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#2239: Nissin Cup Noodles Chicken Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup (New Recipe)

After a few decades, Nissin decided they wanted to make some changes to one of their flagship products here in the United States, Cup Noodles. They’ve lowered sodium and now there is no added MSG and no artificial flavors. I thought this was kind of interesting as last year they came out with these new cups, but it looks like they’re not available anymore. Let’s have a look at this iconic domestic instant noodle in a cup.

Detail of the cardboard outer (click to enlarge).

Detail of the ingredients panel (click to enlarge). Contains chicken. If you’re curious, here’s the nutrition facts from both the new recipe and old recipe so you can compare .

The foam cup in all of it’s glory.

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, DO NOT MICROWAVE THE CUP. DON’T DO IT. IF YOU DO, YOU WILL RECEIVE THE IRE OF THE RAMEN RATER. Open lid halfway and add boiling water to inside fill line. Cover. Let steep for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy! AGAIN, DON’T MICROWAVE THE CUP!

The noodle block.

Some of the loose seasoning and vegetables.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, kizami shoga, spring onion, hard boiled egg, shichimi togarashi and chicken cooked sous vide style at 147°F for 135 minutes with Johnny’s Chicken & Pork seasoning. The noodles hydrated well and there were a lot of them. The broth was salty and chicken flavored – pretty good. The included vegetable bits hydrated perfectly and were of good quality. I tried these and the old version back to back recently. I found the new recipe’s noodle had a little less chewiness to them compared to the old recipe. I also noticed the flavor of the broth seemed to concentrate more on a mushroom base rather than chicken. When I sampled the noodles today without something to compare them to, I didn’t feel any of these things; they just tasted like a regular chicken Cup Noodles. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 070662030035.

Nissin Chicken Cup Noodles, 24 Count

Nissin Foods hasn’t changed the recipe for Cup Noodles since their unveiling in 1971.

New Cup Noodles From Nissin Foods USA (2 of 2)

Nissin Foods USA recently changed their instant Cup Noodles recipe for the first time in decades. Why? To lower sodium, MSG and artificial flavorings. Here are the samples they kindly send – they got new clothes as well!

Under the lid.

The second four flavors (click to enlarge). From left to right: Hearty Chicken, Spicy Chili Chicken, Hot & Spicy Shrimp and Spicy Lime Shrimp. Thanks! Looking forward to trying them all!

#1891: Nissin Cup Noodles Homestyle Chicken Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

It’s pretty rare for me to hit a regular old supermarket here in the USA and find something I’ve not reviewed before, but it happens from time to time. I found this one at a WinCo Foods in Edmonds, Washington. It used to be a Top Foods a while ago but I think they’ve all but gone out of business and WinCo moved in. WinCo is kind of weird – imagine a big grocery store but kind of like Costco but not Costco and kind of cold and you have to bag your own groceries. Oh – and there are tons of signs everywhere in this really basic font. It almost seems like a weird government experiment – but I digress! This is a new one from Nissin – looks tasty for this cold weather. Let’s check it out!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, Add room temperature water to fill line. Stir. Set in center of microwave (1000w) and run for 3 minutes. Let stand 1 minute. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodles inside the cup before cooking.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added green onion. This one features the ‘spoonable noodles’ first seen in Nissin’s Spoon-It line. The noodles are egg noodle length and half the width. They’re a little thicker though and quite nice. The broth has a good chicken flavor and was satisfying. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 070662030431.

If you’re really hungry, you should check these out – Nissin Souper Meal, Chicken, 4.3 Ounce (Pack of 6)

This is the story of Nissin Foods – probably my favorite instant noodle documentary thus far.

#1846: Nissin Chow Mein Premium Savory Sauce And Restaurant Quality Noodles Roast Chicken Flavor

Here’s a new one that you should be able to find pretty easily in the store if you’re in the United States. Nissin has been coming out with a few new varieties lately and this is one of them – let’s have a peek under the hood of this tray!

Detail from the bottom (click to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, open lid halfway and  remove sachets and add room temp water to fill line. Microwave 5 minutes (1000w). Add in sachet contents and mix well. Enjoy!

The noodle block.

The dry powder sachet.

Has a chicken scent.

The ‘Savory Sauce’ sachet.

Has a chicken stock scent.

Some vegetable bits from the bottom of the tray – looks like carrot!

Had a nice noodle lunch with Andy!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added baked chicken seasoned with salt and pepper. The noodles came out really well; soft and definitely comfort-food textured. The flavor was a strong salty chicken and had an oiliness to it which really did give it the flavor of roast chicken – kind of like rotisserie chicken. Best chicken flavor noodle I’ve had in a ages! Very impressed with this one! 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 070662088210.

Here’s the regular chicken variety – Nissin Chow Mein Q&E Chicken, 4-Ounce Units (Pack of 8)

An advertisement for Nissin Chow Mein.

Samples Of Nissin Imports – Now Available On Amazon

Got a very unexpected knock on the door this morning and the FedEx guy was there!

