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High quality ramen - is there such thing?

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I don't mean the restaurant kind, I mean the cheap bricks in the plastic pouches.

I tend to buy things on impulse in ethnic markets with labels I can't read at all, and over the years I've gotten some pretty good ramen but I have no idea what the brand was or what the flavors were (shrimp? Something seafoody, in any case)

Asian chowhounds, are there any good ones out there? Care to describe the label or what to look for? Any particular country put out better stuff?

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  1. I tend to buy Myojo Chukazanmai or Nong Shim brand ramen. Myojo is Japanese and tastes closer to fresh than the Nissin and Maruchan varieties that are so prevalent.

    Nong Shim is Korean. Any of their Kimchi flavored ramen packets/bowls are great.

    1. I'm with you, and I always say I'm gonna start a ramen log. I just buy random. They've been mostly pretty decent. Especially the big bowls that say "hot & spicy flavor." Great idea for a thread!

      1. get the ones in the large bowls that have fresh, vacuum packed noodles, not dried. (They weigh much more and if you shake them you can tell which are dried and which are fresh.) These types also tend to have 2 packs of different sauces you mix, and 1 of dried veggies.

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            1. I used to buy the Maruchan Roast Chicken and Roast Beef; preferred them to the plain chicken and beef flavors. But they recently disappeared from the supermarket shelves, along with several other favorite products. Don't know yet whether they were discontinued or if Hannaford's computers ordered their buyers to quit stocking them, like they did with smoke roasted salmon last year. Another couple of factors sending me to their competition across the street...

              Will check a couple of Asian markets for Myojo Chukazanmai, Nong Shim, and Mama brands- thanks for the recommendations. Checked the other thread and will look for IndoMie MiGoreng and Tung onion flavor, too.

              1. The refrigerated ramen with fresh noodles is far better than any of the dried stuff I've ever tried. With the dried noodles, most have a similar flavor in the soup mix that I really don't care for. But the last time I was in Seattle, I picked up some dried ramen at Uwajimaya that is actually quite good. All the writing on the packaging is in Japanese, but the U.S. nutrition label identifies it as "Charmela Shoyu 5Shoku Pack." I'm not sure if the brand name is "Charmela," but attached is a pic of the wrapper. It comes in a package of five.

                One thing I do recommend is not using the water you boiled the noodles in for the soup. I heat the water, and pour a portion of it into the serving bowl with the seasoning packets, then boil and drain the noodles before adding to the soup.