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#2298: Nissin Cup Noodles Spicy Chile Chicken Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup (New Recipe)

Nissin Cup Noodles Spicy Chile Chicken

Finally, after decades of sticking with the same recipe, Nissin has decided to go with something new. On Cup Noodles’ 45th anniversary here in the USA, they’ve changed it to make it healthier. Some changes are no added MSG and no artificial flavors. Furthermore they’ve lowered the amount of sodium in these cups from the previous versions using potassium chloride.  So, let’s give this Spicy Chile Chicken a try!

#2298: Nissin Cup Noodles Spicy Chile Chicken Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup (New Recipe)

Nissin Cup Noodles Spicy Chile Chicken

Detail from the cardboard outer packaging (click to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, open lid halfway and add boiling water to fill line. Cover for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Nissin Cup Noodles Spicy Chile Chicken

The iconic cup in all of its glory! Maybe the same old cup, but it works well.

Nissin Cup Noodles Spicy Chile Chicken

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

Nissin Cup Noodles Spicy Chile Chicken

The seasoned noodle block.

Nissin Cup Noodles Spicy Chile Chicken

Seasoning and loose vegetables from the cup. Seems like some bell pepper, corn and chicken bits here.

Nissin Cup Noodles Spicy Chile Chicken

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, hard boiled egg, sous vide chicken, spring onion and nanami togarashi. The noodles hydrated well and had a better than expected chewiness. In addition, broth has a very good taste – a light spiciness with a kind of cumin hit – maybe chile de arbol pepper? As a result, I think spicy chile chicken is a fitting title. Finally, the vegetables hydrated well. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 070662030110.

Nissin Cup Noodles Spicy Flavor Chile Chicken, 2.25-Ounces (Pack of 12)

A Nissin Foods USA promo video about the new version Cup Noodles line this Spicy Chile Chicken variant is part of.

The January Box From Exotic Noods!

Exotic Noods is a monthly subscription service where you can get a few neat varieties of instant noodles shipped to your door! This is really great for those who are nowhere near an Asian grocery – or those of you who are but have no idea where to start or what to try. Their picks are usually pretty good – stuff most people will enjoy. Let’s crack this box open and see what’s inside!!

Here’s what I found under the lid (click to enlarge).

A little pamphlet outlining the varieties within.

A nice assortment (click to enlarge)! Clockwise from top left, we have Samyang Ramen, a South Korean bowl which was originally introduced in 1963. Next is Nongshim Kimchi Noodle Soup – one I real;ly liked. Beneath that is a past The Ramen Rater’s top Ten List pick – Nissin Yakisoba. Finally, Maruchan Kitsune Udon and a few pairs of chopsticks. Note – the Nissin Yakisoba is upside down, as my assistant was ‘helping…’

I had to take this picture really fast as he ran around the apartment shaking this one and yelling at it happily. Thank to Exotic Noods for the sample box – check out their website today!

#2277: Goku-Uma Ramen Noodles Soy Sauce Flavor

Some days I really need to wake up before I get started. Case in point, today I deleted the above image after I had taken pictures of what was inside of the bowl! If you didn’t, know, you cal ‘undelete’ files – lots of utilities out there that do it. So there it is. Let’s crack it open figuratively and check it out!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, add in sachet contents and boiling water to fill line. Let steep for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

A light powder.

The solid ingredients sachet.

Looks like shrimp and greenery.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, and hard boiled egg. The noodles came out pretty well although a littler on the spongy side. The broth tasted like a shoyu but was a little off. The vegetables were a nice combo, but the menma was mushy. 2.75 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 074410396640.

The Ramen Book

A recipe for tonkotsu.

#2276: Nissin Cup Noodles With Shrimp Ramen Noodle Soup (New Recipe)

After decades of sticking with the same recipe, Nissin has decided to go with something new. On Cup Noodles’ 45th anniversary here in the USA, they’ve changed it to include no added MSG and no artificial flavors. Let’s give this a try!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp and pork. To prepare, open lid halfway and add boiling water to fill line. Cover for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Although the contents of the cup has changed, the outside of the foam cup remains the same as far as I can tell.

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

Bits of vegetable and shrimp from inside the cup.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, shrimp, shinchimi togarashi, spring onion, hard boiled egg and narutomaki. The noodles came out decently – thin and flat as Cup Noodles are usually. The broth didn’t exactly scream shrimp to me; it seemed to be slightly on the bland side unfortunately. The amount of shrimp although small was decent for a cup of instant noodles and they had good flavor. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 070662030028.

Nissin the Original Cup Noodles with Shrimp Twenty-four 2.5 Ounce Ramen Cups

A Nissin Foods USA promo video about the new version Cup Noodles line.

#2267: Shirakiku Karami Ramen Spicy Chili Flavor Japanese Style Noodle With Soup Base

Here’s another one sent by a reader named Colin from the east coast – thanks again! I’m giving this one not a re-review but a full new review. I tried it in the past – it was review #125. Why a new review and not a re-review? Well, I don’t see anything on the old one mentioning non-fried noodles and think that maybe this has changed. The packaging has changed, but unsure if that’s denoting a difference. The brand Shirakiku is one of Nishimoto. Basically, kind of think of Trader Joe’s – they source foreign/domestic brands and re-brand them for sale in the USA under their name. That’s the case usually with Shirakiku.  Let’s have a look!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains fish, shellfish and crustacean. To prepare, add noodle block to 1 3/4 cups boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

The non-fried noodle block.

The soup base sachet (I forgot to take the picture before I put the contents into the little cup but used a little Photoshop to reconstruct the cut top left corner).

The soup base has a seafood scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, narutomaki and ito togarashi. The noodles came out alright although they seemed a little foreign to the broth; they just didn’t seem like they wanted to be friends. The broth was a kind of spicy shoyu/miso-ish WTF which just screamed of something not being correct. I don’t know what’s going on here but it’s just kind of a wrongsalaught. I think I may go ahead and try other varieties in this range in hopes of a winner though. 2.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Finished (click to enlarge). UPC bar code 074410415167.

Shirakiku Japanese Style Instant Ramen Soy Noodle Sauce, 14.63 Ounce

A mom and her son go to an Asian grocery. I really like seeing things like this.