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#2875: Nissin Cup Noodle Seafood Ramen Noodle Soup

#2875: Nissin Cup Noodle Seafood Ramen Noodle Soup

Well this is very nice to see. This is a popular variety in Japan. Cup Noodle Seafood has been around for some time. Well, Nissin USA has brought it here to the United States in a microwave form with no added MSG and no artificial flavors. Here’s a little tidbit from Wikipedia about Cup Noodle –

Instant noodles were invented in 1958 by Momofuku Ando, the Taiwanese-born founder of the Japanese food company Nissin. He used Chicken Ramen as the first instant ramen noodles.

In 1970, Nissin formed the subsidiary Nissin Foods (USA) Co. Inc, to sell instant noodles in the United States. Nissin recognized that the bowls traditionally used to package instant noodles in Asia were not common in the U.S, so they used the paper cup designed by Ron R. Matteson. In 1971, they introduced instant ramen packaged in a foam cup. The three original Cup O’ Noodles flavors in the US were beef, chicken and shrimp. Pork flavor was added in 1976. In 1978, Nissin Foods offered more new varieties of Top Ramen and Cup O’ Noodles. The product was known as Cup O’ Noodles in the United States until 1993.

Alright – let’s crack open the top of this one and see what’s inside!

Nissin Cup Noodle Seafood Ramen Noodle Soup – United States

#2875: Nissin Cup Noodle Seafood Ramen Noodle Soup

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork and seafood. To prepare, remove lid and add room temperature water to line. Microwave at 1000W for 2 1/2 minutes. Let stand in microwave and additional minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2875: Nissin Cup Noodle Seafood Ramen Noodle Soup

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2875: Nissin Cup Noodle Seafood Ramen Noodle Soup

The noodle block.

#2875: Nissin Cup Noodle Seafood Ramen Noodle Soup

Loose seasoning and seafood from the cup.

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles are your standard Cup Noodle fare. They are flat and thin gauged. Soft tooth and decent quantity. The nice thing about this one is the inclusions and the broth. The broth is a tasty and milky seafood one – salty and full of nice seafood flavor without being fishy. Clam and other seafood are abundant in decent size as well as scrambled egg as well as cabbage. A really tasty one. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 070662402016.

#2875: Nissin Cup Noodle Seafood Ramen Noodle Soup

Nissin Cup Ramen Noodle Soup, Seafood, 2.68 Ounce (Pack of 6)

I really like how the domestic United States Nissin TV ads are getting weird – like the ones in Japan.

Prima Taste Ready Meal – Curry Chicken With Rice

Prima Taste Ready Meal - Curry Chicken With Rice

I know, I know – you don’t have to tell me that this isn’t an instant noodle, but the folks at Prima Taste sent me some of these neat meal pouches and I wanted to let people know about them. You cut a little slit in the side towards the top and microwave for 90 seconds. Boom – curry chicken rice!  Here’s a quote from the company:

Our Ready Meals are made up of 75% White Basmati Rice, 20% of Brown Basmati Rice and 5 % of Multigrains so it has high dietary and soluble fibre.
To promote good bacteria in the gut, prebiotics are also added! . And because it can be heated up in two ways – 90s by microwave or immersing unopened pouch in a covered pot of boiling water for 8 – 10 minutes, it is a convenient and nutritious food for all to enjoy at home, at work or even when out camping.

I had no clue that there was anywhere to go camping in Singapore – I thought it was like one huge city. I’ll have to investigate this! However, let’s check out this Ready Meal!

Prima Taste Ready Meal – Curry Chicken With Rice – Singapore

Prima Taste Ready Meal - Curry Chicken With Rice

Here’s an infographic (click to enlarge) about this new line of products that they sent to me.

Prima Taste Ready Meal - Curry Chicken With Rice

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). So if you don’t have a microwave, you can also boil these in water for a while until they heat up!

Prima Taste Ready Meal - Curry Chicken With Rice

Finished (click to enlarge). I didn’t add anything. What’s interesting to me is that the rice comes out very well; it’s not a big mushpot. Also, there’s a decent amount of chicken in here – good sized chunks abound! I don’t really have any experience reviewing such things, but I really like it – my tastebuds say 5.0 out of 5.0 stars!  don’t know if you can actually find this in the United States, but I hope so soon. If you’re in Singapore, they should be pretty easy to find. Thanks to the folks at Prima Taste for sending these along – I think I’ll post the other ones as well pretty soon!

