As I’m traveling today, I have little time to write, think, or try to entertain. Rather than leave you with this, I give to you a picture of my lunch (how boorish!) and an origami crane. Enjoy.
The crane was slightly mauled by one of the beasts in my house, but the lunch was excellent! I prefer Maruchan Ramen to Nissin Cup Noodles, but that’s mostly because I have fold memories of the Ramen I used to snack on in my teens and 20s. The Nissin brand is more flavorful and therefore more authentic. It’s not bad, but when it comes to Asian food, the less authentic the better. As far as I can tell, this goes for Chinese, Thai, and Vietnamese. I think Japan may be okay, but I haven’t been there to know for sure.
Don’t think because you enjoy your local Chinese restaurant that you can eat in China. You likely can’t. My dainty, bland little American tastes quail when confronted by the real thing. I remember visiting a food court in Singapore in a very high end mall and seeing a store called “Pig Organ Soup.” All I wanted was a handful of french fries, but after seeing the pictures below the sign, I decided never to eat again.