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