These are the top ten of the varieties I have reviewed thus far. It was originally released on on January 9th, 2012 as an exclusive guest post I did. Now, here it is on The Ramen Rater for your perusal with links to all of the corresponding reviews! Enjoy!

UPDATE: The 2013 list is available HERE.

Number 10 – Singapore – Koka Instant Non-Fried Noodles Spicy Black Pepper Flavour

This stuff is amazing; it contains a block of instant noodles that are exceedingly light and very low in fat. This doesn’t end up with low in taste though, especially with its garnish pack’s mention that the veggies in there vary depending on the season of production! It has a nice peppery taste and a little heat but not overwhelmingly so. This is a real treat and goes great with eggs. Original Review


Number 9 – Hong Kong – Doll Instant Noodle Artificial Chicken Flavour

Yeah I know – chicken instant noodles. How boring! Not this one – the broth is very good – it warms one’s innards on a cold day like nothing else. This is especially good with an egg or two added with about 45 seconds remaining as it cooks in the pot – makes the broth even heartier. A very relaxing bowl of noodles. Original Review


Number 8 – Japan – Sapporo Ichiban Shio Ramen Japanese Style Noodles

This is a very recent addition to the Top Ten list. Having tried Shio instant noodle varieties in the past, I had a feeling this would be a good one, and it truly was. The noodles were very hearty and the broth had an almost buttery flavor. I found this one very good with some baked chicken, green onions and hard boiled egg. Comes with a little packet of sesame seeds! Original Review


Number 7 – Korea – Nong Shim Shin Ramyun Black Premium Noodle Soup

Twenty years after the introduction of the well-known Shin Ramyun, Nong Shim brought out Shin Ramyun Black. A huge block of noodles, a veggie packet that also has freeze dried beef, red spicy seasoning and onion and oxtail soup packets make this a culinary onslaught of epic proportion. This was best enjoyed using a recipe from Eat Your Kimchi’s site which involved adding an egg, bok choy and a single slice of processed cheese. The beef pieces spring to life and the whole thing is excellent. Original Review

Number 6 – Japan – Myojo Hyoubanya no Chukasoba Japanese Style Noodles Oriental Flavor

A very good, very traditional instant noodle from Japan. Noodles are a little chewy and the broth has hints of seafood. Was enjoyable with a couple eggs cooked with the noodles and a little baked chicken with salt and pepper. Original Review

Number 5 – Indonesia – Mie Sedaap Instant Kari Spesial Bumbu Kari Kental

Like spicy? Like curry? This one from Indonesia fills both criteria and then some. The noodles are good but the real star here is the broth; a bit greasy and so flavorful. Not only a hot curry taste but had sweetness as well. Was excellent with a couple fried eggs. Original Review

Number 4 – Japan – Sapporo Ichiban Japanese Style Noodles Chow Mein

This stuff is great. It’s cooked with a small amount of water as the noodles gobble it all up. The flavor is sweet and salty and pure enjoyable. What’s more is a packet of ground seaweed is included which makes it all the more enjoyable. Goes well with a little bit of roast beef and some chopped onions. Original Review

Number 3 – Japan – Nissin Yakisoba – with Mayonnaise / Mustard Packet

Yakisoba is a very commonly enjoyed dish in Japan – and this variety puts a unique twist on it. You fill the box with boiling water and then afterwards, there’s a little drain spout to get rid of excess water. Add the flavoring and stir – then comes the fun as there’s a little packet that dispenses mayonnaise out of one reservoir and mustard out of the other! This is quite good – especially the vegetables. Nothing to add to this one – enjoy in its native state! Original Review


Number 2 – Indonesia – Indomie Mi Goreng Rasa Ayam Panggang Jumbo Barbecue Chicken Flavour Fried Instant Noodles

First off, it’s a jumbo pack, which is helpful as this is such a great tasting package of instant noodles. Second, it comes with a whopping five seasonings – from sweet soy sauce to spicy chili sauce. The noodles are served drained without a broth. The flavorings in concert with a couple fried eggs, some pickled ginger and fried shallots make this one not to miss. Original Review


Number 1 – Indonesia – Indomie Special Fried Curly Noodles Special Quality Instant Noodles

Truly the best instant noodles I’ve ever had. I love these – the noodles are flat and very tasty. The seasonings provide a broad range of flavors. Spicy, sweet, full of good flavor. I enjoyed this bowl with some turkey, fried eggs, pickled ginger, fried shallot and Sriracha (Red Rooster) sauce around Thanksgiving. Original Review

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Here below is the original 2011 Top Ten List, which was in effect from March 30th, 2011 to January 9th, 2012.

So after being hounded by numerous fans of this site, here’s what you’ve all been waiting for: my top ten list. I know there are going to be some disagreements on this one and that’s just fine with me. I know I’m not the only one who’s passionate about instant noodles, although that statement seems a little silly on its own. So please submit your own top tens in the comments section below and share them with others. Anyways, enjoy this list – hopefully you go out and try some of these if you haven’t before. Click on the titles for the full Ramen Rater reviews.


Indomie Mie Keriting Goreng Spesial Special Fried Curly Noodles

Country of Origin: Indonesia

Price – Around $1.00 – $1.25


Indomie Mi Goreng Rasa Ayam Panggang Jumbo Barbecue Chicken Flavour Fried Instant Noodles

Country of Origin – Indonesia

Price – Around 99 cents


Nissin Yakisoba – with Mayonnaise / Mustard Packet

Country of Origin – Japan

Price – Between $2.50 – $4.00


Sapporo Ichiban: Chow Mein Japanese Style Noodles

Country of Origin – Japan

Price – Around 75 cents


Nissin Karashi Mayo Flavor Yakisoba Pan-Fried Noodles

Country of Origin – JapanPrice – $3.50 – $3.99


Myojo: Ippeichan Yakisoba Japanese Style Noodles

Country of Origin – Japan

Price – $2.99 – $3.75


Nissin Demae Ramen – XO Sauce Seafood Flavor

Country of Origin – Japan

Price – Around 99 cents


Higashi Foods Higashimaru Nagasaki Sara Udon

Country of Origin – Japan

Price – Around $2.00


Doll Instant Noodle Artificial Chicken Flavour

Country of Origin – Hong Kong

Price – Around 99 cents


Tat Hui Koka Instant Rice Noodles Laksa Singapura Flavor

Country of Origin – Singapore

Price – Around $1.50

This list will change from time to time since, hey – I’m always trying out new stuff! So keep an eye out for changes and updates. I’ll post them on the front page as well.