THE SHIT I EAT WHEN BY MYSELF – ORANGE RAMEN
IT REMINDS ME OF (HIGH SCHOOL CAFETERIA), MINUS THE SIDE OF CONSCIENCE THAT CAME WITH ADULTHOOD
So… I guess here we go. Day 1 of my new segment – The Shits I Eat When I’m By Myself. Listen… if you were gonna dump me after this, please do it gingerly, ok?
And really, there’s no point talking or paining an elaborate narrative for this “shit”. It’s pretty self-explanatorily wrong which, unfortunately by the same definition, also guarantees to be uber-tasty. Any form of instant ramen-noodle drenched in a bastard-sauce between something tomato-ragu-ish and cheez-whiz-ish… cannot taste bad. It reminds me of the very popular, tomato/cheese ravioli they sold at my high school cafeteria, minus the side of conscience that came with adulthood.
But what I should point out is – given that if you were gonna do the same – this is something one should only do when utterly alone. I will not be held accountable for what happens when other human beings walk in on you doing this…
- 1 chunk ramen noodle
- 1 tbsp oil
- 1/4 cup ground pork, or beef
- 1 chopped garlic
- 1 1/2 tbsp tomato paste
- 1/2 tsp all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup whole milk
- 2 tbsp store-bought salsa
- 3 slices American cheese
- Freshly ground black pepper and salt to taste
- Tabasco sauce
- Bring a pot of water to boil and cook the ramen.
- Heat 1 tbsp oil in another pot over medium-high heat, then cook the ground pork and chopped garlic ("brown" them if you're feeling fancy...). Add tomato paste and flour, and cook for another min. Add whole milk and cook until thickened, then add the store-bought salsa and American cheese. Stir in the cooked ramen until the cheese has melted. Season with black pepper and salt to taste. Add more milk if the sauce is too thick.
- Serve with a big dash of tabasco sauce.
The tomato paste is important in adding depth to the dish (if there's any...). I can never finish a whole can of tomato paste, so I always keep unfinished can in the freezer, for whenever I need it.
I've never tried using real cheddar for this. I feel like they don't melt very nicely. But you could if you want.
The instant ramen I used was a Korean brand, which I'd say was slightly bigger than typical Japanese kind. You can judge the size from the picture and adapt accordingly.