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#3352: A-Sha Rainbow Noodles – Taiwan

#3352: A-Sha Rainbow Noodles - Taiwan

Check this out! Multi-colored noodles! This is an interesting set. What is coloring these? Well, you have Matcha noodle (green) with original sauce, Red Yeast Noodle (red) with onion sauce, Purple Yam Noodle (purple with sesame paste sauce, Danzai Noodle (yellow) with spicy BBQ sauce, and finally Blue-Green Algae Noodle (blue-green) with chili sauce. Pretty neat! I want to try making a bowl of multi-colored noodles I think. This could be interesting! Let’s check it out!

A-Sha Rainbow Noodles – Taiwan

#3352: A-Sha Rainbow Noodles - Taiwan

Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, boil one bundle of noodles for 5 minutes. Drain. Add in corresponding sauce and one sachet of green onion. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3352: A-Sha Rainbow Noodles - Taiwan

Colorful!

The different sachets.

Dried green onion.

All five of the noodle varieties, cooked and prepared separately (click to enlarge).

Finished (click to enlarge). Added scallion, shrimp, fish cake, egg, sesame seed, black sesame seed, and pepper flake. The five different style of nodles are really quite interesting. They all have differring textures, and some seemed thinner (the red yeast is a prime example). The sauce flavors were nice as well. Included green onion worked well also. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4715635853971.

Asha Top Seller Ramen Sampler (Non-Spicy)

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#3297: A-Sha Jin Kung Fu Spicy Scallion Noodle – Taiwan

#3297: A-Sha Jin Kung Fu Spicy Scallion Noodle - Taiwan

Here’s one the folks at A-Sha sent over – thanks again! I like spicy and I like scallions a lot. Scallions (spring onion/green onion) are one of the things I always have to have on hand. Period. Let’s check these out!

A-Sha Jin Kung Fu Spicy Scallion Noodle – Taiwan

#3297: A-Sha Jin Kung Fu Spicy Scallion Noodle - Taiwan

Detail of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat – check ofr yourself. To prepare, boil noodles for 5 minutes and 30 seconds. Drain. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

The dry noodle block.

A wet sachet.

Chives.

Pepper flake.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion and sesame seeds. Noodles are broad and have a nice doneness and chewiness. The flavor is a sweet, spicy, and savory one with the greenery component working very well alongside the other flavors. Hard oto put down. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4715635853957.

Asha Healthy Ramen Noodles, Medium Width Mandarin Noodles, Original Sauce Flavor, 5 Pouches Per Servings, 3.35Oz (95 grams)

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The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Taiwanese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2020 Edition

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Taiwanese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2020 Edition

This is the seventh year of the Top Ten Taiwan Instant Noodles list! Every year, I’m truly amazed at the innovation and unique varieties coming from the beautiful island of Taiwan. If you haven’t had the experience of visiting, you really should – the food, the culture – it truly has been a life changing experience for me. Growing up, all I knew of Taiwan was labels on products that simply said ‘made in Taiwan’ – but it so much more. One aspect is the noodle, and they’re really unique and delicious. This is a list of my favorite out of the reviews I’ve done up to number 3,284. Many images you will see have garnish, however only the base product before any is added is what’s reviewed, as in all of my reviews. I hope you enjoy this year’s list and consider trying some of these great varieties if you’ve not tried before – they’re really great! With that, here’s the Top Ten Taiwanese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2020 Edition.

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Taiwanese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2020 Edition

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Watch me talk about each variety of The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Taiwanese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2020 Edition. A special addition this year is a list at the end of honorable mentions!

