Dressed-Up Ramen | Spicy Thai Coconut w/ Peanuts + Scallions + Cilantro

July 22, 2015

Dressed-Up Ramen | Spicy Thai Coconut w/ Peanuts + Scallions + Cilantro // via Faring Well #vegan #recipe

Amy’s bean and rice burritos. One of the only healthy-ish items at the campus market I could purchase with my “meal plan card” to heat up in my dorm room’s microwave for dinner. Those burritos = my freshman year of college. My daily grub would usually consist of a protein bar, some fruit, maybe a yogurt, lots of coffee (thankfully the Starbucks on campus took our “meal cards” as well. Some might say I was a loyal customer. Others, an addict. I say, same-diff), an Amy’s microwave burrito, and to end the night right – a few dixie cups worth of peanut m&ms. Its really a wonder that I’m not diabetic. From high school through college I ate the largest cup of peanut m&ms for dessert every night. I would be a health-nut all day just for that nightly indulgence. Ah, I miss those blissful days of ignorance. And the smell. The microwaved-Amy’s-burrito-smell. I’m sure my roommate, Kat, could have smelled a few less burritos and been okay. But I smelled my fair share of her frozen taquitos getting nuked, too. (Oh! Those nights when we would treat ourselves and have a roomie-date at Rubios, do you remember those Kat? Just so we could have our favorite taquitos loaded with guac and salsa. THE BEST.)

Living in a small space, whether it be a dorm room or your post-college-but-the-economy-still-sucks-tiny-apartment, can make it tricky when it comes to preparing meals that weren’t already prepared for you. I know firsthand from my small-budget college days, and my still-small-budget married days. Which is why I am excited to bring you an inexpensive, healthy twist on a college staple I am just now discovering. Ramen. And its getting all dressed-up.

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I was ecstatic to find packages of ramen at our neighborhood health food store that were gluten free! Made with yummy ingredients like millet and brown rice. Even forbidden rice! I stashed away the flavoring packets they came with for a quick miso soup another night, and added a few ingredients of my own to create these spicy thai ramen bowls. Simple additions of coconut milk and sriracha to the broth give it a spicy but creamy flavor. Cubes of tofu add inexpensive protein, and the toppings take it to the next level. A handful of chopped peanuts, a few pinches of cilantro leaves, chopped scallions, and a squeeze of fresh lime are the stars of this dish. The best part? You can enjoy this loaded bowl for under five bucks. Plus, its ready in under ten minutes. Seeing as we don’t own a microwave, I found a simple way to prepare the noodles with just a kettle of boiling water and a plate to trap the heat. Whether you are on a budget or not, this quick dinner is one I would recommend giving a try. If nothing else, to redeem ramen’s reputation (and to use up those leftover scallions you bought a bunch of at the market for only ninety-seven cents but still can’t bring yourself to let go to waste).

I originally created this recipe for the Urban Outfitters Blog. I’ve also included the recipe here below. Thank you Urban Outfitters for sponsoring this post!

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SPICY THAI COCONUT RAMEN W/ PEANUTS + SCALLIONS + CILANTRO
Serves 1 hungry person, or 2 semi-hungry persons.

Ingredients
1 block of ramen noodles
2 cups boiling water
1/4 cup canned full fat coconut milk
sriracha to taste (I used about 2 tablespoons)
salt to taste
half a block of firm tofu
a handful of chopped peanuts (roasted and unsalted)
1 scallion, chopped
few pinches of fresh cilantro leaves
fresh lime wedges

Begin by placing the dry ramen noodles in a bowl. Pour the 2 cups of boiling water over the ramen, and place a plate on top of the bowl to trap the heat. Let it set for about 7 to 8 minutes for the noodles to fully cook. Remove the plate and break up the noodles with a fork.

Add the coconut milk, sriracha, and salt to taste. Drain the tofu and chop into cubes. Place between a few sheets of paper towels and press gently to remove as much water as possible. Add the tofu to the bowl of noodles.

