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

The Ramen Rater's top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2015 Edition

The top ten instant noodles list is an annual post I do which is always quite a treat for me.  I started reviewing back in 2002, but I really got going with it in June of 2010 – I’ve done nearly 1,600 reviews since then. It still boggles my mind that after trying so many, the industry continues to innovate and bring flavors forth that truly amaze me. With that, here are my absolute favorites – The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2015 Edition.

 This year I also made a video to accompany the list.

#10: A-Sha Veggie Noodle Tomato Noodle With Vine Ripened Tomato Sauce – Taiwan

This was a fairly recent review; I hadn’t expected Taiwan to be on the top ten list. But there’s no denying – this is absolutely marvelous stuff. The noodles have a great gauge – broad, flat and soft with a light chew. The great part is the tomato flavor – when I opened the sachet of sauce the whole room smelled like fresh tomatoes. Not only that, there’s more than enough sauce to flavor all of the noodles. Original review

#9: Maruchan Gotsumori Sauce Yakisoba – Japan

#9: Maruchan Gotsumori Sauce Yakisoba - Japan

Marchuan’s first time on the top ten instant noodles list. This big tray of yakisoba was a very nice surprise. First, there’s a lot of noodles here – easily enough for two. Second, the flavor has a little hint of spiciness. Thirdly, the cabbage hydrated very nicely with a tantalizing crunch. Finally, the inclusion of Kewpie mayonnaise sealed the deal for me. Original review

#8: Mama Oriental Style Instant Noodles Green Curry Flavour Jumbo Pack – Thailand

#8: Mama Oriental Style Instant Noodles Green Curry Flavour Jumbo Pack - Thailand

The noodles are Mama’s great brown noodles – they don’t suck up too much broth and have a tension I really like. Not only that – there’s a decent amount of them! Then there’s the broth whose rich green curry flavor satisfies with excellent heat and flavor. Original review

#7: MyKuali Penang Hokkien Prawn Noodle (New Improved Taste) – Malaysia

The noodles are great – gauge is just a little wider than standard. The broth is a work of art; the strength of sweet prawn flavor is balanced with a well-tempered amount of heat.
It’s thick and has a perfect oiliness to it. To top it off, the fried onions are the best I’ve encountered in the instant noodle world; they are of good size and plentiful. Original review

#6: Mamee Chef Gold Recipe Mi Kari Seribu Rasa – Malaysia

With their special Mi Tarik technology that emulated traditional hand-pulled noodles, you get a great texture and chewiness as well as elasticity with this noodle. The broth however was what made this a favorite of mine – it has a comfort food feel to it that seems to come from a component that reminds me of strong cumin. Worthy of the name Gold Recipe. Original review

#5: Prima Taste Singapore Curry La Mian – Singapore

For the third year in a row on the top ten instant noodles list, this amazing curry has made the top ten instant noodles list. This one has very thick chewy noodles – they take a little longer to cook but it’s worth the wait. The broth is truly luxuriant – with two large sachets of paste and coconut powder. Original review

#4: CarJEN Nyonya Curry Laksa – Malaysia

#4: CarJEN Nyonya Curry Laksa - Malaysia

CarJEN’s first time on the top ten instant noodles list. This one was particularly interesting to me. First, the noodles are quite good – standard gauge with just a little extra backbone. The broth is superb – firstly, the coconut creamer gives a nice richness. Then, Nyonya Curry Paste adds a nice flavor – sweet and colorful. Then there’s the sambal dipping sauce – it had nice bits of shrimp as well as a spicy sweet and citrus taste that was amazing. Original review

#3: Prima Taste Singapore Laksa La Mian – Singapore

#3: Prima Taste Singapore Laksa La Mian - Singapore

Third time on the top ten instant noodles list. The noodles are thick and have a great chewiness to them – definitely on the premium end of the stick and very impressive. The broth is a deep and flavorful one, with a richness to it that’s really quite amazing. It’s thick from the coconut powder which gives it a sort of milkiness. The paste had all sorts of things going on – has a great homemade ‘stewed for hours’ kind of feel. It’s a little spicy and a little sweet and must be tried firsthand. Masterfully executed. – Original review

#2: MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodle (New Improved Taste) – Malaysia

These were number one on last years top ten instant noodles list. The noodles seem a little more elastic and fuller this time – just a little more. The chew and mouthfeel are excellent. The broth is just amazing stuff again – definitely very spicy and strong garlic going on. The broth is darker as well. A couple little changes but still just as wonderful as ever! Original review

#1: MyKuali Penang Red Tom Yum Goong Noodle – Malaysia

The noodles are just as always – nice gauge that has a great chewiness and quantity – just right. The broth – wow. It definitely has that full on flavor I experienced in Langkawi. The broth is not only strong but it’s got a thickness to it, and has that kind of aroma and consistency of a broth that’s been stewing all day long. Strong spicy heat, lemongrass and shrimp notes play throughout as well as a nice bit of sweetness as well. This is spectacular. Original review / Special Top Ten Re-Review

 

Thanks for viewing the top ten instant noodles list for 2015! I get a lot of pleasure out of reviewing instant noodles and experiencing the flavors from far flung lands! The top ten list comes out annually on the Monday closest to April 20th. The top ten instant noodles list is solely based upon my taste buds, who are made very happy by these products. Please contact me if you are interested in using this list for commercial use. 

