Except that these super cheap noodles are proven to be not just unhealthy but actually harmful if consumed regularly, not just because of the high calorie and salt content but because of the particular preservatives they contain.
That said i’ve been in economic situations where i had to make less than 20 dollars last me two weeks so i get it, some people are in circumstances where they only have access to certain foods.
I find that if you go to a decent Asian market there are other brands out there, similarly priced that are wayyyy better than Maruchan or Top Ramen or anything that comes in a foam cup.
Mama tom yum shrimp is only 39 cents a pack, same size as the cup without the nasty styrofoam, and blows them all away.
[ETA: I’ve had about half the noodles on this list, I can’t say I agree with all her choices-- Hao Hao and Indomie are not to my tastes, but Mama and Nongshim are both excellent (Nongshim tends to be pricier though, if cost is the issue.)]
That thread devolved quickly. Before they got to comment 20 they were talking about chili and pancakes. Stay on topic people! This is the Internet!
Looking for after school options for my son, I recently got some ramen packs (Maruchan, IIRC) and he really likes them. I’m a little worried they’re not exactly healthy so I tried some alternative brands that are a little more authentic, but he doesn’t like them as much.
yep. Not only do you have to wonder about the chemicals leeching out of it, but it’s much harder to customize…
When I was an undergraduate and counting my nickles and dimes, I used to shred like a cup of green cabbage and grate a carrot into three cups of boiling water, after it came to a boil again added a block of instant noodles, cooked the prescribed three minutes, added the “seasoning” and had myself a filling and not bereft of all nutrition meal.
I’m surprised more folk don’t add cabbage given that it is super-cheap, stores well in the fridge, and is really good for you.
Lol it was cheaper or comparable to fresh, but my interest in frozen was that they kept longer, which jived with my laziness of using stuff right away or not. That and canned veggies are just no good.
But i hear you, i made some really arbitrary choices on my food shopping for the sake of saving money. For one i became vegetarian because meat was too much of a luxury and i found it easier to work with just veggies.
This isn’t even counting the savings on food you get by cutting two decades off of your life…
Cheap noodles I cook until all the water is gone (a lot gets pulled into the noodles, which makes them better for hydrating you in a desert environment). Nicer ones I touch up with a soft boiled egg, dried mushrooms from Costco, and a few slices of leftover pork, when available.
I’ve had the Nong Shim noodles (both the instant cup and the standard brick o’ noodles) and loved them. I don’t have them often, though, because even though they don’t use MSG, there’s still a ton of salt.
One thing I’ve found, though, is that when I’ve attempted to cook brown rice in an automatic rice cooker, I’ve always ended with a cooker full of little ceramic pellets. If I do it the old-fashioned way on the stove, it comes out perfectly. In any case, it’s amazing how far one cup of rice goes.
Bags of stir-fry vegetables are quite the timesaver when I’m in the mood for it.