Most of us in the United States are familiar with Maruchan’s ramen packs and ‘Instant Lunch’ cups. However, most of us aren’t familiar with Maruchan’s popular products overseas in Japan. Miso is a fermented soybean paste – it’s good stuff, with a kind of musty scent. Notice on the front of this one: it’s also saying that it’s lower calorie. Let’s have a look inside.
Here’s detail of the back of the packaging (click image to enlarge). Not sure whether or not this contains meat. to prepare, boil 500ml water. Add noodle block and cook for 5 minutes. Add contents of sachet, stir and enjoy!
A non-fried noodle block.
A liquid sachet.
Has a strong miso scent.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added hard boiled egg, green onion, narutomaki, ham and corn. The noodles are pretty good – decent chew and gauge. The broth has a strong miso taste which I found to be good as well. The broth has a little bit of heartiness and thickness. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.EAN bar code 4901990019934.
Here’s another I got at T&T Supermarket up in Burnaby, BC. Took a bit of research, but yep – old style shio ramen is what this is. Shio means salt. – but this isn’t a bowl of saltiness. Shio is light and savory stuff! By the way – did you know that salt was a way to pay people in the past? That’s where the term ‘worth your salt’ and the word salary come from! It brings out flavors, but was also used as a way to keep meats for longer when freezers and refrigerators weren’t around. Anyways, let’s check this one out!
Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge).
The noodle block – very thin, tight noodles.
The powdered soup base sachet.
Has a light scent.
The liquid seasoning sachet.
Should liven things up!
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added pork, Walla Walla sweet onion and hard boiled egg. The noodles have a nice gauge and a decent chew. The outside of them is a little lacking insofar that they have a slight gelatinous feel. The broth has a very nice flavor of salt , oil and hints of sesame and fish. Tehre are some sesame seeds here and there. Some might wonder if I used enough water – yep – 500ml. Kind of surprised. 3.6 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 4901990019972.