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Student Suppers: DIY Laksa Ramen Noodles (In A Mug!)
Like burger chain French Fries and certain types of what our friends across the pond like to call ‘Halloween candy’, I think ramen has to be a universally loved junk food. I will admit to consuming my fair share of chicken Super Noodles as a teenager, but it was at my first year of university I discovered cheap packets of value brand ramen noodles (which shock horror, now cost 30p, I swear they use to be about 17p) could be upgraded with some fresh ingredients, scary, artificial, additive laden flavour sachet discarded.
This is what you want to be eating for a quick lunch after a bit of a heavy night before, or when you’re home really late and don’t have the time, energy or inclination for a proper meal. This is still junk food, just junk food where you have some sort of idea of where it came from. It takes five minutes to make the curry paste, but one batch will make three portions of noodles, and it keeps well in the fridge in a sealed container for up to a week. After that, it takes about 5 minutes to put together, from start to finish.
These halfway-homemade ramen noodles flavoured with a homemade laksa pasta are a great lunchtime treat.
For the Laksa Ramen Noodles
2 tbsp Coconut Milk Powder
1 1/2 tsp Homemade Laksa Paste
1 Pack Ramen Noodles, flavour sachet removed
Juice of 1/4 Lime
Dash of Fish Sauce
Small Handful Coriander
For the Laksa Paste
1 Lemongrass Stalk, outer layers removed and finely chopped
1 Large Clove Garlic, peeled
1 Shallot, peeled
1/2 tsp Ground Turmeric
Juice of 1/2 Lime
To make the laksa paste, blend all of the ingredients together in a mini chopper or spice grinder until it is as smooth as you can get it. Decide if you want to leave the seeds in the chilli or remove them depending on how much heat you like.
To make the ramen, mix the coconut milk powder in the bottom of the largest mug you’ve got (or a microwave proof bowl) with a little boiling water until you’ve created a smooth, creamy paste.
Stir in 1 1/2 tsp of laksa paste, and break the ramen block over the top.
Top up the mug to just over halfway, and microwave as per the ramen packet’s instructions.
Stir in the coriander leaves, a dash of fish sauce and a good squeeze of fresh lime juice, and serve. I like looser noodles, so I like to add a bit more boiling water at this point too.
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