Category Archives: China

#2186: Master Kong Assorted Seafood Noodles

Here’s another one that was sent to me by a reader named Colin from the east coast – thanks again! Still amazes me how many varieties of instant noodles are available in the United States I’ve not sampled yet. Let’s dig in to some seafoodiness today!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, add package contents to 500ml boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy! NOTE: this is the method I’ve used for pretty much all of the Master Kong/Kang Shi Fu variants as the package never have instructions for a cooking method.

The noodle block.

The dry soup base.

A little light powder.

A liquid sachet.

Thick and oily.

A fancy little garnish sachet.

Fishcake and other goodies.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, fried garlic, chilli flake, Dodo fish ball, crab claw fish cake, shrimp and carved squid. The noodles were a little on the thin size but of decent character and great quantity. The broth was kind of a buttery seafood kind of thing; not bad but not exceedingly impressing on the taste scale. The butteryness worked well with the oiliness which was adequate. The included garnish was of good quantity – the narutomaki hydrated well enough and the seaweed was good, although not as prevalent as I would’ve liked. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 6900873033072.

Master Kang(kangshifu) Instant Noodle (5 small packs inside) (Artificial Seafood)

Looks like they also make some mind blowing iced tea drinks!

#2166: JML Instant Noodle Artificial Beef Flavor & Sour Pickled Cabbage

Purple! Nothing like purple. Purple crayons, The Color Purple, Purple Rain… Actually, I’m not really a fan of any of those; but when I see the color of purple on an instant noodle package, especially from Taiwan, Hong Kong or China, it usually denotes something pickled. Indeed, here we have sour pickled cabbage. This isn’t quite like sauerkraut but kind of like it. Anyways, let’s crack into this one – another kindly send by colin. Thanks again!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add everything to a bowl. Pour 500ml boiling water over everything and cover for 3-4 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

A light powder with fleck in it.

An oil sachet.

Looks thick and possibly spicy.

The pickled cabbage.

Quite a bit of it!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added coriander, spring onion and Chinese sausage. The noodles are light and almost fluffy; definitely on the plentiful side as well. The broth was very good – a salty and beefy excursion with sour notes and a light spiciness. The pickled cabbage has a very nice acrid nip to it I enjoyed. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 6921555509982.

Instant Noodle Artificial Beef Flavor & Sour Pickled Cabbage – 4.24oz (Pack of 3)

Now this is one epic instant noodle commercial!

#2157: Master Kong Artificial Mushroom Chicken Flavor Instant Noodle

Here’s one sent to me by Colin – thanks again! So these have been a real conundrum for me for quite a long time. The little chef on the logo is definitely different from the regular Master Kong chef, but I can’t get to the bottom of the exact name of this brand and so it’s Master Kong?

I dunno – I’ve gotten hold of the distributor via the phone number on the back of the package but really haven’t gotten a straight answer. If anyone’s in New York – check this place out perhaps? Would love to straighten it out once and for all. Anyways, mushroom chicken. Let’s do this!

Detail of the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. The package doesn’t list an exact amount of water to use, so as with other Master Kong varieties I’ve reviewed, 500ml will be used. Add everything into a bowl and add 500ml boiling water. Cover for 4 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block. – a very large one.

Dry soup base powder.

Such a light powder than when I puored it out, there was almost a vapor coming from it.

The paste base.

A thick concoction.

The vegetables sachet.

Cabbage, carrot and onion.

Finished (click to enlarge). A lot of noodles – and they’re pretty good. The broth has a nice chicken mushroom taste and has a good oiliness to it as well – nice and hearty. The vegetables hydrated well enough. A nice bowl of chicken mushroom noodles. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 6909146402393.

Here’s Master Kong’s Braised Beef big cup – this is excellent stuff!

A video showing 6 kinds of Chinese noodles everyone should trty!

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time 2016 Edition

Every year, I review a ton of instant noodles – and every year I come out with quite a few lists. This list tends to change the least of all my lists – I’ve had a lot of spicy instant noodles in my time and just seems like nobody’s getting any spicier products to market. Could be that they don’t want to melt people’s faces off perhaps. Anyways, here’s this year’s list – the spiciest varieties out of over 2,100 reviews. Enjoy – if you dare!

A video presentation of The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time 2016 Edition.

#10: 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

#9: 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

#8: 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

#7: 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

#6: 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

#5: Mi E-Zee Perisa Kari Mi Segera – Malaysia

The noodles plumped up well and were nice and springy. The broth – ah, the broth. Here’s the improvement! The curry taste is much stronger (the old version called for 450ml water and this one calls for 400ml) – not only that, the little sachet of chilli pepper flake just puts it over the top. It’s hot – real hot – like walking around the living room as my mouth and lips are burning saying ‘ooh’ repeatedly hot. Original review

#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


#2061: Kamfen Dried-mix Noodles Scallop Seafood Flavoured

Here’s one I picked up at 99 Ranch Market a couple months ago. I have a couple brands that I have as ‘reserves’ – if I run low on instant noodles, I know certain stores have always had certain varieties and I can get them at any time. This is one of them. At that point I was running low (although now I’m not). Let’s crack this tray open and give it a try!

The distributor/import stickers (click to enlarge).

From the bottom of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself.

A card with preparation details (click to enlarge). To prepare, add in vegetable sachet and 500ml boiling water. Cover and let stand for 3 minutes. Use cover drain spout to draiun off excess water. Add in liquid sachet and stir well. Enjoy!

An included fork!

The noodle block.

The liquid sachet.

Thick and dark.

The vegetables sachet.

A nice mixture.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added shrimp and carved squid. The noodles are broad and flat with a very light chew to them. The sauce covers well and gives a nice sweet and salty seafood flavor throughout. The included vegetables were more than ample and really made this one feel premium. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 6920363402218.

Instant Noodle Wonton (Beef Flavor) – 82g

A video about travelling to Shenzhen, China – where this product is produced.