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The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Chinese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Chinese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

恭喜发财 and Happy Lunar New Year to all! I had a look at my lists I hadn’t updated in a while and saw it was in January of 2014 last I did a top ten Chinese list. Why so long? Well, I like to have done quite a few reviews in a year when it comes to country lists for that specific country. If I’d done only two and there weren’t any big changes, I’ll kind of let it go until the next year. This one seemed ripe and ready for a new version. Of the almost 150 reviews I’ve done of Chinese instant noodles, these are my favorites. I should mention that if you are an instant noodle in mainland China and interested in having me review your products, please contact me to set up a review series. With that, let’s have a look at The Ramen Rater’s top Ten Chinese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition. 

The Ramen Rater’s top Ten Chinese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

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#10: Sichuan Baijia Broad Noodle Chilli Oil Flavor

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Chinese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

So The noodles are very broad and hydrated well. They have a nice chewiness to them. The flavor is excellent – a nice oily spiciness, a slight sweetness and a kind of puckery taste as well. The vegetable hydrated very well. Original review here

#9: Master Kong Tomato Sauce Instant Noodle

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Chinese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

The noodles are about double the width of a standard instant noodle and flat. Very floppy but very nice in this application. The broth is indeed tomato flavored, and has a nice tomato taste at that. The included vegetables hydrated perfectly – all the way down to the peas. Original review here

#8: Baixiang Noodles Sauerkraut Flavor Instant Noodle

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Chinese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

You might be thinking ‘sauerkraut?’ But actually, pickled cabbage as well as other vegetables are quite popular throughout Asia. The noodles are a little wide and flat. The are really very good and there’s a lot of them. The broth has a rich flavor – the sauerkraut’s bitterness is there, but also a kind of artificial meat flavor that works well. Also, there’s a little spiciness to it which was great! Original review here

#7: JML (Jin Mai Lang) Spicy King Spicy Beef Instant Noodle

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Chinese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

The noodles are perfect – plump and plentiful. The broth is wonderful – perfect oiliness and heat and beef flavor. The heat tastes like it’s coming from Sichuan peppers. The vegetables in the powder sachet hydrated very well. The supplied seaweed is perfect. Original review here

#6: Wugudaochang Sour Soup & Minced Meat Flavor Chef’s Grain Naked Oat Noodles

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Chinese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

The noodles have a standard instant gauge. They have just the right backbone to them – good texture and chew. The broth is extremely good – a tart beef flavor with good oiliness to it. The carrot and beef are excellent! Like a gourmet vegetable beef noodle. Original review here

#5: Sichuan Baijia Chongqing Noodles Spicy Hot Flavor

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Chinese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

The noodles are thin and flat with a medium width. They really work well here. The broth is a very spicy beef with a Sichuan pepper hit among others. There are sesame seeds throughout and the bits of vegetables in there were great. Original review here

#4: JML (Jin Mai Lang) Spicy King Spicy Chicken Instant Noodle

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Chinese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

The noodles came out very nicely – lots of them and of good texture and chew. The broth has a great spiciness – still worthy of the top ten spicy list. Sichuan pepper for sure. Nice color and oiliness in the broth as well. Original review here

#3: Sichuan Baijia Chongqing Noodles Burning Dry Noodles

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Chinese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

I mean wow! I wasn’t sure of what to expect here, but this is really great! The noodles are extremely plentiful and really soft and floppy. This is perfect as the seasonings and liquids combine with them very well. The flavor is like an almost beefy and tasty lasagna but with Sichuan pepper and other spices going on. Moreover, the more you eat, the spicier it gets – heat, upon heat, upon heat! The pain! I really expected this to probably be really salty and have a strong vinegar taste but I was completely mistaken. I love this. Original review here

#2: JML (Jin Mai Lang) Spicy King Spicy Pork Instant Noodle

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Chinese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

The noodles came out nice and plump and there’s a good amount of them. The broth has a fiery spiciness and great flavor to it. I really have to say the red chillies add a very nice hit of spice and vegetable elements. Original review here

#1: Wugudaochang Tomato Beef Brisket Flavor Purple Potato Noodle

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Chinese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

The noodles, made from purple potatoes have a nice texture to them – a little sturdier than your garden variety instant and they were very nice to chew. The broth is a thick beef and tomato affair, with a very luxuriant and rich texture to it – almost creamy in a way. The inclusion of large pieces of tomato and real beef brisket in there was admirable and very enjoyable. Premium bowl of noodles. Original review here

#2275: JinMaiLang Hot & Sour Beef Noodles

Here’s another one sent by Jen from Australia – thanks! Although not an Australian brand, the distributor’s sticker mentioed Australian distribution and so here we are. Sounds good – been reviewing quite a few beef ones lately it seems. Let’s check it out!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block and sachet contents to 500ml boiling water. Cook for 3-4 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The dry base sachet.

A fine powder with some herbs here and there.

A paste sachet.

Maybe the spicy element?

Hey – an old clay pot!

Pickled mustard greens!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, coriander, chilli flake, red bell pepper, carrot and broccoli. The noodles came out nicely – and a great quantity as well. The broth was really great – a nice sour and spicy taste to it I really enjoyed. The pickled mustard stems however were an element that kind of mussed it all up though – just think that I would have liked it better without the mustard greens. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 6921555509982.

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

A really awesome JML TV commercial!

#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!

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!

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#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

 

Meet The Manufacturer: #1778: JML Spicy King Spicy Chicken Noodle

Today, we come to the end of this Meet The Manufacturer. On a side note, I reviewed one that has the exact same packaging that I received from a reader in Scandinavia a while back. I asked if it was the same as this and was told it is a little different. sometimes companies will change levels of different ingredients depending on where they’re sold. Anyways…  Lots of interesting new things in this one – lots of great flavors as well! I want to thank Alvin Leung for all his help with making this happen! Let’s have a look at the package version of JML’s Spicy King Spicy Chicken!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, bring 550ml of water to the boil and add noodles. Add contents of sauce, seasoning, vegetables sachets and stir.  Cook for3-4 minutes and ready to serve!

The noodle block.

The dry seasonings sachet.

Has a nice spicy scent.

A liquid sachet.

A bright colored paste.

A special sachet.

Chilli powder!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added baked chicken with chilli powder and Lindberg Snider Porterhouse and Roast seasoning, mung bean sprouts and lime. The noodles came out very nicely – lots of them and of good texture and chew. The broth has a great spiciness – still worthy of the top ten spicy list. Sichuan pepper for sure. Nice color and oiliness in the broth as well. Couldn’t tell a difference between this and the other which is fine – they’re both excellent. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 6921555593363.

JML Instant Noodle Variety Bundle With Striped Bamboo Chopsticks – 4 Items Total – Super Value

A great JML TV commercial.