And now, in honor of the passing of the inventor of instant noodles, I rhapsodize about ramen.
I loved ramen before ever I tasted it.
I remember the first commercial for Top Ramen that I ever saw, in the 1970s, when it was a new product. (Note: Nissin Foods introduced Top Ramen in 1972, but I don't know if the first commercial I remember was from as early as that, or from a couple of years later.) It featured a young Asian girl giving ramen to her little brother. There was probably some vague plot, but I'm not sure what -- in my memory it keeps getting mixed up with the "he likes it -- hey Mikey!" Life Cereal commercials.
What I remember most distinctly was the final product shot: a wide-mouthed Asian-style bowl full of squiggly ramen noodles in chicken broth, with a few green vegetables (bok choy? chives?) and sliced boiled egg strewn across.
Man, I wanted some of that.