Brand
Name
Made In
Flavor
Carbs
Salt
Price
Comments
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Buying?
Mama JokCup
Porridge Soup



Nongshim Shin
Noodle Soup


Baru
Mie Sedaap Cup



Lucky Me!
Supreme Instant
Noodles

FF






Assi Brand
Black Bean Paste
Noodle



Palso
Chajang Noodle
King Bowl Noodles



Vifon
Rice Noodles





Nissin
Chow Mein


Nongshiim
Bowl Noodle Soup


Annie Chun's
Kung Pao
Hokkien Noodles

Annie Chun's
Hokkien noodles
Hot Sauce


Nonshim
Shin Black



Andre Prost
A Taste of Thai
Peanut Noodles

Simply Asia
Sesame Teriyaki
Noodle bowl

Maruchan
Yakisoba
Japanese Noodles

Vifon
Chicken Porridge




Nongshim
Oolong men




Annie Chun's
Peanut Sesame
Hokkien noodles
Noodle Bowl


Maruchan
Yakisoba
Cheddar Cheese


Annie Chun's
Udon noodles
mushrooms
soup bowl

Annie Chun's
Udon noodles
tofu, scallions
soup bowl


Annie Chun's
Teriyaki
Pork




Gourmet
Spicy


Meatball
Special
Flavor






Oriental






Black Bean


















Teriyaki
Chicken


Chicken



Hot & Tangy



Sweet Chili




Spicy
Pot-au-feu



Peanut



Teriyaki



Teriyaki Beef



Chicken





Chicken





Peanut





Cheddar
Cheese



mushroom
onion



Miso





Teriyaki
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USA



Indonesia




Phillipines



Thailand






Korea





Korea





Vietnam






USA



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Thailand



China



USA



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USA





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56 g



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76 g




67 g




114 g



82 g



70 g



56 g





47 g





75 g





68 g




53 g




50 g





76 g
1170 mg




1310 mg



1460 mg




2230 mg



1380 mg






180 mg





1430 mg





1810 mg






1440 mg



1700 mg



910 mg



880 mg




1480 mg




640 mg



610 mg



1320 mg



1800 mg





1350 mg





520 mg





1120 mg




820 mg




830 mg





820 mg
$0.99




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White, broth texture, no chunks,
no noodles
Interesting flavor
Comes with a spoon

No flavor, just too spicy hot
Dried Veggies in Noodles
Comes with  soup base packet

Not terrible, but not too good
Strange balls - meatballs?
Comes with fork and 5 flavor
packets.

Nice noodle texture
Slight garlic flavor
2 flavor packets

Did not like noodle texture or
flavor, which was a little garlic,
spicy and flavors I can't identify.
Had no Water-Line so had to use
measuring cup.
Includes fork.

Noodles weird rubbery texture.
Slight tomato flavor - did not like.
Did not understand directions.
It blew up in microwave.
Comes with 3 flavor packs.

Spongy texture
Slightly sweet, I kind of like taste
Seemed to have bean and meat
chunks.
1 flavor packet

Smelled good
Delicate slippery noodles won't
stay on fork.
Good flavor, ginger
comes with a fork and
3 flavor packs

Good noodle texture.
Barely any taste, slightly sweet.
1 flavor packet

Bland
Just like the cheap square stuff
1 flavor packet

Strong flavor I did not like.
3 flavor packs


Good texture
Agreeable flavor I liked
3 flavor packs


Spicy.  Not much taste,
flavor not good.
Better than normal veggie size
2 flavor packs

Good sweet peanut taste.
Chewy noodles.
Perhaps my favorite

Interesting flavor, slightly vinegar
Good texture
3 flavor packs

Tastes good
I like the noodles
2 flavor packs

Watery Soft rice - no noodles
Should have used less water
ok taste
Fake chicken chunks aren't bad
4 flavor packets + spoon

Noodles too thin for me
good, slight chicken soup taste
Veggies already in w/ noodles
1 flavor packet


Good noodles.
Spicy, OK flavor
3 Flavor Packs



Thin but substantive noodles
Slight Cheesy, good as or better
than Kraft mac n cheese


big fat round noodles
No taste, had to drain and add
cream of mushroom soup.


Big fat round noodles
Almost zero taste - slightly tomato




Worst Teriyaki taste
Noodles fine
2 flavor packets
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I tested all the Instant Noodle brands I could find at Asian markets and Krogers in Indiana.

They all came in their own bowl or box container, microwave ready and included various
packets of dried vegetables and/or flavorings.  

I found most of these soups lacking taste.  Some had tastes I could not even identify.  

Next I sampled a few Asian noodles sold separately with various Asian sauces that came in jars.

Finally, I tested the cheap 25¢ Ramen Noodles that come in a little square with 1 flavor packet.
These require that you boil water in a pan and is not as quick to prepare as the more expensive
products.  I experimented with adding other ingredients.  As it turns out, these are my favorites!  
I offer my favorite recipes toward the bottom of this page.

