Thai Kitchen Garlic and Vegetable Instant Rice Noodle Soup
This was labeled as "Ramen" noodles that are steamed instead of fried (and therefore don't have all the fat, I believe it was ~2g/serving), and the preparation and presentation are very similar to Ramen bricks. The noodles were a bit chewey, but otherwise it was almost perfect... except for the fact that it was so spicy, I couldn't finish the bowl. I knew it contained ginger and "spices", and I omitted the oil packet that contained more ginger and red pepper, but damn. I know that what I consider spicy and what most people consider spicy aren't really comparable, as I have a very diminished tolerance for spicy food compared to most people (worst of all my boyfriend, who grew up on Indian food), so your mileage may vary, but I couldn't eat it. Fail.
Dr. McDougall's Ramen Chicken Flavor
My friend recommended this to me because it is vegan, and the noodles are "baked not fried" as it says on the packaging. The spice powder did a good job of imitating the flavor of Ramen spice powder without adding MSG (although it was still spicier than I would have liked), so kudos for that, but the noodles were made of durum semolina (the flour that macaroni/spaghetti noodles are made of) instead of rice, and I could taste the difference. Plus they were in tiny little pieces, so I couldn't twirl them around my fork! Fail. I also bought a miso-flavored package of the same brand, but I have a feeling I'll have the same complaints about it.
Thai Kitchen Spring Onion Rice Noodle Bowl
In addition to the same spiciness pitfalls as the first (of the same brand, even), this had overly thick noodles that were very chewy. Double fail. I doubt I will try anything else by this brand.
If I could combine the noodles of the first with the spices of the second, and subtract about half of the spiciness, it would be perfect. Alas. I am considering just buying a box of rice noodles and a bottle of miso paste and calling it a day. Since my gallbladder issues are over I could, in theory, go back to eating regular Ramen, but I don't think that would go over well after having such a good diet for so long. And, anyway, if I'm going to stick 16g of fat into my body in one sitting, I'd rather it be for a worthwhile cause, like chocolate.