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Here are the Top Japanese Instant Ramen and Curry Brands for You Food Hoarders

Unfortunately, due to current events, many online sellers are inundated and overwhelmed by people worried about wiping their butts, so here are a few foods meant for further up your digestive tract.

Online retailers are struggling to keep some items from toilet paper to Japanese instant ramen on the shelves, but instant curry is another quick and easy meal to add to your diet, even if you are not a panicked doomsday hoarder with plenty of toilet paper.

Photo Description: gradient red background with "the original" in a script alongside a Nissin Cup Noodles cup with fake steam coming off the top.
The O.G. of Instant Noodles #respect

Momofuku Ando of Nissin Foods is the man that invented instant noodles in 1958, and most of you have had his product, Cup Noodles, especially if you have neglectful parents.

As a kid, when your parents were not around, and you were hungry, and you were trying not to burn the house down, you ate instant noodles because all you needed was hot water. That was doable to the point I’m able to write about it now with no visible scars or memories of any run ins with the fire department.

If I’m Buying Instant Anything, I Want to Know:

  • What are the major brands.
  • How good does it taste.
  • What products do they offer.
  • Flavors/variations.
  • Preparation requirements.
  • Storage requirements.
  • Where to buy locally or online.
  • Pricing.

Here Are the 3 Biggest and Best Japanese Instant Ramen Brands and the Most Popular Instant Curry Brand

In case you didn’t score too high on your SAT’s like myself, I will let you know that I have listed the 3 instant ramen brands by alphabetical order in case you don’t pick up on that pattern, along with the 4th being the instant curry brand.

Photo Description: 3 ramen packets, the first being chicken, then beef, and the Maruchan GOLD packet which is gold with a bowl of ramen and the words "soy sauce" written across the image.
I really need to get on it and try Maruchan gold because that sounds like the stature I’m at.

1. MARUCHAN

www.maruchan.com

Ramen Noodle Soup

  • Description (in their words): “Not your ordinary chicken noodle soup. Enjoy ramen perfectly seasoned with the savory taste of chicken.”
  • Flavors: chicken, chicken mushroom, creamy chicken, roast chicken, picante chicken, beef flavor, sriracha chicken, picante beef, roast beef, shrimp, lime chili shrimp, chili, chicken tortilla, pork, soy sauce, chicken beef.
  • Preparation: just add hot water.
  • Storage: no refrigeration necessary.
Maruchan Instant Lunch Ramen, 2.25ozTokyo Central.78 cents
Maruchan, 2.25oz, 12/cartonStaples$13.50
Maruchan, 3oz, Single/3-PackWalmart.22/$1.80

GOLD

  • Description (in their words) : “SOY SAUCE FLAVOR, Craft Ramen Noodles. Enjoy the rich, authentic broth and savor the smooth, delicate texture of the ramen noodle. Experience the new GOLD standard and enjoy Maruchan GOLD!”
  • Flavors: spicy miso and soy sauce.
  • Preparation: just add hot water.
  • Storage: no refrigeration necessary.
Maruchan Gold Soy Sauce craft ramen, 5-pack Amazon $16.63
Maruchan Gold Spicy Miso, 4.21ozMeijer$1.99

Photo Description: 4 packages of the two cup style ramen, and two packages of Japanese instant ramen.
If you’re not familiar with this brand as a kid, you had very good parents who weren’t neglectful.

2. NISSIN

www.NissinFoods.com

Cup Noodles

  • Description (in their words) : “CUP NOODLES. THE ONE. THE ONLY. THE ORIGINAL. For more than 45 years, Nissin Cup Noodles® has been warming bellies and putting smiles on faces. The original instant ramen in a cup with no added MSG. Your favorite quick, easy and portable meal just keeps getting better.”
  • Flavors: chicken, beef, shrimp, hot & spicy shrimp, spicy lime shrimp, spicy chile chicken, hearty chicken.
  • Preparation: just add hot water.
  • Storage: no refrigeration necessary.
Nissin Cup Noodles, 2.25oz, 6-packAmazon$19.95
Nissin Cup Noodles, 2.25oz, 3-packWalmart$2.40
Nissin Cup Noodles, 2.25oz, 24-packCostco$7.49

