25 August, 2008

Ramen Review 8: Nissin Cup Noodles Premium Homestyle Chicken

There's a new look in the ramen aisle: Elegant and sophisticated, black and white trimmed with red and gold. It's Nissin's new Cup Noodles Premium. The packaging is gorgeous, and the price is 50% higher than standard Cup Noodles. Is it worth it?

Ease of Preparation: 10/10
Like all Cup Noodles, all one needs do is peel back the paper lid a bit, fill to the line with boiling water, and wait three minutes.

Vegetable Packet: N/A
Cup noodles have the veggies already in the cup, so there's no packet. And though standard Cup Noodles varieties are generally pretty sparse with the veg, the Premium variety is loaded. There are lots of carrots, corn kernels, leeks, and mushrooms, and there's also a pretty decent amount of dehydrated chicken pieces as well. Outstanding.

Seasoning Packet: N/A
Like the vegetables, the seasoning is already in the cup.

Taste: 9/10
The flavor was nearly identical to Nissin's standard chicken flavored Cup Noodles - in other words, delicious - but it had a richer chicken flavor. Every forkful of noodles brought a generous portion of vegetables and a few bits of chicken meat with it. This ramen really does deserve the "Premium" label.

Spiciness: 0/10
This isn't marketed as a spicy ramen.

Overall: 9/10
Highly recommend.

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