- I made easy cheese-filled ramen using a popular TikTok trick and compared it to the original.
- The noodles had a creamy, cheesy, and gooey texture thanks to the parmesan and butter.
- I don’t think I’ll make it again since I’d prefer to try this with different kinds of pasta.
I typically order ramen from a local shop when I have a craving, but when I saw people on TikTok making easy, cheesy ramen, I knew I had to give it a try.
Although I’ve never seen this dish before, cheesy ramen is nothing new. Combining cheese and ramen is something many Korean and Korean-American people have been doing for decades to create a classic comfort food.
I haven’t had instant ramen for several years, so I picked up a couple of packs to test how the cheesy version tasted compared to the classic kind.
I started by making regular soy sauce-flavored Top Ramen
As a vegetarian, it’s hard to find instant ramen that has no animal-based ingredients. Luckily I came across a soy sauce-flavored option at the grocery store. Each package only cost me about 30 cents.
I boiled water in a pot, which took a few minutes, then added the entire block of ramen and let it boil for three minutes.
I drained most, but not all, of the water, and stirred in the seasoning packet until it dissolved.
The ramen tasted just like I remembered
I haven’t made this type of ramen in several years, so it was a very nostalgic first bite for me.
It was very salty and the noodles had a slightly dry and gummy texture.
I made another package of ramen for the TikTok hack
This process started out the same as the previous recipe. I boiled a pot of water, added the entire block of noodles in, and let them cook for three minutes.
I grated my cheese fresh since the pre-shredded kind doesn’t melt as well due to the additives that prevent it from clumping.
This was a very rich, savory meal
This ramen had a very creamy, cheesy, gooey texture. The noodles had a gummy texture and the cheese made them stick together. With each bite, I pulled up massive clumps of noodles.
Overall, the flavor was fine but a bit overwhelming. From the flavored seasoning packet to all of that Parmesan cheese, this was even saltier and richer than the first bowl of ramen.
I don’t know that I’d make this dish again
I’ll never say no to adding cheese to a dish — but this was just too salty for me.
I also think cheesy pasta is easier to make with noodles like shells, elbows, and rotini that can hold all the ingredients. Still, I can see the appeal of this cheap, fast, and easy recipe idea using instant ramen and I get why it’s so popular as a comfort food.