I went to Costco the other day to do some monthly shopping and saw these udon bowls for sale. Being The Noodle Guy, I had to try this. This wasn’t expensive at all. I think I paid about $7.00 for the 6 bowls. I have always been a fan of Nong Shim. I know that it got some bad rep overseas for their recall on some of their packaged ramen but the recall never was in the States. One of my favorite packaged ramen is actually Shin Ramen made by Nong Shim.
Now onto the review…
This bowl of noodles was actually pretty good. Probably not the best udon anyone has ever had but for a packaged udon, it’s pretty damn good. The noodles were thick and chewy and not soggy. The broth contains no MSG or trans fat as it states in their packaging. The broth was surprisingly tasty with no MSG added. The ingredients they have are your typical Nong Shim ingredients with green onions and a few pieces of preserved vegetables. I always add some kind of ham in my ramen to make it more hearty.
Overall, I would give this bowl of ramen a 7.5/10. The serving is pretty big for packaged ramen and I can see how someone can eat this for lunch and be full. However, this thing takes a little more time to prepare than other packaged ramen. You have to boil the noodles first with hot water, dump out the water, and then put hot water in it again along with the packaged seasoning and ingredients. You have to do this because of the thickness of the Udon noodles.
If you see this at your local Costco, I would definitely say give it a try. You won’t be dissapointed! I think its a whole lot better than the Maruchan Ramen you find at your local Safeway or Lucky grocery stores.