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Homemade Shin Ramyun Noodle Soup

Shin Ramyun soups are quite a popular instant noodle soup brand. Unfortunately, it isn’t available everywhere and is relatively expensive, especially if you want it all the time. Here’s how you can make it anytime you want!

Shin Ramyun is a delicious and (chili) hot instant noodle soup produced by the Korean company Nong Shim. It comes in a packet containing noodles, dehydrated vegetables and a powder soup base. Boiling water is all you need to make a very comforting, hot and tasty noodle soup. Read more about it here – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shin_ramyun.

Yesterday, while suffering the effects of a bad cold, sore throat and fever, I thought it would be nice to have a bowl of the stuff, but found I was all out. The thick and relatively bland Nestle soups just didn’t appeal. So, with no other option I thought of trying to replicate the Shin Ramyun… and it actually worked.

Here’s what you do:

  1. Chop some onions finely and begin frying them on a low flame in a pot. The oil should be minimal and odourless.
  2. When the onions begin to brown, add some finely chopped garlic.
  3. As the onions and garlic fry, mix the following in a bowl – red chilli powder, paprika, ground black pepper, MSG, soya sauce (the authentic chinese variety works best), salt, thai chilli oil and fish sauce.
  4. To the frying onions and garlic add a brunoise of bell peppers, mushrooms, spring onions and carrots.
  5. Fry a bit more and then add the mixture from step 3.
  6. Stir and then add water.
  7. Finally toss in a bouillon cube (I used Nestle/Maggi) and dissolve it into the soup.
  8. Check for taste when it boils.
  9. Finally put in some dried noodles and cook as per packet instructions.

You’ll end up with a fairly dark, watery, hot, delicious soup with noodles in it that you can further make into a full meal by adding sliced button mushrooms (raw), spring onions, tofu, sliced boiled eggs, bean sprouts, omelette strips and toasted garlic on top of the noodles (after pouring into a large bowl). If you’re serving it very very hot, you could also break a raw egg on top of it. Try some laver (dried sea weed) strips too.

– Sid

PS: If you want a vegetarian version – omit the fish sauce and use vegetable stock cubes instead. Also, if you’re using fish sauce, be careful as it can get quite salty. Add the salt towards the end if you’re not sure.

By Sid Khullar

Sid Khullar is a wellness coach who works with different aspects of lifestyle change towards the accomplishment of goals such as weight loss and blood sugar management among other health situations that require the presence of specialised, precise diets and lifestyle change. His methods address aspects of food, nutrition and the mind.