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April 25, 2015 By

#1651: Ruski Chicken Flavour Instant Noodles

You might have noticed that I haven’t reviewed a lot of chicken flavor varieties recently. The main reason for this is that Io haven’t had any chicken to go with my noodles – I usually cook some in the over and slice it up nicely and then I’ve got it for a couple reviews. Well, I’ve been lazy – a bag thing. So let’s check out this chicken instant from Ruski – laziness ends here!

 Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. to prepare, add sachet contents and noodle block to a bowl. Cover with 400ml boiling water. cover and let steep for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The powdered soup sachet.

Has a chicken curry kind of scent.

The seasoned oil sachet.

Has a garlic scent to it.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added baked chicken, mung bean sprouts, white oniong and spring onion. The noodles hydrated quite nicely. There’s a goodly amount of them and they have a thinnish gauge. The broth has a chicken taste augmented with a decent amount of spiciness and a nice little garlic hit to it. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8852523208157.

Halal Ruski Instant Noodles Thai Tom Yum Flavour – Pack of 10

Couldn’t resist.

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April 24, 2015 By

#1650: Ottogi Sesame Ramen Korean Style Instant Noodle

I’ve gotten a good amount of comments about this one. Ottogi Sesame Ramen seems to have filled an interesting niche in the noodle market! It’s pretty neat stuff – it has something called an ‘egg block.’ It is basically dehydrated egg that when introduced to the boiling water springs to life! I’ve had the bowl version (also known as a king cup) before, but never reviewed the pack. Let’s check out Ottogi Sesame Ramen!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Contains egg and beef. To prepare, add every thing but the oil to 500ml boiling water and cook for 4 minutes. Add in oil, stir, and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The powder soup base sachet.

Has a kind of spicy beef scent.

The egg block!

A condensed block that should make for a lot of extra oomph!

The sesame oil sachet.

Definitely sesame oil – smells good!

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). The noodles have a classic ramyun gauge – thicker than you standard instant and with a very nice chew to them. The broth has a nice spiciness to it which builds and then levels off. The sesame, spiciness and beef tones are managed well and nicely balanced. The ebb block added a lot of little bits of scrambled egg throughout – very small, but made it a little nicer. Also in the egg block was spring onion which was very nice. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 645175525233.

Ottogi Sesame Flavor Noodle

An Ottogi Sesame Ramen TV commercial.

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April 23, 2015 By

#1649: Master Kong Seafood Flavour Instant Cooking Noodles

Here’s another one sent by a kind reader in Sweden! Thank you! Master Kong is really popular in China and what surprises me is that there are no places that I’ve seen that you can get their products here in the United States. Luckily, people send them to me from time to time, but it seems to me that I really need to figure out a way to contact them and do a Meet The Manufacturer with them. The Chinese consume billions of packages of instant noodles a year and I’ve never done a Chinese Meet The Manufacturer yet! It’s about time. Well, let’s check out these seafood flavor Master Kong instant noodles!

 The distributor/import sticker (click image to enlarge).

 Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Not sure whether this product contains seafood or not. To prepare, add noodle block to 700ml boiling water with contents of dry sachets and cook for 2 minutes. Add contents of liquid sachet and cook an additional 4 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The soup base powder sachet.

Very light powder with a seafood scent.

A liquid paste sachet.

Has a peanut scent.

The solid ingredients sachet.

Veggies and fish cake!

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sliced squid, kamaboko, fish ball, shrimp and crab stick. The noodles came out nice and thick with a light chewiness I liked. The broth was very warm with just a tinge of spiciness and great seafood flavor. Finally, the little bits of fish cake hydrated very nicely and the seaweed that wad easily found was a very nice addition. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 6900873028856.

The packaging here looks a little different so I’m not sure it’s exactly the same, but I’m sure it’s quite similar. You can get it here!

A very happy TV advertisement about Master Kong seafood noodles.

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April 22, 2015 By

#1648: Wei Lih Instant Noodles With Onion Flavour

This is one I got last month on my birthday trip to Canada! What’s interesting is that it’s one I tried to get along with a couple others from one store up there the previous year but there was some kind of thing that to use a card you’d need to spend at least $20 or something, and since the noodles I found were a far cry from that, I skipped it. I really was bummed – this is nowhere to be found here in the USA so thought this time around I’d see if the place had it – and it did! Let’s check out this Wei Lih onion variety.

 Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodles and sachet contents to a bowl. Add 350ml boiling water and cover for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy! Alternately, you can cook on a stove with 500ml boiling water with the same method.

The noodle block.

The dry seasoning sachet.

Has a kind of sweet scent.

The paste sachet.

Has a very strong onion scent.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added white onion and beef I sauteed. The noodles came out very well – good texture and chew. They sucked up just the right amount of broth as they steeped. The broth is just great stuff. If you like strong onion flavor, this is what you’ll be wanting. It has a nice oiliness to it and a really strong onion taste. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4710199080740.

Here you can try the more popular variety – WEI-LIH Noodle, JA JAN Flavor,3OZ

A Wei Lih Jah Jan Mien TV commercial.

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