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Taiwanese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2020 Edition

#10: A-Sha Dry Noodle Dan Zai Noodle

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The noodles have a flat and broad gauge and an excellent chewiness I’ve come to expect from the A-Sha line of products. The flavor is very good – a kind of spicy, salty, slightly sweet and then this savoriness to it – lots of spices that I can really only describe as tasking like Taiwan. Original review

#9: Three Meters Noodles Shallot Taste

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Nice gauge and light chew. The flavor was just mind-blowingly good and I am thoroughly excited about this one. The shallot flavor is just right – not too salty, not too pushy – just exactly perfect. Original review

#8: TTL Pickled Vegetable Beef With Hua Diao Liquor

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This one I enjoyed immensely – lots of noodles, but the broth was the show stopper. The combo of the liquor and the rich beef broth was very savory. Add vegetables and real beef from the retort pouch and there’s why it’s on this list. Original review

#7: Shin Horng Lukang Thin Noodles Ginger & Sesame Oil Flavor

#7: Shin Horng Lukang Thin Noodles Ginger & Sesame Oil Flavor

A very recent review. Found this at a local store and the combo of ginger and sesame was intriguing. Take a thin noodle and combine it aptly with the aforementioned flavors and there you go. Very tasty ginger and sesame are in the forefront and it’s just plain umami incarnate. Original review

#6: Tseng Noodle Scallion With Sichuan Pepper Flavor

#6: Tseng Noodle Scallion With Sichuan Pepper Flavor

A wide noodle with scalloped edges. These have the bonus of a thin edge and thicker center, giving a delicate as well as hearty aspect. The flavor is very good – a soy bump, some onion hit, then the Sichuan pepper oil. It all works together magnificently. Original review

#5: Little Cook Thailand Green Curry Chicken

#5: Little Cook Thailand Green Curry Chicken

This bowl, in fact, is two bowls. One you steep the noodles in. The second? Drain the broth from the first by poking holes in the lid and pour into it. The noodle is accompanied by a spicy green curry and chunks of vegetable and real chicken. The broth slurping soup worked well too. Original review

#4: Xiao Ban Mian Traditional Shallot & Scallion Oil Noodle

#4: Xiao Ban Mian Traditional Shallot & Scallion Oil Noodle

Start with a thin kind of rectangular noodle with a strong chew. The flavor that comes with it is a sweet and savory shallot and scallion oil – and it works so well. Who would think something so simple could be so delightful. Original review

#3: Mom’s Dry Noodle Blue Elephant Curries

#3: Mom's Dry Noodle Blue Elephant Curries

I think it’s safe to say most people who follow this website are keen on the fact that I love Thai food and I love curry. What’s neat here is that these curries – one red and one green – pair so well with a Taiwanese noodle – and naturally so. Savory curries and dry noodles marry in such a way that a perfect balance of two cuisines harmonize rather than find conflict or dissonance. Impressive! Original reviews 1 & 2

#2: Mom’s Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle

#2: Mom’s Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle

The noodles came out with a very nice chew. They aren’t mushy whatsoever and have a confident backbone. The flavor is very good as well. The notes of sesame, Sichuan pepper oil, Sichuan pepper in the dry mix, sesame sauce as well as soy sauce all work together and play well with each other; nobody’s feet get stepped on. Simple yet complex. Original review

#1: A-Sha Gourmet Braised Beef Noodle

#1: A-Sha Gourmet Braised Beef Noodle

For a long time, I’ve really enjoyed this style of noodle from Taiwan. It’s wide, with a center line which is thicker, and the sides are thinner – which gives them a very unique and wonderful mouthfeel. I’ve also always thought that these would just sing is in a broth (usually they are presented with a combination of sauces but no broth). The soup is rich with a strong beef flavor and hint of Sichuan peppercorn that do not overwhelm. The nice part is the inclusion of real beef in here. It should be noted that there is a special version of this that comes out during Lunar New Year which includes Wagyu beef – very expensive at a whopping $15USD per serving!, but very tasty as well. Original review

Updates

Top Ten Lists

Spiciest Instant Noodles 2020

Usually, this Taiwan list would have been released 3 weeks ago – the spicy list would’ve been released last month – what gives?! Well, I’ve been busy. With my 3 year old son Miles home from preschool all summer, time has been spent with him a lot more. Setting up a green screen is a lot more difficult with him and his little sister Miriam running around like banshees in our apartment. I’ve been busy with something else as well…

Weight Loss

The Ramen Rater Diet

In October of 2018, my doctor (who is Taiwanese I should mention!) Gave me a talk. It was the talk I’d gotten many times from him and other doctors: you need to lose weight. He said also that my cholesterol was very high. He told me this on the right day at the right time I suppose and I decided to go all in. I did my first The Ramen Rater Diet video in April after I visited my doctor in April, having lost 65 pounds. I’ve kept it up and lost a lot more since then, and the next video will be out towards the end of October – after a year of eating healthy and exercising every day (I walk a lot – up to 25 miles in a day), I’ll do a big update and share more of what I do and how I do it with you. Many folks have taken my advice and are getting healthier as well, which is very humbling. I think if I can make a big change like this, anyone can!

