I actually care more than any man should about how my itchiban, or MR noodles, or instant noodles, or ramen, or whatever, is prepared. HERE are the acceptable options for preparation and consumption of itchiban:
1) chicken itchiban, slightly undercooked, strained, with half-pack of seasoning sprinkled onto a tea-spoon of three cheese ranch dressing, mixed until coated, with a healthy amount of parmasean cheese sprinkled on top. It is the best; i call it cheap man’s alfredo. eaten with a fork. You can substitute sour cream for ranch if you’re in a pinch.
2) Chicken itchiban, made as soup, with chopped veggies; there can’t be more then half-broth, and the noodles, at time of starting-to-eat, needs to be under-cooked. They soften up as you eat. Fork, or chop sticks.
3) When it comes in a cup or a bowl that is disposable, if the cup is foam, it needs to be hot-water steeped for no more than 2 minutes and then strained. If it is a plastic bowl, it NEEDS to be microwaved. the noodles have a great texture. chop sticks guaranteed.
4) Flavour packages, in order of preference: chicken, spicy chicken, itchiban original, udon, shrimp, tom-yum (with an egg added), beef, spicy-beef, weird-asian-“cheese”-flavour.
I could keep going, but it’s making me feel like a bachelor again (not that there’s anything wrong with that… but food sure has gotten better since i’ve been married!)