My dad can't explain why he loves just the Nong Shim noodles below. Are there more natural alternatives?

Note these are NOT the instant cup noodles. He doesn't use their sauce that contains MSG.



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    What property of these nodles do you want to avoid? "Healthy/unhealthy" are terms that don't mean the same to different people.
    – Tinuviel
    Jan 1, 2020 at 23:18
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    – moscafj
    Jan 1, 2020 at 23:54
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    Sorry, but a generic “healthy” is off topic here. If you want to avoid a certain property, please edit your post accordingly and we can reopen. The tour and the help center, especially How to Ask, will explain more about how the site works
    – Stephie
    Jan 2, 2020 at 4:38
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    What do you mean by "natural"?
    – moscafj
    Jan 3, 2020 at 0:54

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Questions of health and nutrition are out of scope for this site. However, the question "what are alternatives to these instant noodles" is pretty straightforward.

Instant noodles are typically preserved by flash-frying in oil. They arose as a quick-to-prepare and long-lasting alternative to fresh or frozen noodles. Thus, fresh or frozen noodles are a great replacement. Though they need to be refrigerated or frozen, and may require a longer cook time, they are typically made without oil.

In particular, both noodles in your question appear to be instant Korean ramyeon, which is very similar to Japanese ramen. In the United States, Sun Noodle produces fresh Ramen noodles that are commonly available at supermarkets or Asian grocers.