The Weekly Open Thread: Ramen Rage Edition

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I know, I know. You're thinking, "Another ramen post?"

But wait. There's a reason. As the comment thread on this post about an Otaku South ramen dinner made clear, a lot of folks think ramen is ramen. Period. "It's just noodles and broth" seemed to be a pervading sentiment among the detractors — none of whom, naturally, had actually tried Otaku South's ramen.

The thread led Otaku South's Sarah Gavigan to explain exactly why she charges what she charges for her ramen, which we turned into a thread of its own. And of course, the debate continued.

Now don't get us wrong — we love a good debate. But as proof that all ramen is not created equal, I offer you Exhibit A, from RocketNews24, "Bringing you yesterday's news from Japan and Asia, today":

Over the weekend, a Korean businessman got into hot water when he complained about his in-flight meal on a trip to the United States. Apparently, he wasn’t satisfied with the taste of his ramen or with the service, and expressed his displeasure by assaulting one of the cabin crew. As a result, he was turned over to the FBI and prevented from entering the country. ...

He reportedly yelled, “Too salty and the noodles are half-cooked!” Then he struck the crew member across the face with a magazine.


Discussion topics:
• Does this in any way change your thoughts about ramen?
• Is this guy just a shmuck, bad ramen or not, and am I exploiting his tantrum for my own sinister ends?
• Have you ever had an airline experience so bad you went into a rage so extreme you were nearly arrested? (Disclosure: I have.)
• Has anyone actually eaten anything decent served on a airline flight?
• Did anyone check out the Otaku South Extra Large event at Marathon Music Works last weekend? (I did. Thumbs up for my experience.)
• What else is on your mind?

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