ramen rating: nissin choice beef

nissin choice beef ramen
A few weeks ago I promised to review Nissin’s new health-conscious instant ramen. According to Nissin:

…eating healthier doesn’t have to feel like a punishment. Choice Ramen is 80% fat free with 25% less sodium than typical instant ramen. How’d we do it? The secret rests in a special air-drying process. It yields a healthier noodle with the delicious taste and texture you’re looking for.


Is this ramen healthier? According to the Nutrition Facts info on the package, definitely! Does eating it “feel like a punishment”? Definitely! Oh wait…(rereading Nissin’s blurb)…oops, my mistake. It’s not supposed to feel like a punishment…sorry.

It took a few sips of the soup to establish the flavor: it’s extremely bland. Even then, I still have trouble describing it. It certainly smells beefy. But it tastes more like…a watery light gravy? Watered down au jus? Juice left over from the “slow stewed beef” added to water mixed with water and topped off with water? I’m sure you can see where I’m going with this.

As for the noodles, unfortunately the “special air-drying process” seemed to have also blown away any flavor as well. The noodles tasted amazingly like water and flour.

At least there were a small handful…maybe 5 pcs of green onion bits, not that you’d notice.

Health benefits aside, it’s hard for me to find anything positive about this ramen. It does have less of a MSG bite than other instant ramen, so that might also be a plus for the MSG-adverse. Other than that, I can only recommend this to people who like very lightly flavored food. I’m glad to see Nissin trying to make instant ramen healthier, but I’ll wait for the next version. Nissin’s Choice Ramen, Slow Stewed Beef flavor gets a 3 (It gets a bonus point for being healthier).
nissin choice beef ramen
(As we’ve pointed out before, heed the “Serving Size” when evaluating nutritional value. Note that the nutritional values shown are for “one” serving size, which is *half* the block of ramen.)

nissin choice beef ramen

  8 comments for “ramen rating: nissin choice beef

  1. 9/23/2008 at 6:42 pm

    lol ed i just spotted this at albertson’s, along with the chicken flavor. ate the chicken one and am kinda scared to try the beef now XD…

  2. 9/27/2008 at 6:10 pm

    rameniac, what did you think of the chicken flavor? i’ve still got a pack in my pantry that I’m hesitant to try. hahaha

  3. Cassar
    2/26/2009 at 12:53 pm

    i am in Dallas Texas. Where can i purchase these noodles? I cannot even find them on line.
    Thanks.

  4. 3/1/2009 at 5:02 pm

    @Cassar: I bought this at a local (southern CA) regular (non-Asian) supermarket so I think you should be able to find them pretty much anywhere. Good luck!

  5. Cassar
    3/2/2009 at 8:30 am

    I have looked in all supermarkets with no luck. Anyone in the Dallas metro area that bought them??

  6. Elisha
    3/23/2009 at 12:01 pm

    I live in Fort Worth and found them at my local Tom Thumb for a couple of weeks, but now they don’t have them….I think they’re just out so I’m going to ask them to order more. Anyway, try Tom Thumb.

  7. goldiegirl3000
    3/25/2009 at 4:34 am

    I live in Irving, TX… This product is stocked regularly at my local Kroger. If you do not see it on your grocers shelves, ask for an order form. The store manager can/will order/stock something if you ask.

    My hubby and I go through about 5pks of the chicken per week… but we add more than just the seasoning packet.

    (isn’t that the beauty of ramen?? no two bowls are alike. 😀 )

  8. 3/26/2009 at 9:52 pm

    @Elisha: thanks for the tip!

    @goldiegirl3000: I like that: “the beauty of ramen…no two bowls are alike”!

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