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How often do you eat instant (ramen) noodles?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on July 2, 2008

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“Never. There’s too much sodium, it bloats you. And they’re not that filling. I’m just not satisfied after I eat them.”

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“I have them about once every two months. There’s a really good Korean kind they have at Hy-Vee.”

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“I probably eat them about once a week, more so during the school year.”

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“About once or twice a month, if I don’t have anything else to eat.”

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Multidisciplinary 5 years, 9 months ago

Just add in the smell of bug spray, some sweaty kids and friends, and I'd say you're in heaven!lol:)

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Pywacket 5 years, 9 months ago

Md~ Sorry for the lateness of my response to your question--i've been blasting off fireworks.Nuts! Nuts is what I had for lunch! Can't you tell? And Chinese for dinner. And now I'm drinking wine. Fireworks & wine. Does it get any better?

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Multidisciplinary 5 years, 9 months ago

ms_cThey can be used dry. Crunch some up to use instead of croutons in a salad. You will fill up fast, and it makes a 'salad' lunch last all afternoon before you get hungry again. SInce they don't get soggy fast, like crackers, they can be mixed into things for crunch, like using water chestnuts or celery.And, yes, you can break off sections to eat like a granola bar. It's inbetween cereal and popcorn. You could spread jam on it, or flavored oil like people do french bread. When you need crunch and have nothing else around, people do try new things!

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bearded_gnome 5 years, 9 months ago

oh,MSC! look back at BigPrune's posts, often he/she engages in humorous posts! I'm sure BP meant that in humor. I truly don't know why anyone would eat them unless they had to! MSC, any more feet turning up up there? that's weird stuff! I would feel pretty creepy if I lived up there now.

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ms_canada 5 years, 9 months ago

Am I missing something here??????? Why would you eat them dry?? Aren't you supposed to make soup with them? I know, I know, there is that salad with cabbage and stuff and you put the noodles on top or something. That is quite delicious, but why would anyone just sit down and eat a bag of the stuff dry??????? shish

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BigPrune 5 years, 9 months ago

They're so dry and hard. How can anyone eat them without hurting their teeth or cutting their gums? Putting on powdered seasoning doesn't help either. It's like putting salt on your wounded gums. Yuck and Ouch!

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bearded_gnome 5 years, 9 months ago

2 July 2008 at 8:15 a.m.Suggest removalPermalinkAnonymous usersoutherngirl(Anonymous)says:omg, i love ramen noodles! I used to eat them everyday! Until I peeked at the label-WOW! As Amanda said, waay too much sodium and there are two servingsin each package-who eats only half a package of ramen noodles? Meaning it has about a weeks worth of sodium and about 15-20 grams of fat per deliciousbag-not good during swimsuit season. Sigh, now it is only an occasional treat. Although now that food is so expensive, these are still the bargin theywere during college. I guess this is one food that will have an increase in sales while the economy is tanked.---is there a twelve-step program for this woman? maybe hypnosis?

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Multidisciplinary 5 years, 9 months ago

Py, I have to copy your poem over to the backyard, to make sure Ronda will see it.What did you eat (drink) for lunch? That's creative!

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bearded_gnome 5 years, 9 months ago

hey, folks:locally grown corn is now on sale!!! throw down the ramen noodles and eat real food! bizmark gardens is selling it starting today, and it is great! the locally grown corn here is always so very good! for once, I actually agree with Logicunsound, Ramen isn't people food.and FU7... that's when i ate it last too. vaguely I might've even prepared it with spam, maybe that's what warped my mind in college?
Ramen noodles a treat, would somebody take that poor soul out into the light, offer some real food and take off the ball-and-chain! treat? not!

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Pywacket 5 years, 9 months ago

But, Marion-- Would you eat them on a train? Would you eat them in the rain? Would you eat them in a car? Would you eat them in a bar? Would you--could you--with your mutt? In a hotel, with a .....ut? would you snort them up your nose? Would you squish them with your toes?