Top with chopped peanuts, scallions, cilantro, a squeeze of fresh lime juice — and dig in!

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Dressed-Up Ramen | Spicy Thai Coconut w/ Peanuts + Scallions + Cilantro // via Faring Well #vegan #recipe

  • Hannah | The Swirling Spoon July 22, 2015 at 5:56 am

    Yyeeeahhh, this looks amazing!!!!! I didn’t own a microwave for years either and always found a way to get by. Although once I tried to heat up my tofu meatloaf in a fry pan and it just turned into crumbles *laugh cry emoji*.

    • Faring Well July 23, 2015 at 3:26 pm

      Haha oh no about the tofu meatloaf! And its pretty neat how many ways you can get by without it, I prefer it too, makes cooking feel more special!

  • Ksenia @ At the Immigrant's Table July 22, 2015 at 5:56 am

    What a simple, inventive solution to perking up boring old ramen! You’ve managed to find a few simple staples that would completely elevate that dish, and on a budget, no less. It actually makes me want to have some ramen…

    • Faring Well July 23, 2015 at 3:27 pm

      Thanks so much! It was surprisingly easy, the hard part was actually picking one variation to go with! Gotta love ramen ;)

  • Sarah | Well and Full July 22, 2015 at 6:13 am

    Jessie, my girl!! First of all, sending <3 because you're awesome. Secondly, Ramen was my life in college, I probably had it for dinner at least three nights a week. Which is kind of terrifying because the brand I was eating is basically a bowl of sodium with a few noodles in it… yikes!! This, however… whoa. Ramen for foodies!! Of course, I'm game for anything with sriracha. And your photos, Jessie, they just keep getting better and better! Every new recipe you post here is a delight :)

    • Faring Well July 23, 2015 at 3:28 pm

      Aw Sarah, thank you! You really are too sweet. And tis funny cause I never touched ramen in college, this was my first experience with it and I was pretty stoked. I was always the burrito gal, but now see what all of the ramen hype was about!

  • Emily July 22, 2015 at 6:22 am

    I just discovered the same brand of ramen and bought the forbidden rice variety. I know exactly what I’m going to do with it thanks to you. :) I need more simple things like this in my life. Beautiful as always!

    • Emily July 22, 2015 at 6:53 pm

      Just made this for lunch except subbed in red thai curry paste for the sriracha. Rockin good! I think I’m going to order a case of these noodles!

    • Faring Well July 23, 2015 at 3:35 pm

      Oh yay! I’m so so glad you got to make it and loved it too! And I know right, that brand totally rocks. <3

  • lynsey | lynseylovesfood July 22, 2015 at 6:31 am

    I managed somehow to avoid ramen in University but there were other staples i am not too proud of! This looks amazing. i love the vibrant colours and fresh herbs. xo

    • Faring Well July 23, 2015 at 3:29 pm

      Thanks Lynsey! I did too, just discovering it now (and probably for the best) – lots of fun making simple, healthy, inexpensive bowls with this instant goodness.

  • Caitlin July 22, 2015 at 8:04 am

    i love this post, jessie. i sometimes miss those days of ignorance, too. i love that this bowl is single serving and it looks so delicious. i’m also obsessed with these photos.

    • Faring Well July 23, 2015 at 3:30 pm

      Right? That saying “ignorance is bliss” is painstakingly true. And thank you so so much for the photo love <3 making me smile big time!

  • Michelle @ Hummingbird High July 22, 2015 at 8:52 am

    Amazing! What a great little hack. Definitely putting this recipe on my list of “quick weeknight dinners” to try.

    • Faring Well July 23, 2015 at 3:30 pm

      Yay! Thanks Michelle!

  • Shanna July 22, 2015 at 9:19 am

    Love it! And I love spicing that ramen brand! The jade rice noodles… the bomb. SO good. I’ve never thought about adding in coconut milk, such a great idea. My boyfriend in our tiny kitchen space will be super excited to hear all about this one! xx

    • Faring Well July 23, 2015 at 3:31 pm

      Right?! That brand is LEGIT. Super excited to hear this recipe will be benefiting you and your bf in your small space too!

