Back in my college days I really loved Cup 'o Noodles. But today I avoid it because of all that MSG. I was feeling nostalgic for my beloved Cup 'o Noodles complete with dehydrated meat and veg. I searched online for a Cup 'o Noodles or Ramen that was sans MSG but it was to no avail. However, one good thing about that cheap Ramen Noodle packets is that the powder that contains the MSG is in a separate packet. In the Cup 'O Noodles it's sprinkled on top of the dry noodles. So I could just toss the packet and eat the Ramen! Woohoo!
I got this recipe from Family Circle which called for the beef flavor packet with MSG and water but I replaced both with beef broth. Much better! A grown up MSG free Ramen soup.
6 cups of beef broth
(or 1 box of beef broth, which equals 4 to 4-1/2 cups of broth, and water to make 6 cups total)
2 tablespoons of soy sauce
1 teaspoon of chili garlic sauce*
1 teaspoon of ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper*
1 head of Chinese Cabbage, cored and finely shredded
3 carrots, peeled and thinly sliced
2 packages of ramen instant noodle soup (throw away the MSG packets)2 large mushrooms sliced
1/4 cup of frozen corn kernels (fresh is even better!)
1 small steak, cooked and thinly sliced
sliced green onions for garnish
*If you don't want your soup spicy, then omit these items
Add the beef broth, soy sauce, chili garlic sauce, ground ginger, cayenne pepper to a large pot. Cover with lid and bring to a simmer over medium heat.
When it's simmering, add the cabbage and carrots and cook for about 5 minutes. Then add the ramen, mushrooms and corn and cook for another 3 minutes.
Once it's done, add the sliced steak and top with sliced green onions. Enjoy with some chopsticks!