A-Sha Sends Rainbow Noodles & Nuts From Taiwan

Like colorful things? Looks no further! These are a trip to be sure – and there are some tasty treats other than noodles in here as well! Let’s check em out!

A-Sha Sends Rainbow Noodles & Nuts – Taiwan

#3192: A-Sha Gourmet Wagyu Beef Noodle Soup – Taiwan

#3192 - A-Sha Gourmet Wagyu Beef Noodle Soup - Taiwan

I reviewed the red boxed version previously – and it blew my mind. This one has ultra fancy Australian Wagyu beef in the mix! Yeah! One thing you should note though, you’re going to pay for it. This is super premium stuff and goes for 499$NTD (that’s $15USD). On top of that, this is only out during the holiday season, so Lunar New Year. Maybe Mid Autumn Festival too? I’ll say one thing, if it’s that much better than the other version, it’s going to be existential. Let’s check it out!

A-Sha Gourmet Wagyu Beef Noodle Soup – Taiwan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains beef. To prepare, in a pot add 700ml water and bring to a boil. Cook noodles for 5~6 minutes (I did 5 1/2). In nother pot, empty large sachet of soup and heat. Drain noodles and then add to broth. Finally, stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The large pouch of soup.

A dry sachet of greenery.

Finished (click to enlarge). Nothing added. Noodle is exquisite dry noodle – very broad with a thicker centrer and thinner outer edge giving a dual mouthfeel which is just great. The broth is rich and full with a strong beef flavor – very hearty and complex. Lots of spices in there. The beef is of superb quality – and it’s like butter. Included greenery is a nice finishing touch. This is definitely a fine gourmet bowl. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4715635853896.

#3175: A-Sha Beef Noodle Soup - Taiwan

Rated Best Tasting and Award Winning [Taiwan No.1] A-sha Hakka Noodle – Spicy BBQ Flavor

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Top Ten Best Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019

Top Ten Best Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019

This is my list of my all time favorites (compiled up to review #3132). These are the best and most memorable varieties – some you’ll be able to find easily, some you won’t. In the images you see, you’ll see garnished bowls of noodles. Note – reviewing is done BEFORE products have anything externally added by myself, and I follow directions on the package – for better or for worse. I should also note that going forward, the official last day for companies to submit varieties to be considered for the annual top ten will be January 31st. That’s enough – let’s have a look at The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition!

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition

Video Presentation

A special presentation of The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition.

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition

#10: Indomie Real Meat Mi Instan Goreng Rendang – Indonesia

Top Ten Best Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019

The first Indomie variety on the list in years and it’s really amazing. Basically take their Mi Goreng Rendang and include a sachet of real rendang in a retort pouch. This comes after recently hearing that Indomie Rendang is hard to find here in the United States, something I was surprised to hear since it’s such a popular product and such a good one. Original review

#9: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Ramen – Hong Kong

Top Ten Best Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019

I’ve become enamored and thrilled with the straight ramen noodle varieties in recent years – especially ones from Hong Kong which have been on the last two The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time lists. This is Sau Tao’s first appearance on the list. A Thai flavor is delivered masterfully – broth has a great richness and crispness of tom yum kung – spicy and lemongrass and shrimp notes play together very well. Original review

#8: Mom’s Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle – Taiwan

Top Ten Best Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019

It’s second year on The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time, Mom’s Dry Noodles’ Dan Dan Noodle is just wonderful stuff. A broth-free offering with gourmet Taiwanese dry noodles, and myriad sauces that harmonize, salty, spicy, sweet and other flavors masterfully. Flavorful and deep. Original review

