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#2383: Nissin Cup Noodles Beef Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup (New Recipe)

#2383: Nissin Cup Noodles Beef Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup (New Recipe) - The Ramen Rater - USA - instant noodles

Okay so here’s another one of the new recipe Cup Noodles from Nissin Foods USA – thanks again for sending ’em over! I did a kind of experiment a while back – one that ended pretty well. See, on Instagram I often see people enjoying their instant noodles alongside a beer as well as some form of Chee-Tos, whether they be regular, Flamin’ Hot or Flamin’ Hot Limon. What’s kind of funny about it is that it sort of makes sense. See, Chee-Tos kind of have the same effect on instant noodles as tempura. Weird but true – they’re crunchy but also work well in broth. It’s alright if you think I’m crazy, but I do find this somewhat poetic. Let’s check it out.

Nissin Cup Noodles Beef Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup (New Recipe) – United States

#2383: Nissin Cup Noodles Beef Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup (New Recipe) - The Ramen Rater - USA - instant noodles

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains beef. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and cover for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

#2383: Nissin Cup Noodles Beef Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup (New Recipe) - The Ramen Rater - USA - instant noodles

The iconic cup, unscathed by the march of time and progress.

#2383: Nissin Cup Noodles Beef Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup (New Recipe) - The Ramen Rater - USA - instant noodles

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2383: Nissin Cup Noodles Beef Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup (New Recipe) - The Ramen Rater - USA - instant noodles

The noodle block.

#2383: Nissin Cup Noodles Beef Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup (New Recipe) - The Ramen Rater - USA - instant noodles

Some of the loose bits from inside the cup.

#2383: Nissin Cup Noodles Beef Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup (New Recipe) - The Ramen Rater - USA - instant noodles

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, cilantro, Chee-Tos, hard boiled egg,beef and crushed red pepper. The noodles are thin and hydrated nicely. They have a soft tooth and are what you’d expect. Also a decent quantity of them. The broth does taste like a thin beef broth. Vegetable bits hydrated well. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 070662030011.

#2383: Nissin Cup Noodles Beef Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup (New Recipe) - The Ramen Rater - USA - instant noodles

Nissin C u p Noodles Beef Flavor Soup 2.25 oz (Pack of 24)


Nissin Foods hasn’t changed the recipe for Cup Noodles since their unveiling in 1971.

#2379: Nissin Cup Noodles Hot & Spicy Shrimp Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup (New Recipe)

#2379: Nissin Cup Noodles Hot & Spicy Shrimp Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup (New Recipe) - United States - The Ramen Rater

Well, this is it. Right now, I’m listening to the inauguration of Donald J. Trump. It’s January 20th, 2017 and kind of a weird day. I thought it would be fitting to review something from the United States today. 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 Hot & Spicy Shrimp a try!

Nissin Cup Noodles Hot & Spicy Shrimp Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup (New Recipe) – United States

#2379: Nissin Cup Noodles Hot & Spicy Shrimp Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup (New Recipe) - United States - The Ramen Rater

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

#2379: Nissin Cup Noodles Hot & Spicy Shrimp Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup (New Recipe) - United States - The Ramen Rater

The iconic cup! Although the recipe has changed, the cup hasn’t.

#2379: Nissin Cup Noodles Hot & Spicy Shrimp Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup (New Recipe) - United States - The Ramen Rater

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2379: Nissin Cup Noodles Hot & Spicy Shrimp Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup (New Recipe) - United States - The Ramen Rater

The noodle block.

#2379: Nissin Cup Noodles Hot & Spicy Shrimp Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup (New Recipe) - United States - The Ramen Rater

Some of the loose ingredients. In spite of being a shrimp variety, I couldn’t find any shrimp. Perhaps they are hiding out in the noodle block.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, shrimp and Cholula Original hot sauce. The noodles are of the standard Cup Noodles gauge and softness that are found in the domestic United States varieties. A good quantity as well. The broth had a hint of spiciness and a shrimp taste. What was a letdown here was that there were no shrimp. Zero. Zilch. Nada. I’m guessing maybe they just missed this cup or they don’t put the little shrimp in these. 2.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 070662030127.

#2379: Nissin Cup Noodles Hot & Spicy Shrimp Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup (New Recipe) - United States - The Ramen Rater

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 Hot & Spicy Shrtimp Chicken variant is part of.

New Cup Noodles From Nissin Foods USA (1 of 2)

Nissin Foods USA recently changed their instant Cup Noodles recipe for the first time in decades. Why? To lower sodium, MSG and artificial flavorings. Here are the samples they kindly send – they got new clothes as well!

Under the lid.

Here are four of the eight revamped recipes (click to enlarge). From left to right: Chicken Vegetable, Chicken, Beef and Shrimp. Thanks! Eager to give them all a fresh review!

#2056: Koyo Reduced Sodium Garlic & Pepper Ramen

Can’t remember where I got this one, but it’s been a long time since I’ve reviewed anything by Koyo so I thought I’d check it out. So lower sodium, organic noodles, Vegan… But how will it taste? It’s tough to cover all these bases and make something that’s going to have a lot of flavor. Let’s find out!

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

A small noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

Has an odd scent; very curious.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and kizami shoga. The noodles are thick – more like ramyun. They have an alright chew; although they seem almost doughy- and not Hakata style ramen noodle doughy. The broth does taste of garlic and pepper, but it’s so very bland. It really is like you could boil some pepper and a clove of garlic and achieve the same results. Not at all to my liking. 0.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 813551002306.

KOYO Reduced Sodium Garlic and Pepper Ramen Made with Organic Noodles, 2.1 Ounce (Pack of 12)

I think every time I do a review of Vegan noodles I end up with this video. This lady seems kind of strange, with her affinity for posing with vegetables as she does, but the dish she makes actually does sound pretty good.

#1926: Nissin Bowl Noodles Hot & Spicy Chicken Flavor Less Sodium Ramen Noodle Soup

Here’s a new one from Nissin – a lower sodium version of their Hot & Spicy chicken bowl! Not many lower sodium varieties cross my desk usually – this one is 30% lower than the regular Hot & spicy chicken bowl. Let’s check it out!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, remove lid and add in non-liquid sachets. Add room temperature water to fill line and microwave (1000W) for 3 minutes. Let sit for 1 additional minute in the microwave. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

Has a nice zesty scent.

The vegetable sachet.

Quite a decent quantity and nice mixture.

The ‘Soup Booster’ sachet.

A seasoned oil with a spicy scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added coriander, baked chicken and hard boiled egg. The noodles come out of the microwave piping hot and soft – nicely so. The broth has a very good flavor despite it being a lower sodium variety. The included veggies hydrated nicely. The Soup Booster’s oiliness gives the broth a good thickness. Kind of like a Mexican instant noodle bowl. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 070662096413.

Nissin Hot & Spicy Chicken Flavor Bowl Noodles (18 Pack)

A Nissin USA commercial for their Chow Mein line.