Last month at May Wah Supermarket, we found a new instant spicy ramen: Nong Shim's Shin Ramyun (89 cents each, or a five-pack for $3.99). We were so impressed by this spicy flavor that we later rushed to Pacific Supermarket to buy two cases (20 packs per case) for $11.99 each, best price in town. That means 59 cents per pack for those who can't do the math.
What's so innovative about this packaged ramen? No more squares! The round shape of the block of dry noodles fits in a standard soup bowl, just add water. The whole thing can be microwaved and ready to eat in seven minutes, without any extra pots to wash. The end result of Shin Ramyun (“shin” means “new”) is superior to the old Cup Noodles ― any ramen aficionado can tell you that the noodles are not the same.