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The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time 2015 Edition

As many might know, I started The Ramen Rater (click to see the old site) in 2002 and did about 60 reviews. Then, I turned my attention to spicy hot sauces with The Sauce Rater. In 2010, I resumed my instant noodle reviewing. I’ve long been a fan of the spicy side of things – strong heat and good flavor are a couple of my favorite things. Let’s have a look at the absolutely hottest varieties I’ve found in my over 1,700 reviews of instant noodles from around the world in this year’s The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time 2015 Edition.

#10: Wugudaochang Sichuan Pepper & Chicken Flavor – China

The Sichuan pepper was something relatively new to me until I really got a mouthful of them in this variety. It kind of reminds me of the way a hot pepper acts, but then when you inhale, it has a kind of cooling kind of sensation like mint; hard to explain but definitely something different. This one came with a peanut and pepper garnish and the noodles had a very nice gauge and texture. Original review here

#9: Nongshim Jinjja Jinjja – South Korea

While still not available in the United States, Jinjja Jinjja is back in South Korea! This one packs a serious punch of heat along with pork, peanut and black sesame seeds. Original review here

#8: JML Emperor Instant Noodles Spicy Chicken – China

I wasn’t expecting this one to be extremely spicy at the outset and then was in for a ride. Very very hot – augmented with a large sachet of coarse chilli peppers. Original review here

#7: emart Dare You! Habanero Jjamppong – South Korea

Extreme heat is paired with nice bit of seafood broth and lots of bits of seafood. All the fire and flavor melded together with thick ramyun noodles make it hot as well as delicious. This one comes in at 1,960 SHU (Scoville Heat Units). Original review here

#6: MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodle – Malaysia

MyKuali’s new recipe added a big punch of heat to their already amazing and groundbreaking Penang White Curry Noodle. Thick almost saucelike broth fires up the palate and includes a generous amount of garlic this time. Original review here

#5: Ching’s Secret Hot Garlic Instant Noodles – India

When I found this one at a local Indian market, I was very enthused. I thought to myself ‘hey, I like garlic!’ I kind of expected a salty, buttery and almost fettucini kind of thing. But no – this innocuous looking plate of noodles was violently spicy! Super hot garlic spiciness just builds and builds! Original review here

#4: Paldo Teumsae Ramyun – South Korea

On the list for four years now! Another South Korean ramyun with serious kick to it. This isn’t to be trifled with!  Teumsae has restaurants in South Korea which serve up some seriously spicy fare. I really like the text underneath the word Teumsae which reads, ‘Flavor. Culture. Human’ Original review here

#3: Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkeummyeon – South Korea

I would say that I’ve seen dozens of videos on YouTube showing people competitively eating this one. This stuff is extremely hot. Another brothless variety and it really packs a punch as well as has a nice taste to it. Thick ramyun noodles round everything out nicely and will transmit the spicy sauce to your tongue. Original review here

#2: Paldo Bulnak Bokkummyun Spicy Fried Octopus Ramyun – South Korea

See that little octopus on the package with the smile on his face? He’s laughing. Laughing as he watches you sweat as you eat this ultra spicy ramyun! I’m not kidding this one was over the top spicy! Bring a fire extinguisher. Original review here

#1: emart Dare You! Habanero Ramyun – South Korea

For the fourth year running, this stuff tops the list. Despite a packaging design change, you should still heed the warnings; habanero pepper top right corner, temperature gauge and screaming person, black packaging… Yeah – it’s not one to underestimate; this is violently hot. The broth just keeps delivering the heat and it’s just insane. Try licking a lit candle – I swear this stuff is hotter! Original review here

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August 4, 2015 By

#1739: Nissin Raoh Tanrei Koku Shio Ramen

Here’s one I got in the package sent by Javier over at Box From Japan – thanks! So shio is a classic style of ramen – here’s what Wikipedia has to say about it:

Shio (“salt”) ramen is probably the oldest of the four and is a pale, clear, yellowish broth made with plenty of salt and any combination of chicken, vegetables, fish, and seaweed. Occasionally pork bones are also used, but they are not boiled as long as they are for tonkotsu ramen, so the soup remains light and clear. Chāshū is sometimes swapped for lean chicken meatballs, and pickled plums and kamaboko (a slice of processed fish roll sometimes served as a frilly white circle with a pink or red spiral called narutomaki) are popular toppings as well. Noodle texture and thickness varies among shio ramen, but they are usually straight rather than curly.

I want to send a special thank you to my friend Shinochi S. for helping with translation – as well as a new garnish! Let’s check it out!

Detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, add contents of sachets except liquid and steep for 5 minutes with 400ml boiling water. Add in contents of liquid sachet and stir. Enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The liquid soup base sachet.

Has a salty, almost buttery scent.

The vegetables sachet.

Looks like spring onion and sesame seeds.

What have we here?

A dehydrated slice of pork!

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Finished (click image to enlarge). Added mung bean sprouts, hard boiled egg and Ito tougarasi. The noodles indeed came out very well. Good chewiness and a premium feel. The broth had a kind of chicken and salty balance leaning towards the salty side. The included vegetables hydrated well and were welcome as was the pork which hydrated wonderfully. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4902105224359.

Nissin – Raoh, Japanese Instant Ramen Noodles, Salty Taste, 16.9oz (for 5 Servings)[Japan Import]

A Nissin Raoh TV commercial.

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August 2, 2015 By

#1738: Little Cook Instant Noodles Shrimp tom Yum Flavour

Something I found at the local HMart a few weeks ago. I went out with my wife this week for tom yum at a local restaurant – good stuff! Some rice on the side to mix in – really tasty! Tom yum has a strong lemongrass and spicy flavor to it which is really great – let’s check this one by Little Cook out!

Here’s detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add in sachet contents and boiling water to fill line. Let steep for 3 minutes covered. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block.

Dry soup base sachet.

Quite a bit of powder.

A paste sachet.

Has a good lemongrass and chilli scent.

A chilli powder sachet.

A nice bit of chilli powder.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added mung bean sprouts, shrimp and coriander. The noodles were thin as you would expect in most cups with a bit of a crumble to them. The broth was extremely good – everything was there – heat, lemongrass and a good flavor. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4710249002227.

Nouilles Instantanees Au Gout Tom Yum De Crevettes (Little Cook Instant Noodles Shrimp Tomyum Flavour) – 2.3oz (Pack of 3)

A recipe for tom yum goong.

Products cooked according to package instructions. Product reviews done prior to adding any additional ingredients.