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#3207: Sichuan Baijia Burning Dry Noodles Chili Oil Flavor – China

#3207: Sichuan Baijia Burning Dry Noodles Chili Oil Flavor - China

Alright so here’s one we found up in Canada at China Worlsd in Richmond, BC. That’s a really fascinating store with lots of products I’ve never seen before. But hey if you go there – bring cash if you’re coming from the US – and make sure it’s Canadian cash! Let’s get started.

Sichuan Baijia Burning Dry Noodles Chili Oil Flavor – China

#3207: Sichuan Baijia Burning Dry Noodles Chili Oil Flavor - China

A distributor/import sticker (click to enlarge).

#3207: Sichuan Baijia Burning Dry Noodles Chili Oil Flavor - China

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and cover for 5 minutes. Drain. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3207: Sichuan Baijia Burning Dry Noodles Chili Oil Flavor - China

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3207: Sichuan Baijia Burning Dry Noodles Chili Oil Flavor - China

An included fork!

#3207: Sichuan Baijia Burning Dry Noodles Chili Oil Flavor - China

The noodles, wrapped in plastic.

#3207: Sichuan Baijia Burning Dry Noodles Chili Oil Flavor - China

A dry sachet.

#3207: Sichuan Baijia Burning Dry Noodles Chili Oil Flavor - China

Bits of vegetable and MSG.

#3207: Sichuan Baijia Burning Dry Noodles Chili Oil Flavor - China

A wet sachet.

#3207: Sichuan Baijia Burning Dry Noodles Chili Oil Flavor - China

A thick sauce.

#3207: Sichuan Baijia Burning Dry Noodles Chili Oil Flavor - China

Another wet sachet.

#3207: Sichuan Baijia Burning Dry Noodles Chili Oil Flavor - China

Pickled vegetable.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, sesame seeds, barbecue pork, spring onion, and shichimi togarashi. Noodles are definitely different; almost have a sticky chew to them and a wide but not really thick gauge. The taste is very spicy and salty – works well. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 6926410331265.

#3207: Sichuan Baijia Burning Dry Noodles Chili Oil Flavor - China

Sichuan Baijia Instant Sweat Potato Thread/noodle Original Hot & Sour Flavor 3.70 Oz (Pack of 20)

Watch me cook on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

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

It’s that time again – time to run down the worst varieties I’ve ever had. That’s no small task either – this list is current as of review #3180. These are the ten worst ones, in my opinion, leaving a lasting negative impression on my taste buds. With that, I again give you what you want.

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

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#10 – Master Kong Artificial Abalone Crab Flavor Instant Noodle – China

Definitely a knock-off of sorts. Although I see these as Master Kong/Kang Shi Fu often, they most definitely aren’t. Moreover, the broth has an absolutely foul taste to it. I’m sure it’s safe to eat, but I would never want to cross paths with this one again. Original review

#9 – Koyo Reduced Sodium Garlic & Pepper Ramen – United States

The noodles are thick – more like ramyun. They have an alright chew; although they seem almost doughy- and not Hakata style ramen noodle doughy. The broth does taste of garlic and pepper, but it’s so very bland. It really is like you could boil some pepper and a clove of garlic and achieve the same results. Not at all to my liking. Original review

#8 – Urban Noodle Authentic Street Food Black Bean – United Kingdom

The noodles in this one were flat instead of round. They came out very nicely. The flavoring however was just strange. I expected maybe something of a Korean-Chinese fusion dish, but those are hearty and rich and not savory and sweet. In fact, this one was a little too sweet for me. The thinly sliced bamboo shoots don’t work for me either; leaving them whole would be nicer I think. What’s more, it has a kind of chemically aftertaste; like chlorine or soap. Original review

#7 – One Dish Asia Japanese Ramen Noodle – United States

This one comes with a fresh noodle pouch. They didn’t have a very fresh texture; more mushy. The bamboo shoots (which more resembled overcooked carrot and I had to consult the ingredients to figure what they were) were mushy as well. The broth had an acidic and a flavor reminiscent of the teriyaki flavor I’ve encountered in bad teriyaki instant flavors. A hot mess. Original review

