What Happens If You Eat Uncooked Ramen Noodles

Can you eat RAW ramen??

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The short answer is yes. But the long answer is that there’s really no problem with eating raw ramen because it has been pre-cooked via steaming or boiling then dehydrated or fried like so, so it can be packaged, distributed, and sold. That’s how instant ramen noodles are made and it’s really no different to how chips or crackers are made!

This also explains why boiling instant ramen with the flavor packet only rehydrates it, making it a simple dish to prepare.

How Instant Ramen Is Made

The four main ingredients of instant ramen are flour, water, salt, and kansui. The alkaline solution known as kansui is responsible for the noodles’ unique elasticity, springiness, and yellow color. With the use of cutting-edge technology, the ingredients are combined and worked into a soft dough so that each bite of ramen interacts with the water.

Afterward, the dough is rolled into thin noodles and steamed. When you add boiling water, the noodles will quickly cook because the steaming process precooks them and makes them safe to eat raw.

What Happens If You Eat Uncooked Ramen Noodles

Eating Fresh Ramen Noodles Raw: Is It Possible?

Although it’s technically possible, there are certain risks involved in eating fresh ramen noodles raw. In contrast, a lot of medical professionals believe that eating raw cake batter or cookie dough is dangerous, but despite the relatively low risk, people continue to indulge. But unlike these desserts, fresh ramen noodles aren’t cooked, so they don’t have the savory flavors of the broth or other toppings. Additionally, fresh ramen noodles lack the satisfying crunchiness and robust flavors of seasoning powder, in contrast to “raw” instant ramen.

Although you can consume raw fresh ramen noodles if you’re willing to take the risks, we advise boiling the noodles for both safety and flavor because all you need is hot water.

Factors to consider when eating raw ramen noodles:

  • Texture: Crunchy for instant ramen, doughy for fresh ramen
  • Nutritional value: High in calories and sodium
  • Safety: Eating cooked ramen noodles is safer than eating raw or undercooked ones.
  • Taste: Fresh ramen is frequently flavorless, but raw instant ramen has a strong flavor from the seasonings.
  • Versatility: Raw ramen is great as a snack or as a topping for salads.

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