Ramen is a quick, easy to make late night snack or you can make a meal out of it if you add some vegetable or meat to it. There are only a few stores in my area that have any of the Sapporo Ichiban Japanese style noodles so when I go to the different Asian markets I stock up on the original, chicken, beef and shrimp flavors. You can get this in the packet or the cook-in cup that is microwave safe (do not add the flavor pack to the microwave when cooking noodles) If you like to add things to your soup then the original is the one that you want to get. The flavor packet that gets added to the noodles has a hint of chicken and soy sauce to it so if you are adding anything to it; the flavor packet isn't going to overpower the meat or vegetables you might add. One of the reasons that I don't eat this all that often is the sodium content; one package is considered one serving and each serving contains 470 calories, 20 grams of fat, 1,870 milligrams of sodium (that's over three quarters of the recommended daily allowance), 63 grams of carbohydrates and 10 grams of protein. While I love the fact that you can get ten grams of protein from one block of ramen, the sodium is way too high for me to eat this more than twice a month. The average selling price of these in the various Asian markets that sell them is about .85 cents but I have seen them sell for twice that price in grocery stores that sell specialty items like this. You really need to shop around to find the stores that have the best prices but if you love ramen you won't mind paying a little extra for these. They aren't starchy when you cook them and they don't taste like soggy macaroni if you microwave them.