The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Thai Instant Noodles Of All Time 2021 Edition

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Thai Instant Noodles Of All Time 2021 Edition

It’s been a while – since 2016 – that I’ve put out a list of my favorite instant noodle varieties from Thailand. It seems like forever ago that I was able to look out of a window and see the Chaophraya river winding it’s way through Bangkok, party boats blasting music all hours of the day and night. I truly hope life affords me the privilege of visiting Thailand again someday – it’s really a place to behold. A nice little portable and tasty piece of Thailand can be found in the varied instant noodle varieties that travel to us around the world. These are my favorites out of the 3,9- instant noodle varieties I’ve tried that hail from Thailand. With that, let’s check out The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Thai Instant Noodles Of All Time 2021 Edition.

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Thai Instant Noodles Of All Time 2021 Edition

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#10: Little Cook Instant Noodles Shrimp Tom Yum Flavour 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

#9: Nissin Cup Noodles Tom Yum Shrimp Sabb Flavour

Plenty of noodles and have a soft chew with a thin gauge. The broth was excellent – all the right notes of everything and a very tasty finish. Original review

#8: Wai Wai Quick Zabb Tom Yum Shrimp Flavour Instant Noodles

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Thai Instant Noodles Of All Time 2021 Edition

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

#7: MAMA Signature Cup Instant Rice Noodles Crab Curry Flavor

The rice noodles came out just right – soft and abundant with a nice gauge. The broth was amazing – lots of heat, a lemongrass element, and a nice crab note to it. Really enjoyed this one. Original review

#6: Yum Yum Instant Noodles Tom Yum Kung Flavor

The noodles are soft here with no crumble. There’s a lot of them and they are of decent quality. The broth is sharp and strong with chilli strength and lemongrass crispness. This is a great taste of Thailand. Original review

#5: MAMA Instant Noodles Shrimp Creamy Tom Yum Flavour

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Thai Instant Noodles Of All Time 2021 Edition

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

#4: MAMA Instant Noodles Yentafo Tom Yum Mohfai

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

#3: MAMA Oriental Kitchen Stir Fried Salted Egg

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Thai Instant Noodles Of All Time 2021 Edition

The noodles came out nicely – gauge and chew very much on point. I wasn’t expecting the texture – very, very good with the seasonings. A spicy and fascinating melange of flavor including a kind of egg yolk smashed kind of feel to it that was really nice.  Original review

#2: MAMA Oriental Style Instant Noodles Green Curry Flavour

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

#1: MAMA Oriental Kitchen Shrimp Stir Fried Tomyum Sauce Noodle

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Thai Instant Noodles Of All Time 2021 Edition

The noodles are great – a little thicker than I expected and light kind of like a yakisoba noodle. The flavoring coats throughout. It’s a very spicy (and not a bitter spicy) hit alongside a classic tom yum flavor – notes of spicy and lemongrass cooperating skillfully. The included shrimp were quite good, although I would have loved a ton more. Original review

Announcements

Instant Noodle Recipe Time Reaches Episode 1000

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2021 Edition

A few years back, I decided to try doing a show where I would record myself preparing and sampling the noodles I review. It’s been a lot of fun and a great way to share ideas about what I do every days. Today, episode 1000 is here and it’s a very unique episode. In the image above, you might have noticed that’s not noodles. But actually, it is! Bread made with instant noodles and seasoning as an ingredient! Longtime friend author Matthew Bellah has experimented with making a noodle-centric offering as of late and the results have been quite fascinating! Instant Noodle Recipe Time comes out daily at 2pm Pacific time. Check it out!

The Ramen Rater Group On Facebook

Want to hang out with like minded instant noodle fans? There’s over 55,000 of them now in Ramen Junkies / Instant Noodles – The Ramen Rater, a group on Facebook. You can see what people are creating, looking for, and discovering! Join us!

The Ramen Rater Shop

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2021 Edition

People have been asking where to get a lot of varieties and so I’ve partnered with Exotic Noods to bring you The Ramen Rater Shop. Here you’ll find an expending variety of instant noodles at a pretty decent price. You’ll be able to try a wide array of varieties and not have to buy a ton of each variety. I really wanted to have a way you could just buy a single pack of two at a time. The same way I do when I visit an Asian grocery.

The All New The Ramen Rater App For Android

The Ramen Rater App Android Play Store

The Ramen Rater App for Android has been given a whole new look and functionality. You can scan bar codes to see reviews I’ve done while at the store, peruse the top ten lists, and do simple searches. It’s really great – even a dark mode! Best of all it’s free and currently ad-free.

 

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