I was totally inspired by Bianca over at Vegan Crunk to make my own ramen noodle soup, as we have several Asian markets in Dublin selling aisle upon aisle of different varieties of packaged noodles. I'd normally stay well away from things like this because I know how calorie laden they are and how very little nutrition is in them. However it really appealed to me that you can make a soup from them and add your own ingredients to make it a more satisfying, tasty and nutritionally balanced meal.
I chose to add a few mixed beans and chickpeas, green french beans and some Chinese mock pork (fried gluten/seitan) and of course piled on the chilli powder, artificial chicken flavour stock and garlic oil that came with the noodles. The result was a large, super delicious and super spicy bowl of ramen soup, very like the ones they serve at Wagamama. The mock pork was tender and combined with the mixed beans added a lot of protein to the meal. Of course you can add whatever you like... next time I might try fried tofu puffs, shitake mushrooms and some wakame seaweed. I could definitely eat another bowlful, it was that good!