40. Maruchan Bowl – Hot & Spicy Chicken Flavor

Maruchan is a Japanese word composed of two parts, “Maru” & “Chan”. “Maru” means round as in the shape or like a happy child’s face. In Japanese, round is associated with friendliness. “Chan” is an honorific suffix used affectionately for a child.


Let’s see if this bowl makes this round, always hungry child’s face happy!

Cooking Directions:

  1. Open lid halfway and remove the two packets.
  2. Open packet #1 and sprinkle packet content onto noodles.
  3. Add boiling water to the inside, fill line.
  4. Close lid securely and let stand for 3 minutes.
  5. Remove lid, pour in flavor packet #2. Stir well and enjoy! (Do not reuse the bowl)


 Not a very “maru” block of thin and flat noodles.


A good mix (cabbage, carrot, corn, onion, garlic chive) and amount of veggies along with the seasoning powder. The seasoning has an aroma similar to pepper-chicken. Yummy!


Firstly, so much noodles! And secondly the noods and veggies have hydrated really well.

The broth is barely mildly spicy and doesn’t have a strong chicken flavor. This was disappointing as I was expecting a hot & spicy chicken flavored broth. But the amount and quality of the noodles make up for this.


The name might be misleading but it is nonetheless a simple and satisfactory meal in itself.


I had a spicy fried KFC chicken leg leftover from dinner so added that along with some prawn crackers for some crunch.

Pro top: add a little more water than recommended to complement the amount of noods.

Rating: 2.5/5

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