#6 – Acecook Super Cup Pringles Sour Cream & Onion Yakisoba – Japan

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

I love yakisoba and Japan offers many different versions. This one however gets no love from me. This viral monstrosity might be neat to look at but for me it stopped there. Imagine taking a butter knife and scraping off the powder from every chips in a tube of sour cream and onion chips. Then sprinkle over noodles. Just gross – I think these two products should never come together. Original review

#5 – Isoyama Shoji 18 Prohibited / Restricted / Only La-Men Curry Taste – Japan

First, this is a lot of food. There’s reason for the warning on this pack. 700cc water and a few minutes cooking brings you a huge bowl of noodles. While in general that’s not a complaint, the flavor is. It’s violently spicy for starters. It does have a curry flavor, which at first glance is great. Then you have to taste it. You’d think all that water would dilute the sachet that comes with it but no dice here. Too much flavor and heat are the theme here, and it’s a bitter song to swallow. Original review

#4 – Baijia Single Noble Black Bone Chicken Flavor Instant Sweet Potato Noodles – China

I was told by a guy from the company that this indeed was believed to be medicinal and helpful to women having their ‘time of the month.’ I’ve also been told by a reader that people generally don’t like black bone chicken soup even in China. Very slimy sweet potato noodles, thick, greasy broth and horrid veggies that didn’t hydrate well was just a flavor, texture, and complete food hole nightmare for me. This was just horrible stuff that I couldn’t stand. Original review

#3 – Maruchan Bariuma Goboten Udon – Japan

Do you like earthy things? Like dirt? Maybe throw a ton of salt on it – does that do the trick for you? This one has just huge amount of burdock root. Burdock is great in small amounts, but this much just turns this variety into a bowl of something that just screams salty dirt. A full frontal assault on the taste buds that leaves me wondering if when they made this if they tasted it. Original review

#2 – Dr. McDougall’s Vegan Pad Thai Noodle Soup – United States

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

Where do I begin. Well first off, when one in the United States thinks of Pad Thai, they think of what they might find at a Thai restaurant. Okay so the rice noodles came out nicely – short, flat and broad and well hydrated, but they’re short and cut like egg noodles.. Now for the broth. Thin. Nothing like pad thai. Has a little lime flavor and a kind of herbal taste. The floating bits of tofu are a lot like the marshmallows you get in the hot chocolate that comes with marshmallows. This is as far from pad thai as I can even express in words. It’s like someone gave a broken description of pad thai to someone who has short term memory problems and no taste buds a week prior and told them to make it. I kind of feel personally violated and offended. Never thought this would slip to 2nd on this list.. Original review

#1 – Simply Asia Singapore Street Noodles Classic Curry – United States

A nice looking package with the enticing words of ‘classic curry’ brings an image of something really special. This isn’t the case though. Rice noodles come out very mushy, but curry with sligtly soggy noodles wouldn’t be so bad if it tasted like curry. Basically the flavor is a lot of lemongrass and strongly lacks authenticity. It’s like if you went to a restaurant, ordered some french fries, and they brought you a soda that said french fries on it. Just wrong on so many levels. Offensive in the highest. Original review

 

#3159: Sichuan Baijia Big Boss Hot & Sour Sweet Potato Vermicelli – China

#3159: Sichuan Baijia Boss Hot & Sour Sweet Potato Vermicelli - China

Found this one up in Canada at Foodyworld and it looks really neat! The kids are really interested in this one but I’m sure it’s definitely off the charts spicy for them. I’m always curious when I see a cartoon or comic character on a product. Definitely looks interesting, that’s for sure! Let’s crack it open!

Sichuan Baijia Big Boss Hot & Sour Sweet Potato Vermicelli – China

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add in all sachets and boiling water to fill line. cover for 6~7 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3159: Sichuan Baijia Boss Hot & Sour Sweet Potato Vermicelli - China

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3159: Sichuan Baijia Boss Hot & Sour Sweet Potato Vermicelli - China

An included fork!

#3159: Sichuan Baijia Boss Hot & Sour Sweet Potato Vermicelli - China

The sweet potato vermicelli.

#3159: Sichuan Baijia Boss Hot & Sour Sweet Potato Vermicelli - China

Three dry sachets!

#3159: Sichuan Baijia Boss Hot & Sour Sweet Potato Vermicelli - China

Three wet sachets!