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logicsound04 5 years, 9 months ago

That sh*t is people food? Seriously? I guess I've always wondered why it was in the noodle aisle, instead of the dog/cat food aisle.I about spit out my coffee when I saw someone say that ramen was a "treat".

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fu7il3 5 years, 9 months ago

I haven't eaten the things since college. If I have to go back to eating Ramen, then life has taken a bad turn.

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canyon_wren 5 years, 9 months ago

I wonder if the interviewer for OTS has to make sure he includes at least ONE photo of bug-eyed sunglasses every day?

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canyon_wren 5 years, 9 months ago

When I was a student at KU in the late 50s, the cafeteria had a 20 cent entree called Noodle Cheese Treat. It was pretty good--for cheap--just noodles, catsup (I think) and cheese. I ate a lot of that and when I DO eat Ramen noodles, I fix them that way, trying to bring back memories. Its not the same, though.Speaking of Milk Bone, though--are any of you posters (besides me) old enough to remember when you could clip a coupon out of a magazine and send for a sample package of Milk Bone dog biscuits for a dime? Not only that, but you could Scotch tape your dime to a postcard and know that it would be delivered to the company intact! We had a neighbor boy whom we would feed the Milk Bones to--he loved them!

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angel4dennis 5 years, 9 months ago

We grew up eating ramen noodles as we didn't have much money then or now. But I remember adding veggies and sometimes cut up hot dogs in them for protein. I also craved them like crazy when I was pregnant-I ate them raw! No seasoning packet, just the noodles but I loved them more than the taste of potatoe chips and the crunch was great. My daughter (who I was pregnant with at the time) eats them instead of chips now too! We usually go through a 12 pack a week but there are 5 of us in the house. In college I remember eating strange things, just like ramen noodles. We ate green beans from a can, cream of mushroom soup from a can, and tune with cottage cheese. We were poor in college too, not that much has changed over the last 20 years. Now everyone will have to start eating ramen noodles just to pay for gas, milk, and meats. Awwww the luxuries we take for granted!

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Multidisciplinary 5 years, 9 months ago

You all are just too funny today. This should have been 1001 things to do with a ramen noodle!(1973..LOL)Since I can't get to the store, I keep some around for when there's no bread, croutons, crackers..nothing crunchy left in the house.They crumble over a salad nicely. Also not bad for munching plain. Better than white Milk-Bones! (Hmmm Maybe green Milk-Bones are why I could never be vegan?..Also surprised no one has signed up with that name yet, hehe)I save the packets (chicken) for when I boil a frozen chicken breast and toss in some regular pasta. The packets really kills the 'bland white meat' taste. A packet or two of Taco Bell sauce helps too.

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born_to_run 5 years, 9 months ago

I haven't eaten them much since college; and only then, when I was desperately broke. (They have too much salt). When I made ramen, I only used 1/2 of the seasoning packet and would try to add some frozen veggies also. Chicken was my favorite.

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Marion Lynn 5 years, 9 months ago

I will never, ever; not now, not ever, eat Ramen noodles again.

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ms_canada 5 years, 9 months ago

Well, I am not too big on any kind of pasta but I do cook these things up once in a while for my hubby, but I add a lot of veg like green onion, red and green peppers, celery. That way it is pretty goodgayokay - very clever !!!

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Flap Doodle 5 years, 9 months ago

Ramen noodles & tater tots are on my "don't fly" list.

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Pywacket 5 years, 9 months ago

dminear60 and Sue~ Yep--that's a good, take-to-a-casual-buffet salad, but I don't eat the things otherwise. I never even heard of them until I moved to Lawrence in the 80s! Do they even sell them other than in big college towns?Unfortunately, my kids think they're delicious (must be all the msg), but at least my 19-year-old adds leftover pork, beef, or chicken, peas, corn, or other veggies to his. gayokay~ Best. Response. Ever. I second Multidisciplinary's comment on that.

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fleeba 5 years, 9 months ago

My kids like Ramen alot more that I do, but it's easy to keep those 30 cent Styrofoam containers at work for the days you just can decide on what to eat (or are broke). I probably eat them a couple times a month.

