There is never a wrong time to eat instant noodles. Sure, it’s the optimal meal when you’re a broke college student or hungry and lazy at 2 am, but the shiny and crinkly packets have honestly called to me throughout my life -- regardless of the time of day or my age. Instant ramen’s wide appeal is the ease of which to make it and the surprisingly flavorful results that stem from a single packet or two of powder.
If you’re as obsessed with instant noodles as I am (I’ve talked about instant ramen at length on Thrillist’s podcast, have written a handy guide on how to spruce it up at home, and have eaten more iterations of instant noodles than one probably should) -- but you’re over the styrofoam cups filled with dehydrated corn, peas, carrots, and bland chicken seasoning -- then let me suggest eight of my favorite instant ramens that capture the spirit of different noodle dishes from around the world.
All these instant noodles can be purchased online, are non-perishable, and will sustain any noodle connoisseur who’s currently camping out at home.