Welcome to #SpringPantryPurge, guys. I highly recommend you get in on this. Basically, wünderkind Feed Me Phoebe gathered a group of awesome bloggers together to go through their pantries, get rid of something that’s been in there for a while, and spread the word about Feeding America, the country’s largest network of food pantries. A friend works in this industry, and the need for food is very real. Just $1 can provide up to 11 meals for a hungry person. Think about that! If you have an extra $5, I hope you’ll head to Feeding America’s website and donate a couple shekels if you can. I know we’re all working hard to make ends meet, but some people still can’t afford a decent dinner every night. I’m fortunate enough to be surrounded by tons of good food, but that’s obviously not the case for everyone and we don’t do a good enough job as a society to help those that need three square meals a day. I don’t mean to get all preachy on you guys, because I know you’re a great group of people! However, I think sometimes going hungry doesn’t seem like an American problem. It seems like something that happens elsewhere, not here. But I promise you, it’s happening right here, every day. So go ahead, clean out your pantries, and donate a few bucks to helping someone get some food in their belly.
Okay, so, when I started going through my pantry trying to find something to make for the #SpringPantryPurge, I found these instant noodles in there. My friend Jess gave them to me and apparently they are really popular in Singapore. I generally try not to make pasta or noodles at home because I have zero self-control, but this was absolutely perfect. This is the shit I absolutely lived on in college. I had no extra cash and I was just learning to cook, so something like gussied-up instant noodles was right up my alley. You can really do whatever you want with these. You don’t have to use fresh ginger or jalapeño if you don’t have them. If you want to make it a heartier meal, go ahead and add some veggies–I think this would be really good with eggplant, or even some tofu. You could add meat, too. May I suggest shrimp? Kramer and I probably ate this once a week when we were younger, and I’d change it up each time. Maybe add a t-o-n of garlic one night, another night I’d make it super spicy, or sometimes I’d add a fried egg, because a runny egg yolk is obviously nature’s most perfect sauce. Go back to your college days and make this for dinner one night this week. It always makes me happy, and I’m sure it’ll make you happy, too.
These are the ingredients I used – you can add mostly anything to this, though.
I will admit, I did add a bit of the seasoning to these noodles from the package–my friend Jess gave these to me and apparently they are a Singaporian favorite, so I had to try it out! It’s good stuff, guys.
Just toss everything together and eat! These are addictive, I’m telling you.
- 2 packages instant ramen noodles
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 6 scallions, thinly sliced, plus more for garnish
- 4 cloves garlic, finely minced or grated on a microplane
- 1 1-inch knob ginger, finely minced or grated on a microplane
- 1 jalapeño, finely minced
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
- red pepper flakes or chili oil, for garnish
- sesame seeds, for garnish
- Cook your noodles according to package directions. Drain and place back in your pot. Drizzle with a little oil or place about a teaspoon of butter into the pot with the noodles and toss - this is to keep the noodles from sticking together while you finish your sauce.
- Place 3 tablespoons of butter in a small sauce pan over medium heat. When melted, add in your scallions, garlic, ginger, and jalapeño and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add in your sugar, soy sauce, and hoisin sauce. Stir to combine, and cook for 2-3 minutes, until the sugar is dissolved. Pour the sauce over the noodles and toss to combine. Garnish with extra scallions, red pepper flakes, and/or sesame seeds. Serve hot, or with a fried egg on top, if you're feeling fancy.