Finished (click to enlarge). No garnish. The vermicelli hydrated well. Made a few crosscuts with a pair of kitchen scissors. The flavor was strong on the Sichuan pepper side and super strong otherwise. Super oily too. Lots of included garnish was neat but it had a very odd flavor – to me at least. 1.5 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 6926410338165.

#3159: Sichuan Baijia Boss Hot & Sour Sweet Potato Vermicelli - China

Baijia Hakka Instant Rice Noodle 10.9 oz (2 Packs)

Watch me cook on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

#3093: Sichuan Baijia Green Curry Shrimp Flavor Instant Vermicelli – China

#3093: Sichuan Baijia Green Curry Shrimp Flavor Instant Vermicelli - China

Here’s one I found up in Canada – can’t remember where. Green curry is one of my favorite flavors, however not one that I think I’ve ever seen coming out of China. Sichuan Baijia has been coming out with more and more different varieties – and different little cartoon characters on their packaging. Let’s give this one a try and see how it fares.

Sichuan Baijia Green Curry Shrimp Flavor Instant Vermicelli – China

#3093: Sichuan Baijia Green Curry Shrimp Flavor Instant Vermicelli - China

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat – check for yourself. To prepare, add everything from pack to a bowl and add 500ml boiling water. Cover for 5 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3093: Sichuan Baijia Green Curry Shrimp Flavor Instant Vermicelli - China

This is not rice vermicelli, but vermicelli from sweet potatoes.

#3093: Sichuan Baijia Green Curry Shrimp Flavor Instant Vermicelli - China

Here’s a dry sachet.

#3093: Sichuan Baijia Green Curry Shrimp Flavor Instant Vermicelli - China

A light powder – non-dairy creamer perhaps?

#3093: Sichuan Baijia Green Curry Shrimp Flavor Instant Vermicelli - China

A wet sachet.

#3093: Sichuan Baijia Green Curry Shrimp Flavor Instant Vermicelli - China

Curry paste.

#3093: Sichuan Baijia Green Curry Shrimp Flavor Instant Vermicelli - China

A dry sachet.

#3093: Sichuan Baijia Green Curry Shrimp Flavor Instant Vermicelli - China

Looks live chives and peppers.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, coriander, fried garlic, shrimp, lemongrass fried tofu and togarashi. The sweet potato vermicelli was crosscut a couple times with a pair of kitchen scissors to make them easier to manage. They has a standard kind of sloppy character and cooked up nicely. The broth on the other hand was such a letdown! I was really anticipating that this would be my new favorite variety from this company, but the blandness just was too much to bear. Not a salty component to be found, so while it tasted like green curry and had a nice thickness, it just didn’t have what it needed. Sad. 1.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 6926410334952.

#3093: Sichuan Baijia Green Curry Shrimp Flavor Instant Vermicelli - ChinaSichuan Baijia Instant Sweat Potato Thread/Noodle Hot Spicy Flavor 3.70 Oz (Pack of 8)

Watch me cook it up on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

#2976: Sichuan Baijia Sichuan Hot & Sour Vermicelli

#2976: Sichuan Baijia Sichuan Hot & Sour Vermicelli

Here’s one I found up in Canada at China World I believe. The sheer amount of varieties up there is pretty intense – especially ones from this company. Curious how it will be. Let’s find out!

Sichuan Baijia Sichuan Hot & Sour Vermicelli – China

#2976: Sichuan Baijia Sichuan Hot & Sour Vermicelli

The import/distributor sticker (click to enlarge).

#2976: Sichuan Baijia Sichuan Hot & Sour Vermicelli

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add 600ml boiling water and sachet contents . Cover for 5~6 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2976: Sichuan Baijia Sichuan Hot & Sour Vermicelli

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2976: Sichuan Baijia Sichuan Hot & Sour Vermicelli

An included fork!

#2976: Sichuan Baijia Sichuan Hot & Sour Vermicelli

Sweet potato vermicelli.

#2976: Sichuan Baijia Sichuan Hot & Sour Vermicelli

A dry sachet.

#2976: Sichuan Baijia Sichuan Hot & Sour Vermicelli

Bits of vegetable and what looks to be MSG.

#2976: Sichuan Baijia Sichuan Hot & Sour Vermicelli

A liquid sachet.

#2976: Sichuan Baijia Sichuan Hot & Sour Vermicelli

Red liquid with sesame seeds.

#2976: Sichuan Baijia Sichuan Hot & Sour Vermicelli

A second liquid sachet.