#7: Red Chef Green Tom Yum Soup Noodles – Malaysia

Top Ten Best Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019

Another one returning to The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time list, Red Chef’s Green Tom Yum Soup Noodles feature a fried noodle with a great mouthfeel and quantity. They work well with the broth which is like a mashup of tom yum and green curry. The spiciness and flavors are just great – it might seem like a strange gimmicky kind of thing but definitely not. I love the new and this is a new flavor for the instant noodle world. Original review

#6: Prima Taste Singapore Curry Wholegrain La Mian – Singapore

Top Ten Best Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019

Since a very young age when my mother would cook curried chicken livers over rice, I’ve absolutely loved curry. This one is just mind blowing and has been on the top ten for years and years. The noodles are thick and chewy  – and have a rustic kind of feel to them. Marry that to the broth which comes from a large sachet of curry paste and one full of coconut milk powder, you end up with a rich, luxuriant experience you’ll love. I should note they also have a version with non-wholegrain noodles which is also very impressive. Original review

#5: CarJEN Nyonya Curry Laksa – Malaysia

Top Ten Best Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019

Back again with their rich curry noodle, CarJEN brings something very special to the table in their Nyonya Curry Laksa. You dip the paste seen on the spoon into the broth to flavor it and it has little bits of shrimp in there that really are a nice addition. Sweetness, spiciness, richness from coconut milk powder, and a nice plump noodle makes this so tasty and memorable. Original Review

#4: A-Sha Gourmet Braised Beef Noodle Soup – Taiwan

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition

This is the highest position a Taiwanese variety has achieved in The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time before – congratulations, Taiwan! For a long time, I’ve really enjoyed this style of noodle from Taiwan. It’s wide, with a center line which is thicker, and the sides are thinner – which gives them a very unique and wonderful mouthfeel. I’ve also always thought that these would just sing is in a broth (usually they are presented with a combination of sauces but no broth). The soup is rich with a strong beef flavor and hint of Sichuan peppercorn that do not overwhelm. The nice part is the inclusion of real beef in here. It should be noted that there is a special version of this that comes out during Lunar New Year which includes Wagyu beef – very expensive at a whopping $15USD per serving!, but very tasty as well. Original review

#3: Liangchengmei Biang Biang Men – China

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My wife Kit saw this while we were up in Canada and it piqued my curiosity so thought hey let’s give it a try. Noodles are very broad – over an inch. The flavoring is just superb – to use a word I normally don’t, this is yummy. What’s interesting too is that they included meat – at least I thought it was meat – it’s made from soy protein! Unique, delicious, and the highest a Chinese variety has achieved on The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time to date. Congratulations! Original review

#2: Red Chef Spicy Sakura Prawn Soup Noodles – Malaysia

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Let the prawn-slaught begin! Returning to the #2 spot this year, we have a Red Chef variety that just gives and gives when it comes to sweet and savory prawn flavor. This umami bomb has a nice chewy noodle that is complimented by just the sweetest, strongest prawn broth with an excellent thickness and just the right amount of spiciness. What’s more they include a sachet of crispy onions to put on top that round things out so well. If you want to have a prawn freak out, this is an indispensable tool. Original review

#1: Prima Taste Singapore Wholegrain Laksa La Mian — Singapore

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For the fourth year in a row, Prima Taste wins with it’s excellent Wholegrain Laksa. If  abandoned on an island with only a life supply of instant noodles, I’d want them to be these, period. Hearty artisan noodles which are thick and of good quantity are combined with a broth which has a strong flavor and richness from coconut milk powder. A flavorful and striking noodle dish. Original review

What’s New

Instant Noodle Recipe Time

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition

In the last year, I’ve decided to start doing videos for each on of my reviews and as of April 3rd, I’ve done 295 episodes. You can watch me cook and garnish everything as I sit at my stove. People have commented ‘why do you sit?’ Well, it’s a lot easier to record the show that way. Why do you wear sunglasses all the time? I’m legally blind and light sensitive. I answer a lot of questions about what I do from reader questions as well as talk about what I’m up to and give opinions and chatter about anything that crosses my mind. The show comes out every single day at 2pm Seattle time. Check out the show here.

The Chocolate Break

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition

What began as something to try once has become a project my wife Kit and I do regularly. The Chocolate Break is where we try chocolate from around the world – and give our opinions on them. I’m proud to announce that www.thechocolatebreak.com is up and has rundowns of every single episode! Check it out and let us know what you think!

