If you’re looking to upgrade your instant ramen game with a luxurious, creamy broth, Mayonnaise Ramen is the recipe for you! All you need is a packet of your favorite instant ramen, a squirt of kewpie mayo, minced garlic, and an egg.
You must try this!
There’s a Japanese Tiktok ramen hack that’s going viral: kewpie mayo in ramen. Kewpie mayonnaise adds a rich, creamy flavor to ramen broth and people go wild over it, claiming it makes for an instant ramen taste just like long-simmered ramen broth at a legitimate ramen restaurant. So if you’ve ever wondered if mayonnaise is good in ramen, the resounding answer is yes!
Where does ramen mayonnaise come from?
Ramen and mayonnaise are nothing new – in Japan they even sell mayonnaise flavored ramen. No wonder, given that Japan is obsessed with Kewpie mayonnaise. But recently, a squirt of instant ramen mayonnaise has been all the rage on Youtube and Japanese Tiktok.
What does ramen mayonnaise taste like?
It tastes like instant ramen with a luxurious touch of umami and richness thanks to the kewpie and garlic mayonnaise. Instead of your typical thin instant ramen broth, the kewpie mayonnaise and egg help thicken and body the broth, which allows the soup to adhere better to the noodles.
Why this makes sense
Adding a little extra fat to ramen broth is classic in making ramen, usually in the form of aromatic oil (it’s the little bundle of fat you get in instant ramen seasoning). increasing the fat content by using kewpie mayonnaise, your instant ramen will instantly (LOL) get thicker and tastier. The kewpie adds complexity, mouthfeel, and a huge amount of flavor by helping the broth stick to the noodles when you pull them.
How to make mayonnaise ramen
- Prepare the sauce. In a large bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, one raw egg, 1 minced garlic clove and one packet of instant ramen seasoning.
- Cook the instant ramen. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil and cook the noodles according to the package time. When your timer goes off, remove it from the heat.
- Add hot water to the sauce. Pour the hot water into the sauce, swirling as you go – the hot water will cook the egg and emulsify it into a creamy soup.
- Add the noodles. Gently add the noodles to the soup.
- To serve. Garnish with sliced green onions and toasted sesame seeds, plus any other garnish of your choice. Take advantage immediately!
Mayo Ramen Ingredients
- ramen – this one is pretty straightforward, just grab your favorite instant ramen! More info on the best ramen to choose from, below.
- Mayonnaise Kewpie – the key to this magical ramen hack is kewpie mayo, a Japanese mayonnaise. It’s rich creamy and just a touch of sweetness.
- Garlic – a little raw garlic in the sauce adds a touch of garlic. It’s cooked and softened a bit by the hot soup, so it’s not raw when you eat the ramen, it ends up being just garlic.
What is Kewpie Mayonnaise
Kewpie Mayonnaise is Japan’s favorite brand of mayonnaise and dressing and you’ll find it in just about every Japanese home. It’s rich, yet light and incredibly delicious. Kewpie mayonnaise is so popular in Japan that they have even had specialty kewpie mayo coffees to celebrate all things kewpie. You can find it, in its signature squeeze bottle with a red flip top in most grocery stores these days, down the Asian aisle. The mayonnaise itself is a bit more golden brown than your standard mayonnaise and a lot more creamy and luxurious. Kewpie mayonnaise is made with just egg yolks – as opposed to regular mayonnaise which is made with whole eggs – and rice vinegar for a hint of sweetness. It’s absolutely addicting and we always have a bottle in the fridge.
Where to buy Kewpie mayonnaise
They sell kewpie mayonnaise in all Asian grocery stores, some large grocery stores and online
Kewpie Mayonnaise Substitutes
If you can’t find kewpie mayonnaise but absolutely want to make this ramen, you can regular sub mayo and add a little rice vinegar and sugar.
Kewpie Mayonnaise Recipe:
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise (Hellmann’s / Best Foods)
- 3/4 teaspoon rice vinegar
- 1/4 teaspoon of sugar
Mix everything together until smooth.
The best instant ramen to use
For this particular ramen hack, you’ll want an instant ramen that comes with a soup base. Go for a Japanese brand if you can: Sapporo Ichiban has a wide variety of flavors that are widely available. Nissan (Top Ramen), the original creator of instant ramen, is also very popular.
The original ramen mayo hack was made with miso ramen from Nissan Sapporo, so if you can find it, you’re golden. It’s very common so you can probably find it quite easily and like most instant ramen it’s also pretty inexpensive.
Instant Ramen Toppings
Everyone knows that toppings make ramen even better. Add some to make your bowl even more luxurious:
- toasted sesame seeds
- thinly sliced green onions
- ramen egg
- protein: tofu, chicken slices, minced meats, sausages, bacon
Things to do with Kewpie mayonnaise
Now that you have a bottle of kewpie mayonnaise, here are some other things you can whip up!
Upgrade your instant ramen game with a luxurious, creamy broth that tastes like tonkotsu
- 1 wrap instant ramen favorite miso or tonkotsu flavor
- 1-2 tablespoon kewpie mayo
- 1 Clove Garlic crushed
- 1 Egg
- 1 tablespoon Green onions sliced
Because all instant ramen is different, the estimated nutrition does not include ramen. Please add to those in your ramen wrapper.
Quantity per serving
Calories from Fat 130
% Daily Value *
Large 14.4 g22%
Saturated fat 2.9g18%
Cholesterol 184 mg61%
Sodium 162 mg7%
Potassium 71 mg2%
Carbohydrates 1.3 g0%
Protein 5.7 g11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.