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Recipe: Sweetly Charred Scallion Asian Ramen Noodles with Nori Crunch

Recipe: Sweetly Charred Scallion Asian Ramen Noodles with Nori Crunch

Sweetly Charred Scallion Asian Ramen Noodles with Nori Crunch

by Dylan Sabuco
Photo by Photo by Eva Bronzini from Pexels
prep time
10 minutes
cook time
19 minutes
4-6 servings

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Sweetly Charred Scallion Asian Ramen Noodles with Nori Crunch

Chef Dylan is passionate about exploring the diverse and exciting flavors of the world’s cuisines. Over the years, he has cooked his way around the globe. For this recipe trio, he immersed himself in Asian cooking and set out to create a set of dishes that would showcase the incredible diversity and complexity of Asian cuisine from the fiery spices of Sichuan China to the delicate flavors of Japan!

Inspired by the rich, smoky flavors of Korean barbecue, he created the Sweetly Charred Scallion Asian Ramen Noodles and topped the dish with crispy Japanese nori for a satisfying *cRuNcH!*. Tangy Melon Salad (see recipe), with its sweet cantaloupe or honeydew melon, is a refreshing and well-balanced dish that perfectly complements the savory flavors of the ramen and calls forth the flavors of Vietnamese cuisine.

And not wanting to stop there, Dylan “traveled” to Thailand, in search of a drink to transport us to a sunny tropical paradise. His solution? Sunshine Melon Sodas (see recipe), made with fizzy water, fresh melon juice, and a touch of honey!

Together, these dishes showcase the diverse and exciting flavors of Asia, a testament to Dylan’s passion for exploring the region's culinary traditions.

Happy & Healthy Cooking,

Chef Erin, Food-Geek-in-Chief

Fun-Da-Mentals Kitchen Skills

  • blanch :

    to place food, often a fruit or vegetable, into boiling water for a brief time and then into ice water to stop the cooking process, which helps to loosen the skin of the fruit or vegetable and brighten its color.

  • boil :

    to cook a food in liquid heated to the point of gas bubbles and steam forming (boiling point is 212 F at sea level).

  • chop :

    to cut something into small, rough pieces using a blade.

  • measure :

    to calculate the specific amount of an ingredient required using a measuring tool (like measuring cups or spoons).

  • season :

    to add flavor to food with spices, herbs, and salt.

  • stir-fry :

    to cook meat, fish, or vegetables rapidly over high heat while stirring briskly—used in Asian cooking.

  • whisk :

    to beat or stir ingredients vigorously with a fork or whisk to mix, blend, or incorporate air.

Equipment Checklist

  • Large pot
  • Liquid measuring cup
  • Colander or strainer
  • Medium mixing bowl
  • Cutting board + kid-safe knife
  • Large skillet or wok
  • Wooden spoon
  • Small bowl
  • Measuring spoons
  • Whisk


Sweetly Charred Scallion Asian Ramen Noodles with Nori Crunch

  • 1 bunch green onions (roughly 2 C chopped)
  • 1 8 oz pack uncooked (not instant) ramen noodles, found in the Asian food aisle at your supermarket **(for GLUTEN ALLERGY sub 1 8 oz pack rice noodles)**
  • 3 C water
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar or honey
  • 1 tsp rice vinegar
  • 1/4 C vegetable oil
  • 1 T soy sauce **(for GLUTEN/SOY ALLERGY sub coconut aminos)**
  • 1/4 C crumbled or chopped nori seaweed sheet or 1 pack crunchy seaweed snacks, found in the Asian food aisle at your supermarket **(Omit for SHELLFISH ALLERGY. Check for SESAME/GLUTEN/SOY)**
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds, optional **(Omit sesame seeds for SESAME ALLERGY)**
  • 1 pinch of red pepper flakes, optional

Food Allergen Substitutions

Sweetly Charred Scallion Asian Ramen Noodles with Nori Crunch

  • Gluten/Wheat: Substitute rice noodles for ramen noodles. Substitute coconut aminos for soy sauce. Omit nori or other seaweed snack if it contains gluten/wheat.
  • Soy: Substitute coconut aminos for soy sauce. Omit nori or other seaweed snack if it contains soy.
  • Shellfish: Omit nori or other seaweed snacks. 
  • Sesame: Omit optional sesame seeds. Omit nori or other seaweed snack if it contains sesame seeds or oil.


