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How to Eat Ramen Like a Pro

April 10, 2014

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I’m not sure what came over us, but we got totally, uncontrollably influenced by Katamari Damacy while editing this video. It’s weird, when we think about it. In our videos, we often think of Simon and Martina as the characters, but there’s a third character as well: us as editors, who perceive the events a lot differently than we might have when we were filming the events. That’s so…meta…maaaan.

Mitt Rameny

Anyhow, we felt very much like including a King of the Cosmos. Except we can’t use him without copyright blablabla issues, so we made our own. We made Katamari Noodle music, and our King of the Cosmos is, instead – get ready for it – Mitt Rameny! Get it? Not Mitt Romney, but Mitt Rameny! It’s so genius! When I told Leigh and Martina about the name, they stared at me blank faced. OH COME ON! That was a perfect, perfect name. Well, maybe not perfect, but definitely something deserving a chuckle, at least! OH MAN! It’s brilliant! Ok I’ll stop now.

But, for real, this is one of my favourite video edits ever. Leigh was super motivated and did a rocking job of totally Katamari-ing the whole thing. The spinning around our ingredients made me a very happy Dothraki. But that could just be us. Let us know what you think and if you think it gets in the way too much.

Back to the video, we were actually inspired to do the video after we shot our Walking Tour of Hongdae’s Clubs, because – at the end of it – Martina did the lid-cup thingy, and we read a bunch of comments from people asking what in the blue horkadork she was doing. So we figured it’d make sense to show you what this was, as well as some special Ramen Hacks. I mean, come on: that chopstick thing is pretty badass. Do that in Korea, and they’ll give you honorary citizenship, like that. Ha! I wish. Hey Korea: you ever gonna let us, you know, umm, vote here and stuff?

I do think Martina goes a bit overboard with her ramen, but that’s only because she eats it for different reasons than most people. Ramen is most of the time a cheap meal. If you’re hungry and in a rush and only got a buck or two, you get some ramen and you’re set. But Martina eats ramen, not out of desperation, but out of passion for ramen. She loves this stuff. So, instead of just adding one thing to make it better, Martina will go all out to make her ramen masterful. You don’t need to do all that she does. Pick one or two that suit you best. You might not be a fan of the dried fish, for instance. I’m not a fan of the egg myself. Let us know if there’s anything you add to your ramen to level it up.

So, yeah! That’s it for this week. We’ve got some bloopers from the day as well. It really wasn’t easy filming outside. So noisy! So windy! And it seemed like it was gonna be a nice day, and then the weather got terrible. Eep!

Lastly, if you want free noodles, we have them, for you! Just click this button here, and they might come to you one day. Maybe not through us, but some way, some day, you’ll get them. Better click on this subscribe button here just to be safe:

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  1. That looks so much better than the orange muffin I am eating right now. Wait, I am not sure what to make of those mixtures after seeing Leigh’s reaction. Did she like it or gag on it? Hmm…I guess I can look for some noodles and just add the cheese…for SCIENCE! By the way, what the heck were those swirly bits in Simon’s cup?

    3 years ago
  2. I watched your first ramyun video years ago and remember seeing you put cheese into it and I was like “eeeeeeew that’s gross” but then one day I had a hankerin for cheese in ramyun and I tried it and it was the BEST THING EVER. I find though that it takes away a lot of the spice from Shin Ramyun. I can handle spicy food like a pro. Even in Chinese restaurants when the waiters tell me it’s spicy I’m like “No no, I’m fine.” and it’s never really very spicy. I’ve had other noodles which claim to be “spicy”.

    But when Korean noodle companies tell me their ramyun is spicy – I believe them.

    Anyway – because of you guys I like to add cheese and an egg and whatever else I have in the fridge. Leftover pulled pork in ramyun is amazing because it’s so tender. I actually prefer to add the dried veggies in at the end and mix it through because I like the crunchiness… :D The chefs in the background were funny. It’s like the camera pointed in their direction and they were like “Nope!”

