Thursday, October 16, 2008

Survival Food Spotlight: Top Ramen

The survival food spotlight will now shine its bright light upon a product that every college kid lived on at some point in their lives. Friends, neighbors, countrymen...I give you....Top Ramen.

I am personally partial to the chicken flavor, my wife loves the beef flavored. There are several other flavors as well such as oriental and shrimp flavored...never had the hankering to try any of those.

The cardboard blocks of noodles and their accompanying magical flavor packets when combined with water and heat...produce a treat that even a mother can love. These life sustaining bricks can be had for as little as 10 cents apiece when on sale and will last well into the next ice age if stored correctly.

I literally have several cases of these things in my closet that we use for side dishes or a cheap lunch. They are also great to add to your food storage plan as long as you will have the water to rehydrate their cardboard behinds...I can't see anyone ever trying to eat these in their brick form.

Like all underrated survival foods Top Ramen has a website. Nissin foods produced these bricks at an alrming rate and continues to pump them out so drunk college kids don't starve to death.

I can honestly say you are missing out if you have never had Top Ramen...go out today and pick up a few at your local supermarket for a few pennies and at worst you will have something you can use as a coaster if it turns out you don't like them (I can't imagine anyone not liking these). They are loaded with sodium so take it easy if you have high blood pressure or something like that.

Top Ramen Recipes: (From Nissin Foods Website)

Top Ramen Chicken Noodle Strudel
from Linda Hamrin
Delevan, WI

This taste sensation is sure to become one of your new favorites!

Cook noodles in water for 3 minutes. Drain. Mix in beaten egg. Place half of noodles in bottom of pie plate. Saute chicken in sesame oil 5 minutes. Add bell pepper and broccoli florets, saute 3 additional minutes. Stir in noodle seasoning, pineapple and juice, sugar, vinegar and cornstarch. Cook 3-5 minutes until thickened. Place chicken mixture on noodles in pie plate. Top with remaining noodles. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes. Garnish with broccoli and red pepper. Absolutely delicious!


2 packages Chicken Flavor Top Ramen
3 cups water
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp. sesame oil
2 cups chicken breasts, sliced
1 cup red bell pepper, chopped
1 cup broccoli florets
1 can (8 oz.) crushed pineapple in syrup
1 Tbsp. sugar
1 Tbsp. vinegar
2 tsp. cornstarch
Broccoli and red pepper for garnish
10" pie plate, greased

Serves 2

Top Ramen Spinach Salad Supreme
from Deborah McGuire
West Linn, OR

A delicious blend of flavors will keep this super salad on the top of your list!

Cook noodles according to package directions, but do not add flavor packets. Drain and cool. Cut noodles up slightly. Combine with other salad ingredients in a large bowl. In a small bowl, mix flavor packets, garlic and lemon juice and let stand at least 15 minutes. Add oil and mayonnaise and whisk until smooth. Pour dressing over salad and toss until thoroughly mixed. Garnish with red pepper rings and small grape clusters if desired. Quick and delicious!


2 packages Chicken Flavor Top Ramen
8 cups spinach leaves, torn
1-1/2 cups turkey or chicken, cooked and diced
1 cup red or green grapes, halved
1 cup red pepper, slivered
1/2 cup cashews, chopped
1/2 cup gorgonzola or blue cheese, crumbled


2 Flavor packets from Chicken Flavor Top Ramen
4 cloves garlic, minced
Juice from 1 small lemon
1/3 cup olive oil
1/4 cup light mayonnaise

Serves 2

Top Ramen Pizza
from Dani Fisk
Wrightwood, CA

Hot pizza quick and easy the Top Ramen way!

Cover pizza pan with aluminum foil. Build up foil edges to form about 1/2" tall rim around the pan. Lightly grease the aluminum surface. Cook both packages of Top Ramen noodles in water with pinch of salt. Do not use flavor packets. Drain noodles and set aside. Brown beef, onions and mushrooms together. Drain excess fat. Stir both flavor packets into meat mixture. Set aside. Beat together egg, milk and parmesan cheese. Stir this mixture into Top Ramen noodles. Evenly spread noodle/egg mixture onto pizza pan. Pour spaghetti sauce over noodles. Sprinkle meat mixture over sauce. Top with mozzarella cheese. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until golden , bubbly brown. Let stand 5 minutes before slicing. Great for parties!


2 packages Beef Flavor Top Ramen
3 cups water
1/2 pound ground beef
1/2 cup mushrooms, sliced
1 jar spaghetti sauce (15-1/2oz.)
3 Tbsp. Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1/2 cup milk
1 egg
8 oz. mozzarella cheese, grated
1 pizza pan
aluminum foil

Serves 6

...that is all.

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  1. I have a case or two stored as well, I prefer the beef ones myself.

  2. amen and yes you can eat uncooked .
    crush contents add flavor pack shack wala
    on snack not half bad

    2 take noodles from 1- 6pack open and store
    in ziplock bag take flavor packs and put in bottom of canteen cover will fill belly in a pinck mix flavor pack in canteen cup w/water
    heat instant brooth. use noodles to make another meal add spigitti sauce and wala

  3. Uncooked ramen was one of my brother's favorite snacks in high school. So, it's not all that unusual. The noodles used to be fried (could still be), so they had a pretty high fat content. In a survival situation, that can be good thing.

  4. Ok I will try these bricks of uncooked noodles in their purest form....a hard rectangle!

    I have gotten a ton of emails saying people love eating these things uncooked and in all their crisp glory.

    I will try one for myself and let you know in this weeks "Weekend Roundup" on Saturday.

    Stay tuned for the results!

  5. Clemson sc college student saying This is the college guys best friend for meal! chea and filling use more money for beer!

  6. I just love your post. Thinking about picking up a few cases myself.