  • Sydney | Modern Granola July 22, 2015 at 9:54 am

    I remember Amy’s products! I used to love the frozen pizzas. Good times, the frozen pizza times! Great idea to dress up the humble ramen noodle. This sounds so delicious and simple, I can’t wait to try this!
    xx Sydney

    • Cady | Wild Heart of Life July 22, 2015 at 10:14 am

      Oh my gosh, Rubios!! I miss their peppery pinto beans so much! #eastcoasttransplantprobs Did you go to college in California?! These are A+ Jessie. Straight from a college student’s mouth!

      • Faring Well July 23, 2015 at 3:32 pm

        Cady:

        Haha YES! Another west-coaster who knows whats up! Missing them here in CO so bad. And sheesh, thanks for the A+ teach’! ;)

        (And no, I went to school at ASU in Tempe, AZ!)

    • Faring Well July 23, 2015 at 3:31 pm

      Sydney:

      Oh my gosh I know right, Amy’s rules. And thanks about the ramen! Hope you get to try it and love it too :)

  • Katie @ Produce On Parade July 22, 2015 at 11:45 am

    Wow, your photos are gorgeous! This post is making me REALLY want ramen now! :)

    • Faring Well July 23, 2015 at 3:32 pm

      Yay! And thank you thank you, I super appreciate it :)

  • Sasha Swerdloff || TENDING the TABLE July 22, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    Love it! I moved off campus as soon as I could at College so I could cook for myself even though the dining hall food was pretty good. When we did eat in the dining hall we ate a lot of salad and apples and oranges and occasionally (when we were feeling fancy) would make stir fry on the panini machine with veggies from the salad bar. Woo hoo!

    • Faring Well July 23, 2015 at 3:33 pm

      Wow you had a nice college dining hall! Way to extend the ability of that panini press, too, I’m impressed ;)

  • Kathryn July 23, 2015 at 6:47 am

    We’ve had a lot of evenings recently where the idea of spending more than 10 minutes making dinner seems like way too much effort so ramen is the perfect solution. I’m definitely going to keep an eye out for a similar brand here so that I can indulge in a similar bowl of goodness.

    • Faring Well July 23, 2015 at 3:34 pm

      Right?! We hear you loud and clear over here. Hope you can find this brand or a similar one too!

  • Sophie | The Green Life July 23, 2015 at 10:46 am

    This looks so good! As always!!
    I didn’t think I could crave a bowl of ramen in the middle of Summer but your photos are just so mouth-watering! :)

    • Faring Well July 23, 2015 at 3:34 pm

      Haha I know right – definitely for those cool, late nights when you’ve forgotten to eat and need something healthy + satisfying but quick!

  • Brooke @ Chocolate + Marrow July 23, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    I love how you’ve made packaged ramen into this beautiful homemade, vibrant dish! You are pretty much my hero.

    I did a ton of cooking in college, but totally boycotted the dorms after my first two years because sharing a dorm kitchen with like 50 other people was the worst. But then I just had a regular sized kitchen and no money for groceries so that was interesting too, LOL…too bad I didn’t have this recipe back then!! Love it, Jessie!

    • Faring Well July 23, 2015 at 9:17 pm

      Woh, thanks Brooke! Mega compliments coming from you. And haha I hear you on that! I moved into an apartment my sophomore year and had the most gorgeous kitchen… But no $ for fancy groceries either! We be silly ;)

  • Emanuele @ guyslovecooking July 24, 2015 at 4:27 am

    Beautiful pictures. Those bold colours look great.

    • Faring Well July 24, 2015 at 7:06 am

      Thanks so much Emanuele! Really appreciated :)

  • betty July 24, 2015 at 7:29 am

    Jessie! This is LOVELY. The dressed up ramen (I love ramen of any kind, plus coconut and scallions and peanuts?), the color of the bowls, your lovely photos – gorgeous!!!!