    3 years ago
  3. Strange that I had that particular brand of ramen bokki last week…I added some cheese, odeng and a hard boiled egg to it and it was yummy. Might go to the korean grocery store just to get another one…

    I have specific ingredients that I place depending on where the instant noodles come from:
    Korean ramyun: odeng, egg, cheese, spam, wet seaweed, random veggies I might have, maybe leftover hot pot meats i have
    Chinese brand ramen: egg, maybe spam, sometimes seaweed, sometimes a version of home made broth (this ingredient list depends if I’m eating it in the middle of the night or not.)
    Japanese brand: no clue (it’s strangely harder to get good instant noodles from Japan. Might not be looking at the right places, or it’s expensive)

    I used to put hot dogs and have them cut like octopi, but because I worked at a place selling organic, grassfed hot dogs, I just can’t bring myself to eat other hot dogs… unless they’re from Costco.

    3 years ago
  4. At first I thought that short little ramen song was an f(x) song xD

    And wow the editing is great :D

    3 years ago
  5. ..am I the only one who eats mushrooms with my noodles (just not instant noodles)?

    3 years ago
    • But I don’t think they sell pre-packed shitake mushrooms XD I don’t think any convenience store would sell packed muchrooms lol

      3 years ago
  6. This video…. so many ingredient ideas…. and them hacks! I am definitely going to try the egg and the chopsticks idea in the future! My profile picture is also ramen, but it was ramen prepared at a restaurant, not the instant stuff.

    3 years ago
  7. Good job keeping the beaming rays lined up with the Shin ramen. Don’t know if final sl-t pro has some kind of magic thing for that, but good work.

    Also, love the skilltesta / hungry Lee bit. Keep that up for sure lol

    3 years ago
  8. Simon, do you walk around everywhere with a bottle of Ranch? :P

    3 years ago
  9. Oh look, another FAPFAP where Simon and Martine eat delicious Korean food that I can’t -WAIT A SECOND THAT’S RAMEN! I HAVE RAMEN! FINALLY, SOMETHING I CAN EAT!
    I always add egg to my ramen, but I mix the egg up like I’m going to scramble it and then pour it in. Then I add whatever vegetables I happen to have, usually some combo of carrots, spinach, and broccoli. I recently figured out you can add a tablespoon or two of soy sauce for a richer, saltier flavor too.

    3 years ago
  10. I do a cheese slice, egg and sriracha. Hashtag gourmet.

    3 years ago
  11. They sell Shin Ramyun in some of the grocery shops here in Finland, but it’s the hot & spicy one and it’s way too spicy for me! It’s so damn delicious but too spicy! D: So I usually buy some other noodles that aren’t that spicy, and then add white mushrooms and some vegetables into it. It’s cheap and delicious~

    3 years ago
  12. Ahh, I want ramen!!!!!!!!!
    But anyways, amazing editing indeed~~
    Sadly the ramyeon here in Belgium isn’t really good =_= (speaks out of experience)
    And please excuse my poor editing skills but I just couldn’t stop myself, kkk
    Yeah it sucks TT_TT

    3 years ago
  13. I put dark soy sauce, hot pepper sauce. cheese, vinegar and 2 packets of different curry flavours.
    thanks for the cheese idea!!!!

    3 years ago
  14. I add some mushrooms and green onions to my ramen owo

    3 years ago
  15. I sooooooo eat my ramen 100% like martina. May try Simon’s way. Cheese +ranch sounds strangely appealing. I was thrilled when i discovered cup dobotkki and i bought it in bulk. Now to find the kimbap that yall get from the 7-11 but think its an exclusively korea thing…

    3 years ago
  16. Martina doesn’t like ranch? Blasphemy!

    3 years ago
  17. Great video ^^ (I love the blogpost btw)
    It’s kinda hard to get ramen where I live and I normally have some kind of “emergency reserve” but I ate my last one yesterday :3 However after this video I’m craving some ramen and I’m trying to figure out how I could possibly get some right now…

    3 years ago
  18. I just had cheese ramen today!! love adding cheese every since the ramen-cooking video Martina did!

