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The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten American Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

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After a few years, I thought I ought to update this list. I thought I even ought to change the name a little. Honestly, not a huge amount of instant noodles from the United States cross my desk these days and of those that do, not many are 5 stars. Nonetheless, there are some changes in the past few years that I thought were noteworthy and so here you go! These are the best instant noodles from the United States out of the 2,500+ varieties of instant noodles I’ve reviewed thus far.

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#10: Nissin Chow Mein Spicy Teriyaki Beef Flavor Chow Mein Noodles

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Been a while since I had this but it’s still a favorite. The teriyaki actually does have a nice teriyaki taste to it – along with a little spicy hit that really makes this one more unique. Original review

#9: Nongshim Chapagetti Roasted Chajang Bowl Noodle

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So Chajang is a black bean sauce – and it goes very well with noodles. There’s no broth here, but there is a hearty bowl that will have you coming back for more. Original review

#8: Maruchan Creamy Chicken Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

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If I’m under the weather, this one has been a go to for me for decades. I mean first, it’s chicken soup with noodles and second, it’s creamy. It’s just really comforting and works very well. Original review

#7: Annie Chun’s Ramen House Thai Coconut Ramen

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The noodles have a nice fresh feel. What’s nice about these like many new varieties is that they do not require refrigeration. With a nice Thai coconut flavor, I get curry and lemongrass and coconut notes in there. Original review

#6: Nongshim Shin Black Spicy Pot-Au-Feu Flavor

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Made in Rancho Cucamonga, California, this is the extra special version of their flagship Shin Ramyun product. Extra broth sachet and great vegetables. Original review

#5: Nongshim Kimchi Flavor Noodle Soup

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First off, this is a Vegan product. What’s awesome is that it’s just got this bright and tangy broth going on that really impresses me. Lots of pickled cabbage in there and great noodles to boot. Original review

#4: Maruchan Instant Lunch Chipotle Chicken Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

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Yep – the first Instant Lunch on this list ever. Why? Well, the sheer amount of chipotle peppers in this one is astounding. It tastes really great too – a nice surprise! Original review

#3: Sapporo Ichiban Japanese Style Noodles Chow Mein

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I’ve loved this one for years and it’s actually been on the annual top ten once or twice at the beginning. A broth free noodle with a very tasty seasoning. Garnish includes seaweed. Original review

#2: Sapporo Ichiban Tonkotsu Ramen Artificially Flavored Tonkotsu White Chicken Broth

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A creamy broth with very hearty noodles. This is one of the first new things from this company in a long time – was worth the wait. Original review

#1: Maruchan Bowl Taste Of Asia Beef Flavor Sukiyaki Ramen

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One of three Taste Of Asia products Martuchan came out with in the last couple years. It has a lot of noodles – definitely, bring your appetite. The broth is beefy and sweet as well and is very good. My favorite American instant noodle. Original review

Honorable Mention: Mama Pat’s Chicken Fajita Flavor Instant Ramen Noodles

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This last year, I’ve gotten to try hundreds of new instant noodles. Well, this one has a difference that is unique among thousands. First, it’s a chicken instant noodle which isn’t strange – however, this one is made for the United States and has a vegetable sachet as well. For the economy category, this is pretty awesome and unseen here. Second, it’s the first instant noodle I’ve ever seen with a sachet that has drink mix in it in an American instant noodle – let aloned one anywhere in the world. Lemonade, fruit punch – and it’s not bad! Definitely, find this! Original review

#1407: Annie Chun’s Ramen House Thai Coconut Ramen

Here”s something new from Annie Chun’s! It was sent a little while back and ended up at the bottom of my noodle hamper… I’ve been going through everything lately as we’re moving and found it! It sounds really good – very curious… Let”s see how it comes out!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, boil noodles in 1 1/2 cups water for 1 minute. Drain and set aside in a bowl. Boil another cup of water and add contents of soup base sachet. Add broth to noodles and enjoy!

A pouch of fresh ramen noodles.

The soup base sachet.

 

Has a curry and coconut scent.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added fish ball and green onion. The noodles have a nice fresh feel. What’s nice about these like many new varieties is that they do not require refrigeration. The broth is extremely good. I would say this is the best that I’ve tried from Annie Chun’s – it has a nice Thai coconut flavor; I get curry and lemongrass and coconut in there. It’s really great stuff. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars!UPC bar code 765667140406.

An Annie chun”s TV advertisement.

