ramen final four - sweet sixteen

Maruchan Shrimp vs. Sapporo Ichiban Beef

Ah, the sea. Smell the salty sea air and feel the refreshing ocean breeze. Maruchan Shrimp has captured that saltwatery-shio taste. And there’s also a slight seafood smell and taste. But where’s the shrimp flavor? It’s just barely there. But it’s tasty. Sapporo Ichiban Beef tries to wrap their chewy, almost-sticky noodles around the competition without much success. And while the Maruchan Shrimp team plays as though they’re spending a nice relaxing day at the beach, Sapporo Ichiban Beef learns that the Maruchan Shrimps are no pushovers. It takes everything they’ve got, but finally, with the help of 3, count ’em, 3 almost-microscopic negi flakes, Sapporo Ichiban Beef’s beefy bouillion soup just barely manages to overcome the Shrimps. Sapporo Ichiban Beef moves on to the next round!

Top Ramen Picante Beef vs. Sapporo Ichiban Original

Top Ramen tries to spice things up a bit with a Picante Beef flavor. The first foul is called when they try to sprinkle finely ground red chili peppers on the ball, causing half the Sapporo Ichiban Original team to have coughing fits. Actually, the chili pepper flavor isn’t very strong, but it does liven up Top Ramen Picante Beef’s somewhat watery beef taste. Undeterred by the chili peppers, Sapporo Ichiban Original pours on the offense, with their distinctive “Sapporo Ichiban-ness.” Both are tasty, but there can only be one…and that one is…Sapporo Ichiban Original!

Losing team scores:
Maruchan Shrimp: 5.5/10
Top Ramen Picante Beef: 5.5/10

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2 thoughts on “instant ramen final four: south”

  1. Hi edjusted,

    Nice showdown. 🙂 Can’t wait to see who wins. (And hopefully in the coming year, we get to have Nama Ramen Final Four Showdowns with stuff from Sumire, Kurume Taiho, etc. ;). I wish!

    1. @Exile Kiss: Haha, thanks. This thing’s actually been quite an ordeal. You should see all the charts and cross references I’ve had to make to keep everything straight!

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