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Old 01-22-2012, 12:24 PM   #41
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I always cook the noodles in the MW for 3 minutes and then let them sit for an hour or so. They absorb a lot of water/broth. The noodles get all huge and (to me) much more appealing.

Does anyone else let them absorb the water first, before eating them?
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No. I did once by accident. I didn't like them as well, but then again I don't like soggy crackers in my soup either.
When I was a kid, I loved "Captain Crunch", but I let it get soggy in the milk before I would eat it. I guess I like some foods soggy and plumped up with it's liquid.
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Old 01-22-2012, 12:25 PM   #42
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I've had a salad with cabbage with ramen noodles before. It was pretty good.
That sounds pretty good, VB. Exactly how did you make it?
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Old 01-22-2012, 02:05 PM   #43
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When I was a kid, I loved "Captain Crunch", but I let it get soggy in the milk before I would eat it. I guess I like some foods soggy and plumped up with it's liquid.


I am so not with you on this one. I have to pour the milk on right before eating it, even if it is Captian Crunch and I risk the danger of tearing up the inside of my mouth. I really don't like soggy things.
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Old 01-22-2012, 02:30 PM   #44
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I am so not with you on this one. I have to pour the milk on right before eating it, even if it is Captian Crunch and I risk the danger of tearing up the inside of my mouth. I really don't like soggy things.
Isn't it wonderful how we each can have our own ways of loving foods?
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Old 01-22-2012, 11:22 PM   #45
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Isn't it wonderful how we each can have our own ways of loving foods?
Loving food is something we all seem to have in common! I just love that. I guess that is why we can have so much fun. :)
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Old 01-23-2012, 12:32 AM   #46
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Loving food is something we all seem to have in common! I just love that. I guess that is why we can have so much fun. :)
Exactly! I may not like everything you like, but I will match your love for making foods with my own love for making foods. I love to cook and thankfully, I'm pretty good at it, so I also love eating my own cooking!
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I don't eat it. It's full of MSG and I don't like the weird headaches I get from MSG.
I agree with you, taxlady. But I LOVE slurpy noodles, and I've wondered quite a while about REAL ramen. Because you just know there has to be a "long version" of these convenient goodies....

I just signed up for a seminar as part of my professional conference later this year where Hiroko Shimbo, a Japanese cooking teacher and cookbook author, is going to teach us how to make Ramen and several variations. I am really excited to learn that!
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Old 01-23-2012, 11:38 AM   #48
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I don't eat it. It's full of MSG and I don't like the weird headaches I get from MSG.
The MSG is in the little packet that comes with the noodles. If you're as sensitive to MSG as I am, just leave it out and add your own seasonings.

MSG makes my heart feel like it's going to explode.
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Whenever I get the craving for ramen I go to one of several ramen shops close by. Most ramen shops are open past midnight by tradition.
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Also by tradition, no ramen shop is legitimate if it does not have a bookshelf stacked with the latest manga issues for customers to read while slurping a big bowl. roadfix, there's one in your neck across the street from Little Tokyo Village that I like, though they don't make their own noodles.

There was an amusing TV show a couple years ago in Japan, ala "Restaurant/Bar Impossible." A financially struggling ramen shop would get a make-over from a ramen expert, particularly its main recipe for men and shiru, but also for popular sides like a plate of gyoza dumplings.
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