cooked meat in it and make it a quick meal!!

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

I like the idea of making a salad from Ramen noodles Mary.

David said...

Mary, The salad looks appetizing and simple...but for some reason, even after all of these years, and despite their popularity, I've never eaten Ramen noodles. Maybe the time has come... Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

From the Kitchen said...

Many thought that my intelligence got me through college. Partly--mostly, though, it was ramen noodles and Kraft Mac and Cheese. I've never thought to prepare those noodles any other way than what is directed on the box. This sounds interesting.


Anonymous said...

yum, this is my kind of meal!

Kim said...

Ramen noodles are frugal for sure but it doesn't mean this salad isn't tasty, I'm sure:)

Lori said...

Sounds delicious. My kinda noodles.

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