tudents at Cal State Fullerton are protesting the massive fee hike today by rolling out a soup kitchen that serves only Top Ramen, the classic fare of starving collegiates. Upon learning of the event, my friend David simply remarked, “I wish students at my alma mater could have picked a better quality of ramen for this protest!”
Usually sitting on the shelves next to the Top Ramen is a dizzying array of Instant Lunch varies, manufactured by Irvine-based Maruchan. All of the varieties have the standard flimsy, six-bites-and-you're-done noodles, but this Mexican-inspired flavor–enhanced with limón, chile and habanero–is actually tasty. The spicy broth has a pronounced lime flavor, and there's a good amount of tiny veggies and shrimp in the mix. For an added kick, douse some Tapatío sauce on top.
Much pricier than the others at $1.99, many say it's the closest you can get to “real ramen” from a package. The noodles are chewy, as if they were handmade. The soup is robust and savory, clinging to the noodles as it should. A great instant-ramen splurge.