Monday, May 2, 2011

Filling up on spicy soup while saving gas

Shin Ramyun (pack)Image by shindoverse via Flickr
Shin Ramyun noodle soup from Korea is labeled "Gourmet Spicy."

I made a second visit to the newly renovated H Mart in Englewood over the weekend, and picked up a few sale items. 

I like to combine trips, so when my 13-year-old son asked me to drive him to a friend's house in Englewood, I could have stopped on the way home at the Arirang kimchi factory, Best [Korean] Dumplings, Jerry's Gourmet & More, Balthazar Bakery or Ashanti International for Jamaican food.

But I returned to the Korean supermarket, because we had run out of Shim Ramyun, a spicy instant noodle soup my son loves. A box of 20 packages was on sale for $11.99, a discount of $4.

Although the sodium content is 44% of the daily recommended intake, that's one of the lowest for an instant Korean soup. You can dilute it by adding more water than the directions call for.

I also picked up two 1-pound packages of Driscoll's strawberries for $2.99,  jumbo brown organic eggs for $2.79, a nice bunch of fresh, big-leaf spinach for 99 cents; and two prepared items, stir-fried anchovies for $2.25 and stir-fried noodles for $2.99.

H Mart, 25 Lafayette Ave., Englewood; 201-871-8822.
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  1. It's still the same sodium content if you eat it all, genius.

  2. It may be the same sodium content, but if you add, say, a quart of water, the content drops from 44 percent to about 12 percent of total volume. Unless, of course, you add salt water, in which case it increases to 55 percent, give or take. Of course if you add a quart of water, you might have to break open another pack of noodles and use a quarter of that, in which case you'd better have taken advance calculus in high school if you think you can figure out the sodium content of that. And what marketing genius came up with the idea of calling it sodium and not salt? How many grandfathers have said, "Oh, I'm on a low salt diet, but that's okay, this only has sodium."

  3. The noodles are dry; the salt is in the packet with red pepper. Anyway, I add a cup of water, but my son usually leaves more than that in broth uneaten.

    Is there anyone who doesn't know sodium is salt? Leave grandfathers out of this.

  4. Okay, so the salt is in the packet! Then all you have to do is use half the packet instead of adding extra water. Or two thirds of the packet. That would seriously reduce the sodium content.

  5. Bingo!

    I could use half a packet, then add red-pepper powder to ramp up the spiciness.



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