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I’d say lunch was in the 1-2 range

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A 25¢ package of ramen, noodles cooked as instructed for two minutes, but with:

grated fresh ginger
2 fresh shiitake mushroms, sliced
4 scallions, chopped (including all the green)
2 Tbsp Garlic Red Pepper Miso
2 Tbsp dried cute wakame flakes
2 tsp Blis fish sauce (the good stuff)
1 small glug homemade pepper sauce

Then, after the two minutes, when the powder goes in, I also added

1 raw egg, beaten with fork

I actually go some firm tofu for this sort of thing, but forgot I had it. However, I can put that in my own homemade miso soup—with rice noodles, come to think of it.

I would say that’s fairly low. Maybe a 3 because of the noodles—no idea what’s in them. But the powder has a heavy dose of monosodium glutamate, I’m betting.

The unadorned dish is interesting: lots of umami (my guess: MSG), some salt, so mouth-filling. Lots of hot water: tummy warm. A good wad of noodles: calories. It’s a simulacrum of an actual meal, but does fall short. Still, if you have 25¢ to spend and want a full meal, this is probably your best bet.

UPDATE: And to turn the dial lower, my afternoon snack will be part of:

1 head cauliflower, cut into pieces and steamed at some length

Mash above with fresh extra-virgin olive oil, juice of a Meyer lemon, and, I think, some cumin. And also a good glug of homemade hot sauce: When the cat’s away, the mouse will play!

UPDATE TO THAT: I added a good dash of 9-year-old sherry vinegar (probably aged in bourbon barrels—it’s made by Blis) and used my immersion blender to purée it. Did a pretty good job except for thicker leaves and central stalk, but that’s tender enough to chew. (You do eat that, don’t you? Not just throw it out?)

I forgot the cumin, but added salt. Pretty good all round. Taste/effort very high.

Written by Leisureguy

8 October 2013 at 2:27 pm

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  1. You know how to make ramen in the microwave, right? Check YouTube for videos. It takes about four minutes. You can put in less water (just enough for the noodles to absorb) and hence add less of the powder.

    I make a Thai sauce ramen by adding soy sauce, a little sugar and a dab of peanut butter, maybe a little sesame oil, green onions, peanuts, red pepper sauce for heat, whatever I have laying around.

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    Robin

    9 October 2013 at 6:02 am

  2. Hah. It never occurred to me to use the microwave. I have to admit I’m still not microwave oriented. This is the first time I’ve had ready access to one, so I never think about it. I just bring the water to boil, in my kettle, then make it in a little pot.

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    LeisureGuy

    9 October 2013 at 7:40 am


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