Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Ramen Tests - #1 - Unif-100 Artificial Tart Beef
You have to admit - the Chinese have a serious set of balls. I mean, to just flat out say "artificial" right there in the name of your product and still expect people to buy is pretty punk rock. We aren't fooling oursleves - we know that most shit is artificial, from concentrate, or at least dragged through the muck before reaching our faces, but we hide behind that by reading the front of the packet and going "well this seems fine to me".
As per the "Cooking Instruction", I loaded the bowl with the noodles, then opened the three flavoring packets into the bowl and added my water. After it was covered for the required 3 minutes, I removed the cover and checked out my lunch. The water/broth is a nice red/amber color, with lots of previously dehydrated bits and bobs floating around. Looks good, smells good.
Tasting it, I realize just how much normal ramen sucks. This stuff is packed full of flavor and spice, and I swear I'm right there in the chem lab, creating the beef flavor along with the scientists. I don't pick up on much of the tart flavor they were touting in the name. Perhaps it's just cutting sort some of the spice. I dunno. It is pretty oily, though, with a slickness hanging around in my mouth that is not all together welcome. The salt really comes out as well. I feel like if I spit in a cup and dried it, I could harvest some salt for dinner.
All in all a good meal. Not sure if I can finish it, as the oil is starting to rumble my gut, but the flavors were great and I'd get it again. As should you.