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

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Thai Instant Noodles Of All Time 2016 Edition

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Thai Instant Noodles Of All Time 2016 Edition really has been a long time coming. After trying over 150 different Thai instant noodles throughout the years, I thought it was about time for a Top Ten Thailand list. If there is one thing that is ubiquitous when Thailand is mentioned, it’s tom yum – whose flavors figure strongly in this list. So print out a copy and run to your local Asian grocery and get some tasty Thai noodles! Hopefully there will be a 2017 edition of Top Ten Thai Instant Noodles as well – if you are an instant noodle manufacturer in Thailand, please contact me about doing a spotlight of your products! Also, I’ve decided that I will be sharing the add-ons I use in each variety here – note that all tasting/reviewing is done PRIOR to anything being added out of fairness. Hope you enjoy the first ever The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Thai Instant Noodles Of All Time 2016 Edition.

#10: Mama Instant Noodles Moo Nam Tok Flavour

MAMA Instant Noodles Moo Nam Tok

Added mint leaf, green nira, coriander, lettuce, and sauteed pork, red bell pepper, sweet onion and garlic with a dash of soy sauce. The noodles came out just perfectly as they usually do – they don’t get too full of water and have a very nice gauge and feel. The broth has a spicy and heavily spiced flavor with some heat to it – very rich and strong flavors. I liked it a lot Original review

#9: Wai Wai Quick Zabb Tom Yum Shrimp Flavour Instant Noodles

WaiWai Quick Zabb Tom Yum Instant Noodle

Added shrimp, fishball, sliced green onion, bell pepper, sweet onion and lime. The noodles are just right for tom yum with a nice texture and crumble. The broth is a slap in the face of strong spiciness and has a very nice citrus and shrimp flavor as well. The spiciness is almost ‘crisp,’ if that makes sense. Original review

#8: Little Cook Instant Noodles Shrimp Tom Yum Flavour Cup

Little Cook Instant Noodles Tom Yum Cup

Added mung bean sprouts, shrimp and coriander. The noodles were thin as you would expect in most cups with a bit of a crumble to them. The broth was extremely good – everything was there – heat, lemongrass and a good flavor. Original review

#7: Mama Instant Cup Noodles Seafood Pad Kee Mao Flavour Cup

MAMA Extreme Pad Kee Mao Instant Noodles Cup

Added coriander, sliced squid, mung bean sprouts, sweet onion, shrimp, seafood flavored tofu and Jane’s Krazy Mixed Up Pepper seasoning. The noodles are thin and light with a decent little bounce to them. They aren’t like the ones you’d experience in MAMA Tom Yum packs that are pre-seasoned with a nice crumble, but different. The flavor is really quite good and can be summed as kind of a sweet seafood taste with a great bite of spiciness and then this lingering flavor from the holy basil. It’s got a really different flavor I wish was present more often instant noodle varieties. The dehydrated carrot and seafood hydrated very nicely. This was a very pleasant surprise! Original review

#6: Yum Yum Premier Bowl Instant Noodles Suki Flavour

YumYum Suki Instant Noodles Premier Bowl

Added green Thai chillies from Dwayne B., Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, boiled pork for hot pot, carved squid, white onion, coriander, tofu puff, lime and Sriraja Panich Chilli Sauce from Michael over at EastLand Foods. The noodles hydrated well with a hint of crumble that works. The broth is fascinating; it has a kind of lime and tamarind kind of flavor to it with a little heat and garlic as well. The retort pouch had some nice pork and little balls which reminded me of fishball which really added a lot of nice texture and flavor. Original review

#5: Mama Instant Rice Noodle Soup Spicy Shrimp Flavour

MAMA Tom Yum Goong Spicy Shrimp Rice Noodles

Added coriander, fish ball, white onion and mung bean sprouts. The noodles are very good – broad in nature and light in chew. They’re slippery, so I found that using kitchen scissors to make a couple crosscuts through the mass of noodles in the pot made them easier to navigate. The broth is really good – has a spicy and lemongrass flavor with a nice shrimp hit, plus a nice sweetness as well I wasn’t expecting. The little shrimp are in there as well, which hydrated quite nicely. Very pleased with this one Original review

