MCW Beef Soup

MCW Beef Soup

Date: December 15, 2008
By: kman

In my latest delivery from, they threw in a packet of “Soup, Beef Flavor” that looks like’s from an MCW (Meal, Cold Weather). Today was a cold day and soup sounded like a good idea so I thought I’d give it a try.

Here’s the package. It has a date code of “5021” so that puts its production date at January, 2005 – so it’s almost 4-year old soup.
MCW Beef soup package - front MCW beef soup package - back

The instructions read:

Add 8 ounces of hot water (about 1/3 canteen cup) to pouch, stir, wait for about 5 minutes. Hot water may be added in stages to keep food hot.

Here are the contents in a bowl. To my surprise, this looks like Ramen Noodles! I was expecting your basic “beef soup” but instead, this looks like your standard 10 cent package of Ramen. In fact, now that I look at the MCW menus, I can see that Menu 3 has “Soup, Noodle, Ramen, Instant” as a component. Sure enough, that’s what I have!
MCW Beef Soup, Ramen Noodle

I added 8 ounces of water and let it sit for a while.
MCW Beef Soup, Ramen Noodle with water added

Here’s the final product. If you’ve ever had Ramen Noodles, then you already know how it tastes. It’s basic noodles with a light beef broth and a few suspicious-looking chunks of (hopefully) beef. The soup didn’t have a whole lot of flavor but wasn’t too salty and so overall was a decent addition to my lunch.
MCW Beef Soup, Ramen Noodle final product