I wonder what they could be?

So it looks like Nissin USA is now distributing the popular Raoh line here in the United States. They’ve got them on Amazon – Umami Soy Sauce (Shoyu), Umami Tonkotsu (pork bone broth), and Umami Miso. Looks like they’re ten packs and all Prime. If you like premium instant varieties of classic Japanese ramen, this is definitely something to check out, and I’ll be reviewing them soon! Thank you!

#1786: Nissin Chow Mein Premium Savory Sauce And Restaurant Quality Noodles Sriracha Flavor

Here’s a new one from Nissin Foods USA – Sriracha flavor Chow Mein! Sriracha is kind of interesting. First, the way to pronounce is ‘sir-racha’ drove me nuts for the longest time, but I finally have conformed (under protest). Also, Sriracha is a place in Thailand (went there in May), however the Sriracha sauce me know here in the states isn’t a popular condiment there. It’s a bit of a mystery wrapped in an enigma. Wikipedia had this to say:

Sriracha (Thai: ศรีราชา,  [sǐː rāː.t͡ɕʰāː]) is a type of hot sauce or chili sauce made from a paste of chili peppers, distilled vinegar, garlic, sugar, and salt.[1] It is named after the coastal city of Si Racha, in Chonburi Province of eastern Thailand, where it may have been first produced for dishes served at local seafood restaurants.[2]

Okay I got that.

In Thailand the sauce is most often called sot Siracha (Thai: ซอสศรีราชา) and only sometimes nam phrik Siracha (Thai: น้ำพริกศรีราชา). Traditional Thai sriracha sauce tends to be tangier in taste, and runnier in texture than non-Thai versions.[7] In a Bon Appétit magazine interview, US Asian-foods distributor, Eastland Food Corporation, asserted that the Thai brand of hot sauce, Sriraja Panich, which Eastland distributes, is the original “sriracha sauce” and was created in Si Racha, Thailand, in the 1930s from the recipe of a housewife named Thanom Chakkapak.[7]  Within the United States, sriracha is associated with a sauce produced by Huy Fong Foods[2] and is sometimes referred to as “rooster sauce” or “cock sauce”[8] due to the image of a rooster on the bottle.[9] Other variations of sriracha have appeared in the US market, including a sriracha that is aged in whiskey barrels.[10][11] Various restaurants in the US, including Applebee’s, P.F. Chang’s, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Jack in the Box, Subway, White Castle and Gordon Biersch, have incorporated sriracha into their dishes, sometimes mixing it with mayonnaise or into dipping sauces.[2][12][13][14][15] The name “sriracha” is considered to be a generic term, since the creator of the Huy Fong Foods sauce, David Tran, did not trademark it.[16]

Now one thing that’s for sure is that in the USA, Sriracha sauce is commonly aligned with Vietnamese foods, most notably pho noodles. On most bottles you’ll see here, there’s no Thai on them at all. Trippy. Anyways, let’s see what kind of heat’s in this tray from Nissin Foods!

Here’s the underside of the package (click image to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, open lid to dotted line and remove sachets. Add room temp water to fill line and microwave for 5 minutes. Let sit in the microwave for another minute, then remove the lid and add in sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block.

Powder seasoning base.

Has a spicy scent.

A sauce sachet.

Has a sriracha and soy scent.

From under the noodle block, some bits that look a lot like Thai chillies.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added barbecue pork, Salad Cosmo bean sprouts, coriander and Thai chillies. The noodles came out great – lots of them and they have a flat and slightly wide disposition. Good texture and chew. The seasoning lends itself well to the noodles. It’s flavor is like a sweet and spicy Thai kind of thing which packs a good amount of heat. It is very reminiscent of gochujang and topokki sauce – both South Korean things I like immensely. The bits of pepper hydrated well. Altogether a nice dish. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 070662088203.

Nissin Premium Sriracha Chow Mein Noodles, 32 Ounce (Pack of 8)

A TV commercial for Nissin Chow Mein.

#1765: Nissin Cup Noodles Ramen Noodle Soup With Shrimp [New Package]

Hey check it out – Nissin Cup Noodles got a big facelift.

Here’s how they used to look – cardboard outer packaging is now gone. Less packaging and different materials have been used to make them more environmentally friendly. Also, they’re ot microwavable! Yes, I’m sure maky of you microwaved them before, but you weren’t supposed to. The new cups also have a little extra room so you can add veggies and meats or whatever you want to oomph up your noodles! Let’s check this new cup out!

Detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge). Contains Shrimp. To prepare, add room temperature water to the fill line. Microwave for 2 1/2 minutes. Let sit in the microwave for a minute more. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the top and bottom of the lid (click image to enlarge). I think this is the first time I’ve seen print on the underside of a lid in a US made instant noodle product – awesome!

The noodle block.