#2976: Sichuan Baijia Sichuan Hot & Sour Vermicelli

Dark stuff.

#2976: Sichuan Baijia Sichuan Hot & Sour Vermicelli

A vegetables sachet.

#2976: Sichuan Baijia Sichuan Hot & Sour Vermicelli

Funky smell…

Finished (click to enlarge). Added sping onion. The sweet potato thread hydrated well. A couple of crosscuts with a pair of scissors made them more manageable. They have a kind of gumminess and clinginess that makes them a big clump of food – nothing wrong with that; it’s just their way. The broth has a sour taste from black vinegar and a chilli pepper spiciness – I expected Sichuan peppercorn in here but really didn’t come across is. Included pickled sprouts were decent in the end and gave a nice crunch. Beans were well hydrated as well. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 6926410372633.

#2976: Sichuan Baijia Sichuan Hot & Sour Vermicelli

Sichuan Baijia Instant Sweat Potato Thread/noodle Spicy Artificial Fei-chang Flavor 3.70 Oz (Pack of 4)

A live stream of the cooking of this product – a precursor to the Instant Noodle Recipe Time series

#2821: Sichuan Baijia Broad Noodle Sour Soup Fish Flavor

#2821: Sichuan Baijia Broad Noodle Sour Soup Fish Flavor

I picked this one up at the 99 Ranch Market in Edmonds, Washington a few weeks back. I hadn’t seen this Baijia variety before and I thought the graphic on the front  of someone sleeping and dreaming about fancy cars, a home and lots of money was really quite compelling.

Let’s face it. Instant noodles aren’t a rich man’s meal, nor were they designed to be at the outset. They were designed to be a quick and easy to prepare meal for the masses. I find it interesting, however not surprising, to see the truth in the image on the package. How many packets of instant noodles have been enjoyed during long hours studying in colleges and universities? In times of meager means, even in prisons?

Today’s variety is from the Sichuan region of China, known for it’s strong flavors and history. Let’s crack this bag open and give it a try!

Sichuan Baijia Broad Noodle Sour Soup Fish Flavor – China

#2821: Sichuan Baijia Broad Noodle Sour Soup Fish Flavor

Detail of the import/distribution stickers (click to enlarge).

#2821: Sichuan Baijia Broad Noodle Sour Soup Fish Flavor

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add contents to a bowl and add 600ml boiling water. Cover for 6 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2821: Sichuan Baijia Broad Noodle Sour Soup Fish Flavor

The noodle block.

#2821: Sichuan Baijia Broad Noodle Sour Soup Fish Flavor

The dry base sachet.

#2821: Sichuan Baijia Broad Noodle Sour Soup Fish Flavor

Seasoning and vegetables.

#2821: Sichuan Baijia Broad Noodle Sour Soup Fish Flavor

The liquid base sachet.

#2821: Sichuan Baijia Broad Noodle Sour Soup Fish Flavor

Thick and oily.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, tofu and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The broad noodle is perfect here – hot too chewy and not too thin. The broth is like a torrential downpour of strong taste – Sichuan peppercorn heat and an almost lemony hit to it with a good oiliness. The included vegetables were just right. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 6926410332767.

#2821: Sichuan Baijia Broad Noodle Sour Soup Fish Flavor

Sichuan B a i j i a Instant Sweat Potato Thread/noodle Artificial Pickled Cabbage Fish 2.48 Oz (Pack of 8)

A cooking video for Sichuan Baijia.

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

The Ramen Rater's Bottom Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

So today it’s the fifth annual The Ramen Rater’s Bottom Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time. On my other lists, I exclude varieties that no longer are on the market. On this list, everything’s fair game for the bottom ten. As I say in the video presentation, if you like some of these, there’s nothing wrong with you – I just find these detestable personally. These are my least favorite varieties of the over 2400 varieties posted to date. Without gurther ado, the bottom ten.

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

The full list video!