#4: Yum Yum Jumbo Instant Noodles Tom Yum Kung Creamy Flavour

Yum Yum Jumbo Tom Yum Kung Creamy Instant Noodles

Added shrimp, fish balls, mung bean sprouts, lime and coriander. The noodles are very nice – thin and have a very light chew with just the faint hint of crumble to them. The broth is amazingly good – spicy, lemongrass, shrimp and a beautiful color to boot. Original review

#3: Mama Instant Noodles Shrimp Creamy Tom Yum Flavour

MAMA Shrimp Creamy Tom Yum

Added shrimp, Thai chillies, mung bean sprouts, white onion and coriander. The noodles hydrated very nicely, with that trademark gauge and slight crumble that MAMA noodles always have. The broth is spectacular – brilliant looking and with a slightly sweet, spicy, lemongrassy, shrimpy, creamy balance that’s just superb. Love this stuff! Original review

#2: Mama Instant Noodles Yentafo Tom Yum Mohfai

MAMA Instant Noodles Tom Yum Mohfai Yentafo

Added fish balls, sweet onion, Fresno chilli pepper and green onion. The noodles are the standard ‘brown noodle’ that MAMA makes – they have a bit of seasoning and have a firm yet agreeably crumbly texture. The broth has a light spiciness and sweetness to it with just a skosh of heartiness from the oil that works perfectly. I was extremely pleased with this one – extremely. Original review

#1: Mama Oriental Style Instant Noodles Green Curry Flavour

MAMA Instant Noodles Green Curry

Added shrimp, green nira, mung bean sprouts and coriander. The noodles are thin and plentiful with a good texture and chewiness. The broth has a really nice heat to it and more than I expected. The flavor is a very nice green curry. Excellent! Original review

#1738: Little Cook Instant Noodles Shrimp Tom Yum Flavour

Something I found at the local HMart a few weeks ago. I went out with my wife this week for tom yum at a local restaurant – good stuff! Some rice on the side to mix in – really tasty! Tom yum has a strong lemongrass and spicy flavor to it which is really great – let’s check this one by Little Cook out!

Here’s detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add in sachet contents and boiling water to fill line. Let steep for 3 minutes covered. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block.

Dry soup base sachet.

Quite a bit of powder.

A paste sachet.

Has a good lemongrass and chilli scent.

A chilli powder sachet.

A nice bit of chilli powder.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added mung bean sprouts, shrimp and coriander. The noodles were thin as you would expect in most cups with a bit of a crumble to them. The broth was extremely good – everything was there – heat, lemongrass and a good flavor. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4710249002227.

Nouilles Instantanees Au Gout Tom Yum De Crevettes (Little Cook Instant Noodles Shrimp Tomyum Flavour) – 2.3oz (Pack of 3)

A recipe for tom yum goong.

The Ramen Rater Top Ten Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2013 Edition

After more than a year of pondering and reviewing since the last list, here’s the new top ten instant noodle bowls. This encompasses all instant noodle bowls reviewed up to today, June 15th, 2013. With no further adieu, the top ten instant noodle bowls of all time, 2013 edition.

10 – JFC Japanese Style Noodle Soup Curry Flavour – South Korea

Fresh udon noodles and a curry sauce that’s thick and luxuriant. If you’re in need of a curry fix, look no further! Every time I see it on a store shelf, I get this kind of warm, fuzzy feeling. Original review here

9 – Ottogi Spaghetti Ramen – South Korea

A fun bowl of noodles with thick South Korean ramyun noodles, a sweet powder and a sweet and slightly spicy spaghetti sauce. A nice twist on a classic. Original review here

8 – Little Cook Spicy Beef Flavor – Thailand

This one features firm noodles, a spicy broth with beef and curry notes and fake meat that’s surprisingly good. Myriad of different components collide together in an irresistible way. Original review here