Some loose noodle bits and seasoning.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added a shrimp. The noodles came out great – thin and flat. They were all hydrated well. The broth has a shrimp taste to it. The bits of vegetable and shrimp were also perfectly hydrated. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 070662030028.

Nissin Cup Noodles Ramen Noodle Soup with Shrimp, 2.25-Ounce (Pack of 12)

Here’s a video about the new Nissin Cup Noodles. They also discuss the big contest they’re running – check it out at www.nissinfoods.com

The New Face Of Nissin Cup Noodles & An Old One, Too

I found out recently that there was a new Nissin Foods USA product or two that was new and asked for some samples – and they arrived today!

Hmmm what’s under the wraps?

So here’s what the new Nissin Cup Noodles look like!

They come in Chicken, Hearty chicken, Beef and Shrimp flavors. As you might first notice, there’s no cardboard outer packaging like they used to have. The container is made of a material that is made with the environment in mind (less plastic and paper wrap waste with 20% reduction in carbon emissions than the old packaging). It’s also microwavable (yeah, you weren’t supposed to microwave the old ones!). What’s also nice is there’s room in them to customize your noodles. For example, you could open the lid, drop in some broccoli, a little milk and some cooked chicken, add the water in and microwave it to make a creamy chicken kind of thing. They’re having a big content on their facebook page – check em out here.

These are Nissin’s Hot & Spicy Chicken bowls – with less sodium!

Here are some new varieties of Nissin Chow Mein trays I’ve not reviewed yet! Pad Thai, Roast Chicken and Sriracha!

A visor!

A big red drawstring bag!

Temporary tattoos!

A neat pen!

A couple of mousepads! I have been using one they sent a long time ago and noticed that it was really foul and dirty last night when I spilled a little gochujang on it… But here’s a new one!

Anyone know who this guy is?

This little chicken is Hiyoko-chan. He’s the mascot of Nissin Chikin Ramen, which was Nissin’s first instant noodle way back in 1958 and the first instant noodle on the market.

A little zipper bag.

A micro-szed noodle pack with a tiny Chikin Ramen noodle block shaped eraser!

Little washcloths.

Hey what’s this?

Hiyoko-chan can hold your Cup Noodles lid shut! Thanks to Brent, Linda and every one else at Nissin Foods USA for sending this great box along! Also want to say congratulations to Scott on the arrival of his daughter!

4th Annual Momofuku Ando Day Photo Contest: And The Winner Is…

I am pleased to annouce that we have a winner! Check it out!

Cindy S. submitted this one of her son – he’s a big fan of Nissin top Ramen Oriental Flavor and his dad’s hooked on Cup Noodles! Congratulations! Check your email! Yay!

Among the other entries that were received are these:

This one was from Justine P.

Here’s one from Jill R.!

Submitted by Jason N.

From Bansi C.

Some tired noodles from Melissa M.

Here’s one from Thomas A.

…and finally one from Nic L.

Thanks to everyone for participating and thank you to Nissin Foods USA for supporting the contest again this year! See you next year!


Nissin Foods USA Samples For Momofuku Ando Day Review

Got a box the other day. I’d been talking with Nissin Foods USA about the photo contest and other things and they wanted to send some samples for one of today’s reviews involving Cup Noodles.

Here’s what’s under the lid! Oooh!

Perfect just what I needed!

Spicy Chicken Chow Mein!

Finally, an autographed poster from the folks at Nissin Foods USA! Awesome! Thanks to Scott A. and everyone else there!

#1441: Nissin Souper Meal Chili Picante Chicken With Lime Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

Wow check this big sucker out! Nissin’s Souper Meals are exactly that – super sized! This was sent over by the nice folks over at Nissin Foods USA the other day – thanks! Let’s peel the lid off of this one and have a peek inside…

Detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, tear off lid and empty sachets into bowl. Fill to line with room temperature water. Microwave for 4 1/2 minutes, then let sit for 2 more. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block.

Powder soup base sachet.

A lot of powder! Has a tangy spicy scent.

A dehydrated vegetables sachet.

A decent amount.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added grilled chicken, red, yellow and orange bell pepper, sweet onion, frozen corn and lime. The noodles are on the more floppy end of the spectrum, but the comforty slight crumble end which is good. There are a lot of noodles too! The broth has a spicy, lime and slight chicken mood to it. The supplied veggies hydrated well – especially the corn. If you’re hungry, this will definitely fill that void of yours!  3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 070662007051.

Okay I couldn’t resist this one. This is the story of a man and his love for Souper Meal.

New Products From Nissin Foods USA!

Came home from the store yesterday to see this on my doorstep – samples from Nissin USA! Let’s open it up!

Upon opening, the first thing I found was a couple of neat mousepads!

New Souper Meal flavor Chili Picante Chicken!

In Spanish, fideos means noodles. These come in Tomato Chicken and Picante Lime Shrimp. They look like a cup version of Cucharealo.

Finally, a couple of little soccer ball hacky sacks! Thanks to Scott A. and everyone at Nissin for shooting these my way!