A Special Message To Recent Taiwanese Visitors

In the last 24 hours, thousands of people of Taiwan have been coming to The Ramen Rater.  I see your displeasure that Taiwan didn’t make the 2013 Edition of the Top Ten Instant Noodles list. I see the pride you have in your instant noodle brands and varieties as well! Any country that has folks like you who feel so strongly deserves attention! That being said, I would be very interested to hear from any and all Taiwanese instant noodle companies that might be willing to send samples of the non-export products that you produce. I do a special ‘Meet The Manufacturer’ spotlight which includes doing an interview with the company and then a series of up to 15 reviews of your products. This gives people a good look at what you make. All I’ve ever tried are the Taiwanese variants available in the United States, but I’m sure there are many I do not have access to here that are quite good as well. I also invite instant noodle companies to this from all countries – represented and not represented on the list. I’ve seen a lot of stories in the Taiwanese news – if anyone from any of these agencies would like to arrange an interview via Skype, please let me know. Please contact me – thank you, and thank you all for visiting The Ramen Rater.

– Hans ‘The Ramen Rater’ Lienesch


  1. If you wish to claim that it is a worldwide instant noodles contest, you will have to try all products before sharing your opinions with the world. It is unfair to Taiwan-produced instant noodle products because they were not even tried. Can you imagine what uproar you would certainly get if in the US you had a professional baseball competition and ended up announcing a champion but telling people that you forgot inviting Yankees? The responsibility to complete the contestants list before you make an over-ambitious claim lies nowhere else but in your own organization.

  2. As a Taiwanese who had spent several years in the US. I’m with you. All Taiwanese instant noodles you can buy in the US are all TERRIBLE. Those products just don’t taste good.

    I do understand why other Taiwanese people have strong opinions about your list. Since Taiwanese invented instant noodle (in fact, a Taiwanese businessman lived in Japan invented it), their descendents just can’t stand the fact their own instant noodles are not on the list. It’s just like you have a top ten list of “ten best fast food restaurants in the world”, and none of the American broads is in.

    But, those Taiwanese should BLAME IT ON THEIR OWN INSTANT NOODLE COMPANIES FOR NOT SELLING QUALITY PRODUCTS IN THE US. Not on you. When I lived in the US, I didn’t buy Taiwanese ramen product, the taste was nowhere near the one I could buy in my home country.

    And to other Taiwanese people. If you have problem with the list, you should ship some samples to this gentleman to prove your point.

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