Maruchan Instant Lunch, Lime Chili Flavor with Shrimp

Continuing the noodle review! This one I just picked up as an individual item to broaden my horizons; I’m pretty sure I had it before, but years ago.

Subjective snapshot

Quality: 2.5/5 stars
Spiciness: 1/5 chilis


It’s more citric than spicy, really, which at least puts it a bit outside the American mainstream although not in any truly adventurous way; most Thai Tom Yum flavors get a most robustly citric style. Maruchan soups are mostly an uncreative lot, with serviceable but unimpressive noodles and invariably the unambitious etceteras of peas and carrots; this one, with dried shrimp, is slightly outside their usual fare, which together with the not-displeasing citric edge pushes it above the extremely bland usual, but still not out of mediocrity.

Summary details

Brand: Maruchan
Product Name: Instant Lunch, Lime Chili Flavor with Shrimp
Origin: USA
Purchase details: $0.30 at Kroger on September 25, 2011
Dietary notes: Contains wheat, soy, shrimp, and milk ingredients; manufactured in a facility that also processes shellfish and fish.
Nutritional information:

  • Weight: 64g
  • Calories: 290, 100 from fat
  • Fat: 11g total, 6 saturated, 0 trans
  • Cholesterol: 10mg
  • Sodium: 1170mg
  • Carbohydrates: 39g total, 2g dietary fiber, 2g sugars
  • Protein: 7g
  • Vitamins: 2% DV Vitamin A, 2% DV Vitamin C, 2% DV Calcium, 15% DV Iron
  • Ingredients: enriched wheat flour (wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), vegetable oil (one or more of the following: canola, cottonseed, palm) preserved by TBHQ, salt, dehydrated vegetables (carrot, green peas, onion, garlic), maltodextrin, monosodium glutamate, hydrolyzed corn, wheat and soy protein, freeze-dried shrimp, habanero and other spices, sugar, citric acid, dehydrated soy sauce (wheat, soybeans, salt), yeast extract, caramel color, potassium carbonate, matural flavors, sodium (mono-, hexameta-, and/or tripoly-)phosphate, sesame oil, sodium carbonate, disodium inosinate, disodium guanylate, lime powder, chocken broth, lactose, soya lecithin, turmeric.


[A Maruchan Instant Lunch, unopened]

[A Maruchan Instant Lunch contents: noodles dusted with spices and freeze-dried etceteras]

[A Maruchan Instant Lunch fully prepared]


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

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