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The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodle Cups Of All Time 2015 Edition

What do corn dogs, sandwiches, burritos and instant noodle cups have in common? They’re all portable. People can’t seem to stay in one spot for very long; they want to carry their meals with them as they move about. Since the inception of the instant noodle cup in the early 70’s when Momofuku Ando saw people using coffee cups and hot water to steep their instant noodles and brought this concept to market, the noodle cup has become a ubiquitous icon in the daily lives of billions. Today, I present the best of the instant noodle cups I’ve tried in my over 1,700 instant noodle reviews. With that, please enjoy The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodle Cups Of All Time 2015 Edition.

#10: GaGa Mi Instan Cup Milk Chicken Soup – Indonesia

The noodles are thin and light – they hydrated perfectly and have a gentle chew. The broth is fantastic – it’s a creamy flavor full of chicken goodness, some onion hints, and a slight spiciness. Original review here

#9: MAMA Instant Noodles Coconut Milk Flavour – Myanmar

This was my first ever review of a product from Myanmar. The noodles have a lightness to them which paired perfectly for this broth. Coconut flavor abounds with a richness and flavor that’s not overbearing or too sweet. It’s creamy and with just the right oiliness. Original review here

#8: Mamee Chef Creamy Tom Yam Flavour – Malaysia

The noodles are just right – nicely cooked and gorged on the broth. The broth is the real star in this one – nice and strong citrus and spicy flavors abound and it has such a nice color to it. The garnish of vegetables and shrimp come out very nicely – the veggies are excellent as is the shrimp. Truly an excellent cup of noodles. Original review here

#7: Eat & Go Rendang Beef Flavour Fried Instant Noodle – Indonesia

The noodles come out nice after steeping. They have a standard gauge and good cgewiness. The flavor is great – sweet. spicy and beefy! Excellent stuff – and if it wasn’t good enough already, the garnish adds a really good finish to things. This was a real treat to enjoy. Original review here

#6: Nongshim Shin Black Spicy Pot-au-feu Flavor Premium Noodle Soup – United States

First, Nongshim made Shin Ramyun which is still incredibly popular. Then they upgraded and came out with Shin Ramyun Black. Finally, Shin Black has made it into a cup – and it’s really good! Rich beef flavor and real beef along with thick ramyun noodles. Premium stuff! Original review here

#5: MAMA Cup Yentafo Tom Yum Mohfai – Thailand

The noodles have the standard wonderful gauge and chew of the noodles that are in MAMA cups. They have a nice texture and flavor to them. The broth is great – a nice color, spiciness and flavor that is a little sweet and very unique. Original review here

#4: Mamee Mie Goreng Indonesia Spicy Sambal Flavour – Malaysia

The noodles came out so nicely – they have a great character of chew and whilst not in a broth, they’re not dry after being drained. The flavor is wonderful – spicy and tasty with that sweet-hot kick I love about mie goreng. The crunchy bits rounds everything out soundly. Original review here

#3: Mamee Chef Lontong Flavour – Malaysia

The broth is first off a lot of fun to look at; the red and cream colors are really good looking. The broth has a creamy and spicy taste with lots of nice pieces of red pepper, and as always the ‘mi tarik’ noodles were just right. Very new and unique. Original review here

#2: MAMA Instant Cup Noodles Seafood Pad Kee Mao Flavour – Thailand

The flavor is really quite good and can be summed as kind of a sweet seafood taste with a great bite of spiciness – and then this lingering flavor from the holy basil. It’s got a really different flavor I wish was present more often in instant noodle varieties. Original review here

#1: Mamee Chef Curry Laksa Flavour – Malaysia

There are some flavors erupting from Malaysia that are just fantastic and this instant noodle cup exudes them like a rock star. The noodles came out excellent – pretty much identical to the packaged version. The broth and garnish as well were great – rich curry flavor and premium garnishes including little tofu puff bits and pepper. I can definitely say this is the best instant cup I’ve ever had. This is the second year in a row Mamee Chef Curry Laksa has held the top spot.  Original review here

#1297: GaGa Mie Gepeng Kuah Rasa Ayam Lada Hitam

A friend sent this a while back from Jakarta – thank you! This is one that says kuah on it. What’s kuah? Well as far as I can gather, kuah is gravy. So instead of a broth, this one should be a bit thicker. Guess we’ll see! Black pepper chicken )rasa ayam hitam) – let’s check it out!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, cook noodles in 350cc boiling water for 3 minutes stirring gently. Add contents of all sachets, stir and enjoy.

