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Do I want to eat ramen?

Joy | Apr 5, 200502:45 PM

I moved to this area recently, and I've noticed a number of threads on ramen places. I live in Mountain View, and there are several which are very popular.

I haven't tried them, though, and I guess it's because I think of ramen noodles as those horrid little cheap packages of greasy noodles and chemically flavoring, all packed with MSG which I am allergic to.

Clearly, I'm missing out on something, based on all the rave reviews. But, I'd like some more opinions before I dip my toe into new waters, especially since large amounts of MSG make me ill. Do real ramen restaurants use MSG? Is that packaged 4-for-a-dollar crap just a shadowy imitation of the real stuff?

Chowhounds, educate me please. I thank you.

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