I’ve grown up watching anime (which is Japanese animation/cartoons, if you didn’t already know). Years ago, my cousin Mike introduced me to a anime series called “Naruto“. At that time it was only in Japan, but since has landed states’ side.
Even if you don’t watch the series, the main character LOVES Ramen noodles — and I’m not talking about the $.10 kind you get at your local supermarket (although I really like that kind too).
Recently I’ve been watching a marathon of Naruto, and what I eat is almost always influenced by what I’m watching on TV. So I decided to head to my local international grocery store (if you live in Hampton Roads, see below for directions to Grand Mart) and stock up, and decided to make it my mission to do a ramen taste test.
I’m don’t want to OD on sodium so this taste sampling will be done whenever I feel the need for noodles. Alright….Let’s go!
Shin Bowl Noodle Soup
I read some reviews online that recommended the brand Nong Shim. I was a little worried that it said “gourmet spicy” on the cover. I can’t really eat spicy foods, but I thought I would give it a try. Add some hot water and three minutes later, and this is what I got:
Let me tell you now. Take everything you know about instant noodles in a cup, and delete it from your memory. Don’t worry, I’ll wait…………
This was spicy (but not too spicy for me, so I’m guessing is mild for most people), savory and didn’t have a super fake, salty taste. It has dried bits of green onion and mushroom which plump up when soaking in the hot water. The noodles had a good consistency and trapped the flavor of the soup nicely.
Round one, great success! I will definitely buy this kind again! BTW, this bowl was about $1.
Where can I buy this?
I live in Hampton Roads, Virginia so this is where I found this product. If you found it in a different city, feel free to leave a comment so others can find it too!