Ramen Maek n’ Cheese

Fried Green Kimchi - Ramen Maek n Cheese

Adding to my fusion collection, this one is ramen meets cheese sauce with beer. I think my Korean friends would go nuts for this one. In fact, I think most people would go nuts for this one. But file it away with those “once in a blue moon because it leads to heart attacks” recipes. It is, as you might expect, super delicious & incredibly unhealthy. I recommend that you don’t make this one often.

Fried Green Kimchi - Ramen Maek n Cheese

In Korean the word for ramen is ra-myun and the Korean word for beer is maek-ju. Certain foods or other drinks that are associated with drinking beer have combination names. For example, eating fried chicken is associated with drinking beer. So going for beer & chicken is called “Chimaek,” like chicken + beer. Also, drinking soju mixed with beer is called “Somaek,” and it is a dangerous combination.

This is where the “maek” instead of “mac” part of my recipe title comes from. I used beer in my cheese sauce and used ramen noodles in place of elbow macaroni. The other Korean elements for this recipe are gochujang, kimchi & mini oyster mushrooms.  The sauce is a little heavy for ramen noodles so be sure to keep the noodles slightly crunchy. Avoid overcooking them so that they are strong enough to hold the sauce. Enjoy!

Fried Green Kimchi - Ramen Maek n Cheese

Fried Green Kimchi - Ramen Maek n Cheese

Ramen Maek n Cheese

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 2 packages uncooked ramen noodles
  • 6 oz. monterey jack or cheddar cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 Cup beer
  • 1/2 Cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 tsp gochujang
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 2 drops sesame oil
  • 1/2 Cup kimchi, finely chopped
  • 1/2 Cup mini oyster mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • Boiled eggs & green onions for serving, optional


Boil ramen noodles for 3-4 minutes, careful not to overcook. They should be al dente.

Meanwhile, heat sesame oil in a pan over medium heat. Sauté the kimchi & mushrooms for about 3-4 minutes or until slightly cooked down.

Whisk the beer, sour cream, egg, gochujang & cornstarch together. Set aside.

Melt the butter in a sauce pan over medium heat. Stir in flour until it reaches a thick consistency. Stir in the beer mixture & bring to a simmer. Remove from heat & add cheese. Stir until fully melted. Season with salt & pepper. Add the kimchi & mushrooms to the cheese. Finally, stir in the noodles until fully coated with the cheese sauce. Serve with boiled eggs & green onions.


2 thoughts on “Ramen Maek n’ Cheese

  1. Okay, I thought the mexican food from yesterday sounded good, but this sounds amazeballs! I don’t know if you know about my love for KD but it is immense. Oh and you can get it here for $2.50/box! I may just try this recipe with a box of KD tonight ^^


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