Monday, June 11, 2012
Nissin Demae Ramen Five Spices Artificial Beef Flavor
Required to prepare: Saucepan & Range, 500cc water
460 calories per package
(Available online through Amazon.com)
One thing about making the transition from unemployed to self-employed is that there are more demands on time--just because there is a lot of work to do for the business doesn't mean there's suddenly less housework to make up for it. So where does the Ramen Butterfly turn when she wants a quick and easy lunch? Instant noodles to the rescue!
Today's rescuer is this Five Spices Artificial Beef Flavor ramen from Nissin of Hong Kong. For those unfamiliar, the five spices in Chinese five-spice can actually vary a little, but the main flavor note is always a cinnamon-clove-anise blend of some sort. (It's actually not that far removed from an American pumpkin-pie spice blend.) It's an interesting flavor, but one that can be overpowering if used irresponsibly, so we'll see how it translates into a ramen flavor.
Inside the package we find a very typical block of ramen, and two seasoning packets--a soup base, and a small amount of seasoning oil (which has kind of a french-onion thing going on). We boil our 500cc [2-1/4 cups] of water, add the noodles and cook for three minutes, then add the flavorings and serve!