Ramen burgers

ramen burgers

Heard of these fabulous burgers made with ramen noodles instead of a bun?  Seen the pictures on pinterest?  Drooled?  Licked the screen?!  Well, you can wipe your drool and make them at home!

My fabulous friend, who took me to Hawaii this summer where I was first introduced to L&L Hawaiian Barbecue and their ramen burger, said mine was better.  Don’t take her word for it… try it yourself!  And if you have a chance, fly to Hawaii and try theirs too!  Better yet, take me along and I’ll buy you one!

ramen burgers with nyles

These tasty burgers were a ton of fun to make.  Whats more fun than making buns out of ramen noodles?  In our house, you get to pick your birthday dinner (and breakfast and lunch) and it was my dear sweet Jaina’s birthday recently.  The other members of the family always try to influence and encourage the birthday person to pick something they really like.  I suspect this request was at my yobo’s influence.  Jaina also wanted rice burgers, some I made them both.

Jaina and her ramen burger

Most recipes online for this creation have instructions for making one burger.  The whole process would have been tedious and time consuming for all the monkeys in this little household.  So I needed to find a way to make this work to feed all the hungry mouths in our family plus a special guest.

The solution:  muffin tins!  Would doesn’t love muffin tins?  Not muffin tops… muffin tins! (Though eating too many of these may lead to muffin tops!!)

Ramen burgers

Yield: 6 burgers

Ingredients

  • 4 packages of ramen noodles
  • 2 large eggs
  • salt and pepper
  • oil
  • Hamburger patty
  • BBQ sauce (or teriyaki sauce, or hoisin sauce... whatever you are feeling in the mood for!)
  • green onions chopped finely
  • mixed greens

Instructions

  1. Cook the ramen according to the instructions
  2. Strain the water and let cool slightly
  3. Beat the eggs and salt and pepper
  4. Coat the noodles with the eggs. If the noodles are too hot, they will cook the eggs already!
  5. Line a muffin tin with plastic wrap
  6. Scoop out the noodles evenly into 12 muffin tin spots
  7. Cover with plastic wrap and weigh the buns down with various small jars from your fridge
  8. Refrigerate for 20-30 mins
  9. Add oil to a frying pan on medium heat
  10. Remove the buns from the saran wrap and fry for 4-5 mins on each side until they are brown.
  11. Press down on the buns to thin them out
  12. Prepare the hamburger patty
  13. Top the ramen burger with sauce of choice, onions and mixed greens!
  14. Savour and enjoy!

Notes

The muffin tins make for smaller ramen buns, so smaller beef patties would work best with this recipe.

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Jjajang ramyun – black bean noodle ramyun

jja jang ramyun

This bowl of yummy hot noodles is a deliciously quick lunch. It tastes so good, you’ll forget you are eating ramyun!

We really enjoy jjajang myun, black bean noodles. It is one of the things I haven’t ever made from scratch or even really tried.  If we go out for Korean food, this is what we usually order. (See restaurant review here and here!)

But we really like it and going out is expensive with lots of hungry kids, so we resort to making the instant kind at home (more often than we would admit). As we have discovered, all black bean style ramyun noodles are not created equal!  This one, however, is a winner!

Jjajangmen package

The secret to its deliciousness is the pouch of jjajang sauce (not powder!) that is included.

jjajang sauce

It cooks up quick and easy and makes a great weekend lunch.

Warning: You may need to remove your shirt when you eat it.  It gets messy!

noodles

noodles

This is not a recipe so much, since it is just following the instructions on the package; it is more of a product review with cooking directions 🙂

Jjajang ramyun

Ingredients

  • 600 ml water
  • 1 package paldo jja jang men instant noodles
  • cucumber slices to garnish

Instructions

  1. Bring water to a boil
  2. Add dry noodles
  3. Boil for 5 minutes
  4. Drain out the water and leave 2-3 tablespoons of water in the bowl. (This is important since you want it saucey!)
  5. Squeeze the sauce out of the package
  6. Mix well
  7. Serve with cucumber garnish
  8. Enjoy! 🙂
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Ham Ji Bak restaurant – Langley/Surrey

Ham ji bak

This restaurant is located right inside Hmart in Langley/Surrey. It’s menu features Korean style Chinese food and traditional Korean dishes as well. My Korean class went out for lunch after our grocery shopping field trip.

