Just because a food item is easy to make doesn't necessarily mean it is easy to make correctly. I should know, I am an expert of messing up Ramen Noodles. Don't believe me? Just ask my kids, my noodles turn out in glue-like glops of overcooked starch or undercooked ringlets that are still crunchy. Neither are very appealing, but my children have learned to eat them without too much complaining. The kids may not gripe like they used to, but for a professional cook, the fact that I have failed at making Ramen 99% of the times I have attempted it is downright embarrassing. I was recently approached by the pr firm that represents the developers of the Rapid Ramen Cooker with the chance to try out and review their product. Considering my past failures at making Ramen, I barely hesitated before replying with an enthusiastic "yes!". It was my sincerest hope to never hear my children poking fun at my noodle prowess (or lack of) ever again.
The idea behind the Rapid Ramen Cooker is a simple one: cook your Ramen Noodles in a BPA-free plastic bowl that is reusable and dishwasher safe. Place your noodles in the bowl, add water to the fill line and microwave for four minutes. So simple, anyone can do it! The goal is to cook your noodles faster than if you were using your stove in a bowl that can be eaten directly out of. I was sold on the concept.
The first time I tried it out, I must admit that I was a little skeptical of the Rapid Ramen Noodle creator's claims of a faster way of making noodles. Boy, was I surprised! Four minutes after I punched the start button on my microwave, I was taking perfectly cooked noodles from it. Not gluey, not crunchy-perfectly tender noodles without a ton of excess water to drain away and scald myself with. Hooray! skeptic to believer in 240 seconds, not bad Rapid Ramen Cooker, not bad!
For those of you who enjoy experimenting with Ramen and not simply eating them with the little foil packet of flavoring, Rapid Ramen also offers a unique cookbook. With recipes such as Curry in a Hurry, Fresh Ramen Spring Rolls and Fiesta Salad, it is a great add-on for anyone who is trying to create a unique menu and stay within a tight budget.
Is the Rapid Ramen Cooker for everyone? Heck no. Ramen Noodles themselves aren't for everyone. But for all of us who truly enjoy these frugal grocery store staples (single parents, college students, servers), I highly recommend a Rapid Ramen Cooker and its companion cookbook. For more information, please visit the Rapid Ramen website and Facebook page. For more product reviews, be sure to Amazon to see what others are saying.