A piece of the noodle block.

A dual sachet.

The dual sachet contents: chilli powder atop dry soup base.

Seasoned oil sachet.

Has a really nice scent.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added fried egg, sweet onion and chicken sauteed with a touch of black pepper and lots of BonCabe Level 10. The noodles are a little thicker than others. They have a flat and broad nature and a very comforty chew. The broth is exactly what it portends to be – that of black pepper and chicken. It is indeed also a little thick. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 8888327831857.

A Mie Gepeng TV advertisement.

#1232: GaGa Mie Gepeng Kuah Rasa Ayam Bawang Pedas (Spicy Garlic Sauce Chicken)

After looking at the new The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Indonesian Instant Noodles Of All Time 2013 Edition and talking with people from around the world about it all week, I felt like having some Indonesian noodles! To translate, rasa means flavor, bawang is garlic, ayam is chicken and pedas means spicy. Let’s give this one a try!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to me be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, boil 350cc water. Add noodles and cook 3 minutes, stirring gently. Put seasonings in a bowl. Pour broth and noodles into bowl, stir, and you’re done.

This is the noodle block – the package took 60+ days via seamail to get here so it got a little beat up.

Dry powder sachet.

Smells good!

Seasoned oil sachet.

I smell garlic!

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added fried egg, baked chicken with Lindberg-Snider Porterhouse & Roast seasoning, sweet onion, lime and Fresno chilli pepper. These noodles are good – a little broader and have a nice texture much like egg noodles. The broth is good – a little salty though. Has a great chicken flavor with a rich flavor and spiciness. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 8888327831826.

Here’s a short video about cooking in Indonesia. Lots of really flavorful ingredients come together in Indonesian food.

#1215: GaGa Mi Instan Cup Milk Chicken Soup (Rasa Sup Ayam Susu)

Another one from my friend in Indonesia! Milk chicken soup – sounds interesting. I had another milk chicken soup variety awhile back which I enjoyed, so maybe this one’ll be good too. Let’s see what’s in this cup.

The side panels (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat-free but check for yourself; contains milk. For this one, you open the lid, add all the packets, add 300cc boiling water and let sit for 3 minutes. Then stir until everything is combined and it’s done.

Here’s the lid (click image to enlarge).

An included fork! Two days in a row!

The noodle block.

The powder soup base sachet.

Very fine powder.

The solid ingredient sachet.

Corn, carrot, dried leek and cabbage.

A dual sachet of chili sauce on the left and seasoned oil on the right.

Here they are swimming together.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added baked chicken with garlic salt and sweet onion, hard boiled egg and lime. The noodles are thin and light – they hydrated perfectly and have a gentle chew. The broth is fantastic – it’s a creamy flavor full of chicken goodness, some onion hints, and a slight spiciness. The vegetables hydrated, but the peas were a little crumbly. 4.75 out of 5.,0 stars. UPC bar code 8888327832021.

Street food in Indonesia – Stinky Tofu! I hear it stinks but it’s quite good.

#1203: GaGa Mie Gepeng Kuah Rasa Soto Cabe Hijau

Another one that was sent from Indonesia – thank you! Soto varieties usually have a broth with them, rather than mi goreng which are dry. Cabe means chilli and hijau means green; so green chilli flavor noodle soup. Let’s check it out!

The back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. Noodles in 350cc boiling water for 3 minutes, then mix with contents of the sachets.

The noodles traveled far and no here’s one of the larger chunks.

The dry seasoning sachet.

Has a rich scent.

Seasoned oil on left and green chilli paste on right.

The green chilli scent is strong.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sweet onion, hard boiled egg, lime and baked chicken with Lindberg-Snider Red Baron BBQ seasoning. The noodles are of a wider gauge than your standard instant. They have a nice bounce to them and a good chew. The broth has a little green chilli flavor, a little chicken flavor and a little heat from other spices along with an onion flavor thrown in. The broth isn’t overly oily and tastes nice. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 8888327831840.

A Mie Gepeng commercial.