#10: Roland Ramen Japanese Style Quick-Cooking Alimentary Paste With Chicken Artificially Flavored Soup Base – United States

The Ramen Rater's Bottom Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

Honestly, I expected this to be a kind of ‘run-of-the-mill’ variety. I review based on the base product as well as the provided cooking directions. Well, they call for 3 cups of water and they’re violently bland. In the nutrition facts, they mention that this pack contains 3 servings! I’m guessing this is so they can say the sodium level is low? I’m unsure. What I’m sure of is that I really disliked these. Original review

#9 – Sichuan Guangyou Sweet Potato Instant Noodle Braised Spicy Chitterling Flavor – China

The Ramen Rater's Bottom Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

The sweet potato thread was alright, but very gloppy. The flavor was kind of brutal; indeed, too strong for me. I think the soup direction might have been better. What’s more, the powder sachet contents didn’t work well as the peas didn’t hydrate whatsoever. Original review

#8 – Maruchan Spicy Tomato Salsa Ramen – Japan

The Ramen Rater's Bottom Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

The noodles hydrated very nicely and have a standard flatness and thin character. The flavor was unfortunately something of a departure. It was a kind of spicy and putrid tomato melange – like homemade salsa left out overnight from binge drinking with a crew of chainsmokers – which just tastes like pure trainwreck. The bits of potato were interesting and hydrated well enough though – kind of liked that they had potato skins on. But yeah – this was just a fusion that should come undone. Original review

#7: Vedan Wei Wei A Instant Noodles Chicken Flavor – Taiwan

The Ramen Rater's Bottom Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

The noodles were very ho-hum. While they hydrated well, they seemed like they just didn’t belong in the ‘food’ group; spongy and riddled with sadness. As for chicken flavor, that was definitely absent. I was really happy about the vegetables, but they were mushy. Original review

#6 – Master Kong Artificial Abalone Crab Flavor Instant Noodle – China

The Ramen Rater's Bottom Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

The noodles were alright – plentiful too. Nothing to write home about. What is to write home about is the flavor. Write a warning letter home! I mean this was just plain funky; seemed initially like a crab stick kind of scent and essence but it just turned into this not food kind of taste that I just couldn’t stomach whatsoever. Couldn’t pour this down the drain fast enough. Original review

#5 – Koyo Reduced Sodium Garlic & Pepper Ramen – United States

The Ramen Rater's Bottom Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

The noodles are thick – more like ramyun. They have an alright chew; although they seem almost doughy- and not Hakata style ramen noodle doughy. The broth does taste of garlic and pepper, but it’s so very bland. It really is like you could boil some pepper and a clove of garlic and achieve the same results. Not at all to my liking. Original review

#4 – Urban Noodle Authentic Street Food Black Bean – United Kingdom

The Ramen Rater's Bottom Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

The noodles in this one were flat instead of round. They came out very nicely. The flavoring however was just strange. I expected maybe something of a Korean-Chinese fusion dish, but those are hearty and rich and not savory and sweet. In fact, this one was a little too sweet for me. The thinly sliced bamboo shoots don’t work for me either; leaving them whole would be nicer I think. What’s more, it has a kind of chemically aftertaste; like chlorine or soap. Original review

#3 – One Dish Asia Japanese Ramen Noodle – United States

The Ramen Rater's Bottom Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

This one comes with a fresh noodle pouch. They didn’t have a very fresh texture; more mushy. The bamboo shoots (which more resembled overcooked carrot and I had to consult the ingredients to figure what they were) were mushy as well. The broth had an acidic and a flavor reminiscent of the teriyaki flavor I’ve encountered in bad teriyaki instant flavors. A hot mess. Original review here

#2 – Baijia Single Noble Black Bone Chicken Flavor Instant Sweet Potato Noodles – China

The Ramen Rater's Bottom Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

I was told by a guy from the company that this indeed was believed to be medicinal and helpful to women having their ‘time of the month.’ I’m also been told by a reader that people generally don’t like black bone chicken soup even in China. Very slimy sweet potato noodles, thick, greasy broth and horrid veggies that didn’t hydrate well was just a flavor, texture, and complete food hole nightmare for me. This was just horrible stuff that I couldn’t stand. Original review

#1 – Dr. McDougall’s Vegan Pad Thai Noodle Soup – United States

Bottom Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

Wow – where do it begin. Well, first off when one in the United States thinks of Pad Thai, they think of what they might find at a domestic Thai restaurant. Okay so the rice noodles came out nicely – short, flat and broad and well hydrated. Now for the broth. Thin. Nothing like pad thai. Has a little lime taste and a kind of herbed taste. The floating bits of tofu are a lot like the marshmallows you get in the hot chocolate that comes with marshmallows. This is as far from pad thai as I can even express in words. It’s like someone gave a broken description of pad thai to someone who has short term memory problems and no taste buds a week prior and told them to make it. I kind of feel personally violated and offended. A new #1 on the Bottom Ten. Original review

