Who doesn’t like ramen? Even if you don’t like ramen, I am sure that is because you haven’t tried the right recipe yet.
Ramen is made in many ways, and it is always tasty to eat. But what if you fell in love with raw ramen and can’t stop yourself from eating the whole packet raw?
Wondering can you eat raw ramen, and is it safer to eat?
We are here with good news. Yes, you can eat raw ramen, and it won’t affect your health unless you eat them regularly.
Still, if you have concerns and want to know why it is safe to eat raw ramen, read the article till the end. You may also learn different ways to enjoy this underrated food 🤤
Don’t know how to cook? Make ramen. Are you in a hurry? Make ramen. Friends are coming over? Make ramen. Midnight cravings? Make ramen. Yes, ramen is a lifesaver.
This instant noodle pack is the best solution for your odd-time hunger. It partners well with your midnight cravings, favorite novel, late-night movie, catch-up with an old-time buddy, or long calls.
The reason is not only the taste but the ease of making it. Just grab a pack from the shelf, open it, separate the seasoning and any other sachet that comes with it, and add the block of ramen to the pan of hot sizzling water. Cook for three to four minutes, adding the seasoning in-between. Stir and serve. That’s it!
But we all know that already, right?
What most people don’t know is that the ramen noodles inside these instant noodles pack is already pre-cooked.
That is why they need just a few minutes to get ready, and that is why they are known as instant noodles. Voila! Got it now?
What is Ramen Made Of?
Wheat flour, salt, water, and alkaline water that gives the noodles flexibility, are used to make instant ramen noodles.
To begin, the ingredients are kneaded together to form a dough. After that, the dough is flattened out and thinly sliced into noodles.
The noodles are then steamed, dehydrated, and packed.
Yes, exactly! The crispy, crunchy thin noodles are a product of a dough. They were soft and fluffy; dehydration makes them crisp and crunchy.
Dehydration is also responsible for the long shelf life of instant noodles. Food with less than 12% water content has an exceptional shelf-life. And dehydration decreases the water content of instant noodles to 10%.
Some manufacturers dehydrate the ramen by frying them, while others use alternative high-temperature dehydrating procedures.
Nevertheless, it’s confirmed that ramen is pre-cooked by steaming and looks uncooked due to dehydration.
Can You Eat Raw Ramen?
Of course, you cannot eat anything that is raw ramen. They will disturb your stomach and might cause infection.
However, you can eat ramen directly from the pack, without cooking it, because it is pre-cooked and safe to it. 😎
Now that you know how they are created, you can no longer term instant ramen noodles “raw” because they are already cooked. They are simply dehydrated for the sake of preservation.
Even people in Japan do that. They eat ramen from the packet and enjoy it as a snack.
How to Enjoy Raw Ramen as a Snack – The Proper Way
Well, even if you don’t want to cook it, you surely need to do a thing or two to enjoy your munching.
Even to eat it raw, never forget to crush the noodles before opening the packet. Eating big bites of raw, sandwiched ramen can cut the upper layer of your mouth.
Open the packet and take out the seasoning packet from it.
Open the seasoning packet and spill half of it on the ramen under the pack. You are free to use all or part of it. It’s entirely up to you how salty you want your noodles to be.
Now to mix the seasoning and ramen, close the bag and shake it well.
And now you may munch and crunch.
How to Use Raw Ramen in Other Ways – Get Creative
Besides being a quick, convenient, and tasty snack to eat on the go, raw ramen can also be useful to you in other ways, for instance, as a salad dressing, a dessert topper, or a breadcrumb alternative. Let’s have a look at how you can do each of these.
From Raw Ramen to Breadcrumbs
It’s a brilliant idea to use raw ramen as “breadcrumbs.” This is because a packet of ramen contains not only the dried noodles needed to generate breadcrumbs but also the spice that may be added to the breadcrumbs to enhance the flavor of whatever meal you’re using them in. It’s also pretty simple to do.
In a food processor, combine and process the raw ramen with the seasonings you’ll be using. That’s all there is to it! You can now use these delectable “breadcrumbs” to coat nuggets, chicken popcorns, or whatever else you choose.
Top Your Dessert with a Twist
Wondering if this would make your so perfect dessert saltish? Oh no! that won’t happen because you are not going to use the seasoning packet, which gives ramen the salty flavor.
Crush the noodles till they’re the correct size. Try to keep them small, so they merely provide a touch of crunch to the texture and don’t impart much flavor.
You may sprinkle a pinch of cinnamon and sugar with crushed ramen on top of your dessert to mask the earthy flavor of raw noodles.
Add a Crunch to Your Salad
Using raw ramen can improve the texture and flavor of a salad. It’s a quick and easy technique to make them more flavorful while also adding a crunchy dimension.
Crush the raw ramen noodles and season using the seasoning packet contained in the package or your own herbs and spices.
Then sprinkle them on top of the salad, and Voila! It’s ready.
Few Side Effects of Eating Raw Ramen
Consuming raw ramen also has a few adverse side effects, especially when consumed regularly and in large quantities.
Regularly eating raw ramen can cause nausea, particularly in people who prefer to eat raw ramen noodles on an empty stomach.
High Amount of Sodium
Ramen noodles contain a lot of sodium and should be eaten occasionally. Salt consumption can have a negative impact on your health. It raises a high risk of stomach cancer, heart disease, and stroke, among other things.