Okay, I promised I'd try dried ramen noodles. I did.
I've now been there, returned, and do not plan to go back.
First off, I bought this package at Walmart
for the grand sum of 28 cents. People always say
they shop at that place because they save
so much money. I can buy a similar product at my
neighborhood Kroger for 25 cents, or 5 packages for $1.
This package was, as you can see "shrimp flavor."
I followed the instructions which said to bring 2 cups of
water to the boil then drop in noodles and cook,
stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes. Then turn off the heat,
stir in contents of the flavoring packet, AKA
"shrimp flavor," and allow to set for 1 minute.
The dried noodles before cooking resembled a section
of badly knit Shetland sweater, afterwards they looked like
sections of unwoven chain link fencing (I forgot to take
their "after" picture) in chicken broth. They tasted
like chicken noodle soup, too, albeit the dried Lipton Soups
version of chicken noodle soup I knew from childhood.
The contents of the package was intended to produce
2 one-cup servings. I measured out 1 cup then put
the remainder into the garbage. The taste
was inoffensive and tasted nothing at all like shrimp.
It was very filling, so I can completely understand
why so many people on limited incomes eat the
ramen noodles; they are cheap and filling, but not
very nutritional. The noodles are made from
"enriched wheat flour" with not a trace of rice.
Of the soup base ingredients, the first
one listed was salt, then 16 ingredients later
there appeared "lobster and shrimp flavors."
One cup of noodles and broth have 190 calories,
less than 1 gram of fiber, and 790 mg of salt
(approximately 1/3 of one's daily allotment.)