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Watermelon Ramen: A Deliciously Unexpected Summer Treat

When the heat of summer becomes relentless, even the most devout ramen lovers might find it hard to crave a steaming bowl of soup. However, there's a surprising and refreshing twist that can transform your favorite dish into a delightful summer meal. Enter: watermelon. Yes, you read that right. This juicy fruit can elevate your ramen to new heights with its sweet and crisp charm.


Traditionally, ramen is adorned with an array of proteins and vegetables. Yet, there's a unique fruit that deserves a spot in your summer ramen repertoire. Instead of infusing a hot broth with flavors, this particular recipe uses watermelon to create a chilled, invigorating dish.


watermelon poke bowl

The star of this dish is a watermelon poke. Begin by cutting watermelon into cubes or slices and marinating it for several hours in a mix of soy sauce, cayenne pepper, sesame oil, and lemon juice. While poke is usually made with fish, this Hawaiian-inspired twist works brilliantly with watermelon and even tofu. For a softer texture, you can sauté the watermelon briefly to reduce its liquid content and mellow its crunch.


Prepare your ramen noodles as usual, but instead of serving them hot, drain and cool them. Once they're ready, top the noodles with the marinated watermelon poke, crunchy bean sprouts, and your choice of other fresh ingredients like boiled eggs, sliced cucumbers, and chopped bell peppers. Instead of the usual hot broth, drench your creation in a dressing made from blended watermelon juice, rice vinegar, olive oil, and garlic.


Mastering this basic recipe opens up a world of customization. Add a sprinkle of red pepper chili flakes, a drizzle of hot honey, black sesame seeds, or thinly sliced scallions to elevate the flavors. Complement the dish with ripe avocado or a creamy avocado sauce, seasoned sushi rice, or a side of spiced edamame. For extra protein, consider topping the noodles with steamed shrimp or lump crab, and finish with a touch of chili or sesame oil.


ramen, egg, pork, tofu, scallions

The vibrant colors and refreshing taste of watermelon ramen will undoubtedly brighten any dinner setting. For a truly impressive presentation, hollow out watermelons and serve the ramen inside the carved-out fruit. While the delicious dish might be devoured quickly, the beautiful photos of your creation will live on in the Instagram feeds of your friends.


One of the great advantages of watermelon ramen is that it can be prepared in advance and kept chilled in the fridge for several days. This makes it perfect for party prep. Plus, any leftovers can be easily stored for a refreshing lunch the next day.


Embrace the unexpected and let watermelon bring a refreshing twist to your summertime ramen. It's a delightful way to beat the heat and enjoy a bowl of noodles that’s as beautiful as it is delicious.

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