NPR’s Ramen Nostalgia

NPR followed-up their ramen series with a set of ramen nostalgia stories sent in from readers.

This was my favorite of the stories:

It was gratifying to hear David Chang confirm for me that the pronunciation of the dish is “rahm-yen” as I learned it in Korea in 1967-68. At 50 won per package (about 7 cents back then) ramen was a staple. We could cook it in a canteen cup on the kerosene-fired space heater in the barracks or dispensary when it was way too cold near the Korean demilitarized zone to walk to the mess hall. Pop in an egg or a big spoonful of peanut butter from one’s mess hall “procurements.” Properly done, doctored ramen nearly always beat whatever mostly unidentifiable culinary delight was on the camp’s lunch menu.

Craig Marckwardt
Dallas