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The Ramen Rater’s Bottom Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time

So after sampling so many varieties of instant noodles over the years, of course there have been some that I didn’t like. There also were some that are so memorable for how awful they were. After people asked what my least favorites were a few times, I thought I should just make a list of them. I should point out that these are on the list because I couldn’t stand them. I’m pretty sure they are all still in production, and the only reason they would be is that people somewhere find them enjoyable. So who knows – you might have a completely different opinion on these than me, but I found them to be absolutely the worst of the worst. With that, here’s The Bottom Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time, 2013 Edition.

#10: Wei Lih Instant Noodles With Artificial Beef Flavored Soup Stock – Taiwan


I’ve had issues with broth being too salty before, but the lack of flavor in this one wasn’t tolerable. The flavor had a very ‘fake beef’ taste to it which was not at all enjoyable. Original post here

#9: GreeNoodle Miso Made With Moroheiya – Thailand

The noodles had a flavor I found to be akin to dirt – very strange. In the original review, I comment that the broth was ‘nightmarish.’ Original review here

#8: Fashion Food Oriental Flavor Instant Noodles – Thailand

These noodles came in a nice little plastic bowl with lid, As cool as that is, it didn’t make up for some seriously funky noodles and vile broth and veggies. Original review here

#7: Baijia Hot & Sour Flavor Instant Rice Noodle – China

The broth was of a deep crimson color. While interesting to look at, the slimy noodles and overly greasy broth with odd bits floating around were a turn-off trifecta. I couldn’t finish this bowl. Original review here

#6: Noodle Time Spicy Thai Instant Ramen Noodles With Real Vegetables – Canada

A prime example of noodle I dislike: watery broth, exceedingly mushy and spongy noodles and veggies that were lackluster and of the most minimal quantity and quality. Original review here

#5: Nan Hsing Vegetarian Rice Noodles – Taiwan

The noodles were akin to cobwebs – not the ones spiders make, but the fake ones you get for Halloween. The veggies didn’t hydrate well at all, and the broth wasn’t much. Couldn’t eat it. Original review here

#4: Paldo Green Tea Chlorella Noodles – South Korea

While this company makes some noodles I really enjoy, they also make this one which I deplore. It’s just got such a funky flavor to it and a smell I can’t take. Original review here

#3: Fu Chang Chinese Noodle Company Pork, Seafood & Noodles Combo – United States

The noodles in this one were really mushy, and while it had a retort pouch with meat and seafood, it was really nasty. Original review here

#2: Baijia Instant Sweet Potato Noodle Spicy Fei-Chang Flavor – China

A strong ‘dirt and urine’ scent accompanied by slimy sweet potato noodles. As it turns out, Fei Chang relates to fried pork intestines. Original review here

#1: Baijia Single Noble Black Bone Chicken Flavor Instant Sweet Potato Noodles – China

Here is my least favorite variety of all. Slimy sweet potato noodles, thick, greasy broth and horrid veggies that didn’t hydrate well. Original review here

#386: Fu Chang Chinese Noodle Company Pork, Seafood & Noodles Combo

Well, this looks like a lot of insanity! Here we go!!!

Wait – I thought this was pork and seafood flavor, not shrimp flavor…

Pretty impressive – four packets!

So there’s the contents of that retort pouch on top – looks kind of like cat food and has the same consistency. The dry powder was chunky… The oil looked okay though and a nice amount of vegetables.

Here’s where all hell breaks loose. First off, there are no instructions included on how to cook this. At the end of the seasoning packet ingredients, notice that it has Fe in it. WHAT THE HELL IS ‘Fe?’ Also, no Red Chili Powder Packet. It’s like this product isn’t this product.

I went with my instincts; hell, I’ve had over 380 different varieties of noodles and I should be able to figure out this one’s cooking directions. I added enough boiling water to cover the noodles and all the ingredients. Guess what? The biggest insult I have ever had to deal with – the bowl LEAKS. Boiling water with oil and seasoning all over my table.  And floor. I transferred this stuff to a bowl and added a little water and covered for 4 minutes.

Click image to enlarge. The noodles were absolutely horrible. No character whatsoever. The retort stuff just didn’t work at all. The broth tasted very odd. Add that to the lack of instructions, incorrect ingredients and a leaky bowl and you get a ZERO STAR bowl of noodles. 0.0 out of 5.0 stars. What a mistake these were. Get them here.

Yes, I’m voluntarily Rick Rolling this review. You know the rules…..

And I’ve sold out to the Keyboard Cat as well.

#361: Tayho Miễn Thịt Băm Vermicelli with Pork Ground Meat

Check this one out! This is manufactured in California. Not foreign! Interesting… Let’s give it a try!

Look at this! Flavor packets by Vina Acecook? Fascinating…

A retort pouch with ground pork. Hmmm…

Okay so here’s everything ready for water and a spin in the microwave. Yes, the meat looks kind of like cat food.

Click image to enlarge. Well, here we be. The soup is thin and kind of good. I like it, but there’s a little more of it than I would’ve liked there to be. The noodles were slippery but also slightly okay. The meat was tasty but more than once I was feeling a little put off by the whole array. I felt like something was wrong here but not sure what. Everything was cooked right though and so I’m going to have to deliver some bad news. I honestly must give this one a 1.25 out of 5.0 stars. It was hard to eat this; not because it was spicy, but because the texture and color made it a little hard for me to keep it down. This is my opinion so don’t growl at me if you like it and if I’ve prepared it wrong let me know, but yeah – 1.25 out of 5.0 stars.

We watched this a few nights ago. Pretty good movie.

#241: USA Canning Fu Chang Chinese Noodle Company Beef & Noodles Hot & Spicy

Well, this thing is big enough – hopefully it’s good stuff!

So the dragon pulls the cart. I would hate to be riding in that thing! The warnings of pain in store were interesting…

Clockwise, starting with the big silver one. Okay so that big silver one is what is called a retort pouch. It has some beef hanging out inside it. To its right, a packet of paste, probably where the heat is contained. I figure it is soybean paste with oil and peppery stuff. Beneath that is the soup base, and next to it are the veggies.

So something different: the directions are on a piece of paper!

Here’s everything before a water fill to the line and 3 minutes in the microwave. The goopy stuff closest to the noodle brick is the retort pouches contents of beef.

So here we are (click image to enlarge). I let it sit about 3 minutes after a good stir to get the noodles good and done and the veggies all re-hydrated. So it’s spicy and greasy and the meat is really quite good and the noodles are kind of weak. The real issue I see here is the sheer amount of broth. I’m a soupy kinda guy but the broth level was a little insane. maybe more veggies or meat or noodles – I dunno but the broth was a little much. All in all though quite a nice presentation. Interestingly enough, Fu Chang Chinese Noodle Company is a Product of the USA..  4.0 out of 5.0 stars. Get it here.

Here’s something a little more authentic.