My Basic Noodle Bowl (With Variations)

"I am a fan of noodle bowls. They are cheap, easy, use up scraps and you can be eating in 5 minutes. Not gourmet by a long stretch but they lend themselves to so many variations - only a few of which are mentioned here. Check out your fridge and pantry and let your imagination and personal taste take over. It is an excellent use for 1/2 a pork chop for example.The ingredients list may seem long but you only need to select a few. It seems strange even writing 'optional' as most of it is! Have fun with it! Note: The nutitional data is all out of whack. You would have to use all the protein options plus the egg and still wouldn't get past 40 gr of fat. I wouldn't recommend 12oz of meat/shrimp in one noodle bowl: :)"
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Ready In:


  • 3 ounces ramen noodles (hold on to the seasoning packet. you may need some of it)
  • 2 -3 2 -3 ounces cooked chicken, sliced thin or 2 -3 ounces cooked shrimp
  • 2 2 cups chicken broth (the meat you use will determine which broth you choose) or 2 cups vegetable broth (the meat you use will determine which broth you choose)
  • 1 12 1 1/2 cups bok choy (alone or combined) or 1 1/2 cups bean sprouts (alone or combined)
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
  • 1 hard-boiled egg (optional)
  • 1 -2 tablespoon soy sauce, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil (to taste)
  • grated fresh ginger (optional)
  • red pepper flakes (optional)


  • Put vegetables (except cilantro and green onions) of your choice and whichever broth you are using in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil.
  • Break up packaged noodles and add to the boiling broth - reduce heat and simmer for 1 minute.
  • Add thinly sliced cooked beef, pork,, chicken or shrimp.
  • Add the sesame seed oil, ginger if using and soy sauce to taste.
  • Cook 1 minute more.
  • Taste the broth and add some of the seasoning packet until you are happy with the taste.
  • Empty the contents of the saucepan in to a bowl and sprinkle with cilantro (if using) and green onions.
  • I like to add a hardboiled egg that has been quartered.
  • Slurp and enjoy!

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  1. If I could give it 10 stars I would.<br/>My variation using your method~2 cups chicken broth, 2 cups chicken stock, 2 T. tamari, 1 T. minced garlic, 1 t finely grated ginger, 1 t red chili pepper flakes, 1 t rooster sauce, 1/4 t dark sesame oil, 1/2 a cooked pork butt steak sliced uber thin, 5 mushrooms sliced thin, 1 small red pepper slivered, cut chives for garnish and believe it or not, 2 cups cooked spatzel which worked out to be a fantastic choice. Will I make this again? Keith asked if we had all the ingredients to make it for lunch tomorrow, so yes I will. Again and again and ... Thank you for posting this recipe!
  2. Thanks!
  3. Yum! I used some leftover steak for the meat and used pretty much everything else listed except the egg. Very good and filling and made a great lunch. Thanks for sharing, K9. Made for Culinary Quest 2015.
  4. Great quick and easy recipe! I used black rice ramen noodles, Miso paste, fried beef strips and snow peas. Yum! Will keep this in store for quick and yummy lunch recipes :) Thanks for sharing!! Made for Culinary Quest 2015 / Japan
  5. This was a great lunch today, especially since I was freezing my fanny off after walking the dog! I used leftover chicken, shredded carrots, broccoli and onions. It is a great recipe for cleaning up little bits of leftovers and comes together very fast. Will definitely make again. I think I could get two servings out of this as I was so stuffed afterwards. Thanks for the recipe K9, will make it again for sure!


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