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Trad climber
cesspool central
Topic Author's Original Post - Mar 4, 2011 - 01:02pm PT
Hey folks,

Just wanted to get a head count or opinion.

If you had access to MSG-free Top Ramen, healthier style noodles all at a relatively inexpensive price, would you buy it?


Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Mar 4, 2011 - 01:07pm PT
Don't pour the spice packet into it. That's where the MSG is.

Trader Joes probably already makes what you're looking for.

Social climber
Mar 4, 2011 - 01:12pm PT
I do, 2 brands, not as cheap as Top Ramen, but close enough, besides they taste a heck of a lot better.
Thai Kitchen rice noodle soups, Lemongrass Chili my fav, and Organic Ramen-style noodles from Koyo? Don't have in front of me, but they are good, but not all that cheap.

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Mar 4, 2011 - 01:14pm PT
Do what Chaz says. You can get MSG free soup base in about a half dozen flavors.

Trad climber
cesspool central
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 4, 2011 - 01:29pm PT
MSG yum.

Trader Joes carries Thai kitchen (which is yum), and Safeways used to carry them...(why not anymore?)

The Food-Coop in Davis had some great ones with whole wheat noodles and sea salt based soups, but those are expensive.

Whole-foods is hit or miss sometimes

The reason I ask is that I might be importing a cheaper/ healthier alternative from Taiwan, msg free, whole wheat noodles, and reasonable prices.

Would love to hear the feedback!

Social climber
Mar 4, 2011 - 01:31pm PT
ww noodles suck, rice much better

Merced, CA
Mar 4, 2011 - 01:39pm PT
I've never been a fan of those asian noodle boxes. All through college I just ate regular old italian pasta with oil and salt. Way better than ramen, and it comes out to about $0.50 a meal.

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Mar 4, 2011 - 01:42pm PT
Seconds on the rice noodles...
When I get ramen I get from various kinds like you describe, but it's like an every other (or less) year purchase.

Trad climber
The Dessert
Mar 4, 2011 - 02:38pm PT
Any asian grocery will carry many varieties of instant noodles, at least a few don't contain MSG and some (mainly from Japan/Korea) are wheat or buckwheat.
tinker b

the commonwealth
Mar 4, 2011 - 02:42pm PT
i have been told (but never did the research myself) that the way the noodles are produced is more unhealthy then the msg.

Done With Tobacco
Mar 4, 2011 - 02:43pm PT
Couscous. Same cook time.

Boulder climber
Salt Lake, UT
Mar 4, 2011 - 03:05pm PT
Well, I undoubtedly ate tons of the stuff in years past (specifically Top Ramen oriental flavor), but I am trying to be a little more careful about MSG, so I'd be interested.

The rice noodle things are good, but not the same.

Mountain climber
Mar 4, 2011 - 03:10pm PT
I'd consider myself somewhat health conscious, but I'm wondering what is bad about MSG? From what I understand what it does is it effects your "taste buds" in a way that makes them stand up or have more surface area which allows them to absorb more flavor, whether it's from ramen or whatever other highly processed food.

I know things like aspartame have somewhat documented potential side effects, what are MSGs?

I'm down with cheap ramen or the ones sold in asian markets. I even eat them at home sometimes when you need something hot, fast and filling. 2 packs (1 seasoning packet or fish sauce + seasonings) + frozen veg maybe even a tin of oysters = a filling meal in 5 minutes. I don't eat this way all the time, but in a pinch it works.
Spider Savage

Mountain climber
Mar 4, 2011 - 03:52pm PT
Real men don't whine about MSG.

Trad climber
New York, NY
Mar 4, 2011 - 04:03pm PT
I don't use the products, but a person recently told n=me that he had a friend who ate pretty much ONLY Ramen noodles for 2 years and got scurvy!

Maybe ask the importer if they can sub Vitamin C for the MSG!

Done With Tobacco
Mar 4, 2011 - 04:13pm PT
I'm ADHD and as a child MSG was strictly verbotten, as there were studies linking MSG to ADD, or so my Ma told me.

I still avoid it, as it's purpose is to inflict micro-scrapes on the roof of your mouth, thereby enhancing the flavor. Or so I've been told.

I could be way off though, haven't read much about it in the last ten years or so.

Merced, CA
Mar 4, 2011 - 04:17pm PT
As always, wikipedia has the answers

Big Wall climber
Mar 4, 2011 - 04:44pm PT
I Agree that "greasy low-quality nature of ramen is what makes them desirable in my opinion".


How can you beat 10 cents?!?

I like couscous. That is easy to make and I have secret recipes that are good COLD, The Day After, Breakfast, Dinner, at the Table or while on the move.
Aya K

Trad climber
New York
Mar 4, 2011 - 04:50pm PT
I don't eat those ramen things, but I'm all about the MSG. I try to sneak it into almost everything I make, be it through vegemite, anchovies, tomato paste, etc.
I do have a bottle of it (ajinomoto, goes into everything in japan) but I rarely use that.

Social climber
san joser
Mar 4, 2011 - 05:15pm PT
My wife's grandma has in her kitchen a 20 lb tin of MSG made by the Asahi chemical corporation. She is Japanese-American and still going strong at 90 something.

I love top ramen. It's got one of the best calorie per dollar ratio out there. Great for backcountry use: 35 cents for two packs vs 8 bucks for a mountain house dehydrated meal.
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