Vernon over at The Noodle Guy contacted me this weekend and when I got back to civilization, I checked it out. The site has been up for a couple months now and seems to be going strong with lots of reviews of the numerous SF bay area noodle shops and restaurants that serve noodle dishes. I imagine he could eat at one a day and never finish this site. Living here in Northern Colorado, we don't have quite the selection that he does, so I'm enjoying his reviews vicariously. If you live in the Bay Area or are visiting (like I am in May) then you should definitely check out his site.
The site also has noodle recipes, many of which require a visit to an Asian grocery store (also a challenge for me). This one for Vietnamese Garlic Noodle - Thanh Long Style looks good and has a surprise ingredient that I don't think is part of traditional Vietnamese cooking; a French influence perhaps?
Hans over at the RamenRater did a Top 10 instant noodle bowls in the world. In general, I prefer the brick to the bowl, but when I’m in a hurry, the bowl wins every time. After looking at his list, I’ve only had one bowl on the list, #5, and it is pretty damn good, like everything Nong Shim makes. I'll have to take Hans' word on the rest. Has anyone on the list tried any of these other ones?
If you missed it in February, this list is a follow-up to the Top 10 instant noodles of all time, which does not include any bowls.
According to this press release, within 5 years people will buy 154,000,000,000 packs of ramen annually. That’s enough for about 31 packs per person annually, which is probably how much I eat per year these days. I’ll give you the obligatory that that’s enough ramen bricks to stack them to the moon and more than 9 times (given average lunar distance and ramen brick thickness).
As I read the report more, I realized that the press release is a really a link to a full analysis of the ramen market. This is why you go to Wharton everyone.
The research report titled “Instant Noodles: A Global Strategic Business Report” announced by Global Industry Analysts Inc., provides a comprehensive review of the instant noodles markets, impact of recession, current market trends, key growth drivers, recent product introductions, recent industry activity, and profiles of major/niche global as well as regional market participants.
Unfortunately the CBOT does not currently trade ramen futures.