Ramen Reviews


Nissin – Japan – Hakodate Salt Flavour – Ramen Noodle Soup
October 30, '07, 9:23 pm
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Nissin Salt Flavour Nissin Salt Flavour Cooked

Review: Nissin Japan like to confuse the foreigners by having odd ingredients in the front picture of the package. This salt flavour has prawn and asparagus in the bowl on the main picture, but the soup is salt flavoured with noticable chicken overtones. It is a welcome relief to go back to the Japanese version of the Nissin ramen after sampling the Hong Kong ones. This ramen has two sachets, containing the soup base and a seasoning oil. Sesame seeds also make a small appearance, however there are no dried vegetable flakes. The broth is clear and yellow, with a low odour, while the noodles glisten with their coating of the seasoning oil. This leads to a nice presentation of the ramen.

Nissin do a great job with this ramen, and it helps that their noodles are so delicious, and hold the flavour extremely well. The broth is flavoursome, with a hint of pepper and an almost non-existent aftertaste. Even though it is labelled as a salt flavour, the sodium content is reasonable, and not too strong. Although it is a nice ramen, it is not worth buying when overseas due to the high cost and relative similarity with the plethora of other cheaper chicken flavoured noodles.

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Cost: $2.00

Ingredients: In Japanese, sorry. 😦


Rating: 6.5/10

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Toyo Suisan – Japan – Curry Flavour – Udon
October 27, '07, 11:28 am
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Toyo Suisan – Japan – Curry Flavour - Udon Toyo Suisan – Japan – Curry Flavour - Udon - Cooked

Review: Toyo Suisan have bucked the trend and gone for a flat based noodle, which is a welcome relief from the monotony of the round noodle. The cake size was generous, and it is packaged with one seasoning sachet. The seasoning consists of curry powder and flavouring together with a sprinkling of dried spring onion. As soon as the seasoning hits the boiling water, the aromatic essence of curry taps upon the sense of smell with a full force, however it is not unpleasant. Toyo Suisan recommends a noodle cooking time of five minutes, however I feel this is too long and three minutes into the boil you should add the flavouring and let it simmer for another minute, allowing the seasoning to permeate the noodles.

Curry has always been high on my list of good instant noodle flavours, and Toyo Suisan doesn’t disappoint. The flavour is strong, but not overbearing. The noodles were very good, although it must be said that the difference between a good and bad noodle usually comes down to cooking it to perfection, as 30 seconds too long or too short can make a lot of difference. The broth was well balanced and the flavour kept it’s strength throughout the drinking experience.

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Cost: $2.00

Ingredients: In Japanese, sorry. 😦

Rating: 7.5/10



Nissin – Japan – Asahikawa Soy Sauce Flavour – Ramen
October 26, '07, 1:48 pm
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Nissin – Japan – Beef? – Ramen Noodle Soup Nissin – Japan – Beef? – Ramen Noodle Soup Cooked

Review: Upon opening the package, the first thing which struck me about this ramen was that the noodle cake had managed to completely stay in one piece all the way from the factory in Japan to my home in Australia. The second thing which bamboozled me was how I’m going to write a review when there is no English on the package. The noodle cake itself was a good size (120mm x 100mm) and it’s packaged with two sachets. The first was an average flavouring sachet and the second was in liquid form, which I presumed to be a combination of some type of oil, combined with soya sauce. The only thing I feel this ramen was missing was some form of dried vegetables.After cooking the ramen for the recommended 3 minutes, I poured it into my bowl and was a bit shocked at how much broth there was. I had cooked it according to the directions, and for the first few sips I thought that I had used too much water as the flavour was quite subtle.I decided instead to plow into the noodles. The quality exibited by Nissin’s noodles is outstanding. Quite simply the best tasting noodles I have ever experienced. They were extremely soft, without being overcooked and mushy. After I had finished the noodles, I proceeded to drink the broth, and was surprised as the flavour seemed quite stronger than previously. While the broth wasn’t overpowering, in retrospect it wasn’t too weak either. Hence Nissin have finely balanced between the two extremely to produce a well satisfying soup.

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Cost: $2.00

Ingredients: In Japanese, sorry. 😦

Rating: 8.0/10