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Answered: Can You Cook Instant Noodles with Hot Water?

Yes, you can cook instant noodles with hot water.

You don’t have to use a stove.

Here is how to do it…

  1. Open the package and put noodles into a bowl.
  2. Pour hot water into the bowl and use a lid or plastic wrap to cover the rim of the bowl.
  3. Wait for 3 minutes.
  4. Get rid of the hot water.
  5. Pour 2 new cups of hot water into the bowl
  6. Use the seasoning packet and mix with the noodles.


1. It is easy right?

The kitchen cupboard that my mom stored different kinds of instant noodles in was a treasure box for me.

I used to run some experiments using them after my elementary school.

Thinking back, that is probably the reason why I like to cook and why I still love ramen so much...

2. When you don’t want to use a pot and stove, do it this way

So you don’t need to wash or clean the pot.

You just need to wash your bowl and chopsticks.

Or it will be useful when…

 3. You want to enjoy your ramen secretly

Smuggle your ramen, bowl, thermos, and plastic wrap into your room.

If you use this ninja trick,

No one will suspect you of eating ramen.

4. You can bring ramen to your next picnic

So you can enjoy hot piping ramen soup in the cold weather.

It will be really comforting.

5. Here is what you need…

Bagged instant ramen

A soup bowl

Hot water x2 cups

Ramen toppings (if you want)

6. How to cook instant noodles with hot water

1. Open the package and put noodles in a bowl.

2. Pour hot water into the bowl and use plastic wrap to cover the rim of the bowl.

3. Wait for 3 minutes.

4. Get rid of the hot water.

The reason why you get rid of the initial water is that you can get rid of oil from the deep-fried noodles.

If you don’t mind the extra oil, move to step 6. 

5. Pour 2 new cups of hot water into the bowl

6. Use a seasoning packet and mix with the noodles.


7. Waiting time is important

3 minutes is the standard time for cooking instant ramen.

Do you know the reason why?

Because 3 minutes is the time that people can wait without stress.

1. If you want your ramen al dente, wait for 2 minutes

Your ramen noodles will have a nice dense texture, but it will still be easy to eat.

2. If you like to enjoy ramen the way it is, wait 3 minutes

Instant noodles are designed to be cooked in 3 minutes.

The noodles will have a nice texture and temperature.

3. Waiting for 5 minutes make the noodles soft

If you like soggy noodles, it's worth waiting a little longer.

Noodles will have a more comforting texture.

8. You should use piping hot water

Temperature is important too. 

Because the hotter the water, the faster the noodle cooks.

Hot water goes into the small gaps of the dried noodles easily.

The other thing is…

Hot ramen soup tastes better.

9. But if you only have tap water, it is actually doable to cook ramen

You might be thinking… “Is it possible?” Yes it is possible, but it takes too much time.

It will take at least 15 minutes to cook with tap water.

But the noodles are still firm.

This is the way to cook instant noodles when you don’t have hot water because of an emergency and you can’t use gas or electricity - like in an earthquake or flood.

You don’t like firm noodles?

Then you can wait longer than 15 minutes.

Waiting for 40 minutes will make your ramen soft.

Due to Covid, a lot of good ramen restaurants have closed

It makes me feel very angry.

I used to eat ramen out frequently,

But in this situation, 

Ramen shops have started to shorten the hours, limit the number of customers, or even closed their shops.

It has affected the industry so much.

I am afraid good ramen will be gone

But meanwhile, you still can enjoy ramen in the comfort of your own home.

Here are some of my recommendations for ramen lovers.

1. Sapporo Ichiban Shio Flavor


In truth, Sapporo Ichiban delivers a good quality shio ramen experience.

Actually, it is very difficult to find good shio ramen.

Do you know why?

Because it is very difficult to make it since it is very simple.

There are many good shoyu and miso flavored instant noodles out there.

But I feel specifically, the shio flavor market is monopolized by Sapporo Ichiban.

Think about this for a moment having good shio ramen for your dinner with your favorite ramen toppings.

Now, you want some, don’t you?

2. Nissin Raoh Shoyu Flavor


It is nearly impossible to make restaurant quality noodles at home without the right tools and equipment.

How can you beat that?

Using Raoh’s shoyu flavour will help you achieve this easily. This is top-notch ramen hands down!

One pinnacle of instant noodles is the soy sauce flavor. It is expensive compared to regular ones but let me tell you, it deserves every single penny.

In a nutshell, I loved every bit of it.

...And I am sure you will too.

3. The problem here is that no toppings come with these packets.

Here are some topping options and recipes for you.

Green onion

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Are you still struggling with...

😢 ...small bowls that aren’t large enough for soups, noodles and toppings.

😢 ...spillage every time you eat out of your bowl.

😢 ...low-quality tableware and utensils that don’t compliment your food.

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About the Author

Kei is a self-proclaimed ramen lover, blog writer and founder of "Apex S.K. Japanese tableware".

"I am from Ibaraki, Japan.

Ramen is great! It can bring you a sense of happiness and satisfaction that no other food can. I have been eating ramen for 30 years.

If there is no ramen, my life would be miserable.

Ten years ago, I worked as an office worker. The job was really stressful - excessive working hours, low wages, unpaid overtime work, and constantly being yelled at by my boss.

I was new and alone, no girlfriend, no friends, and felt very lonely.

My only oasis was the ramen shop near the office. For me, the ramen chef there was literally an angel. I saw a halo on his head. (No joke)

Tonkotsu shoyu ramen was my all-time favorite. He made ramen with broth chock-full of umami flavor, nice chewy handmade noodles, and tender chashu.

My greatest dream is connect people with ramen through my blog. I want to share a lot of interesting and funny stories and ramen trivia with you.

Did you know that we offer more than just a ramen blog?

We also have an exclusive collection of ramen-inspired t-shirts and hoodies that any true noodle lover will adore.

Head over to ApexRamen and check it out for yourself.

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