Stressed Out! Ramen Break

Man, I am so stressed out! I worked all Friday and Saturday grinding away at Modern Algebra and SPAMM upkeep. My brain was fried, so I couldn't concentrate today. There's still so much that needs to be done before school finished in 4 weeks.

Because I was sick, I decided to eat a bunch of ramen! I'm out of eggs, so I just ate the ramen straight with no fancy additions.

Today was all about Maruchan Brand Ramen Noodle Soup Chicken Flavor.

I cracked open my 6-pack that I purchased for a mere 81 cents. It was the deal of the century! 81 cents for 6! I ate 2 earlier. Later on, I ate a third without even cooking it! I just munched on the noodles, and saved the seasoning for the next meal.

Man, I don't know why people are so down on Maruchan brand ramen. Of course, it's not the best. But it is not terrible. It's the perfect par in the grand scheme of things. It doesn't fail at producing reasonably good flavored soup. It doesn't fail at producing reasonably good noodles. And, it doesn't fail at the combination of the two, either.

I'd say that I ate pretty well today for a net total of 50 cents. What else could you possibly buy for 50 cents? You couldn't buy a Snickers bar. You couldn't buy a bottle of soda. You could buy one of those jumbo gumboils. Or, a hand full of that other crap. But, enough to feed you for a day? No, sir. It also started to heal my illness, too!

Anywho, despite most people's opinions, I give Chicken Maruchan Ramen a par score of 3 out of 5 stars. Man, I'm going to buy a few more of these 6 packs before they sell out. I also need eggs, bread, and tuna, and maybe something else to make into fried rice.

Holy crap! I just noticed that there are recipes on the back to create more interesting dishes. Two of them are standard salads, so who the fuck cares. The other one makes an interesting soup. I should buy some mushrooms and veggies to make this.

The other day, I had some ramen out of my non-trash stash. I picked out this crazy Korean stuff, Secret Samyang Brand Roasted Chajang Chacharoni Noodles. Secret only because the brand name was hidden on the other side of the package. Hiding something, maybe?

It was certainly interesting. Everything seemed normal until I added the seasoning into the mix. As I squeezed out the beef stuff, it looked like globs of black ink. It didn't want to come out. When it did, it was heavy and stuck together. After I got most of it out of the pouch, I stirred and blended it into the soup. It turned instantly dark! The noodles absorbed a good amount of the ink, too.

It tasted pretty good! Though, I'm not sure what was in the other pouch. It could've been cat food for all I know. Little crunchy looking pellets that seemed to disappear once they were added in the soup

It was quite different than any ramen I've had before. Though, it wasn't all that great. I give Samyang's Roasted Chajang Chacharoni a 2 1/2 out of 5 stars. Interesting stuff, though there is better. Worth at least one try.

For my second entree, I wanted something I knew would be crap. I wanted to balance out of the meal with what I just had. I also wanted to save the good stuff, too. I ended up going with 5-Minute Express Instant Ramen Noodles Chicken Flavor.

These were the cheap Canadian noodles I found at the Dollar store.

Not a whole lot can be said about this stuff. It also had a solid base with no extra bells or whistles. No veggies or strange soup altering agents. Just simple noodles, and simple soup.

All in all, I thought it was good. But after my Maruchan Chicken binge earlier today, it pales in comparison to the standards of the United States. I gave 5-Minute Express Chicken Ramen a 2 1/2 out of 5 stars. Not only does Maruchan taste better, but it's cheaper, too. For the same price, I could get an alternative flavor of Maruchan, rather than Chicken.