This was a little experiment for me in my last order from Japan Center. I’d ordered the expensive Nissin top of the range soy ramen and wanted to compare it with another brand, at just over £9 for a pack of five it does taste great. But how does it compare with Daikoku Foods version which is less than half the price? Can you really taste the difference between them?
Everything about the packet on these screams ‘value’ from the red and white colour scheme to the actual quality of the plastic package itself. Inside you’ll find a slightly rectangular block of wiggly noodles and a packet of instant soup powder. All you have to do is boil some water pop the noodles in for 3 minutes and then and the powder.
The noodles themselves are reasonably thick and are easy to cook. Although I was a bit suspicious of the instant soup packet it dissolves very easily without lumps because it’s quite fine, you’ll even find a little green onion in there too. It smells pretty good but how does it taste?
Even though it’s supposed to be a pork and chicken stock the flavour here is overwhelmingly chicken. I did suspect that the noodles were also lightly flavoured in addition to the broth which isn’t something you normally find with instant ramen. These noodles didn’t have much bite to them and ended up just being a little soft.
The main problem I had with this is it just reminded me of super noodles too much, it’s been a long time since I ate them but I just got that budget packet noodle taste. That isn’t to say these aren’t unpleasant just solidly average. Ramen always benefits from being ‘dressed up’ a little but it just goes to show how much difference a few quid can make. 5/10