• If it weren’t for instant noodles, I probably would have starved as a kid. (Tammi Kwok)Source: Tammi Kwok

If it weren’t for instant noodles, I probably would have starved as a kid. This iteration of pimped-up instant ramen is my favourite. 






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  • 4-6 fishballs, depending on how hungry you are
  • 1 packet of Nissin instant ramen, sesame oil flavour (the red packet)
  • 4 leaves of iceberg lettuce, torn in half
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp fried shallots

Cook's notes

Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.


  1. Bring 500ml of water to a boil in a small pot. 
  2. Add your fish balls and cook for 2-3 minutes or until they’re warmed through.
  3. Add your instant ramen brick and lettuce at the same time. Cook for 3 minutes or until the noodles are to your desired doneness. You want your lettuce to wilt. 
  4. Add your flavour sachet but hold back the sesame oil. 
  5. Beat your egg in a bowl and stir it through the pot. It will cook egg-drop style.
  6. Turn the heat off immediately after you add the egg and allow it to stand for 30 seconds. 
  7. Transfer to a bowl, top with the fried shallots and sprinkle on the sesame oil. 



• You can use whatever greens you like in this recipe, but I love wilted lettuce. Trust me. Just go with it. Fishballs can be found in the fridge or frozen section of any Asian grocer. 


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