It's almost officially winter, and it's really cold. The wind that rushes past while you walk back to your dorm feels like it's blowing straight from the North Pole. What if I told you that I have an easy and quick instant ramen recipe that will more than satisfy your taste buds during such a chilly winter night?

I'm a sucker for food with pungent flavors (read: I'm slightly addicted to kimchi), and this recipe is something I reach for every time I crave some zesty flavors. Give this simple ramen hack a try, and I'm sure it'll soon be one of your college-survival essentials. Who doesn't love a bowl of hot ramen after a full day of classes and long lectures?

Upgraded Shin Ramen

  • Prep Time:5 mins
  • Cook Time:3 mins
  • Total Time:8 mins
  • Servings:1
  • Easy


  • Shin Ramyun + flavor packets that come with it
  • 1 handful wakame
  • 1 handful fresh bean sprouts
  • 1 hard-boiled egg
  • 1 tbsp kimchi
  • 1 sprinkle seaweed flakes
by Jessica Fan
  • Step 1

    Add the flavor packets to the ramen as usual.

  • Step 2

    Add the handful of wakame.

  • Step 3

    Wash some bean sprouts, and add a handful to your ramen.

  • Step 4

    Add a hard-boiled egg.

  • Step 5

    Pour hot water in your ramen.

  • Step 6

    Let it sit for 2 minutes. #SpoonTip: Use your fork or a chopstick to pinch the lid of the cup so that it doesn't flop open while you wait.

  • Step 7

    Add some kimchi to spice it up!

  • Step 8

    Top off your dish with a sprinkle of seaweed flakes.

  • Step 9

    Mix everything together and voilà!

Now that you've finished this entire bowl of ramen, you are ready to face the cold winter days and ace your upcoming finals. You can feel good about yourself knowing that you replaced bland instant ramen with this flavorful version that tastes like way more than the two dollars it costs.