30 April, 2008

Ramen Review 5: Nissin Seafood Flavor Ramen (Imported)

In the United States, Nissin is the company that brings us the "Top Ramen" and new "Choice Ramen" brands. If you're lucky enough to have an Asian supermarket nearby, though, you'll find that they also produce a huge line of other ramen flavors that never make it to mainstream grocery stores in the States. This seafood flavor variety is one example.

Ease of Preparation: 8/10
Drop it in a bowl, add the soup base and boiling water, cover, and allow to stand for about 5 minutes. Or, cook in a microwave for 3 minutes and allow to stand for a couple of minutes before eating.

Vegetable Packet: Not included.

Seasoning Packet: 8/10
The seafood-flavor soup base that comes with the ramen is, like most other ramen soup bases, primarily salt and MSG. But there is also a rich and delicious seafood flavor that is hard to describe - it is reminiscent of clams, crab, squid, and scallops and yet unlike any of these.

Taste: 8/10
Elusive seafood umami = WIN

Spiciness: 0/10 - This is not marketed as a spicy ramen.

Overall: 8/10 - Delicious.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hey. This is the so called "premium" line of Nissin ramen. People in Hong Kong ask for it by name - they also make a yummy satay one - although the oil is kind of rancid sometimes!