You probably think ramen noodles are fodder for poor college students and unhealthy teenagers. Me, too, friends. However, in Korea, they've jazzed up Ramen, even to the point where Chin-Hwa and I actually went out to eat it. I know, it sounds crazy, but it was still one of the cheapest meals we could get at 5000 won per serving, which is about $4.25.
When we got to the restaurant, I couldn't help but smirk. I thought, "Hello, Korea? Yeah, didn't anyone tell you that ramen is not fancy? No. Not fancy. Put those large fancy bowls away. Hide the frills. Chopsticks? Are you serious? Ramen cannot be dressed up and passed as actual food." I felt like I was in on something and that the restaurant would have no choice but to soon acknowledge that I was right and they were wrong. That's how things usually go, right?
For one of the first times ever (No, really. I'm usually right. Ask Chin-Hwa.), I was wrong. The ramen was well cooked, served with actual vegetables, not the dehydrated bits that come in ramen packets in the U.S., and the meal was filling. I almost didn't mind being wrong. Almost. For proof, here are some pictures. I've also included some other pictures you might enjoy.