Ramen Noodle Upgrade

Serves 1
My son Calder’s all-time favorite late-night snack is only in need of a small pot of boiling water. He figures that even a single guy who gets home late, when the local pizza joint and corner deli are closed, needs to eat. Starving and desperate—with no options left? This recipe is a clever abbreviated adaptation of the favorite Chinese takeout cold sesame noodles.


  • 1 package Ramen noodles
  • 1 pack noodle flavoring
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons chunky peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoons Sriracha chili sauce
  • 1/2 scallion, thinly sliced (optional)


  1. Boil noodles with flavor pack and drain off most liquid. Toss with soy sauce, peanut butter, and Sriracha. Garnish with scallion. Eat immediately.
cook's note
Keep a good variety of this on hand, and it will afford you many different munchable moments.
• Make a PB&J, adding apple slices.
• Dollop over vanilla ice cream.
• Spread on a rice cake.
• Blend in a smoothie.
• Use as a dip for a frozen banana.
• Stuff in a celery stick.

Asian Ingredients A little planning-ahead allows you to transform the way you cook at home. Once your pantry is stocked with a few specialty items like the rice noodles and wrappers, all that stands between you and seemingly exotic homemade takeout are a few everyday supermarket ingredients. See Asian Pantry, page 16.
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