"Waiter, there's a scorpion in my food. There should be two."
The entire trend can probably be traced back to Blade Runner (1982), where we're first introduced to Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) as he's getting noodles from a dingy Japanese street diner. The scene -- which isn't from the original Philip K. Dick novel -- is obviously there to quickly establish that in 2019, Asian cooking has become so commonplace that it's being enjoyed by down-to-earth badasses like Deckard, a professional bounty hunter of homicidal robots. (In any other movie, we'd probably first see him sitting down to discount pizza or frozen tacos that legally can't be referred to as "food" anywhere on the packaging.)
It, of course, all made perfect sense in the early '80s, because back then Asian food wasn't as common as it is today, which unfortunately cannot be said about Almost Human.
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Almost Human is a TV series starring Karl "Judge Dredd, Bones, and Eomer -- aka Nerd Trifecta" Urban as the gruff, noodle-obsessed detective John Kennex, who has a robot partner and literally starts talking about eating noodles during the first six minutes of Episode 1. Still, even though Almost Human premiered in 2013, Kennex's eating habits can be explained by -- to put it mildly -- the series taking a lot of cues from Blade Runner. And to put it crudely: Almost Human is so in love with Blade Runner's themes of what it means to be human that it's taped the movie's DVD case to a body pillow with a hole cut in the middle.