jajang myun

Most of us ordered the jajang myun, black bean noodles, since it was on special. It came with some standard side dishes of pickled yellow radish and radish kimchi. None of us were overly impressed with the noodle dish; there wasn’t enough sauce and it was quite salty.  My one classmate thought there were too many onions, but the dish is mostly made of onions. 🙂

tang su yuk

My generous classmate ordered tang su yuk, sweet and sour pork for us to share.  This was definitely the most delicious part of the meal. It wasn’t over overpoweringly sweet as it sometimes can be. And it had quite a few vegetables and some cute carrots flowers in it. Who doesn’t like carrot flowers?

soup

One classmate ordered kong guk su, a cold bean broth soup with noodles.  He thought is was refreshing.  It is quite a bland soup that you add salt too, and he added too much salt 🙂 But he awarded it a 7/10 anyways!

The service was not great; the waitress was neither quick nor friendly.

So overall, it was okay, not great.  In my opinion, if you are at Hmart and hungry for some Korean food, go next door to Baik Mi Korean restaurant for a good meal. (check out the review here)

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Baik Mi Korean restaurant – Langley/Surrey

restaurant

We went out for lunch with the family to Baik Mi Korean restaurant because we had heard they had jajang myun on sale.  We don’t go out to eat very often, mostly because I like to cook and as the kids get bigger, they can eat a lot. When we do go out for Korean food, we always order jajang myun (it’s one dish I don’t make at home). In this Korean style chinese dish, vegetables and meat are fried up in a black bean sauce and served over long noodles.

jajang myun

My yobo has fond memories associated with jajang myun.  On his birthday, his mom would take him out for and they would order jajang myun and tang su yuk, sweet and sour pork.

tang su yuk

The restaurant opened in the fall of 2012 and this was our first visit.   It is beautifully decorated with traditional Korean artifacts and the walls have old Korean writing on them.  Above the kitchen area is made to resemble a traditional Korean house. The kids really enjoyed looking around as we waited for our food.

The jajang myun was delicious.  The sauce had lots of flavour and the noodles were a nice texture.  The service was quick and as custom, several side dishes were served with the meal: kimchi (of course), pickled radish and raw onion with a dipping sauce. We ordered a bowl of noodles for each of us and had leftovers to make with rice the next day.

Good taste and good value!

Taron and noodles

“Yummy!”

 Note: This is not a paid endorsement.

The address is for Baik Mi Korean restaurant is 19539 Fraser Hwy  Surrey, BC
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Shin Ramyun

Ramyun

Today is Taron’s birthday!

Interview with Taron

  • How old are you now? Four
  • What is your favourite sport? Skiing
  • What is your favourite colour? Dark green and light green
  • What is your favourite animal? Polar bear cuz it goes in snow, and tiger cuz they are on the same team and a lion is on the same team. Which one is a boy one? I mean a dad one?
  • What is your favourite toy? My moving tractor in the house
  • What do you know about Korea? Our teeth comes out and we throw them on the roof
  • What Korean words do you know? Haseyo (hello) Hajabi (my grampa that died) Halmy (grandma) cusumeda (thank you), adul (dad’s name for me)
  • What is your favourite Korean food? Ramyun
  • What is your next favourite Korean food?  The one with pasta and cheese sauce and broccoli.  What is that one, mom?  (It is not Korean) Rice cake soup…. that’s Korean one.

So in honour of Taron and his birthday, here is the recipe for ramyun:

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The time you need: 7 mins

The things you need:

  • Shin Ramyun package (In my humble opinion, and my yobo’s expert opinion, it is the most delicious of the ramyuns)
  • 2 1/4 cups of water
  • 1 egg
  • a handful rice cakes (optional)
  • green onion

The how to:

  • Bring the water to a boil
  • Add the seasoning package and the veggie package along with the noodles (there is much debate in our home whether to break the noodles or not…. to break or not to break, that is the question!)
  • Add an egg (we enjoy our egg whole, if you prefer to have it scrambled, mix it around once it has been dropped in the soup)
  • Add the rice cakes (they are Taron’s favourite add-in)
  • Cook for 4 minutes.  Do not overcook!  Over done ramyun noodles are not yummy!
  • Add onions in the last minutes
  • Serve with rice and kimchi

march 2013 014The birthday boy!

 Note: though Taron does like spicy ramyun, he also enjoys it made with Mr. Noodles!