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The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Chinese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Chinese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

恭喜发财 and Happy Lunar New Year to all! I had a look at my lists I hadn’t updated in a while and saw it was in January of 2014 last I did a top ten Chinese list. Why so long? Well, I like to have done quite a few reviews in a year when it comes to country lists for that specific country. If I’d done only two and there weren’t any big changes, I’ll kind of let it go until the next year. This one seemed ripe and ready for a new version. Of the almost 150 reviews I’ve done of Chinese instant noodles, these are my favorites. I should mention that if you are an instant noodle in mainland China and interested in having me review your products, please contact me to set up a review series. With that, let’s have a look at The Ramen Rater’s top Ten Chinese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition. 

The Ramen Rater’s top Ten Chinese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

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#10: Sichuan Baijia Broad Noodle Chilli Oil Flavor

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Chinese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

So The noodles are very broad and hydrated well. They have a nice chewiness to them. The flavor is excellent – a nice oily spiciness, a slight sweetness and a kind of puckery taste as well. The vegetable hydrated very well. Original review here

#9: Master Kong Tomato Sauce Instant Noodle

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Chinese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

The noodles are about double the width of a standard instant noodle and flat. Very floppy but very nice in this application. The broth is indeed tomato flavored, and has a nice tomato taste at that. The included vegetables hydrated perfectly – all the way down to the peas. Original review here

#8: Baixiang Noodles Sauerkraut Flavor Instant Noodle

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Chinese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

You might be thinking ‘sauerkraut?’ But actually, pickled cabbage as well as other vegetables are quite popular throughout Asia. The noodles are a little wide and flat. The are really very good and there’s a lot of them. The broth has a rich flavor – the sauerkraut’s bitterness is there, but also a kind of artificial meat flavor that works well. Also, there’s a little spiciness to it which was great! Original review here

#7: JML (Jin Mai Lang) Spicy King Spicy Beef Instant Noodle

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Chinese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

The noodles are perfect – plump and plentiful. The broth is wonderful – perfect oiliness and heat and beef flavor. The heat tastes like it’s coming from Sichuan peppers. The vegetables in the powder sachet hydrated very well. The supplied seaweed is perfect. Original review here

#6: Wugudaochang Sour Soup & Minced Meat Flavor Chef’s Grain Naked Oat Noodles

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Chinese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

The noodles have a standard instant gauge. They have just the right backbone to them – good texture and chew. The broth is extremely good – a tart beef flavor with good oiliness to it. The carrot and beef are excellent! Like a gourmet vegetable beef noodle. Original review here

#5: Sichuan Baijia Chongqing Noodles Spicy Hot Flavor

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Chinese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

The noodles are thin and flat with a medium width. They really work well here. The broth is a very spicy beef with a Sichuan pepper hit among others. There are sesame seeds throughout and the bits of vegetables in there were great. Original review here

#4: JML (Jin Mai Lang) Spicy King Spicy Chicken Instant Noodle

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Chinese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

The noodles came out very nicely – lots of them and of good texture and chew. The broth has a great spiciness – still worthy of the top ten spicy list. Sichuan pepper for sure. Nice color and oiliness in the broth as well. Original review here

#3: Sichuan Baijia Chongqing Noodles Burning Dry Noodles

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Chinese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

I mean wow! I wasn’t sure of what to expect here, but this is really great! The noodles are extremely plentiful and really soft and floppy. This is perfect as the seasonings and liquids combine with them very well. The flavor is like an almost beefy and tasty lasagna but with Sichuan pepper and other spices going on. Moreover, the more you eat, the spicier it gets – heat, upon heat, upon heat! The pain! I really expected this to probably be really salty and have a strong vinegar taste but I was completely mistaken. I love this. Original review here

#2: JML (Jin Mai Lang) Spicy King Spicy Pork Instant Noodle

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Chinese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

The noodles came out nice and plump and there’s a good amount of them. The broth has a fiery spiciness and great flavor to it. I really have to say the red chillies add a very nice hit of spice and vegetable elements. Original review here

#1: Wugudaochang Tomato Beef Brisket Flavor Purple Potato Noodle

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Chinese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

