Make your ramen rock with these tasty mix-ins and toppings.

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American Cheese

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Drape a slice over cooked ramen and watch it melt like a warm, comforting cheesy blanket. Stir it up for a creamy broth.

Seaweed Snacks

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For that ramen-shop look, garnish your bowl with a square or two. It'll dissolve for a hit of extra-briny, umami-packed flavor.

Eggs

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A soft-boiled egg is a classic ramen topper, but you can also crack one into the hot broth, then stir until it's rich and silky, à la egg drop soup.

Fresh Veggies

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Slice 'em thinly and drop into the pot with the seasoning packet. The veggies will be crisp-tender when the noodles are done.

Spicy Things

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Hot sauce, a teaspoon of Thai curry paste, pickled jalapeños, kimchi, or crushed red pepper—all of these will finish your bowl with a kick.

Herbs

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We always marvel at what a dash of fresh green can do for a dish. Cilantro, parsley, chives—any chopped herb will liven up those noodles.

Crunchy Stuff

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Add fried onions (the green bean topper), crumbled bacon, sesame seeds, or bean sprouts. Then slurp and munch!