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Meet The Manufacturer: #2336: Nissin Maxi Sopa Nissin Cuchareable Sabor A Camaron Picante

Meet The Manufacturer: #2336: Nissin Maxi Sopa Nissin Cuchareable Sabor A Camaron Picante - Mexico - The Ramen Rater - fideos instantanea

Felix Navidad! It’s actually Christmas morning today – I got up at 5am to get some reviews ready to go – don’t know if I’ll do any sampling today but it could happen! I’m about 60 reviews ahead of myself currently – pretty nuts, but helpful when I can’t review, there’s always one ready to go. Anyways, today it’s another one of the Maxi Sopa Nissin variants. Camaron picante is spicy shrimp. Let’s have a look!

Nissin Maxi Sopa Nissin Cuchareable Sabor A Camaron Picante – Mexico

Meet The Manufacturer: #2336: Nissin Maxi Sopa Nissin Cuchareable Sabor A Camaron Picante - Mexico - The Ramen Rater - fideos instantanea

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, remove lid and fill to line with water. Microwave for 3 minutes, then let stand an additional minute. Stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #2336: Nissin Maxi Sopa Nissin Cuchareable Sabor A Camaron Picante - Mexico - The Ramen Rater - fideos instantanea

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

Meet The Manufacturer: #2336: Nissin Maxi Sopa Nissin Cuchareable Sabor A Camaron Picante - Mexico - The Ramen Rater - fideos instantanea

Here’s what the noodles look like – short, a little wide and a little thick. The seasoning is infused into them.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2336: Nissin Maxi Sopa Nissin Cuchareable Sabor A Camaron Picante - Mexico - The Ramen Rater - fideos instantanea

Finished (click to enlarge). Added shrimp and a little queso fresco and Cholula Chilli Garlic hot sauce. The noodles are flat and a little wide and are indeed manageable with a spoon. The broth has a kind of shrimp and spicy hit to it. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 070662240120.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2336: Nissin Maxi Sopa Nissin Cuchareable Sabor A Camaron Picante - Mexico - The Ramen Rater - fideos instantanea

Talavera Spoon Rest – 10″ X 4.50″ Ceramic Mexico Pottery

A Nissin Maxi Sopa TV commercial.

#2049: Ottogi Ramyon Sabor a Res

Here’s another one sent by Colin, a reader from back east – thank you! He went to Mexico recently and sent me a ton of varieties that he found there. You’d think with Mexico being next door I’d be able to find more varieties, but actually it’s been really hard. This one’s made in South Korea for the Mexican market. Instant noodle are hugely popular in Mexico, and with spicy flavors coming out of South Korea, it’s a pretty good fit. Let’s have a look!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add package contents to 550ml boiling water and cook for 4-6 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

The enormous noodle block!

The soup base sachet.

Has a beef and spicy scent.

The vegetables sachet.

A standard assortment for ramyun.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, sweet onion, processed cheese, ito togarashi and beef. The noodles are Ottogi’s standard thick and chewy ramyun – came out just right. The broth was about as baseline and standard ramyun as you can get – spicy, beef and the vegetable bits hydrated well. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 645175150022.

Ottogi brand Jin Ramyon Hot Flavor. 4.23oz package (Pack of 20)

A recipe which sounds fascinating…

#1497: Nissin Cup Noodles Easy Fideos Picante Lime Shrimp Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

Here’s an interesting one. Now ‘easy’ is English, ‘fideos’ is Spanish. Fideos means noodles. It looks like if you had it in reverse, with the first word Spanish and second English, you’d end up with ‘Fácil Noodles.’ I think Easy Fideos sounds a little better. Anyways, I’m hungry – the big posts I’ve been doing recounting my trip to Malaysia have been taking a long time every morning before I get to noodles! Let’s check it out!

Here’s detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge). Contains chicken. To Prepare, add water to fill line and stir well. Microwave for 3 minutes. Let sit for one minute then stir again andenjoy!

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

Here’s what you see upon opening the cup. There are no sachets; everything is in the noodle.