The noodles, made from purple potatoes have a nice texture to them – a little sturdier than your garden variety instant and they were very nice to chew. The broth is a thick beef and tomato affair, with a very luxuriant and rich texture to it – almost creamy in a way. The inclusion of large pieces of tomato and real beef brisket in there was admirable and very enjoyable. Premium bowl of noodles. Original review here

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time 2015 Edition

As many might know, I started The Ramen Rater (click to see the old site) in 2002 and did about 60 reviews. Then, I turned my attention to spicy hot sauces with The Sauce Rater. In 2010, I resumed my instant noodle reviewing. I’ve long been a fan of the spicy side of things – strong heat and good flavor are a couple of my favorite things. Let’s have a look at the absolutely hottest varieties I’ve found in my over 1,700 reviews of instant noodles from around the world in this year’s The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time 2015 Edition.

#10: Wugudaochang Sichuan Pepper & Chicken Flavor – China

The Sichuan pepper was something relatively new to me until I really got a mouthful of them in this variety. It kind of reminds me of the way a hot pepper acts, but then when you inhale, it has a kind of cooling kind of sensation like mint; hard to explain but definitely something different. This one came with a peanut and pepper garnish and the noodles had a very nice gauge and texture. Original review here

#9: Nongshim Jinjja Jinjja – South Korea

While still not available in the United States, Jinjja Jinjja is back in South Korea! This one packs a serious punch of heat along with pork, peanut and black sesame seeds. Original review here

#8: JML Emperor Instant Noodles Spicy Chicken – China

I wasn’t expecting this one to be extremely spicy at the outset and then was in for a ride. Very very hot – augmented with a large sachet of coarse chilli peppers. Original review here

#7: emart Dare You! Habanero Jjamppong – South Korea

Extreme heat is paired with nice bit of seafood broth and lots of bits of seafood. All the fire and flavor melded together with thick ramyun noodles make it hot as well as delicious. This one comes in at 1,960 SHU (Scoville Heat Units). Original review here

#6: MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodle – Malaysia

MyKuali’s new recipe added a big punch of heat to their already amazing and groundbreaking Penang White Curry Noodle. Thick almost saucelike broth fires up the palate and includes a generous amount of garlic this time. Original review here

#5: Ching’s Secret Hot Garlic Instant Noodles – India

When I found this one at a local Indian market, I was very enthused. I thought to myself ‘hey, I like garlic!’ I kind of expected a salty, buttery and almost fettucini kind of thing. But no – this innocuous looking plate of noodles was violently spicy! Super hot garlic spiciness just builds and builds! Original review here

#4: Paldo Teumsae Ramyun – South Korea

On the list for four years now! Another South Korean ramyun with serious kick to it. This isn’t to be trifled with!  Teumsae has restaurants in South Korea which serve up some seriously spicy fare. I really like the text underneath the word Teumsae which reads, ‘Flavor. Culture. Human’ Original review here

#3: Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkeummyeon – South Korea

I would say that I’ve seen dozens of videos on YouTube showing people competitively eating this one. This stuff is extremely hot. Another brothless variety and it really packs a punch as well as has a nice taste to it. Thick ramyun noodles round everything out nicely and will transmit the spicy sauce to your tongue. Original review here

#2: Paldo Bulnak Bokkummyun Spicy Fried Octopus Ramyun – South Korea

See that little octopus on the package with the smile on his face? He’s laughing. Laughing as he watches you sweat as you eat this ultra spicy ramyun! I’m not kidding this one was over the top spicy! Bring a fire extinguisher. Original review here

#1: emart Dare You! Habanero Ramyun – South Korea

For the fourth year running, this stuff tops the list. Despite a packaging design change, you should still heed the warnings; habanero pepper top right corner, temperature gauge and screaming person, black packaging… Yeah – it’s not one to underestimate; this is violently hot. The broth just keeps delivering the heat and it’s just insane. Try licking a lit candle – I swear this stuff is hotter! Original review here

Meet The Manufacturer: #1690: Wugudaochang Sour Bamboo Shoot & Beef In Hot Pot Flavor Noodles

