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Pantry Ramen

Pantry Ramen 1.000

Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post; food styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Washington Post

Eat Voraciously Newsletter Mar 5, 2020

A reliable pantry staple, packaged instant ramen enjoys a cult status with many, from cash-strapped college students to gourmet chefs. The slice of processed American cheese adds comforting, savory creaminess and is a nod to the days following the Korean War when iconic American foods flooded South Korea.

Total time: 10 mins

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Tested size: 1-2 servings

  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • One (3-ounce) packet instant ramen noodles, such as Maruchan Ramen Noodle Soup
  • 1/4 cup frozen green beans
  • 1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder, plus more for garnish
  • 1 slice American cheese, such as Kraft


Add one cup of water to a medium pot and bring to a boil. Add the coconut milk, noodles, green beans and peanut butter, if using, and cook, stirring now and then, for about 3 minutes.

Remove from the heat and add the curry powder and half of the spice mix from the ramen packet and stir until fully dissolved, about 1 minute. (Discard the remaining spice mix.)

Transfer the ramen and its broth to a large bowl and place the cheese on top. Dust with more curry powder and serve.

Recipe Source

Adapted from chef Edward Lee.

Tested by Olga Massov.

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Nutritional Facts

Ingredients are too variable for a meaningful analysis.

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