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#3253: Ramen Hero Classic Miso Ramen – United States

#3253: Ramen Hero Classic Miso Ramen - United States

I got an email asking if I was interested in trying overnight delivery ramen. Hey – why not, right? So, here we are! Ramen Hero is based in the Bay Area and serves a few surrounding states at the time of this post – check their site for current service area. You pick your ramen, pay, and they’ll overnight you a set of ingredients to make a bowl of ramen at home – including garnish! Not bad. Let’s give this one a try – they send four and since they’re perishable, I’m going to do them over the next couple days.

Ramen Hero Classic Miso Ramen – United States

#3253: Ramen Hero Classic Miso Ramen - United States

Here’s the labels from the front and back (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, boil the large soup pouch for 10 minutes. when there’s 2 minutes left, boil your noodles in a seperate pot, stirring often. Also at the 1 1/2 minute point, drop the bags with the garnish in with the soup pouch to let them thaw (if needed). Finally, drain your noodles, add them to a bowl, empty the pouch of broth into your bowl, garnish, and enjoy!

#3253: Ramen Hero Classic Miso Ramen - United States

Fresh ramen noodles.

#3253: Ramen Hero Classic Miso Ramen - United States

A large pouch of miso ramen broth.

#3253: Ramen Hero Classic Miso Ramen - United States

Chashu pork belly!

#3253: Ramen Hero Classic Miso Ramen - United States

Neato seaweed!

#3253: Ramen Hero Classic Miso Ramen - United States

A special ground beef.

Pickled bamboo shoots (menma).

#3253: Ramen Hero Classic Miso Ramen - United States

Finished (click to enlarge). Aside from the included garnish, I added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, corn, soft egg, and black sesame seeds. Noodles are great – definitely nice to have fresh ones here – and thy come out just right. The broth is a tasty miso – just rich enough. The included garnish was great – especially that ground beef which added a little sweetness. Bamboo shots were crisp, chashu was tasty too. I really loved the seaweed having the print on it – that was really fun to work with. Putting everything together was pretty simple too. 4.75 out of 5.0 stars.

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#3252: Shin Horng Lukang Thin Noodles Ginger & Sesame Oil Flavor – Taiwan

Shin Horng Lukang Thin Noodles Ginger & Sesame Oil Flavor - Taiwan

I often end up at 99 Ranch Market to pick up mung bean sprouts, other produce, and other things once every week or so. It’s a chain of Asian markets that started on the west coast but after looking at their site, they’ve popped up all over the United States – which is good – they’ve got lots of neat stuff.

It’s neat because The Ramen Rater and 99 Ranch Market have some special history. When I first started the site, I lived far from any Asian grocery stores. I got about 60 reviews in and had a five or six year hiatus. When I met my wife and I moved to Edmonds in 2010, we lived about a five minute walk from one. That rekindled my flame for instant noodles and reviewing and really was the reason you’re seeing this review today; if we hadn’t moved to that spot, I’m unsure the site would’ve ever gone forward.

I see new products popping up there all the time in the noodle aisle. Taiwanese products in particular. I saw this one last visit and thought ‘this looks interesting.’ Never seen this brand before and ginger sesame sounds good. So I got it. The hunt for the noodle is something I really love. The obscure, the never before seen. Honestly, it’s a thrill for me – perhaps in the same way some people spend their kids’ college savings at the racetrack. On the upside, this gamble is not going to break the bank. Anyways, yeah it’s something I thoroughly enjoy and here is the fruit of my search – something new.

Shin Horng Lukang Thin Noodles Ginger & Sesame Oil Flavor – Taiwan

The import/distributor’s sticker (click to enlarge).

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, boil noodles 1~2 minutes. Drain. Add 70ml water. Add sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Shin Horng Lukang Thin Noodles Ginger & Sesame Oil Flavor - Taiwan

This was a nice surprise – shelf-stable fresh noodles.

Shin Horng Lukang Thin Noodles Ginger & Sesame Oil Flavor - Taiwan

A large wet sachet.

Shin Horng Lukang Thin Noodles Ginger & Sesame Oil Flavor - Taiwan

Finished (click to enlarge). Added sauteed beef, egg, scallion, pickled ginger, sesame seeds, and pepper flake. I used a pair of kitchen scissors to make two crosscuts of the noodles. The noodles are indeed thin with a sturdy tooth. The flavor is just excellent. A strong showing of both ginger and sesame oil taste – super savory and delicious. Hard not to put this one down. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4710575369995.

