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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.

#2327: Nissin Cup Noodles Spicy Lime Shrimp Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup (New Recipe)

#2327: Nissin Cup Noodles Spicy Lime Shrimp Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup (New Recipe) - United States - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

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

#2327: Nissin Cup Noodles Spicy Lime Shrimp Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup (New Recipe) - United States - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

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!

#2327: Nissin Cup Noodles Spicy Lime Shrimp Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup (New Recipe) - United States - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The iconic foam cup.

#2327: Nissin Cup Noodles Spicy Lime Shrimp Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup (New Recipe) - United States - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge). Note in big letters Do Not Microwave Cup.

#2327: Nissin Cup Noodles Spicy Lime Shrimp Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup (New Recipe) - United States - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The noodle block.

#2327: Nissin Cup Noodles Spicy Lime Shrimp Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup (New Recipe) - United States - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Loose vegetable, shrimp and seasoning from the cup.

#2327: Nissin Cup Noodles Spicy Lime Shrimp Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup (New Recipe) - United States - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

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.

#2327: Nissin Cup Noodles Spicy Lime Shrimp Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup (New Recipe) - United States - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Nissin Cup Variety Pack 3 Noodle Soups Chicken Beef and Shrimp 9 Count

Indeed, this happens to me everytime I eat Nissin Cup Noodles.

Ramen Posters & Stickers By Fanny Chu

Ramen Posters & Stickers By Fanny Chu

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!

Ramen Posters & Stickers By Fanny Chu

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

Ramen Posters & Stickers By Fanny Chu

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.

Ramen Posters & Stickers By Fanny Chu

I really like this one (click to enlarge). This is the Mt Fuji background one – get it here.

Ramen Posters & Stickers By Fanny Chu

She also sent stickers (click to enlarge). You can get them here. Thanks for sending these along! They’re great!

#2315: Goku-Uma Ramen Noodles Miso Flavor

Here’s one of a line I’ve been kind of on the fence about lately. I tried their tonkotsu and was a little disappointed and hopeful that this miso will be a different story. Shall we have a look?

Detail of the side and bottom (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add sachets and boiling water to line. Cover for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

A dry sachet.

A vegetable garnish.

A liquid sachet.

The liquid base.

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles are so-so; they end up hydrated with a slightly off al dente kind of feel to them. Just something I don’t like; like they want to be like a single noodle. The broth wasn’t bad – not the bitter sub-miso I’ve had before – but one that’s not too strong. The vegetables did well. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 074410396497.

The Ramen Book

A recipe for miso ramen.