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Space Ramen!

michael posted more than 12 years ago | from the that's-using-your-noodle dept.

Space 45

Tetsujin28 writes "Nissin Foods Products has agreed to collaborate with NASDA (Japan's space agency) to create instant ramen for use on Japan's ISS module, to be launched beginning in 2004. (Fun detail: the NASDA research module is named Kibo.)" Eating ramen in zero-gee has got to be an interesting trick.

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The trick is (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3363265)

To eat it really fast so as to propel all the noodles and soup into your mouth.

This usually winds up making a slurping sound which can be interpreted as a compliment to the ramen chef.

Price ??? (1)

pennsol (317791) | more than 12 years ago | (#3363278)

No metion of the price of these, but one can figure they'd be a bit more than the 3 for a buck deal you get at your local 7eleven...:)

Re:Price ??? (1)

Rho17 (193893) | more than 12 years ago | (#3364108)

3 for a buck? wow, i pay $.10 for them here

Re:Price ??? (1)

pennsol (317791) | more than 12 years ago | (#3364341)

Well things ar a bit more expensive when you live here http://www.geocities.com/pennsol221 , as they say around here "price you pay to live in paradise" :)

Ramen: Not just for college students anymore. (2, Insightful)

SocialWorm (316263) | more than 12 years ago | (#3363376)

I wonder how soon it will be before this is marketed to the general public, although I see no reason why people can't just survive on ice cream. [kopes.com]

Re:Ramen: Not just for college students anymore. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3363929)

Yes, funny how Japanese people have picked up on this college staple.

Re:Ramen: Not just for college students anymore. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3364081)

Google believes there was a single shooter: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=the+men+who+k illed+kennedy+&btnG=Googl

Not only that, but they think the entity responsbile "killed" him and not "k illed" him. Man, I was ill one time, k?

Better info (2)

jsimon12 (207119) | more than 12 years ago | (#3363411)

Here is a link with a little more info, I personally don't think cabbage flavored ramen and weightlessness would really go together, but I am not Japanese. http://www.space.com/news/space_ram_020415.html [space.com]

Re:Better info (1)

TheGreatGraySkwid (553871) | more than 12 years ago | (#3366342)

Notably, Kim Chi tastes very little like cabbage. Or very much of anything generally deemed edible, for that matter.

tautology (1)

timothy (36799) | more than 12 years ago | (#3366525)

Kimchi *is* (pickled, spiced) cabbage.

It doesn't have any choice but to taste like (pickled, spiced) cabbage.

That's like saying that a poached egg doesn't taste much like an egg :)

Of course, whether or not it's *good* is another question. I like kimchi, but a lot of people don't -- it tends to dominate the scent environment of one's kitchen / apartment / house / city block / zip code. Plus, I once saw a friend discover a rather nasty bug in his kimchi. Unfortunately this was in a cafeteria, and everyone at the table had some from the same serving tray ... I don't think we finished much of our kimchi that day.

timothy

Re:tautology (2)

The Ape With No Name (213531) | more than 12 years ago | (#3367360)

It is only a tautology if you know what kimchi is. There is no a priori notion of kimchi. If asked, "What is kimchi?" The answer would be: "A Korean delicacy made with spiced, pickled cabbage." Also, does the word "kimchi" translate as "spice, pickled cabbage?"

actually, only sort of (1)

timothy (36799) | more than 12 years ago | (#3371108)

(partly invalidating my previous post, but oh well)

Lots of veggies can be picked spicily and made into types of kimchi -- probably my favorite is actually oy kimchi, made from cucumber.

But "kimchi" by itself -- Yeah, unless context dictates otherwise (which it could), I would translate this as the cabbage variety. I think it would be fair to compare this with "toast" (as a noun) ... lots of things can be toasted, but the primary meaning would still be "toasted bread."

This is making me so hungry for some I can feel the saliva filling my mouth. Arrgh! A bunch of Korean food and a large bowl of rice would greatly improve my situation right now.

timothy

Re:actually, only sort of (2)

The Ape With No Name (213531) | more than 12 years ago | (#3374054)

Best kimchi in knoxville is at the Oriental Market on Sutherland. Grandma is in the back pickling while you buy inari for sushi. Really cheap too. I did not know that about cucumber style. Sounds delish.

thanks for the tip -- (1)

timothy (36799) | more than 12 years ago | (#3383878)

I will have to check it out. Finding a good Asian grocery was already on my list for the day, and now you've done my work for me.

timothy

Re:Better info (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3380576)

Dunno. If I ever visit Japan in my lifetime, I'll have to check out that instant Ramen museum. Cool.

