Food: Soup
Instant Sop   (+2, -1)  [vote for, against]
The instant ramen of antiquity returns!

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]

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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