Whether served fresh from a handmade noodle shop, or cooked up quick from a package of the instant stuff, Ramen is one of the world’s favorite dishes. Mental Floss digs into the origins of the dish, as a specific kind of noodle made its way from China to Japan, and eventually led us to the delicious meal we enjoy today.
Photographer Troy Litten challenged himself to photograph every bowl of noodles he ate across Southeast Asia. From crowded Hanoi food stalls to Bangkok skyscrapers, he documented his delectable lunches then turned it into a colorful 500-piece Galison jigsaw puzzle guaranteed to whet your appetite.
This playful deck of cards is perfect for lovers of instant ramen. Each deck comes packed in a resealable bag inspired by the cheap but tasty dormroom staple, while the cards themselves have a noodle pattern on back and on the suit symbols. Look closely and you’ll see the court slurping some ramen too.
Guitar maker Artem Mayer of Copper Guitars created this crazy custom instrument using 36 packs of instant ramen noodles. After casting them in polyester resin – and adding some delicious seasoning packets – he shaped the body and added a maple wood neck, hardware, and strings.
Back in the day, we lived off of instant noodles. After all, they’re dirt cheap, fill you up, and they actually taste pretty good. Now that we’re “adults,” we prefer fresh-made ramen, but we still dig Fred’s silly sticky note pad which looks like a brick of the dorm room mealtime favorite.
We’ve seen guitars made from pencils, skateboards, cardboard, and titanium, but this is definitely the first one we’ve seen made of noodles. Daniel Seidel of forward >> audio crafted this wild instrument by casting a resin body filled with Japanese udon noodles. As an added bonus, he made it glow in the dark with UV powder.
…but it’s gonna cost you. Japanese food chain Ichiran serves only tonkotsu ramen – noodles in thick pork broth. They let you customize it to your heart’s content, then serve it in private cubicles. Just you and your food. There’s one in Brooklyn, but again…