Most people think you need hot water to cook Ramen noodles. For years I've been eating Ramen noodles during camping trips, car trips and many other times when I've been away from a heat source.
Shoulder noodles usually take 3 minutes to cook. Directions say you just add a pack of noodles in at least two cups of boiling water and you'll be ready to eat within 3 minutes.
For Ramen noodles to be "boiled", they should completely absorb the water until they are soft. Heat helps speed up this process, but it is not absolutely necessary. Shoulder noodles can absorb cold water as easily as hot water. The main difference is that it takes more time. Here's a short guide to helping you cook your noodles without heat:
1. Find a container that contains at least 12 or 16 ounces of water.
2. Empty the packet of noodles in the container
3. Fill the container with cold water
4. Wait 30 minutes
5. Mix in spices
That's it. Pretty simple, is not it? I found that 30 minutes is enough time to make the noodles completely soft. Sometimes I can wait up to an hour. The length of time may vary depending on the temperature of the water. If it is extremely cold, it will take more time than if it's cool. Just check it from time to time if you're in a hurry.
Of course, the whole method assumes that you do not mind eating cold noodles, but I found they are just as delicious when they are cold when they're hot