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Ramen Fads: My Public Facepalm Manifesto

I guess I have come to the point where my crankiness has pushed me beyond the edge. What’s more, I think it’s a sign of my impending doom as someone who is getting older and coming to the point of no return: the cranky rant. Strangely enough, my love for instant noodles has influenced me to put pen to paper, or in this case, fingers to keyboard.

My first thought on writing this article is the classic story of an old man telling his whiny grandson about walking uphill both ways to school in twenty feet of snow ‘back in my day.’ Well, I don’t think my day was that long ago.

In my day, I never heard anyone at a restaurant pleading with their children to finish their french fries; french fries were a treat. They came out with purple and green ketchup and blue french fries in the frozen aisle of the supermarket to appease children in ways that they didn’t even knew needed appeasing. Frozen peanut butter and jelly sandwiches that had the crusts removed – now that’s some laziness. The most egregious sign of a society starved for effort was seeing pre made Kool-Aid in Walmart the other day; a truly sad state of affairs when making KoolAid is just too much effort. I should also mention that in the same store trip, I saw chocolate toothpaste.

The same kind of logicbrings about some pretty bizarre food fads. I’ll give it to the Cronut – I’ve never had one, but those little suckers sound pretty damn good. By the way, I added the ‘damn’ in there to effect a wizened or grizzled attitude.

There have been a few ‘crazes’ as of late going on in the ramen world I think are rather inane. The beginning of this was the ramen burger. While I haven’t had one of the ones created by Keizo Shimamoto, I’ve made one with instant noodles. It made the Korean Herald section in the Los Angeles times – front page and all. To be honest, it wasn’t bad, but a little unwieldy. What I really liked about that ramyun burger I made was that the next day, I used the same ramyun and made an actual bowl using the directions on the packaging and enjoyed it thoroughly; much more than the burger.

Another new one is the ramenrito, a burrito made from ramen. This new ‘invention’ really has been a staple of the United States penal system for years. The recipe is simple: take a pack of Nissin or Maruchan instant noodles, smash into bits in the bag, take out the seasoning sachet, add boiling water into the bag, steep three minutes, drain water, add seasoning, and roll tightly into a little log. It can be argued that one must be pretty dumb to end up in prison, but these folks end up being pretty resourceful with what they have once they’re in there.

Articles have grazed my ocular receptors about hot dog buns made from ramen, bowls of ramen in Japan with a veritable mountain of merengue, even an ice cream cone dumped into a bowl of noodles. Why do we do this? Attention is my first guess. It reminds me of an episode of the TLC show ‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’ when a surplus of egg nog and hotdogs comes together poetically in a new holiday classic: bobbing for hotdogs.

Today I saw the moist egregiously disturbing offense in an article that originated on RocketNews24: pudding ramen. Apparently, Taiwanese people are now taking Nissin Cup Noodles and adding a small pudding cup to them. Yes. Really. Pudding. Of course, this was also the same day I saw an article about ramen burger creator Keizo Shimamoto’s revelation that nothing could go better with the ramen burger than the ramen french fry.

As an altruistic noodle proponent, I invoke the long forgotten Susan Powter and say ‘stop the insanity!’

Isn’t a bowl of ramen good enough? I’m just like everyone else – I love taking pictures of food. But it seems these days, a viral post about some quirky take on a regular foodstuff which is so versatile already just for the sake of some kind of exposure just seems downright silly, especially if it doesn’t really taste that great. Cheese in ramyun is something I never seem to get enough flak about; eggs too. Seems rather tame compared to pudding now, doesn’t it? I wouldn’t put hotdogs in my Cheerios just to get some kind of attention from the foodie world for twenty-four hours.

Anyways, so there’s what happens when I prepare for a new The Ramen Rater’s Noodle News post on a Sunday morning. It was bound to happen. Now I will happily start reviewing another instant noodle. Happy first day of Summer!

Happy National Cheeseburger Day

Since today is National Cheeseburger Day (yeah – it’s a real thing), I thought I’d report my ramyun burger recipe. Thought people might like to see it again.

Also, please vote for my blog in the Best of Western Washington competition for food blogs? It doesn’t matter where you’re from and it only takes a second – would really mean a lot to me! Thanks and here’s the burger recipe!

