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T-Pain’s Search for ‘Hood’ Recipes Begins and Ends with Ramen Noodles

A $600 check and Ramen noodles trended on social media, thanks to lawmakers’ agreement on a new stimulus package and a tweet by hip-hop superstar T-Pain.

As many lashed out at members of the House and Senate over what’s considered a paltry $600 and one-time direct payment to struggling Americans – France and Germany, by comparison, provide its citizens with more than $7,000 per month in direct stimulus payments during the pandemic – T-Pain posed an intriguing question to his more than 1.2 million Twitter followers.

“What’s some hood recipes y’all do with random [stuff] in the house that I can try?”

While the responses included “hot sauce sandwiches,” “Queso dip” and “tuna noodle casserole,” T-Pain’s timeline was filled with various meals that featured Ramen noodles. The responses also arrived with cooking instruction for the wheat-based instant noodles that are a staple of Japanese diet.

“Ramen noodles cooked Hot flaming Cheetos crunched up Bologna 3 Cheese slice Tortilla Layer: tortilla, two cheese slice, ramen noodles, cheese slice, Cheetos, bologna, roll up like a burrito, grill on each side till crunchy,” offered Twitter user @3BlueStarMom.

“This was my go-to when I was in law school & dirt poor.”

Twitter user @electricmonae offered her Ramen noodle suggestion: “Ramen noodles with Conecuh sausage cut up in it.”

Not to be outdone, @JoannaSimkin added:

“Ingredients: Ramen packet ground meat (I do turkey). Frozen green veggie; brown the meat and season with 1/2 the ramen packet (it’s salty to use it all). Boil the noodles and frozen veggie together. Drain and dump in browned meat pan, add a little butter, and sauté for a minute.”

Lawmakers agreed on a $900 billion stimulus package that is far lighter than the more than $2 trillion CARES Act, which was signed into law earlier this year and provided direct payments of $1,200 for individuals who made $75,000 or less and $2,400 for couples who earned $150,000 or less.

The CARES Act also provided an additional $500 per dependent child.

The latest bill, which many expect President Donald Trump to sign, contains direct payments of $600 per adult and $600 per dependent child.

The new round of checks is based on the same provisions of the CARES Act.

The bill also provides $300 of weekly enhancement in unemployment benefits – down from $600 in the CARES Act.

The arguably paltry sum in the new legislation has angered many who noted that Americans are losing jobs by the millions, and evictions are soaring.

T-Pain’s desire to find a cheap meal, intentional or not, reflects many others trying to make ends meet.

It also highlighted an obsession with Ramen noodles.

“Crush up some Ramen, dump it into a microwave safe bowl, grab a can of those little canned sausage things chuck em in it,” @Qtpop wrote. “Can of veggies, chuck em in it, juice and all. nuke for a bit [and] stir.”

Stacy M. Brown

I’ve worked for the Daily News of Los Angeles, the L.A. Times, Gannet and the Times-Tribune and have contributed to the Pocono Record, the New York Post and the New York Times. Television news opportunities have included: NBC, MSNBC, Scarborough Country, the Abrams Report, Today, Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News, Imus in the Morning and Anderson Cooper 360. Radio programs like the Wendy Williams Experience, Tom Joyner Morning Show and the Howard Stern Show have also provided me the chance to share my views.

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