Big Changes For Me

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition

Some of you have been noticing I’ve been losing weight – thank you! In fact I’ve been working hard on that. Reviews I do are usually involving me eating maybe 5% of a bowl of noodles, if that. Everything else goes down the drain.

I keep my regime to around 1200~1500 calories a day. I’ve also been doing a lot of walking with my daughter Miriam. With her stroller decked out with lots of lights and a really loud speaker (I usually play a lot of Primus, Herbie Hancock, Sepultura, Deodato, and Tobacco), we walk all over town. My feet hurt, too! If you put together our walking from April 1st and April 2nd, it comes to 21.12 miles (33.989km)! No, that is NOT a typo. My doctor told me I had high cholesterol back in October and I decided to make some changes. I’ll find out how I’ve done later this month and let you guys know how I’ve done so far.

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition

Top Ten Best Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019

This is my list of my all time favorites (compiled up to review #3132). These are the best and most memorable varieties – some you’ll be able to find easily, some you won’t. In the images you see, you’ll see garnished bowls of noodles. Note – reviewing is done BEFORE products have anything externally added by myself, and I follow directions on the package – for better or for worse. I should also note that going forward, the official last day for companies to submit varieties to be considered for the annual top ten will be January 31st. That’s enough – let’s have a look at The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition!

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition

Video Presentation

A special presentation of The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition.

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition

#10: Indomie Real Meat Mi Instan Goreng Rendang – Indonesia

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition

The first Indomie variety on the list in years and it’s really amazing. Basically take their Mi Goreng Rendang and include a sachet of real rendang in a retort pouch. This comes after recently hearing that Indomie Rendang is hard to find here in the United States, something I was surprised to hear since it’s such a popular product and such a good one. Original review

#9: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Ramen – Hong Kong

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition

I’ve become enamored and thrilled with the straight ramen noodle varieties in recent years – especially ones from Hong Kong which have been on the last two The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time lists. This is Sau Tao’s first appearance on the list. A Thai flavor is delivered masterfully – broth has a great richness and crispness of tom yum kung – spicy and lemongrass and shrimp notes play together very well. Original review

#8: Mom’s Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle – Taiwan

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition

It’s second year on The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time, Mom’s Dry Noodles’ Dan Dan Noodle is just wonderful stuff. A broth-free offering with gourmet Taiwanese dry noodles, and myriad sauces that harmonize, salty, spicy, sweet and other flavors masterfully. Flavorful and deep. Original review

#7: Red Chef Green Tom Yum Soup Noodles – Malaysia

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition

Another one returning to The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time list, Red Chef’s Green Tom Yum Soup Noodles feature a fried noodle with a great mouthfeel and quantity. They work well with the broth which is like a mashup of tom yum and green curry. The spiciness and flavors are just great – it might seem like a strange gimmicky kind of thing but definitely not. I love the new and this is a new flavor for the instant noodle world. Original review

#6: Prima Taste Singapore Curry Wholegrain La Mian – Singapore

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition

Since a very young age when my mother would cook curried chicken livers over rice, I’ve absolutely loved curry. This one is just mind blowing and has been on the top ten for years and years. The noodles are thick and chewy  – and have a rustic kind of feel to them. Marry that to the broth which comes from a large sachet of curry paste and one full of coconut milk powder, you end up with a rich, luxuriant experience you’ll love. I should note they also have a version with non-wholegrain noodles which is also very impressive. Original review

#5: CarJEN Nyonya Curry Laksa – Malaysia

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition

Back again with their rich curry noodle, CarJEN brings something very special to the table in their Nyonya Curry Laksa. You dip the paste seen on the spoon into the broth to flavor it and it has little bits of shrimp in there that really are a nice addition. Sweetness, spiciness, richness from coconut milk powder, and a nice plump noodle makes this so tasty and memorable. Original Review

