One of the more tangible benefits of living in a multicultural melting pot is the bountiful opportunity for exposure to new and interesting experiences of the, y’know, ethnic and/or, yes, cultural sorts. Nowhere is this brought to mind more clearly than where restaurants and grocery stores are concerned – you can alternate, more or less permanently, between shock (“Wow, the prices are low here”) and confusion (“People eat that?”) and… more confusion (“People eat that… how?”).
Anyway, when you’re a cheapskate, you like to try new stuff, and you live near an asian grocery store, you almost inevitably wind up trying an interesting assortment of instant noodles, be they ramen or pho or udon or things less familiar.
There are a couple of guidelines I like to follow, here. One is to never eat instant noodles whose (purported) flavour is a mystery. Another is to never (try to) eat instant noodles advertised as “spicy” or “extra spicy”, for what should be fairly obvious reasons. Another is to never pay more than $1.50 per package, because I’ve found that price rarely if ever is a reflection of taste or quality.
I have a couple of clear favorites that I gravitate to again and again, because they’re inexpensive and tasty. Still, every once in a while I see something that looks intriguing. That’s how I came to buy, well, this:
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