Having grown up in Singapore, I do miss and appreciate the warm weather in the sunny city-state. However, I’ll be the first one to admit that it can get too hot and humid. Well, for those of you who are suffering in the heat wave but don’t want to rack up your A/C bill, the ingenious Japanese have yet again come up with
a creative solution for summer heat: cold instant ramen.
Nissin Foods Holdings Co., Japan’s most popular instant ramen maker, started marketing cold instant noodles in May. The quick meal is basically cooked instant noodles mixed with a ton of ice. The icy version has its benefits — apparently it makes the noodles chewier (yum! al dente!) and takes the edge off the usual saltiness, says Reuters. This way of making instant ramen tastes the best with Cup Noodle Light, a version with lower calories and oil, according to the spokesman at Nissin.
I actually do enjoy eating cold noodles sometimes, like somen and soba, so I’m not totally adverse to the idea of cold instant ramen. Although I imagine you’d have to eat a lot of cold ramen to beat the heat wave.