Finished (click image to enlarge). Added lime, shrimp, bell pepper and sweet onion. The noodles are a couple inches long and round. They have a chewier texture than I expected with an ever so slight crumble. The broth was alright; it has a strong lime flavor and slight heat with a little shrimp flavor. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 070662347041.

Another variety made by Nissin here in the USA is Top Ramen – here’s their ever popular Oriental flavor.

A vintage Nissin TV spot for Top Ramen from the 80’s.

#960: Nissin Bowl Noodles Hot & Spicy Super Picante

Here’s one that was sent by Nissin Foods USA – thanks! I want to mention really quick – January 19th is Momofuku Ando Day! If you would like to participate in the special Show Your Noodles, send pictures of the noodles you make, your name (abbreviated if you like), locale and a description of the noodles you’re enjoying to [email protected].

Back to the review – so this is Super Picante! Sounds like fun – let’s get to it.

Here’s detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The powder seasoning packet.

Spicy stuff – deep reddish color.

The veggie packet.

A nice amount.

A paste packet.

Thick, oily paste.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added baked chicken breast with Cavender’s Greek Seasoning, a fried egg with Krazy Mixed Up Salt and a little Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles are good – thin and a little crumbly. The broth has a nice rich flavor – spicy and earthy. The veggies are great – especially the corn which re-hydrates very well. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 070662096345

What an awesome commercial.

Wow – I wonder what the little things they’re pulling off the big advert are?

#837: Nissin Top Ramen Cucharealo Home-Style Picante Chicken Flavor

Here’s one of the new one Nissin Foods USA sent recently. Cucharealo, eh? Couldn’t find out what that exactly means, but it looks like it’s something new and geared towards the Latino market. Interesting that it says Top Ramen on it too – brand recognition! Awesome – let’s give it a go.

Here are the sides and back – click to enlarge, as usual.

The noodles are in a bag – the box has three bags. These are short and thin.

One of the three seasoning packets.

Nice color – tasted a pinch – had some niceness to it, that’s for sure!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added a couple fried eggs, some shredded cheese and some Krazy Mixed Up Salt. This is great stuff! The noodles are again short and this is really a soup – spoon was used on this one. The noodles are really nice – they have a good consistency and there’s a lot of them. The broth is excellent – has a strong chili powder and cumin taste and has a decent kick to it. This is really quite a departure from the norm. I delighted in the whole bowl! 4.5 out of 5.0 stars – excellent! UPC bar code 070662081037 .

Me making Shrimp Top Ramen over a year ago

This is from January of this year – wow

#769: Nissin Cup Noodles With Shrimp Picante Style

Yep – a Cup Noodle! Just sounded good. I reviewed one that I ate much earlier and just got done reviewing three that I only had a bite of each. This sounds like something tasty.

Here’s the info on the cardboard cover’s back (click image to enlarge..

Here’s the lid.

No packets – all inclusive.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added some veggies. The noodles are good – if you haven’t had a cup noodle by Nissin before, they’re slightly flat and very thin. The broth is great – has a lot of chili powder flavor and is really tasty! The veggies are pretty good too. Not bad – having trouble finding any shrimp though and doesn’t seem all that shrimpy to me. Other than that, really good! 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 070662030127 .

Had no idea! This looks amazing too!

A lot of people refer to Cup Noodles as Cup A Soup – definitely a different product.

Meet The Manufacturer: Interview with Nissin Foods USA – Makers of Top Ramen, Cup Noodles & More

Welcome to the second installment in the ‘Meet The Manufacturer’ series! This one’s with Nissin, makers of the ever-popular Top Ramen, Cup Noodles and the like. They sent a nice package of different instant varieties to sample – most of them new to me. The following interview is with Senior Marketing Manager, Linda Chung, facilitated by Senior Marketing Coordinator Scott Akazaki.

TRR: Nissin was the first instant noodles I had ever tried in my life – I am thrilled and thoroughly appreciate the chance to do this interview with you – thank you!

To start, can you give a little background on how the company was founded and a little about its history in Japan?

