15 Ways to Upgrade Your Ramen
Some poetry is universal: We all know the Robert Frost poem about the road not taken; Shel Silverstein was a straight-up guru; Dr. Seuss was either a genius or tripping on acid or both; and chances are you’re familiar with good ol’ William Shakespeare, even if you hated having to act out scenes from Macbeth in class.
But only one poem truly resonates with all. And it’s this one:
“Peel off the lid.
Pour boiling water into the cup.
Let sit for three minutes.
Stir well and serve.”
Nothing is more poetic than the directions for making Cup Noodles. It’s all thanks to the hard work and perseverance of Momofuku Ando, Taiwanese-Japanese inventor and entrepreneur, who would be turning 105 this year. Ando created Instant Ramen, a flash-fried version of the classic Japanese noodle dish, as a cheap solution to post-World War II Japan’s hunger problem. Since then, it has evolved into the reliable solution for anyone on a time crunch. Apart from being hot and comforting, it’s also impossible to screw up. So in honor of our noodle patron, check out this definitive guide to pimping out the ramen you’ll be inevitably having for dinner when you’re not feeling like making a giant meal tonight.