Ramen Reviews


Nissin – Japan – Hakodate Salt Flavour – Ramen Noodle Soup
October 30, '07, 9:23 pm
Filed under: Japan, Nissin | Tags: ,

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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Trident – Australia – Chicken Flavour – Noodle Man
October 25, '07, 1:18 pm
Filed under: Australia, Trident | Tags: , , ,

Trident - Australia - Chicken Flavour Trident - Australia - Chicken Flavour Cooked

Review: Upon first impressions, this bowl noodle soup is a bit disappointing. The paper lid tore upon opening, unlike the Nong Shim brand which was paper with a foil layer underneath. A plastic fork is included, but given its size (105mm with 25mm prongs) they really shouldn’t bother, as it is too little to be of any use. The single flavour sachet contains both the seasoning and dried vegetables. The texturised soya pieces give the noodles a much needed visual benefit as they really look like chicken. After sitting for the recommended three minutes, the noodles and soup give off no smell apart from the polystyrene container.

Trident are relatively new on the instant noodle scene compared to many of the well known Asian brands. This however is no real excuse, as the flavour is merely ‘ordinary’. Although the company is Australian owned, the product is produced in China from both Australian and international ingredients.

After cooking, the noodles had absorbed little of the flavour, but they did fluff up nicely after five minutes. The broth itself did have a chicken flavour however this was overpowered by the high level of salt. It is also worth noting that the broth has a lengthy aftertaste.

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Cost: $1.04

Ingredients: Noodles 88% Wheat Flour, Vegetable Oil, Water, Salt, Potato Starch, Wheat Gluten Flavour Sachet 12% Salt, Dehydrated Vegetables (23%) (Texurised Soya Pieces Carrot Spring Onion), Flavour Enhancers (621, 631), Sugar, Soy Sauce Powder (Soya Bean, Salt, Maltrodextrin, Water), Turmeric Powder, Spices.

Rating: 3.5/10