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#3184: Maruchan Ramen Noodle Soup Pork Flavor – United States

#3184: Maruchan Ramen Noodle Soup Pork Flavor - United States

I thought hey I’ve got this other one – I should review it too. So here we are. It’s funny how there are two crowds; one that likes this brand and one that likes the other economy class instant here in the United States. They’ve both got their strengths, and the one with Maruchan I would say is the variety of flavors in their Ramen Noodle Soup range. There’s a ton of them – many of which are kind of hard to find. This is one I haven’t seen often. I think the first time I had this was back in early 2010 – yep that link is good old review #66. Looks like I re-reviewed it the next year.

What’s interesting is when this was reviewed and where. The bowl and placemat are a dead giveaway – the bowl is from Hawaii and the placemat pegs it as one of the miniscule handful of reviews I’ve done at my mom’s house in Anacortes, Washington. Not only that, the text of review #66 is interesting as well. I pose the question ‘is there even pork ramen in the world’ – wow. Dude, yeah there’s pork ramen. Look to Japan! Look to tonkotsu!

To think about ten years ago I was this clueless about the plaything instant noodles were to me at the time.I’ll admit I look back fondly at those days – I’m guessing this is the day before I flew down to California to help Kit get everything together so we could move into our new apartment in Edmonds, Washington. Where we lived within a very short walk of a 99 Ranch Market and started my march towards learning about and eventually travelling multiple times to Asia. Crazy.

The wheel in the sky keeps on turning. Let’s revisit this one, with a new packaging and see how it is now that I’ve got over 3,000 more reviews under my belt.

Maruchan Ramen Noodle Soup Pork Flavor – United States

#3184: Maruchan Ramen Noodle Soup Pork Flavor - United States

Detail of the outer packaging (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, boil noodle block in 2 cups water for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and add sachet contents and stir one full minute. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3184: Maruchan Ramen Noodle Soup Pork Flavor - United States

The noodle block.

#3184: Maruchan Ramen Noodle Soup Pork Flavor - United States

A dry sachet.

#3184: Maruchan Ramen Noodle Soup Pork Flavor - United States

A light powder.

#3184: Maruchan Ramen Noodle Soup Pork Flavor - United States

Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft egg, chashu pork, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, and black sesame seeds. The noodles are soft and have a very comfortable tooth to them. The broth has a salty pork chop kind of taste to them which is interesting. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 041789002137.

#3184: Maruchan Ramen Noodle Soup Pork Flavor - United States

Maruchan Ramen Pork Flavor, 3.0 Oz, 24 Count

Watch me cook on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

Watch me experiment on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

#3182: Maruchan Ramen Noodle Soup Roast Beef Flavor – United States

#3182: Maruchan Ramen Noodle Soup Roast Beef Flavor - United States

I’ve reviewed this in the past, but this one has new packaging and so gets a new number. I dunno – could have a new recipe too. Many companies are making subtle below the radar changes on their domestic product lines including lowering sodium. It’s kind of funny; people complain about the amount of sodium in instant noodles, but when presented a lower sodium product that exclaims the feature, they’ll shy away with thoughts of blandness. It just goes to show people are kind of conflicted. Okay, not kind of.

Maruchan has pushed a lot of low-cost product on the market – as mentioned in the book The Noodle Narratives (I can’t recommend reading this higher), low cost and high volume could be their motto. Price-point is a huge concern for manufacturers here in the United States and unfortunately for instant noodles, that’s given them a lot of negative stigma as to quality. Most instant noodle companies globally seek some pretty impressive QC standards and certifications which aren’t all that easily (or cheaply) attained.

In Japan, Maruchan products come in a myriad of flavors and varieties – fancy and expensive bowls with all sorts of different unique qualities. The lack of acceptance in the US market of higher end instant noodles has been a real thorn in the side of innovation it seems, although in recent years, I’ve seen a few new things coming from Maruchan in particular that are interesting, for example their Taste Of Asia Bowl range which includes a truly excellent Tom Yum variety.

Anyways, not trying to toot anyone’s horns here but thought I’d ramble on a Sunday morning. Let’s check out some roast beef ramen!

Maruchan Ramen Noodle Soup Roast Beef Flavor – United States

#3182: Maruchan Ramen Noodle Soup Roast Beef Flavor - United States

Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge). Contains beef. To prepare, add noodle block to 2 cups boiling water and cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Finally, take off heat and add sachet contents, stir for 1 minute and enjoy!

#3182: Maruchan Ramen Noodle Soup Roast Beef Flavor - United States

The noodle block.

#3182: Maruchan Ramen Noodle Soup Roast Beef Flavor - United States

A dry sachet.

#3182: Maruchan Ramen Noodle Soup Roast Beef Flavor - United States

A light powder base.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, boiled beef, white onion, fried crispy garlic, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, an egg, and black sesame seeds. The noodles are very soft and on the verge of mushy, however they work well and have a familiarity with them I think anyone in the United States can identify. The broth has a salt beef taste which is pretty good. Reminds me a lot of beef flavors I’ve had in Filipino varieties. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 041789002588.

#3182: Maruchan Ramen Noodle Soup Roast Beef Flavor - United States

Maruchan Ramen, Roast Beef, 3-Ounce Packages (Pack of 24)

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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.