#2203: Nongshim Bowl Noodle Soup Independence Day Limited Edition Spicy Chicken Flavor

I saw this at the local supermarket the other day and just couldn’t pass it up. I don’t think I’ve ever seen an instant noodle showing such patriotism before! Also, before anyone starts sending me comments saying ‘how dare they use our flag – that’s made in South Korea,’ I have news for you. Nongshim America is down in Rancho Cucamonga, California and employs a LOT of Americans! Yep – chances are that if you’re living in the USA and enjoy Shin Ramyun or Shin Black or any of the Bowl Noodles, it was most likely made here in the states. Make sure to check out the factory tour video at the end of this post – I went on it in 2012 and it was a blast! Anyways, let’s check this one out!

Detail of the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, tear off lid and add in sachet contents. Microwave for 3-4 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

A side shot of the bowl.

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge). Notice the little chart showing time vs noodle consistency.

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

Has a spicy scent.

Bits from the bottom of the bowl.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, chicken I cooked sous vide style at 146 degrees Fahrenheit for 2 hours with Johnny’s Chicken & Seafood seasoning and crushed red pepper. The noodles came out great – I did them for 4 minutes and they were on the soft side as promised. The broth has a nice kind of spicy chicken flavor as advertised. As for the included bits, they hydrated well too. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 031146262571.

Nongshim Bowl Noodle Soup, Spicy Chicken, 3.03 Ounce (Pack of 12)

This is a great tour of Nongshim with Ray Adams – a real nice guy!

Re-Review: The Rapid Ramen Cooker

After almost two years since I first found out about this neat invention, I thought it time to give it another look. The Rapid Ramen Cooker was invented by a fellow named Chris Johnson. It’s a tool that allows you to cook instant noodles in the microwave in four minutes. What’s great is that it also lets you use only half of the seasoning sachet, cutting sodium by half for those with sodium intake concerns. What’s also nice is that you use it, and then can eat out of it, toss it in the dishwasher, and you’re done. I love this thing – so does my son, who doesn’t like a lot of broth (you only use 1 cup of water as opposed to the usual 2 cups with domestic instant noodles). As far as ramen kitchen accoutrements go, this gets 5.0 out of 5.0 stars easily. Hope you enjoy the video and if you”re interested, here’s my original review of The Rapid Ramen Cooker which includes an interview with Chris and a test with quite a few instants. Also, here’s a video of as Chris Johnson’s appearance on the ABC show ‘Shark Tank’ where he gets a deal with Mark Cuban for The Rapid Ramen Cooker! By the way – tomorrow I’ll use The Rapid Ramen in an instant noodle review, not only to cook the noodles but as the bowl they will be eaten out of. Stay tuned!

#1255: Thai Choice Instant Noodles Shrimp Flavour

Here’s one that Charles, a serviceman deployed in Afghanistan sent me recently – thank you very much! Never seen this brand before. Looks really interesting! Let’s check it out!

Here’s the side panels (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, emprt all the sachets into the cup and add boiling water up to the line. Cover and let sit for 3 minutes, stir, and it’s done.

Here’s the lid (click image to enlarge).

Included fork!

The noodle block.

Powdered seasoning sachet.

Has an extremely strong artificial shrimp scent.

The veggie sachet.

Not a ton of it but some.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sauteed sweet onion and shrimp and green onions. The noodles are thin and standard fare like a domestic cup here in the US. The broth is saltier than I expected and has a nice shrimp taste. This is pretty good. The veggies weren’t amazing, but passable. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 8851978805041.

A Thai-Choice TV spot.

#1011: Maruchan Bowl Hot & Spicy Chicken Flavor Ramen Noodles With Vegetables

Here’s one of the new Maruchan Bowl products. There are three varieties – a non-spicy chicken which I reviewed a while back, this one and a spicy shrimp. Maruchan sent me these in a neat box – first samples from them (hope to get more of their stuff in the future)! Well, let’s check it out!

