The Joy of Noodles!

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Yesterday we were hungry so my dad made that traditional late-night snack that makes everyone’s eyes brighter and everyone’s stomachs rounder – ramen!

A tower of pure deliciousness

My dad is a ramen expert, at least to us – he has vast experience cooking it for many people, since he lived in the Common Life. I can just imagine him and a lot of other shepherds gathering eagerly around a huge pot of savory noodles. He told me that when they ate ramen, they would each grab a generous helping, drop it in their bowls to gobble up, and then reach in with their chopsticks for more. If you weren’t fast enough, you’d go hungry! It was so tasty that literally, no one would say a word – everyone was so busy eating. My dad always says that God made food taste so sweet to their tongues during that time, and since then, ramen has never tasted the same for him, even to this day. Man – the wonder and joy of having new life in Jesus!

Yum! Can you smell it???

Ramen never tastes the same when I make it, certainly. Instead, my version is incredibly watered down. My dad knows just when to stop cooking so that the noodles stay springy, instead of becoming soggy and lifeless. And the smell! You can even smell it from outside, and it always brings my siblings zooming right out of their rooms. I don’t know if you’ve ever tried Jin ramen or Shin ramen, but try it – that’s what I grew up on, and the vivid, spicy aroma soaring out from the kitchen into the summer night air is a wonderful childhood memory.

Wow! Look at my dad’s portion! He couldn’t finish it hahaha

I should mention that while attempting to help, I committed a dastardly crime that my dad will never forgive me for – I threw away the “empty” bags after we had removed the noodles, soup base, and vegetable packs. I had no idea that they still contained a lot of broken noodle pieces, and I threw away four bags total! It was an utter tragedy. All the crumbs! The crumbs are gone! Noooooo. I won’t live this down for a million years, I think. My dad will probably talk about it even when we’re all in heaven, cooking ramen for the angels: “There is this one sin that cannot be forgiven…”

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April 25, 2020 11:18 am

I can’t believe you neglected the noodle crumbs… n00b mistake…
Don’t worry. You learn as you go along ๐Ÿ˜€ A failure is simply the chance to learn and grow up. <–(crumb of wisdom from your mom!)

And don't forget, the stuff inside the ramen is ONLY the beginning. You can add cooked chicken or beef…. extra veggies… and **EGGS**. Must always include eggs in ramen.

Reply to  SHLingberg
April 25, 2020 11:21 am

and you ate yours with a fork…???

Reply to  bub4life
April 26, 2020 12:22 am

Yay. I have a friend. Iโ€™m a n00b, and I eat noodles with fork too. I didnโ€™t even know Shin or other popular noodles until introduced them to me. Now, I just need to master the art of slurping, so I can graduate from being a n00b.

Reply to  imanuel
April 26, 2020 9:27 pm

Now you know! Slurping! That’s the way you eat Ramen! Here are some Korean commercials for Ramen. Check them out.

Dodger’s pitcher – Ryu’s ramen commercial

Reply to  johnbaik
April 29, 2020 10:38 pm

Thank you for these great videos!! please watch these 20 times each and practice when you get the chance (jk hahaha). Hopefully, by the end of quarantine, he can be like the guys in the video

Reply to  ikovalen
April 29, 2020 10:40 pm

fat with a pot belly like the guy in the second video ๐Ÿคฃ

Reply to  johnbaik
April 29, 2020 10:38 pm

Oh wow. I have a loooooooooonnnngg way to go. Maybe, I can use this quarantine time to learn this technique. Haha.

But then, maybe I shouldn’t eat ramen too much
*looking at my growing belly*

Reply to  johnbaik
April 29, 2020 11:46 pm

LOL they eat the whole bowl of noodles in one slurp!

Reply to  SHLingberg
April 26, 2020 8:30 am

extra veggies…. believe it or not, i never thought about adding veggies. i am so use to eating it with chicken or beef and leaving all the rest behind. I will try it with broccoli, cauliflower and carrots.๐Ÿœ

Reply to  leotbrzl
April 26, 2020 9:30 pm

Yes, add veggies; if you have mushroom, add it; carrots are good; after cooking, just add some green onions. Don’t forget to add eggs! Once COVID19 is over, let’s have ramen party!!!

Reply to  johnbaik
April 27, 2020 12:33 pm

Okay we all heard it. We are having Ramen Party and bible study party. Amennnnnnn ! ๐Ÿœ๐Ÿœ๐Ÿœ๐Ÿœ๐Ÿœ๐Ÿœ๐Ÿœ๐Ÿœ๐Ÿœ

Reply to  leotbrzl
April 27, 2020 8:16 pm


Reply to  johnbaik
April 29, 2020 10:41 pm

Can I double like this comment?

