Ramen

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My adventure into Japanese candy has led me to a little red container with a strange little man on it, noodles hanging out of his mouth and 100 yen in his chopsticks. Do you think this is what my parents had this in mind when they thought of having another kid? Hmmm, that's a little too deep for a Japanese penny candy, I guess. It's just this treat and its package are so very strange, and probably racially inappropriate.

I really have no idea what to expect from this treat, is it candy, is it a salty snack, is it a really small bowl of ramen noodles? I think if it's ramen noodles that would be the most disappointing. It's disappointing because then I would feel like I got seriously ripped off. The amount of ramen noodles in here is no way worth the value of just buying a big package of ramen noodles at a grocery store. I'll also be upset if it’s just ramen noodles because I don't have any hot water right now, so that means I’ll have to eat them uncooked.

After opening up the package, I’m pretty sure that these are just ramen noodles. Although they are deep fried and they have some kind of spice so they don’t require any preparation. But really... that's it? I think I just paid a premium to get a smaller amount of a very inexpensive noodle. Sure, they're fried up pretty nicely, toasty and spiced just right, but really what's the deal? Why would anyone want a lot less of something they likely just ate for lunch as a snack?