Cycle 13 – Item 30
4 (Fri) February 2022
The Misik Ramyeon (Spicy)
-Changgok, Sujeong, Seongnam, Gyeonggi, Republic of Korea-
The Misik Ramyeon is a Korean instant noodle product by food company Harim. Comes in 2 varieties: spicy and mild. According to the packaging, the stock is derived from beef, and the noodles are air-dried.
It was okay. Tasted like any Korean ramyeon. Noodles were surprisingly chewy, for being air-dried.
If I have iceberg lettuce when making ramyeon/ramen, I like to break off a few pieces and toss them in, at the very end, right after turning off the heat. Though the vegetable’s delicate nature would seem vulnerable to disintegrating in the hot broth, the leaves lose their crisp but turn kinda chewy, like a firm green. Makes the dish taste vaguely Chinese – indeed, poached iceberg lettuce is a bonafide Cantonese dish (see for example 6.205 Steamed Spinach Dumplings with Shrimp).
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Following my health check-up a couple months back, I finally got around to visiting a bigger hospital for treatment. The physician, a professor of endocrinology at Konkuk University Hospital, was one of those old school Korean doctors who doesn’t deign to look the patient in the eye, ask any questions, or give any advice. She just prescribed a handful of medications, but only to manage the blood sugar, cholesterol, and blood pressure. When I dared to inquire about liver issues, she shrugged – end of consultation.
(See also BOOZE)
(See also GLOBAL FOOD GLOSSARY)