Reply to  SHLingberg
April 26, 2020 9:14 pm

That’s what I am talking about!!! I couldn’t believe that Sarah threw away those precious crumbs. I howled to the moon, “NOOOOOOOOOOOO. WHYYYYYYYY”

Reply to  SHLingberg
May 4, 2020 10:27 am

too funny!!!!

April 25, 2020 11:41 am

What an amazing thing that God made their food taste sweeter… God is so thoughtful and loves us so much when we serve him wholeheartedly.

I was never a huge fan of ramen noodles growing up but I think itโ€™s because Iโ€™ve never had good ramen. Itโ€™s a goal of mine to learn to make it during quarantine.

Reply to  bub4life
April 29, 2020 10:58 pm

Bul nak (I think that’s what is called) is pretty good too.

Ramen with a heavenly touched? Hmmm.. Manna flavored ramen? ๐Ÿ˜†

Reply to  Jean
April 26, 2020 9:35 pm

Yes, God made food sweet to our tongues, and our sleep sweet as well! No insomnia or depression,…. It was a blessed life in Jesus Christ. In those days, it was not something unusual; we took it for granted. But later, when I wanted to have the same taste of ramen, it wasn’t the same no matter who cooked it, or no matter how wonderfully we tried to make it – it never worked. Then, I realized that God had made all kinds of food sweet to us.

Reply to  johnbaik
April 29, 2020 11:07 pm

That reminds me of what you said when we studied John 1b on the part about “From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another.” We are so used to receiving God’s blessings that we begin to take it for granted.

I also took eating ramen in the common life for granted. ๐Ÿ˜ฃ But now that I think about it, this is really a great blessing. I never enjoyed eating instant noodles, but at the common life, I’m really savoring it, especially if it’s who makes it.

April 25, 2020 11:56 am

Wow! That looks SO delicious! I’m almost embarrassed to admit that I’ve never had ramen…but maybe after the quarantine, we can all have a wonderful ramen meal together!!

Also, I can imagine how great the food tasted in the common life, as they enjoyed sweet fellowship. I hope God makes my common life meals taste sweeter to the sisters ๐Ÿ˜›

Reply to  bub4life
April 26, 2020 2:35 pm

Hahah. From how delicious it looks and sounds, it seems like I’ve been missing out. John says that in Jesus we all receive one blessing after another. Maybe this is another new life blessing I will receive–ramen!

Reply to  bub4life
April 29, 2020 10:44 pm

This is the set back for most Americans who don’t have Asian ancestry. I had the same dilemma before… I was missing out and now I love a lot of different Asian foods

Reply to  ikovalen
April 29, 2020 11:09 pm

True. is now more Asian than me though ๐Ÿ˜†

Reply to  ikovalen
April 29, 2020 11:49 pm

I can totally relate! As much as I love Mexican food, Asian food is tied for first with it!

Reply to  Melissaburdi
April 26, 2020 9:40 pm

That’s a tragedy! Several years ago, about 30 Korean Christians were held hostage while they were on a short-term mission journey; they were held there for about 45 days, and finally the ransom money for them was paid by the Korean government, and they were released. Then, when asked by the news reporters what they wanted to do first, they answered that they wanted to eat ramen. All Koreans totally understood this. Clearly, ramen is a blessing from God. Hahaha

April 25, 2020 12:03 pm

Woah, when you talk about the noodles at Common Life it feels nostalgic like if I was there ๐Ÿ˜… I can imagine the smell and taste! Now I know to pray for God’s sweetness every time I eat noodles ๐Ÿœ

Reply to  Brian_154
April 26, 2020 5:11 pm

How awesome it is to have instant noodles with other common life brothers! I envy you! ๐Ÿ™‚

Reply to  bub4life
April 26, 2020 5:37 pm

I think my comment was confusing, I meant to say that I feel like if I was there because of how well
it was described lol I am not at the common life. And yes I cannot wait for life in heaven!

Reply to  Brian_154
April 27, 2020 8:25 pm

Actually, my brother, you are in a
โ€œcommon lifeโ€ with Jesus. And soon we are all going to eat heavenly noodles. Amen ๐Ÿ™

Reply to  leotbrzl
April 27, 2020 11:29 pm

Amen. I am blessed to have Jesus! And save me a seat to sit next to you at the Father’s dinner table once in a while ๐Ÿ˜

Reply to  Brian_154
April 29, 2020 10:54 pm

Yeah. Let’s have ramen together at the common life in heaven.

Reply to  remfeng
April 26, 2020 5:33 pm

I meant *like if i was there* haha I have not yet tried the noodles

April 25, 2020 1:34 pm

That is funny, the unforgivable sin of throwing away the crumbs. Lol. It is like the disciples gathering the bread from the 5,000 so that nothing would be wasted, even the leftover crumbs are valuable. Apparently there was a time mother Barry got upset at 2 sisters who threw away the left over chicken bones that she would use for soup. But unlike missionary John, mother Barry had them fish it out of the trash can lol…..