Sweetly Charred Scallion Asian Ramen Noodles with Nori Crunch


This tasty meal will make you rethink green onions altogether! A typical recipe might use 1 to 2 green onions as a garnish or a mild flavor element. In this recipe, you will use an entire bunch of green onions! Instead of chopping the green onions small, as if we are afraid of them, in this recipe, you will roughly chop them to matchstick-size pieces before stir-frying them all until charred. All that’s left is tossing the onions with noodles and a little soy sauce to make a delicious meal you won’t soon forget.

boil + blanch

Bring 3 cups of water to a boil in a large pot with 1 pinch of salt. When the water comes to a boil, add the 1 pack of noodles and cook for 5 minutes, or until the noodles are soft but not fully cooked. This is called blanching, when you lightly cook something in salted water. Drain the noodles from the pot and place them in a medium bowl for later in the recipe.

chop + measure

Chop 1 bunch of green onions into 1-inch long pieces. Remove the roots at the end and discard. The rest of the green onions can be used for this recipe. Measure 1/4 cup of vegetable oil and add it to a large skillet or wok.

stir fry + season

Heat the oil over medium heat. Once the oil is heated for about a minute, add the green onions and begin stir-frying. This technique involves constantly stirring to avoid burning. The green onions will be fully cooked in 5 to 7 minutes. (If making Tangy Melon Salad (see recipe), remove roughly 1/4 C of the cooked green onions for the salad.) Next, add the blanched noodles and continue to cook for 5 more minutes.

whisk + garnish + serve

Measure and whisk together the 1 teaspoon rice vinegar, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, and 1 teaspoon sugar in a small bowl. Then, add the mixture to the noodles and onions. Cook for 1 minute and serve! Garnish this tasty springtime meal with 1/4 cup crumbled nori, 1 teaspoon sesame seeds, and 1 pinch of red pepper flakes (if you want a little spice in your life). Enjoy!

Surprise Ingredient: Onions!

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Hi! I'm Onion!

"Did you know that onions are vegetables? My close relatives are chive, garlic, and leek, and I'm a distant cousin of the amaryllis and daffodil. I'm actually the edible bulb of the onion plant!  

History & Etymology

  • The onion is thought to be native to Asia, but there are also ancient remnants from Iran, India, and Egypt.
  • The Egyptians even worshiped onions! They believed their circular shape and layers symbolized eternal life, and often onions were placed in ancient tombs to bring prosperity to mummies in the afterlife.
  • Ancient Greek and Roman athletes used to eat onions to get strong, and they even rubbed onions on their bodies before competing in events like the Olympics.
  • In medieval times, people used onions as a form of currency! Imagine paying bills with a bag of onions!
  • Native Americans in Eastern Canada and the Eastern United States ate a species of wild onion, also called ramps or wild leek. 
  • China is the largest producer of onions. In the US, California grows the most onions.
  • Some people around the world say, possibly as early as 3,000 years ago in China, that onions can predict the weather. 
  • There is even a saying about onions and the weather that goes like this: "Onion's skin very thin, mild winter coming in; onion's skin thick and tough, coming winter cold and rough."
  • The word "onion" comes from Middle English from the Old French "oignon," based on the Latin "unionem," literally "union," indicating the unity of the layers of the onion. 


  • Onions are part of the "Allium cepa" genus. "Cepa" is Latin for "onion." The common onion plant grows from 6 to 18 inches tall. 
  • They have hollow green leaves that grow upward and fan out of a covered stem from the top of the bulb. Roots extend out of the basal plate at the bottom of the bulb into the soil.
  • The onion bulb is described as having a "globe" shape. It is made up of fleshy leaves that grow around the flower bud in the middle. These fleshy leaves are covered by scaly leaves, the onion's "skin," that dry out and become papery when it is time for the onion to be harvested.

