August 21, 2014 By

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The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time Made In The USA 2014 Edition

The instant noodle originated in 1958 in Japan, but since that time, they’ve expanded in popularity all over the world, including of course, the United States. Seeing this, instant noodle companies thought it wise to start building plants here in the 1970s. Since then, many brands operate factories here in the US, mostly in southern California. This is a list of my favorite varieties produced here, encompassing my 1,461 reviews to date. With that, here’s your top ten, America!

#10: Nongshim Sir Long Tang Creamy Beef Noodle Soup

Sir Long Tang is a creamy beef noodle soup. Creamy beef soups are very common in South Korean cuisine – such varieties as Seollongtang and Gomtang feature broth that is made from boiling beef bones for hours and hours. Sir Long Tang has a very nice and rich beef flavor with a great creaminess and excellent noodles. Original review

#9: Maruchan Bowl Hot & Spicy Shrimp Flavor Ramen Noodles With Vegetables

Maruchan has been known for a long time for their Instant Lunch line of noodles cups, but here we have something new for them – bowls! This one stood out for me – it had a ‘south of the border’ heat to it and was full of noodles of great quality. Spicy, but not so spicy most couldn’t handle it. Original review

#8: Nissin Top Ramen Cucharealo Home-Style Picante Chicken Flavor

This is a serious fusion: the noodles are short and thin. I remember noodles kind of like these in other products when I was a kid, but always felt like I was getting way more soup than noodles. This one quells that need for more noodles – there’s plenty of them. The picante chicken flavor is excellent with notes of chili powder and cumin. Original review

#7: Nissin Chow Mein Spicy Teriyaki Beef Flavor Chow Mein Noodles

I would have never thought that mixing teriyaki and spicy heat together would work, but it does. The combination is excellent – especially since the sauce coats everything so well. The vegetables hydrate nicely and it’s an all around great meal. Original review

#6: Nongshim Chapagetti Roasted Chajang Noodle

Thick, slightly chewy noodles in a rich black bean sauce – excellent stuff. What’s also excellent is that you can make it in the microwave. It uses just a little water and the finished product has sucked it all up, leaving you with nice, saucy noodles. Original review

#5: Maruchan Creamy Chicken Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

I absolutely adore this stuff. Take your standard instant noodle and add a nice creamy chicken flavor. The broth has a really nice ‘stick to your ribs’ way about it. Whenever I’m under the weather, this is my go-to comfort noodle. Original review

#4: Nongshim Shin Black Spicy Pot-au-feu Flavor Premium Noodle Soup

First, Nongshim made Shin Ramyun which is still incredibly popular. Then they upgraded and came out with Shin Ramyun Black. Finally, Shin Black has made it into a cup – and it’s really good! Rich beef flavor and real beef along with thick ramyun noodles. Premium stuff! Original review

#3: Annie Chun’s Ramen House Thai Coconut Ramen

The noodles have a nice fresh feel. What’s nice about these like many new varieties is that they do not require refrigeration. The broth is extremely good. I would say this is the best that I’ve tried from Annie Chun’s – it has a nice Thai coconut flavor; I get curry and lemongrass and coconut in there. It’s really great stuff. Original review

#2: Nongshim Shin Ramyun Black Premium Noodle Soup

After twenty years of Shin Ramyun, Nongshim decided to upgrade it. Enter Shin Ramyun Black. It has a richer broth, great noodles, and an amazing packet with nice veggies and beef – yes, beef. This one has little pieces of freeze dried beef that spring to life – and have an enjoyable chew and flavor! Original review

#1: Sapporo Ichiban Japanese Style Noodles Chow Mein

This one requires a different approach to cooking, but it really pays off in the end. The noodles are cooked in very little water, which they slurp up rather quickly. Then you stir in the flavor packet and you’ve got some exceedingly wonderful chow. The flavor is reminiscent of yakisoba sauce; kind of a Worcestershire sauce thing going on. Then the fun part – a little packet of ‘green laver’ (powdered seaweed) is supplied for you to sprinkle on top. With it or without it, this one’s worth your time to try. Original review

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August 22, 2014 By

New White Curry Samples From Malaysia

Was contacted a couple week ago by a fellow who wanted to know if I wanted to try some new White Curry Noodles his company makes. Sure – and here they are!

