Use Your Noodle to Up Your Ramen Game!

It’s time to up your usual Ramen noodle game! It’s fun, easy, delicious, and anyone can do it.
This week at Oliver’s, we are pulling out the stops in celebration of this fun, delicious, and infinitely endless bowl of creative deliciousness known as Ramen! Whether you want to buy the familiar package of Ramen and seasoning and add your own finishing touches — or start from the very beginning and make your own broth — our buying team has set up an amazing line-up of Ramen essentials, enabling you to save as you slurp!

Note: Prices in effect from January 24-30 at all four Sonoma County Oliver’s Market locations.

Once you have decided on your game plan for the broth and noodles, the real fun begins! Play with an array of different toppings to get your Ramen just the way you want to enjoy it. From Kimchi, mushrooms, and Bok Choy, to spicy additions of jalapeños, Scallions, or Sriracha, your signature Ramen is in the bag – or should we say bowl?

Here are some easy Ramen upgrades, divided up by category. Making Ramen can be a good opportunity to use up small amounts of protein or veggies in your fridge, or you can grab small quantities of what you need at our Salad Bar.

Broth: Use the packet that comes with your noodles or try using your different flavors of broth such as vegetable, coconut, or curry

Aromatics: Adding a few fresh aromatics, like garlic, ginger, or scallions, can really add a lot of depth to the flavor of your broth. You can leave them raw, or give them a quick sauté

Sauces: Pull out all of the sauces in your fridge and see what can work in your Ramen. Sriracha, chili crisp, oyster sauce, hoisin sauce, fish sauce, or even peanut butter are contenders

Vegetables: As mentioned, this is a great way to use up leftover vegetables to add color, flavor, and texture to every bite! (Grab small quantities at the Salad Bar as an alternative)

Protein: Along with the traditional soft-boiled egg, make your bowl a little heartier by adding rotisserie chicken, cooked shrimp, or some tofu.

Toppers: This is the step where you can really take your Ramen to a new level. Flavor, texture, and spice can be amplified with sesame seeds or furikake, or something fresh and bright like cilantro or a squeeze of lime.

For a family or group dinner, Ramen Night has all the makings of a memorable evening. Provide the foundational broth and noodles along with a ‘bar’ of options, so that each person can create their own unique custom bowl to savor.

This week, we invite you to ‘use your noodle’, and create some unforgettable Ramen, in any way you choose to do it! And in case you would like some additional inspiration, we have gathered recipes for Ramen Broth, Easy Vegetarian Ramen, Mushroom Ramen, Easy Pork Ramen, and Miso Ramen with Asparagus.

Without further ado, here are the tasty Ramen essentials we are featuring this week:
• Rocky Air Chilled Ground Chicken Thighs, $6.99/lb. LOCAL
• Oliver’s Own Pork Belly, Prop 12 Compliant, $6.99/lb.
• Huy Fong Sriracha, 17 oz. Bottle, $4.99
• Kikkoman Soy or Teriyaki Sauce, 10 oz. Bottle, 2 for $5
• Hikari Organic Japanese Miso, 17.6 oz. Container, $7.99
• Koyo Organic Noodles, 8 oz. Package, 2 for $3
• Koyo Ramen Noodles, 2.1 oz. Package, 4 for $3
• Imagine Organic Broth, 32 oz. Container, $2.99
• Bachan’s Japanese Barbecue Sauce, 16-17 oz. Bottle, $5.49 LOCAL
• Organic Shiitake Mushrooms, Grown by Mushroom King in Lompoc, CA, $8.99/lb.
• Organic Baby Bok Choy, Grown by Lakeside in Salinas, CA, $1.49/lb.
• Organic Nantes Bunched Carrots, Grown by Sunrise in Santa Barbara County, CA, $2.49/ea.
• Organic Green Onions, A.K.A. Scallions, Grown by Cal-O in Bakersfield, CA, $0.99/ea.
• Organic Jalapenos, Grown by Coville, Certified Fair Trade in Mexico, $2.49/lb.
• Ginger Root, Grown in Brazil, $3.49/lb.
We hope we have inspired you to make plans for Ramen this week, and look forward to seeing you at Oliver’s, your one-stop-noodle shop!

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