The Portland Cult of Cup Noodles

When visiting the tucked-away Statera Cellars tasting room in Southeast Portland, the smell of the space isn’t restricted to just wine. Sure, visitors may pick up on the bright acidity or effervescent fizz of Oregon white varietals and pet-nat, but they’ll also smell kimchi, maybe crab, and the salty, almost yeasty note of steam emerging from a disposable cup of instant noodles.

Below the wines by the glass and five-wine flight, a “Market Price Cup of Noodles” appears on Statera’s menu — the noodles come with a rotating cast of add-ons, which have included spicy Vietnamese prawns, cuttlefish, and sesame oil on past visits. The instant noodles themselves

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