Today we wind up the Wugudaochang Meet The Manufacturer. It’s really been great to try these new flavors and varieties from China in the last few days! I think I have learned a little more about the flavor profiles that are popular in Chinese cooking these days; usually the varieties I get that are from China are for export of course, while these have been varieties only sold and available within China. The flavors have been strong, vibrant and really quite good. I should also say that the quality of these products has been top-notch. A lot has been said of the quality of food coming from China and question of it’s quality. I would say this: China is a big country with many producers – sometimes, things will happen that bring negative attention. They certainly happen here in the United States from time to time don’t they? I don’t think it a reason to stay away from Chinese products – I certainly won’t!  Let’s have a fond farewell look at this bamboo shoot and hot pot flavor bowl!

Detail of the outer wraps (click image to enlarge). Not sure if it contains meat. To prepare, add in all sachets and 550ml boiling water. Cover for 4 minutes, stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

An included fork!

The noodle block.

The soup base powder.

A light powder with some bits of vegetable in there.

A paste sachet.

Thick stuff.

A large pouch.

Lots of bamboo shoots!

Finished (click image to enlarge). The noodles hydrated well. They have a decent backbone and enjoyable feel in the mouth.. The broth has a strong heat – very black peppery. Little bits of beef were nice to find as well as the bamboo shoots which were nice and crisp.. The bamboo shoots are excellent – a light pickled taste which paired perfectly with the broth. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 6936986833087.

Savoring the Best of World Flavors – China: Beijing, Chengdu and Hong Kong

A short video showing hot pot and a little Chinese language lesson as well!

Meet The Manufacturer: #1689: Wugudaochang Tomato Beef Brisket Flavor Purple Sweet Potato Noodles

When I first saw this one, I knew it sounded interesting. Beef brisket and tomato? Sign me up! Then the purple sweet potato – I’ve been a fan of those since back when people called them Space Potatoes! This looks like a nice premium one – let’s give it a look as we start to wind down this great Meet The Manufacturer series.

Here’s the back panels of the box (click image to enlarge). Contains beef. To prepare, add noodles to 600ml boiling water for 2 1/2 minutes. Add in contents of sachet and cook an additional 1 minute. Enjoy!

The noodle block is in one of these packages within the box.

The back of the purple potato noodle block package (click image to enlarge).

Indeed, these are purple noodles!

An extremely large sachet/retort pouch.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added coriander. The noodles, made from purple potatoes have a nice texture to them – a little sturdier than your garden variety instant and they were very nice to chew. The broth is a thick beef and tomato affair, with a very luxuriant and rich texture to it – almost creamy in a way. The inclusion of large pieces of tomato and real beef brisket in there was admirable and very enjoyable. Premium bowl of noodles. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 6936986858233.

The Spirit of the Chinese People: The Classic Introduction to Chinese Culture

This is a great documentary about the struggles industrialization can bring. It poses the question, “can the ancient indomitable will of the Chinese people save the heaven that is food?” I think so – we see some truly amazing people with strong will in this documentary and I think if anyone can, they can.

Meet The Manufacturer: #1688: Wugudaochang Sea Tangle & Spareribs Flavor Noodles

Now, we again return to the tangle of the sea. This is the package version of the first variety I tried on this Meet The Manufacturer. Is there a difference? Let’s see!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Not sure whether is contains meat or not. To prepare, add everything to 600ml boiling water and cook 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy

The noodle block.

Powder soup base.

A very light powder.

A paste sachet.

Thick like peanut butter.

The vegetables sachet.

Peas, sea tangle and carrot.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added pork, red bell pepper and white onion. The noodles are of a good gauge and light in chew. The broth has a creamy color and nice flavor. The sea tangle also known as kelp was all over the place and glad it was invited – went very nicely. Bits of carrot were also there and of nice quality. As with the bowl version, I was happy about the presence of little cubes of pork which were perfectly hydrated and of excellent quality. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 6936986811108.

Lonely Planet Beijing (Travel Guide)

Some thoughts by a Westerner who’s lived in China for a year.