I am not really a fan of ramen. I don’t eat it often, but every once in a blue moon, I get a random craving for it. I get random cravings for it once in a while when it’s cold. Ohhh…and I must say, ramen tastes best at high altitude. When you are high up in the mountains, and it’s brisk, ramen with a side of kimchi tastes heavenly!
On that one Korean reality show, Appa, uhdiga?(Dad, where are we going?) the dads are always cooking something in each episode. They are probably not master chefs, but it seems like they cook everything with love and I always end up wanting to eat whatever they are cooking and eating on there. A lot of the times they are outdoors, camping. And you know food always tastes sooo good when you are out camping in the wild outdoors.
The ramen was actually so good to eat when I was craving it. When I eat ramen, I usually eat it the way you see them eating it in K dramas…the noodles on the lid of the pot. Haha I learned it on TV years ago. It does seem to taste better that way. I don’t know why. I like to put sriracha on the noodles and eat the soup separately. But this time, I just ate the noodles with the soup together.
Another time I was eating ramen regularly was in my early 20s. I moved to San Francisco and it was the first time I was living on my own. Other than instant and microwavable stuff, I did not know how to cook. I did not even know how to make bap (rice)! I was eating microwavable rice until I learned how to use the rice cooker. During my visits home, my mom used to pack me banchan (side dishes) to bring back. And there was a little Korean market near where I lived that I used to buy premade banchan from. That is how I ate most of the time. When the food spoiled or I had finished eating it all, I resorted to ramen. Eating ramen so much gave me a stomachache. Maybe that is why I don’t really like ramen much these days. It has psychological connections with the stomachaches.