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The 0.5x Spicy Mala Fire Noodle Challenge

Here we are again with the Fire Noodle Challenge. This is the Samyang Foods Mala Buldak Bokkeummyun. So, all over YouTube, people are wincing and screaming as they choke down packs of Mala – why? Well, for some reason, they are under the impression that it’s 4x spicy. Don’t get me wrong – it’s quite spicy – it’ll kick your butt. But it is a far cry from the 2x Spicy Nuclear Fire Noodle, that’s for sure. ...see full post

Special Report: 4x Spicy Fire Noodles Do Not Exist

Special Report: 4x Spicy Fire Noodles Do Not Exist

fter seeing multiple posts and videos and online stores advertising for a 4x version of the popular Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkeummyun hot chicken noodle, I felt it required me to make a statement. ...see full post

Travels: Taiwan 2017 Day 7: Departure And Arrival

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Well, finally it was the day to depart. I really love Taiwan – all the sights, sounds, smells… But I definitely was really missing my wife and kids. That was the hardest part of the trip. Being a stay at home dad is so rewarding – not seeing the smiles on everyone’s faces was really killing me.I packed everything up and met Kyle to go out for some dim sum. ...see full post

Travels: Taiwan 2017 Day 6: Of Soup Dumplings And Steamy Seafood

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Another beautiful day in Taiwan – again, really great weather which I thoroughly enjoyed to no end. Started things off by having some Din Tai Fung. ...see full post

Travels: Taiwan 2017 Day 4: Saturday @ The Food Expo

Travels: Taiwan 2017 Day 4: Saturday @ The Food Expo

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Travels: Taiwan 2017 Day 4: Saturday @ The Food Expo

Another day at the food show. Changing over from the hot weeather, it cooled down quite a bit. Surprisingly, overcast with a bit of light rain means lower humidity. It was like spring weather here in Washington State and it was very welcome. ...see full post

Travels: Taiwan 2017 Day 3: Taiwan International Food Expo

Travels: Taiwan 2017 Day 3: Taiwan International Food Expo

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So the main reason to come to Taiwan this time around was for the Taiwan International Food Expo. The promoters of the expo invited me to say a few words and present the awards for the top three from my top ten Taiwan list. ...see full post

Travels: Taiwan 2017 Day 1 & 2: Travel, Arrival & Exploration

Travels: Taiwan 2017 Day 1 & 2: Travel,. Arrival & Exploration

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Taiwan 2017 Day 1 & 2: Travel,. Arrival & Exploration

Off I Go

On November 14th, 2017, my wife drove me to Seattle International Airport. My main impetus for the trip was to do an awards show at the Taiwan International Food Expo – the first food show I’d ever been invited to. They asked if I’d come and do a little awards ceremony for the top three from The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Taiwanese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition list that came out in September. I was definitely all in for doing this for sure – after visiting Taiwan last year I was keen on visiting again. This time was different – it was my first time travelling alone. I was a little pensive about this (I’m legally blind) but I have flown to Taiwan 3 times previously and so thought hey – I can do this. Oh – and a week before I broke my pinky toe. That was really annoying but broken toe be damned – I was going! So I got to the airport around 11pm, went through security, grabbed some drinks and snacks and headed to my gate. Hopped on the plane just after midnight. ...see full post

Happy Holidays From The Ramen Rater!

It’s been quite a year! I just wanted to send a big thank you to all my readers, folks who’ve sent in noodles, companies I’ve worked with and for all the help everyone has been on translating and everything else. Every day is such an enjoyable one because of you! From my family to yours, Happy Holidays! ...see full post

The Ramen Rater Awards @ Taiwan International Food Expo

The Ramen Rater Awards @ Taiwan International Food Expo

I went to Taipei, Taiwan on November 15th, 2017 to take part in the Taiwan International Food Expo. I was invited to do a presentation of the first through third place winners in this year’s Top Ten Taiwanese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2016 Edition! ...see full post

We Try 7 Kinds Of Hong Kong Potato Chips!

We Try 7 Kinds Of Hong Kong Potato Chips!

So the other day I posted the unboxing of noodle and potato chip samples sent by Nissin Hong Kong (thanks again!). I thought it would be fun to do up a video with the family and try these out one by one. ...see full post