Ramen Redo

Upcycle a college meal staple with a ramen topping bar

Posted on Jul 21 2022 in Features
Ramen noodles

What college student hasn’t relied on a 25 cent package of ramen for sustenance? Not only is it a cheap and filling meal, its as easy to make as boiling water.

But the iconic block of noodles and foil packet of bouillon powder can easily be made over into an impressive — and healthier — feast fit for even for a summertime soiree.

Check out our recipe for Easy Homemade Ramen Broth.

Once you have your ramen prepared, it’s time to personalize with some toppings of your choice. Here are some of our favorites!

Ramen Bar


  • Cooked shrimp
  • Thinly sliced pork tenderloin
  • Sliced Spam
  • Boiled or soft-boiled eggs, halved
  • Cubed tofu


  • Shredded napa cabbage
  • Thinly sliced jalapeno peppers
  • Drained canned water chestnut slices
  • Drained canned bamboo shoots
  • Shredded carrots
  • Sauteed shiitake mushrooms
  • Baby corn
  • Chopped bok choy
  • Fresh bean sprouts
  • Thinly sliced green onions
  • Edamame
  • Boiled spinach
  • Flavor Boosters
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Strips of seasoned nori (dried seaweed)
  • Sesame seeds
  • Chili oil
  • Sesame oil
  • Sriracha sauce
  • Soy sauce