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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

 

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

#1674: emart Dare You! Habanero Ramen (New Packaging)

This was sent to me by Anders E. from South Korea – thank you very much! For some time new, eMart’s Dare You! Habanero Ramen has topped The Ramen Rater’s Spiciest Instant Noodle Of All Time lists. There’s a really good reason for this too – it’s violently hot. Heat is measure in SHU – Scoville Heat Units. Here’s what wikipedia has to say about the Scoville test:

The Scoville scale is the measurement of the pungency (spicy heat) of chili peppers or other spicy foods as reported in Scoville heat units (SHU),[1] a function of capsaicin concentration. The scale is named after its creator, American pharmacistWilbur Scoville. His method, devised in 1912, is known as the Scoville Organoleptic Test.[2] Unlike methods based on high-performance liquid chromatography, the Scoville scale is an empirical measurement dependent on the capsaicin sensitivity of testers and so is not a precise or accurate method to measurecapsaicinoid concentration. In Scoville’s method, an exact weight of dried pepper is dissolved in alcohol to extract the heat components (capsinoids), then diluted in a solution of sugar water.[3][4][5] Increasing concentrations of the extracted capsinoids are given to a panel of five trained tasters, until a majority (at least three) can detect the heat in a dilution.[4][5][6] The heat level is based on this dilution, rated in multiples of 100 SHU.[4] A weakness of the Scoville Organoleptic Test is its imprecision due to human subjectivity, depending on the taster’s palate and their number of mouth heat receptors, which varies “greatly” among people.[6]Another weakness issensory fatigue:[6] the palate is quickly desensitised to capsaicins after tasting a few samples within a short-time period.[4] Results vary widely, ± 50%, between laboratories.[5]

So basically, you could have a panel of people who really can’t handle hot spicy stuff and get a higher Scoville score. It’s kind of a surprise that it’s really been decided as the ipso-facto spiciness method. I’ll say though that as a hot sauce afficionado (I’ve reviewed over 250 and made my own), this is definitely the hottest one I’ve come across yet. Let’s have a look at eMart’s Dare You! Habanero Ramen.

Detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge). Not sure if it contains beef. To prepare, empty included sachet into cup and add boiling water to fill line. Steep for 3 minutes, stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

Hot and spicy scent!

Some vegetables from the bottom of the cup.

Finished (click image to enlarge). The noodles hydrated well enough and had that big and thick ramyun gauge. The broth was definitely nowhere neat as spicy as the packaged version, whose heat can peel the think off of your brain. It is quite hot though and has a good flavor to it. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8801073210011.

Want to feel your mouth catch on fire? Like using a charcoal briquet as a lozenge? You’ve been warned – get it here!!

I did an interview for O’Live TV via Skype in 2013 that was all about the spiciest instant noodles. They ended up using it as part of a teaser for the show’s first episode.

#1643: emart Dare You! Habanero Jjajang Ramen

This was sent to me by Anders E. from South Korea – thank you very much! I was aware of the regular habanero ramen – the one that’s been #1 on my spicy list for a while now. But this one – jjajang ramen – it sounds pretty dang spicy. Especially if it’s anything like the other Dare You! ramen. For those of you not familiar with jjajang, here’s what wikipedia has to say about it:

Jajangmyeon (자장면; 짜장면; jjajangmyeon), a Korean Chinese cuisine, is a noodle dish topped with a thick sauce made of chunjang (a salty black soybean paste), diced pork and vegetables, and sometimes alsoseafood. Jajang (alternately spelled jjajang), the name of the sauce, is the Korean pronunciation of the Chinese characters , which literally means “fried sauce.” Myeon (also spelled myun) means “noodle”, which Chinese character is .

Let’s have a look at this fiery cup!

 Detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, take out sachet. Add in boiling water to line and steep 3 minutes. Poke holes in lid and use as drain spout. Drain. Add in contents of sachet and stir very well to combine. Enjoy!

 Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The powder sachet.

A decent quantity.

Looks like little TVP bits and some onion or cabbage.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). The noodles hydrated quite well – decent quantity for a cup as well. The TVP and veg did nicely too. The flavor is good – and the heat is very strong! I will say of the three Dare You! varieties (Habanero Ramen, Jjamppong and Jjajang) this is the least spicy. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.EAN bar code 8801073210790.

Want to feel your mouth catch on fire? Like using a charcoal briquet as a lozenge? You’ve been warned – get it here!!

A couple takes a trip to emart!

#1580: emart Dare You! Habanero Ramen (New Edition)

This was sent to me by Anders E. from South Korea – thank you very much! For some time new, eMart’s Dare You! Habanero Ramen has topped The Ramen Rater’s Spiciest Instant Noodle Of All Time lists. There’s a really good reason for this too – it’s violently hot. Heat is measure in SHU – Scoville Heat Units. Here’s what wikipedia has to say about the Scoville test:

The Scoville scale is the measurement of the pungency (spicy heat) of chili peppers or other spicy foods as reported in Scoville heat units (SHU),[1] a function of capsaicin concentration. The scale is named after its creator, American pharmacistWilbur Scoville. His method, devised in 1912, is known as the Scoville Organoleptic Test.[2] Unlike methods based on high-performance liquid chromatography, the Scoville scale is an empirical measurement dependent on the capsaicin sensitivity of testers and so is not a precise or accurate method to measurecapsaicinoid concentration. In Scoville’s method, an exact weight of dried pepper is dissolved in alcohol to extract the heat components (capsinoids), then diluted in a solution of sugar water.[3][4][5] Increasing concentrations of the extracted capsinoids are given to a panel of five trained tasters, until a majority (at least three) can detect the heat in a dilution.[4][5][6] The heat level is based on this dilution, rated in multiples of 100 SHU.[4] A weakness of the Scoville Organoleptic Test is its imprecision due to human subjectivity, depending on the taster’s palate and their number of mouth heat receptors, which varies “greatly” among people.[6] Another weakness issensory fatigue:[6] the palate is quickly desensitised to capsaicins after tasting a few samples within a short-time period.[4] Results vary widely, ± 50%, between laboratories.[5]

So basically, you could have a panel of people who really can’t handle hot spicy stuff and get a higher Scoville score. It’s kind of a surprise that it’s really been decided as the ipso-facto spiciness method. I’ll say though that as a hot sauce afficionado (I’ve reviewed over 250 and made my own), this is definitely the hottest one I’ve come across yet. Let’s have a look at eMart’s Dare You! Habanero Ramen.

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Not sure whether it contains meat or not. To prepare, add noodle block and sachet contents to 500ml boiling water and cook for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Enjoy!

The noodle block.

A decent sized sachet of dry soup base.

Take heed humble countryfolk – the fire of the dragon lies within.

The vegetables sachet.

A nice looking mixture.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sliced green onion and mung bean sprout. The noodles are very good – thick ramyun through and through with a great chew and mouthfeel. The broth is literally what I expect sucking on a ashed over charcoal briquet is like. This is the fire of Hades, and is amazing in it’s sheer existence. If you continue eating be warned – the heat will subside as you eat, but once you stop – it will creep up on you and your mouth will burn, burn, burn. The vegetables were excellent – mushrooms abounding with very good taste. However, emart Dare You! Habanero Ramen, you have won – I was only able to make it through a third of the bowl and required two chocolate chip cookies to kill the heat in my mouth and it’s 15 minutes later and my lips still tingle. You win.  3.75 out of 5.0 stars.EAN bar code 8801073110564.

Want to feel your mouth catch on fire? Like using a charcoal briquet as a lozenge? You’ve been warned – get it here!!

I did an interview for O’Live TV via Skype in 2013 that was all about the spiciest instant noodles. They ended up using it as part of a teaser for the show’s first episode.