#2401: Sichuan Baijia Chongqing Noodles Burning Dry Noodles

#2401: Sichuan Baijia Chongqing Noodles Burning Dry Noodles - China - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

I tried the pack version a little while back and really liked it. I’m curious about the bowl – I’m guessing it’ll be exactly the same, but in a bowl. Indeed, it’s got the bonus of portability. So what are Chongqing noodles? Here’s a little about Chongqing from wikipedia:

Chongqing (Chinese: 重庆; pinyin: chóngqìng), formerly transliterated as Chungking[a], is a major city in Southwest China and one of the Five national central cities in China. Administratively, it is one of China’s four direct-controlled municipalities (the other three are Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin), and the only such municipality in inland China.[8]

The municipality was created on 14 March 1997, succeeding the sub-provincial city administration that was part of Sichuan Province.[9] Chongqing’s population as of 2015 is just over 30 million with an urban population of 18.38 million. Of these, approximately 8.5 million people live in Chongqing city proper; Fuling District, Wanzhou District and Qianjiang District are in fact cities in their own right, and along with the city proper constitute a metropolitan area.[10] According to the 2010 census, Chongqing is the most populous Chinese municipality,[11] and also the largest direct-controlled municipality in China, and comprises 26 districts, 8 counties, and 4 autonomous counties.

The official abbreviation of the city, Yu (), was approved by the State Council on 18 April 1997.[12] This abbreviation is derived from the old name of a part of the Jialing River that runs through Chongqing and feeds into the Yangtze River. Chongqing was also a Sichuan province municipality during the Republic of China (ROC) administration, serving as its wartime capital during the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937–1945).

Chongqing has a significant history and culture and serves as the economic centre of the upstream Yangtze basin. It is a major manufacturing centre and transportation hub; a July 2012 report by the Economist Intelligence Unit described it as one of China’s “13 emerging megacities“.[13]

So now you know a lot more about Chongqing than you probably did five minutes ago. Indeed, that’s if you read that. So on to the noodles!

Sichuan Baijia Chongqing Noodles Burning Dry Noodles – China

#2401: Sichuan Baijia Chongqing Noodles Burning Dry Noodles - China - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodles to the bowl and boiling water to fill line. Steep covered for 5 minutes. Drain. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2401: Sichuan Baijia Chongqing Noodles Burning Dry Noodles - China - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2401: Sichuan Baijia Chongqing Noodles Burning Dry Noodles - China - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

An included fork!

#2401: Sichuan Baijia Chongqing Noodles Burning Dry Noodles - China - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The noodle block.

#2401: Sichuan Baijia Chongqing Noodles Burning Dry Noodles - China - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

A dry sachet.

#2401: Sichuan Baijia Chongqing Noodles Burning Dry Noodles - China - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Lots of bits and powder.

#2401: Sichuan Baijia Chongqing Noodles Burning Dry Noodles - China - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

A paste sachet.

#2401: Sichuan Baijia Chongqing Noodles Burning Dry Noodles - China - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

A thick paste.

#2401: Sichuan Baijia Chongqing Noodles Burning Dry Noodles - China - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

A sauce sachet.

#2401: Sichuan Baijia Chongqing Noodles Burning Dry Noodles - China - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Spicy stuff!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and tofu puff. The noodles as with the pack version are mushy and fun – like lasagna. The taste is like a spicy meat sauce in a way with Sichjuan pepper heat. I really like this stuff. My wife however thought it smelled bad – like rotted meat in a trash bag in the sun (her exact words)! I did get her to try it though, but she said it was way too spicy. I really like it though. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 6926410331845.

Sichuan Baijia Instant Sweat Potato Thread/Noodle Hot Spicy Flavor 3.70 Oz (Pack of 8)

So here’s a video about China’s secret metropolis. Indeed, a place I’d like to see!

#2358: Sichuan Baijia Pickled Cabbage Flavor Instant Vermicelli

#2358: Sichuan Baijia Pickled Cabbage Flavor Instant Vermicelli - China - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

A large bowl from a brand I’ve been loathe to try in the past. They used to have some varieties in the Bottom Ten List, and still do – but many I’ve not tried previously I’ve tried and been really impressed with. Indeed, palates change. Let’s give this one a look.

