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 college students, English majors and non-English majors alike. And it’s this one:
“Peel off the lid.
Pour boiling water into the cup.
Let sit for three minutes.
Stir well and serve.”
To a college student, nothing is more poetic than the directions for making Cup Noodles. These noodles are a member of the College Food Holy Trinity, alongside Easy Mac and Nutella. And it’s all thanks to the hard work and perseverance of Momofuku Ando, Taiwanese-Japanese inventor and entrepreneur, who would be turning 105 years old today.
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 chronic starvation in college. Apart from being hot and comforting, it’s also impossible to screw up, which you probably can’t say about your last Orgo midterm.
So in honor of our noodle patron, check out this definitive guide to pimping out the ramen you’ll be inevitably having for dinner in the library tonight.
2. Ramen Salad
Just bomb an exam? Feeling homesick? Love interest hasn’t texted you back in like FOUR hours? Let this chili take you in its warm embrace and tell you that everything is going to be okay.
The early bird may get the worm, but the late-for-class bird gets this ramen scramble. Which I’m gonna go ahead and say is conclusively better.
If you’re that person who is chronically running low on dining dollars, invest in a huge pack of Cup Noodles. This recipe is sure to fill you up for at least a few hours.
That’s right. The easiest, quickest dinner idea ever just got easier and quicker with this stir-fry recipe. Because ain’t nobody got time to cook rice.
Chances are you’re going to eat both Easy Mac and Instant Ramen today, so save some time and just do both simultaneously. This hybrid dish will satisfy every stereotypical college craving you could ever have.
You probably don’t have these eclectic ingredients just lying around, but if you do, this ramen is for you. Also, you’re a freak.
11. Parmesan Ramen
Confuse your fellow library-dwellers by turning up with these noodles. Everyone will think you smuggled in a personal Japanese chef. We won’t tell anyone the truth.
Your parents would be so proud if they knew you were getting all your food groups in. Unless they’re concerned that you’re sending them a photo of this dish at 4 am in the morning after a hard night of cramming for midterms.
15. Dessert Ramen
While you eat, drool over these (slightly) more authentic versions of ramen: