07 May 2011

Weekend Cooking: The Ramen Girl (Review)

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As you know, I like to watch a good foodie movie every once in a while, and when I discovered The Ramen Girl starring Brittany Murphy, I thought I'd give it a try. I loved Murphy in Clueless, so I had high hopes for her in this film.

Abby, a self-centered American, moves to Tokyo to be with her boyfriend. But soon after she arrives, he leaves both her and the city. The only good news is that Abby can have his apartment. Thus she finds herself stuck in Tokyo, unable to understand Japanese and without anyone to help her.

After she eats in the local mom and pop ramen cafe, Abby decides that she wants to learn to make the perfect bowl of ramen soup, one so special it will affect the emotions of each person who tastes it. The only trouble is, the grouchy chef/owner doubts Abby's sincerity and is reluctant to let her into the kitchen. Will she stick it out to become the next great ramen chef or will she give up and go back to America?

A light romantic comedy for foodie fans. Although this is not Murphy's best work, the film is a pleasant way to spend the evening. And, by the way, Abby is not learning to make that 16¢ pack of ramen noodles that got you through your poor college days! By the end of this movie, you'll have a newfound respect for authentic Japanese ramen.

I think I'll be making ramen soup tonight!


JoAnn 5/7/11, 7:29 AM  

Just added it to my Netflix queue - thanks!

TheBookGirl 5/7/11, 8:37 AM  

I always assumed that there was no more to ramen than those under a dollar dried soup packages :)
This looks cute; I love most food movies, and I'm curious to know more about ramen now!

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook 5/7/11, 8:43 AM  

Adding to my Netflicks, too! I love movie's like this, looks cute! I'd love to try real Ramen.

Violet 5/7/11, 8:57 AM  

I have seen this movie and as you said think its a good way to spend the evening. I've had some variety of Ramen noodles only once and loved it

caite 5/7/11, 9:03 AM  

hey! I like those freeze dried pack of ramen!
sounds like a rather cute little flick, as you said, good for passing an evening.

Nan 5/7/11, 9:36 AM  

Looks like a fun movie! I'll add it to my N. queue. I didn't eat ramen in college but I did used to buy it for my kids. I always got it at the health food store, and it was really good stuff. The grocery store kinds are loaded with yuck ingredients. Tom is out and about this morning and I just texted him to please stop and get me some! I haven't had it in years. Thank you!
I'll be back later today with a link to my weekend cooking. Mint julep recipe!

Karen Greenberg 5/7/11, 9:49 AM  

I just discovered this post, and I linked up. Thank you! I hope my post is "foodie" enough.

Have a great weekend!

Marie Cloutier 5/7/11, 10:05 AM  

Sounds like a cute flick. I'm a fan of hers, too.

Word Lily 5/7/11, 10:06 AM  

Sounds like a fun flick!

Dawn @ sheIsTooFondOfBooks 5/7/11, 10:27 AM  

ah, ramen noodle soup - brings back memories!

I hope she makes a low-sodium version in the movie :)

Diann 5/7/11, 10:27 AM  

I have never heard of this movie and I like Murphy too. It sunds like a good "I need to have some down time" type of movie.

Alex 5/7/11, 10:44 AM  

I definitely need to see this movie. I lived on ramen when I was in college.

Beth S. 5/7/11, 10:57 AM  

Sounds like a great movie! I haven't heard of it before but I'm definitely going to check it out.

Kristen 5/7/11, 10:59 AM  

The first time I heard of this movie was just last week when I was watching No Reservations and Anthony Bourdain mentioned it. And now it pops up again! I think I need to watch it :)

I made some ramen soup about a month ago and it was sooo delicious. The recipe was from America's Test Kitchen Slow Cooker Revolution, which has quickly become my favorite cookbook.

Zibilee 5/7/11, 11:19 AM  

I have never heard of this movie before, but I really love Brittany Murphy and would love to see this one. It sounds like a light and interesting movie that I would really enjoy. Thanks for sharing it with us!

Margot 5/7/11, 11:36 AM  

I don't know how I missed this movie but it looks like a good one. It's going on the queue.

Vasilly 5/7/11, 12:25 PM  

I was wondering what type of ramen noodles Murphy was trying cook! :-) I haven't heard of this movie before. I will check it out.

Heidenkind 5/7/11, 1:54 PM  

This sounds fun! I immediately thought of the Anthony Bourdain ep set in Japan that aired a few weeks ago. Will see if they have this movie at the library. :)

Peaceful Reader 5/7/11, 2:03 PM  

It makes sense that there had to be an original ramen noodle recipe before it was a dried salt snack. I'll have to see if I can find this movie through Netflix streaming.

Heather 5/7/11, 3:55 PM  

At first this sounds like a rather hooky movie until you said that this wasn't ramen like in those little packets. I did watch the trailer and it sounds like a good movie. Thanks.

Ikkin-bot 5/7/11, 4:15 PM  

I want to see that movie now! Also, mine is about boxed food . . . traveling is hard on the cooking!

Jenn's Bookshelves 5/7/11, 7:41 PM  

Oh I've got to see this movie! Oh yes..and I must learn to make "real" ramen, although I am a fan of the packaged type :)

Leslie (Under My Apple Tree) 5/7/11, 8:20 PM  

I hadn't heard of this movie and the only ramen I know is the dried noodle kind. Sounds like it might be worth a viewing.

Pam (@iwriteinbooks) 5/8/11, 7:40 AM  

I'm not, as a general rule, a big foodee, nor am I a big movie person BUT I think that this trailer has me sold. Thanks for sharing! ;O)

Anonymous,  5/8/11, 8:45 AM  

I have never heard of this movie before, but it is making me hungry for ramen noodles! After college, I never thought that I would say that again!

Anonymous,  5/8/11, 8:50 AM  

That sounds like a really nice movie. I will see if I can get hold of it.

Anonymous,  5/8/11, 11:59 AM  

Mmmm, Top Ramen...so bad, and yet so good. :-D

Suzy 5/8/11, 2:18 PM  

Sometimes light and funny is just what you need! I'll have to put it in the Netflix queue.

Anonymous,  5/8/11, 3:01 PM  

I like to watch a foodie movie every now and then too, this looks like a nice one. Will look it up soon

Kate 5/8/11, 5:30 PM  

I've never heard of this film! Sounds cute. I've had a soft spot for Brittany Murphy since Clueless. Every time I hear the line, "You're a virgin who can't drive," I crack up.

bermudaonion 5/8/11, 5:39 PM  

Sounds cute! You won't believe this, but I've never had a ramen noodle.

Uniflame 5/9/11, 9:25 AM  

I think this will be a really fun movie :) Thanks for posting this!

Anonymous,  5/9/11, 10:16 AM  

Sounds cute. I actually like those grocery store Ramen noodles, but ti never dawned on me that there were better versions.

Meg @ write meg! 5/9/11, 10:31 AM  

Definitely sounds like a cute way to spend an evening! I'm all about foodie films... though they usually inspire me to rummage through the pantry at all hours, of course.

Molly 5/10/11, 10:34 PM  

Oh how I have missed these Weekend Cooking segments. I have already planned to get back into the routine Memorial Day weekend and I look forward to participating in this meme all summer long!

Thank you for you continued support and encouragement during my recent hiatus. I greatly appreciate it!!

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