Review: Nissin Chow Mein with Shrimp

Today for lunch I ate the Nissin Chow Mein Ramen with Shrimp. This ramen was fairly challenging to cook, by ramen standards, as the directions had four steps and three packets of seasoning/additives. This ramen was also fairly unhealthy for you:

As mentioned above, the ramen had 3 packets: shrimp, dried flavoring, and liquid flavoring. The liquid flavoring was basically oil with garlic aroma, which certainly did not help the healthiness of the dish. The dried flavoring was very strong, and I only used about 1/2 of the packet. There was about 5-7 shrimp in the dish, not quite as many as the cover would have you believe (see pic below).

After cooking the ramen for 5.5 minutes, not much liquid was left (as noted by the directions). The noodles were fully cooked, although they were never fully immersed in the water (steam must have cooked them). After removing from the microwave, I added the flavorings and waited the requisit minute (better follow instructions here). Then I took it over to the couch (I’m watching football) and ate up.

Overall, the ramen was fairly good, and certainly worth the $1.29 price. It was a filling lunch for a Sunday afternoon. The only downside is the garlic/shrimp aftertaste in my mouth (as I write this review). I suspect you could make this healthier by removing the tablespoon of oil in the “liquid flavoring” and reduce the sodium by not using as much powdered shrimp flavor.