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gccs14r 5 years, 9 months ago

I used to put half a bag of frozen mixed vegetables in with a pack of ramen and call that dinner on a semi-regular basis.

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Kontum1972 5 years, 9 months ago

amanda feels bloated...hmmm?nice sunglasses..!

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sunflower_sue 5 years, 9 months ago

I only eat them when my neighbor makes that cabbage/ramen noodle/sliced almonds/vinegrette/green onion dish thingie. It's pretty good. Otherwise, I avoid them unless I happen to need a quick week's worth of sodium added to my diet.

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JJE007 5 years, 9 months ago

I buy them for backpacking, but I rarely backpack and even more rarely use the "flavor package" that comes with the noodles. I think the best use of ramen noodles is for controlling the bleeding of a gaping grizzly bear attack wound. They plump quickly when contacting warm blood and are an excellent coagulative. Use the packaging as a barrier when compressing the wound and open the monosodium glutamate package into the laceration to create a bear-frightening grimace. Seriously. Try it the next time you're attacked by a large ursid. Actually, the coolest thing about it is when the doctor pulls the wad of curly, blood-soaked noodles out of your wound and the operating room staff all groan in unison. Do make sure you have the doctor save and refrigerate the human blood soaked ramen. It's worth enough money on eBay to pay off all of your medical bills if you are able to tap into the Transylvanian owned, oriental food market.If you don't need the money or hassle of an eBay auction, serve your trauma ramen to H. Lecter with some fava beans and a nice chianti!~)

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dajudge 5 years, 9 months ago

I love the Ramen! I wait till they're on sale for 10cents a pkg. and stock up. I'm still eating from my cache I stored in 1973. They never go bad. Too bad that fellow who invented the instant ramen died last year. We should put up a statue. Right there at the crosswalk from the downtown parking garage, instead of a traffic light. The "coffee out the nose" comment was good, as was the comment it referenced.

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RonBurgandy 5 years, 9 months ago

Used to in college and for awhile after graduation. I am too impatient now and prefer the microwaveable cup o' noodles. But only on rare occasions.

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jaythomp11 5 years, 9 months ago

They are obviously doing a better job with the Mirror - I think there was an article on how to properly artificially inseminate your wife. As for the "lesson" from "Mr B Positive" - I'm not from this area so I don't know the background and history of this illusive "World Company" however you have totally sealed my trust in them as a viable news source knowing now that they operate the Mirror. Yes this "World Company" seems to be quite the operation. Sunflower seems to be quite the cable company - no complaints here! LJWorld is...well we've obviously covered that. Channel 6 news totally destroys the competition. Now we learn that the Mirror is on board. Where is Rupert Murdoch when you need him?

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Multidisciplinary 5 years, 9 months ago

Somebody go back and post a "coffee through nose warning" just before gay's post.kthxbi

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spiderman 5 years, 9 months ago

have not bought any since the 1980's........much prefer soba or buckwheat or rice noodles from scratch

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vavs0929 5 years, 9 months ago

I eat them every once in a while.... Sometimes Ramen just sounds good :) I always have 2 packs in my cabinet...just in case!

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Jason Bowers-Chaika 5 years, 9 months ago

Way back when I was in college and dinasaurs roamed the earth. I ate so much ramen that my poop was curly.www.KansasEqualityCoalition.org

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Mr_B_Positive 5 years, 9 months ago

jaythomp11 (Anonymous) says: This is the absolute worst OTS question I have ever seen. LJWorld should be a weekly paper rather than daily. If you take 1 week worth of newsworthy and interesting stories from LJWorld and put them all into one edition, you MIGHT have enough to compete with Tonganoxie Mirror.---------------------That's funny considering that the Lawrence Journal-World (The World Company) owns and runs the Tonganoxie Mirror. I'm not sure how you can compete with yourself. I prefer the print edition over the online version any day. Keep up the good work LJW.

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Kat Christian 5 years, 9 months ago

Raimen's is good with lima beans or even corn added to it. More filling this way too.