Sichuan Baijia Pickled Cabbage Flavor Instant Vermicelli – China

#2358: Sichuan Baijia Pickled Cabbage Flavor Instant Vermicelli - China - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The import/distribution sticker (click to enlarge).

#2358: Sichuan Baijia Pickled Cabbage Flavor Instant Vermicelli - China - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free, but check for yourself. To prepare, add in all sachets and boiling water to fill line. Cover and et steep for 5 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

#2358: Sichuan Baijia Pickled Cabbage Flavor Instant Vermicelli - China - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2358: Sichuan Baijia Pickled Cabbage Flavor Instant Vermicelli - China - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

An included fork!

#2358: Sichuan Baijia Pickled Cabbage Flavor Instant Vermicelli - China - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The vermicelli block.

#2358: Sichuan Baijia Pickled Cabbage Flavor Instant Vermicelli - China - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

A dry base sachet.

#2358: Sichuan Baijia Pickled Cabbage Flavor Instant Vermicelli - China - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Looks like vegetables and MSG.

#2358: Sichuan Baijia Pickled Cabbage Flavor Instant Vermicelli - China - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Liquid base sachet.

#2358: Sichuan Baijia Pickled Cabbage Flavor Instant Vermicelli - China - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Has a spicy scent.

#2358: Sichuan Baijia Pickled Cabbage Flavor Instant Vermicelli - China - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, coriander and Chinese sausage. The vermicelli hydrated well – there’s a ton of it and it’s good. This is sweet potato vermicelli by the way. The broth is oily and heavy duty stuff – strong vinegar kind of hit to it with a good spiciness and cabbage flavor. Bits of vegetable floating everywhere. Good stuff! 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 6926410321242.

Baijia Instant Sweet Potato Thread (One Box, 20 Small Bags) (Sichuan Pickled cabbage Fish Flavor)

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

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Chinese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

恭喜发财 and Happy Lunar New Year to all! I had a look at my lists I hadn’t updated in a while and saw it was in January of 2014 last I did a top ten Chinese list. Why so long? Well, I like to have done quite a few reviews in a year when it comes to country lists for that specific country. If I’d done only two and there weren’t any big changes, I’ll kind of let it go until the next year. This one seemed ripe and ready for a new version. Of the almost 150 reviews I’ve done of Chinese instant noodles, these are my favorites. I should mention that if you are an instant noodle in mainland China and interested in having me review your products, please contact me to set up a review series. With that, let’s have a look at The Ramen Rater’s top Ten Chinese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition. 

The Ramen Rater’s top Ten Chinese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

A video presentation of The Ramen Rater’s top Ten Chinese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition.

#10: Sichuan Baijia Broad Noodle Chilli Oil Flavor

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Chinese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

So The noodles are very broad and hydrated well. They have a nice chewiness to them. The flavor is excellent – a nice oily spiciness, a slight sweetness and a kind of puckery taste as well. The vegetable hydrated very well. Original review here

#9: Master Kong Tomato Sauce Instant Noodle

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Chinese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

The noodles are about double the width of a standard instant noodle and flat. Very floppy but very nice in this application. The broth is indeed tomato flavored, and has a nice tomato taste at that. The included vegetables hydrated perfectly – all the way down to the peas. Original review here

#8: Baixiang Noodles Sauerkraut Flavor Instant Noodle

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Chinese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

You might be thinking ‘sauerkraut?’ But actually, pickled cabbage as well as other vegetables are quite popular throughout Asia. The noodles are a little wide and flat. The are really very good and there’s a lot of them. The broth has a rich flavor – the sauerkraut’s bitterness is there, but also a kind of artificial meat flavor that works well. Also, there’s a little spiciness to it which was great! Original review here

#7: JML (Jin Mai Lang) Spicy King Spicy Beef Instant Noodle

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Chinese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

The noodles are perfect – plump and plentiful. The broth is wonderful – perfect oiliness and heat and beef flavor. The heat tastes like it’s coming from Sichuan peppers. The vegetables in the powder sachet hydrated very well. The supplied seaweed is perfect. Original review here

