Home-crafted Coffee Cup of Noodles (Vegan)

As a college student, its not uncommon for me to have long stints of powering through cup after cup of tea or coffee, and of course, the ever popular cup of noodles.

Paper coffee cups and Cups Of Noodles seem to share a common purpose in this busy world; they are designed to be convenient and quick, but whats left behind often simply gets thrown away, unable to be recycled. So why not offer an alternative to both of these problems?

So here i have for you, a fantastic way to reuse all of those empty coffee cups, and make yourself a delicious home-made cup of noodle soup, that is just as quick and portable as the real thing! (And healthier too)

Step 1: Ingredients

The basis of this recipe really only requires a few basic ingredients, you can decide what else you'd like to add into your soup to make it as tasty as you'd like!

You will need:

-1 empty paper coffee cup: the size doesn't matter here, it all depends on how big of a portion you would like!

-1 Pack of Chow Mein stir-fry noodles
: However you can switch these out for any type of quick-cooking noodle that you like

-1/2 tsp of vegetable base bouillon: Once again, you can substitute this for any flavor of bouillon you like! However, it will obviously no longer be vegan if you choose to use a beef or chicken bouillon

-Whatever spices and veggies you would like to add:
This is your chance to get creative! However i used black pepper and chili flakes to give it some spice, as well as some corn kernels like they pack into the commercial cup of noodles

-1 pair of chopsticks: These are ideal for eating on the go, they slide right into the sipping slot on the coffee lid!

Step 2: Prepare the Cup of Noodles

For this next step, we'll simply be combining all of our ingredients and packing this little cup up for easy transportation!

First you'll want to open up your package of noodles, and cut off a portion to be placed in your cup.
I was able to fit in a little more than 2oz of noodles without crushing them too much (which is important if you want longer more in-tact noodles)

Second, at this point you'll be adding in all of the spices and flavoring, depending on what you like. Personally, i added about a teaspoon of chili flakes, and about a teaspoon of black pepper as well. As for the vegetable base, its important that you measure out and calculate how much you will need, otherwise your soup will either taste too watery, or far too salty. With the particular brand of vegetable base that i used,  1tsp=one cube= 8oz can of base  so i poured in 1/2 tsp of base to flavor the soup, and after the final taste test, it seemed to be an adequate amount.

Last if you plan on taking this to school or work for lunch, you'll want to package it up nicely to take along with you. If you have the chopsticks, simply shove the small ends through the sipping slot, and place the lid back onto the cup. The chopsticks will prevent spices or powder from spilling out if the cups happens to be overturned, and you have portable utensils for wherever you eat!.

Step 3: Cooking

Cooking this Coffee Cup of Noodles is just as simple as making it really!

Just pop off the lid of your cup of noodles, and pull the chopsticks out of the sipping slot.
Then fill the cup of with boiling water to just above the top of the noodles- Or if you like more broth, go ahead and add more water!
After filling up the cup, simply replace the coffee lid, and let it sit for about 4 minutes!

(I'm Not sure how this will fare in the microwave, but I'm sure it will be no different, as most coffee cups are able to be reheated)

After you wait for a few minutes, stir up the noodles and spices, and make sure the noodles are well cooked. 

Who would've known it'd be so easy to make our own customizable home-made noodles?
Not only does this taste good, it certainly is "a lot" better for you, as your home-made cup of noodles comes without all of those chemical preservatives.

Thanks for reading everyone!

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    9 Discussions


    7 years ago on Step 3

    This is wonderful! I love the convenience of cup 'o' noodles, and I like noodles, but the stuff you buy at the store always has a weird aftertaste.
    I wonder how much you save by making your own? Besides the obvious health bonus, that is.


    8 years ago on Step 2

    Wow, honestly this is really creative. I give u an A+!! It really does look like the cup-o-soup! I love that you can bring this w/ you to work. You can even use one of those plastic cups with a lid, so that you can rinse it and make it again for another day!! Then only bad thing is that I can't eat with chopsticks, lol.


    8 years ago on Step 3

    I also am a college student, this is spectacular! I have been munching on RAMEN and the OFF THE CHART sodium levels are about to make me POP! I found NO Sodium powder bullion and add my own Potasium Chloride as a salt substitue. NOW I can make up 4-5 of these for the week and never worry about the NO LUNCH JITTERS ever again...

    I dont know why I never thought of this, but you did and I thank you!

    Ahh, a classic meal for the class of collegiates.

    Good instructable. I will definitely try this. Would it work with just those spiral egg noodles?

    I suppose if you're feeling extra lazy-tastic, you can crush a ramen noodles package and use the flavoring, although you will obviously lose the health benefit.



    9 years ago on Introduction

    Just a cultural note: Sticking your chopsticks vertically into your food such as bowl of rice, here in your noodle cup, is symbolic of death in the Asian world.  Think of it like a gravemarker cross in the ground or rifle and boots used in military memorials.

    3 replies

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    How does that work? Grave crosses aren't usually associated with food. Is it some kind of offering to spirits?  


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    It is used traditionally as part of the offering to the deceased in a funeral so it does not have "good vibes" when you do it ordinarily.


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Sticking your chopsticks vertically looks like Joss Sticks, like those you see in temples . In the Asian culture, it is not polite to stick your chopsticks vertically on a bowl of rice (or a bowl of anything).  If you go out to eat in Chinese restaurants, never do that.
    Other than that, great instructable!  I might try that.



    9 years ago on Introduction

    thats interesting, i had never heard about that :P