My whole family, save myself, loves Ramen Noodle Soup. I unfortunately do not understand the fascination. I don’t like either the noodles or the broth.
Their favorite Ramen Noodle Soup comes from Maruchan. They particularly like the beef and pork varieties. It’s the latter that I will review here.
Maruchan Pork Ramen Noodle Soup comes in 3-oz packages that weight 85 grams. Each packet equals 2 servings.
There are 190 calories in a serving of the pork-flavored variety of this soup. Of that amount, about one-third or 70 are fat related.
There are only 7 grams of fat in Maruchan’s Pork Ramen Noodle Soup. About 3.5 grams of that comes from saturated fat. None comes from trans fat.
There are also 25 grams of carbohydrate, 1 gram of sugar and 960 milligrams of sodium contained therein. Luckily, this dish contains no cholesterol.
On the flip side of the coin, Maruchan’s Pork Ramen Noodle Soup offers 5 grams of protein and 1 gram of fiber. It also provides 8% of the daily-recommended amount of iron.
Noodle ingredients include canola oil, cottonseed oil, enriched wheat flour, palm oil, potassium carbonate, salt, sodium carbonate, sodium phosphate, soy sauce, tumeric and vegetable oil. The wheat flour is enriched with folic acid, mononitrate, niacin, reduced iron, riboflavin and thiamine.
The soup base includes caramel color, chives, dehydrated pork broth, dehydrated soy sauce, garlic, hydrolyzed corn, hydrolyzed vegetables, milk, miscellaneous spices, onions, pork flavor, salt, soy beans, soy protein, sugar, vegetable oil, wheat and yeast extract. It also contains disodium inosonate, disodium guanylate, maltodextrin and monosodium glutamate.
Maruchan’s Pork Ramen Noodle Soup is best prepared on the stovetop. It takes less than 5 minutes from start to finish.
Place 2 cups of water into a medium saucepan. Put over high heat and bring to a rolling boil. Add the noodles and cook for roughly 3 to 4 minutes while stirring. It is ready when the noodles are tender and most of the water has been absorbed.
Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the seasoning broth packet. Mix thoroughly. Let the mixture sit for about 30 more seconds so the noodles can continue to absorb the the broth. Serve as desired.
Here is my summary review:
Taste: 3 stars. As I noted earlier, my whole family loves this stuff. They even use the noodles alone to make spaghetti or put the seasoning packet over other vegetables. I don’t care for the taste of Maruchan’s Pork Ramen Noodle Soup myself and never eat it.
Preparation ease: 5 stars. This soup is super easy to make. My kids made their own as young pre-teens. Follow the simple instructions and the end result will be positive each time.
Packaging: 4 stars. Maruchan’s Pork Ramen Noodle Soup comes in a yellow and brown package with black, white, and brown letters. A picture of the noodle soup is provided on the package. The Maruchan logo is worked into the company name. These packets are noticeable on the store shelf, making them easy to locate for the discerning eye.
Freshness: 4 stars. All of the packages are vacuumed packed for freshness. The noodles are packaged in cellophane while the seasoning broth mixture is packed within a foil packet. A “best by” date is printed on the back of each package to alert consumers to the freshness of the internal ingredients.
Dietary value: 3 stars. This product is high in carbs and salt as well as moderate in fat content. On the other side, it contains a moderate amount of protein and a smattering of fiber. It also contains iron, which is its only other nutritive value.
Green value: 4 stars. The packaging is biodegradable.
Ease of purchase: 4 stars. Maruchan’s Pork Ramen Noodle Soup appears to be well distributed. It can be found in many grocery stores, specialty food shops and Oriental food markets. It can also be found in some discount department stores that have an extensive food department.
Price: 5 stars. Maruchan’s Pork Ramen Noodle Soup is relatively inexpensive at anywhere from $.10 to $.79 a packet.
Product purchase probability: 4 stars. My family loves this stuff so I always have it around.
Retailer purchase probability: 5 stars. We buy ours at the commissary or when it is on sale 10 for $1.00 at local stores.
Final rating: 4.1 stars.
5 stars = outstanding
4 stars = good
3 stars = average
2 stars = below average
1 star = poor