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.

Subjective snapshot

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


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.

Summary details

Brand: Nissin
Product Name: Bowl Noodles, Rich and Savory Chicken Flavor
Origin: USA
Purchase details: $0.99 at Kroger on October 3, 2011
Dietary notes: Contains wheat, soybean, egg, and milk ingredients; manufactured in a facility that also processes peanuts, tree nuts, crustacean shellfish and fish products.
Nutritional information:

  • Weight: 95.2g
  • Calories: 440, 180 from fat
  • Fat: 20g total, 8 saturated, 0 trans
  • Cholesterol: 10mg
  • Sodium: 1220mg
  • Carbohydrates: 56g total, 2g dietary fiber, 6g sugars
  • Protein: 8g
  • Vitamins: 16% DV Vitamin A, 12% DV Vitamin C, 0% DV Calcium, 20% DV Iron
  • Ingredients: enriched wheat flour (wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), vegetable oil (hydrogenated palm oil, canola oil), salt, dried cabbage flake, dried carrot flake, glucose, dried corn, egg yolk, onion powder, monosodium glutamate, tomato powder, lactose, garlic powder, sugar, natural and artificial flavor, maltodextrin, hydrolyzed corn protein, spice and color, chicken fat, sodium phosphate, powdered chicken, sodium carbonate, sodium tripolyphosphate, soy fiber, xanthan gum, citric acid, calcium silicate, disodium guanylate, disodium inosinate, TBHQ (preservative), baker’s yeast extract, modified food starch, beta carotene color, hydrolyzed soy protein, hydrolyzed corn gluten, caramel color, soy lecithin, potassium carbonate, sodium alginate.


[A Nissin Bowl Noodles, unopened]

[A Nissin Bowl Noodles contents: noodles, a packet of spices and freeze-dried veggies, and an oil pack]

[A Nissin Bowl Noodles fully prepared]


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

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