Last Call: I’ve actually never tried instant ramen

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Last CallLast CallLast Call is The Takeout’s online watering hole where you can chat, share recipes, and use the comment section as an open thread. Here’s what we’ve been reading/watching/listening around the office today.

You know me; I love a good Twitter thread. Today’s was kicked off by photographer Paul Clarke, who wants to know:


The question kicked off a bunch of interesting and improbable answers, from “never eaten an apple raw” to “never drunk a cup of tea” to “never driven a car.” Of course this kicked off my own personal query, most of which revolved around illicit drugs I’ve never tried and fancy cocktails I’ve never drunk (never have I ever tripped on hallucinogens or had a straight-up martini).

But I have something in common with a person who posted that they’ve never eaten ramen: Neither have I! Oh, I’ve been surrounded by those little square packages for most of my life, in the ramshackle house I shared in college and now my current home, where we usually have a stash on hand for my picky eater daughter. There’s just nothing about that brick of noodles and seasoning packet that ever appealed to me. I’m not exactly proud of this for any reason, and am no stranger to low-cost food—but I’d much rather have tin of spaghetti (a childhood favorite of mine for some reason, with lots of parmesan from the green can) or a Marie Callender’s than a ramen packet.

So there’s my totally normal thing I’ve never done. What’s yours?

Gwen Ihnat is the Editorial Coordinator for The A.V. Club.



I have eaten ramen blocks raw. Theyre not hard and dense like dry pasta, so you can eat them with, I would say, less irritation than Doritos or Funyuns. They can be kinda messy, though, so I mostly ate them like that on the way to the subway when Id skipped lunch at work.