This right here is Tastespotting’s very own Kimchi Ramen Grilled Cheese Sandwich – spicy kimchi ramen layered with cheese, smooshed together by gloriously buttered toast and grilled to perfection. I’m never eating ramen from a cup ever again.
There are a lot of recipes for ramen sandwiches on the Internet, but only this can win it. The one on WikiHow completely disregards how a ramen works, and this one is just sad. Author Sarah J. Gim attempts to rationalize this gooey miracle thusly:
So if someone can put macaroni and cheese between two slices of bread and be brilliant, then we think this noodle and cheese combination, Kimchi Ramen and Cheese, is just as good, if not better because of the spice, on a sandwich.
Yeah okay, I didn’t understand that either, but I understand the part where I get to eat ramen on my way to the subway. Here’s the recipe, and you’re welcome.
Kimchi Ramen Grilled Cheese Sandwich
makes 1 sandwich
½ package of ramen, any “flavor” (we used a Korean brand, “extra spicy” vegetable flavor)
½ of the ramen seasoning packet (you wont need other things like a small oil packet or dehydrated vegetables)
handful of kimchi, chopped and squeezed of excess kimchi “juice”
1 tablespoons oil for cooking (I used grapeseed)
2 tablespoon butter, softened
2 thick slices very sturdy bread
handful of mozzarella or jack cheese
handful American or Cheddar cheese
Bring a pot of water to a boil over high heat. Drop the ramen noodles in and cook until the ramen noodles are soft, about 8 minutes (this will depend, obviously).
Drain the ramen noodles of the cooking liquid (use a colander), then put the noodles back into the pot or into a bowl. Pour the contents of half the seasoning packet over the noodles. Toss the noodles to combine. Set aside to prepare sandwich.
Heat olive oil in a frying pan over low heat.
Spread the outside of both slices of bread with softened butter. Place both slices of bread buttered-side down in the oil in the pan. Pile one slice with mozzarella/jack cheese; pile the other slice of bread with American/Cheddar cheese. Cook until bread is toasted and cheese has melted.
Remove the grilled bread with cheese to a plate or cutting board. Pile as much ramen noodles on one slice of the bread as you’d like. Add chopped kimchi on top. Close the sandwich with the other slice of grilled bread and cheese. Press together firmly.
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