Food Review

Pinche Chino Nissin Hot and Spicy Shrimp Ramen (Noodles)

Qué pasó güey pinche $1.19 Japonés Nissin Hot and Spicy shrimp noodle eaters with camarones.

In honor of my pinche homies, I will word my review of the “Nissin Hot and Spicy with Shrimp” in their pinche tone.

Photo Description: Nissin Hot and Spicy Shrimp noodles.The packaging design has the text "Hot&Spicy," "with shrimp," "ready in 3 minutes!," "no added MSG," and "chili sauce packet inside."
Of course, I’d find the most mild pinche ramen in a mainstream gringo market.

I’m sick of food producers who bow to stupid by marketing their product with “NO MSG” since there’s nothing wrong with MSG. It’s in Dorito’s, Campbell’s Soup, a ton of fast food, to Hidden Valley salad dressings.

Photo Description: the packaging contents include 3 packets.
3 packets of joy.

Goya Sazon (pinche Latin MSG)

I wish I could sit in on a meeting with the Nissin executives who decide to tout “No Added MSG” because the keyword here is that they did not add any extra MSG, but MSG naturally occurs in food and certain ingredients they use. 

So any moron saying they don’t want MSG should not be eating Doritos, dry-aged steaks, to Mexican, Peruvian, to Puerto Rican food which sometimes uses a flavor enhancer (sazon) or all have ingredients with naturally occurring glutamic acid, like in tomatoes. So you pinche foo’s, MSG is not solely a Chino thing.

If you want to learn more, check out my full rant here on why MSG is not bad for you because all of Asia eats it, and they’re not fatasses or complaining about it because it’s a pinche American marketing gimmick.

Photo Description: the package contents and a pic of the noodles, along with the chili sauce packet which looks like a blackish colored "goo."
The black goo you add last (you don’t microwave it).

The pinche pitch for Nissin hot and spicy shrimp noodles:

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.”

– Nissin Foods
Photo Description: the bowl of noodles which in this picture depict the noodles along with the vegetable packet.
The veggie packet.

The Bulk of the Pinche Ingredients (Bowl, Noodles, and Spice Packets)

If you’re wondering what is in that mound of powder, along with the other two packets, it most likely contains:

  1. The Chili sauce packet?: Palm oil, palm olein oil, sesame oil. Along with salt, beef fat, beta carotene color, caramel color, citric acid, coconut palm sugar, dextrin, dextrose, disodium guanylate, disodium inosinate, to disodium succinate.
  2. The seasoning and dry veggie packet: Dried cabbage flake, dried cilantro flake, dried green onion, dried red bell pepper, dried shrimp, egg white, garlic garlic powder, hydrolyzed corn protein, hydrolyzed soy protein, lactose, lemongrass, lime juice, maltodextrin, natural flavor, onion powder, potassium chloride, powdered chicken, powdered krill, shallot.
  3. There’s a bunch of other ingredients: but I’m not going to transpose it all, and I just want to get the gist of what they’re trying to do in terms of flavor.
Photo Description: in this picture, the bowl, the noodles, and the spice powdered packet.
The spice/soup packet.

The spices and flavoring used is an American thing because I highly doubt they would ever sell this in Asia.

Photo Description: a close-up shot of the fried noodles.
This is what gives “instant ramen” that instant vibe (fried noodles).

It doesn’t look like the typical wavy block of noodles you see in other instant ramen.

Photo Description: the round block of instant noodles looks like a puck.
Every neglectful parents idea of breakfast, lunch, and dinner in puck size.

I had to see how big this puck of noodles is because the waterline for the broth is barely above the noodles, so you’re getting a far larger bowl than what is needed.

Photo Description: the dried vegetables, including a few bits of the shrimp included in the packets.
This is the typical amount of vegetables and American eats.

You can see the bits of green onion, cabbage, red bell peppers, and shrimp.

Photo Description: the spice powder of which is an orangish hue with specks of green flakes.
That’s how I like my spices, like a large mound of blow.

It smelled good when I poured it out.

Photo Description: two of the packets out of the three atop the noodles in the very large bowl.
For a second, I felt a Nawlins and the Bayou vibe coming through here with the seafood scent.

That’s two of the packets (soup and vegetable packet). The third, the chili sauce is added after you heated up the noodles in the microwave.

Photo Description: and FINALLY the final shot of the prepared noodles including the black goo packet added at the very end. The outside of the bowl, you can see the Hot and Spicy Shrimp noodle packaging.
That black goo is Chino “chili sauce”

The Pinche (Lack of) Flavor

Hot and spicy with lime has a Latino vibe, but that quickly falls short because there’s no spiciness to my chili sauce that is supposed to be “hot & spicy.”

The smell from the spice packet was really pungent (cayenne?), but the most noticeable scent comes from the krill/shrimp.

It says “powdered chicken” which makes for a great base stock, but in this product I was hoping for it to taste like that, with lemongrass and lime, like a Thai instant noodle which are really good and cost next to nothing (check out the ramerater for Han’s suggestions on Thai noodles).

Photo Description: yup, my bowl of noodles, this is what you get for a little over a dollar per serving.
I added no extra ingredients to match the experience of the bulk of people eating Nissin Hot and Spicy Shrimp noodles.

Pinche Camarones aka Shrimp

That looks like a real shrimp which means I’ve made it in life, and now all I need is that yacht I’ve been wanting (Azimut yachts, I have my eye on you).

Photo Description: a close up of the shrimp... yup, that's the shrimp you get.
Seafood for a buck, lavish

If this is what you’re eating for lunch as you sit in your cubicle or company lunch room, you might want to up your daily lunch budget with the suggestions below.

My Pinche Conclusion of Nissin Hot and Spicy Shrimp Noodles

Not going to buy this product again, and I’d rather eat Thai or Korean noodles which are the cartel kingpins of spicy and “lee-moan” (lime and lemon). Although for $1.19, it does fill your belly, but that bowl and the packaging probably make up at least half the pinche cost.

If you’re looking for other instant noodle ideas, try:

I also suggest you try Thai style noodles if you like spicy and sour (lime/lemon) although if you just like spicy, try Korean style noodles such as:

4 comments

    1. Haha, thanks, and have you had instant noodles in a while? I’ve had the good ones recently, but I hadn’t had any of the cheap mass market ones in a long time.

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