The Cadillac of Instant Noodles?
The nice thing about packaged ramen is that even when you're paying too much, you're not paying very much. The bowl of noodle soup that I ate for lunch today cost almost $5 at Sunrise Mart. But it did seem to be the Cadillac of instant noodles--you can see above that it included both shitake and nameko mushrooms (fresh, vacuum-packed with soy sauce), a soup base, dried kelp, bonito, green onion and enoki mushroom, as well as the Japanese chile flake-sesame seasoning. (Four different packets.) I didn't add anything to it but boiling water. Plus, I'm a sucker for nice packaging.
The noodles themselves were delicious--a hybrid of wheat and rice noodles that I've never seen before. They're nearly transparent and fluttery, with that nice, bland chew that rice noodles have, plus a bit more flavor and earthiness from the wheat. It's fun to grab a bunch of interesting-looking instant noodles at a proper Japanese market, because so much of the packaging is in Japanese, you're not sure what you're getting until you make it.
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