Here’s all the info that’s on the side of the bowl (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block.

Packet number one is veggies. You microwave the noodles and the veggies first.

A nice melange of veg.

After the noodles and veggies cook, you add the flavoring and stir.

I really like the flavor of this – spicy and a very nice chicken flavor.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added baked chicken with El Mexicano Adobo, green bell peppers, sweet onion, broccoli, a fried egg with some Jane’s Krazy Mixed Up Salt and some Ashanti Louisiana Hot Sauce. The noodles are flat and broad which I found pleasing. The broth had a very nice chicken flavor with a nice level of spiciness. the veggie re-hydrated quite nicely and were delicious. Very nice instant noodle bowl – 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 041789003028. Get it here.

A Maruchan commercial.

#962: Nongshim Bowl Noodle Soup Spicy Seafood Flavor (New Version)

I reviewed the original version (non-microwavable) quite a while back and really liked it – it even made the Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls list. Today I’m going to check out the new version.

Here’s the cardboard outer (click image to enlarge).

The lid.

The noodle block. A nice golden color.

The seasoning packet.

Has a strong and definite seafood smell.

A little bit of the vegetable and seafood mix from the bottom of the bowl.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added odeng (fish cake), sweet onions, green onions and Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles are good – they have that almost ‘buttery’ flavor to them like all of Nongshim’s new microwavable Bowl Noodle Soups. The broth has a spicy and deep seafood taste – very nice! The veggies and bits are pretty good too. Everything comes together nicely in this bowl – I like it. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars – definitely one of my favorites!  UPC bar code 031146262984.


For a long time, one of my reviews was featured on the front page of Nongshim USA’s website for their Shin Ramyun Black. Well, guess who repolaced me? Yup – PSY! I don’t think I can really compete with his fame! I still challenge him to a Shin Ramyun eating contest! En garde – Gangnam Style!

For those who didn’t know, ‘Gangnam Style’ is one track from an album. Here’s something from a different album – just so you know that PSY does different things and not just one song.

The Ramen Rater Tests The Rapid Ramen Cooker

A couple of weeks ago I was looking for articles to add to The Ramen Rater Noodle News and found an article with a YouTube video attached. Apparently, a recent college graduate had made something that involves cooking instant noodles and it would start selling at Walmart. I thought I’d see if I could contact the guy and get a sample of the product to review. Well, he sent a couple and here we go! Chris Johnson is the inventor of the Rapid Ramen Cooker. It promises speedy delivery of your instant noodles via the microwave! Before the review, here’s an interview I did with him recently via email.

THE RAMEN RATER> Hi Chris – thank you very much for this opportunity to find out more about your great new invention! First, how did you get the idea to make it?

CHRIS JOHNSON> I have always loved ramen noodles as kid, survived on them while I was in college, and I still love ramen noodles to this very day.  I grew tired of making it on the stove.  It takes entirely too long.  It takes over 5 minutes just to boil two cups of water, and it takes six more minutes to cook the noodles.  Then you have to let them cool.  That’s over 12 minutes to cook ramen noodles.  That is about the same it takes to cook a full meal.  To cook ramen in the microwave you have to crush the ramen noodles in the typically circular shaped bowl, add water, and place in the microwave.  Retrieving the bowl out of the microwave is a difficult task as the bowl is blistering hot to the touch.  Sometimes the noodles turn out ok, but most times the ramen noodles are unevenly cooked, pasty, unappealing, and do not taste very good.  I had the epiphany, I would create a bowl that makes perfect ramen noodles in the microwave every time, and that’s what I did. Thus creating the Rapid Ramen Cooker.

TRR> How has the public responded to your invention?

CJ> It has been out of this world!  Once people found out about the product, our online sales skyrocketed.  We sold over 2,000 Rapid Ramen Cookers just in the last 3 days!  People love them! We has received national and international attention from major retailers, and we have even received a call from one of the top ramen manufacturers. People love the product and we get tremendous feedback daily.  It is truly humbling, to see people all across the country loving a product that you created.

TRR> Can you tell us a little about the development; how was the first version different from the final product?

