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Feb 26, 2007 08:27 AM

Your Favourite "Instant" Ramen?

All the ramen talk on the LA board leads me to ask, which "instant" ramen (whether dehydrated or "fresh") would you recommend?

I guess I'm not so much asking about the $0.25/package type, but the ones they sell @ Japanese markets. Which ones have good broth? Which have great noodles?

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  1. I like Neoguri myself. The trick is to boil the noodles twice. The first time, just boil for a minute or two, drain the pot of the oily water (oil from the noodles), then add fresh hot water and the soup etc, and boil for a few more minutes, and the ramen tastes very clean, without the oily and msg'ish taste.

    Neoguri has thick'ish noodles. Its soup is spicy, with red pepper powder etc.

    1. My current favorite is something called JamPong Ramen. It is a red package with a happy squid in the front. Pretty good for $.79 a pop. Good spicy seafood flavor.

      1. My all time favorite is Shin Ramyun, a spicy korean noodle package. I like to mix a beaten egg or just egg whites at the end to make it like an egg drop soup.

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        1. re: gyp7318

          I do the exact same thing! I also eat ramen (ramyun for Koreans like me) with cold kimchi - the hot and cold sensation is really refreshing.

          1. re: bijoux16

            Definitely have to have kimchi in there! Making my mouth water. :)

        2. The only one I eat is Sapporo Ichiban. It isn't fantastic, but it's a definitely a step up from Maruchan. I usually toss in some Sriracha, so I never buy the spicy ones. I also prefer my instant ramen without any processed meat since I'll usually add that on my own.

          1. shin ramen, Ive been eating it all of my life.

            when I was little though, I liked to eat it raw with the soup base sprinkled on it

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            1. re: bitsubeats

              I used to love eating raw instant noodles with the soup base sprinkled over it. Who didn't? lol

              Have you seen the korean snack "ppu shyuh ppu shyuh"? (in korean, it means, break it up, break it up). It's basically the same idea - packaged like instant noodles with the soup base packet - break up the noodles, sprinkle the soup packet and eat!

              1. re: MeowMixx

                never heard of the snack. I do recall there being a raw ramen snack called u.f.o or something along those lines in korea...or am I thinking of the japanese brand?
                It just makes more sense to use shin ramen anyways (: .

                open up the bag, add the sauce packet, crush it, shake, eat