I eat a lot of ramen and I've tried most brands, and my personal favorites are Doll Instant Noodles (Hong Kong, i like their Seafood or Beef flavors), Nongshim (Korean, also makes Neoguri brand ramen), and Nissin (the original instant ramen company, I like the Tonkotsu and Beef from the Nissin Demae Line). While I've tried Maruchan and other cheaper brands, I feel like the brands I listed are better, maybe it's the quality of the noodles, or the seasonings or oils. Usually when I cook my ramen I follow the instructions, except that I drain the water the ramen was cooked in, boil a cup of water, add the ramen back in and add the seasonings. This is because the ramen tastes better, maybe because the water it was cooked in will have a floury taste from the ramen. I omit this step for korean ramen because somehow it doesn't affect the taste that much. Their seasonings are top notch. As for toppings, I wish I could make chashu, but usually i just add seafood mix (shrimp, scallops, squid) or a fried egg or a side of gyoza (Trader Joe's are good and at only 2.99, can't beat that price).