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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

#1807: Wai Wai Tom Yum Goong Flavour Instant Noodle

Here’s one I found at the 7-11 next to our hotel when we visit Thai President Foods in Bangkok back in May! I think the first time I tried a tom yum flavored instant, I didn’t like it. Through the years, I’ve gained a serious love for the flavor – the chilli, the shrimp, the lemongrass. It all comes together so well and the place where I had some of the best of course was in Thailand. Really hope to return someday with my sons and have them try all the amazing foods there! Anyways, let’s check out this cup!

Detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, empty sachets into the cup and add boiling water to ‘top of noodles.’ Let steep for 2 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

An included fork!

The noodle block.

A dual sachet: powder on the left and paste on the right.

A granular powder.

A deep colored paste.

The vegetable and shrimp sachet.

A nice little mix.

Finished (click image to enlarge). The noodles hydrated most of the way in the two minutes of steeping, but really ended up kind of crumbly – more so than I like. The broth very good and hit all the marks I like in a tom yum. The shrimp was very nice and bits of vegetable were also top notch. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8850100005137.

Wai Wai Thai Tom Yum Kung Flavour Instant Noodles 50g X 10pcs

A Nepali WAI Wai TV commercial. Notice people in the video eating the unprepared product as a snack.

#1797: Wai Wai Instant Rice Vermicelli Crab Flavour

Here’s another one my sister got for me while up in Canada a couple of weeks ago! Thanks, Sue! I’ve been really hoping to try more rice vermicelli lately but been having trouble sourcing any from around here and hoping to find some manufacturer who might want me to review some of their stuff! The top ten rice noodles list this year was a lot of fun and definitely want to make it a yearly kind of thing! Anyways, let’s check out these crab flavored noodles from Thailand!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, put everything in a bowl. Add in 380ml boiling water and cover for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

The rice vermicelli.

A dual sachet of seasoning base and chilli powder.

The chilli powder atop the soup base.

A sachet of seasoned oil.

Has a very strong smell of garlic.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added coriander, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, chilli pepper strands and crab claw fish cake. The rice vermicelli hydrated alright, but was a little on the dry side. I cut them with kitchen scissors as usually to make them easier to eat. The broth is nice – has a spicy and sweet crab flavor and a nice garlic oiliness. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8850100205032.

WAI WAI Instant Rice Vermicelli (Crab Flavour) – 1.94oz – 55g (Pack of 30)

A Wai Wai commercial for their popular Quick Zabb line.

#1719: Wai Wai Grilled Pork Flavour Instant Noodles

Here’s another one I got at a 7-11 in Bangkok in May. Yep – they have 7-11’s there!

Here’s the one next to our hotel.

It’s pretty awesome over there I must say. This is directly across from the Slurpee machines – wish we had that kind of thing here! Cups and bowls galore… Well, let’s have a look at this one.

Here’s detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, add 400ml boiling water and contents of vegetables sachet. Cover for 3 minutes. Add in oil and soup base sachet contents and stir, then garnish with sesame seeds. Enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

An included fork!

The noodle block.

A pork and vegetables sachet.

A very nice mixture.

A daual sachet.

Soup base powder.

Seasoned oil.

A sachet of sesame seeds.

Quite a lot of sesame seeds.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added spring onion, barbecue pork ribs, fresh basil and white onion. The noodles were a little on the soggy side; they didn’t have much tension to them. The broth was a lackluster affair – seemed on the bland end which surprised me. The vegetables and pork were very nice though – good quantity and quality. The sesame seeds were a nice touch. 2.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8850100004796.

Waiwai Brand Grilled Pork Flavour Bowl 2 Pack.thai

A Thai as for 7-Evelen.

#1635: Wai Wai Quick Zabb Tom Klong Flavour Instant Noodles

Everyone (well maybe not everyone) has heard of tom yum, a very tradition Thai soup. If you don’t know about it, here’s something about it from wikipedia:

Tom yum or tom yam (Lao: ຕົ້ມຍຳ [tôm.ɲám]; Thai: ต้มยำ,  [tôm.jām]) is a Lao and Thai, clear, spicy and sour soup.[1] Tom yum is widely served in neighbouring countries such as Cambodia, Brunei,Malaysia and Singapore, and has been popularised around the world.

Literally, the words “tom yum” are derived from two Tai words: “tom” and “yam”. “Tom” refers to boiling process, while “yam” refers to a kind of Lao and Thai spicy and sour salad. Thus, “tom yum” is a Lao and Thai hot and sour soup. Indeed, tom yum is characterised by its distinct hot and sour flavours, with fragrant herbs generously used in the broth. The basic broth is made of stock and fresh ingredients such as lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, galangal, lime juice, fish sauce, and crushed chili peppers.

Today, we’re looking at this Quick Zabb, which is a tom klong style instant. So, what’s tom klong you ask? Again, we look to wikipedia:

Less well-known outside Thailand is tom khlong (ต้มโคล้ง), a spicy sour soup where the sourness, however, does not derive from lime juice but through the use of tamarind.[11]

Tamarind is very popular in this part of the world for it’s sour properties. I’ve reviewed quite a few asam laksa varieties from Malaysia. Asam is the Malay word for sour, and often refers to the tamarind element. Let’s check out this Wai Wai Quick Zabb tom Klong!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add all ingredients to a bowl and add 320ml boiling water. Cover for 2 minutes, stir, and enjoy!

The noodle block.

A dual sachet – soup base powder on the left and seasoned oil on the right.

Has an interesting scent – a kind of sour and smoky one.

Has a strong onion scent.


Finished (click image to enlarge). Added fish balls, coriander and mung bean sprouts. The noodles are nice – they have a good chew to them and a slightly sweet taste. The broth is not tame by any means. Spiciness is in the forefront – strong spiciness. The second taste is this very sour and kind of smoky and fishy  taste which I’m guessing is from the tamarind. Together, they go kind of well with the flavor of the noodles. The are little bits that float around as well – some kind of herb or spice. Vicious in it’s heat level. 2.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8850100121011.

Wai Wai Quick Zabb Thai Tom Klhong Flavour Instant Noodles 60g X 10 Packs

A Wai Wai Quick Zabb Tv advertisement.