We Love Ramen Noodles


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Those of us that have had to make a dollar out of fifteen cents during a financially challenged episode of life  knows that one sure shot way to cut the grocery bill is to load up on  instant ramen noodles.  They’re cheap, easy to prepare, and if there is a hint of a Chef in you, they can be whipped up countless ways.

Aside from being a catch net of sorts when the money is funny and the credit won’t get it, we simply love the hell out of some noodles; we love them so much that 100 billion units were sold last year. That, folks is a lot of noodles.

That’s enough for more than one serving a month per every single person on the planet, points out the AFP. Heck, with seven billion people in the world, we could each have eaten ramen once a day for two weeks on that amount, and I’m betting a lot of people did.

Five decades after the popular and easy to prepare food’s debut, sales were up again last year with China, Indonesia and Japan rounding out the world’s top-three consumers, according to the Japan-based World Instant Noodles Association.

The World Instant Noodle Association says sales will continue upward in the future, especially in developing countries

There is something to be said for such a filling meal that comes in little packets complete with freeze dried vegetables and its own salty seasoning that works anytime you need a snack, or a meal.

Ramen and Chopped Spam
Ramen and Chopped Spam

I was introduced to a creative rendering years ago when I was dating a struggling single Mother that also moonlighted as a stripper. She invited me over one Sunday afternoon for dinner. She served up ramen noodles with chopped Spam and a side dish of green beans with bacon bits. The drink, Kool Aide. I’d never given ramen noodles too much thought until then. And before you scoff, let me tell you, that was one of the best meals I’ve ever had. I have to admit too, there is something romantic, about a woman taking the basics of what she has, and creating something unforgettable out of it and sharing it with me.

As a side note, women that work in the adult entertainment industry can come up with some inexpensive creative ways to feed themselves. A hooker that used to live in a boarding house with me and two other guys broke breakfast to the lowest common denominator by putting two dips of ice cream in a bowl and garnishing them with unsweetened cornflakes. She explained it with a straight face and logic you couldn’t argue with. “Milk, sugar, eggs, and corn flakes. Isn’t that how most folks do cornflakes?”

Back to noodles.

Yes, instant noodles have come a long way from their debut in 1958, when they were introduced by Momofuku Ando, the founder of major noodle maker Nissin Foods. Metropolitan areas are increasingly opening up ramen eateries, noodle shops and other gourmet destinations, all based on that humblest of foods.

What’s your favorite ramen noodle creation? Please share in the comment section.

Need some ideas to spice up you next packet of ramen noodles? Hit the jump links below

9 Unique Ramen Noodle Recipes

Ramen Noodle Recipes from Budget 101

 

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4 thoughts on “We Love Ramen Noodles”

  1. Hey Jane! Thanks for the read! I agree. However she was a part-time stripper and full-time major phone carrier sales rep that was just trying to make her way. Great to run into you again Jane!

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  2. My number one favorite noodles are Nissin’s sesame oil noodles. They can be eaten plain “as is” or provides great neutral savory base to add to. I love to add a runny fried egg, a few strips of fresh bok choy and some ham (or fried spam). There are actually restaurants and cafes that sell this in Hong Kong and millions of people that order it so they must be doing something right.

    I’ve yet to see a western style restaurant sell ramen. Do you think it would ever happen?

    Another great one is Koka’s mushroom noodles. No MSG is a nice touch and the flavour comes from dried shiitake mushrooms.

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    1. @ Bunny Eats Design- Sesame oil noodles with bok choy , and ham or spam. That sounds delectable. I will definitely be trying that one, the only exception is I’ll fry my egg hard, or hard boil and egg and chop it up and garnish the noodles that way. Also I’ll add a dash or two of the green Tabasco Sauce. If Ramen Noodles continue in popularity the way they have sooner of later the western restaurants will have to put them on the menu. They’ll have to come up with a clever marketing program to convince the customer, they’re not the same Ramen noodles that you can do yourself however. Thanks for giving my work a read@ .

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