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Pot Noodles/Cup Noodles/Instant Ramen

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7 hours ago, Smithy said:

 

This looks to my inexperienced eye as though it is a soup concentrate for noodles (or whatever) and that it does not contain noodles in the packet. Am I reading that right?

 

Yes.

 

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On 6/23/2020 at 11:02 PM, MokaPot said:

Does anybody have any specific recommendations (including the name of the flavor) for products they have tried & that they really like? I'm willing to mail order. My standbys are all considered ramen, but I'm interested in other stuff like laksa, Korean stuff, etc. I do like spicy (hot) flavors as well.

 

Thanks, guys. I'm looking forward to hearing what you all like.

 

I've had a little more than 30 varieties since i started posting on this thread.  They've all just been what i've been able to find in the supermarkets or Walmart, nothing exotic. What i've liked best (pretty much in order) are:

 

Indomie Mi Goreng Fried Noodle

Indomie Barbeque Chicken

Indomie Mi Goreng Hot & Spicy

Nongshim Shin Black Noodle Soup

Nongshim Shin Noodle Soup

Sapporo Ichiban Chow Mein

Nissin RAOH Soy

Nissin RAOH Miso

Nissin RAOH  Umami Tonkotsu

Naked Noodle Singapore Curry

Sapporo Ichiban Original

Nongshim Bowl Noodle Spicy Chicken

Sapporo Ichiban Japanese Noodles Chicken Soup

Nissin Top Ramen Chicken

Nissin Top Ramen Oriental (Soy Sauce) Flavor

Naked Noodle Thai Sweet Chilli

Naked Noodle Thai Green Curry

Maruchan Ramen Noodle Soup Creamy Chicken Flavor


I like Indomie but they're not soupy, so if I want soup I have to have something else.
Nongshim Black is one of my favorites.  I haven't tried the square pack. I guess i need to.

Best quality of noodle I'd have to say Nissin RAOH.  Runner-up, Sapporo Ichiban.
Nissin RAOH is good but too diluted for my tastes so i use less water than the instructions call for. 
Naked Noodle has by far the worst quality noodles but some of the flavors they offer are different and pretty good.

 

What i've liked least:

 

Nongshim Pho Beef Flavor with Sriracha

Naked Noodle Teriyaki

Naked Noodle Chow Mein

Maruchan Instant Lunch Roast Chicken

Maruchan Instant Lunch Chicken

Maruchan Instant Lunch Beef

Annie Chun's Pho

 

Pho is just so bad compared to the real thing.  The flavors of those two varieties of Naked Noodle just aren't good enough to overcome the poor quality of noodle.  There are several Maruchan products that I've liked better than those three.


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@Chimayo Joe, thank you so much for taking the time to write a detailed list. I think we have similar likes in noodles. I'll check out all your recommendations. Thanks again! Appreciate it.

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I never paid much attention to these products.  If they were available in the 60s which I was at UT Austin I never saw them or heard of them.  I tried a few over the years and didn't get the appeal until the poster Huiray here on eG started posting about them in the Lunch and Dinner threads.  I don't read the site much anymore so I don't know if Huiray is still posting.  In answer to a question once he recommended Dragonfly, Nongshim, & Myojo Chukazanmai brands.  I've never found the first locally, Nongshim is almost as ubiquitous as Nissin and Maruchan here; I've had a couple of the Myojo but they aren't common here as far as I've discovered.

 

I tended to avoid the cheap, mass produced (i.e., Nissin and Maruchan)  and discovered a few varieties of other brands I like but then I discovered the Nissin Raoh.  The noodles are really superior, air dried instead of fried.  Raoh means 'King.'  Mostly I'm buying those 3 varieties now, and hording them because the shelves are usually pretty empty these days.

 

Here's some articles I've come across that give some good background and taste judgements.

 

https://www.tastecooking.com/cup-noodle-industrial-complex/?utm_source=pocket-newtab

 

https://www.seriouseats.com/2020/01/shin-ramyun-taste-test.html

 

https://www.seriouseats.com/2020/02/we-pit-cup-noodles-against-cup-noodle-and-the-difference-is-real.html

 

https://www.seriouseats.com/2020/06/american-nongshim-versus-korean-nongshim-instant-noodles.html

 

After reading the Sho Spaeth articles on SE, I try to only buy the packets, not the convenience cups or bowls, and whatever one I buy, I take the noodles out and cook them in boiling water rather than nuke them or 'add hot water and soak.'  It produces a better 'noodle experience' I think. 

 

I haven't had a chance to get out to China Town or up to Korea Town or the 2 small Japanese markets we have but I'm hoping maybe they're able to import some of the products made for the Japanese or Korean markets, which apparently are superior.  These products are marketed here still as cheap food and convenience food but they're taken more seriously in other countries, similar to canned fish products.

 

The Sun refrigerated noodles are excellent but they're only available at 3 places in the whole Houston metropolitan area.  I tend to agree with Kenji on SE that the soup bases in the kits are nothing special so I prefer to buy just the noodles.

 

My fascination with ramen has pretty much swamped my interest in pho.  I have 2 good pho shops near me so I haven't tried home products as much.  I keep  some of the really inexpensive packets around, for snacking rather than a whole meal:  Mama Pho Ga, Mama Pho An Lien, Oh! Ricey from Ace Cooks Pho Bo and Hu Tieu Nam Vang when I can get my hands on them.

 

I like some of the Indomie products as snacks/sides.  Another good one I came across was Ottogi Buckwheat Chilli Noodle.  Have some kimchi on hand to doctor that one up some.

 

 


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@brucesw, thanks for reminding me about the Myojo Chukazanmai. I tried one of their flavors & liked it. I'll try other flavors.

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29 minutes ago, MokaPot said:

@brucesw, thanks for reminding me about the Myojo Chukazanmai. I tried one of their flavors & liked it. I'll try other flavors.


Do try Nissin RAOH if you haven't already.  I'm no ramen expert, so brucesw is probably right about the quality of noodles in those.   My tastes run to spicier, but the RAOH products are some that i will definitely keep buying.  I have a packet of RAOH Miso flavor in my kitchen cabinet which is the only variety i haven't tried that is available in the supermarkets here.


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I had Nissin RAOH Miso yesterday.  The RAOH noodles are better than the other instant ramens i've had.  Like the other RAOH products i've had, the broth seems a bit diluted for my tastes.  I didn't cut back on the amount of water the instructions called for since it was my first time to have the miso variety.  Might have been too salty if i had cut back.  Still, miso is another RAOH winner, so i'll edit my earlier post to add it to my list of favorites.  Changing my verdict on the noodles in that post, too.

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Tried these recently. They are spicy and flavoursome, nice thick noodles. Great 'fresh' but if you get caught up with work, leave them for an hour so they absorb all the soup and then eat... not so much, just a spice bomb. 

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