Instant ramen hack
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TikTok’s favourite instant ramen hack will upgrade your two-minute noodles

All you need is Sapporo Ichiban ramen, garlic, an egg, Japanese mayonnaise and a willingness to experiment

Kit Kriewaldt
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Kit Kriewaldt
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If you’ve ever tucked into a packet of instant ramen and wished it had a little more punch, you’re not alone. Even in Japan – the birthplace of two-minute noodles – we’re always looking for ways to level up our instant ramen and, not for the first time, we turned to TikTok.

The latest ramen hack taking over our social feeds sounds pretty suspect: adding a raw egg, grated garlic and a big dollop of Japanese mayonnaise (like Kewpie) to the mix to thicken up your ramen broth. But unlike a lot of online tips for making Japanese food, this one actually seems to have come from a Japanese YouTuber, Harapeko Grizzly

We put our taste buds on the line to try this instant ramen recipe – and it was surprisingly delicious. The mayo and egg add a silky, rich texture while the garlic gives a great depth of flavour.

Best of all, this ramen hack uses ingredients you should be able to find at most (Asian) grocery stores, so you don’t even need to be in Japan to try it out. Here’s everything you need to make this creamy, next-level instant ramen at home.

Instant ramen hack
Photo: Kit Kriewaldt

First, get your ingredients: 
1 tablespoon Kewpie (or other Japanese brand) mayonnaise
1 raw egg
1-2 cloves of garlic (grated)
1 packet miso flavour instant ramen (ideally Sapporo Ichiban brand)

Instant ramen hack
Photo: Kit Kriewaldt

Mix the mayo, egg and garlic together in a bowl with the ramen seasoning powder to make a base for your broth. It doesn’t look too appetising at this point, but that’s about to change.

Instant ramen hack
Photo: Kit Kriewaldt

Boil the noodles in 500ml of water for two or three minutes (as per the instructions on the packet). Then, pour the water into your bowl and mix it with the base to make your broth before adding the noodles. Stir thoroughly.

Instant ramen hack
Photo: Kit Kriewaldt

That’s it! You’ve now got fancy, creamy ramen that’s ready to eat. We followed Harapeko Grizzly’s lead and added some green onions on top, but you can add anything you like: chilli oil, sesame seeds, a poached egg… Get creative.

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