Have you always disliked instant noodles? Almost everyone says instant noodles is bad. Sure, I wouldn’t eat it every day…but it does taste pretty good! Not convinced? Well, I’m pretty sure you are basing your judgement on ‘cheap’ instant noodle. Let me explain: There are two kinds of instant noodles…the ‘cheap’ kind and the ‘good’ kind.  You need to eat the good kind for sure before you tell me instant noodle doesn’t taste good!  (Oh, and please add meat and veggies…that’s a must!)
Today, I settle the dispute….with a FOOD BATTLE: INSTANT NOODLES!

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(right) Maruchan instant noodle (bought at Costco)
(left) Japanese/Asian instant noodle (bought at Chinese grocercy story in SF)

To be fair, I cooked them for the same time, and used the same soup base for both. The outcome:

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They sure look the same….

but…after sampling both, EUREKA! I realized the difference in my mouth!

The Maruchan was chewier, rougher, starchier (if such word exists).

update:

Main Entry: starchy
Pronunciation: 'stär-chE
Function:
adjective
Inflected Form(s): starch·i·er; -est
1 : containing, consisting of, or resembling starch
2 : consisting of or marked by formality or stiffness

On the other hand, the Asian one was very light, smooth and silky.  What a difference….subtle but still noticeable.  I’m sure a pro instant noodle eater would notice the difference!  Don’t believe me?  You try it out and tell me!

Winner: Asian instant noodle  

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4 Comments

Stefani · February 27, 2006 at 7:14 am

I actually like the Maruchan ramen. 😛 I always add napa/lettuce, an egg, and some meat sometimes. And actually, to cook them for the same amount of time might not be all that accurate since one noodle may take longer to cook than the other. I like ramen. 😛

B · March 2, 2006 at 2:37 pm

Hey E, if you read the nutritional panel on the back, it states that there’s actually TWO servings per package. Therefore, it’s some dangerous stuff if you take the palm oil + sat. fat into consideration and double it. I always wondered how they crammed all that junk into a small brick. =P

You thought you had 2 servings, when you acutally had 4. XD

~B

B · March 2, 2006 at 2:39 pm

Fixing my spelling error. I’m so embarassed. T_T

You thought you had 2 servings, when you *acutally had 4. XD

*actually

yeast · March 2, 2006 at 5:37 pm

Oh crap…you’re right =P I always forget that….[sigh]…now I’m fat

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