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
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!
The iconic cup, unscathed by the march of time and progress.
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.
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
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!
The iconic cup! Although the recipe has changed, the cup hasn’t.
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.
Okay so here’s another one of the new recipe Cup Noodles from Nissin Foods USA – thanks again for sending ’em over! The new recipe features reduction in sodium as well as no added MSG and no artificial flavors. Let’s have a look!
Nissin Cup Noodles Spicy Lime Shrimp Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup (New Recipe) – United States
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains chicken and shrimp. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and cover for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!
Loose vegetable, shrimp and seasoning from the cup.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added coriander, shrimp and chilli flake. The noodles are the standard Cup Noodles variety found in the USA products. They are a little thicker and chewier than their Japanese counterparts. The broth? It has a nice lime and shrimp taste with a lick of spiciness. The included bits were decent – and while I would’ve loved to see a zillion more of the shrimp, I would say that they’re pretty good. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 070662031025.
Exotic Noods (www.exoticnoods.com) is a monthly subscription box – 4 varieties from around the world arrive at your door with chopsticks and info on them. Pretty great, especially if you don’t know what to try, don’t have an Asian grocery anywhere near where you live… Many reasons to check out an instant noodle subscription service. I think the best reason is to try something new and expand your palate! This box is a ‘premium’ box – wioth a lot of extras! Let’s look inside!
Exotic Noods Sends Their New Premium Box – United States
Lots of things inside!
Okay – so these two (click to enlarge) won’t be found in their subscription boxes. They were brought back specifically for me from Taiwan – thank you very much!
You get a nice little booklet with info on the instant noodles (click to enlarge) – a little background on each one as to where they’re from and what they’ll be like.
Wow – nice set (click to enlarge)! A couple of very nice nabeyaki bowls from Japan and two South Korean varieties in cups. What’s more, the premium box features garnishes. There’s Korean mustard, gochujang, and spicy sesame oil as well as a little envelop and some chopsticks.
What in the envelope? Some different seasoning sachet (click to enlarge)! Nice little additions to make things even better. Thank you for the samples! Looking forward to reviewing them! Check out www.exoticnoods.com to find out more!
I was contacted last year by Fanny Chu, a California artist with a true love for ramen. In fact, she designed a ramen poster, highlighting many of the different varieties of ramen in Japan. Well, she’s done a big update to the poster and now it includes a whopping 42 different varieties. They can be bought here. Let’s have a look!
Actually before I continue, I’m guessing you noticed that the mailing tube was in a shopping cart. I like to laminte poster companies send at Costco business Center. It’s kind of like regular Costco but with some businessy stuff like a really nice print shop.
Well, the mailman was really lagging and so it was time to go and I was really hoping to get stuff laminated – and as we’re pulling out, the mailman pulled up and I got the tube with the posters. So back to Costco -of course like any other Costco, they have large quantities like you see here. I was surprised to find out that Costco is actually in other countries – Taiwan is one. I like in Kenmore, which is next to Bothell (yes – Bot-hell is where bad robots go when they die), which is next to Kirkland. Kirkland brand is all over Costco, and in fact it’s named after where the first Costco is, which is about a 20 minute drive from here. Anyways…
Ramen Posters & Stickers By Fanny Chu – United States
Here’s one of the posters (click to enlarge). They’re big – 3 feet tall! You can get this one here. You can see Fanny’s artist stamp in the top right corner.