I’ve tried quite a few of those Nong Shim varieties. Consomme Style Potato is a good one and Nong Shim Black. I usually get the dry packs but I did try one udon noodle bowl. I don’t know if there’s any difference in the cups/bowls and the packs other than needing a pan to boil water.
I usually try to have some sort of Asian greens on hand and scallions to add, maybe some shrimp or a hard boiled egg.
If you go to Hong Kong Market the section devoted to these products is as big as a 7-11 all by itself. A lot of it is multi-packs and cases; it’s sometimes had to find single packs if you just want to sample one but the bowl and cup products are usually available singly.
There was a good thread about a year ago on eG in which I learned there’s a lot more out there than Maruchan and Nissin. There’s also been discussion on CH in the past and then there is this blog. I can’t find a lot of the one’s he comments on anywhere, though.
I’ve been trying some of the ones available in the refrigerated section of Hong Kong - dozens and dozens of them - like this:
The pics are from months ago but I made this again New Year’s Eve Day and just finished it off yesterday.
If you ever see this one, snap it up (and call me and let me know where you found it):
This was mentioned on the eG thread but I had already discovered it. It’s the best I’ve found, noodles are really, really good. It’s mentioned on Ramen Rater I believe as one of the Top Ten for last year.
I found it once, I think at an HEB, and have never been able to find it again! I think maybe it’s always sold out!
I mentioned upthread i might be going to Banana Leaf and Mamak for this DOTM. I’ll be trying their versions of this dish.
ETA: Oh, yes. Forgot to mention: sodium levels are sky high in all of these.