having lived in salcedo village in makati for a good three years meant that every other face i saw walking home to my building was korean. and of course the friendly neighborhood store was korean, complete with the korean “kakanin” on the check-out counter. it was still a food store so, of course, i was a suki — mostly of its ice cream (delicious ice cream i tell you), junk food (mostly squid-flavored chips), and last but not the least, the instant noodles. i think i upped my tolerance for spicy food because of these noodles, since i had them for dinner about twice a week.
a couple of days ago i found myself in the korean-japanese section of the sm supermarket (yes, there’s a whole section in sm just for them) and chanced upon my favorite ramyeon noodles. till now i don’t know the brand name (obviously it’s korean) but i know it as the black-red package with the kimchi flavor (drawn in front). i had it as my midnight snack a couple of nights ago, while watching news on the bombing of north korea of a south korean island. (honestly, that was all coincidence.) i sliced some cucumbers to counter the spicy soup. good thing we had some leftover grilled pork from dinner so i added that as well. not a bad midnight meal ey? the noodles were superb — chewy and richly flavored. i think i’m going to be hooked on these again.