Kids, Dont try this at home, but check out this contest that 5th Floor West AJ at Virginia Tech invented.
The Great Ramen Challenge
1 case any-flavor ramen (12 packages)
24 cups water
Are you man enough for the Great Ramen Challenge?
Directions: You have 2 hours to eat one case of standard ramen (preparing each package using 2 cups of water). Good luck. May require stomach pumping.
Note from Adam: We're poor college kids, so we practically live on ramen. Anyway, one day we were discussing how much ramen could possibly be consumed in one sitting. We thus came up with the Great Ramen Challenge: eat one case of ramen (made with 2 cups water per package) in under 2 hours. So far no one has succeeded, but here's a picture of my friend after trying.
Thanks to Lone Wolf, the Ramen page has received its first donation! Donations of course help to pay the bills (as do referrals [referrer is: mfischer]).
UPDATE 12/10/04: Lone Wolf gave me more money! Awesome!
I hope you all enjoy the recipes!
Some folks have asked how I decide to post recipes on the site. Here are the basics.
How do I decide which recipes to post?
Its a complex process, involving many steps. Basically, if the same recipe is already on the site, or one that is very similar, I wont post the recipe. If it sounds really really gross, I wont post it.
Do I edit recipes?
Yes. I edit some recipes for spelling and/or grammar. I may also remove editorial comments that are not really part of the recipe.
How long does it take to post?
Depends on how busy I am. I usually go through the recipes every few weeks. If you provided a valid email address, I will write back to you and let you know that your recipe has been posted.
I have upgraded my blacklist features, which means I will no longer have to even see your stupid posts. The new blacklist will delete your posts and I wont even need to moderate them myself. I have lowered my Comment URL threshold to 0, meaning any comments that contain a URL must be approved. I will keep this in place for some time.
Today I deleted about 30 posts for www.free-casino-blah-blah-blah. You would think that the person/program doing this would get the point that its not working, but I guess if your job is a spammer you are a moron anyway.
This is another “start of school, students eat ramen” story that comes out every year, but hey it mentions my site.
But one has to wonder: Doesn’t eating all those ramen noodles get old after a while? Of course it does, if you’re just eating noodles and seasoning. The trick is to get creative.
There are several published cookbooks available at Amazon.com, but in the true cheap-o spirit of ramen, you can get plenty of recipes for free at www.mattfischer.com/ramen.
Thanks to Jim, who pointed out this excellent New York Times story on Ramen.
Here Comes Ramen, the Slurp Heard Round the World
The article has pictures of some tasty looking ramen and pointers to New York's finest ramen establishments.
Here is a small excerpt:
"Ramen?" you ask. "That plastic-wrapped block of dry noodles and powdered soup?" But freshly made ramen is another thing altogether. In Japanese ramenyas (ramen shops) a bowl of ramen holds a house-made soup, springy noodles, the chef's own tare (a mix of soy sauce, sugar and rice wine to flavor the soup) and exactly six traditional toppings. The wait at top Tokyo ramenyas can be up to three hours.
Note that only the first page of this is viewable without the annoying registration. (To avoid this registration, try )
As some readers have noted, the site has no images, and looks rather plain. I realize this, however, I have zero talent at making images. So, I have asked some friends for help, and will attempt to do my best.
If you want to send me some images for the site, feel free to email me.
One of our avid readers discovered that CalorieCount.com has some nutritonal information on ramen. Its only for Nissin brand, but other brands of ramen should be similar (unless its low-fat).
Thanks to Erik Fantasia for pointing out this info (and sorry it took me a freakin' year to post it).
I have a new web host to go with my new site. My new host has some killer options and a nice simple web interface for when you are too lazy to do stuff by hand. The only "drawback" is that I have to pay for it myself. Its pretty cheap (like ramen), but I am still taking direct donations to pay for the site. If you like the recipes, donate a buck or two for my hosting fees. (The donations go right to the hosting, so unfortunately, I cannot use them to buy ramen.)
As you can see, I have a new site, powered by WordPress. The new blog format will make it easier for me to post reipces. It will also mean that you guys can rate recipes, and also post comments on them (although I may initially have some features disabled until I figure out what I am doing).
If you want to, you may still visit the Old Ramen Page.
Thanks to all the people in the WordPress forums who helped me port my custom perl script so that it would import entries.