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Re-Review: Great Value Spicy Ramen Noodles (Flu Edition)

Re-Review: Great Value Spicy Ramen Noodles (Flu Edition) - Canada - The Ramen Rater - fire noodle challenge

If you look at the header on the site, you’ll see the Noodle Shop is gone. It used to be there but it’s not anymore. Why? Well, Amazon decided to get rid of their aStore thing, so I guess that’s that for the little store thing. However, that freed up a spot so I decided to put my YouTube Channel up there instead! I have been doing a lot of videos lately – especially ones having to do with hot and spicy things. Anyways, yesterday I posted a video of me attempting to eat a bowl of this really spicy Japanese variety – but there’s a catch. I have the flu. I don’t know if it was violent as it seemed or I am just weakened by the flu. Anyways, I definitely failed the attempt (don’t fret – I’ll be doing it again soon) and thought hey – let’s do something else spicy.

I should mention that the first time I tried these was by the grace of my sister who bravely traversed the northlands to find a Walmart in Delta, BC – thank you! This pack hails from Richmond, BC where they just opened a Walmart near Yaohan and Aberdeen Centre.

Well, I hate to break it to you, but this spicy one from Walmart Canada is about as spicy as a banana. No, really – I think if you used half the water called for it would seem tough to put a finger on spiciness. But honestly, I do like this one – they’re cheap – a Great Value!

An interesting thing about this one – it’s made in the United States. This makes my mind leak. Great Value products are here in the United States, but no Great Value instant noodles. But it doesn’t remind me of any instant noodles made here. Who’s private labeling this one? I mean, the square noodle blocks are a little out of the ordinary. Perhaps a single noodle line just for supplying Walmart Canada? I mean it’s feasible – lots of Walmarts in Canada and I’m sure they sell a lot of instant noodles. A mystery.

Some store brand instants really are quite comforting in a time of flu, this being one of them. So sit back, relax and check out this review – and make sure to check out the video at the bottom or just click on the Youtube link at the top – lots of videos to watch.

Re-Review: Great Value Spicy Ramen Noodles (Flu Edition) – Canada

Re-Review: Great Value Spicy Ramen Noodles (Flu Edition) - Canada - The Ramen Rater - fire noodle challenge

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block to 2 cups boiling water and cook 3 minutes. Take off of heat and add sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Re-Review: Great Value Spicy Ramen Noodles (Flu Edition) - Canada - The Ramen Rater - fire noodle challenge

A square noodle block.

Re-Review: Great Value Spicy Ramen Noodles (Flu Edition) - Canada - The Ramen Rater - fire noodle challenge

The soup base sachet/.

Re-Review: Great Value Spicy Ramen Noodles (Flu Edition) - Canada - The Ramen Rater - fire noodle challenge

A light powder.

Re-Review: Great Value Spicy Ramen Noodles (Flu Edition) - Canada - The Ramen Rater - fire noodle challenge

Finished (click to enlarge). Added an egg and a slice of Kraft Singles processed cheese. Noodles are plump and have a nice tooth to them. The broth has a comfortable feel and goes very well with the flu. Very therapeutic! I detect notes of salt and paprika, but as far as spiciness goes, this is as spicy as a banana. Indeed, a Great Value. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 62891536609.

Re-Review: Great Value Spicy Ramen Noodles (Flu Edition) - Canada - The Ramen Rater - fire noodle challenge

Sam Walton: Made In America

My fire noodle challenge video of this product!

#2242: Great Value Beef Style Noodles With Vegetables

Here’s one my sister brought me back from Canada – thanks again! Ah, Walmart. They’re probably the biggest store around and there are lots of them. What’s funny is that these are made in the United States and sold in Canada – but you can’t find them at Walmart store in the United States. Let’s check out the elusive Walmart Great Value cup noodle!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add boiling water to the fill line and cover for 3 minutes. stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

Some vegetables and loose seasonings from the cup.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion and beef sauteed with soy sauce. The noodles were kind of on the blah side; nothing remarkable. The broth was salty and had a beef taste. Vegetables hydrated. 2.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 628915231731.

Sam Walton: Made In America

A good documentary called ‘The Ago Of Walmart’

#2167: Great Value Vegetable Flavour Noodles With Vegetables

Here’s one my sister got me from up in Canada for my birthday! Thank you! Walmar instant noodles!

I have a sad announcement to make. On 7/31/2016 at 4:40am, I bumped into the little container that held my sake cups that I use to display the contents of seasoning sachets. Got these as a birthday present in 2012, and they first went into service in review #684. At first I thought I’d only lost two, but I gave the other two that fell with them a little squeeze and another of the little white cups made a creaking sound, so it’s cracked through. Some might find my sadness a little bizarre, but I think many will understand that you get used to using tools and when they’re gone, it really, really sucks. Hoping I can find the same ones – I’ve looked before but never seen them again. Most likely, I’ll get a new set – they will show up for review #2168.

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and let steep covered for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

A little bit of the vegetables from the cup.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, tofu puff, spring onion and cilantro. The noodles are pretty good – a little crumbly. The broth has that kind of butter and broccoli taste to it; very meh on this application. The actual bits of vegetable in with this cup were so-so. 2.5 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 628915242102.

