We are not, by any stretch of the imagination, Top Ramen sort of folks here. Even my college boys don't like it and instead prefer miso and soba noodles, which requires basically the same amount of brain power and energy output as Top Ramen but with significantly better and undeniably healthier results.
Then the other night I heard my husband laughing in the office. Like, really laughing. Turns out he'd stumbled upon this YouTube sensation, Auntie Fee, cooking Top Ramen for ten people.
I hesitate to include this link, because it certainly divides people into two categories: those with a sense of humor who can see the absurdity in this, and those who will never read this blog again. If it makes you feel any better, this woman is nowhere near as poor as she seems in this older video (as you can see in the appliances and background home in later cooking tutorials she's posted), and has now appeared on practically every network station, late night talk show, and cable channel.
If you're too uptight for a few f-bombs, don't watch this. I suggest all my camp friends watch this with the express intent of imagining what the kitchen would be like at camp with Auntie Fee as head cook:
Back to my post, for anyone who's still willing to keep reading after watching that video.
So while we've never packed with Top Ramen, I do know many backpackers who swear by it and who don't mind the (bland, boring, nasty, etc.) taste because it's so light and so cheap. Fine, I understand.
But with just a few tiny additions, all ridiculously light and easy, you can have what just might be the very best hot and sour soup ever -- it certainly trumps our favorite standby Ken Hom hot and sour soup recipe that we've been using at home since the early 80's.