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Best store bought ramen noodle?

grandgourmand Jan 8, 2012 06:45 AM

I'm looking for just the noodles. If I must, the extra seasoning pack is ok, but those are usually one-per-package. Would prefer a multiple pack of noodles.

I'm in Leslieville. Thanks.

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    Gary Jan 8, 2012 08:20 AM

    Take the streetcar across to Sanko at Queen and Niagara. Buy the "Toronto Ramen" in the refrigerator section, in a package that looks like this: http://www.flickr.com/photos/paulgali...

    These noodles have a nice chewy texture compared to the usual mushy packaged stuff, and the flavouring packets are pretty decent, too. Next best thing we've been able to find to going out for ramen.

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      grandgourmand Jan 8, 2012 08:55 AM

      thanks. awesome.

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        Full tummy Jan 8, 2012 05:24 PM

        Oh, gosh. That is great! I generally have resorted to the Pulmuone packages from Galleria. Also "fresh" ramen, though maybe not as fresh as these, and also not full of palm oil. How much do these ones cost?

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          grandgourmand Jan 8, 2012 06:52 PM

          I went today. It's $1.75 for two servings. They are frozen. The same pack plus the broth pouch cost over $3.

          The person at the store showed me some new ramen (with broth pouch) they brought in from California. New stuff. Looked interesting, but I stuck with the basic one.

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            Gary Jan 9, 2012 06:22 AM

            I find these noodles are somewhat like pasta in that they expand a lot as you cook them. So those servings end up being surprisingly filling, much more food than in a typical dried ramen brick. They are stickier, though, so it usually requires some studious careful separating of the strands before you drop them in the water, to keep them intact and avoid having them cook in one big knotted clump.

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          acd123 Jan 9, 2012 06:05 AM

          They also have Toronto Ramen at PAT on Bloor in koreatown.

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            grandgourmand Jan 9, 2012 06:24 AM

            Also good to know. Thanks. I can add that to my occasional Scarborough food jaunts. Hit up PAT on Lawrence on the way to Diana's.

        3. Charles Yu Jan 9, 2012 06:43 AM

          Try looking for this as well!!!
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/746545

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            sumashi Jan 12, 2012 09:24 PM

            Second the Yamachan ramen. I went and looked for it at T&T after reading that thread and it was really good!

            grandgourmet, if you want to trek up to Warden and Steeles, I saw them in Nov or Dec so I assume they still carry it now. It was in the refrigerated wall section that faces all the cooked food/bakery stuff closest to the front of the store.

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              grandgourmand Jan 13, 2012 05:17 AM

              Yeah, that's the same place I looked for them on Cherry St., but nada. I don't get to Warden & Steeles too often, but thanks for the heads up.

          2. grandgourmand Jan 12, 2012 11:52 AM

            Gary, thanks for the tip. These were really good noodles. My first crack at tonkotsu at home was a success. I'm far from being a ramen noodle expert, but these had a nice flavour and held their texture quite well. I used this guy's recipe for the broth, btw. Still a work in progress, but definitely a good start.
            http://norecipes.com/blog/2009/12/30/...

            And Charles...thanks for the link to the old post. I was at T&T on Cherry St. I looked in the few places where I thought they should be, but no luck. Plus, my daughter was getting hungry, so I didn't have the luxury of time to do a careful search. But I'll keep my eyes open.

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