Nong Shim Udon Japanese Style Noodle Soup

I used to review instant-noodle soups a lot (the site where I did might still be live out there), and now that I have a centralized review/log blog, I figured I might as well start doing it here as well. With winter coming on, it’s a good time to start stocking noodles in the office, so I picked up a 12-pack of these (I always buy in bulk) at the Oriental Market in Lynnview.

Subjective snapshot

Quality: 4.0/5 stars
Spiciness: 0/5 chilis

Review

It’s worth noticing that Nong Shim actually has two noodle-cup products billed as “Udon Noodle Soup”. This is the simpler and cheaper of the two; in particular, it doesn’t actually contain udon noodles, but simply a thicker version of the usual instant-ramen instant noodles. It’s still quite accomplished and partially justifies its relatively high price point, with a strong, savory dashi broth enlivened by seaweed strips and small fish cakes (there are also some disappointingly hard age squares, for which “enlivened” might not be the right word) The noodles are nicely springy and stand up to reconstitution well, and are generous enough in bulk and absorbancy that they never seem to be swimming in too much broth. The seaweed tended to congregate at the bottom, but if you stir a bit between bites that’s easily enough averted.I confess, I balked a bit at the price, and still do even after eating it, because north of $1.25 is pretty princely territory for a noodle-cup, but in fairness this is an awfully good exemplar of its class. It’s not really udon, to their discredit; although it has almost all the requisite elements of a kitsune udon, a soup isn’t actually udon unless it has, y’know, udon noodles. Other than the noodle-choice-of-convenience, though, this is awfully satisfactory.” />

Summary details

Brand: Nong Shim
Product Name: Big Bowl Udon Japanese Style Noodle Soup
Origin: USA
Purchase details: $16.50 for 12 ($1.38 each) at Oriental Market on September 19, 2011
Dietary notes: Contains wheat, pollock, anchovy, bonito, soybeans, mackerel and tuna; manufactured in a facility that also processes egg and milk.
Nutritional information:

  • Weight: 114g
  • Calories: 500, 160 from fat
  • Fat: 18g total, 9 saturated, 0 trans
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 1800mg
  • Carbohydrates: 78g total, 4g dietary fiber, 4g sugars
  • Protein: 8g
  • Vitamins: 0% DV Vitamin A, 0% DV Vitamin C, 0% DV Calcium, 8% DV Iron
  • Ingredients: wheat flour, palm oil, potato starch, modified potato starch, salt, pollock, anchovy, beta-carotene (color), black pepper, bonito, cabbage, caramel color, carrot, corn syrup, dextrin, dextrose, disodium guanylate, disodium inosinate, disodium succinate, d-sorbitol, garlic, green onion, gum arabic, hydrolyzed vegetable protein (wheat, soy, and corn), mackerel, maltodextrin, modified corn starch, monosodium glutamate, mushroom, onion, polyglycerol esters of fatty acids, potassium carbonate, radish, red pepper, riboflavin, rice bran oil, seaweed, sodium carbonate, sodium phosphates, soybeans, sugar, TBHQ, tocopherols, tuna, wheat starch, yeast extract.

Photographs

[A Nong Shim Big Bowl Udon, unopened]

[A Nong Shim Big Bowl Udon's contents: noodles and a spice packet]

[A Nong Shim Big Bowl Udon fully prepared]

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I'm a mathematics professor at the University of Louisville, and a geek.

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