Noodle Zen achieved: Top Ramen improves its original recipe


Top Ramen is a pantry staple. But in today’s health conscious society, Top Ramen updated its recipe to achieve noodle zen.

Who hasn’t had Top Ramen in their life? The classic instant ramen can be found in the kitchen pantry, college dorm or even at a swim meet. That iconic packet of noodles is a perfect meal at any time of the day. With hot water and a couple of minutes, a comforting bowl of ramen noodles is ready to eat. But, consumers want more.

Noodle Zen achieved: Top Ramen improves its original recipe, photo by Cristine Struble

Today’s consumer is more ingredient conscious. Artificial flavors and too much sodium are food don’ts. Even though certain ingredients aren’t wanted, flavor needs to be bold. Listening to the consumers’ wants, Top Ramen has updated its original recipe.

Top Ramen is the first instant ramen introduced in the US. This recipe change shows that the company desire to grow with consumer wants and needs. Today’s consumer is food savvy. While they want cost conscious, convenient choices, these choices need to be nutritionally sound.

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When an iconic brand announces a change to a classic recipe, fans often cringe. Granted some recipe modifications have been flops, the Top Ramen recipe revamp has achieved noodle zen. All the favorite, craveable ramen flavor is still there. Truthfully, this recipe makeover highlights the noodles better.

Recently, I had the opportunity to try the updated recipe. Honestly, it had been a while since I had a bowl of this particular ramen. Previously, I found some of the broth a little too salty for my liking. The bowl of ramen was always comforting and satisfying, but it was just not grabbing me.

Top Ramen updated recipe, photo provided by Ketchum

The updated recipe had me craving more. I actually was ready to slurp every drop of noodle goodness. The saltiness was gone. The noodles were more tender and absorbed more of the broth. Actually, I wished that I had added some additional vegetables and protein to the bowl.  The flavor reminded me of the restaurant style ramen that I really enjoy. I think that I had a moment of noodle zen.

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From the classic chicken ramen to the vegetarian flavors, the new recipe ramen is in stores now. Whether you enjoy hot and spicy beef or traditional soy sauce, it is time to rediscover the original instant ramen. No college all nighter required to enjoy this bowl of Top Ramen.

Get ready to enjoy your moment of noodle zen. Top Ramen has proven again that the first instant ramen is a classic that never goes out of style.