Something that I've always admired but wanted to know more about are the SERIOUS looking ramens sold at Asian grocery stores...so last night I hiked up to the local Asian grocery store (thank you, Upper West Side, for not being the absolute worst) and bought a bag full of serious looking ramens so I could learn about them and enjoy about.
Today I lunched on this one: Shirakiku Brand miso ramen. ($1.25)
Certainly one of the most polite packages of ramen I've ever cooked from, and I liked knowing I needed 15oz. of water for this. I nearly cooked it in two cups of water! Close call. Instructions got a little confusing in the second step...put the noodles in the bowl and then pour the soup over it? Really? How about I dump the whole thing in together? Delicately?
Look! I made it the same as the picture! (except no corn or sprouts) Right now I'm doing an incredible job of making use of all the scallions I have left over in the fridge from ginger scallion sauces of days gone by.
And what did I think of my fancy miso ramen? Totally good, but nothing jumped out at me to distinguish it from the Maruchan ramens I'm usually down with. But if I wanted to come across as a guy who likes a very normal package of ramen but is also a baller, I'd keep a cupboard stocked with these.
Wait. Right now it has occurred to me that maybe these noodles were much, much better than the instant noodles I'm used to...could be. I should have paid more attention. I cooked them exactly three minutes and they were very toothsome.
And was it a coincidence that I bought all these instant noodle packages on the second anniversary of the death of Momofuku Ando? Nope.