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Instant Sop

The instant ramen of antiquity returns!
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Individually wrapped packages of instant noodles commonly referred to as ramen are popularly consumed worldwide. As a competing product individually wrapped slices of dry bread should be similarly packaged. Add less water to form an expansive spongy mass that can be sliced with a spoon, or add more water until your bowl overflows and make a mess of the table.
rcarty, Oct 06 2012

Hardtack http://en.wikipedia...Hardtack#Modern_use
Once eaten, never forgotten … [8th of 7, Oct 06 2012]

Rations http://www.amazon.c...-Pack/dp/B000B43JZS
See, it's for sale. These are quite tasty too. [DIYMatt, Oct 06 2012]

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       Erm...why?
DrCurry, Oct 06 2012
  

       It could be made just as inexpensivley and would be a western alternative, and perhaps more nutritious.   

       But mostly because I think sop is funny. It would be funny to unwrap a slice of bread.
rcarty, Oct 06 2012
  

       Well hardtack is WKTE and I think the reason that it isn't already packaged and sold like this is because nobody would buy it.
DIYMatt, Oct 06 2012
  

       Or maybe it's because so many people would buy it there wouldn't be enough for everybody.
rcarty, Oct 06 2012
  

       Softack in a pack? Might go down well with denture wearers.
Phrontistery, Oct 06 2012
  

       If you're looking for such a product I can suggest lifeboat rations. They're kind of tasty and you can live off of them for a while. They aren't exactly bread though so I don't know how well mixing them with water would work.
DIYMatt, Oct 06 2012
  

       // nobody would buy it //   

       Ah, but they do. Hardtack is still available in various sizes of package and is a popular emergency ration to carry in ground vehicles and aircraft operating in remote areas. It has the great advantage that in a sealed package it will keep a long time without going off, and even when it does go off, you can't tell because it's still exactly the same as when it was fresh.
8th of 7, Oct 06 2012
  

       If this were presented well, it could be a winner. A light, spongy, quality white bloomer loaf slice, impregnated with brown sugar and milk powder, maybe a hint of cinnamon, then dehydrated and sealed in a package. Just add hot water and wait 30 seconds..
pocmloc, Oct 06 2012
  

       [8th] I've never heard of anyone carrying actual hardtack on their plane, but plenty of people carry the lifeboat rations I mentioned earlier.
DIYMatt, Oct 06 2012
  

       // I've never heard of anyone carrying actual hardtack on their plane //   

       How strange. It's so versatile ... for soaking up AVGAS spills, packing loose items of equipment, or putting a shine on metal parts.
8th of 7, Oct 06 2012
  

       But not for eating. Gah!   

       I had a hiking buddy who carried it everywhere--even when he wasn't hiking. He used to share it with me on the trail if I ran out of my own snacks. It's a bit like dwarf bread; one look at it will keep you going all day.
Alterother, Oct 06 2012
  

       That's how hard it is to find good sop.
rcarty, Oct 07 2012
  

       (+) for [Alterother]'s comment - I don't know if you indulge in tabletop RPGs but you'd be fun if you did...
normzone, Oct 07 2012
  

       [normzone] can't find that Playboy cartoon.
rcarty, Oct 07 2012
  

       [norm], I used to, enthusiastically and extensively, in my youth. You'd be amazed how difficult it is to find players when you live in the mountains with no neighbors and have developed a strange aversion to spending more than a few minutes in anybody else's home.
Alterother, Oct 07 2012
  

       Why not package a piece of hardtack together with a standard ramen soup base? My cursory research suggests that hardtack was often eaten after soaking in liquid, either whole or crumbled.
Alx_xlA, Oct 08 2012
  

       Neat idea you should post it.
rcarty, Oct 08 2012
  
      
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