Creamy Ramen Is This Fall's Must-Try Noodle Soup

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When you're in a pinch, you can always count on instant ramen for a quick and tasty meal. After all, it takes just a few minutes to make, which can be an actual lifesaver during busy days. It also doesn't hurt that it's inexpensive and offers the perfect canvas for delicious add-ins, should you feel inspired to customize the dish. That said, the next time you want to hack your instant noodles, you may want to try TikTok-inspired creamy ramen.

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Also known as "mayo ramen" or "ramen carbonara," creamy ramen involves preparing a packet of instant ramen with a couple basic ingredients. According to a popular TikTok video by user @teekeatz, the first step involves adding one egg, Kewpie Mayonnaise (Japanese mayo), grated garlic, and the ramen seasoning in a bowl.

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Next, you whisk the ingredients until combined, then cook your noodles as usual. Finally, you add the cooked noodles ​and​ water into the bowl, then mix everything together. The result is a creamy semi-homemade soup that's sure to hit the spot.

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Feeling skeptical about adding mayo to your noodles? It may help to think about the actual ingredients in the condiment. In general, mayonnaise is really just a combo of egg yolk, oil, salt, and an acid like vinegar or lemon juice.

Typically, distilled vinegar is used, but Kewpie Mayonnaise uses rice vinegar, giving the condiment a sweeter tang. You can find the mayo on Amazon or at specialty Asian grocery stores, like H Mart.

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What else can you add to instant ramen?

When it comes to customizing instant ramen, the possibilities are endless. Here are a few ideas for tasty add-in ingredients:

Of course, you can combine these ingredients with the creamy ramen hack mentioned above. Something tells us the final dish would be delicious!

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