egg in cup-o'-noodle; or not?
i remember loving cup-o-noodles as a kid - but then at some point in the 90s or so, it seems as though they started omitting the freeze-dried egg. i know that the cheaper brands (i.e., $0.10/10 v. $0.25/4) never had egg in them - but i just wonder what happened to the original cup-o-noodles? were they scared of germs? were they just cheap? what?
Wow, I totally remember that. I'm 26, and wouldn't have thought of it on my own, but once you mentioned it, I know exactly what you're talking about.
I haven't seen them with the egg either. I just buy the packaged udon in the refrigerated section and make egg drop soup with a beaten egg, like another poster mentioned.
I do imagine it was cost though, eggs are a bit pricey.
I'd noticed this also, having grown up on Cup-O-Noodles. The "americanized" versions of brands do not have the freeze-dried egg, which was one of my favorite ingredients. Nissin is the brand that I grew up with and their American version doesn't have it. There was probably some scare about the egg thing - who knows...
However there are some Asian markets that have the original version with the egg. In the LA area you can try 99 Ranch or Seafood City, but you'd probably have better luck at the Japanese stores like Marukai. I picked up a couple of cups from Nijiya Market in West LA on Sawetelle.
Note that because they are imported, they are quite expensive - typically upwards of $2.50.
For me, it's worth it!