#4: A-Sha Gourmet Braised Beef Noodle Soup – Taiwan

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition

This is the highest position a Taiwanese variety has achieved in The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time before – congratulations, Taiwan! For a long time, I’ve really enjoyed this style of noodle from Taiwan. It’s wide, with a center line which is thicker, and the sides are thinner – which gives them a very unique and wonderful mouthfeel. I’ve also always thought that these would just sing is in a broth (usually they are presented with a combination of sauces but no broth). The soup is rich with a strong beef flavor and hint of Sichuan peppercorn that do not overwhelm. The nice part is the inclusion of real beef in here. It should be noted that there is a special version of this that comes out during Lunar New Year which includes Wagyu beef – very expensive at a whopping $15USD per serving!, but very tasty as well. Original review

#3: Liangchengmei Biang Biang Men – China

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition

My wife Kit saw this while we were up in Canada and it piqued my curiosity so thought hey let’s give it a try. Noodles are very broad – over an inch. The flavoring is just superb – to use a word I normally don’t, this is yummy. What’s interesting too is that they included meat – at least I thought it was meat – it’s made from soy protein! Unique, delicious, and the highest a Chinese variety has achieved on The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time to date. Congratulations! Original review

#2: Red Chef Spicy Sakura Prawn Soup Noodles – Malaysia

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition

Let the prawn-slaught begin! Returning to the #2 spot this year, we have a Red Chef variety that just gives and gives when it comes to sweet and savory prawn flavor. This umami bomb has a nice chewy noodle that is complimented by just the sweetest, strongest prawn broth with an excellent thickness and just the right amount of spiciness. What’s more they include a sachet of crispy onions to put on top that round things out so well. If you want to have a prawn freak out, this is an indispensable tool. Original review

#1: Prima Taste Singapore Wholegrain Laksa La Mian — Singapore

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition

For the fourth year in a row, Prima Taste wins with it’s excellent Wholegrain Laksa. If  abandoned on an island with only a life supply of instant noodles, I’d want them to be these, period. Hearty artisan noodles which are thick and of good quantity are combined with a broth which has a strong flavor and richness from coconut milk powder. A flavorful and striking noodle dish. Original review

What’s New

Instant Noodle Recipe Time

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition

In the last year, I’ve decided to start doing videos for each on of my reviews and as of April 3rd, I’ve done 295 episodes. You can watch me cook and garnish everything as I sit at my stove. People have commented ‘why do you sit?’ Well, it’s a lot easier to record the show that way. Why do you wear sunglasses all the time? I’m legally blind and light sensitive. I answer a lot of questions about what I do from reader questions as well as talk about what I’m up to and give opinions and chatter about anything that crosses my mind. The show comes out every single day at 2pm Seattle time. Check out the show here.

The Chocolate Break

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition

What began as something to try once has become a project my wife Kit and I do regularly. The Chocolate Break is where we try chocolate from around the world – and give our opinions on them. I’m proud to announce that www.thechocolatebreak.com is up and has rundowns of every single episode! Check it out and let us know what you think!

Big Changes For Me

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition

Some of you have been noticing I’ve been losing weight – thank you! In fact I’ve been working hard on that. Reviews I do are usually involving me eating maybe 5% of a bowl of noodles, if that. Everything else goes down the drain.

I keep my regime to around 1200~1500 calories a day. I’ve also been doing a lot of walking with my daughter Miriam. With her stroller decked out with lots of lights and a really loud speaker (I usually play a lot of Primus, Herbie Hancock and Tobacco), we walk all over town. My feet hurt, too! If you put together our walking from April 1st and April 2nd, it comes to 21.12 miles (33.989km)! No, that is NOT a typo. My doctor told me I had high cholesterol back in October and I decided to make some changes. I’ll find out how I’ve done later this month and let you guys know how I’ve done so far.

#3139: A-Sha Guanmiao Noodle Spicy Fennel – Taiwan

#3139: A-Sha Guanmiao Noodle Spicy Fennel - Taiwan

This is the second of two A-Sha varieties I got a little while back. I’ve been cranking out three reviews a day lately and chugging through a lot of new stuff. Now that a lot of the varieties are churned through, I can focus on some things in the hamper. See, my hampers are very full. When I get new stuff, they go into the area next to the kitchen. Instead of tripping over boxes, I try to run through them quickly! So here we have a wide noodle from Taiwan. Let’s get started.