Cup Noodles SOUP’D UP

  • Description (in their words): NOW WITH MORE OF THE GOOD STUFF YOU LOVE! More meat. Bigger veggies. Heartier noodles. Richer broth. Cup Noodles® SOUP’D UP™ is an all-around more filling and flavorful meal in a convenient, microwavable cup. With no added MSG or artificial flavors, SOUP’D UP is even harder to put down.
  • Flavors: roasted chicken, savory shrimp, and zesty chicken.
  • Preparation: just add hot water.
  • Storage: no refrigeration necessary.
Nissin Cup Noodles Soup D Up Svry Shrimp, 2.58ozSafeway$1.00

Cup Noodles Very Veggie

  • Description (in their words): CUP NOODLES® WITH A FULL SERVING OF VEGGIES! We listened to Cup Noodles® fans who wanted more vegetables with their favorite noodles. So we added large pieces of broccoli, green beans, edamame, carrots and corn to create something very delicious, very satisfying and very, Very Veggie.
  • Flavors: very veggie chicken, very veggie beef, very veggie soy sauce (vegetarian).
  • Preparation: just add hot water.
  • Storage: no refrigeration necessary.
Nissin Cup Noodles Very Veggie Soy Sauce Flavor, 2.82ozWalmart.50
Nissin Cup Noodles Very Veggie Soup Beef Flavor, 2.65ozSafeway$—
Nissin Cup Noodles Very Veggie Chicken Flavor, 2.65ozTokyo Central$1.58

Global Favorites

  • Description (in their words): Experience Cup Noodles favorites from around the globe. Enjoy international best-sellers like Seafood, Curry, and wait until you see what far-flung flavors of Cup Noodles’ culinary wizardry we bring next to stores on these shores!
  • Flavors: seafood and curry.
  • Preparation: just add hot water.
  • Storage: no refrigeration necessary.
Nissin Cup Noodle Seafood, 2.68oz, 6-packAmazon$29.99
Nissin Cup Noodle Seafood, 2.7ozTokyo Central$1.68-1.88
Nissin Cup Noodle Seafood, 2.7ozWalmart$1.24
Nissin Cup Noodle Ramen Curry, 2.7oz Tokyo Central $1.88
Nissin Cup Ramen Curry, 2.82oz, 6-packAmazon$29.99
Nissin Cup Ramen Curry, 2.8ozWalmart$1.24

Hot & Spicy

  • Description (in their words): READY TO MAKE YOU SWEAT IN 3 MINUTES. If that sounds like your kind of ride, then you’re ready for Hot & Spicy. From the moment you stir in our special chili sauce, prepare yourself for full-contact flavor with an appetizing citrus twist. Now with no added MSG or artificial flavors, Hot & Spicy turns down the sodium while turning up the spice.
  • Flavors: chicken, shrimp, fiery beef, blazing hot.
  • Preparation: just add hot water.
  • Storage: no refrigeration necessary.
Nissin Hot & Spicy Bowl, Chicken, 3.32oz, 12-packAmazon$15.99
Nissin Hot & Spicy Bowl, Beef, 3.28oz, 12-packWalmart$10.29
Nissin Hot & Spicy Bowl, Chicken, 3.32, 18-packSam’s Club$11.44

RAOH

  • Description (in their words): RAMEN SO AUTHENTIC, IT’S AN INSTANT CLASSIC. Inspired by ramen shops across Japan, Nissin RAOH delivers premium Japanese ramen noodles through a state-of-the-art, triple-layer process without frying—then pairs it with a rich and savory umami broth. Upon its release, RAOH had discriminating Japanese ramen-lovers lining up outside a Tokyo pop-up shop. It’s that good.
  • Flavors: miso, soy sauce, and tonkotsu.
  • Preparation: just add hot water.
  • Storage: no refrigeration necessary.
Nissin Raoh Ramen Umami Tonkotsu, 3.53ozTokyo Central$2.18
Nissin Roah Ramen Umami Tonkotsu, 3.53ozWalmart$1.64
Nissin Roah Ramen Umami Tonkotsu, 3.53ozKing Soopers$2.39

Photo Description: three packages, one of their tonkotsu ramen package, original Sapporo Ichiban, and the 3rd is of the Iron Chef Morimoto's Momo'san and his Japanese instant ramen.
My site traffic has increased a lot due to Morimoto’s very popular Japanese instant ramen which is quite good.

