Nissin Chicken Ramen: One of World’s First Instant Ramen
Nissin Foods is the largest instant noodles manufacturer in Japan whose flagship cup ramen “Cup Noodle(s)” are now widely enjoyed around the world.
The predecessor of Nissin, “Chuko Sosha (中交総社)” was founded in 1948 by Momofuku Ando, and later in 1958, it was taken over by Nissin Foods.
Nissin Chicken Ramen
In the same year (1958), Nissin began selling the packaged instant ramen “Chicken Ramen (チキンラーメン)” which won over the hearts of customers.
In fact, known as the world’s first instant ramen that accomplished commercial success, Nissin Chicken Ramen is said to be the origin of instant ramen.
Unlike the majority of recent instant noodles whose cooking directions are quite complicated, Nissin Chicken Ramen is the simplest instant ramen that only comes with a golden brown disk of dried noodles.
As it has no flavor packets, all you need to prepare for this chicken-flavor ramen are boiling water, the dried noodle block, and a pot or a bowl for cooking ramen.
On the back of the package, there are 2 cooking methods for this ramen introduced, both of which are very simple.
Pour boiling water into the bowl
One is just pouring 400ml boiling water into a bowl of the dried noodle block. Cover the bowl with a lid, wait for 3 minutes, and you can enjoy the chicken ramen.
Boil the noodles in a pot
The other is boiling the noodles in a pot of 450ml water as per usual just 1 minute. No need of adding additional flavoring powder or liquid.
Despite being very simple, Nissin Chicken Ramen is the best chicken-flavored instant ramen for me ever. With a simple yet addictive chicken flavor, it tastes really good. To me, this is surely what is “Simple is Best”.
Ingredients and Nutrition Facts
Lastly, here are the ingredient list and nutrition facts label of Nissin Chicken Ramen.
Based on that, the golden-brown noodle block mainly consists of wheat flour, vegetable oil, soy sauce, salt, chicken extract, spices, sugars, protein hydrolyzate, egg powder, dextrin, flavor seasoning, and onion powder.
The calories per serving (85 grams) are 377 kcal and the Japanese instant ramen contains 5.6 grams of salt equivalents (Noodles: 2.3 grams/ Broth: 3.3 grams).
(Reference Page: Wikipedia チキンラーメン )