#1191: GaGa Seribu 1000 Goreng Spesial

Here’s another from my friend in Indonesia – thank you! When I translate ‘seribu,’ it says ‘thousand.’ This may be a reference to the Thousand Islands – here’s a Wikipedia excerpt:

The Thousand Islands (Indonesian: Kepulauan Seribu) are a chain of islands to the north of Jakarta’s coast. It forms the only regency of Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia. It consists of a string of 110 islands[1] stretching 45 km north into the Java Sea.

A decree[2] states that 36 islands may be used for recreation. Of these 36 islands, only 13 islands are fully developed: 11 islands are homes to resorts and two islands are historic parks. Twenty-three islands are privately owned and are not open to the public.[3] The rest of the islands are either uninhabited or support a fishing village.[3]

Let’s have a look.

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat-free but check for yourself.

Part of the noodle block.

The dry seasoning sachet.

A fine powder.

The liquid sachet.

Oil and sweet soy sauce, known a kecap manis.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sauteed sweet onion, red, orange and yellow bell peppers, beef and a fried egg. The noodles are pretty average – although they have just the slightest extra girth and a slightly firmer chew,. The flavoring is excellent – the sweetness of the soy sauce, a nice peppery flavor, and an all around coating that really is enjoyable. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 8888327831949.

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A documentary about climate change and how it aggects Jakarta, Indonesia.

#1175: Healtimie Green Barley Noodle Milk Chicken Soup

Here’s something new – green barley noodles. I’ve had noodles that were green from a myriad of ingredients before (wonder if someday there’ll be blue?). These are supposed to be for the health conscious. Let’s check ’em out!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat-free but look for yourself.

A green noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

Contains non-dairy creamer.

The solid ingredient sachet.

Interesting myriad of bits and pieces.

The liquid sachet. Chili sauce on left, seasoned oil on right.

A thick sauce and thin seasoned oil.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added Walla Walla sweet onion, red, yellow, and orange bell pepper, hard boiled egg and baked chicken with garlic salt. The noodles are interesting; they’re broad and flat and have an interesting texture. Aside from being green, the oddness ends – they have a nice taste. The broth is great – milky and has a nice balance of spiciness and chicken flavor. As far as health minded instants go, this is probably the best I’ve tried. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 8888327831093.

Here’s an ad for Healtimie.

#1161: GaGa 100 Green Chilli Soto Flavour

Here’s one that was sent to me by a reader in Jakarta, Indonesia – thank you! Spicy green chilli soup – green chilli seems to be gaining popularity in Indonesia. Let’s check it out!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat-free but check for yourself.

The noodle block.

A dual packet of soup base and chilli powder.

Here’s the chilli powder atop the soup base.

Green chilli sauce on the left and seasoned oil on the right.

Has a strong green chilli scent.

Seasoned oil.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added baked chicken with panko, Lindberg-Snider Red Baron BBq Seasoning and Mexcene, Walla Walla sweet onion, hard boiled egg and red, orange and yellow bell pepper. The noodles are plump and suck up lots of the broth’s flavor. The broth has of course the green chilli element, but the base, seasoned oil’s onions and regular red chilli powder’s elements retain their character separately as well. One thing that green chilli brings is heat – and not an overwhelmingly painful heat (probably for most but not for me) but one that intermingles with the other flavors. This is excellent. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 8888327831123.

Here’s an advert for another GaGa product – mie Jepeng.

#1126: GaGa Mie Gepeng Goreng Rasa Ayam Lada Hitam

In the last day, lots of people have been coming to The Ramen Rater from Indonesia! One person who commented via the facebook page said”you should try this one fried noddle, it has black pepper flavour. will not disappoint you :)” (for those wondering, this is friend black pepper chicken flavor noodles).  I looked through the box of varieties my friend in Jakarta sent me and lo and behold, I had it in there! Thank you very much! Let’s check this one out!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat-free.

These noodles are a little wider than most I’ve seen from Indonesia.

The dry powder packets. Chili powder on the left, seasoning base on the right.

Here you see the red chili powder atop the seasoning base.

The liquid ingredients packet.

Shallot oil and sweet soy sauce.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added fried egg, Vidalia sweet onion, red bell pepper and sauteed beef. The noodles are flatter and broader than most Indonesian varieties. They have a nice chew and texture. The flavor is great – a strong black pepper component along with a sweet and salty chicken and sweet soy flavor. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 8888327831871.

Here’s a Mie Jepeng TV spot.