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#2304: Maggi 2 Minute Noodles Masala Spicy

#2304: Maggi 2 Minute Noodles Masala Spicy - India - The Ramen Rater

Here’s one sent by Marvin R. from Texas – thanks again! I have trouble getting new varieties from India. It’s prertty far away and usually my only source are Indian grocery stores here.  Here’s a little about Maggi instant noodles from Wikipedia:

Maggi instant noodles are popular in India and Malaysia. Nestle has 39% market share in Malaysia, where “Maggi” is synonymous with instant noodles,[5] and had 90% market share in India prior to a nationwide ban by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India. Following the ban, the market share was reduced to 53% in India.[6] In Malaysia, fried noodles from Maggi noodles are called Maggi goreng.

In India, Maggi noodles carry a green dot, meaning they are specifically formulated to serve vegetarians.[9] This special formulation is not available in other countries, unless imported from India.

Funny, Maggi noodles are very popular throughout Southeast Asia. Let’s check out these Maggi 2 Minute Noodles!

#2304: Maggi 2 Minute Noodles Masala Spicy – India

#2304: Maggi 2 Minute Noodles Masala Spicy - India - The Ramen Rater

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, break noodle block into 4 parts. Add noodles and seasoning sachet contents to 210ml boiling water and cook for 2 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

#2304: Maggi 2 Minute Noodles Masala Spicy - India - The Ramen Rater

The noodle block.

#2304: Maggi 2 Minute Noodles Masala Spicy - India - The Ramen Rater

The ‘Tastemaker’ soup base sachet.

#2304: Maggi 2 Minute Noodles Masala Spicy - India - The Ramen Rater

Smells like masala to me!

#2304: Maggi 2 Minute Noodles Masala Spicy - India - The Ramen Rater

Finished (click to enlarge). Added a sprig of coriander. First, The noodles are great – they engorge themselves on the broth and end up nice and plump. The broth, almost all of which is sucked up by the noodles, is full of flavor. Indeed a spicy hit – not too hot to put most folks off, and a strong masala taste which gave the dish an earthy and deep flavor. Moreover, this one has a kind of savory depth to it. Finally, it was a surprise how much I enjoy this one! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8901058824018.

#2304: Maggi 2 Minute Noodles Masala Spicy - India - The Ramen Rater

Maggi Masala 70 Gm Pack of 24

A Maggi Masla noodle TV commercial from India.

#2269: Wai Wai Instant Noodles Veg Masala Flavour

Here’s another one that was sent by Marvin R. of Fort Worth, TX – thanks again! So you may have seen Wai Wai before coming from Thailand. This is a Wai Wai for India – by the Chaudhary Group. Let’s have a look!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block to 1 1/2 cups boiling water and cook for 2 minutes. Add in seasoning sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

A dual sachet – dry on the left and wet on the right.

The dry base.

Onion flavored oil.

A small sachet.

Chilli powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, coriander, spring onion and tofu puff. The noodles are sturdy with a nice gauge and interesting chew. They have a kind of sesame hit to them as well. The broth has a kind of salty earthy spicy kind of thing going on with lots of depth to it. Although thin, it’s rich and flavorful. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8906013030022.

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A Wai Wai TV commercial for their XPress line.

#2224: Wai Wai X-press Flavour Of Pizza In Noodles Proprietary Food

I want to send a huge thank you to Marvin R. of Texas for sending me this – the second pizza flavored instant noodle I’ve EVER reviewed! The first one was from Pakistan – this one’s from India! Not only that, but this one’s a proprietary food! Let’s check it out!

The import sticker (click to enlarge).

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. to prepare, add noodles and sachet contents to 2 cups boiling water. Cook for 2 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block (cracked).

The dry seasoning base.

Has an interesting scent.

An oil sachet.

A thick oil.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Hormel Turkey Pepperoni, sliced black olive, coriander and shredded mozzarella cheese. The noodles had a nice way about them – a light crumble and good gauge; definitely from India. The broth has a little thickness to it and a flavor that made me think of the herbs and spices one would add to pizza sauce along with a peppery component. It was fascinating and quite good! 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8906013030671.

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Very Unique Donations From Texas!

Today I got this box in the mail from Marvin in Fort Worth, Texas! What’s inside?

We’re greeted by tasty packing peanuts, coffee treats and a card (click to enlarge). Marvin has a coffee and grill business! Check it out if you’re in Fort Worth or online at

Wow (click to enlarge) – lots of Pakistani, Indian and Nepalese noodlees! Thank you!

Yeah (click to enlarge) – pizza instant noodles. What’s really strange is that I’ve reviewed pizza instant noodles only once before – and they were a different brand – and from Pakistan as well. Big thank you to Marvin!

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