Packaged instant soups come in two varieties:
- A packet of dry soup (like the ramen image below). These do not contain water. They are prepared by adding water and heating, or by adding hot water.
- A tin (or can) containing cold soup. To prepare those need to only be heated (for 3–5 minutes usually). There is another type of canned soup where the liquid is condensed and needs water added to it to make an edible soup.
Instant Miso soup
Some instant soup come in tins (or cans). They are basically like cold soups that just need to be heated.