CJ> There are many square bowls on the market.  However none are specifically engineered to cook ramen perfectly in the microwave.  Many bowls dimensions are too big and heat excess water leaving the ramen pasty and unevenly cooked.  I had to go through countless tests to achieve the perfect measurements of the reservoir design.  After hundreds of packs of ramen, I finally developed a bowl that cooks perfect ramen noodles every time.

TRR>  There are lots of different types of instant noodles from all over the world – which brands and have you found to be compatible with your product?

CJ> Just about all of the dry block square type noodles are compatible with the Rapid Ramen Cooker; including Maruchan, Top Ramen, and Sapporo Ichiban to name a few.

TRR> How many packs of instant noodles do you think you cooked in the testing process?

CJ> Over 200 packs!  I needed to simulate the heat distribution of the stove top.  I wanted the noodles to be perfect!  Therefore I continued to test until it worked indisputably.  At the outset, I wanted to create the world’s fastest and easiest way to cook ramen noodles.  I believe I have done that.

TRR> I read that your product is being sold at Walmart in California – can you tell us about that?

CJ> Yes, due to the recent national exposure and phenomenal sales volume online; I’m in talks with Walmart to go nationally in all of their US stores.  It is quite exciting, however it is a process.

TRR> Where is the Rapid Ramen Cooker made?

CJ> Currently the Rapid Ramen Cookers are being made in Nanjing, China. I have teamed with a great manufacturer in China that produces products for GM and Ford.  To ensure that we stay proactive with the demand of these national retailers, we are in the process of locating manufacturing in the US as well.

TRR> What is your opinion of the public’s view on instant ramen noodles and health concerns concerning them?

CJ> Some of the concerns are valid, especially when it relates to sodium.  Most of these packs of ramen contains seasoning packets that are extremely high in sodium.  The Rapid Ramen Cooker solves this problem.  The Rapid Ramen Cooker only requires half the water, therefore you only need half the seasoning packet.  Rapid Ramen reduces the sodium by half, and still provides the same great taste.

TRR> How does the Rapid Ramen Cooker do with non-domestic instant noodles – bean thread, rice noodes, udon? How about larger sized blocks as come in South Korean varieties?

CJ> You know, I haven’t tried these just yet.

TRR> What’s in the future of the Rapid Ramen Cooker – any more inventions on the horizon?

CJ> We are solely ferociously focused on our number one goal; that is to provide Rapid Ramen Cookers to every consumer of ramen noodles worldwide.

TRR> What’s your favorite variety of ramen?

CJ> I’m a pretty simple guy when it comes to my ramen.  My favorite is a pack beef flavor Maruchan, Top Ramen, or Sapporo Ichiban with Ling Ling potstickers and sliced hot links!  I cook them all at once in the Rapid Ramen Cooker in 4 minutes!!  Delicious!

TRR> Thanks again for the opportunity to find out more about your great invention, the Rapid Ramen Cooker!

CJ> Thank you so much for your time Hans! Want to get one of your own? Check out www.rapidramen.com to find out how! (you can also find them on Amazon here)

Sounds like a great product – one worth checking out! I decided the only way to really find out if it works was to put it through its paces. I selected nine different instant noodles to trycooking with this thing. First, four pretty standard grocery store varieties: Maruchan Oriental Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup, Nissin Top Ramen Chicken (adding a little frozen kamaboko), Maruchan Shrimp Ramen Noodle Soup and Nissin Demae Ramen Prawn Flavor. Then I thought why not give this thing a bit of a challenge with some South Korean ramyun? I tried a round block in Nongshim’s new Jinjja Jinjja Flamin’ Hot & Nutty Noodle Soup and then a large square block in Paldo’s new Namja Ramen. Them a Doll Instant Noodles Artificial Chicken Flavour. Finally, I wrapped it up with two brothless varieties. First Sapporo Ichiban Japanese Style Noodles Chow Mein, then Indomie Mi Goreng Satay. This was a truly well-rounded set of noodles. Here is the video I made of all of these tests. Time is compressed. These were done over three days.

Here are the notes I took:

1. Maruchan Ramen Noodle Soup Oriental Flavor – Came out perfect! A little spillage on the handles but nothing much. Noodles are great and half the seasoning packet is ample.

