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Re-Review: Maruchan Instant Lunch Hot & Spicy Beef Flavor Ramen With Vegetables

Maruchan Instant Lunch is one of those products you see everywhere in the United States at grocery stores. Maruchan makes these cups as well as packs of ramen. They’re popular in Mexico as well – people refer to soup a lot of the time as ‘maruchan’ as it has become so popular and intrinsic to daily life. A month or so ago, I saw a post on Instagram. This guy was saying how he could eat these Instant Lunch cups (this flavor in particular) for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. I thought to myself, ‘have I reviewed this one?’ Well as it turns out I had – but it was way back in June of 2011. I’m always on the hunt for instant noodles that cannot be found within the United States – the more exotic the better. This guy’s enthusiasm about this little cup that can be found virtually everywhere here in the USA piqued my curiosity; is it worth another try? So when out grocery shopping, I decided to get one. After two weeks of enjoying varieties from Southeast Asia, I think this should be interesting. Let’s check it out!

Here’s the detail from the cardboard outer packaging (click image to enlarge). Contains beef. To prepare, open lid halfway and add boiling water up to the inside line. Close lid and let sit for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

The iconic Instant Lunch cup in all its’ glory.

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block, infused with flavoring.

These Maruchan Instant Lunch cups don’t include a sachet; the seasoning and vegetables are all in the cup. Here are some of the vegetables.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added a green onion, thin sliced sukiyaki beef, Texas Pete Hot Sauce, and an egg fried within a red bell pepper ring with a dash of Jane’s Krazy Mixed Up Salt. The noodles were thin and light. They were almost fluffy and although not spongy or crumbly, offered little chewiness and a kind of ready to swallow mouthfeel. The broth was alright – had a nice little hit of spiciness and a good beef flavor. The vegetables hydrated well for the most part. 2.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 041789001420.

Nothing more awesome than a maricahi band enjoying instant noodles – Awesome!