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Posted 10/11/15
Anybody ever imported ramen from Japan? I have a hankering for the good stuff. We all know the ramen in the stores is barely edible...Perhaps useful if you have a salt deficiency...

Looking for brand labels and such.

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Posted 10/11/15
The instant kind, right? I'm on the same boat, Maruchan and Cup Noodle are crap to me. However, I swear by Ichiban Sapporo ramen. I used to only see it at Daiso (it's like a Japanese convenience store) but lately Ralphs is starting to carry it. So, in terms of proximity, it's not a bad start.
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Posted 10/11/15
I have never imported instant ramen from Japan but I wouldn't hold out too much hope on the quality if I were you. Instant ramen is frequently mocked as the barely edible junk food of the very poor and lazy. In the era of mass production, the overly salty brands you are eating are probably made to a similar recipe to the native Japanese ones (possibly by even the same parent company).

If you want quality ramen, try looking for a Japanese restaurant in your area.
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Posted 10/16/15
Yes. They're very different. The three basic flavors are miso, soy sauce, and salt. I don't understand why they have chicken, beef, and shrimp as flavors at some country.

Why don't you try nama ramen (raw ramen)? Instead of regular instant ramen. It's little bit more complicated to make it, but it's more better in quality than instant ramen.

Yet I agree that more better way to eat good ramen is go to Japanese restaurant...
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Posted 10/16/15
For best flavour instant bowl ramen, I enjoy either Nong Shim or Fashion Food.
Posted 10/16/15
I have. I ordered a case of the Nissin Cup Noodles Seafood flavor. Wish I had ordered two.. or three... or twenty.



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Posted 10/22/15 , edited 10/22/15
I live in Houston so we got a bunch of different stuff here, both imported and otherwise. For the Japanese stuff, I second on Sapporo Ichiban as well as Nissin's Demae Icchou if you're looking for stuff closest to Japanese stuff while still being somewhat cheap. Sapporo Ichiban (at least the stuff sold in Houston) is actually made in USA while Demae Icchou is made in HK. For non-Jp brands, Nongshim is excellent. They're known for their spicy noodles but they got a huge variety of other stuff as well, both cheap and expensive; definitely a brand to look for. As for places to find them...if you have any sort of Chinatown nearby, that would be the place to look. Otherwise, there's Amazon if you're desperate (you'd have to buy in bulk though).

Nissin's Cup Noodle is one of the grandfathers of instant noodles but for some reason, it ended up in USA as bottom of the barrel budget stuff. If you have an import store that sells the import-only flavors, it might be worth it for that but otherwise look elsewhere. The domestic stuff in the US isn't bad but you can definitely do much better.

BTW, eating in a restaurant definitely isn't a guarantee for quality ramen. We got a few here in Houston but surprisingly few are actually any good. It's actually easier to find good Chinese/Asian noodle soup like pho than to find good ramen.
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Posted 10/22/15
I do now that many Chinese/Taiwanese fish markets sell stuff from out of there country like pocky and pepero so you should look at places like that
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