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!