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Re-Review: Maruchan Ramen Noodle Soup Creamy Chicken Flavor

We heard the news about QZ8501 last night – very sad news indeed. We flew from Penang to Langkawi during our Malaysia trip on a bright red AirAsia jet. Today the red is gone. We send our hopes to the passengers crew and their families. Here is a live blog on news of the flight.

One of my favorite things in life is the after holiday turkey sandwich. Two thick slices of bread slathered in fine mayonnaise with some oven baked turkey goodness. Another favorite is this particular variety of instant noodles. I would say that I’ve been enjoying these Maruchan Ramen Noodle Soup Creamy Chicken flavor packs at least once around this season for years now. I guess it’s the comfort food kind of taste it kicks out – reminds me of childhood.

Here’s Christmas dinner (click image to enlarge) – it was awesome stuff – my wife makes an amazing turkey, stuffed with apples, onion, rosemary, thyme and lots of butter. My mom always makes the homemade gravy from the drippings, too. It’s great stuff.  We even had this new kind of cake for dessert – Blue Velvet cake (I immediately thought of the movie when I saw the box at the store and thought it sounded fascinating). Anyways, a very tasty meal and again, the comfort thing. Let’s check out Maruchan Ramen Noodle Soup Creamy Chicken flavor and draw some parallels.

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, boil 2 cups of water and add noodle block. Cook for 3 minutes. Take off the heat and add sachet contents and stir for a minute. Enjoy! There’s a sort of parallel here with the gravy, as you stir it as it cools and it thickens up a little, kind of like the broth in this one.

The noodle block.

The ubiquitous Maruchan soup base sachet.

A very fine powder with a cream of chicken sort of scent.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added corn, lima beans, Christmas turkey and sliced spring onion. The noodles are the standard Maruchan domestic fare, with a standard gauge and light chew. The beauty in this one is the broth which has a very hearty and creamy flavor. This is the ultimate comfort feel instant made in the United States at this point, that’s for sure. What’s fascinating is how it kind of has the same feel as tonkotsu, which is a ramen whose broth is milky in color and made from boiling pork bones for hours – yet it’s chicken.  It’s extremely easy to find and it’s really that good. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 041789002519.

For those of you who can’t find this in your local grocery store, here you go: Maruchan Ramen, Creamy Chicken, 3-Ounce Packages (Pack of 24)

Wait a second – I thought there was only one.

#352: Maruchan Chili Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

So my friend Todd hooked me up with this stuff – thanks man! Haven’t seen this one before, so let’s give it a try.

What a standard single packet of domestic made ramen noodle soup seasoning! This should be interesting enough I think; usually I see hot flavored packets of flavoring out of Korea and Thailand but really not so much out of the USA.

Dark red and angry! Wasn’t expecting that… Was very nice to look at the packet ingredients and see chili as the second one! Impressive…

Click image to enlarge. The finished product. Added a couple hard boiled eggs, some Tony Chachere’s Creole seasoning and a little Amanfopong chili powder. Was reasonably ‘hot & spicy’ flavored for a domestic product. It kind of ended there though – would’ve been nice if it had maybe more of a veg flavor too. 2.75 out of 5.0 stars. Get it here.

#183: Nissin Bowl Noodles Hot & Spicy Chicken Flavor

Some very domesticated Nissin Hot & Spicy! Haven’t tried this kind before – hoping it’s good!

So three packets – Vegetables, powdered soup base and their patented ‘soup booster’ packet (liquid).

So the soup booster goes in last, but here’s the cake of noodle, veggies and powder soup base. It microwaved for 3 minutes, thirty seconds and then sat for a minute.

Click image to enlarge. Then add the soup booster, give it a few stirs and voila! This is the finished product! So this has an interesting flavor. I’m not going to say its very chicken flavored. In fact I would go so far to say that this reminds me of Korean noodles that have a picture of a chili pepper on them. The noodles are pretty good – especially after being microwaved like that. The broth is weird; not a lot of it and it’s spicy but a really nondescript flavor other than ‘hot n spicy’ like the Flamin’ Hot that goes on Chee-Tos. The veggies were ample but I found that they liked to hide a lot. This lack of buoyancy for lack of a better word was kind of disappointing as the waterlogged bits fell short. Anyways, I’m giving the whole shbang 2.0 out of 5.0 stars. It was good because I couldn’t decide on anything else to eat, but it filled the void and nothing else. Get it here. UPC bar code 070662096314.