A few months ago I picked up a package of noodles at a market in Bloomington. Costing only 99 cents, and in a package that is labeled, simply, “Instant Noodle”, these Chinese made starch strings are one of my new favorite foods. I can’t imagine what would make them as good as they are. I mean, they’re noodles, nothing exotic about that. Nonetheless, when cooked, they have an awesome chewiness which, with the addition of a few vegetables, and a savory sauce makes for a very quick and yummy lunch. I jokingly dubbed them “Soylent Green Noodles” because they’re so good, I figure they must have some mysterious secret ingredient. And if they are made of people, I don’t even care. Because they’re tasty. Of course, I don’t really think they’re made of people, but they do come from China, the land of overpopulation and lead toothpaste, so it’s probably possible.
Over the past several months, I’ve kept a supply of these noodles in the cupboard, picking up new packages as needed. And last night, while I was in Bloomington, I picked up another package as well as a package for my friend Pat, because you know what they say, “Canniblism loves company.” Today, I was talking to Mini Me about the Soylent Green Noodles. She asked, “What’s Soylent Green?” and so I proceeded to explain to her about the movie, and its plot, concluding with my very own impression of Charlton Heston wailing, “Soylent Green is PEOPLE! It’s PEEEE-PLE!!” Then I explained that I’d jokingly called them that, with the comment that they’re so daggone good, I don’t care if they are made out of people.
When I finished, she said, “Oh. I thought they really were made out of Soylent Green, I just didn’t know what it was.”
It’s people. And it’s good eatin’.