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"Gourmet" instant ramen - have you tried any?

The Wall Street Journal's wimpy story today about a single company, Union Foods, talks about supposedly better instant ramen noodles, "Gourmet Snack Noodles Soup" and "Mamma Mia microwaveable noodles" with no MSG and no trans fats, etc.

Apparently Nissin has also come up with a healthier, premium ramen.

Have you tried any of these? Taste?
Which is the best tasting instant ramen in the world anyway?

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  1. I can't recall the exact name, but the bowls that have no English except for the preparation instructions are pretty good. Cheap, too.

    1. Here's a link to a site of "Ramen Advocates" with tasting of a number of brands

      http://www.geocities.com/drlipnose/

      A little odd, but hey - useful info

      1. Asians have been making high-end instant noodle meals for years. There are no-preservative noodle dishes that even feature fresh stuff (vacuum packed noodles and broth for example). Where I live, I noticed that Korean supermarkets have the craziest amount and variety of instant noodle dishes from low to high end.

        On another note, I went to the company's website, and it's pretty funny - they have a product called 'That's Hot' - wonder if they'd get into some legal battle over that phrase with Paris Hilton...

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        1. re: welle

          yeah korean markets have those fresh ramen packets that are in the refrigerated section. they're not fried so the texture is different. it's pretty good.

        2. I'm not sure if this qualifies as "high end" but some ramen noodle company came out with ramen meals--packaged in a plastic tray, you nuke the noodles, add your freeze dried veggies/meats and a packet of oil. Oddly enough, the garlic shrimp, is delicious! In college i ate them at least three times a week (its a miracle i didnt die from a sodium overload) At 89 cents a pop it certainly isnt cheap (at least compared to the 10 cent varieties i was used to) . I didnt like any of the other flavors as much, but the garlic shrimp was great! The oil packet gave it a little something extra

          1. my favorites are nong shim shin ramyun and neoguri. i also get a weird hankering every now and then for their chajang chapaghetti.

            but i'd have to say my all time favorite instant ramen is sapporo ichiban beef flavor.