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Most Americans know ramen only in the 5000-pack for a buck instant variety and as “starving college student food.” But ramen is so much more. Read more...
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ramen rating: maruchan miso

Disclaimer: I’m not too crazy about miso ramen and I’ve only had it a few times before. This one was decent though. The noodles are good, not spectacular, like the other Maruchan ramen I’ve reviewed before. The soup is a lot stronger than I expected…not like other miso ramens I’ve had. It’s not very “miso-y”...

ramen rating: maruchan shio

This is the shio version of the last Maruchan semi-fresh noodles I had a few days ago. The noodles are the same skinny but good and chewy ones. The soup is a light and clear shio flavor. Not particularly exciting to me, but if you like shio, it’s decent, like eating noodles in a bowl...

ramen rating: maruchan shoyu

Wow…everyone’s favorite college-student-cheap ramen has a semi-fresh ramen! It’s made in the U.S. and I found it at our local 99 Ranch (Chinese supermarket) so it should be relatively easy to find. And guess what…it’s actually pretty darn good! The noodles are a little bit skinny but chewy and tasty. The soup is a decent...

reader question: 80′s ramen

A reader from Autumn Heart writes: I’m doing a painting of a Ramen package (I picked Maruchan chicken flavor.) It looks pretty lonely sitting all by itself, however, so I’d like to surround it with rays extending from it like a sun, some related imagery. When I was a kid in the 80s, I remember...

instant ramen final four: championship

Maruchan Roast Chicken vs. Sapporo Ichiban Original We’re down to the championship game. Sapporo Ichiban Original gets the tip off. Sapporo Ichiban Original plays deliberately and slowly. They like to set a slow-paced game with their subtler flavor. As before, their uniqueness lies in their blended taste. If you have to put a label to...

instant ramen final four: …err…final four!

Maruchan Roast Chicken vs. Maruchan Roast Beef We’re down to the final four, and it’s the battle of the Maruchan roast meats! The referees are drooling in anticipation. Maruchan Roast Beef puts its best beefy foot forward. Their soup could probably be used for an au jus sauce. Mmm…I’d dip my roast beef sandwich in...

instant ramen final four: elite eight part 2

Sapporo Ichiban Beef vs. Sapporo Ichiban Original There’ve been some interesting match-ups in this tournament, and this is no exception. The two darkhorses are battling it out this round. Both teams try to use their Sapporo Ichiban-ness against their opponent, and they just end up cancelling each other out. The two teams are almost identically...

instant ramen final four: elite eight part 1

Maruchan Creamy Chicken vs. Top Ramen Chicken It’s Chicken vs. Chicken! Maruchan vs. Top Ramen! Top Ramen Chicken has a more concentrated chicken flavor than Maruchan Creamy Chicken, and edges ahead by the third quarter. Maruchan Creamy Chicken’s distinct celery flavor and smell tries to make up for their lighter flavor, but they just can’t...

instant ramen final four: south

Maruchan Shrimp vs. Sapporo Ichiban Beef Ah, the sea. Smell the salty sea air and feel the refreshing ocean breeze. Maruchan Shrimp has captured that saltwatery-shio taste. And there’s also a slight seafood smell and taste. But where’s the shrimp flavor? It’s just barely there. But it’s tasty. Sapporo Ichiban Beef tries to wrap their...

instant ramen final four: east

…they met behind the bleachers for their secret rendezvous. Their hungry mouths met passionately. A smell of hot tonkotsu lingered in the air. Oh, Maruchan! Your soup … it’s so wet! And your noodles…oh! They’re so slippery! Tear open your flavor packet now! — Sorry, April Fools! We now return to your regularly scheduled program…...

instant ramen final four: west

Maruchan Chili vs. Top Ramen Chili It’s another exciting Maruchan vs. Top Ramen matchup…Chili vs Chili! First of all, to anyone who’s never tried the chili flavor: look at the packaging with the chili peppers and the flames. Raise your hand: how many people think this is simply a spicy version of the instant ramen?...

instant ramen final four: midwest

Top Ramen Oriental vs Maruchan Roast Chicken Round 1…fight! Maruchan gets the early advantage, confounding Top Ramen by asking them the age old question: just what *is* “oriental” flavor? While Top Ramen Oriental fumbles with an answer and plays a defensive game with their slightly watery, and mildly shoyu-esque-but-not-really flavor, Maruchan Roast Chicken jumps ahead...

instant ramen final four

Ah, spring. Time for flowers to bloom, little birdies chirping, and brighter, longer days. Time for college basketball…and RAMEN! Prompted by the idea of saving up for a $110 bowl of ramen and the stereotype that college students and instant ramen go hand in hand (and these days, who doesn’t have the budget of a...

ramen round-up

Instant ramen…creating jobs in America! Let’s hear it for Maruchan! If you’ve been following our blog for a while, you might’ve noticed that fans of the now unavailable Maruchan tomato ramen are a fanatical bunch. And now, they’re organized! Join them on the Facebook group: Bring Back Maruchan Tomato Ramen! Join Anarchic Ramen on his...

ramen rating: cup noodles premium beef tomato

Cup Noodles’ new distinct black and white package caught my eye on a recent grocery expedition…whoa…Cup Noodles Premium?! Beef Tomato flavor!? Maruchan Tomato Ramen fans just might have a reason to rejoice. I couldn’t wait to try this!


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