But HOW (to eat)? (2, Insightful)

kasnol (210803) | more than 12 years ago | (#3363675)

I know there are 2 types of raman u can eat in Japan, one is hot soup based and one is where you eat it cold (dip into soya-sauce).

However in space if u eat it with hot soup, you can't really "pick" it up from zero grav, nor can you dip it into the sauce first then eat, which is where all the fun is.

Further more you need to pick them up using chopsticks ?

or maybe the final product will be straw ("slurp") based, who knows ? :)
But then it won't be raman anymore ...

Hope there are futher info on the final product when it is implemented in future.

Re:But HOW (to eat)? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3363737)

one is where you eat it cold (dip into soya-sauce)

Methinks you've confused soba or somen with ramen.

There is hiyashi chuuka which is cold, but it isn't dipped in anything.

Texas style ramen / Cereal Ramen (3, Informative)

Veramocor (262800) | more than 12 years ago | (#3363684)

For the true ramen experience.

1.Cook your ramen (microwave or stovetop), do not mix in the packet.

2.Drain all water out of ramen.

3.The mix in the packet.

4. eat ramen, with milk nearbye in case your mouth starts to burn

5. enjoy

6. for more flavor use 2 packets per one ramen serving.

Now you might think I'm kidding but i used to eat ramen like this back in the day.

for cereal ramen just eat the ramen uncooked! Use the extra packet for texas style ramen above!!

Re:Texas style ramen / Cereal Ramen (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3364455)

Hey, I'm not alone! This is exactly how I used to eat my ramen as well! :) ('xept the cereal part)

Re:Texas style ramen / Cereal Ramen (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3364803)

6. for more flavor use 2 packets per one ramen serving.

Was your blood pressure about 300/200 back then?

Re:Texas style ramen / Cereal Ramen (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3373532)

I used to exercise a lot. Suprisingly, it was pretty good! I would eat the noodles, but rarely drink the high salt soup.

Re:Texas style ramen / Cereal Ramen (1)

Lish (95509) | more than 12 years ago | (#3376454)

This is how we always had ramen when I was a kid, except we'd use 1/2 packet instead of the whole thing, and saved the extra packets. I didn't even know people ate it as soup until I got to college.

Re:Texas style ramen / Cereal Ramen (1)

Rubyflame (159891) | more than 12 years ago | (#3378219)

for cereal ramen just eat the ramen uncooked! Use the extra packet for texas style ramen above!!

I used to make it as soup, and then pour corn flakes into it.

Re:Texas style ramen / Cereal Ramen (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3380590)

You're a sick bastard. You know that, don't you?

Space Nissin? NOOOOOOOO! (1)

Lord Bitman (95493) | more than 12 years ago | (#3363702)

Why have you abandoned me, Maruchan!? O_o;

Re:Space Nissin? NOOOOOOOO! (1)

geektweaked.com (93565) | more than 12 years ago | (#3381825)

heh. reminds me of part of a song i wrote in college that shows my preference of maruchan over top ramen (which i believe is made by nissin. i don't know because i'm a maruchan loyalist):

buy maruchan/
don't rock the top/
only rock the chan/
coz the chan's got chop

"You pull the string and its really hot" (1)

LastToKnow (449735) | more than 12 years ago | (#3363763)

I'm waiting for pull-string instant noodles, like in the Cowboy Bebop movies. 3 minutes in the microwave is way too long to wait.

It's All in the Noodles (3, Funny)

megabulk3000 (305530) | more than 12 years ago | (#3363885)

Washington (April 18) -- In a major step to validate new technology for the X-33 Reusable Noodle Vehicle (RNV) Program, NASA will test samples of two advanced Nissin Top Ramen flavors on the Space Shuttle Columbia as it re-enters the atmosphere at the end of its current mission. Landing is currently scheduled for Saturday morning at the Kennedy Space Center, with two windows of opportunity - either 7:24 or 8:59 a.m Eastern Time.

"NASA's RNV program is innovating new and better ways to protect space ramen from high temperatures experienced during reentry through the atmosphere," said Lori Garver, Executive Director of the National Space Society. "The new technology is being designed to dramatically reduce the time and cost of reconstituting between RNV flights."

The Space Shuttle requires an army of personnel to inspect and replace damaged noodles after each mission. For the RNV program, NASA is working in partnership with private industry to create a new noodle protection system that is non-soggy and can be used repeatedly requiring minimal maintenance.

