And now, for something slightly different…
I’m a real snob when it comes to ramen: I believe that only “true” Japanese ramen, instant or otherwise, should be considered “ramen.” Korean “ramyun”? Not ramen. Chinese “la mien”? Nope. Try again. Not ramen. So what’s wrong with this picture?
1. The brand is called “Dr. Noodle.” Come on! That’s like saying “Mister California Roll” sounds like an authentic sushi restaurant!
2. Shiitake spinach flavor…shiitake and spinach?? Not exactly a traditional ramen flavor.
3. The words “non fried” smack in the middle of the package. (Shaking my head…I’m just not big on “healthy” foods…)
So why in the world am I doing this review? Why else do I do things I don’t normally do…my wife…likes it…
Dr. Noodle is a brand of instant noodles from Taiwan’s Sing-Lin Foods, which has many many different flavors of “steam ramen.” (For the record, my wife’s favorite is the Beef Tomato flavor) For the health-conscious noodle fan, steamed ramen has almost no fat compared to the typical “fried” instant ramen. It does have MSG though, so it’s not all good news.
The noodles were pretty good, though nothing like “real” ramen noodles. These noodles were flat noodles typical of Chinese instant noodles, with a nice chewy texture. The soup was flavorful, and again, nothing like Japanese ramen soup. There’re little bits of shiitake mushrooms, a few scattered pieces of carrots for good measure, and lots of coriander (cilantro). The soup tastes almost like a very light chicken soup (though, being vegetarian, there’s obviously no chicken stock used) with a hint of mushroom flavor.
Overall, this was a very decent pack of instant noodles, with a light flavor. If you’re looking for some different than Japanese instant ramen and/or something relatively healthier, give this a try. I’m not going to give this a rating because it’s not “real ramen,” but if I did, it’d be around a 6 or 7.
And for the people who’ve been asking me for nutritional info on the noodles I review, here you go!