Today's recipe for Beef Satay with Peanut-Ginger Ramen features instant ramen, the signature eat of the dorm-room set. Although it's like manna from heaven for those with little time and light pockets, ramen fits into plenty of more graduated dishes that don't come in a paper cup. Read on for our test kitchen's advice for buying and using instant ramen.
Know your noodles
Ramen is based on the hand-pulled Japanese noodles of the same name. The noodles come in pre-cooked planks so they become soft and pliable in mere minutes in boiling water. They can also be broken, toasted, and used for their crunch.
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