Well would you look at that! Top Ramen. An American original. You might be thinking ‘aww that’s Japanese,’ but this stuff is as American as it gets. The flavor is made to appeal to the local market. What bums me out is when I say ‘an American original’ all I can think about is my favorite political show which is no more. My dad used to watch The McLaughlin Group for years and I finally hit an age after he was gone that I checked it out and got hooked on it. I’d torture poor Andy and make him watch it all the time. But Dr. McLaughlin died a couple years ago, and they ended the series long run. I would be curious how it would have been if he would have stayed alive longer – how the show would be these days. Anyways, I’ve gone way off track. So soy sauce is known as Shoyu in Japan. This is a kind of Shoyu ramen. Let’s check i tout!
Nissin Top Ramen Soy Sauce Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup – United States
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Says vegetarian on the front and looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block to 2 cups boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!
The noodle block.
The soup base sachet.
A light powder.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, hard boiled egg, spring onion, narutomaki, chashu pork and nanami togarashi. The noodles hydrate as expected. They have a very standard baseline kind of chew – slight plumpness works but just seems a hint less chew than should be. The broth seems much changed from the original Oriental’ flavor. This new recipe definitely has strong notes of mushroom, undoubtedly from replacement of artificial flavors. 2.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 070662010013.
The ones I’m reviewing today were in a box the company sent