Re-Review: Sapporo Ichiban Japanese Style Noodles & Chicken Flavored Soup

I’ve been asked by quite a few people in the last few months to re-review this one. It sounds like a lot of you really enjoy this one!  One thing to note is that I’ve also been asked repeatedly about instant varieties that are vegetarian. Most instant noodles made in the USA will contain meat and/or seafood. Why? Well, it’s pretty hard to import chicken and beef into the United States. Standards for agricultural products are pretty strict, so the logic here is that if a foreign company builds a plant here, they don’t have to deal with these restrictions since they’re in the country, using US meat products in what they produce. Knowing this, if you stroll down the aisle of an Asian grocery store, you’ll see quite a few chicken, beef and other flavors which usually are imported and do not contain any beef, chicken or pork. So just a little tip from me – look and see where it’s made on the pack – it might have fish, but should be meat free. These noodles are made in Garden Grove, California. Southern California is the spot where most instant noodle companies that open up plants congregate – easy access to big seaports and centralized distribution has a lot (if not everything) to do with this. Anyways, let’s check out this much requested re-review of Sapporo Ichiban chicken noodles!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, add noodle block to 500ml boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Add in contents of seasoning sachet, stir, and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

Has a nice chicken aroma.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added baked chicken with Jane’s Krazy Mixed Up Pepper and Johnny’s Seafood & Poultry seasoning, spring onion and mung bean sprouts. The noodles had a very good chewiness to them – much firmer than many instants which was nice. The broth is a salty chicken affair – nice and strong a built to please the Us palate for sure. Great stuff! 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 076186000028.

Sapporo Ichiban Japanese Style Noodles and Chicken Flavored Soup, 3.5-Ounce (Pack of 24)

Sapporo Ichiban is located in Garden Grove, CA. Here’s something a little different – this is the Garden Grove local TV channel – LIVE! It takes a second to buffer, so be a little patient.


  1. I really enjoyed reading your posts on all the Sapporo noodles. Walked down the aisles of Wal-Mart and stumbled on 2 packages of Saporro noodles. By far my favourite brand that I’ve tasted. Will continue to dig through your blog for more to search for others!

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