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#3251: Hokkaido Furano Ramen Tomikawa Ramen – Japan

#3251: Furano Ramen Tomikawa Ramen - Japan

This one was in a Ramen Trunk subscription box.These boxes are full of extremely high end varieties that you’ll never find in the United States or anywhere outside Japan! Check out this link and use coupon code RAMENRATER20OFF for 20% off any single box or subscription!

Here’s what they had to say about this particular variety – “Tomikawa ramenprimarily contains a shoyu (soy sauce) based broth but the recipe here involves the complex combination of chicken stock, seaweed, and a balanced hint of sardine essence combined perfectly to deliver a beautiful golden broth. Topping off the delicate bowl of ramen is a pack of fragrant chicken oil. Use at you discretion and taste preference. The noodles contained in this pack are a common medium thickness with a high protein content. As a recognition for Furano Ramen’s dedication to finding the perfect balanced taste, this Tomikawa ramen was listed in the Michelin Hokkaido Guide 2012.”

Sounds neat let’s hit it!

Furano Ramen Tomikawa Ramen – Japan

#3251: Furano Ramen Tomikawa Ramen - Japan

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure what meat is in here, but sure there’s meat. To prepare, boil noodles for 5~6 minutes. Drain. Add sachet contents to 300ml boiling water. Add noodles and soup to a bowl. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3251: Furano Ramen Tomikawa Ramen - Japan

The noodle block.

#3251: Furano Ramen Tomikawa Ramen - Japan

A large wet soup base sachet.

#3251: Furano Ramen Tomikawa Ramen - Japan

Looks like a dry sachet of onion.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft egg, chashu pork, spring onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, habanero togarashi, and black sesame seeds. Noodles were on point with a unique chew which worked well. Broth was fantastic and tasty. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4571327730070.

#3251: Furano Ramen Tomikawa Ramen - Japan

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#3250: Jinmailang Cup Noodles Chicken & Mushroom Flavor – United States

#3250: Jinmailang Cup Noodles Chicken & Mushroom Flavor - United States

This is an interesting one. Made in China for the US market. I found this one at a Fred Meyer supermarket here in Lynnwood – the last place I’d expect to see something like this. It’s nice to see stores expanding these kinds of things. Let’s give it a try!

Jinmailang Cup Noodles Chicken & Mushroom Flavor – United States

#3250: Jinmailang Cup Noodles Chicken & Mushroom Flavor - United States

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add in sachet contents and boiling water to line. Cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3250: Jinmailang Cup Noodles Chicken & Mushroom Flavor - United States

An included fork!

#3250: Jinmailang Cup Noodles Chicken & Mushroom Flavor - United States

The noodle block.

#3250: Jinmailang Cup Noodles Chicken & Mushroom Flavor - United States

A dry soup base sachet.

#3250: Jinmailang Cup Noodles Chicken & Mushroom Flavor - United States

A wet seasoned oil sachet.

#3250: Jinmailang Cup Noodles Chicken & Mushroom Flavor - United States

A vegetables dry sachet.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft egg, baked chicken, sansyo, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, and spring onion. The noodles were on the spongy side which was unfortunate. The broth had a slight chiekn flavor that was overridden by funky mushroom. Not among my favorites. 1.0 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 6921555527252.

#3250: Jinmailang Cup Noodles Chicken & Mushroom Flavor - United States

JML INSTANT NOODLE Artificial Spicy BEEF FLAVOR-5 small bags

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Happy Birthday, Singapore! New Products From Prima Taste

Some new stuff just arrived! Perfect timing too, as it’s Singapore’s 54th birthday!Let’s check it out!

Happy Birthday, Singapore! New Products From Prima Taste

#3249: Sapporo Ichiban Pirikara Kenchin Udon – Japan

#3249: Sapporo Ichiban Pirikara Kenchin Udon - Japan

Today we have a Zenpop.JP variety – so what’s Zenpop? They’re a subscription service for all things Japanese! Definitely, check them out. By the way, use coupon code RAMENRATER to get $2 off! Here’s what they had to say about this one – ‘Pirikara means little bit spicym and Kenchin refers to a soup dish containing sauteed carrots, burdock root, and various vegetables, The soup is shoyu based kelp, bonito and shiitake mushroom broth, Yawataya Isogoro’s shichimi (7 spice) is one of the most popular shichimi seasonings in Japan, and it has a history of over 270 years in production. This udon introduces you to the special shichimi from Yawataya Isogoro and Kenchin soup. Especially, burdock and shiitake mushrooms in the cup taste delicious, we hope you enjoy this one of a kind udon.’

Sapporo Ichiban Pirikara Kenchin Udon – Japan

#3249: Sapporo Ichiban Pirikara Kenchin Udon - Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains meat. To prepare, fill to line with boiling water and cover for 5 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3249: Sapporo Ichiban Pirikara Kenchin Udon - Japan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3249: Sapporo Ichiban Pirikara Kenchin Udon - Japan

The udon block.

