My dormitory's cafeteria doesn't serve dinner on Saturdays. Usually I go out eat with my friends somewhere, but due to my money-emergency, I need to find the cheapest (and probably free) food for dinner. Buying a ramen is a cheap way but I have indigestion problem so I can't eat only noodles. I need to eat a small amount of rice too. So today I made the dinner idea that's been hanging in my mind for weeks:
Ramen Cup + Onigiri!
컵라면 + 삼각김밥
This is probably the easiest meal to make, you know, second after boiling the cup ramen itself. And it's a lot cheaper then eating out in a restaurant. I bought CU's cheese flavored Odari Ramen and SPAM Onigiri with total 1,900₩. It's a perfect meal to make in days when you don't feel like going out or a little short on cash. Here's how I did it:
First I boiled the ramen like usual, but I didn't put the seasonings in because I wasn't going to eat it with the water. Then I covered the cup and left it for about 4 minutes to let the noodles expand. While waiting I refilled my empty water jar so I could drink right after I finish eating the whole thing.
After 4 minutes, I strained it so the cup was filled with only the cooked (but not soggy) noodles. Then I put in the seasonings which came in two different packagings. I was kinda hoping there would be a quick melt sliced cheese inside, but yeah it was only a cheese flavored powder.
Then I mixed them all with the provided chopsticks. It was a little bit difficult because of the powder seasonings, so maybe using a fork is a better option if you're not used to chopsticks. I had to stir the noodles around for a couple of times to see and make sure the seasonings are mixed well.
This is the onigiri I was talking about! It's not really an onigiri, we call it the triangle-shaped kimbab here. I chose the Spam one, just because it's so much better than the usual ones! Lol. I heated it for about 20 seconds, because if it's too cooked the seaweed will be soggy. But I heated it when I was still at the store before heading back to my dorm, so by the time I arrived it was a little bit soggy.
A lot of people don't know how to open the onigiri wrapping. If you look at the wrapping, there are numbers on every corner from 1 to 3. Number 1 is on the top, there is a little part of the plastic that you can hold and pull it downwards. It will divide the plastic into two parts, right and left, with a small line. Pull it until you get to the first point on the back side and it got off completely. Then while holding the left part with your left hand, grab the point on the right with your right hand then just pull it. Same goes to the left part. There you go, you don't have to make your hands dirty by opening the whole wrapping and losing the seaweed :)
Because my onigiri was a little soggy, I needed to use a spoon instead of my chopsticks to mix the rice and the noodles. It was difficult because the seaweed couldn't be torn, but the rice mixed pretty well after a couple times of stirring around. I made it with my noodles long, but I think it would be easier if I smashed the ramen a little bit before I boil it with hot water.
As result, it tasted reaaaalllyyy good. I definitely will make this again, but I'm gonna use a lot of different ramens to see which tastes the best!