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sgtwolverine 5 years, 9 months ago

Canyon, you're wrong: Obama's position on ramen noodles is the entire reason I simply can't bring myself to vote for him! Or wait ... is it McCain's position on ramen noodles? Now I can't remember.Sorry. I couldn't resist. As far as the question: I eat ramen noodles as often as I wear gigantic bug-eyed sunglasses. So ... never.

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jonas 5 years, 9 months ago

Cartoon ninjas love ramen, too, but that's because it's better stuff in Asia.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYzZx5JN4OU

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 5 years, 9 months ago

At least once every week I partake in this sacrement.It wasn't bread and wine that Jesus of Nazareth shared with; Simon Peter, James the Greater, John, Philip, Bartholomew Nathanael, Matthew, Thomas, James the Less, Thaddeus, Simon the Zealot, Judas Iscariot, and Rufus. No, instant ramen noodles were what was in the Holy Grail on that Thursday evening. Those 14 people passed around a cup of hot steaming ramen noodles. The references are vague at best, but I am sure it was chicken or beef flavor, and not pork flavor.After the U.S. occupied Japan (a much more peaceful occupation than Iraq), cheap U.S. flour was pushed on the masses, and ramen noodles became a staple. Alot of people think that ramen noodles are oriental, but no, they had their birthplace in the Assyrian Empire.I bend my head in supplication each time I enjoy these mystical noodles.

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southerngirl 5 years, 9 months ago

Unlikely, that is what is cool about ljw being on the net-you can take it with you! I moved to TN and am moving next week to Virginia (military family) and still check the news from "home". It is great to see familiar faces and comforting to see that some things never change! Good Luck to you!

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dminear60 5 years, 9 months ago

I do not eat Ramen Noodles as an entree but I do use them in a cabbage salad that is pretty darn good. We make the salad maybe twice a month in the summer.

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southerngirl 5 years, 9 months ago

OMG, I LOVE ramen noodles! I used to eat them everyday! Until I peeked at the label-WOW! As Amanda said, waay too much sodium and there are two servings in each package-who eats only half a package of ramen noodles? Meaning it has about a weeks worth of sodium and about 15-20 grams of fat per delicious bag-not good during swimsuit season. Sigh, now it is only an occasional treat. Although now that food is so expensive, these are still the bargin they were during college. I guess this is one food that will have an increase in sales while the economy is tanked.

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unlikelystory 5 years, 9 months ago

I'm about to move 1000 miles away and the LJ world is one of my top 10 things I'll miss about this town. The local paper there just can't compete, at least from the look of their website. ;)

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canyon_wren 5 years, 9 months ago

Jay--you are right. I am not sure it is the WORST but certainly comes close. Who really cares? I haven't checked the article that this is based upon yet, but I can't imagine that anyone could come up with enough to say about ramen noodles to make an article about them. Well, it saves a lot of time for posters, as I doubt that there is anyone who could find political or religious significance that needed to be attacked or defended in THIS subject! We can all go about our business and maybe get something done today!

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Christine Pennewell Davis 5 years, 9 months ago

well jay just don't read the ljw then easy fix.I do not really eat ramen noodles but my 19 year old used to but she has gotten to the point where she just can't stand them any more.

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The_Original_Bob 5 years, 9 months ago

It appears that jaythomp11 had ramen noodles for breakfast.

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jaythomp11 5 years, 9 months ago

This is the absolute worst OTS question I have ever seen. LJWorld should be a weekly paper rather than daily. If you take 1 week worth of newsworthy and interesting stories from LJWorld and put them all into one edition, you MIGHT have enough to compete with Tonganoxie Mirror.

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number3of5 5 years, 9 months ago

I eat Ramen noodles about twice a week. I really prefer the Mama pork noodles and the Kung Fu beef noodles that I purchase at the Oriental Supermarket, but will eat others if I can't get to Lawrence to buy the good ones. I don't eat them plain, however, but mix in a small amount of meat and dried veggies. This makes them a more balanced meal.

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