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Ramen Guy RIP: Who knew??

Kagey Jan 9, 2007 10:39 AM



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    ChiliDude Jan 9, 2007 10:42 AM

    'Twas an interesting story. I heard it on National Public Radio on 08Jan07 while preparing chicken paprikash of dinner.

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      beevod Jan 9, 2007 01:50 PM

      In his honor, I will lower my sodium content

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        ChiliDude Jan 9, 2007 05:05 PM

        Yo Kagey,

        I just read the NYTimes article. I don't have any trouble preparing and eating the ramen noodles. First, before opening the bag, I start to crush the noodles into fragments with the heel of my hand. Once most of the noodle brick is crushed, I cut open the bag and pour the crushed noodles into the soup bowl from which I will eat the soup. I do not use the flavor packet most of the time. I open a can of low salt chicken broth, heat it, and dump the noodle fragments in the simmering soup. After 3 minutes of simmering, I pour half of the stuff into the soup bowl, and eat the rest of it once the first serving is eaten.

        Sometimes, slivers of fresh garlic are added to the broth while it is heating before the noodles are added. Also, soy sauce is sometimes added.

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          Kagey Jan 10, 2007 08:54 AM

          I like your method, ChiliDude!

          In honor of the Ramen Guy, I had Korean spicy Shin Ramyun last night for dinner. I added some tofu and an egg. I have to admit that I ate it right out of the pot, bypassing the bowl!

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            ChiliDude Jan 10, 2007 10:39 AM

            I dig it, man! That's my kinda cooking...

            My personal motto, "Cook like a peasant...Dine like a gourmet."

        2. notmartha Jan 9, 2007 05:28 PM

          While I was growing up, we would buy the bags of ramen noodles (not the foam cups), then proceed to crush all the noodles, and add the dry flavor packet on the noodles. Proceed to eat a la potato chips.

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            dpan Jan 9, 2007 06:56 PM

            Eating dry crushed dry ramen with the flavor pack mixed in was one of my favorite childhood snacks growing up in Taiwan, where I remember buying the original Nissin chikin noodles, though it had a different Chinese name at the time. It was considered a luxury to be able to buy those noodles back then. I still think the original Nissin noodles were the best, and the current kind don't match it in taste or texture.

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              notmartha Jan 9, 2007 10:16 PM

              Must be an Asian thing - grew up in Hong Kong.

              My son likes those cup-a-noodles. I tried one recently. One word - yuck!!!

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                Phaedrus Jan 10, 2007 12:51 PM

                Yeah, I gotta admit I was addicted to them for a while. I remember living in the dorms and cooking it in the hot water pot my parents had bought me as my going to college kit. It worked great until one day I decided to give myself a treat and beat an egg into the soup. That was a bitch to clean up.

            2. Woodside Al Jan 9, 2007 10:21 PM

              Interesting. But the article makes it sound like he invented ramen itself, rather than just inventing a quick, cheap, convenient instant food based on ramen. You'd think an editor at the NYT would've known better and would have corrected it.

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              1. re: Woodside Al
                Uncle Ira Jan 9, 2007 10:53 PM

                The actual obit in the Times did make that clear....


                The first article posted here was a column on the editorial page.

                Uncle Ira

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