Yes I remember tasting missionary John’s Ramen. It was good. He was in such a rush to have us eat it quickly like the Passover Feast, it eat in haste ๐Ÿ˜Š…I also remember Bao making Ramen in the common life. It was smelled really good and was really tasty, it had a Vietnamese twist lol. One time Bao and I went out to eat Ramen and it did not taste as good as what he made. And it was cheaper lol.

Reply to  Jsheep
April 26, 2020 9:45 pm

Bao’s ramen with Vietnamese taste sounds good, like Pho! Maybe, once quarantine is over, we’ll get to taste his ramen.

Reply to  Jsheep
April 29, 2020 11:13 pm

Let nothing be wasted. Not even the crumbs, and not even the chicken bones. Very profound. I need to practice this more at the common life. ๐Ÿ˜ฃ

Vietnamese ramen? That sounds very interesting. I’m really curious. What do you put in it @[(B)lasting (A)gent (O)range]? Fish sauce? Vietnamese sausage? Or lemongrass?

April 25, 2020 3:42 pm

Instant noodles, my favorite always… Shin is too spicy…

Reply to  remfeng
April 26, 2020 9:49 pm

You can cut one onion and put it in Shin ramen – it will be milder. Maybe, you can put some dumplings as well.

Reply to  remfeng
April 29, 2020 10:46 pm

You should try Shin Black also. That’s my favorite!

Reply to  remfeng
April 29, 2020 11:15 pm

You should try Bul Nak too. It’s spicier, but it’s so addicting.

April 25, 2020 5:05 pm

Yum yum. Take out please? I will pick up, no matter how late. Pleaaassseeeeeee. And in regards to the crumbs. Even the dogs deserve the crumbs that fall from the masters table. I see the spiritual meaning of what you did!!! Amen. Shepherds heart all the way. But seriously. Take outttttt pleasssseeee!

Reply to  leotbrzl
April 26, 2020 10:10 pm

What a wonderful biblical joke it is! Even the dogs deserve the crumbs!!!!! I realize that I should not collect the crumbs any longer. Even God teaches us that when you harvest, you should not reap to the edges of the field or gather the gleanings, but leave them alone for poor people. Good lesson!

Reply to  johnbaik
April 27, 2020 8:28 pm

Amen. I am coming over for some โ€œcrumbsโ€. Lol ๐Ÿ˜‚. Canโ€™t wait until we all eat Ramen together at the โ›ช๏ธ.

April 25, 2020 9:13 pm

Looks delicious ๐Ÿ˜‹. I like egg and chop hotdog in my ramen. Iโ€™ve tried with bacon not that long ago. It was delicious to me.

Reply to  CristoJesus1
April 26, 2020 8:21 am

that does sound really good, it reminds me of “roupa velha”. thanks for the suggestion.

Reply to  leotbrzl
April 26, 2020 9:04 am

I never tried roupa velha. Send me a plate. Thanks!

Reply to  CristoJesus1
April 26, 2020 10:11 pm

You have developed your own way of cooking ramen! Haha! Ramen works with everything!

April 25, 2020 9:58 pm

Robert just made some today, it was my first time trying Shin Ramen! Spicy but delicious !!!

Reply to  angie
April 26, 2020 8:22 am

Good job, Rob, now bring some over. lol… I cant wait until we get back to the church, maybe we can do a big pot of Ramen. yum yum

Reply to  leotbrzl
April 26, 2020 8:39 pm

That’s a genius suggestion!

Reply to  leotbrzl
April 26, 2020 9:58 pm

Cooking a big pot of ramen for many people requires special knowledge and technique. Usually, when people cook a lot of ramen all together, the noodles become soggy and not tasty. One tip I give you is that you don’t cook so long, actually, you cook just one or two minutes, and while the noodle looks not cooked fully, you stop cooking and serve it; as you serve, it will continually cook on its own, and it will be tasty. This is the Common Life technique. We had 13 shepherds living in two rooms. You may ask, “How could you sleep in such a tiny space?” Basically, we didn’t sleep in the common life, but most of us slept in the church! My place to sleep was on the stage ๐Ÿ™‚ Many holy pilgrims were there in the church all the time.

Reply to  johnbaik
April 29, 2020 11:26 pm

That sounds so fun. I slept at the church once, but because I was the only one there, it wasn’t that exciting. Maybe, after the quarantine is over, we can have a conference with sleepover at the church

Reply to  angie
April 26, 2020 9:51 pm

What a wonderful husband you have! Every husband who cooks ramen for his wife is a good husband!!! Haha!

