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Costco Eats: Nongshim® Udon Premium Noodle Soup

In contrast to the previous post reviewing Ajinomoto’s Tokyo Style Shoyu Ramen with Chicken, which was essentially a ready-to-eat “nama” style “fresh” (frozen) ramen, this time we’re checking out Nongshim Udon Original Premium Noodle Soup, a semi-dry, semi fresh product. That said, this product is located where the dry ramen products are merchandised in “Cosco’s”. 

Nongshim Udon Premium Noodle Soup is currently available at Costco (Hawaii Kai in this case), at $11.99 per box of six 9.73 oz. bowls. 

The ingredients and nutritional numbers aren’t flattering, being no better (or worse) than the venerable Cup Noodle “dorm grub”. 

Unpack the bowl, you’ll be presented with three packets that make up this udon “kit”: vacuum-packed soft udon noodles, concentrated liquid broth and dehydrated toppings. Note, this product is shelf stable at room temperature with a 7 month span “best before” date. 

The concentrated liquid broth (vs powdered dry stuff) has a pleasant soy and bonito flavor profile, tasting like it would also make a great base for Tokyo style ramen, so we’re off to a great start! 

The dehydrated toppings consists of radish, furikake, senbei, green onion and chili pepper. 

The instructions says to first “cook” the udon noodles by pouring hot water in the styrofoam bowl and keep it covered for two minutes. Then drain the water through the pukas in the lid. 

After being heated up, the fattened udon noodles have a perfect al dente feel to them. Nothin’ like the feel of a fat noodle. LOL!

Add the toppings and top it with fresh hot water,  let it sit for a few minutes, stir, and voila, Nongshim Udon, madame. 

And? Granted this will NEVER touch the outstanding taste, quality, freshness and stellar Yelp ratings over at Marukame Udon in Waikiki, FWIW? She go! The intense umami flavor of the almost shoyu ramen-like broth is fantastic!

The toppings, including the sharp tone of the radish, earthiness of the nori flakes, toasted cracker-like flavor of the senbei and kick of spicy heat from the chili pepper all play really well together, giving the fat udon noodles just the right character it needs. 

Summing it up, while not great, this is still a satisfactory win. If you’re into Udon, or ramen for that matter, add this to your cart next time you hit “Cosco’s”. 

What? Nongshim Udon Original Premium Noodle Soup
Where did you get it and how much? Costco Hawaii Kai, in the dry ramen aisle section. $11.99 per box of 6 bowls.
Big shaka to: Fat noodles have a great mouthfeel (that didn’t sound right. lol). Excellent authentic Japanese soy and bonito-like broth flavor. The mix of toppings really enhances it. Filling and satisfying meal in a bowl.
No shaka to: 2 step preparation. Processed food with poor nutritional numbers. 

The Tasty Island rating: 3 SPAM Musubi (very good!)

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5 thoughts on “Costco Eats: Nongshim® Udon Premium Noodle Soup

  • March 5, 2018 at 12:29 pm
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    Pomai,
    If you read the nutritional label it says one serving is 1/2 bowl so 6 bowls gives you 12 servings. All the nutritional numbers would have to double if you eat a whole bowl. For a whole bowl that would be 2500 mg of sodium 500 mg over recommended daily intake.

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    • March 5, 2018 at 5:30 pm
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      Ken,

      Sheesh, I didnt notice that. Ack!

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      • March 6, 2018 at 2:54 pm
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        Pomai,
        In preparation they want you to fill to line with boiling water and let stand for 2 min and then pour out the water used to bring the noodles back to life then add all the rest of ingredients and new hot water to steep for another 2 min. WHY, WHY, WHY?

        Because in next step if you want to reduce cooking time just pour in the boiling hot water over everything and go for it after 2 min!

        What are those noodles preserved with that they want you to throw out the water or if living on the edge for 2 min time just go for it and eat the whole thing!!!!

        Seems strange to me!

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  • March 5, 2018 at 3:03 pm
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    Wow!! Mahalo for picking up on that!!!

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  • March 6, 2018 at 2:37 pm
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    I came to comment on the serving size, too. I don’t imagine many people would eat only half a bowl as a meal. Dorm food is right, mainly because dorm occupants are all young enough to eat a salt bomb like that without worries.

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