Pasta: Unleavened dough, made of wheat flour, water, and sometimes eggs, that is molded into any of a variety of shapes and boiled. Noodle: A narrow, ribbonlike strip of dried dough, usually made of flour, eggs, and water. A noodle is a thin strip of pasta, usually cut or extruded from some kind of dough. Ramen: 1. A Japanese dish of noodles in broth, often garnished with small pieces of meat and vegetables. 2. A thin white noodle served in this dish. Most ramen noodles are made from four basic ingredients: wheat flour, salt, water, and kansui (かんすい). Ramen noodles come in various shapes and lengths. They may be fat, thin, or even ribbon-like, as well as straight or wrinkled. According to Nissin, there are five traditional types of noodles: "hand-stretched noodle", "oiled and stick-stretched noodle", "cut noodle", "pushed noodle" and "rice noodle." Or did I miss the part where a ramen "noodle" contains leavening agents and isn't a strip of dough, often meant to be boiled, made of at least flour and water? Or is this a joke of some sort, perhaps sarcasm, that I didn't catch?