    You guise literally changed my life! =D

    3 years ago
  19. if simon has to choose between ranch and martina…. i wonder how would he choose

    3 years ago
    • I feel like Simon could go on the Maury or Jerry Springer show or the like to confess his undying love for ranch… It would be funny if eyk made a spoof of this kind of thing.

      3 years ago
      • LOL and have martina throw punches at ranch, soo zee act as the security guard, Leigh as jerry springer.

        3 years ago
  20. Totally making ramen tonight!!!! I too am a ramen connoisseur, Martina. I have a whole food cube dedicated to just my ramen stash. The girls on my hall think I’m weird but hey!

    3 years ago
  21. The animation and song were so awesome with this video! I know that it’s a lot of work so you won’t do it all the time, but don’t ever doubt that including them levels up the video. Wouldn’t surprise me if people requested the song – it was so cute Martina! The Mitt Ramen-y *was* hilarious Simon! I do wish that you might have showed more of the getting the water, putting it in, how much to put in, garbage etiquette, etc. part because this is probably where most people look like n00bs – this video assumes you already know how to eat ramen at a Korean convenience store, just not like a boss. I do also like the “edit requests” about people’s faces, those are great.

    3 years ago
    • Hmm. Yeah. We should probably have shown more of the water part and the ramen garbage bin as well. Good point!

      3 years ago
      • Yeah, in North America (as you know), they expect you to pay for the dry cup o’ noodles and then take it home so the whole idea of making my meal at the store is foreign to me. Having hot water available everywhere is a very Asian thing (and a good one) but it’s unfamiliar to someone from this side of the globe. I remember in Shanghai the “tea garbage” bin sitting next to the office hot water dispenser nearly made me puke every time I walked by (due to spoiling tea leaves, it didn’t have a lid) but I guess that people get used to it. I don’t know about Europe though, but I’m having a hard time thinking of dishes or drinks that would make having hot water to hand a universal thing.

        It’s not a criticism of the video, it stands alone just fine, it just seemed like a missed teaching moment, that’s all.

        3 years ago
        • That’s very true! This video made me want to go out and get ramen but since my family refuses to keep it in the house it’s a lot of work for me. I have to go out buy it and then come back home to make it instead of just going out and getting it like fast food.
          This comment makes me seem really lazy….. It’s too accurate

          3 years ago
  22. I so love this. My family think I am crazy because they say my ramen
    becomes a meal. I actually like my ramen cooked with half milk and
    water. I add a very soft boiled egg where the yolk is runny, cheese of
    course then I add red pepper with green onions.

    3 years ago
  23. Marina, your ramen looked delicious, Simon…I’ll stick to Martina’s version :-P

    Your OG how to make ramen video was how I learned to make delicious ramen at home. I’ve never been able to eat plan ramen since. For mine I use Shin Ramen, fresh sliced mushrooms, an egg, and if I have them chicken and/or kimchi. Sadly I really, really dislike the process cheese in my ramen so it never makes the ingredient list.

    Leigh, you should have gotten the ramen simply for knowing that ADTOY was a 2PM song, but super double props for you being able to hum it! *high five*

    3 years ago
  24. Provalone or havarti cheese slices will work in ramen. I know this because I am a cheese snob and won’t eat American cheese.

    3 years ago
    • Fellow cheese snob! Thank you! I was trying to think of other cheeses I could use because I don’t enjoy American cheese either! This is glorious!

      3 years ago
    • Good to know! (Fellow cheese snob) :D

      3 years ago
  25. LOL. Eat ramen like a pro!
    I’m sharing the same passion for instant noodles with Martina. In Indonesia, there are wide arrays of instant noodles. Each with different taste. I think There will be more than 20 kind of tastes. It was fun to eat one if you miss a certain food. Or if you were feeling adventurous, you can try to be wild and eat any unrecognized taste. There is no booger taste, I assure you. :D

    3 years ago
  26. Most fitting challenge for Leigh ever cause I am going to see 2pm in 3 days! And by the way the old how to eat ramen has ruined me for ever I just cannot eat it with out cheese, eggs and veggies any more and btw ad a alittle canned chicken , or tuna and a slice of Munster or Gouda it’s the bomb!

