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The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Japanese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2014 Edition

It’s only a few days until Momofuku Ando Day, and what better time to introduce the very first Japanese Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time list? In 1958, Momofuku Ando initially brought these convenient products to the world. At first seen as an overpriced novelty, they’ve grown in popularity; 100 billion instant noodle products were enjoyed in 2012! Here are my favorites, manufactured in the instant noodle’s birthplace of Japan.

#10 – Nissin Chikin Ramen

This is the original instant noodle. Nissin had introduced ‘Roasted Ramen’ in the United States in the 1980s and my mom would cook them al dente and then drain them and fry with scrabled egg. Wonderful stuff! Roasted Ramen was discontinued, but we found out that Chikin Ramen was identical. Thus began my love of the instant noodle. There is no seasoning sachet; all the flavoring is infused into the noodle. Simple and delicious. Original review here

#9 – Acecook Comet Mori Yukino Tan-tan Men

Broad flat premium noodles and a very rich pork flavor broth are the hallmarks of this variety. The striking color and quality ingredients definitely tickled my taste buds. Original review here

#8 – Myojo Ippei-chan Yomise no Yakisoba Teriyaki Mayo Flavor

The noodles are thin and light with a soft chew to them and slight crumble to the texture. The flavor is semi-light with a bit of a teriyaki flavor. The mayonnaise somehow mystically binds everything together and gives it that ‘greasy noodle’ niceness which I find delectable. Original review here

#7 – Nissin Yakisoba

Wowie zowie this is truly great stuff – a great combo of flavor and texture! The noodles have a good consistency – soft with a light chewiness. The flavor is out of this world – everything I would ask for from yakisoba. The seaweed gives it a nice finish. Original review here

#6 – Sakurai Foods Sesame Noodles

The noodles are absolutely perfect – nice chewiness and perfect gauge. The broth is amazing – deep and luxuriant sesame flavor. It isn’t overly sesame flavored; its just the right amount. This is really great stuff. Original review here

#5 – Nissin U.F.O. (Unidentified Flying Object) Yakisoba With Wasabi Mayonnaise

The noodles are plentiful and have a nice texture – they’re rounded and kind of fluffy. The flavor is very nice; you start with a standard Worcestershire yakisoba taste. The wasabi mayonnaise has a good ‘zing’ to it. Of course, this is a very greasy dish, but that’s the point. The little sprinkles added a very nice seaweed/saltiness. Original review here

#4 – Sapporo Ichiban Sesame Ramen

The noodles are very good – the gauge on these is just slightly bigger than your baseline standard instant. Very nice chew. The broth is excellent – has a great sesame taste and doesn’t seem like they went overboard on sesame oil; it’s just right. The sesame seeds are a nice finishing touch. Original review here

#3 – Peyang Yakisoba

The guy who sent me these said these were ‘the soul food of Japan.’ The noodles are very light and bouncy. The yakisoba flavor is excellent – not too oily or overbearing. The vegetables come out clean with a satisfying crunch. The seaweed and white pepper give a final bit of flavor – a great accompaniment. Original review here

#2 – Nissin Raoh Backfat Rich Soy Sauce Flavor

The noodles were very nice – perfect chewiness and consistency. Reminds me of fresh ramen noodle varieties. The broth is strong and has a nice thickness. The broth is definitely rich. Has a deep soy flavor and nicely thicker than normal instant noodle broths. What’s more, it comes with a nice piece of pork which hydrates nicely and tastes really food! Original review here

#1 – Myojo Ippei-chan Yakisoba Japanese Style Noodles

The noodles come out so nicely (and authentically). The flavoring is great. Tastes just like yakisoba sauce, which has a Worcestershire taste with other flavors mixed in like tuna. The veggies? Crunchy cabbage works very well. The finishing touch of the mayonnaise mustard sachet is epic – gives it a nice moistness that has a crisp spicy bite. This stuff is excellent – definitely something I would consider gourmet or premium. Original review here

#1179: Myojo Chukazanmai Guangdong Style Ramen

Here’s one that my friend Scott A. sent me – thanks again! Been a long time since I’ve had any of the Chukazanmai varieties – fancy shmancy stuff – let’s check this one out!

The back of the package (click image to enlarge).

Nice noodles – non fried.

The powder sachet.

Light powder.

The liquid sachet.

Has a very soy scent.


Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sauteed pork and Walla Walla sweet onion and garnished with Urashima Vegetable Furikake and green onions. The noodles and luxuriant and have a very good feel and chew. They are high quality and reminiscent of fresh ramen noodles. The broth is strong with good soy flavor and a deep rich flavor. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 4902881052276.


A Myojo Chukazanmai TV ad.

#1125: Myojo Japanese Style Noodles Shio Flavor

Here’s another I got up at T&T Supermarket in Canada! Shio is one of four main categories of ramen in Japan (Tonkotsu, Shoyu and Miso being the others). Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about Shio:

Shio (“salt”) ramen is probably the oldest of the four and is a pale, clear, yellowish broth made with plenty of salt and any combination of chicken, vegetables, fish, and seaweed. Occasionally pork bones are also used, but they are not boiled as long as they are for tonkotsu ramen, so the soup remains light and clear. Chāshū is sometimes swapped for lean chicken meatballs, and pickled plums and kamaboko are popular toppings as well. Noodle texture and thickness varies among shio ramen, but they are usually straight rather than curly.

With that, let’s check out this fresh variety!

The back of the package (click image to enlarge). Chicken, wheat, egg and soybeans are listed in the ingredients.

Much like other fresh varieties, here is the little bag of noodles. You get three of these and three soup base packets.

One of the three soup base packets.

Has a nice color and rich scent.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added baked chicken with Lindberg-Snider Red Baron BBQ Seasoning, hard boiled egg, Vidalia onion and green onion. The noodles are great – they come out fresh and have a perfect chewiness. The broth has a nice soy and salt flavor with a nice chicken element to it. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 011152454184.

Here’s an ad for a Myojo cup product.

#1103: Myojo Ippei-chan Yomise No Yakisoba Teriyaki Mayo Flavor

So today’s noodles were sent to me by Ichiro Yamato, proprietor of Yakantei over in Japan! He specializes in interesting and hard to find instant noodles – thank you very much. Today is a special day around here for a couple of reasons.

Today’s my wife and I’s third wedding anniversary! We went up to Anacortes, Washington (my hometown) on the Fourth of July and took this pic at a beach right next to where I grew up. Happy Anniversary, Kitten! I love you!

Some of you may have noticed there haven’t been any posts in the past few days, and the people who follow The Ramen Rater on facebook will know why. Alas, my computer decided to stop living – the power supply and video card both went out at about the same time. I decided to ask people on the facebook page if someone could help.

Not two minutes after I posted the call for help, a fellow by the name of Kam Desai offered to help! Before I knew it, he’d sent the parts and they arrived yesterday! Wow! Thank you so much, Kam! I have a box all ready for you – he’s a fan of hot and spicy and this box is jam packed full of spicy goodness!

Now my computer is back to life thanks to Kam. Kam runs an IT company in North Carolina – it’s called Silicon Solutions, Inc – check out his site!

Details from the cellophane outer covering (click image to enlarge).

The lid (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block.

Some of the veggies that were hiding under the noodle block.

The bigger seasoning powder packet.

Not sure exactly what kind of seasoning this one was, but it looked like a dry herb mix.

The front and back of the wondrous mayonnaise packet!

We decided to go to the Japanese Garden in Seattle today – kind of fits the noodles eh?

Even Andy liked it!

You can get little cups of food to toss to the massive Koi swimming around – pretty nice place on a beautiful summer day. Back to the review!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added kamaboko, green onion and Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles are thin and light with a soft chew to them and slight crumble to the texture. The flavor is semi-light with a bit of a teriyaki flavor. The mayonnaise somehow mystically binds everything together and gives it that ‘greasy noodle’ niceness which I find delectable. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. 4902881404549.

A nice assortment of older Japanese instant noodle commercials from various brands.

#1046: Myojo Stir Fry Noodles Japanese Style Noodles With Sauce

Found this one at Uwajimaya in Bellevue and thought it was worth a try. I do like Worcestershire sauce!

Back of the package (click image to enlarge). Contains egg white.

The noodle packet.

Flavoring packet.

Has a nice strong Worcestershire sauce scent.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added green onion, beef, sweet onion, red and orange bell pepper, broccoli and kizami shoga (pickled ginger). The noodles have a nice consistency – exactly what you’d expect out of yakisoba – kind of like an Asian spaghetti if that makes sense. The flavoring coats and invades every nook and cranny with a sweet and salty Worcestershire ambience. It’s great stuff! 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 011152104294.

How to make yakisoba!