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Best store-bought ramen noodles?

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I just watched Tampopo last night and I must have ramen noodles. I can't make em..but which ones should I buy? Thanks!

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  1. Not really Japanese-style ramen, and it's so disgustingly bad for you with all the MSG and sodium, but I'm utterly addicted to MaMa brand ramen. Sweet, spicy, sour, salty goodness...

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    1. re: naie

      I am so allergic to MSG. I was just wondering about the noodles themselves..not the soup mix, per se.

    2. Here is a link to a PortlandFood.Org thread on Ramen. It includes many links to ramen sites. Look for the Pollo Elastico posts. http://portlandfood.org/index.php?sho...

      Pollo Elastico also has an awesome blog called the Guilty Carnivore here
      http://www.guiltycarnivore.com/

      1. The best ramens you can find in stores are probably the "nama ramen" (roughly translated as fresh ramen) usually in the freezer sections of Japanese markets.
        Here's a good description from World ramen.net: http://www.worldramen.net/ABC/Whereto...
        Instead of dried noodles, the noodles are fresh frozen, providing a better texture, as you would find with fresh frozen pasta. And the soup and sauces aren't reconstituted from powders either. I personally haven't gone through many brands, but I've enjoyed several from the local Japanese markets. Here's a good blog: http://www.ramenramenramen.net/tag/na...

        1. My favorite is Nong Shim kimchee flavor.

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          1. re: phofiend

            yeah.. the Nong Shim spicy korean noodles are good stuff

            1. re: kc72

              I like the Seafood & Spicy flavor better than the Kimchee flavor, but both are quite tasty.

              Mmmmmm now I need some instant ramen.

              1. re: kc72

                I second this, but they're really high in calories!

                1. re: AgentRed

                  I think if you cook your noodles most of the way in one pot of water and then transfer just the noodles to another pot of water you can eliminate a lot of the calories.

              2. re: phofiend

                Another belated vote for Nong Shim. I buy it by the case when it's on sale.

                1. re: melly

                  Ugh! I just logged in and noticed the original post is almost 3 years old. As far as store bought japanese ramen I think the best (although I haven't eaten all that many brands) is Myojo which is made in Japan. I live where there are some japanese markets in southern California so it's not hard to find. Is Nong Shim that brand they sell by the case in Costco? I almost bought a case of their kim chee ramen because it was on special, but noticed the sodium was about 50% of your daily amount but it was for a serving of half a bowl. Yikes! One thing good about Myojo is it has 2 packets (one of the dry and one of the liquid seasonings); that way you can hold back on the sodium somewhat.