The advanced spicy cod roe spaghetti flavor tested on the Shuttle orbiter will be flown on the vehicle's underbelly and near the rear engines where noodles regularly experience much damage. According to engineers, the new "kimchi" material is an order of magnitude better than the Shuttle's current flavor technology.

"Developing a low-cost, low-maintenance noodle delivery system is one of the major goals of the RNV program," Garver said. "Engineers also are designing zero-gravity styrofoam cups that can be used repeatedly, and upgrading flavor packets so they don't have to be refilled after each flight."

Nissin CNO Takeshi Otaka says, "The block of noodles suspended in the cup has a higher G-force towards the top of the nest. This allows the hot water [injected] to surround the whole noodle nest and loosen and rehydrate it rapidly. The vegetables stay atop the noodles, helping it to look appetizing and delicious. Because the block of noodles is flush against the inside surface of the cup, it inhibits noodle breakage and increases cup strength, therefore minimizing cup damage during re-entry."

Rendez-Vous with Ramen (3, Funny)

jellybear (96058) | more than 12 years ago | (#3363942)

Just wanted to use that subject line...

So, (1)

hackwrench (573697) | more than 12 years ago | (#3363979)

What are all the plans nations have for the space station?

Sout American ISS plans cause int'l uproar (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3363997)

(April 18, 2002 ISS - UPI) The international community today balked at Mexico's plan to bring aboard refried beans and shredded beef to feed space-borne astronauts. Mexico's announcement came on the heels of the internationally welcomed plan of Japan to supply ramen to the orbiting crew.

"Ramen tastes great and has been a staple of young Americans for years," said an unnamed NASA representative, "but Mexican food is just a little too heavy for our boys."

The Japanese were less blunt in their criticism, "The last thing we need is a bunch of incompetent flyboys farting their way around the space station. It isn't like we have a means of getting fresh air up there, they have to know."

The Mexicans are undaunted in their plans and are eager to promote the "lighter side" of such inconveniences, such as floating fireballs and self-propellant races. Other members of the ISS Federation were not amused.

Our plans for the ISS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3364033)

Our plans are to blow it up.
Saddam Hussein

I can't resist... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3364118)

Wow, imagine a beowulf cluster of these!

What about the bathrooms? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3364500)

Will the American toilets be able to handle the Japanese diarrhea iminent from the processed noodles in space?

How many ways are there to cook ramen? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3364539)

At 7 per dollar, I used to live on ramen in college. Variety is the spice of life!

1) break it up and sprinkle the flavor on the chunks. (good for breakfast on the run)

2) break it up, put in bowl, eat like cereal

3) Cook as directed

4) Boil the noodles, then remove them from the water, fry them, make lo-mein

5) Use cayenne pepper instead of flavor packet.

6) (my favorite) Cook normally, add a ton of cayenne pepper, crack in an egg, and some artificial crab leg meat.

7) Smash it up, put in cup of hot coffee for breakfast on the run.

8) With tomato sauce (when you are out of spaghetti)

9) Cook noodles, drain, add chopped veggies (broccoli, carrot, mushroom) and italian salad dressing for a cold salad.

Any other good ones?

Re:How many ways are there to cook ramen? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3390315)

boil and drain noodles, throw packet away
mix with mustard and tabasco...

Food(ish)? Oops... (1)

Tower (37395) | more than 12 years ago | (#3364612)

And here I though they had discovered some type of extra-terrestrial life out there... Utlanning, Framling, Ramen, Varelse

Re:Food(ish)? Oops... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3366893)

hah. orson scott card. hah

Ramen! (4, Funny)

ShavenYak (252902) | more than 12 years ago | (#3365104)

Boy, that takes NASA's "faster, cheaper, better" mantra to a new level, doesn't it?

Re:Ramen! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3380603)

I don't know about a "new level", but perhaps NASA could follow that mantra for a change.

Chilis (1)

f00zbll (526151) | more than 12 years ago | (#3373715)

As long as it has a ton of chilis or soy, it's all good. Now if they can make ramen that tastes like hand made noodles, like the ones the iron chefs make, even better. Oh wait, that's not possible? Doh, well ramen is still good.

no gense's (1)

HighTeckRedNeck (538597) | more than 12 years ago | (#3375818)

I take it they don't plan on selling too many space tourist slots.

fa! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3380553)

Freeze-dried seaweed, shaved fish, and noodles in a sealed container with a special nozzle for inserting hot water into. No biggy. The difficult part is slurping those noodles without having small noodles and broth droplets floating around and mucking up the electronics. Probably easier to use chopsticks in zero g though.

love it (1)

Hall and Oates (575706) | more than 12 years ago | (#3396189)

We both love ramen!

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