A-Sha Guanmiao Noodle Spicy Fennel – Taiwan

#3139: A-Sha Guanmiao Noodle Spicy Fennel - Taiwan

The distributor’s sticker (click to enlarge).

#3139: A-Sha Guanmiao Noodle Spicy Fennel - Taiwan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, boil noodles for 5 minutes. Drain. Add sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3139: A-Sha Guanmiao Noodle Spicy Fennel - Taiwan

The noodle block.

#3139: A-Sha Guanmiao Noodle Spicy Fennel - Taiwan

A wet sachet.

#3139: A-Sha Guanmiao Noodle Spicy Fennel - Taiwan

Has a soy scent.

#3139: A-Sha Guanmiao Noodle Spicy Fennel - Taiwan

A dry sachet.

#3139: A-Sha Guanmiao Noodle Spicy Fennel - Taiwan

Looks to be something spicy?

Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft egg, spring onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and Chinese sausage. The noodles are great – nice chew and very broad. Flavor is definitely spicy but not overly so with some nice soy and sweet in there. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4715635852974.

#3139: A-Sha Guanmiao Noodle Spicy Fennel - Taiwan

Asha Healthy Ramen Noodles, Knife Cut noodles (4 individual 96g pouches) (Spicy Fennel)

Watch me put this together on Instant Noodle Reipe Time!

#3117: A-Sha Gourmet Sesame Paste Noodle – Taiwan

#3117: A-Sha Gourmet Sesame Paste Noodle - Taiwan-sha

This is the last of the quartet of varieties from A-Sha that they sent to me a little while back. With this, I think I’ve cleared out all the odds and ends of noodle varieties that have been sitting in the kitchen – boo yah! Next will be the boxes next to counter in the kitchen lol – should be able to whittle those down quite a bit this week as well.

A-Sha Gourmet Sesame Paste Noodle – Taiwan

#3117: A-Sha Gourmet Sesame Paste Noodle - Taiwan

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat or not – check for yourself. To prepare, boil noodles for 4 minutes. Drain. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3117: A-Sha Gourmet Sesame Paste Noodle - Taiwan

The noodle block.

#3117: A-Sha Gourmet Sesame Paste Noodle - Taiwan

The first of two wet sachets.

#3117: A-Sha Gourmet Sesame Paste Noodle - Taiwan

Sesame paste?

#3117: A-Sha Gourmet Sesame Paste Noodle - Taiwan

The other wet sachet.

#3117: A-Sha Gourmet Sesame Paste Noodle - Taiwan

Soy sauce.

#3117: A-Sha Gourmet Sesame Paste Noodle - Taiwan

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, scallions, sesame seeds, chashu pork and soft egg. The noodles have a firm chew and are plentiful. The flavor is akin to peanut butter – very dry. It is augmented with a light saltiness from soy sauce. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4715635853902.

A-sha Mandarin Noodle – Original Flavor

 

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#3114: A-Sha Gourmet Sichuan Peppercorn Flavor – Taiwan

Here’s the third of the A-Sha Gourmet varieties I’m trying today. There’s one more left. So translation isn’t my strong suit and I often turn to friends and colleagues as to what different varieties are called and translate them. At this exact moment, I’m dumbfounded. Google’s not very helpful; one says hemp. I could be mistaken, but I think hemp isn’t going to be in the name of this one. I’ve had varieties say they’re dolphin bone as well, which most certain isn’t the case! I’ll find out shortly though!

A-Sha Gourmet Sichuan Peppercorn Flavor – Taiwan

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it has meat or not – check for yourself. To prepare, boil noodles for 4 minutes. Drain. Add in liquid base and stir. Add dry sachet. Finally, stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

A wet sachet.

A thick sauce.

A dry sachet.

Looks like a peppery garnish.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft egg, chashu pork, spring onion, and sansyo pepper. The noodles are excellent as always – nice chewiness to them and the slight wideness (about 2.5 times wider than an instant noodle) is very nice. The flavor is sweet and very savory, along with a little hit of Sichuan pepper which isn’t overwhelming, but lets you know it’s come for the party. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4715635853674.

