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We all love Ramen, and even if you don’t, I’m sure you’ve been forced to eat it as a college student before. It’s almost a cliché how much of a staple ramen has become for the “broke college student.” It’s insanely cheap and easy to make, and you can make it in a dorm room. That being said, why does all ramen have to be so bland and boring? The flavor packets, no matter your favorite, can only get you so far when it comes to flavor. Here’s an easy, dorm-friendly, concoction of different flavors to really shake your ramen up.


  • 1 packet chicken flavored ramen, including flavor packet.
  • 2 tablespoons any kind of peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons Asian chili paste. Use 1 tablespoon for a milder ramen, or 3 tablespoon for a spicier noodle (Sriracha can also be substituted for chili paste)
  • 2 tablespoons Soy sauce


  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • ½ teaspoon fish sauce


  1. In a bowl, combine ramen, water and flavor packet. Dissolve flavor packet in water.
  2. Cook in a microwave on high for 3 minutes and 30 seconds.
  3. Drain ¾ of broth once cooking is completed.
  4. Add peanut butter, chili paste, soy sauce to the mixture.
  5. (Optional) Add sesame oil and fish sauce to ramen. Sesame oil and fish sauce aren’t the easiest or cheapest things to find in the world, but it both adds a lot of depth to the flavor of the ramen here.
  6. Serve.

What if you’re looking for something more savory? Well, for all intents and purposes, Kylie Jenner has you covered. Jenner revealed her ramen recipe over Snapchat a while ago, and while I can’t say I’m invested in the Kardashian family, her ramen is pretty good. Now, if

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you live in a residence hall without a kitchen in your unit, you might have to use your communal kitchen for this ramen, as it really only works made on a stove.


  • 1 packet chicken flavored ramen, flavor packet optional
  • 1-2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 egg


  1. On the stove, cook ramen over boiling water until al dente.
  2. (Optional) Add flavor packet. I typically do, but it’s all according to taste.
  3. Beat one egg in a small bowl.
  4. Drain ramen to desired amount of broth. Try to leave some, if not most, even if you hate broth.
  5. Add beaten egg into mixture and continue to cook over low heat until no raw egg remains.
  6. Add butter and garlic powder to mixture.
  7. Serve.
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