Today, I have a half of a documentary – unfortunately, if you want the other half you have to pay for it… But the first half is a real eye opener for people who have frequented the Seattle International District. Definitely spend 15 minutes of your day to watch this.
Here’s a video that came out a couple weeks ago – these guys do a run down of the list and then try to figure out which ones they like. They liked saying ‘laksa lamian’ a lot!
You are looking at the future of the instant noodle. I think this is a most awesome thing I’ve seen in a while! Come on kickstarters – make it so! I don’t usually get political, although I’m a very big follower of politics. I would encourage everyone to have a look at the news today. A lot going on. Happy Friday to all!
You’ve probably seen the video they’re talking about in this news clip before. Not only that, you’ve probably seen many, many news articles about how horrible this is. I got an email yesterday about the video asking about my opinion. So here goes.
Remember when you were a kid and another kid asked you, ‘do you want seafood?’ You answered ‘huh?’ and then something happened. The other kid, who was chewing something in their mouth would open wide and stick out their tongue with the chewed food on it and exclaim ‘see? Food!’ What was your reaction? Disgust.
This video seems to be the viral equivalent. I’m sure there are a lot of foods that don’t process very quickly in the gut – kale, for instance. Not only that, I’m sure 99% of what we eat, however appetizing to begin with, looks really different and exceedingly unpalatable when churning in our stomachs. To be honest, I’m more disgusted by the guy who had to get the camera-pill out when it was ejected from the other end and plug it into a USB port…
Anyways, the reason this video went viral wasn’t because of the fact that it was instant noodles or that it was something internal and ubiquitously considered ‘gross.’ These are both things that are easily found on the Internet with ease. What happened here was the grip of ‘clickbait.’ Clickbait is a link that begs you to click it with a catchy title; something like ‘Just Wait Until You See What This 5 Year Old Does With A Diaper That Has Mothers everywhere Up In Arms.’ Click, click, click. Who cares if it’s true or accurate, it’ll get you over to their site – so you can see the adverts on their page. Page views equal money folks, that’s just the way it is.
So when you see ‘A Scary Look At The Digestion Of Instant Ramen Noodles Inside Your Stomach – A Deadly Ingredient You Need To Know About,’ you click. This one had a fairly well done article that went into the dangers of TBHQ, however it doesn’t cite exactly how much TBHQ is in the average brick of instant noodles, just that large amounts of it wasn’t good for a lab rat.
I like the fact that the study hasn’t gotten the researcher caught up in a crazy buzz really, especially when he says it doesn’t prove anything and he still eats instant noodles. It’s funny how the source of the video isn’t the source of all the hype and buzz. But notice how at the beginning of the news clip it has a big banner saying ‘Health Alert.’ Keep watching – you’ll see commercials soon.
This video lets you in on some info about Lunar New Year and how people celebrate it around the world – and it’s funny, too! I thought I’d include some other videos as well. CCTV-1 did a 7+ hour Chinese New Year Gala. Here’s a long video showcasing traditional Chinese New Year music. In Singapore, you can see the fireworks from Marina Bay. Here’s a recipe for South Korean Tteokguk New Year’s Soup! Taiwanese artist Chen Forng-shean celebrates the Year of the Goat by delicately carving miniatures of the animal onto pencil tips.
Here’s a short video showing CarJEN Food Sdn Bhd’s factory in Melaka, Malaysia and their products! Happy Friday!
Found this video by accident yesterday – turns out a TV channel called MUCH runs a show called ‘Who Alone Tonight’ in Taiwan. It’s a variety show. Well, they decided to devote this episode to instant noodles and did an in-depth survey of my top ten list for 2014. Check it out and happy Friday!
I woke up today with this song in my head. It’s kind of weird – I got a bunch of hand-me-down audio cassettes from my sister Sue when I was a kid. All sorts of disco and soul stuff – I listened to them over and over and over – lots of Bee Gees and Spinners and O’Jays. It’s kind of like I went through the 70’s pop thing even though I was 5 when 1980 came around. Thought I’d post this one today – my sister and I will be visiting Thailand in May and I’ll have more info about that soon. Some things I can say now is that it’ll have instant noodles, rice, and factory touring involved! Happy Friday to all!
So today’s Friday Video. This is actually a pretty good one – a few interesting little tidbits of knowledge are gained, so enjoy. Happy Friday!
This is one of my favorite videos about instant noodles – it’s long and goes in depth. From Momofuku Ando to the science behind the fried noodle. Check it out! Monday is Momofuku Ando Day!
Takeru Kobayashi is one of the most famous competitive eaters in the world. For those who’ve never heard of competitive eating, yes – there’s such a thing! In this episode of a popular Taiwanese TV show, watch him scarf down what looks to be ten bowls of A-Sha noodles! Very impressive! He’s doing some special stuff with A-Sha Dry Noodle right now, and I will have more on that soon! For now, enjoy and Happy Friday!
This is an absolutely perfect short film called ‘Instant Noodle’ about one man’s obsession with finding the ultimate spicy Korean ramyun. It was made by Dreamagine Productions Media. If you’re a fan of spicy instant noodles, you’ll love this! Season’s greetings to all!