#3249: Sapporo Ichiban Pirikara Kenchin Udon - Japan

A dry sachet (a rush day – no contents shown – watch video)

#3249: Sapporo Ichiban Pirikara Kenchin Udon - Japan

A second dry sachet.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added bbq pork, soft egg, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, and black sesame seeds. Noodles came out pretty decently – broad, flat udon. The broth was odd – a little sweet, a little spicy, but very earthy. Fascinating. 2.5 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901734036739.

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#3248: Samyang Foods Tsuyu Soy Sauce Udon – South Korea

#3248: Samyang Foods Tsuyu Soy Sauce Udon - South Korea

So mornings can suck sometimes. Waking up 2 hours late for example. With that, I better get a move on!

Samyang Foods Tsuyu Soy Sauce Udon – South Korea

#3248: Samyang Foods Tsuyu Soy Sauce Udon - South Korea

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat – check for yourself. To prepare, boil noodles in 550ml water for 5 minutes. Add in sachets. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3248: Samyang Foods Tsuyu Soy Sauce Udon - South Korea

A large noodle block.

#3248: Samyang Foods Tsuyu Soy Sauce Udon - South Korea

A wet sachet (no open pics today – just no time – watch the video for more)

#3248: Samyang Foods Tsuyu Soy Sauce Udon - South Korea

A dry flake sachet.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added habanero togarashi, bbq pork, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, and spring onion, Noodles came out very tasty and chewy. They really complimented the broth which had a rich flavor of soy and sweet with just a tiny amount of spicy. The included garnish was on point. Very happy with this. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8801073113916.

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#3247: Mitukura Okinawa Soba – Japan

#3247: Mitakura Okinawa Soba - Japan

This one was in a Ramen Trunk subscription box.These boxes are full of extremely high end varieties that you’ll never find in the United States or anywhere outside Japan! Check out this link and use coupon code RAMENRATER20OFF for 20% off any single box or subscription!

Here’s what they had to say about this particular variety – “Okinawa prefecture is a group of islands in the south of Japan. Well known for its tropical weather and beautiful beaches. However, equally well known is the  unique Okinawa Soba produced on these islands.

Okinawa Soba is a noodle soup with thick wheat noodles reminiscent of udon noodles and are slightly flat. Definitely a deviation from typical thin ramen noodles but just as delicious.

The soup is a pork based broth flavored with kombu (seaweed) and bonito (fish flakes) adding to a lighter and more delicate taste.'”

Sounds good – let’s check it out!

Mitakura Okinawa Soba – Japan

#3247: Mitakura Okinawa Soba - Japan

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure but most likely contains meat and fish products – check for yourself. To prepare, boil noodle for 4 minutes. Add sachet to 220ml hot water. Finally, combine drained noodle with broth and enjoy!

#3247: Mitakura Okinawa Soba - Japan

One of the two servings of noodles.

#3247: Mitakura Okinawa Soba - Japan

A wet sachet (click here to enlarge).

#3247: Mitakura Okinawa Soba - Japan

Concentrated liquid base.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added sesame seeds, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, chashu pork, kizami shoga, fish cake and spring onion. Noodles are exemplary with a great thickness and chew. Broth is as advertised – a porky bonito. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4900674003450.

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The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodle Cups Of All Time 2020 Edition

Top Ten Instant Noodle Cups OF All Time 2020 Edition

After years of resisting the common practice of naming these lists after the year ahead, I’ve finally decided I’d conform with societal norms and start doing this with this list. So, there won’t be a 2019 edition (although between you and me that’s what this is as it’s coming out in 2019 and not 2020, but whatever). All lists going forward will be this way. My brain will be okay with it eventually, kind of like how I used to lose my mind when people would pronounce sriracha ‘sirracha,’ which IS the correct way to do s. Time heals all chunks of illogic I suppose. But anyways, these are my favorite and most memorable cup varieties from my reviews up to number 3,180. Let’s take a look at The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodle Cups Of All Time 2020 Edition.

