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.
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.
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