Update: March 2019 - I tried some Asian Noodles from the frozen foods dept at Kroger.  
The LingLing brand are
my favorite and closest to ramen-restaurant quality.  Reviews below.
Click PIcture
for Photos &
Nutritional
Info
Dan@IndySpeedway.com
Here are some other ingredients you may want to add to your Ramen Noodles:
Velveeta
American cheese
Parmesan cheese
Mushrooms
Egg - poached, fried, hard-boiled, scambled, etc.
Meat Chunks or thin slices - Spam, beef, pork, hot dog, bacon, ham, tofu
Veggies - peas, pea pods, green onions, bok choy, carrots, napa cabbage, peppers, broccoli, caulliflower
chili flakes
Hot Sauce
Sriracha sauce
Soy sauce
Chili-garlic sauce
Rice-a-Roni Cheddar Broccoli powder mix
Chunky Peanut butter + soy sauce + a hot sauce
Lime juice + sugar + fish sauce
Asian stuff -  Thai Curry paste, Miso paste, Gochujang paste, Yuzukosho seasoning, Togarashi seasoning,
             Furikake seasoning, dried seaweed, Kamaboko (cured fish slices), Curry powder,
Campbell’s Creamy Chicken Soup and pepper (drain water from noodles first.)
#2 -  Ramen Alfredo
Directions:
Cook noodles.  3 minutes.  Throw flavor packet away.
Heat up pre-made Alfredo Sauce.  It burns easily, so stir often!
When noodles are cooked, drain and then dump into bowl of hot sauce.  Stir.  Eat.
Try adding parmesan cheese, chicken, or mushrooms sauted in butter and soy sauce.
Spice Asian Sauce
Alfredo Sauce
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3 RECIPES USING PLAIN CHEAP RAMEN NOODLES
Sauteed Mushrooms
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Asian Instant Noodle Review   -   All you have to do is add hot water!
After I tried all of the above, I then started buying different kinds of asian
noodles, such as rice noodles.
(
Article about types of Asian noodles at SeriousEast.com.)
,
I then bought various Asian Sauces that come in jars and added them
to the noodles.  I did not care for these Asian sauces and the ones
marked SPICY were too hot for me.  

Not only was this method the most expensive, it took as long to
prepare the noodles as it does Italian pasta dishes.

This method totally failed against my whole reason for having ramen
noodles - something cheap and fast.
Asian Noodles the Hard Way
My Favorites:
Healthier Way to Prepare Noodles:
Drain noodles and rinse with hot water to rinse off starch.
If using flavoring packet, add it to a bowl of clean boiling water to create broth.


Better Way to Prepare Noodles:
Add SALT and OIL to boiling water that you cook noodles in.  
This produces a better tasting and textured noodle.


Easier Way to Cook Maruchan Ramen:
One reason this type of Ramen is the cheapest is that it does
not include a microwaveable bowl.  

But then it takes a long time to boil water on the stove!

So instead, buy one of these bowls.
Just add the ramen and fill with water to a mark,
then microwave for 3 minutes.
They are reuseable and dishwasher safe.
$5 at Kroger.  Or try Amazon.
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Brand
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Price
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FROZEN ASIAN NOODLE MEALS
Benihana
Yakisoba Chicken




Benihana
Yakisoba Steak



LingLing
Tonkotsu Chicken
Tokyo style Ramen




LingLing
Shoyu Chicken
Tokyo style Ramen



P.F. Chang's
Dan Dan Noodles





P.F. Chang's
Korean Pork





P.F. Chang's
Lo Mein





P.F. Chang's
Pad Thai
Soy sauce





Soy sauce




Pork
broth





Soy
broth




Brown sauce






Spicy
Gochujang
sauce




Garlic and
Ginger
sauce




Brown sauce
USA





USA




USA






USA





USA






USA






USA






USA
58 g





59 g




53 g






58 g





58 g






61 g






51 g






58 g
1170 mg





1250 mg




1570mg






1820mg





1080mg






1030mg






830mg






1080mg
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Just microwave.  Noodles are
firm. Many small chunks of
chicken and veggies. Slightly
sweet flavor at the right intensity.


Same as Benihana above




Add water, microwave 4 minutes.
Good light broth flavor.
The closest thing I've found to
restaurant quality ramen.  You'll
have to boil your own egg though.


Quality ingredients.
Similar to LingLing above, but
includes broccoli in a soy sauce.



Has a spicy heat.  Sprinkled
liberally with some tasteless,
ground-meat substance.




Sweet vinegary spicy hot sauce.
Firm Noodles, Had a stem in it to
spit out, ingredients too small to
make a difference.



Has a spice heat, Plenty of peas
and chicken chunks.





Slight heat. I love pad thai, but
this was just goop.
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Not for
me.





Too hot
for me





Maybe






No
Dried Asian Noodle Meals

#1 - Skyline Ramen
Directions:
Note: A can of Skyline chili is pricey, but worth it.
Heat up 1/2 can of Skyline Chili sauce.
Cook noodles. 3 minutes.  Throw flavor packet away.
Drain noodles, then dump into bowl of hot chili sauce.
Top with a lot of shredded cheddar cheese and some sour cream.  
Sprinkle on some Hot Sauce. Eat.
Try adding diced onions or beans.

#3 - Sesame Beef Ramen
Directions:
Cook noodles. 3 minutes.
Drain off most of the water so that water doesn't cover noodles when in bowl.   
Stir in two beef flavor packets.  
Drizzle sesame oil over noodles, then sprinkle liberally with sesame seeds.
Try adding 2 Tbl Asian spicy sauce and mix with broth.
Chajang  =  black bean paste sauce
Hokkien  =  round egg noodles
Mirin        = sweet rice wine
Shoyu      = soy sauce
Teriyaki   = brazed w/ mirin, sugar and soy sauce
Tonkotsu = broth made from pork marrow
Udon        = thick wheat noodles
Yakisoba = noodles made from wheat
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