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodle Cups Of All Time 2020 Edition

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#10: Maison De Coree x Samyang Ramen Gout BBQ Coreen – France

A collaboration of Samyang of South Korea and Maison De Coree of France bring this neat variety. A thick and chewy noodle is married to Korean BBQ sauce – a sloppy umami bomb which really is quite delicious. Original review

#9: Nissin Cup Noodles Alitas Hot – Mexico

Top Ten Instant Noodle Cups OF All Time 2020 Edition

Part of their Intensos spicy range, Nissin Mexico brings Alitas Hot – ho wings flavor. The heat level is very tame, however the flavor is off the charts with a very tasty grilled chicken taste. A really nice surprise in this one – worth a try. Original review

#8: MyKuali Penang Red Tom Yum Goong Noodle Authentic Taste – Malaysia

A show stopper, this variety has a super savory broth which is thick and flavorful. Strong tomato and lemongrass notes are present and couples with a great noodle and vegetables sachet. Tastes almost identical to tom yum I tried in Langkawi. Original review

#7: Nissin Cup Noodle Nice Rich Pork Shoyu (New Version) – Japan

This low calorie cup is not low on flavor. A different kind of noodle which has a very good mouthfeel is couples with a strong broth and included garnish which are second to none. At 176 calories for the cup, it makes one wonder why they don’t make all Cup Noodle varieties with this style noodle. Original review

#6: Mamee Chef Curry Laksa Flavour – Malaysia

Top Ten Instant Noodle Cups OF All Time 2020 Edition

These noodles are produced using Mamee Chef’s ‘Mi Tarik’ technology which emulates hand pulled noodles. The broth has a rich and luxuriant curry flavor and is augmented by a myriad of garnish including little tofu puffs. Original review

#5: Miandom Tasty Asia Green Curry Shrimp Flavoured Instant Noodles – Singapore

Top Ten Instant Noodle Cups OF All Time 2020 Edition

With a very unique wheat noodle whose mouthfeel is different from any other on this list, this one has a strong green curry flavor. It’s unique from top to bottom and really delivers a nice green curry experience. Original review

#4: Maruchan QTTA Curry Ramen – Japan

Top Ten Instant Noodle Cups OF All Time 2020 Edition

QTTA (pronounced coo-tah) translated to ‘I’m full/satisfied.’ A cup full of rich curry and thick noodles, with a lot of different included garnish. It definitely should fill you up. Original review

#3: Nissin Cup Noodles Very Veggie Spicy Chicken Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup – United States

Top Ten Instant Noodle Cups OF All Time 2020 Edition

Here you see the Very Veggie Spicy Chicken variety, but truly the whole range which includes beef, chicken, and soy sauce flavors hold this spot – they’r equally good. The sheer amount of vegetables work with the base to create just about the most savory broth you could imagine. Really something that should be experienced by every noodle fan. Original review

#2: MyKuali Penang Hokkien Prawn Noodle Authentic Taste – Malaysia

Top Ten Instant Noodle Cups OF All Time 2020 Edition

If you like prawn like I like prawn, and I really like prawn, you’re going to be exceedingly enthused about this variety. The sheer amount of prawniness is just wonderful – a thick, sweet and spicy broth, great noodles, and included fried onlon just come together so well. Original review

#1: Nissin Cup Noodles Gourmet Sabor A Caldo De Camaron – Mexico

Top Ten Instant Noodle Cups OF All Time 2020 Edition

While other images in this list show the product with additions I’ve made, this one does not. What you see is what you get, and you get a seriously wonderful thing here. A vibrant prawn broth with Mexican flavor, ample garnish (including those reasonably sized shrimp there) and great noodles come together in this one. An absolutely incredible topper to this list. Original review

#3246: Cigala Banzai Noodle Sabor Caril – Portugal

#3246: Cigala Banzai Noodle Sabor Caril - Portugal

First off a big thanks to Chris G. for picking these up and sending them after his whirlwind trip around Europe! This one’s from Portugal which is pretty neat. What flavor is it? Caril translates to curry. Let’s give it a try!

Cigala Banzai Noodle Sabor Caril – Portugal

#3246: Cigala Banzai Noodle Sabor Caril - Portugal

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add boiling water to line and cover 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3246: Cigala Banzai Noodle Sabor Caril - Portugal

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3246: Cigala Banzai Noodle Sabor Caril - Portugal

The noodle block.

#3246: Cigala Banzai Noodle Sabor Caril - Portugal

Loose seasoning and garnish from the cup.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft egg, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, cilantro, black pepper. Noodles hydrated a little less than optimally in the 3 minutes allotted. Broth was suppose to be curry flavored, but was not very convincing. 2.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 5601260591601.

#3246: Cigala Banzai Noodle Sabor Caril - Portugal

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Unboxing Time: Umai Crate Japanese Ramen Box – August 2019

Hey look – another Unboxing Time With The Ramen Rater! This one came today and we brought it inside set up the lights, shot the video, edited it and boom here it is! Lots of neat stuff in this box! Check it out! Get yours here: http://bit.ly/umaicrate
Use coupon code THERAMENRATER for extra discount!

Umai Crate Japanese Instant Noodles August 2019 Unboxing Time With The Ramen Rater