    3 years ago
  27. Must. Hunt. For. Ramen. And. Kimchi. In. Warsaw. I’m hungryyyyyyy.
    Ramen is not a problem, I’ve seen shin ramen somewhere. The quest is finding kimchi at affordable price.

    (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧

    3 years ago
  28. Seriously mistook ‘cheese’ for ‘jizz’ in your little ingredients song. Now that would be a very different video…

    3 years ago
  29. Can we please talk about the totally hot hottie mc hotterson in the back looking straight at the camera?
    http://i.imgur.com/bq8aIV5.jpg

    3 years ago
    • Omg I thought the same thing haha!! I was gonna comment about it but you beat me to it. :P XD

      3 years ago
    • I know!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He was sooooooooooo cute, let´s go to korea and chase him

      3 years ago
    • I thought so too till he started smoking then not so much that habit Is just a total turn off for me.

      3 years ago
      • I was getting more of a low key stalker vibe from that dude…hahahhahahaha

        3 years ago
      • Yeah the instant someone puts a cigarette to their lips, it doesn’t matter how nice their face is, they become very unattractive.

        3 years ago
        • but TOP smokes…….i think he only puts a unlit one in his mouth for photoshoots……..
          he did….but he’s 26 and can do what he wants.(happy i don’t see him doing it anymore)
          still kinda sad.;(

          3 years ago
        • Sometimes, people we love or care about smoke. It is their choice, but it doesn’t negate what I said. Hopefully one day people will stop feeling compelled to consume nicotine :X

          3 years ago
  30. I love having my noodles on buttered toast and the packet i get mine always says i should try it with cheese, i haven’t done so yet but i will have to next time, know that you say it will taste better with cheese.

    3 years ago
  31. Dude…. I want 라뽁기 so bad. > <

    Oh and you should totally try just cooking your noodles; whisking an egg in a bowl while it's cooking; draining the water out of the noodles once they're done; quickly dumping the noodles into the raw egg and mixing the hell out of them so that the noodles are coated evenly in the now-thick egg mixture (hnnnggg); then mixing a tablespoon of teriyaki sauce into the whole thing. You may add toppings. Hnnnnngggg

    3 years ago
  32. The editing on this is sooooooooooooo good! Leigh please come edit our videos. We will pay you in…. um….. strawberries….

    My ramen hack is to go to the fridge and add the side dishes my mother-in-law makes….

    3 years ago
  33. I’m just like Martina when it comes to ramen. It’s so freaking delicious! Also, you’ve made me really really hungry. In fact, I’m tempted to go down to the convenience store downstairs and have the same concoction Martina made, but I have prom in a month and I have to slim down. Oh, I think I just answered a tl;dr question you asked on a youtube video a long time ago. Yes, some international schools in Korea have prom and homecoming :D. I’m hungry…T_T

    3 years ago
  34. Fun fact. Your “How to make Ramen” vid was the FIRST vid I ever saw from you guise.

    3 years ago
  35. GASPS. I never ever wait for my ramen to cook in the cup I just add hot water and eat it straight away because I like it kind of crispy.

    3 years ago
  36. The animation/editing on this video is so cool guys

    3 years ago
  37. WAIT!! you’re supposed to drain the water??? I’ve been doing it wrong the whole time noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

    3 years ago
    • well, that’s good to know! BTW the ramen Martina had is my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE. I love the spice of it xD

      3 years ago
  38. In before your facebook post! :P I usually get notified there.

    3 years ago
  39. MITT RAMENY HAHHAHHAHHA

    3 years ago
  40. FIIIIRST!
    … Did I make it? :D

    3 years ago
    • SHWIN! Make sure you guys tell Leigh massive props for the editing of this video – it was really fantastic :) I never realised what a literal art form proper ramen is…

      On another note, you guys have influenced me too much >.< At around the 4:15 mark I was like " *GASP* WAE-GUK-IN!" (did I spell that right? xD)

      3 years ago