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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

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#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.

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The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time


* UPDATE * See here.

A couple of days ago, I received an email from a man who was angry. He was angry that the instant noodles he bought said that they were spicy Chicken flavor but weren’t spicy whatsoever and that I needed to change the seasonings ASAP. Every once in a while, I get a comment or email from someone who thinks that I make instant noodles or am affiliated with an instant noodle company. I decided to reply and do a review of the product he had problems with, adding some hot spices, sauces and peppers from around the world to really heat it up. It then occurred to me that a lot of people really like spicy instant noodles and that there’s really no list of the hottest ones out there. I figured I’d better do something about that, and so here’s the Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time!

#10: Koka Instant Non-Fried Noodles Spicy Black Pepper Flavour – Singapore
If you like black pepper, you’ll want to try this. It has a nice peppery sauce that has a rich and deep black pepper flavor that doesn’t quit. The garnish of dried veggies are an added bonus. Original review

#9: Wei Lih Good Good Eat Super Ramen Hot Chili Flavor – Taiwan
Has decent noodles and a deep red broth that exclaims ‘beware of fire!’ The broth also has an oily texture and sweet notes that make it quite unique in its fire. Original review

#8: Paldo (Korea Yakult) Kko Kko Myun – South Korea
The result of a comedian on a competition TV show in South Korea, Kko Kko Myun has been a huge craze. The flavor is a jalapeno chicken – and the jalapeno is nice and strong. Has a real good bite to it. Original review

#7: FoodMon DJ-DOC Jjolmyeon – South Korea
DJ-Doc is a hip-hop group in South Korea and they must be pretty happy to have their faces on this stuff. In this bowl, you have noodles, large pieces which are rice cake and a red sauce which has a wonderful heat and flavor. It all ties together to be like a hot and spicy lasagna ala South Korea. Wonderful stuff! Original review

#6: JML Instant Noodle Artificial Spicy Hot Beef Flavour – China
A very spicy Chinese noodle soup. Notice its not spicy beef, it’s spicy hot beef! Has decent veggies and a serious punch! Original review

#5: Nongshim Shin Ramyun Noodle Soup – USA
Yep – they make this is the USA now. A standard of the spicy noodle world! Hot and tasty with lots of thick noodles. Original review

#4: Namchow Mee Jang Noodle Soup Sour Spicy Chicken (Tom Yum) – Thailand
The packaging looks pretty tame but this stuff is anything but. The broth is enough to blow your head off – wow! Original review

#3: Nongshim Jinjja Jinjja (Really Really) Ramyun – South Korea
This is hot and unique. Based on pork broth and has some niceties like black sesame seeds and peanut powder. Has a strong heat but it’s got some really great taste to it – this is awesome stuff! Original review

#2: Indomie Curly Noodle With Chicken & Chilli Paddi – Indonesia
Sweet mother – this is intense! That little pepper (also known as a Bird’s Eye pepper) was enough to burn my lips, mouth and gut for a good long time! Heavy duty! I should also mention there’s a place that sells spicy noodles in Jakarta that has 75 to 100 of these peppers mixed in – Imagination fails me as to the scorching pain! Original review

#1: Paldo Teumsae Instant Noodles With Soup – South Korea
Hands down, bar non, this is the hottest stuff I’ve had. In over 800 varieties I’ve tried, this is the very hottest. From the first slurp to the end of the bowl, my mouth was on fire. If you are a big fan of all that is spicy, this is what you are looking for. Original review

#804: Little Cook Instant Noodle Abalone Chicken Soup Flavour

Here’s one that Michelle L. of New York sent a while back. Looks like it should be good!

Info from side panels (click image to enlarge).

Here’s the noodle block.

Dry seasoning.

Interesting – looks like more veggies than powder.

Liquid seasoning.

It’s more of a paste.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added a couple of scrambled eggs with onions and Sriracha and some oven baked chicken with Cavender’s Greek seasoning. The noodles are a little crumbly and kind of meh. The broth has a strong flavor and a bit of funkiness to it. The veggies were somewhat okay but not great. 1.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 8852098702142 .

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