#1246: Annie Chun’s Ramen House Chicken Vegetable Flavored Ramen

Here’s one of the new varieties from Annie Chun’s that they sent! It’s 22 degrees outside – very cold! This looks appropriate for such a cold day – let’s check it out!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat-free and a lot of natural ingredients. Lower calorie/fat as well. To prepare, cook noodles in 1 1/2 cups water for 1 minute. Drain water and boil another pot of water, 1 cup this time. Add the liquid sachet. Put the cooked noodles in a bowl and then add the broth.

The fresh noodles.

Liquid soup base sachet.

Has a nice chicken vegetable scent.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added baked chicken, broccoli, big ugly carrot, leeks, sweet onion and green onion. The noodles are reminiscent in texture of South Korean fresj udon cups – then again the noodles in those generally come in the same package. Yet these are much thinner than udon and have a slightly bouncy chew and good texture. The broth has a slightly sweet and full vegetable flavor which goes well with the noodle. The interaction between noodle and broth leaves me with a fresh and premium feel. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 765667140505.

Here’s an Annie Chun’s TV advert.

New Product Samples From Annie Chun’s!

I got an email the other day from Bailey N. who represents Annie Chun’s asking if I’d be interested in trying some new products. Sure!

Thai Coconut and Chicken Vegetable eh? Those sound good! Looking forward to trying them!

Also included a couple of Lee Kum Kee products! Lee Kum Kee makes all sorts of sauces and seasonings like chicken marinades, Korean BBQ sauce, sriracha, hoisin and tons more. Good stuff, too! Thanks!

#972: Meet The Manufacturer: Annie Chun’s Soup Bowl Chinese Chicken

This is it – the last of the nine Annie Chun’s samples that were sent for Meet The Manufacturer. It’s definitely been an interesting jaunt! Some I really liked quite a bit, some I didn’t like so much. What’s very evident here is that Annie Chun’s definitely has a wide range of flavors. The last one is Chinese Chicken.

Back of the outer cardboard (click image to enlarge).

Fresh Hokkien noodles.

Liquid soup base.

I’ve got to say, this stuff smells fantastic.

The last of the seasoning blocks I have enjoyed so much!

The seasoning block.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added oven baked chicken, cilantro and some onion. The noodles are really nice – I steeped them with the non-microwave method. Excellent. The broth was really nice – had a good real chicken flavor; I would deem it real comfort food flavor. The seasoning block lent itself nicely with lots of good veg. Great stuff – 4.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 765667100301 – get it here.

Annie Chun’s TV commercial.

Annie Chun’s also make seaweed snacks that people like too!

#971: Meet The Manufacturer: Annie Chun’s Ramen House Spicy Chicken Ramen

Here’s the next to last of the Annie Chun’s varieties they were kind enough to send for Meet The Manufacturer. Spicy Chicken Ramen sounds awesome! Let’s check it out.

Back of the package (click image to enlarge).

The fresh ramen packet.

The liquid soup base.

Has a spicy scent!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added bell peppers, onions and Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles are nice and fresh with good firmness – good stuff. The broth is indeed spicy and has a rich and deep flavor I found very enjoyable. This is a good one! 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 765667140109 – get it here.

Here’s a show about Annie Chun’s products.

#970: Meet The Manufacturer: Annie Chun’s Noodle Express Spicy Szechuan

As we are starting to wind down the Annie Chun’s Meet The Manufacturer (there are only two left), we find the last Noodle Express I have – Spicy Szechuan. It mentions that the Szechuan sauce is made with gochujang, a Korean standard as far as spicy fare goes. Let’s check it out.

Here’s the back of the packaging (click image to enlarge).

The noodle box.

Fresh noodle pack.

Fresh noodle packet.

Veggie packet.


A nice selection – lots of shallot which is one of my favorites.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added some bell peppers and onions, light ham and some Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles are as usual very nice and have a great freshness and firmness. The flavor this time has a strange bitterness and a kind of singularity where I expected more depth of flavor. I do taste the gochujang for sure, but it seems to be missing something, what I do not know. The veggies again are very nice. 2.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 765667200100 – get it here.

Annie Chun’s advertisement

Here’s how people make gochujang – a LOT of gochujang!

#969: Meet The Manufacturer: Annie Chun’s Soup Bowl Vietnamese Pho

Here we go with some more Annie Chun’s product! This one’s Vietnamese Pho, a flavor I have enjoyed dining out and dining in. Let’s see how this version of Pho does!

Here’s the back and side panel details (click image to enlarge).

The noodle pack.

Liquid soup base.

Has a nice beef scent.

Another one of these seasoning blocks!

