Depends on what i am eating. Just Rice or Just noodles? Rice with beef/chicken? Noodles with beef/chicken? One of those with veggies and meat? Just veggies? Just plain?I don't care for that packaged ramen bullshit so i guess i have to go with Rice because i can eat it steamed, fried, mexican style with nothing and i love Rice Roni/Rice Roni express.
But good ones, if I'm not mistaken you cannot really compare general American noodles to something you usually get in Germany or Italy for example? Not sure though, but that was always my impression.
Barilla is one of the most popular pasta brands in the US and it's probably Italy's #1 selling pasta (if not, it's top 3 - I've never actually run the numbers, ha). So, I'd say we're almost equal in terms of mass market, though there are some generic/store brands that aren't very good.
And I say noodles, though rice has it's place.
Like others, I enjoy both but would have to go noodles in general. I find them not only a bit more versatile, but also easier to be versatile with, if that makes sense. Though in the OPs situation, I'd take the rice over packaged ramen. Ultimately, I'd agree with the dude above and say rice noodles are the absolute best. Mei Fun... yummy.