Instant "Beggar's" Noodles Recipe

Instant "Beggar's" Noodles


  • any brand of instant ramen
  • kecap manis
  • maggi chilli sauce
  • sesame oil

How to make Instant "Beggar's" Noodles

This is one of the tastiest ways of dressing up your instant ramen and was a staple for me during university. I still like to make it from time to time for reasons of nostalgia or having blown all my money on booze that month.

  1. Begin cooking your instant ramen as per the packet instructions.

  2. Whilst still a little hard ("al dente", if there is such a thing for instant ramen) turn off the heat and strain the soup away into a bowl to keep aside. Drain the noodles thoroughly.

  3. Put the dry noodles in a bowl and mix in sesame oil, kecap manis and chilli sauce to taste.

  4. Garnish with anything - flaked seasoned chicken, fried onions, chopped green onions or crushed cashew nuts work well. Serve with the soup on the side.

  • sgtoca
    sgtoca says

    Ramen gone high end...this is easy thanks! i think i can actually make this while pissed drunk and hammered as well. ok, next weekend..

  • hankosan
    hankosan says

    Beautiful plate. Echizen pottery?

  • yongfook
    yongfook says

    um no it's a Muji special. 'bout 800-yen.

  • MeltingWok
    MeltingWok says

    ooh, you prolly have tried Indomie - Mee Goreng, a dry variant of the instant noodle ? My god, your recipe sounded like one of Malaysia/SG's hawker stalls type of Mee Goreng - stir-fried instant noodles ! Yummos ! :) I used ABC kecap manis a lot. Which brand do you use, by the way ? haha, I did a 101 instant noodle post couple days back, ramen does brings back lotsa school days, isn't it ? :)

  • yongfook
    yongfook says

    I use ABC too :)

  • ted
    ted says

    If you are looking for a kecap manis substitute, in the States there is a brand of sweet soy sauce called Yoshida's that I think would probably work. We have some in the house so I'll give it a shot!

  • yongfook
    yongfook says

    thanks ted - actually some people have been asking me for American substitutes for kecap manis so I'll tell them to try Yoshida's.

  • lysozymes
    lysozymes says

    Every new way to bling up ramen is good. Love the stuff! I like the way you set up the food on the plate too!

  • theory
    theory says

    Didn't you have another name for this dish? One that made me chckule?

  • wenwenzz
    wenwenzz says

    Looks tasty!

  • Mariska
    Mariska says

    they have ABC brand Sweet soy sauce (Kecap manis)in the State, From all the Black sauce or sweet soy sauce i think this one taste better, not too over powering in flavour and taste, Good Choice,even Emeril Lagasse Choose this one, Thanks for using Kecap Manis ABC in the recipe

  • miesh717
    miesh717 says

    Awesome, your a culinary genius!

  • mishmash
    mishmash says

    i managed to get my hands on a bottle of abc kecap manis when i was in boston, lugged it all the way back to oswego just so i can have indomie style noodles. that was probably the reason why my bag was overweight at the airport but it was too precious for me to leave it behind... anyways, i usually use the packet seasoning, kecap manis, some oyster sauce, fried onions, onion oil, white pepper and alilbitof soy sauce. no chili sauce so i use chili powder or chili flakes instead. sigh, i want indomie's thai flavored noodles...

  • justine
    justine says

    How do you make the seasoned chicken?

  • MikeDrawback
    MikeDrawback says

    instant noodle never looked so good

  • Times
    Times says

    This is all it took to convince my sister to join. LOL---now she's hooked. I laav dis siet, kthxbai!

  • DHJin
    DHJin says

    umm, i served the soup on the side but... i dunno just tasted like noodle-y water… did i miss something?? and ABC rocks :P

  • Caduceus
    Caduceus says

    Did you put the flavor packet in the soup?

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