Maruchan Yakisoba, Spicy Chicken Flavor

This one was another one-off purchase, although I picked up a cheese flavor yakisoba, which I’m sure is vile, at the same time. It’s kind of cheating from the point of view of my mission: this one isn’t reconstituted with boiling water, but is filled with cold water and then microwaved, so it’s not one that can really be done with just a kettle (take note in the unlikely event that you’re using my reviews to find food for camping or for a particularly sparsely furnished office).

Subjective snapshot

Quality: 3.0/5 stars
Spiciness: 2/5 chilis


The order of operations on this one is a bit odd: I was instructed to add the spice packet after microwaving, when there wasn’t much liquid, so the flavors ended up rather inconsistently distributed. However, in spite of that, this one was pretty good: the noodles were a bit rubbery but not actually tough, and the dehydrates were if not actually adventurous at least well-chosen (I maintain that you can’t go wrong with cabbage, and this had a fair bit of cabbage in). The powdered flavoring had enough heat to earn the “spicy” moniker but not a particularly brutal level, and a certain undertone of sweetness which worked pretty well. It was generally satisfactory if unambitious, and I imagine these noodles would be even better if I’d actually prepared them properly, by sprinkling the powder and folding the noodles over, mixing as I poured, instead of dumping the packet out and stirring in a vain attempt to distribute the spices.

Summary details

Brand: Maruchan
Product Name: Yakisoba, Spicy Chicken Flavor
Origin: USA
Purchase details: $1.09 at Kroger on October 15, 2011
Dietary notes: Contains wheat, soy, and milk ingredients; manufactured in a facility that also processes shellfish and fish products.
Nutritional information:

  • Weight: 116.6g
  • Calories: 540, 200 from fat
  • Fat: 22g total, 12 saturated, 0 trans
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 1040mg
  • Carbohydrates: 72g total, 4g dietary fiber, 6g sugars
  • Protein: 12g
  • Vitamins: 0% DV Vitamin A, 0% DV Vitamin C, 8% DV Calcium, 30% 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, dehydrated vegetables (cabbage, onion, red bell pepper, green peas, garlic, chive, celery stalk), salt, monosodium glutamate, powdered cooked chicken, maltodextrin, hydrolyzed corn, wheat and soy protein, yeast extract, habanero and other spices, sugar, modified food starch, cchicken fat, lactose, potassium carbonate, sodium (mono-, hexameta-, and/or tripoly-)phosphate, sodium carbonate, xanthan gum, silicon dioxide, turmeric, disodium inosinate, disodium guanylate, yellow color #7, soya lecithin.


[A slightly damaged Maruchan Yakisoba, unopened]

[A Maruchan Yakisoba contents: noodles, spice packet, and freeze-dried vegetable packet]

[A Maruchan Yakisoba fully prepared]


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

2 Responses to Maruchan Yakisoba, Spicy Chicken Flavor

  1. Noodle Joe says:

    Add a bit more water and learn how to stir yore noodles, noob!

  2. ro says:

    Ma un piatto di spaghetti italiani no!!!!! Che schifezze mangiate.

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