The Wal-Mart Effect: How the World’s Most Powerful Company Really Works–and HowIt’s Transforming the American Economy

Would bne interesting to see this rolling down the road, eh?

#2110: Great Value Vegetable Flavour Ramen Noodles

I’m still a little surprised at how much I’ve liked these Walmart instant noodles from Canada; they’re really not at all bad. Sure, they’re very basic, but then again what do you expect? My sister got me these for my birthday! Thanks again, Sue! Well, let’s dig in!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block to 2 cup (500ml) boiling water and cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and add contents of seasoning sachet. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

Kind of has a buttery scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, coriander and spring onion. The noodles are a little bit on the doughy side in this one – not a complaint – they were good. The broth has a kind of butter and vegetable kind of taste; don’t know how else to describe it. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 628915242591.

Sam Walton: Made In America

A short history of Walmart from it’s inception to 1990.

#2073: Great Value Spicy Ramen Noodles

Awesome. Spicy instant noodles my sister got me for my birthday – from Walmart in Canada! Thank you again! So far these have been pretty good – the beef one tasted like beef and the chicken tasted like chicken. The operative word here is tasted; so many Canadian varieties don’t have a lot of flavor to them. However I should note these are manufactured in the United States. Not a slam on Canada though – I really like Canada! Let’s check this one out!

Detail of the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block to 500ml boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block..

The soup base sachet.

An ultra light powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added coriander, leftover seasoned ground beef for tacos, spring onion, shard cheddar and red chilli flakes. The noodles are just great – a very standard instant noodle gauge. The broth is a lightly spicy kind of light chicken broth. I’m surprised how good it is; I had this about 4 times when I was sick a couple months ago and it was so good with cheese and egg dropped into it. This is nice! 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 628915231717.

Sam Walton: Made In America

A Walmart Canada TV commercial.

#2045: Great Value Chicken Style Ramen Noodles

My sister got these for my birthday up in Canada – thank you! I’ve wanted to review some Walmart branded instant noodles for years; just seems fitting that Walmart would have instant noodles. These were bought in Canada, however they’re made in the United States. However, I’ve never seen instant noodles with the Great Value brand inside the United States… Anyways, let’s crack this open and see how this one fares.

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block to 2 cup (500ml) boiling water and cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and add contents of seasoning sachet. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

A chicken scented powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added chicken and processed cheese. The noodles have a decent gauge and chew to them I liked. As for the broth, this was decent – not bland and had a good chicken flavor. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 628915231687.

Sam Walton: Made In America

A great documentary of the history of Walmart.

#2016: Great Value Chicken Style Noodles With Vegetables

Another one my sister picked up for me in Canada – thanks again! Today, my boy Andy’s feeling a little under the weather, so I thought some Canadian chicken noodles would do him good. Well, I should say my sister sourced them in Canada; the package says they are a product of the United States. I really wonder who private labels these for Walmart. I’m sure someone will let me know! Anyways, let’s see what’s up with this cup.

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but look for yourself. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and let steep covered for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

Some vegetables from the cup – looks like spring onion, corn and carrot.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added kamaboko and processed cheese. The noodles are a little more hearty – thick and chewy. They hydrated well and there’s a decent quantity. The broth has flavor! Not bland! What is also nice is that it tastes liike chicken! The supplied vegetables hydrated well enough. I think I’m seeing a theme here – Canada should import it’s instant noodles from the United States. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 628915231724.

The Wal-Mart Effect: How the World’s Most Powerful Company Really Works–and HowIt’s Transforming the American Economy

A fascinating video about the futuristic looking transport systems that Walmart is investigating to bring products to their stores more efficiently.

#2013: Great Value Beef Style Ramen Noodles

My sister got these for my birthday up in Canada – thank you! I’ve wanted to review some Walmart branded instant noodles for years; just seems fitting that Walmart would have instant noodles. These were bought in Canada, however they’re made in the United States. However, I’ve never seen instant noodles with the Great Value brand inside the United States… Anyways, let’s crack this open and see how this one fares.

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block to 2 cup (500ml) boiling water and cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and add contents of seasoning sachet. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

The soup base powder – has a beef scent and is very fine.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added beef, sweet onion and coriander. The noodles are very standard with the slight slippery glutenous layer on the outside. They have a very standard gauge. The broth is a very standard beef as well; single sachet and tastes like beef. It is set apart from other Canadian varieties in the way that it isn’t completely bland, but has an alright flavor. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 628915242584.

Sam Walton: Made In America

A great documentary of the history of Walmart.

Walmart Canada Instant Noodles For My Birthday!

My sister took a trip to Canada and asked if there was anything I wanted while she was up there. Well, I asked for Great Value instant noodles from Canadian Walmart. What’s crazy is you can’t buy them individually – you have to buy a big box of them. She got me every flavor of the packs and cups!

Yep (click to enlarge) – and what’s crazy? They’re made in the USA… Hmmm… Who’s private labelling these I wonder…

Three varieties of cups!

Something about the French spelling of beef cracks me up (click to enlarge). Thank you very much to my sister – above and beyond!