I am so fascinated by these things. The re hydrate so nicely.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added some Apinya Thai Chilli Sauce. The noodles are nice – good chew and very fresh. I found them interesting though as they’re wheat noodles instead of the traditional rice noodles one would find in pho. The broth is really quite good! Nice beef taste and sweet basil and other spices are there – very good! The seasoning block unleashed a lot of nice veggies! All in all, I’m quite enthused! 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 765667100110 – get it here.

Annie Chun’s commercial.

A couple guys go to a pho restaurant – and eat.

Re-Review: Meet The Manufacturer: Annie Chun’s Ramen House Soy Ginger Ramen

Here’s one I reviewed a long time ago. Soy ginger sounds good to me! Let’s check it out.

Back of the package (click image to enlarge).

The fresh noodle pack.

Liquid seasoning pack.

A dark liquid.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sweet onion, kamaboko and kizami shoga (pickled ginger). The noodles are decent as in the previous Ramen House review I did the other day. The broth is a little different. I’m not a fan of the strong soy flavor; I would have enjoyed something with a different soy sauce flavor. It seems like there’s two kinds of soy sauces – I don’t know the differences as far as brewing or correct terms for what they are, but this is the kind I’m not a huge fan of. However, a lot of people are a fan – unfortunately, it’s my tastebuds I have to answer to. 2.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 765667140208 – get it here.

A review on Annie Chun’s Seaweed Snacks – they sound good!

Here’s an Annie Chun’s dinner party

#968: Meet The Manufacturer: Annie Chun’s Noodle Express Teriyaki

Here’s another of the Noodle Express line – teriyaki! Teriyaki is one of my favorite foods – nothing like a to go box for lunch. Let’s see how this one from Annie Chun’s stacks up.

The cardboard outer packaging (click image to enlarge).

After you remove the cardboard, this is underneath.

Just like the earlier Noodle Express box, there are three items inside. First, the noodle pack.

The soup base – liquid.

The back of the packet is transparent so you can see how much is in there.

The dry vegetables packet.

Looks like a nice little melange.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sweet onions, thin sliced turkey breast, stir fry veggies and Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles are nice and springy and fresh. The flavor was not my favorite, however. The teriyaki has a strong vinegar flavor to it which I imagine is used as a natural preservative. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 765667200209 – get it here.

Annie Chun’s commercial.

Shopping for Annie Chun’s products at a grocery store.

#967: Meet The Manufacturer: Annie Chun’s Soup Bowl Korean Kimchi

Here’s something interesting – a kimchi fresh udon bowl made in the US! Let’s give it a look!

Here’s detail from the cardboard outer (click image to enlarge).

Under the cardboard we find this little plastic box. Not at all flimsy either.

Inside, we find a few things. First, a pack or fresh udon.

Next, a packet of liquid soup base.

A thick liquid.

My favorite! I just love packets full of 1.2.8.6.D! I wonder what this number means…

Actually, I do love these! This is a seasoning block. Basically its freeze dried seasoning and veggies in a nice little square. They spring back to life and are really great from the ones I’ve had so far.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sweet onion, odeng (Korean fish cake) and Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles are very good – thick fresh udon. The broth delivers the kimchi flavor very nicely; spicy and tangy. The seasoning block gives some nice kimchi too. This is an awesome kimchi udon with great authentic flavor  – 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 765667100400 – get it here.

Annie Chun’s TV spot.

For you gluten free folks, here’s something about a different Annie cCun’s product. Looks like these guys have done a series of these videos with the cellphone ringtone music!

#966: Meet The Manufacturer: Annie Chun’s Ramen House Spring Vegetable Ramen

Here’s another one from Annie Chun’s . This is one from their Ramen House line. Let’s check it out!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Note in the instructions how it calls to drain the noodles and add a separate broth.

Here’s the fresh noodle packet.

Liquid soup base packet.

The thick liquid has a mustard scent and taste although I didn’t see mustard in the ingredients, but rather onion and mushroom were towards the top.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added hard boiled egg with Krazy Mixed Up Salt, green onion, sweet onion, kizami shoga (pickled ginger), and Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles are good – nice and fresh. The broth has a rich, deep flavor I really liked – especially for a vegetable based broth. I would have liked to have seen a veggie packet since it was a vegetable flavored ramen. Good stuff! 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 765667140307 – get it here.

Apparently there have been contests where you can win Annie Chun’s dinner party packages – pretty neat!

There’s a wide array of other products that Annie Chun’s makes – I’ve seen these seaweed snacks mentioned a lot.