Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Nong Shim


I haven't been sick this winter, which is kind of an achievement. "Big deal, Greg," you might say. "Lots of people don't." But living in a city where the temperature regularly changes 45 degrees in a day, and working in an office that's about the same as an airplane cabin, it's something. Usually I have some shitty horrid cold that lingers for weeks, never quite knocking me out enough to lie in bed for a week, just making me wish for my own death. But not this year.

Part of it's because I'm more boring than I used to be. I'm usually in bed by 10 and I don't spend as much time in smoky bars. But I'm going to go ahead and arbitrarily assign part of the credit to my rediscovery of Nong Shim's Bowl Noodle Soup, which is up there with fire on the list of awesomest things ever created.

The concept is simple: it's a Korean cup-of-soup that acts as a colonic for your sinuses. There's a bunch of flavors -- Kim Chi, spicy shrimp (which is ok, but smells like a seafood restaurant after a two-day power outrage), spicy pollo (because "pollo" is Korean for chicken?), but the one you want is Picante. Boil the water, fill up the bowl, wait three minutes, then eat it. And then tear open a box of kleenex, because your body is ridding itself of toxins.

Or ridding itself of something, at least. Honestly, I'm not sure what the long-term effects of this are -- I'm pretty certain that each bowl has your year's requirement of MSG. If I were a lazy investigative reporter, I'd just go down the ingredients list and churn out a series of scare pieces: "L-Alanine, the Silent Killer." "Methionine, the Silent Killer." And so on. It's also not reassuring that there's a little badge on the label -- "Endorsed by Professional Chefs, 2003-2008." What happened this year to make them rethink it?

Nonetheless, it's great stuff. And I honestly find Picante flavor really good. Maybe it's taking five years off my life, but geez, life spans are getting longish anyhow, and if I'm spared months of sinus trouble at this end of things, I'LL TAKE IT.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'm embarrassed at how much I like the stuff. All that sodium makes me cringe a little, but enough to stop hoarding it each time I see it in the store. When I croak (of sodium and msg poisoning, no doubt) they're probably gonna find the entire basement and every closet stuffed with bowls of Picante Bowl Noodle Soup. Hey, when it's 10 F outside, a person needs all the heat she can get...

Anon LP