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Cup of Hide-chan instant noodles, in 2014.

Instant Noodles, also known as ramen noodles, are a dried or precooked noodle block that is usually sold with a packet of flavoring powder and/or seasoning oil. Dried noodles are usually eaten after being cooked or soaked in boiling water, while precooked noodles can be reheated or eaten straight from the packet. The main ingredients of the dried noodle are wheat flour, palm oil, and salt. The principal ingredients of the flavoring powder are salt, monosodium glutamate, seasonings, and sometimes sugar. Instant noodles are marketed worldwide under hundreds of brand names.

Usage

Operation Snake Eater

See also: Virtuous Mission and Operation Snake Eater

When Naked Snake met up with EVA at the Krasnogorje Mountaintop, she supplied him with two packets of Instant Noodles, in which she stated that it was "the food of the future."[1] She had managed to get three packets of Instant Noodles, which were hard to come by due to the Groznyj Grad personnel quickly consuming them due to their popularity. However, circumstances resulted in Snake getting only two.[2] Para-Medic had intended to try them out in the event that Snake didn't eat any.[3]

Guns of the Patriots Incident

See also: Liquid Sun, Solid Sun, Third Sun, Twin Suns, Old Sun, and Naked Sin/Naked Son

During the war economy, PMC soldiers consumed instant noodles supplied by Hide-chan, which was both the original producer and the best one, hence they were very popular. These required three minutes to cook in boiling water.

Behind the scenes

Instant Noodles are a collectible food item in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. When eaten, it provides a large stamina recovery and its taste is considered to be outstanding. During a radio conversation with Para-Medic, it is implied that they were invented a short time prior to the game's events.[3] In real life, they were invented by Momofuku Ando in Japan and was first marketed under the brand name Chikin Ramen by Ando's company, Nissin, in August 25, 1958. In 1971, Nissin introduced Cup Noodles, a dried noodle block in a polystyrene cup.

The player can get them from some soldiers that they have defeated or held up, especially later in the game. They player can also find them in locations from Ponizovje Warehouse to the Groznyj Grad Sewers. They also can be found in almost all the provision warehouses scattered throughout the game, and can also be provided to the player in a cutscene. The player doesn't need to acquire this item in order to get the Markhor ranking and/or the EZ Gun, but it is very useful regardless. When EVA is shot with a tranquilizer dart, she remarks, "MMM... Instant Noodles." Also, when Snake calls EVA about his backpack missing his food, EVA will admit that she stole and eat the Instant Noodles, but denies stealing the rest of the food that Snake caught.

The Instant Noodles later made a reappearance in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, where they served a similar purpose. However, they also could restore both health and psyche, with the latter increasing its effectiveness in cold environments (such as Shadow Moses).

In-game description

" The original...and still the best!

Just add hot water, and in 3 minutes you'll be feasting on Hide-chan’s thick, juicy noodles and rich, tangy broth!

Everybody loves Hide-chan ramen!
Completely restores Life and partly restores Psyche (Psyche restoration increases in cold environments).
"
―Noodles description in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

Notes and references

  1. ^ Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, Konami Computer Entertainment Japan (2004).
    EVA: Once you're in there, you can follow the tunnel to get inside Groznyj Grad. And take this, too. // (pulls out two packages of instant noodles) // Naked Snake: What is it? // EVA: The food of the future. A well-balanced meal for the space age. It's good to eat some real food once in a while. I'll bet if I kissed you, you'd taste like a wild animal.
  2. ^ This is mentioned in a radio conversation with EVA. The circumstances are implied to be her eating one of the packets.
  3. ^ a b Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, Konami Computer Entertainment Japan (2004).
    Para-Medic: You got some instant noodles, huh? // Naked Snake: Instant noodles? // Para-Medic: Uh huh. It was invented in Japan just recently. Add some hot water and it's ready to eat. It's cheap and be stored for a long time. And besides, it's delicious. It's like a miracle food. // Snake: Wow. // Para-Medic: Speaking of which... // Snake: Yeah? // Para-Medic: Are you going to eat that? // Snake: I was planning on it, yeah. // Para-Medic: ...Oh, all right. // Snake: Is there some reason I shouldn't? // Para-Medic: No, that's not what I meant. // Snake: Then what did you mean? // Para-Medic: I was just going to say that if you weren't going to eat it, you should bring it back to me. I've always wanted to try some. // Snake: ...

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