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



Nissin – Hong Kong – Tonkatsu Flavour – Demae Ramen
October 29, '07, 11:58 am
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Nissin - HK - Tonkatsu Nissin - HK - Tonkatsu Cooked

Review: An opaque milky yellow broth frames the Tonkatsu (Pork) flavoured ramen very nicely. The inclusion of sesame seeds is a nice touch, and the aroma of the broth is quite pleasant. Although I was a bit critical of the Hong Kong Nissin noodles in the previous review, they seem to have fluffed up nicely this time, which could indicate a slight undercook in the sesame/chicken review. Two sachets are included again, the soup base, and a seasoning sauce.

The pork flavour combined with chicken is extremely complementary. It is a very filling broth, and by utilising a slight overcook on the noodles, they are able to absorb the flavour quite well. The soup is a perfect balance of strength and weakness, and has a pleasant aftertaste. Add some shredded pork or chicken to the broth, and Nissin’s tonkatsu flavour would be worthy of a low-budget Asian restaurant. However, a noticeable lack of dried vegetables is still a problem.

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Cost: $0.70

Ingredients: Noodles: Wheat Flour (73%), Palm Oil (Contains Antioxidant 306), Tapioca Starch, Salt, Mineral Salts (501,500) Soup Base: Salt, Dry Whole Milk, Pork Flavouring (Contains Corn Starch), Sesame Seeds, Flavour Enhancers (621,627,631), White Sugar, Garlic Powder, Chicken Flavouring (Contains Corn Starch), Dehydrated Green Onion , Soy Sauce Powder (Soybeans, Wheat, Salt, Dextrin), Hydrolysed Plant (Corn, Soy, Wheat) Protein Seasoning Sauce: Sesame Oil, Pork Flavouring, Soy Sauce, (Soybeans, Wheat, Salt), Vegetable Oil (Palm, Rice, Antioxidant 306), Cooking Wine, White Sugar, Flavour Enhancers (621), Salt.

Rating: 7/10



Nissin – Hong Kong – Chicken/Sesame Flavour – Demae Ramen
October 28, '07, 11:39 am
Filed under: Hong Kong, Nissin

Nissin - HK- Sesame Nissin - HK- Sesame Cooked

Review: These Nissin ramen are licensed by Nissin Japan, and while the quality is good, it doesn’t compare to the original. The noodle cake looks a lot different with thinner strands, but the bonus of having two sachets; one containing regular seasoning and the other sesame oil, tries to make up for it. Once the sesame oil hits the boiling water, a strong scent emanates from the pot. Having sesame as a main flavour is a unique and works well.

The noodles are definitely not up to par when compared to Nissin Japan. The thinner strands mean that not as much flavour can be absorbed into them, hence they don’t carry much taste. The broth consists of a strong sesame flavour with high soy overtones, it didn’t seem as though the chicken powder was strong enough and was drowned out by the previous two ingredients. I also would expect more dried vegetables, as there is very little green onion flakes in the soup base. Overall it is a quality ramen, however there are far better choices in the market.

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Cost: $0.70

Ingredients: Noodles: Wheat Flour (73%), Palm Oil (Contains Antioxidant 306), Salt, Mineral Salts (501,500) Soup Base: Salt, Soy Sauce Powder (Soybeans, Wheat, Salt, Dextrin), White Sugar, Flavour Enhancers (621,627,631), Chicken Flavouring (Contains Egg Powder), Colour (150a), Hydrolysed Plant (Corn, Soy, Wheat) Protein, Spices, Garlic Powder, Dehydrated Green Onion, Food Acid (330) Seasoning Oil: Sesame Oil (1%), Rice Oil, Colour (160b), Spices.


Rating: 6.5/10



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