2. Nissin Top Ramen Chicken Flavor – Came out perfect! Added some kamaboko at 3 minutes and 30 seconds and let microwave for 30 more seconds. Noodles came out perfect, half pack seasoning was enough and kamaboko was decently cooked.

3. Maruchan Ramen Noodle Soup Shrimp Flavor – Again, perfect output.

4. Nissin Demae Ramen Prawn Flavor – The noodle block is a little more dense than Top Ramen. Still, noodles come out perfectly. My son asked if we could use the cooker for his noodles this way often; he doesn’t like
broth all that much and the lack of such is agreeable with him.

5. Nongshim Jinjja Jinjja Flamin’ Hot & Nutty Noodles – This is a round noodle block. At the outset, it doesn’t fit and required breaking it up and fitting to the chamber. Noodles came out very nicely – one thing though was that they soaked up all of the water as well. Adding half the seasoning, all the vegetable packet and the ‘nutty’ packet went quite well although one third of the packet would have been ample here. Better than expected results!

6. Paldo Namja Ramen – This is another South Korean ramyun. However instead of the round block in test number five, this is a large square block. Again, the block doesn’t fit, but with a little force and modification,
the block’s content have a snug fit. The noodles come out quite nicely – again drinking up all of the liquid. As with number five, half a packet seems to be too much and a third would suffice.

7. Doll Chicken – Perfect noodles. Half of packet was fine and wasn’t too hard at all to disperse half of the oil packet.

8. Sapporo Ichiban Japanese Style Noodles Chow Mein – The noodles came out just right. The package says to let all of the water absorb into the noodles. There was a bit left, but I found just using a fork and tilting the bowl in the sink drained it off just fine. Also note that since this is a brothless variety, I used the whole packet. Excellent results.

9. Indomie Mi Goreng Satay – I added slightly less water to this one to see if it would soak up all the liquid. To my delight, it did just that. All the liquid was nestled into the noodles quite happily. This was really great – fastest Mi Goreng I’ve ever made – probably also the least messy!

Findings: Overall, every block of noodles with water to the fill line I put into the Rapid Ramen Cooker and ran for four minutes in our 1000 watt microwave came out perfect. The only problem any of them had was a
little spillage and that was minimal. With numbers one through four, the half packet method worked great. Five and six were a slightly different story. South Korean ramyun usually is strong and spicy. They both did quite nicely as far as noodles go, but I would think that even less powder would be required, say one third of a packet as these noodle soups usually have 500-600mL of water as opposed to just over 400mL from the first four.
The last two were brothless varieties. I drained the little water that was in the bottom of the Chow Mein. Using just a slight amount less water with the Mi Goreng resulted in the noodles soaking it up completely. All in all, this product works and works very well. It has proven its versatility and ease of use to me throughout these tests. I completely endorse this product – a great invention for the noodle fan!

So there you are: this thing is excellent – I happily endorse this product and with Mr. Johnson all the luck in the world with it! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars!!!


Samples Of The Rapid Ramen Cooker

Got this mailer today from the mailman…

This is a new product I found out about from a news story (link). I thought ‘wow this is awesome!’ After looking, I found the guy who invented and is marketing the product, Chris Johnson. He graciously offered to send samples and do an interview! Well, here are the samples and I will be trying them out with a few brands and doing an interview pretty soon. Thanks for these, Chris! Looking forward to hearing more about them! By the way, you can check out his website at www.rapidramen.com!

#868: CJ (CheilJedang) Katsuobushi Udon

This one was donated by Ramen Place – thanks again! I haven’t a clue of how this one will be. Looks like its celebrating the 10th anniversary of CheilJedang or this product. Well, let’s give it a try!

Here’s the export sticker (click to enlarge).

Here are the side panels. It looks like you add hot water, then either microwave for four minutes if you have a 700 watt microwave or for two minutes if you’ve got a 1000+ watt microwave (click to enlarge).

The fresh udon noodles.

Liquid base.

Dark stuff!

The veggies and bits.