#6: Wugudaochang Sour Soup & Minced Meat Flavor Chef’s Grain Naked Oat Noodles

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Chinese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

The noodles have a standard instant gauge. They have just the right backbone to them – good texture and chew. The broth is extremely good – a tart beef flavor with good oiliness to it. The carrot and beef are excellent! Like a gourmet vegetable beef noodle. Original review here

#5: Sichuan Baijia Chongqing Noodles Spicy Hot Flavor

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Chinese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

The noodles are thin and flat with a medium width. They really work well here. The broth is a very spicy beef with a Sichuan pepper hit among others. There are sesame seeds throughout and the bits of vegetables in there were great. Original review here

#4: JML (Jin Mai Lang) Spicy King Spicy Chicken Instant Noodle

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Chinese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

The noodles came out very nicely – lots of them and of good texture and chew. The broth has a great spiciness – still worthy of the top ten spicy list. Sichuan pepper for sure. Nice color and oiliness in the broth as well. Original review here

#3: Sichuan Baijia Chongqing Noodles Burning Dry Noodles

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Chinese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

I mean wow! I wasn’t sure of what to expect here, but this is really great! The noodles are extremely plentiful and really soft and floppy. This is perfect as the seasonings and liquids combine with them very well. The flavor is like an almost beefy and tasty lasagna but with Sichuan pepper and other spices going on. Moreover, the more you eat, the spicier it gets – heat, upon heat, upon heat! The pain! I really expected this to probably be really salty and have a strong vinegar taste but I was completely mistaken. I love this. Original review here

#2: JML (Jin Mai Lang) Spicy King Spicy Pork Instant Noodle

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Chinese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

The noodles came out nice and plump and there’s a good amount of them. The broth has a fiery spiciness and great flavor to it. I really have to say the red chillies add a very nice hit of spice and vegetable elements. Original review here

#1: Wugudaochang Tomato Beef Brisket Flavor Purple Potato Noodle

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Chinese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

The noodles, made from purple potatoes have a nice texture to them – a little sturdier than your garden variety instant and they were very nice to chew. The broth is a thick beef and tomato affair, with a very luxuriant and rich texture to it – almost creamy in a way. The inclusion of large pieces of tomato and real beef brisket in there was admirable and very enjoyable. Premium bowl of noodles. Original review here

#2292: Sichuan Baijia Chongqing Noodles Spicy Hot Flavor

This is the third of this line of new products from Sichuan Baijia that I’ve tried recently and what’s neat is that there are bowls too so I’m going to have to try those soon too. The others have definitely been spicy hot but this one says spicy hot. I think this may be a contender! Yesterday’s review of the cheese buldak bokkummyun fire noodle challenge noodle was super hot! Let’s give this a looksie and see how hot it is!

Detail of the distributor/export 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, add package contents to a bowl and add 600ml boiling water. Cover for 2 minutes. Stir. Cover for 3 more minutes. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The dry sachet.

Vegetables and MSG.

This looks spicy…

Smells spicy too!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, sweet onion, beef and coriander. The noodles are thin and flat with a medium width. They really work well here. The broth is a very spicy beef with a Sichuan pepper hit amongst others. There are sesame seeds throughout and the bits of vegetables in there were great. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 6926410330879.

Baijia Instant Sweet Potato Thread, Original Hot and Sour, 3.81 Ounce (Pack of 20)

Chongqing – China’s secret metropolis.

#2280: Sichuan Baijia Chongqing Noodles Hot & Sour Flavor

I tried the Burning Dry Noodle variety of this line a few days ago and was quite pleased with it. That one was a brothless variant while this one will have soup. It sounds interesting – a spicy and sour taste to behold… Well, I suppose I’d better give it a try!

Detail of the 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, add contents of package to a bowl and add 600ml boiling water. Let steep covered for 2 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

A dfry base sachet.

A very light component and a kind of chunky one intermingle.

A liquid base sachet.

A spicy scented liquid.

A vegetables sachet.

A very nice quantity.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and coriander. The noodles are flat and wide and very plentiful. The broth? Wow – full of Sichuan pepper – thick and oily too! The bits of vegetable did very well. Not for the faint of heart – this one packs a serious spicy punch. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 6926410330992.

Baijia Instant Sweet Potato Thread, Original Hot and Sour, 3.81 Ounce (Pack of 20)

Chongqing – China’s secret metropolis.