Asha Healthy Ramen Noodles, thin size noodles (5 individual 95g pouches) (Sesame, 1 pack)

Watch me cook and garnish this one on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

#3100: A-Sha Gourmet Braised Beef Noodle Soup – Taiwan

#3175: A-Sha Beef Noodle Soup - Taiwan

Here’s yet another box from Taiwan – they’re getting more popular these days for companies who want to roll out a premium variety. I like boxes; they look fancy and usually mean meats will be at play. Here’s a little about Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup from Wikipedia –

Beef noodle soup, is a noodle soup made of stewed or red braised beef, beef brothvegetables and Chinese noodles. It exists in various forms throughout East Asia and Southeast Asia. Beef noodle soup was first created by the Hui people during the Tang Dynasty.[1][2] According to some internet sources, the Red-braised Beef Noodle Soup (紅燒牛肉麵) is a dish created by the veterans from Kuomintang who have fled to Taiwan during the Chinese Civil War.

When soy sauce is added, the soup is called red roasted or braised beef noodles (紅燒牛肉麵). Braised beef noodles was reputedly invented by Kuomintang Sichuan Province recruits who fled from mainland China to Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Therefore, it is sometimes incorrectly referred to as “Szechuan Beef Noodle Soup” (四川牛肉麵). The Taiwanese traditionally had a aversion to the consumption of beef because cattle were valuable beasts of burden but it is believed that this soup’s popularity broke this taboo and also paved the way to Taiwan later embracing American foods that utilized beef (such as hamburgers). The red braised beef noodles is the most common type of beef noodle in Taiwan. The beef is often stewed with the broth and simmered, sometimes for hours. Chefs also let the stock simmer for long periods with bone marrow; some vendors can cook the beef stock for over 24 hours. This type of beef noodles tends to be spicy, as garlic, chili oil, doubanjiang or five-spice powder may be added – classic flavor elements of Sichuan cuisine. There are several variations with the soy-based broth, such as spicy, tomato, garlic and herbal medicine. The tomato variation (番茄牛肉麵) is popular in Taiwan and features chunks of tomatoes in a rich red-coloured tomato broth with or without soy sauce.[13] The herbal medicine variation is usually served without suancai as a topping (as its acidic properties are believed to inhibit medicinal properties) and may be accompanied by a chili paste made from beef lard.

Let’s delve into this box of noodle soup!

A-Sha Gourmet Braised Beef Noodle Soup – Taiwan

#3175: A-Sha Beef Noodle Soup - Taiwan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains beef. To prepare, boil noodles for 6~7 minutes. About 3 minutes in to boiling the noodles, add large pouch to another pot and bring to a boil. Drain noodles and add to second pot. Finally, sprinkle dry sachet contents on top and enjoy!

#3175: A-Sha Beef Noodle Soup - Taiwan

A package of noodles.

#3175: A-Sha Beef Noodle Soup - Taiwan

A very large pouch. This contains the soup aspect of the dish.

#3175: A-Sha Beef Noodle Soup - Taiwan

Green onions.

#3175: A-Sha Beef Noodle Soup - Taiwan

Finished (click to enlarge). Nothing added. Broad, chewy Taiwanese dry noodles have an incredibly good mouthfeel. Center vein of this style noodle provides extra chewiness while sides are thinner and lighter, giving a multi-textural feel. The broth is rich and savory with an excellent balance between salty, beef taste, and a light bit of heat which harmonizes. Included beef is like butter and melts in your mouth. Green garnish works well. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4715635854008.

#3175: A-Sha Beef Noodle Soup - Taiwan

Rated Best Tasting and Award Winning [Taiwan No.1] A-sha Hakka Noodle – Spicy BBQ Flavor

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Unboxing A $15 Gourmet Wagyu Beef Noodle Box – Taiwan

So this is some epic looking stuff. A-Sha USA was kind enough to send one of the fanciest products A-Sha Taiwan makes – their Gourmet Wagyu Beef Noodle Soup. So first things first – you want to get some? Well, it’s only available during the holidays i.e. Lunar New Year – so you might have a year to wait for it. But here I can show you what it looks like and tell you some about it – including the fact that this goes for $15.

Unboxing A $15 Gourmet Wagyu Beef Noodle Box – Taiwan