Here’s the box under the wrapping paper.

Wow – 48 packs! If my friends are seeing this – I can’t eat them all so I can share!

Here’s what the individual packs look like. Think I’m going to try these tomorrow! Thank you!

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#1462: Wei Lih Steam Instant Noodle Korean Salt & Rib Soup Flavor

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Today I opened up my big hamper of noodles and this one popped into view. To be honest, I don’t know exactly when I got this one – Canada trip I think. Definitely has an interesting name – Korean Salt & Rib Soup. The closest thing I can think of that they might be referring to would be galbitang, which is a South Korean soup with short ribs and made with ox bone broth. Sounds interesting – let’s see what we have here.

Here’s the distributor/import sticker (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free, but check for yourself. Yep – definitely got this one in Canada.

Here’s detail from the side panels (click image to enlarge). to prepare, add sachet contents and boiling water to inside line. Let steep for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The powder soup base.

A very light powder.

An oil sachet.

Has an interesting scent.

The vegetables sachet.

A nice little mixture.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added mung bean sprouts, sliced green onions and sauteed sweet onion and thinly sliced pork seasoned with Jane’s Krazy Mixed Up Seasoning. The noodles came out on the spongy side; not much backbone here. The broth had a very different flavor. It’s like a mild pork broth and had a scent I didn’t enjoy, but it’s not bad. The vegetables hydrated well. 2.25 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4710199077634.


This is probably the most well-known instant noodle from Taiwan. What’s unique is that when properly prepared, you end up with a bowl of broth and a plate of saucy noodles!

Here’s a recent Wei Lih Jah Jan Mien TV advertisement.

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August 21, 2014 By

Meet The Manufacturer: #1461: Nissin Cup Noodles Black Pepper Crab Flavour

Well, we come finally to the end of the Nissin Singapore Meet The Manufacturer. It was a nice little journey through a multitude of great flavors! Today we finish with Black Pepper Crab flavored Cup Noodles. What’s Black Pepper Crab? I’ll ask Wikipedia:

Black pepper crab is one of the two most popular ways that crab is served in Singapore. It is made with hard-shell crabs, and fried with black pepper. Unlike the other popular chilli crab dish, it is less heavy due to the absence of a sauce. The black pepper crab is liked by many locals and foreign tourists over the chilli crab because of its drier and fragrant pepperish nature. It is becoming very popular to mix the pepper crab with a fresh jackfruit sauce. It is however not in the list of Singapore’s National Dishes.[1]

The creation of Singapore’s black pepper crab is attributed to Long Beach Seafood Restaurant in 1959.[2] However, for many Singaporeans, Eng Seng Restaurant is widely recognised as the place for the best black pepper crabs, with notorious long queues, booking required and the dishes selling out by 8pm.[3][4]

Hey that sounds good! Let’s check out this Cup Noodles variety and bid a fond farewell to this, the latest Meet The Manufacturer.

Here’s the back of the cardboard outer (click image to enlarge). Contains fish and egg. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and let steep for 3 minutes. Add in seasoning oil sachet contents and stir. Enjoy!

The cup unobstructed by the cardboard outer.

The seasoned noodle block.

Loose pieces including egg, crabstick and vegetables.

Seasoned oil sachet.

The oil has a very nice crab scent.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added crab claw shaped fishcake with Jane’s Krazy Mixed Up Pepper, fried tofu, mung bean sprouts, green onion, sweet onion and scrambled egg with Melinda’s Garlic Habanero Hot Sauce. The noodles are again very nice – good amount and texture. The broth has a nice thickness to it – almost like a cross between a sauce and a gravy. The flavor is nice with a definite black pepper and crab presence. The bits hydrated very well. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8888279640019.


A book full of images of Singapore.

An instructional video on how to make Black Pepper Crab at home – looks delicious!

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