3. SANYO

www.sanyofoodsamerica.com

Sapporo Ichiban

  • Description (in their words): The Sapporo Ichiban Original soup is a combination of soy sauce and chicken broth that is infused with the aroma of sweet vegetables, garlic and a hint of ginger. The soup married with the bouncy texture of our noodles balances out to make one very satiating meal.
  • Flavors: original, chicken, beef, and shrimp
  • Preparation: just add hot water.
  • Storage: no refrigeration necessary.
Sapporo Ichiban Original Ramen, 5-pack/3.5oz (17.5oz)Tokyo Central$3.28
Sapporo Ichiban Original Ramen, 5-pack/3.5oz (17.5oz)365cooking$8.99
Sapporo Ichiban Original Ramen, 5-pack/3.5oz (17.5oz)Target$5.29

Sapporo Ichiban Cup Ramen

  • Description (in their words): The Sapporo Ichiban Original soup is a combination of soy sauce and chicken broth that is infused with the aroma of sweet vegetables, garlic and a hint of ginger. Corn, carrots, and green onions are added as toppings to further enrich the flavorful dish.
  • Flavors: original, chicken, beef, and shrimp.
  • Preparation: just add hot water.
  • Storage: no refrigeration necessary.
Sapporo Ichiban Cup Ramen Chicken, 2.25ozTokyo Central$1.38
Sapporo Ichiban Original Cup, 2.25oz/12pack365cooking$31.99

Momosan Ramen (Iron Chef Morimoto)

  • Description (in their words): Iron Chef Morimoto brings delicious flavor to Sapporo Ichiban Momosan Ramen. Enjoy rich tonkotsu ramen flavor with non-fried noodles.Trans Fat-Free, Non-Fried Noodles, Exclusive Recipe from Michelin Star Celebrity Chef Masaharu Morimoto.
  • Flavors: chicken and tonkotsu
  • Preparation: just add hot water.
  • Storage: no refrigeration necessary.
Momosan Tonkotsu Ramen, 5-pack365cooking$14.99
Momosan Tonkotsu Ramen, 30-pack365cooking$76.99
Momosan Tonkotsu Ramen, 5-packAmazon$17.99
Momosan Chicken Ramen, 5-pack365cooking$14.99
Momosan Chicken Ramen, 30-pack365cooking$76.99
Momosan Chicken Ramen, 5-packAmazon$17.99

Photo Description: 4 packages of S&B curry, the one of the left is gold and black (hot), gold and orange (mild), and two no MSG packaging that are both hot. All of the images are of S&B instant Japanese curry (ready-made sauce and ready to eat).
Eating instant Japanese curry will give new meaning to “code brown.”

4. S&B

www.sbfoods-worldwide.com

S&B Instant Golden Curry “Ready Made Sauce”

  • Description (in their words): “Golden Curry” is made of S&B original curry powder and Japanese Curry features the rich aroma of spices and herbs. This is ready-made curry sauce with vegetables in a retort pouch. Just put into hot water to warm the pre-cooked curry, and then it can be served just like home-cooked curry. Since it contains vegetables such as potatoes and carrots, you can simply enjoy with heating it up and serving over rice or noodles, or as dipping sauce! With a mellow taste, it is suitable for even those who do not like spicy food. Golden Curry Sauce with Vegetable retort contains no meat or meat derived ingredients.
  • Variations: mild, medium hot, hot, extra hot
  • Preparation: just heat up (heat packet in hot water).
  • Storage: no refrigeration necessary.
S&B Instant Golden Curry Mild Ready Made SauceTokyo Central$2.68
S&B Instant Golden Curry Med Hot, 5-PackAmazon$24.99

If these online retailers don’t work for you

Here is a list of other places you can purchase these products from (UPDATE: on October 13th, 2020, Tokyo Central stopped their online operations):

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