Here’s one I got at Jason’s Market at the bottom of the Taipei 101 in Taiwan. Indeed this Ripe’n’Dry miso is one I’d been searching for for a very long time! I reviewed the Shio version about 45 reviews back and wasn’t extremely impressed. It wasn’t bad, but wasn’t ‘holy cow this is awesome.’ I will say that I really love this packaging though – very nicely done! However, the name evokes thoughts of, well… Flatulence. Smelly dry farts immediately come to my mind. I thought I’d look and see what wikipedia has to say about flatulence:
The English word fart is one of the oldest words in the English lexicon. Its Indo-European origins are confirmed by the many cognate words in some other Indo-European languages: It is cognate with Greek verb πέρδομαι (perdomai), as well as the Latin pēdĕre, Sanskrit pardate, Avestan pərəδaiti, Italian fare un peto, French “péter”, Russian пердеть (perdet’) and Polish “pierd” << PIE *perd [break wind loudly] or *pezd [the same, softly], all of which mean the same thing. Like most Indo-European roots in the Germanic languages, it was altered under Grimm’s law, so that Indo-European /p/ > /f/, and /d/ > /t/, as the German cognate furzen also manifests.
Le Pétomane (“the Fartomaniac”) was a famous French performer in the 19th century who, as well as many professional farters before him, did flatulence impressions and held shows. The performer Mr. Methane carries on le Pétomane’s tradition today. Also, a 2002 film Thunderpants revolves around a boy named Patrick Smash who has an ongoing flatulence problem from the time of his birth. He eventually overcomes his problems and fulfills his dreams, including one of becoming an astronaut.
In literature, farting features prominently in the novel The Catcher in the Rye. Since the 1970s, farting has increasingly featured in film, especially lowbrow comedies such as Blazing Saddles.
Since New Zealand produces large amounts of agricultural products, it is in the unique position of having high methane emissions from livestock compared to other greenhouse gas sources. The New Zealand government is a signatory to the Kyoto Protocol and therefore attempts are being made to reduce greenhouse emissions. To achieve this, an agricultural emissions research levy was proposed, which promptly became known as a “fart tax” or “flatulence tax”. It encountered opposition from farmers, farming lobby groups and opposition politicians.
In January 2011, the Malawi Minister of Justice, George Chaponda, said that Air Fouling Legislation would make public farting illegal in his country. When reporting the story, the media satirised Chaponda’s statement with punning headlines. Later, the minister withdrew his statement.
All joking aside, this is a miso flavor instant by Ripe’n’Dry – wikipedia has this to say:
Miso ramen is a relative newcomer, having reached national prominence around 1965. This uniquely Japanese ramen, which was developed in Hokkaido, features a broth that combines copious amounts of miso and is blended with oily chicken or fish broth – and sometimes with tonkotsu or lard – to create a thick, nutty, slightly sweet and very hearty soup. Miso ramen broth tends to have a robust, tangy flavor, so it stands up to a variety of flavorful toppings: spicy bean paste or tōbanjan (豆瓣醤), butter and corn, leeks, onions, bean sprouts, ground pork, cabbage, sesame seeds, white pepper, and chopped garlic are common. The noodles are typically thick, curly, and slightly chewy.
So it’s time to give this Ripe’n’Dry one a look.
Ripe’N’Dry Hokkaido Miso Ramen – Japan
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat but guessing there’s a good chance it does. To prepare, add the noodle block to 600ml boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!
A bag with the noodle block withing. So I really enjoy this as there are no crumbs and bits that are in the outer bag that get on my scanner when I scan the back of the package.
A single liquid sachet.
Definitely has a miso scent.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, hard boiled egg, chashu pork and chilli oil. The noodles were kind of on the knobby side. So to me they are a little rubbery and not my favorites. The broth has a miso flavor indeed. Moreover, I don’t know about the word ripe to describe but it is dry. Doesn’t taste like farts. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4976651082350.
Hokkaido bear infested note “Miso” ramen taste 124g × 10 bags
So this is a video of travel around Hokkaido, the Japanese island where Ripe’N’Dry is from.