Reply to  johnbaik
April 29, 2020 11:27 pm

Haha. So, if I want to be a good husband, I need to start practicing my ramen cooking skill from now

April 26, 2020 12:26 am

Maybe, after this quarantine is over, instead of having a pot of meat, we can have a pot of savory ramen ๐Ÿ˜›

And can you also post the recipe? I tried making one this week, and it was a disaster. I added a lot of crushed red pepper to the already spicy Shin. Also, apparently, cucumber does not really go well with it

Reply to  imanuel
April 26, 2020 10:58 pm

Crushed red pepper to Shin Ramen?! And cucumber?! Totally wrong combination, haha! You can add mushrooms, thin sliced carrots, some onions, eggs, dumplings, rice cake, fish cake, or beef, chicken,โ€ฆ and then, right after cooking is done, you add sliced green onions. Yes, once quarantine is over, letโ€™s have a ramen party, and then, a dumpling partyโ€ฆ

Reply to  johnbaik
April 29, 2020 11:33 pm

“Totally wrong combination.” I thought it was a good idea. I I cannot cook ramen, and I cannot slurp. I guess I fail as an Asian. Haha. Maybe, I should listen more to the experts instead of trying to follow my instinct.

Ramen party. Dumpling Party. Followed by a conference maybe? Looking forward to it.

April 26, 2020 2:36 pm

Ahh, the joy of anticipation of gathering around the pot of ramen once this quarantine is over, yyyyeeeesssssss!!!! I love noodles and when I saw your post yesterday, I was instantly encouraged to make Shin ramen too, which I thoroughly enjoyed! My dad taught me to put in eggs and green onion when I was young, but I also like ramen without any additional addings as well. Yum, yum!

Reply to  maryzavala
April 26, 2020 10:01 pm

Your father is a good father, because he taught you how to cook ramen. Every father who teaches his children about how to cook ramen is a good father. Hahaha!

Reply to  johnbaik
April 27, 2020 8:14 pm

Haha, that’s true! My dad grew up with a maid who would do most of the cooking and whenever he went into the kitchen, the lady rushed him out, saying that males were not supposed to be in the kitchen. So my dad grew up not knowing how to cook anything except….RAMEN!!!! Whenever my mom was not home, my dad would either take my sister and me to eat at restaurants or make ramen! Ahh, the joys of childhood…with RAMEN!

April 26, 2020 8:29 pm

I can relate! Sometimes I make food in the CL and I don’t really like it, but then the sisters say they love it! Haha, God blesses even my food! Wow, he is gracious to me!

Reply to  bub4life
April 26, 2020 10:29 pm

HAHAH. That’s impressive.

Reply to  Melissaburdi
April 26, 2020 10:32 pm

P.S. Hope you’re enjoying all these emails hahahah

Reply to  Inez
April 26, 2020 10:30 pm

Everything you make is delicious! So you must be really blessed!

Reply to  Melissaburdi
April 29, 2020 11:57 pm

Praise God! He has been teaching me spiritual and practical (cooking) things in the CL! #blessed #oneblessingafteranother

April 26, 2020 8:37 pm

I just had an epiphany!!
Ra-men….ah-men! ๐Ÿ˜œ

๐Ÿค” Maybe โ€œAmenโ€ is a derivative of the word Ramen

Reply to  Inez
April 27, 2020 8:26 pm

What great insight you have! I’ve never thought about it. Indeed, Ramen is R”Amen!.” Ramen is really blessed.

April 28, 2020 8:49 pm

Hahah. Up until a few months ago, I never knew that the way to eat Ramen was to slurp it Ramen is delicious to me but I get nervous about slurping when broth is boiling hot. YIKES! I saw the youtube videos that Msn John recommended for us to watch, and those actors make eating Ramen so appealing, even when they say, “HMMM” after slurping so much Ramen. My mouth is salivating while watching them eat. LOL.

Reply to  bub4life
April 29, 2020 10:53 pm

This is a very valid point!

Reply to  bub4life
April 29, 2020 11:40 pm

What??? I feel like slurping slows me down so much. It’s so much easier to just blow some air to the noodle and eat it.

Reply to  Berto200
April 29, 2020 11:03 pm

My mouth was watering after watching those videos also hahaha! Need to make some soon!

Reply to  ikovalen
April 29, 2020 11:42 pm

Haha. Top Ramen?

May 4, 2020 9:37 am

“My dad will probably talk about it even when weโ€™re all in heaven, cooking ramen for the angels: โ€œThere is this one sin that cannot be forgivenโ€ฆโ€ HAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!! What about slurping??? Im not much of a fan of that? Can that one be forgiven? (hopefully)

May 6, 2020 8:09 pm

I love ramen and have for the past few years gone with the quality Sapporo Ichiban (and the different flavours and bases) since discovering it. I like my ramen more soupy and I love adding all kinds of vegetables, chicken or fish, and even an egg or two, but now I really want to try it the way Missionary John makes it! Sounds very authentic and made with grace. And no wonder! The testimony behind it sounds delicious…to the taste buds and to the soul.