Oh shoot, it’s the Ramen Burger! Okay not the real thing but it’s my attempt. I first heard about the Ramen Burger last month when my friend Simon mentioned that it would be making its debut in California at the Ramen Yokocho Fest in Torrance. I was curious but didn’t think it would be worth it when I heard he was going really early and waiting in line. Well, over 800 people lined up and waited for the chance to eat it so there’s got to be something good about it right?
First of all, who even thinks to make buns out of ramen? I’m not sure it if it’s genius or crazy but let me tell you, I have not stopped thinking about it and finally decided to be brave and make it myself.
It was actually pretty fun making this. Making the buns felt like an experiment. I recommend the two recipes below that I found online. It’s not hard at all to make the buns but it does take some time to separate the noodles and wait for them to form. Once you are ready to assemble the burger, you can get creative and add your desired ingredients. I made a thousand island dressing spread that I put on the buns and also included a slice of cheese, arugula, green onions & a fried egg. You could also try with avocado, tomato, red onions, etc.
After my first bite, I thought- Oh. It’s interesting. But also very tasty. I wasn’t sure what to expect but everything blends well together and you end up with a juicy burger with interesting buns! So now, instead of waiting in lines or wishing it will come back to CA, just try making it yourself and see what all the fuss is about!
P.S. Now I’m reading about mac & cheese buns?? Oh my!
Watch this video from Pop Sugar:
Recipe courtesy of:
1 packet of instant Ramen noodles
7 oz. (200g) ground beef
Splash of soy sauce
Drizzle of sesame oil
1 head of bok choy
Squeeze of tomato ketchup
Dollop of hot sauce
Slice of American cheese
Splash of oil to fry
Boil the noodles in salted water according to instructions, but do not add the seasoning packet. Drain and leave to cool slightly for a minute.
Crack an egg into a bowl and beat together. Toss the noodles into the beaten egg, divide in two, and press each half into a plastic-wrap-lined mold the same size as you want your burgers to be (4-5” across). Fold the plastic wrap back over the noodles and place a weight on top to compress as they cool.
Slice the scallions and mix into the beef with the noodle seasoning, soy sauce, and sesame oil. Form two burger patties, a similar size to your buns, keeping them pretty thin.
Heat up three frying pans. Fry the burgers in one pan with a shot of oil for a minute or so on each side. Remove the chilled ramen burger buns from the plastic wrap and fry in a shot of oil in the second pan for 2 minutes on each side so that they get golden and crispy.
Crack the egg into the third pan and fry. Mix together the ketchup and hot sauce and adjust to suit your taste. Wash and quarter the bok choy and steam very quickly in a pan with a dash of water. Drain all the frying greasy items on kitchen paper and construct your Ramen burger with a slice of cheese on top of each burger patty.