NISSIN: Mr. Ando began the company as part of a humble family operation back in 1948. Faced with sparse food sources after World War II, Mr. Ando realized that a quality, convenient ramen product would help to feed the masses. His goal was to create a satisfying ramen that could be eaten anywhere, anytime. In 1958, Nissin introduced “Chicken Ramen”, the first instant ramen. Ironically, it was considered a luxury item, since Japanese grocery stores sold fresh Japanese noodles (udon) at one-sixth the cost of Mr. Ando’s new food concept.
Still, Mr. Ando was convinced that his revolutionary new method of preparation would sell. The concept seemed simple enough. All users would have to do is simply remove the ramen from its package, place it in a bowl, add boiling water, cover the bowl, and wait three minutes. The conservative Japanese food industry, however, rejected the product as a novelty with no future. They had never been so wrong.
Soon, Chicken Ramen was selling beyond even Mr. Ando’s wildest expectations. Before you could say “instant”, more than ten companies were rushing to put their own versions out on the market. By the end of 1958, grocery shelves were crowded with this new staple for the Japanese kitchen. From this point on, Nissin Foods began introduction of a long list of successful and innovative ramen products.

TRR: For those who might not be familiar with all of them, what lines of instant noodle products to you offer in the United States?

NISSIN: We are constantly pushing the boundaries of instant ramen as it should be with our new products – the latest is Big Cup Noodles (It features shorter, wider noodles in a paper cup). Other products include:

Cup Noodles
Top Ramen
Souper Meal
Chow Mein
Chow Noodles
Bowl Noodles Rich & Savory
Bowl Noodles Hot & Spicy
Ramen Bowl (just launched)
Spoon it (just launched)

TRR: When and why was there a need for Nissin Foods in the United States?

NISSIN: Nissin Foods introduced Top Ramen into the U.S. in 1970. Mr. Ando saw an opportunity to introduce a new type of noodle soup product to the states. As he showed his products to grocery store buyers, he realized that no one in the US had ramen sized bowls. This insight, combined with getting served coffee in a Styrofoam cup on a business trip flight, was the genesis of Cup Noodles.

TRR: I know that the varieties available in Japan and the product line in the United States differ quite a bit. Why is that?

NISSIN: This is based on developing tastes that are suitable for a specific region of the globe. This was especially true in the 1970’s when the concept of instant ramen was foreign, we didn’t want to compound this with Asian flavors.

TRR: How do you determine when it is time to retire a flavor of Top Ramen and how do you go about determining a new one to offer?

NISSIN: This decision is based primarily on what the customer wants. We tend to let them “vote” with their wallets.

TRR: I commonly am asked if I am worried about sodium levels in all the different instant noodles from around the world I review. How would you recommend people balance their enjoyment of instant noodles and keeping them as part of a healthy meal?

NISSIN: You’ve already answered the question. It’s all about balance. Our products are ideal when you are looking for something fast, convenient and portable (and tastes good).

TRR: Often, I hear about people microwaving Cup Noodles. Is this the correct method of their preparation? Is it recommended to do so?

NISSIN: Cup Noodles was designed for optimum eating experience with boiling water.

TRR: When I was very young, my mother introduced me to Nissin Roasted Ramen, which was a close resemblance to Nissin Chikin Ramen, the first product produced in Japan in 1958 by Nissin. After Roasted Ramen was discontinued, I found an Asian grocery in Seattle and found Chikin Ramen – but it’s been decades since I’ve seen Chikin Ramen available anywhere. Any chance you’ll bring Roasted Ramen or something like it back?

NISSIN: That is up to our parent company in Japan. There are some government regulations about importing items that contain a certain amount of meat/chicken. This is especially true after the Mad Cow scare a few years back.

TRR: I recently discovered you new line of Ramen Bowls. With flavors like Kimchi and Hot & Spicy, are these meant to compete with similar Korean products?

NISSIN: We are trying to offer our consumers an authentic Asian experience.

TRR: I’ve noticed many instant noodle manufacturers are located in Southern California. Aside from the fact that it never rains there, why was this the spot you picked for your factory?

