I want to begin by sharing my Ramen story with you. Seriously, though. Of course, I'm sure I had Ramen when I was a kid. Although it's not really something I remember having in our pantry. My Mom was a fabulous cook, I suppose Top Ramen would have been an insult to her talent and her upper class social status.
One day, my Dad left on an eternal business trip and shortly thereafter my mom also disappeared. There was no more money, no parents around, and certainly no food in our pantry. I remember going to the pantry and the fridge repeatedly hoping I could figure out something to make from nothing. I was only in 6th grade, and only knew how to cook a few things. My point is, I would loved Top Ramen back then.
When I had my own children, I never bought it. I suppose it never occurred to me. Perhaps I found it full of unnecessary empty calories and shunned it aside as junk food I wouldn't buy. But then, my kids got older. They went to school. They made friends. They went to friends houses. That was it. One day they went to my girlfriends house to play. When I picked them up, she practically scolded me. "I can't believe your kids have never had Top Ramen!" she said. After that it was over. It's a staple in our house now. A go to snack, perfect for warming a tummy in a pinch, especially when we're sick. For me particularly. No mom wants to cook her own chicken soup when she's sick! But, whipping up Ramen can be done in an INSTANT!
I wanted to share this flavor. I ventured from our norm and dished out a whole 25 cents to try it. Let me tell you, it's AWESOME! Sweet and spicy chili flavor, perfect for clearing the sinuses and encouraging hydration. I went back to the store to stock up on them. Next time your too sick to cook and hubby is out of town and can't bring you chicken soup on his way home, reach for this!
What's your favorite Ramen flavor, recipe, or story?