Still Life with Shark and Ramen

(The shark is Delilah. I got her for Christmas.)

Ramen: the ubiquitous college food, a mass of dehydrated noodles served with a little packet of super-salty seasoning powder in such amazing flavors as “Yellow Meat”, “Pink Meat”, and “MSG Delight”. Instant ramen noodles rank alongside deep-fried tennis sneakers on the nutritional scale, and the mere mention of them causes cardiologists nationwide to reach compulsively for their perscription pads. Sure, the “fancier” ramen (read: served in styrofoam cup or bowl, easily microwavable) comes with little freeze-dried orange and green things, questionably referred to as carrots and peas.However, in all honesty, these do little other than imparting a vaguely compost-y note to the otherwise salt-flavored broth.

Now Morgan, I’m sure you’re all saying, where are you planning to go with this? Is there a point to this seemingly pointless rant? A method to your madness?

Uncaring readership! Says I, You fail to comprehend, even after all I have written?! Ramen sucks! And yet we continue to shovel it down our throats!

Yes, and? comes the derisive reply.

The point I’m trying to make is, ramen doesn’t have to suck! And no, before there’s a huge uprising, I’m not suggesting that you spend more than five minutes or sixty-five cents on your bowl of noodles.  Just a little bit of consideration.

Base Ingredient:

  • One (1)  packet instant ramen noodles, your choice of flavor

Additions (in any combination):

  • Baby spinach leaves
  • Sesame oil
  • Bell pepper
  • Tomato
  • Garlic
  • Egg
  • Onion
  • Mushrooms (dried are fine, as long as you let them sit in the broth to re-hydrate)
  • Dried shrimp
  • Steamed carrots
  • Chili powder
  • Lime juice
  • Etc. etc. etc

The list could go on forever, but I don’t have the attention span for that kind of thing. The fact is, instant ramen doesn’t have to be boring, bland, and void of anything resembling nutritional content.  We don’t just eat to fill our stomachs;  we eat to exercise our senses! STOP TAKING A BACKSEAT POSITION ON WHAT YOU SHOVE DOWN YOUR CAKE HOLE!!!

*pantpantpant* Sorry, got a little carried away there. But I think I’ve made my point. Got it? Now go out and practise it!