On any given day, I can always find beauty in two things:

  1. ramen
  2. funny guys

Over the last couple of years, ramen has become an obsession of mine. It’s great in the winter time and just as delicious during the warmer months. Chances are if we were walking down the street searching for a spot to grab some grub, I’d immediately jump in favor of ramen.

I would definitely prefer to scroll past a Boomerang of a hot, steaming bowl of noodles over your 394,287th post of your baby making a funky face after it has pooped all over itself and everything else. 🤷🏾‍♂️

When I saw a new video upload from my current favorite YouTube personality, Sean Evans, talking about ramen noodles, a quick flash of heat went over my body. Since he teamed up with the Fung Bros, I had to stop the bus and pull over to the curb so I could watch straight away.

You see, the Fung Bros are where it’s at. For years, I’ve watched them review food, bring in special guests, and, ultimately, evolve as content creators. Let me also be brutally honest with you for a moment: I come back to their channel because of David.

A post shared by davidbfung (@davidbfung) on Look at that face! Cute, funny, and loves his food.

“Hi, mom? I’ve found him. Yes! His name is David and we’ll be wed this coming September at the Bethesda Terrace in Central Park. Yeah, no. He doesn’t know I exist…but that’s not what you need to be focusing on right now. Let me worry about that. What you need to know is that you’re going to have a son-in-law very soon!”

Side note: as soon as I typed my future husband’s name, Kelis’ “Milkshake” started playing on my Spotify Daily Mix. I kid you not.

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⬆ This is how David makes me feel. It’s not a healthy way to live my life but I’m okay with it. I have to be.

Okay. Let’s get back to the ramen!

Sean, David, and Andrew taste numerous bowls of instant noodles to figure out how they stack up against what you might consume in a restaurant. If the concept of instant ramen vs restaurant ramen confuses you, don’t allow it to. Instant ramen isn’t exclusive to the shitty stuff college students and/or financially strapped folks binge on (I’m talking about you, Top Ramen). Considering the ramen market has a huge variety of options available in grocery stores and local markets, fixing yourself a bowl at home can be a very satisfying meal.

Truth time? I have to admit that I haven’t been that adventurous with instant ramen. 👀

I normally take the easy way out by schlepping to a restaurant whenever I get hit with that itch. I’ve been miserable on some of these commutes in the winter time but the moment I’m tasting that first mouthful of noodles, all of my frustrations dissipate.

With my move to Chicago, I will be much more money-conscious and will ramp up how I approach this cuisine in my own kitchen (but please know that when the money starts rolling in again, I’m going to be posted up in every ramen restaurant Chicago has).

In the video, Sean and company are at Ichiran, a popular ramen chain with solo eating booths. To conclude their taste test, they try out Ichiran’s instant noodle offering before shimmying into a booth for a final bowl of ramen made by the pros.

Not one bowl seemed to underdeliver and now all I can think about is ramen. I guess I know what I’m having for lunch today.

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