If you haven’t tried ramen since your starving student days, these noodle brands will change the way you think about instant noodles

Noodles and Chopsticks
Thomas J. Story

We’re all too familiar with the 30-cent stovetop ramen we slurped in school. But a bevy of new companies makes it easier than ever for you to put a great bowl on the table, sans stress.

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Sun Noodle Miso Ramen ($7.49)

Ramen nerds know Sun Noodle as the supplier to some of the best Japanese noodle shops across the country. They also sell their springy, tender noodles, complete with broth flavoring packets, in Asian markets and even Whole Foods.

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Nona Lim Tokyo Ramen ($5.99)

These fresh yellow-hued noodles from the Oakland-based Asian comfort foods company Nona Lim are the foundation for an easy weeknight meal. Give them a quick boil, top with one of their savory broths (miso, spicy chicken), and whatever protein you have on hand.


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Lotus Foods Forbidden Rice Ramen ($2.29)

Just as the name suggests, these long, dark noodles from Lotus Foods are made from heirloom black rice, along with white and brown rice flour, instead of wheat. Since the noodles come dried, you can store them in your pantry for a rainy-day ramen fest.

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