I didn't grow up a ramen prescriptivist, but more often than not my selection landed upon Shin Ramyun, the Korean brand of instant noodles flavored with beef and chili. Its fierce heat and intense saltiness has earned it some rabid followers. It's one of the best selling non-Japanese brands around, available in over 80 countries. In 2011, they introduced Shin Black, the premium version of their traditional ramen. We embarked on a taste test to see how they stacked up.
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We all know what to expect with the super-cheap, sub-$1 brands of ramen at the grocery store. But if you're willing to spend just a little bit more on your instant noodles, you can upgrade to noodles that are dehydrated naturally, much in the manner of Italian pasta, creating a texture that is far closer to fresh noodles than the spongy, inexpensive versions. The brand I grew up with? Myojo Chukazanmai. It comes in a variety of flavors including some that aren't commonly available here in the U.S., but for today, I'm focusing on the three main flavors: miso, soy sauce, and oriental.
Raise your hand if instant ramen noodles were the first dish you learned to cook on your own. Yeah, I thought so. For this taste test, we wanted to stick with the basics: inexpensive and widely available were our two top criteria for making the cut. All of these instant noodles are available for under a dollar, and all of them can be found across the country, or ordered online. To keep things reasonable, we stuck with chicken flavor. Which brand is the king of the instant noodle scene? Read on to find out.
I've been a fan of instant noodles all my life and in 2002, decided to turn this passion into a blog. While living in Seattle, I've found Asian grocery stores aplenty and my love affair with the instant noodle has only increased. Over the years, I've found some pretty amazing varieties; this list represents the best of the best.
"The late inventor of instant noodles was symbolically blasted off into space at a funeral ceremony attended by thousands in Osaka, western Japan. The event was a tribute to Momofuku Ando's creation of Space Ram, a noodle soup that works at zero gravity. Mr Ando, who died in January aged 96, created the instant noodle in 1958 and worked hard on the vacuum pack that was taken into space in 2005. " Requiem In Paces....