How to Pick, Buy, & Eat

  • There are lots of onion varieties! Green onions (also called scallions or spring onions) are mild in flavor, and both the bulbs and top leaves can be eaten. They are often found in salads and stir-fry dishes. They have a small, not fully developed white bulb end with long green stalks. The white shaft of the plant extends from the roots to the leaves.  
  • Yellow onions can be pungent or sweet. The Spanish onion is a common pungent variety typically found in grocery stores. The Vidalia is a sweet onion from the state of Georgia, and the Walla Walla is a sweet onion from the state of Washington. 
  • White onions have a sharp flavor and are often used in Mexican cooking. Red onions are sweeter than yellow and white onions and are used raw in salads and on burgers. 
  • The shallot is a smaller variety with a milder pungent flavor often used in sautéed dishes, sauces, and stocks. Pearl onions are tiny bulbs that are mild in flavor and great for pickling.
  • Store whole raw onions in a cool, dark location. Cut onions will keep in the refrigerator for about a week. Store them in an airtight container that will not absorb their smell (i.e., glass rather than plastic).
  • Onions can cause eye irritation and tears when you cut into them. This is because a chemical compound called syn-propanethial-S-oxide is released into the air when you slice an onion, and tears are produced to wash it away. 
  • Chilling onions in the refrigerator or a bowl of ice water before cutting them can decrease the amount of irritation. Other suggestions include using a sharp knife, holding a piece of bread in your mouth while you slice, or wearing goggles. 


  • Onions have a high water content, about 89 percent, and are low in calories. They contain low amounts of protein, fiber, and essential nutrients.

History of Ramen!

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  • Ramen is a Japanese noodle dish that can be made of Chinese-type noodles and broth, sliced pork or chicken, with miso, soy sauce, or other flavorings and nori (dried seaweed), scallions, bean sprouts, or other toppings. 
  • In the late 1800s, Chinese immigrants in Yokohama, Japan, adapted Chinese wheat noodle soup to create ramen. They cooked noodles in pork broth and added various toppings. Until the 1950s, the dish was called "shina soba," or Chinese noodles. 
  • The first ramen shop opened in Tokyo in 1910. They sold noodles in broth topped with "char siu," Cantonese–style barbecued pork.
  • In 1958, Momofuku Ando invented instant ramen noodles in Japan, and he began to sell packaged chicken ramen. His company, Nissin, started selling Cup Noodles in 1971. This permitted ramen noodle aficionados to enjoy ramen noodle soups away from the kitchen, such as in schools, offices, and on vacations, with no need for a bowl!

Let's Learn About Asia!

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  • Asia is the largest continent on Earth in land area and population. About 8 billion people live on our planet, and 4.7 billion people live in Asia—over half! It takes up almost 30 percent of the world's total land area. 
  • As a comparison, North America is the third largest continent in land area, covering 16.5 percent of Earth, and it is the fourth largest in population, with almost 600 million people. 
  • The continent is divided into six main regions: North (Siberia), South, Central, East, West, and Southeast. A partial list of Asian countries includes China, Japan, and South Korea in East Asia; the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam in Southeast Asia; India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka in South Asia; Iraq, Israel, and Turkey, in West Asia; Russia in North Asia; and Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan in Central Asia. 
  • Asia borders Europe in the West, although the border is not strictly geographical since Asia and Europe are both part of the single continent of Eurasia. It borders Africa in the Southwest, the Arctic Ocean in the North, the Pacific Ocean in the East, and the Indian Ocean in the South. 
  • Ancient China, Ancient Egypt, Ancient India, and Mesopotamia (Iraq) are the four cradles of civilization in the Old World, where early human settlements began. 
  • There are many different languages, ethnic groups, cultures, governments, religions, and foods in Asia.
  • Asian cuisine is known for its use of spices, including chili pepper, cinnamon, coriander, cumin, fennel, garlic, ginger, and turmeric.
  • Different varieties of rice are a staple in most Asian countries. In India, basmati rice is popular, while in Thailand, they like jasmine rice. In some places, noodles are part of daily meals instead.
  • The three types of Asian noodles are glass (cellophane), rice, and wheat, and some Asian noodle dishes are lo mein, ramen, soba, and udon. In addition, fresh vegetables are included in many Asian cuisines, like bok choy, cabbage, eggplant, and spinach.

The Yolk's On You

How can you tell when seaweed is in trouble?

It yells, "Kelp!"

The Yolk's On You

I’m allergic to green onions.

Every time I eat them, I break out in chives!

THYME for a Laugh

What did the teacher say to the student when he saw him using lightsaber chopsticks to eat his ramen?

"Use the forks (force)."


THYME for a Laugh

With what did the scuba-diver use to harvest seaweed?

A sea-saw!

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