Nissin Bowl Noodles, Rich and Savory Chicken Flavor

This might be the latest incarnation of what used to be called the “Souper Meal”; it’s got about the same form factor and the same “Finishing Touch” packet in the shrinkwrap, but the noodles seems to have been changed. I picked this up as a single unit: Nissin and Maruchan stuff is rarely exciting enough for me to really fathom eating a whole case of it. I also prepared it wrong; it apparently wants to be microwaved, same as the Yakisoba, and instead I just filled it with boiling water. The result was actually fairly palatable in spite of it. Also, for science, and for you, my loyal readers, I tried making it as directed. It honestly came out about the same, although the noodles were more evenly cooked.

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Quality: 2.5/5 stars
Spiciness: 0/5 chilis

Review

The noodles were pretty decent; they’re a cut above the usual awful freeze-dried stuff, with a big more of an egg-noodle flavor and heartiness. The actual broth was actually pretty dull, I’m afraid, blandly chickeny and short on hooks to make the meal remotely interesting, although it did have a lingeringly brothlike mouthfeel absent in a lot of soups whose broths feel (if not taste) watery. The freeze-dried veggies were tolerable but far from extraordinary: the cabbage helped give it some textural and flavor variety, but the carrots and corn were not exactly raising the bar. All in all, it’s not a terribly adventurous bowl but it’s a pretty decent variant on the timid everyday American bowl, and for people who aren’t looking for excessive spice, it might be more pleasing than the often fiery adventurous fare.
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