7 – Nongshim Chapagetti Roasted Chajang Noodle – United States

Although originating in South Korea, Nongshim now makes these in Southern California. Chajang is a traditional Chinese black bean sauce that is wonderful with noodles and the nice part with this particular variety is that it’s the first I’ve seen in a bowl. What’s more, it’s easy to make and has excellent hearty flavor as well as great noodles. Original review here

6 – Paldo Kokomen Spicy Chicken Flavor King Cup – South Korea

Kokomen is a South Korean ramyun with a light or white broth. It’s got a chicken and jalapeno kind of flavor that’s really quite excellent. The translation from pack to bowl is exemplary, losing none of the quality. Original review here

5 – Little Cook Mushroom Vegetarian Premium Noodle – Thailand

A combination of a great quality noodle and nice broth is one thing, but they add a retort pouch with really nice vegetables that make this seem more gourmet. I’ve never been a big fan of mushrooms, but these are really quite good. Original review here

4 – Yamamoto Ponpoko Tempura Udon Fried Noodles Bowl – Japan

Thick, slightly chewy noodles and a broth with strong soy flavor. The tempura gives a satisfying crunch. Check out the original review as well to see why this one’s got a great name. Original review here

3 – Maruchan Midori No Tanuki Instant Soba Bowl – Japan

The only one from last year’s list to remain. Although it slipped out of first place, this is a seriously excellent bowl of noodles. The buckwheat noodles have a delicate crumble that works so well here and the broth is nice and rich. The disk of tempura is a real treat. Original review here

2 – FoodMon DJ-DOC Instant Ramen Rice Toppokki – South Korea

Topokki are like really thick chewy short noodles. They’re usually served with a spicy red sauce; here they join instant noodles along with the spicy sauce to make a succulent kind of Soiuth Korean lasagna-esque feast. Original review here

1 – Nissin Raoh Rich Soy Sauce Flavor – Japan

All I can say is that this stuff is epic. The noodles are extremely good and of very high quality. The broth is as rich as the name purports as well. What’s more, it comes with a slice of roast pork which hydrates well and has a very good texture and flavor. This is where it’s at! Original review here

So as you can see, a lot of new contenders this year! I hope you enjoyed the list and look forward to bringing you more as time goes by.

#865: Little Cook Instant Noodles Stewed Duck Flavor

Stewed duck flavor time. This one came from Michelle L. of New York – thanks again! This is the last of the ones she sent – let’s give it a try.

Side panels. Click to enlarge.

The noodle block.

Seasoning powder and bits.

See? There are bits in there too.

Seasoned oil.

Pretty hard to see but its in there!

Finished (click image to enlarge) Noodles were slightly crumbly – not bad though. The broth was dark and very strong – very sweet and spiced and ducky. Not a big fan of duck ramens but this isn’t too bad. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 8852098702135 – no

Short film about a Thai Football Club.

Halloween’s coming…

#856: Little Cook Mushroom Vegetarian Premium Noodle

Here’s another onbe sent by Michelle L. of New York – thanks! This is made in Thailand and says it’s mushroom flavor. Well, let’s give it a go.

Side panels. Click to enlarge.

Big noodle block.

Powder seasoning.

Interesting – not just powder but some bits in there too.

Oil packet.

I think it’s just vegetable oil.

This is a retort pouch – it’s big and has veggies and a sauce inside. Click to enlarge.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added onion, broccoli, red bell pepper and Huy Fong Sriracha chili sauce. The noodles are broad and flat. Pretty good – unique for a big bowl of noodles to find noodles like these, but Little Cook’s noodles are usually unique to begin with. The broth tastes like mushrooms and has a little greasiness to it. Now if you look at the center area of the above picture, you’ll see a lot of squid-like pieces and peanuts and mushrooms. These are the retort pouch contents. I am going to say that to my extreme surprise, this is probably one of the best retort pouches ever – it was good and tasty! Not a huge mushroom fan, but this was amazing. Bravo! 4.75 out of 5.0 stars – very high quality here. UPC bar code 4710249001725 – get it here.

Food enjoyed in Thailand

This is epic awesome stuff to enjoy for all times.