Koyo Ramen

A few years ago we always kept a stash of Nissin Top Ramen in the office, we’d buy boxes of it when it went on sale 5 for $1. Oriental or Chili Lime. I remember feeling not quite full after eating one package, so I started making three packages at a time for two of us to split. And then…I noticed in the nutrition facts that one package is counted as two servings. So that’s a total of 540 salty, delicious, empty calories in 1 1/2 packages.

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Last week at the health food store, I found Koyo brand ramen. “No Additives. No Fillers. Just Real Ingredients.” Sounds like they took out all the good stuff, and charged three times as much! Could this actually taste good?
(By the way, 99 cents is a sale price – they’re $1.39ea on the Koyo website!)

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The first thing I noticed is the lesser amount of noodles, and the fact one package is actually one serving size. It is a bit higher in calories per serving, although it doesn’t contain any oil like Top Ramen does (perfect for a strict fasting day!).

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I don’t like my ramen with a ton of broth, I like a concentrated salty seasoning on my noodles that isn’t too watered down. Since I’m using the microwave at work, I heated plain water in the bowl and then nuked the noodles for about a minute. Then I drained all but maybe half a cup of water and added the seasoning. Stir it up and let it sit a minute.

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The noodles – made only of “organic heirloom wheat flour, sea salt” – are definitely lighter, and at first I freaked out because I thought I accidentally bought the low sodium version. Where is all the sweet salty goodness?? My taste buds adjusted by the end of the bowl, though, and I enjoyed the mild flavor. I didn’t quite feel full, but I wasn’t exactly hungry…I ate a couple dates. I felt fine.

I don’t think I’d cough up $1.39 for these, but if I’m near the health food store again before the sale ends, I’ll probably stock up. I think 99 cents for a Lenten lunch is pretty fair.

Do you ever try to find healthier versions of your favorite naughty foods? Do the healthier versions cut it??

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    • Oh, that’s awesome – I was thinking I’d have to make my own once I can’t get this at the same price anymore! Thanks! You might be able to find inexpensive rice or yam noodles at an Asian market, pretty sure I’ve seen them.

      • Oh, I already buy rice and yam noodles at the local Asian market. Actually I was just there today buying nori and super awesome/cost effective/exotic veggies. It feels great when your 9 yo spends the trip begging for things like arrowroot and taro. “Look, Mom! We haven’t tried this before.” “Mom, can we please get burdock today?” However none of the noodles there hit the nostalgia mark like the shape and thickness of ramen while still being GF. Funny thing is I sent my mom the recipe link, too. Today she showed up with all three varieties to split with my sister and myself. Somebody has Amazon Prime and grandkids to spoil! Yay!

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