...for the record, I've never seen anyone put cilantro in ramen. But for food styling purposes, perhaps a single cilantro leaf looked nicer on the packaging AND WAS MORE EASILY PHOTOSHOPPED than a pile of scallions. Seriously. That leaf placement looks weirdly unnatural. Tell me how was it NOT photoshopped?
1) Again. I experience some cognitive dissonance with this product namely because the whole concept of an instant noodle serves a certain purpose that I don't associate with Japanese ramen. A proper bowl of ramen is a freaking art form. It has a certain broth that takes hours, maybe days to achieve. It has a certain noodle. It has certain toppings. And even when we have tried to make "ramen" at home in any sense of the word it has never come close to the real thing. But regardless, the time spent yields a comforting bowl of soup noodles. In contrast, instant ramen (in our house we are partial to the Korean ones like Shin, Neoguri, etc.) can be an art form in a different way, I guess. The noodles still need to have a certain texture and it still has to taste good. But of course, I have entirely different expectations for instant ramen. It's a quick, convenient food often used to satisfy a junk food craving. So to put ramen into an "instant ramen" form is weird, and I haven't gotten over it.