Looks like a nice melange…

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added some kizami shoga (pickled ginger), kamaboko, hard boiled egg and Krazy Mixed Up Salt. The udon is chewy and good. Pretty standard fresh udon. The broth is sweet and has a nice taste I have found in Japanese tempura soba bowls before. A nice tempura taste. The veggies re-hydrated nicely. good stuff! 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 8801007009377 – find it here.

KPop stars (including PSY) in a CJ TV commercial.


#683: Nongshim Udon Premium Noodle Dish Garlic Teriyaki

The folks at Nong Shim sent me a box of these last week! Thanks again! Can’t wait to visit the big factory in May! I’ve not seen this before and from what I gather it is brand spanking new! Garlic teriyaki sounds awesome – let’s see how it goes!

Here’s the packaging (click image to enlarge). Notice the direction – you microwave the noodles for a minute and a half and then stir everything in. No mention of water? This is certainly new to me! The sodium level’s kind of high is you’re going to eat the whole pack, but probably about the same as a few slices of pizza.

Here’s the packet of noodles – fresh udon.

Okay so this packet isn’t so much a paste but a free-flowing liquid. I knew something like this would have to come into play and there’s no water. Hmmm!

Here’s the veggie packet.

Cheese you say? So let me get this straight: teriyaki garlic cheese udon? Okay it’s on!

Noodles in the supplied bowl awaiting the minute and half spin in the microwave.

Noodles are hot and here’s everything on top awaiting the big stir!

This stuff was really great (click image to enlarge)! The noodles are your standard chew, fresh udon you find in packets like this. The star here is what the udon is slathered in! It literally is like a sweet, garlicky and cheesy melange. I wouldn’t have expected that it would have worked so well but it does!  The flake veggies do well too. All in all I am very pleasantly surprised! 4.75 out of 5.0 stars – this is AWESOME – would absolutely LOVE to see this is a regular width instant noodle version as well! UPC barcode 03114601634 .

Vintage Nong Shim Neoguri commercial from ’85!

Here’s a commercial for Shin Ramyun Black – also great stuff!

Tipping Point: Is There Really A Danger From Cup Noodles?

I’ve seen a few articles as of late about people burning themselves because they tip over cups of instant noodles. This is ridiculous. These articles start citing that the design of these cup is flawed. Also, it is mentioned that many of the victims are children! I think anyone saying “here little tyke, be careful, it’s hot” ought to have their heads examined. . If you don’t know how to correctly operate and consume a cup noodle, I will herein inform you as to how.

The first rule of the cup noodle is follow the directions. Most people don’t read directions when making a cup noodle, but most of them have them. Nowhere does it say to fill it with water then put it in the microwave for a few minutes; in fact, there are little icons warning against doing exactly that. Microwaving cup noodles can cause super-heating of the contents as well as can release chemicals from the foam. Note, the cups are made from foam, not Styrofoam which is a trademarked material.

Most cup noodles direct you to heat water in a separate container in the microwave and then pour it in and close the lid. Is there a difference in the taste? Sure! Would you microwave spaghetti noodles and expect them to taste good? Of course not; you’d do what it says on the packaging.

Now for the tipping issue. I’ve had a lot of instant noodles in my day. Bowls, bags, cups, big bowls and king cups. Have I ever tipped one over? No. Have I ever knocked one over? Yes. Something tipping over on its own and being knocked over by me are two distinctly different things altogether. It isn’t a design flaw. I had a stage when I was in my teem years when I would knock over everything that had liquid in it on myself. At McDonald’s I knocked a large Coke on myself. At a pizza joint, I knocked a banana malt all over my shorts. Was it lame? Yes. Was it my fault? Sure was. Was it the fault of the design of the beverage receptacle? Not really. How could it be?

The flaw, especially when it comes to kids getting burned, is the parent letting them get burned. Come on, parent – don’t be a lazy hooplehead!

I am willing to take all responsibility for my own actions and as of this moment, openly  apologize to myself for all accidents involving cup noodles that get knocked or ‘tipped’ over by me in times previous and future. I’ve never heard anyone complain about those long-neck beer bottles being elbowed – granted they don’t contain hot liquid, but they’re easily knocked over.

In closing, read the directions and while the noodles steep, let them sit in a safe place. Watch yourself and be careful! Contents may be hot.