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Nissin Cup Noodles with Shrimp Review


HotTakes.Pro reviews ramen: Nissin Cup Noodles with Shrimp


$0.39 at my local Kroger.  The Nissin cup noodles are always a little bit more expensive than the Maruchan.  There was not a Maruchan shrimp flavor available, however, just beef & chicken.

A more attractive cup than Maruchan.

Pre-cook sniff:

Faintly fishy, mostly just sweet.  It’s like a Chinese buffet sweet sauce type of smell.


Post-cook sniff:

It didn’t really change very much.

Noodles & bits:

I had a hard time believing that there have ever been shrimp in the history of the universe that look like the ones in my noodles.  After a bit of Googling, apparently it’s powdered shrimp pressed into the shape of a little sea monkey. I’m being reminded a lot of when I had these little cat fish in a small aquarium, and they ate “shrimp pellets.”  I need to taste-test one of those for comparison.  I imagine the fish variety are slightly more chalky.  The flavor powder before cooking was brownish colored, pretty similar in appearance to a beef powder.  It’s fairly similar to the beef flavor in taste as well, just a bit sweeter.  If I think about shrimp while I eat it, I get a bit of a hint of fish, but sweet-beef is my take.


There aren’t enough pretend vegetables & shrimp bits in here, either.  I’ve counted maybe five or six sea monkeys in the entire cup, and there aren’t even that many faux-carrots.  Throw some peas & corn in there, Nissin, I don’t care if that doesn’t go with shrimp.


The broth just isn’t doing it for me.  I like a cup of chicken flavored Maruchan noodles almost like a cup of coffee or tea.  It’s not as greasy as Campbell’s chicken noodle soup, and I can still get that delicious salty broth.  Nissin Cup Noodles with Shrimp broth is just like the noodles, a bit too sweet.


Precook sniff: 7.5/10 – I was intrigued.

Postcook sniff: 4.5/10 – Much less intrigued.

Noodles & bits: 6.5/10 – They kept falling apart.  I couldn’t slurp!

Broth:  5/10 – This isn’t a go  to for warmth-granting sips.


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