I’ve never done a throwback Thursday before but last night I had this crazy idea of posting what crazy things my college roommates and I used to eat in college.
When my roommates and I were in college, there were times we’d have tons of food in the fridge (after a big shop that involved walking quite far to a grocery store, loading our backpacks with as much food as would fit and walking back to the dormitories in sweltering Miami heat and humidity).
And some days (weeks even!) we’d have nothing. Wait, that still sounds like my life now. Hmmm.
But the main difference was that back then, we didn’t have much money at all and tried to buy the cheapest food we could find. Like rock bottom dirt cheap.
For example, McDonald’s sometimes had a promotion for 9 cent (AED 0.35) hamburgers and 19 cent (AED 0.70) cheeseburgers. So we walked across Ponce de Leon and brought back to the dorms a week’s worth of hamburgers and cheeseburgers. That’s three cheeseburgers and four hamburgers per person per dollar!
Let’s just say that by day three, we were all sitting on the toilet and not feeling very well for days. NEVER AGAIN. That, seriously, was one of the worst ideas EVER! But hey, we were in college. Nuf said.
Then there was ramen. Few things were cheaper than a bag of ramen and could call itself a meal – not a complete meal – just a meal. A large bag of potato chips could also fall in that category. Or a tub of ice cream. Oh my god, we were so unhealthy.
Here’s how we made ramen noodles in college:
- Buy ramen noodles on sale at the grocery store. Sometimes it’s $1 for 6 packets – 17 cents a meal!
- Take the packet of ramen, crush and crumble the noodles while inside the packet (do not open it yet).
- Once sufficiently crumbled, pour into a small plastic container. We had a Tupperware container specifically for this because our cooking method does ruin the bottom. And back in the day, it probably wasn’t BPA free either.
- Dump the whole packet of seasoning (yes – full of MSG) on top of the noodles and pour enough water to just reach the top of the noodles. Too much and you’ll end up mopping liquid from the microwave afterwards. Too little and you’ll get dry and hard noodles.
- Place ramen in microwave and heat at maximum power for 5 minutes. The water will boil and bubble and then dry out leaving you with perfectly cooked noodles full of MSG and no soup.
- Now here comes the best part: Squirt a whole lot of Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce on top of the noodles. As much as you can handle. Mix it all up and voila! Dinner is served.
I just took a bite of this wondering if it would still be as good as it was in college or would I gag and regurgitate that first bite.
You know what? It was sooooooo good. But sooooooo bad for you. Never look at the nutritional label or ingredient list for ramen noodles. It’s appalling. Anyway, my guilty pleasure for today.
By the way, I know them pictures ain’t pretty. And I don’t care because those college days eating cheap ramen noodles weren’t pretty either.
So tell me, pretty please, because I REALLY want to know: What crazy stuff did you eat at university and on a budget???
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