ramen rating: king car shoyu

king car bowl ramen

Agh!! Get it off of me! Getitoffofme! — oh, sorry… Ahem…this is the kind of instant noodles that gives people nightmares. In the interest of saying something useful besides just warning people from this travesty, I find it interesting that, even though technically ramen “started” from China, then evolved into the Japanese version we’re all familiar with today, I’ve yet to find any Chinese instant ramen that tastes nearly as good as the Japanese version. Sure, there are plenty of great Chinese noodle dishes, and plenty of really good instant Chinese noodles, but forget trying to find a good Chinese version of the Japanese version of Chinese noodles. If any of that didn’t make sense, blame this ramen.

The crowning achievement of this bowl ramen is the noodles, which are slightly thin, very reminiscent of Chinese instant noodles, and thoroughly mediocre. The toppings include corn, tiny pieces of sour, soggy bamboo, seaweed, and some unidentifiable mystery veggie bits.

The soup seasoning contains salt, MSG, and soy sauce powder, and the garnish includes sugar and caramel. Yes, the label says the garnish contains sugar and caramel. And for what it’s worth, the soup stock is chicken, not pork. So what does this concoction taste like? Have you ever had vinegar ramen? Really? Ok, no, there’s no such thing. I just made it up. But even if there were such a thing as vinegar ramen, I’m pretty sure the soup would taste better than this vile sour and vinegary witch’s brew. King Car gets a 3. The only reason it doesn’t get a 1 is because I think I could imagine eating this again if I was literally starving to death. Well…maybe…

king car bowl ramen

  3 comments for “ramen rating: king car shoyu

  1. 3/13/2008 at 8:57 am

    Hahaha…great review! That was pretty funny! King Car? Is that what King Kong drives?

  2. 3/14/2008 at 9:21 pm

    Stick with the authentic fake Chinese noodles.
    Have you tried the Chow Mein in boxes from Central America? The main one is from Guatemala, and there’s a competitor from El Salvador. I don’t think they taste very good, but, you have to try them at least once.

  3. 3/14/2008 at 10:39 pm

    johnk, that sounds…interesting? I remember reading a long time ago that instant ramen’s become a staple food in Mexico and other Central American countries. Hmm…maybe I should try some…

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