NISSIN: I’ll have to get back to you on that one. It may be because of the established Asian population that was here in the 1970’s. This was the natural first consumer base for our products – first/second generation Japanese who missed this type of ramen noodles.

TRR: How many packs and cups of Top Ramen and Cup Noodles are made every year?

NISSIN: 3.9 billion instant ramen products (including Nissin) have been consumed in the US in 2010. See the link below for more information.


TRR: Can you tell my readers about any new and exciting products to look for in the near future?

NISSIN: We are launching new flavors for our Big Cup Noodles line: Roast Chicken and Spicy Chicken.

TRR: Finally, when you enjoy instant noodles, what kind do you like and what do you add (if anything) to them to make them your own?

NISSIN: What’s my favorite Nissin product? It’s like asking someone to pick their favorite child! Chow Mein is my favorite Nissin product. Stir fried noodles without the hassle of cooking or getting takeout. If I am eating instant ramen, it’s primarily due to time constraint so, I enjoy it as-is.

TRR: Again, thank you very much for this opportunity to do this interview! Thank you for making such a great product so many enjoy and have a great day!

Well, there you have it! Thanks again to the folks at Nissin USA for the samples and the interview! This was a lot of fun and I’m sure folks will be interested in seeing the new products I’ll be reviewing in the next week or so!

#351: Nissin Top Ramen Picante Beef Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup


So today I opted for something different from Nissin – Top Ramen Picante Beef. Kind of funny; why don’t they make a teriyaki beef or a stir fry flavor over here? Anyways, here we go…

A single packet of flavor – rather non descript too.

Dark and slightly chunky powder.

Click image to enlarge. Added one hard boiled egg (sliced) and some kizami shoga (pickled ginger).  The noodles are your standard Top Ramen noodles. Tasty, industrial strength and relaxingly expected. The flavor was a little spicy actually and I enjoyed that. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars. Get it here. UPC bar code 070662010129.

For those keen on regurgitation, here’s some soup.


#324: Nongshim BIG Bowl Spicy Noodle Soup With Shrimp Flavor

So here’s a big sucker – the name says it’s big. So let’s see if bigger is better with Nongshim Spicy Shrimp…

The packet was a little on the big side. Only one of them.

Some veggies underneath the brick. The powder seasoning was a mountain of colorful loving. Was nice to see that the sodium was under 2,000mg on this despite the sheer amount.

Added one egg – fried. So first off: it smells great – like spicy shrimp. So the noodles were okay to say the least – I mean, not the best in the world by any means. This surprised me for Nong Shim. I noticed that after a couple extra minutes the noodles got a bit more palatable, so maybe instead of waiting four minutes, try six or seven. The broth is nice and spicy shrimp flavored and the veggies weren’t as plentiful as I would’ve liked to see but they were quite good. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. Get it here.

and… your weird vid for the day

#320: Maruchan Hot & Spicy Picante Chicken Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

So what a shocker – we were strolling down the aisle of a big box grocery store and saw this sitting there. I like how they incorporated the Mexican flag into the packaging too! While trying to find a commercial for the last review (#319: Maruchan Oriental Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup) I found a TON of homemade videos for Maruchan Instant Lunch as well as official ones. It was insanity! test

One packet.

Powdery powder.

Click image to enlarge. Added one uno huevo. Wow now this is something different and actually I’m quite pleased. The noodles are great and the egg compliments well. It’s the amazing flavored broth – tons of turmeric and cumin I think are added to give it a really nice flavor; a almost like enchiladas or something. Really tasty – 4.0 out of 5.0 stars! Find it here.

#302: Samyang Bowl Noodle Soup Yukgaejang Ramen Picante Beef Flavor

Well, I’d sworn I’d had this before but nope! That was the Nongshim stuff. Curious if this stuff is as good…

A single packet of powder…

A lovely deep red color – very nice to see!

Click image to enlarge. Added one fried egg and a pinch of Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning. So this stuff’s great – adding an egg makes it nice and tasty too. Decent heat, noodles are good and broth is red! Also, spied a couple little pieces of that spiral naruto stuff at the bottom of the bowl and they were good and fun to look at. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.