Recently, I came up with the ramyun slider. I thought since I’ve got some Shin Black on hand, why not a full-fledged ramyun burger? This recipe came out great and really wasn’t that hard to do.

The Ramen Rater’s Shin Ramyun Black Burger

  • 1 Package Nongshim Shin Ramyun Black
  • ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 2 slices processed cheese
  • frozen french fries
  • cooking spray
  • ketchup and mayonnaise

The noodle block. This is where our buns come from.

In this recipe, everything in the package is used. I’ve seen so many recipes for ramen burgers where the flavorings are discarded. Why waste?

Step 1: Boil a pot of water. Add the noodle block and cook for 4 minutes. Drain well. Return to pot and crack egg into it – combine with noodles. Split noodle/egg mixture into two bowls. I used one with a rounded bottom for the bun and one with a flat bottom for the lower bun (actually, the top part of a bun is called the ‘crown’ and the bottom the ‘heel!) Press the noodles down a little and then put in the fridge for a couple hours to set.

Here are the crown and heel all done and out of their bowls.

Step 2: Spray pan and cook both sides of your buns until done as you like. A nice crispness is really enjoyable, but burnt isn’t so great so just keep and eye on them and don’t flip too much – they are a little delicate.

Step 3: For the fries – use a little cooking spray on them and sprinkle liberally with the gold Sul-Long-Tang powder packet and cook.

Step 4: Empty the contents of the green package into a little bowl and add some hot water. Let sit for a minute or so which lets the veggies and other bits hydrate. Drain.

Step 5: Add ketchup and mayonnaise – I used a little more mayo than ketchup – and combin3. This will be the fry sauce as well as the sauce for the burger.

Step 6: I’m not very good at telling when meat is done, so my wife Kit cooked the patty for me! For the patty, add the entire red packet to the ground beef and combine well. Form into a patty and cook. Put the buns and burger together – add processed cheese and sauce.

Voila! Click image to enlarge). This came out really nice – the burger has a really great flavor from the red packet. I think you could switch it as well – use the red packet on the fried and the gold packet with the beef. Either way, this was really good – I hope you try it and let me know how it goes!

Ramen Rater News

So here’s what I currently have to review – 20 different packages. I am pretty sure there should be lots more out there to pick up no problem. I still go out on my daily trips to the local asian groceries. I try to only get a single pack of noodles but it can be hard as they’re so cheap. With the advent of the city of Edmonds’ no single use plastic bag law, I had to dig out my backpack to carry things in. Irritating…

Been getting some interesting emails from people lately – a couple of which have told me ‘I’m doing it wrong’ – like on the Wei Lih and the Unif Chah Chiang varieties. So I’ll eventually have to re-review those. Should be interesting…

Gotten a few emails asking where to find noodles in specific areas of the United States. I’ll be happy to help with that no problem for sure. Some have been really annoyed and refused to believe that there could be any noodles near them, but I think that there are some pretty local to everyone in the United States – just gotta be a little resourceful. By the way – I’ve only bought one thing on the Internet but haven’t eaten it – nor will I ever as it is quite old…

Yeah here’s my Arnold Schwarzenegger Cup Noodle. Got it off of eBay a few years ago and it was a few years old back then. I was asked yesterday if I think some noodle companies have a competitiveness amongst each other. When you’re paying for the pre-Governator to adorn your noodle cups, yeah there’s competition. But not here in the states where noodles seem to be an afterthought and more of a last resort for college students.

So something you can do on your way to the Asian supermarket – actually leaving – is look around the entrance/exit area. There are usually a ton of newspapers and other printed materials as well as free CDs, DVDs, cassettes, VHS tapes – you name it. At 99 Ranch yesterday I would say there were about 60 cassettes sitting in a box. What’s on this stuff? Wel,l some is Vietnamese, I think some is Korean but its all for the most part religious. I picked up a little baggie there the other da that had 4 DVDs in it. It was a funeral, and the months leading up to the funeral of an old woman – who I imagine was important. Was a lot of chanting repetitively. I don’t know what it was about but it was interesting.

So there’s the current news… I’ll post something else soon.

– The Ramen Rater