But really, its all of our fault. We've taken the package as the complete meal, while what it mostly provides is a base. We look at the cover picture and assume that this is what the package contains, and we feel ashamed that this is all that we can afford in a land of steak and barbecue.
So is it possible to get
So how do we go about this then?
To begin, if you went for the cheap stuff, throw out that broth pack. Seriously, its shite with way too much salt and next to no nutritional value. The noodles are your main component here. Just because its a packet of noodle soup doesn't mean that you have to use it as a soup. You could very well just cook the noodles in water, drain them and serve them with some toppings with a bit of sauce. I would avoid something Italian here, but use your judgment.
So, lets say that you've decided that soup was the way to go; well, if you went the extra mile and got the Asian stuff, then you're okay, skip to step three. For the rest, you need broth. While you could just use some bouillon cubes (and there are some good ones indeed), you may want to build it from scratch. So here's a dirt-poor way to make a flavorful broth:
Okay, so you now have a decent broth. You've already improved your Ramen a couple of notches, its time to move on the third step, the toppings:
Your choice of toppings will depend a lot of what you've got on hand. The quick and easy way is to just slice up some ginger and green onions and leave it at that. A few bits of seafood like shrimps or clams could do the trick. If you happen to have some roast meat on hand you could add some fine slices to the top, tho shredded meat is excellent too. As far as veggies go, a few leaves of spinach (fresh or frozen), Chinese cabbage, Kimchi, cilantro, Thai basil, chives, a wedge of lime, or dried sea weed, there are loads of possibilities.
Sure, it looks like Ramen got more expensive. But when you get right down to it, its something an investment. the game is to get the biggest bang for your bucks, so using all those bits and pieces that you've got lying around allows you to not waste as much resources as you would if you didn't use them. And if you've got too much broth, you can easily freeze it for later use. Just make sure that you label it so you'll know what's in that re-purposed plastic container.