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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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

#2398: Liang Cheng Mei Shaanxi Cold Noodle: Mustard Spicy

#2398: Liang Cheng Mei Shaanxi Cold Noodle: Mustard Spicy - China - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

Found this one at Asian Food Center on 130th and Aurora. So it’s a really neat store and they have a lot of interesting stuff there. My wife Kit sees this one and we are instantly in love with the artwork. Looks interesting! So this is a cold noodle variety. Very interesting looking… So what’s Shaanxi? Let’s ask wikipedia about Shaanxi cuising:

Shaanxi cuisine (simplified Chinese: 陕西菜; traditional Chinese: 陝西菜; pinyin: Shǎnxī cài), or Qin cuisine (秦菜; Qín cài), is derived from the native cooking styles of Shaanxi province and parts of northwestern China. Shaanxi cuisine makes elaborate use of ordinary materials, and is best known for its pork and lamb / mutton dishes.

The flavour is strong and the taste is heavy. There is an emphasis on savoury flavours such as salt, garlic, onion, and vinegar; sugar is seldom used. The main cooking methods are steaming, frying, and stir-frying. Due to its geographical location between the provinces of Shanxi and Sichuan, the taste of Shaanxi cuisine include both sour and spicy, in addition to the salty taste. In comparison to other Chinese cuisines, noodles are more widely used than rice, but in contrast to the noodles of Beijing cuisine, and to a certain degree, Shanxi cuisine, the noodles of Shaanxi cuisine are nearly always wider, thicker, and longer.

The taste of “Shaanxi cuisine” can be quite spicy. However, this can be diluted by adding a little soy sauce to the cuisine. Furthermore, different types of meat can be included in “Shaanxi cuisine” such as duck, lamb, chicken, or beef. Additionally, there are vegetarian options in which no meat is included, but rather more spices resulting in hotter dishes.

The cuisine includes three regional styles:

Northern Shaanxi style is characterised by the wide use of steaming as the method of cooking. The most common meat is pork, although lamb and mutton are also popular.

Guanzhong style, which uses pork and lamb / mutton equally with heavy flavours and tastes.

Hanzhong style, similar to Sichuan cuisine, is characterised by its spicy taste.

So after reading this, I’m wondering if this is Hanzhong style as this one is spicy. However, many instant noodle variants from China are spicy anyways so it is hard to tell. Let’s give this one a look!

Liang Cheng Mei Shaanxi Cold Noodle: Mustard Spicy – China

#2398: Liang Cheng Mei Shaanxi Cold Noodle: Mustard Spicy - China - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

Detail of the underside of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat. To prepare, add noodles to boiling water and let steep for 5-8 minutes (I’m going to do 8 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water. Add in sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

#2398: Liang Cheng Mei Shaanxi Cold Noodle: Mustard Spicy - China - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

Under the cardboard outer packaging is this tray.

#2398: Liang Cheng Mei Shaanxi Cold Noodle: Mustard Spicy - China - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

A card inside looks like it’s mentioning some kind of charity (click to enlarge).

#2398: Liang Cheng Mei Shaanxi Cold Noodle: Mustard Spicy - China - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

An included fork.

#2398: Liang Cheng Mei Shaanxi Cold Noodle: Mustard Spicy - China - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

The fresh noodles pouch.

#2398: Liang Cheng Mei Shaanxi Cold Noodle: Mustard Spicy - China - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

A liquid base sachet.

#2398: Liang Cheng Mei Shaanxi Cold Noodle: Mustard Spicy - China - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

A dark liquid with a spicy scent.

#2398: Liang Cheng Mei Shaanxi Cold Noodle: Mustard Spicy - China - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

A liquid sachet.

#2398: Liang Cheng Mei Shaanxi Cold Noodle: Mustard Spicy - China - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

Unsure what this is; has an odd scent.

#2398: Liang Cheng Mei Shaanxi Cold Noodle: Mustard Spicy - China - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

Another liquid sachet.

#2398: Liang Cheng Mei Shaanxi Cold Noodle: Mustard Spicy - China - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

I think this may be the same liquid as the last sachet.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added coriander, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and sliced garlic. The noodles came out pretty well. They are wide and have an interesting chew. The problem with this one was the flavor. I really would like to try this in a restaurant as I wasn’t altogether enamored with the funky taste. Did see something about garlic water and it just didn’t work here. I don’t know. This one piques my curiosity  and I’m looking forward to trying more varieties from this brand. 1.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 6928988002691.

#2398: Liang Cheng Mei Shaanxi Cold Noodle: Mustard Spicy - China - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

Old Land, New Tales: Twenty Short Stories by Writers of the Shanxi Region in China

A video about Shanxi Province, China.