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Cup Noodles

Manufacturer: “Nissin Foods”
Website: http://www.nissinfoods.com/cupnoodles/
Review Rating: 8 out of 10
Reviewed by: Jay Quidem

cup_noodle1Have you ever gone on a break and realize you’ve forgotten your lunch at home? With only half an hour to go you quickly get into the car with just enough time to go somewhere to order a meal, and having to scramble to eat and get back before you have to clock in; a hassle and a nightmare.  If only there was a product out there that didn’t require so much preparation and could be eaten on the go easily; behold the ramen Cup Noodles.  No it’s nothing new, this product has been feeding the masses since WWII, and if the name doesn’t ring a bell, then it’s packaging and coloring are a dead giveaway.  Still not sure what we’re talking about? Go to any vending machine within walking distance of a business, or any grocery store and your guaranteed to find one, if not the whole variety pack.  Quite a popular snack in both America and Japanese culture, it’s inexpensive, tasty, and easy to prepare: “Just Add Hot Water!”, trio have kept it Nissin’s Foods number one product since 1948.  Once you open the package you will find prefried noodles (which can be broken down and eaten as is) coated with a broth powder that comes to life with water and a minute in the microwave (utensils not included sadly).

Like most instant noodle brands you have the flavors: Chicken, Beef, and Shrimp, all very flaovrful, it will have you scraping the bottom to get the last few noodles.  And within recent years you have the addition of new cups like Vegetable Soup, Creamy Chicken, and Shrimp Picante to name a few.  Enough of a seleciton that you will find one to your satisfaction.  If your not in the mood for the instant cups, Nissin Foods has expanded it’s name by creating a chow mein and pasta line (all microwaveable as well).

Many have tagged this product as unhealthy and a poor choice choice of a meal, critics panning this for it’s lack of nutritional value.  It’s fair to say this should be enjoyed in moderation, even the new less-sodium cups that are being offered should not be an everyday thing, but eaten sparingly.  For the price of little more than a dollar, it’s a quick solution to the hunger pangs.


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