Tough Guy Future Noodles | Blade Runner

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Blade Runner (1982) gives us the most charming retro-futuristic world, where Turing Test-passing AI and flying cars exist but people are still using noir tropes and pay phones. As we learned during the Blade Runner episode of our Fiction Kitchen podcast, the future has heavy Asian undertones, food is nonperishable, and as Cracked claims: tough guys eat noodles.

This dish inspired by the film was really an excuse to try out Momofuku Ginger Scallion Sauce which I’ve had my eye on for awhile – and it did not disappoint! – so I made a bowl of ramen to be tossed with that and other goodies.

Blade Runner Tough Guy Future Noodles

For the ginger scallion sauce

  • 2 1/2 cups thinly sliced scallions (greens and whites; from 1 to 2 large bunches)
  • 1/2 cup finely minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 1/4 cup grapeseed oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 3/4 teaspoon sherry vinegar
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, or more to taste

Toss all ingredients together, let sit 15 minutes.

For the carrot kinpiri
Recipe from Just Bento

  • 2 large carrots, peeled and cut into matchsticks
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds

Heat oil, and saute carrots until soft, about 8 minutes. Add red pepper flakes and soy sauce, cook another few minutes until liquid evaporates. Toss with sesame seeds.

For the mushrooms
Clean and slice 8oz cremini mushrooms. Heat a tablespoon oil and 1 grate clove garlic, then saute mushrooms until liquid evaporates, add a 1 tablespoon splash soy sauce, cook another minute or two.

For the cucumbers
Peel and slice two large cucumbers, toss with 2 teaspoons sugar and 1 teaspoon sea salt (or to taste) and let sit 10-15 minutes.

For the boiled eggs
Put 6 eggs in a saucepan and just cover with cold water. Bring to a boil, remove from heat, and sit, covered for 7 minutes (10 for fully hard eggs). Dunk eggs in an ice bath, peel and slice.

For the noodle bowl
Boil and drain 9oz ramen, toss with other goodies!

This dish was first posted for Fiction Kitchen Episode 37: BLADE RUNNER in which Carrie and Diana discuss the 1982 cyberpunk neo-noir film, eat some tough guy noodles, make some edible origami, and cry into their peaches.