Tonight I had unremarkable sushi at a small "bar" within a sort-of mini-Japan in Cambridge called The Porter Exchange. Afterwards, as usual, I went to the grocery store to stock up on things that dear J-Fav tolerates but wouldn't buy on her own: bonito flakes, seaweed, seaweed-based crackers, and two kinds of instant noodles that are a full notch above eleven-cent ramen.
This is my journey as a non-Japanese speaker into the world of multi-packet, fancy-boxed, all-Japanese-language ramen.
I picked up two things: U.F.O., which I've had before, and something new which translates to: "Japanese Style Alimentary Noodle: Ika Yakisoba Ohmori." Eagle-eyed readers will find it in the middle of this page from a food importer.
Figured I'd sort that out later. The instructions read:
No, really, click on that to see what you're supposed to do.
I thought the answer was cool: boil water, fold up bottom of package, pour in water (and packet of dried... squid? mushrooms?), fold down, and let sit 3 minutes. Then -- and this is the neat part -- fold back the top hinge which reveals a built-in strainer! Hoo-ee!! Pour out the water, mix in some black sauce, stir, and enjoy:
Mm-mm good! (Actually, it was. I'd buy it again.)