    • Faring Well July 24, 2015 at 8:11 am

      Oh my goodness thank you Betty! You made me smile mega huge this morning. Happy Friday, friend! <3

  • kathy patalsky July 27, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    I have been craving summer soup lately and this looks amazing! sharing on fv! xo

    • Faring Well July 28, 2015 at 6:07 am

      Aw thank you so much Kathy! That made me smile so big that you love this! You’re just the best <3

  • Jill July 27, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    Looks wonderful! I’m confused about the broth. If you don’t use the spice/soup packet that comes with the ramen, what makes the broth that you then are adding the additional ingredients to from your recipe? Do the noodles themselves make a broth? Thanks so much!

    • Faring Well July 28, 2015 at 6:08 am

      Hi Jill! So the coconut milk + sriracha + salt make up the broth (with the water). You can always drain some off the cooking water after the noodles have cooked if you wish for it to be richer!

  • Grace July 28, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    Jessie! I’m obsessing over your dressed-up version of this casual classic! You still managed to keep it super simple and approachable but added way more nutritional bang for you buck! Awesome! Wish your blog was around during my college years – those freshman 15 may have never happened! ;)

    • Faring Well July 30, 2015 at 6:58 pm

      Ah thank you so much Grace! And I know right, I wish I had a healthy influence then too! But then I guess college just wouldn’t have been college ;)

  • Emily July 28, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    I absolutely love how this recipe sounds! Will be trying it next week. Where did you buy those fabulous bowls?

    • Faring Well July 30, 2015 at 6:58 pm

      Thank you Emily! I hope you love it too. And they are form Urban Outfitters <3

  • Becca | Spices and Spatulas July 29, 2015 at 5:48 am

    My roommates constantly made Ramen at 2am at last year, leaving the kitchen a MESS! If only this was the Ramen they were making, then maybe I would’ve joined them. Can’t wait to make it this weekend!

    • Faring Well July 30, 2015 at 6:59 pm

      Haha, how did they make a mess with ramen!? Too funny. I hope you get to enjoy this bowl now that those days have passed ;)

  • Neko July 29, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    I made this last night and it was fantastic, thank you so much for the recipe. The coconut milk definitely ups this soup to restaurant-worthy status. I didn’t have tofu but I added mushrooms for some ‘meat’ and dug in.

    • Faring Well July 31, 2015 at 8:07 am

      Woohoo! I’m so glad you loved it! YAY. And that sounds like a delicious substitute, way to go :)

  • Kat August 6, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    Couldn’t wait to make this…I quickly realized I forgot to buy sriracha :::sigh::: but I made do with Franks Hot Sauce :)
    Thank you for a wonderful idea Jessie!
    – Love your old roommate –

    • Faring Well August 7, 2015 at 7:03 am

      Ooo I think that sauce sounds bomb! So flattered you made this Kat! You’re the best. Hugs from far away. <3

  • Emily September 22, 2015 at 1:11 am

    omg so good. I marinaded and baked my tofu and it added yet another level of wow.

    • Faring Well September 22, 2015 at 7:47 am

      Aw yay! That sounds amazing – nice work ;) so glad you enjoyed the recipe!

  • Jasmin October 10, 2015 at 8:15 am

    Do you think I could add the spice packed of the ramen or a bit of red curry paste to makr it more umami? ;)

    • Faring Well October 10, 2015 at 8:25 am

      Yes of course! Try whatever you’d like, this recipe is fun to spice up in different ways :)

  • Rad November 3, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    Such a simple recipe- it looks so good! It’s definitely ramen season. I really like how you organized your site.

  • Alice June 26, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    This is an amazing recipe! And it leaves so much to play around with depending on what you have at home! I made it with:
    — udon noodles instead of ramen
    — shiitake mushrooms, kale, broccoli
    — added red curry paste, mushroom broth, veg stock to broth
    — battered a few tofu cubes in breadcrumbs and cornstarch, and fried it

    The coconut milk in the broth was AMAZING! And each bite was different! Loved all the textures. Can’t wait to experiment more! :)