Should I freeze Ramen noodles like I would rice or pasta to get rid of bugs and their eggs?
I prefer the Udon noodles, myself.I (having lived and worked in Japan for 5 years) am and expert on the subject of Ramen.
Pronounced La'men by the Japanese--or just "men" for short.
No, you do not freeze the noodles.
In fact you do not purchase those cheap Ramen packs you find in the grocery store either. These are instant Ramen's. Sure these are good for camping, etc, but not the prefered Ramen by a true conisuer (sp?). Tip: if you use instant package ramen, boil the noodles seperately, then drain off. Boil the soup water in a teapot, dump the soup base into a bowl and pour in the boiling water--add the noodles. Do not add the soup base package to the boiling noodles--this creates ramen gak.
Now if you find a real Japanese market, run by real Japanese (no Koreans, not Chinese, not Vietnamese) you will find some real ramen. You can find some good dried ramen, with liquid soup base packs--or frozen ramen with liquid soup packs.
For our long term purposes.... go with the dried ramen. They do not come into the cheap instant packs. Usually them come three or four in a package. This is the higher quality ramen. Same prep as the cheap instant brands--but you don't eat them like the cheapy instant type.... there's more cooking involved.
Stir fry some onion and chicken, beef, or pork strips with the onion. Any concoction of vegies and meat will do. Add this to your soup base. This is how a real ramen works.
I advise you to seek out a Japanese Ramen shop--and try the real thing. I've got plenty in my area, but if you live in-the-middle-of-nowhereville, this will be hard.
Also try cold ramen--it's called "Hi-ya-shi Chu-ka." And you can also find these in the Japanese markets (just ask for help, they will know what this is).
Hiyashi Chuka is a cold ramen eaten in the summer--wow! This is good stuff. The cold ramen noodle is covered with thinly sliced (long ways) of ham and cucumber, then smothered slighly with a kind of thick cold sweet-ish sauce. There will be dried chuka kits at the Japanese markets.
Also.... I would recommend you look into Buckwheat Soba. It's just simply boiled and dipped in a "ponze" sauce (also ask the people at the market). The soba comes in bound small packets--like spagetti, are easy to make and quite good when covered in diced green onion with a little wasabi paste on the side of the bowl.
You can eat soba hot or cold--there are soup bases for both.
Also... look into "somen". This is a rice noodle which can be eaten both hot and cold.
Ramen, Soba and Somen are cheap ways of stocking up on lots of wholesome food. These are a vital part of my food program.
If you want links to this stuff, just ask.