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Samples From Xiao Ban Mian

Thought it would be good to do a re-review of these – they’re some of my favorite noodles from Taiwan – on this year’s top ten list too! Let’s look within!

Samples From Xiao Ban Mian – Taiwan

After opening the two flaps…

Here they are (click to enlarge)! Really looking forward to trying these again! Thanks!

A Donation From A Taiwanese Reader

A Donations From A Taiwanese Reader

Got an email from a guy named Jay in Taiwan a couple weeks ago about a spicy variety I hadn’t tried he wanted to send. He also sent some other stuff too! Thank you so much! Let’s have a look!

A Donations From A Taiwanese Reader – Taiwan

A Donations From A Taiwanese Reader

Cracking the box open.

A Donations From A Taiwanese Reader

He wrote a note on the box – that’s new (click to enlarge)!

A Donations From A Taiwanese Reader

Here’s the super spicy one (click to enlarge). You have to be 18 years of age to enjoy this one – at least that’s what they’re pushing. Hey – that’s cool!

A Donations From A Taiwanese Reader

A couple dry noodle varieties (click to enlarge) – think these are by Vedan. Looks like a spicy and a black bean sauce.

A Donations From A Taiwanese Reader

Hey cool – I’ve had this one before and it was good (click to enlarge)!

A Donations From A Taiwanese Reader

Wow – I’ve been trying to get my hands on this one (click to enlarge). It’s super popular right now over there!

A Donations From A Taiwanese Reader

Wow – (click to enlarge) this one has a big pouch with beef in it! Thanks again!

 

The Ultimate Instant Noodles Collection

The Ultimate Instant Noodles Collection - ramen - the ramen rater

Okay so some of you may be wondering – and some have asked as well: what do you noodle holding pens look like? Well, they’re next to my desk – actually next to and under.

The Ultimate Instant Noodles Collection – The Ramen Rater WHQ 3.0 – United States

The glorious collection

Readers send me noodles. Companies send me noodles. I find noodles I’ve not tried in the myriad Asian and otherwise stores I check out. I keep them in large storage bins which keep them out of light, generally at a constant cool temperature and (luckily, knock on wood) out of the purview or little hands as my 2-year-old Miles is very curious about everything. I try to get through them two per day – it can be very difficult though as a stay at home dad. I wake up before everyone else, try to get pictures and posts ready, and then I spend about 7 hours with the kiddos before they go down for a nap which lasts for a couple hours. Aty that time I do the cooking and attempt to get a few pictures done for the next day’s posts. If you have any questions about the instant noodles collection, please feel free to ask in the comment section below. One question I’ll answer here: how many are in there? I haven’t counted, to be honest. Another one might be asking if I eat the whole pack of noodles and review two each day – do I actually eat two whole packs of instant noodles every day? No. I generally take a couple bits of noodles and slurps of broth on each one – enough to judge the flavor and texture of the noodles and broth for their scoring – I usually will have some of the meat and fish cake garnish as well, but maybe a quarter pack’s worth of instant noodles a day if even that.

Show Your Noodles #21: Momofuku Ando Day Edition

Welcome to Show Your Noodles #21: The Momofuku Ando Day Edition! It’s been a couple of months since I’ve done a Show Your Noodles, mainly because I haven’t received any submissions. Well, recently people have been sending in quite a few and I thought today would be a good day to try it again. As always if you would like to participate in show Your Noodles #22, all you need to do is email a photo of anything you’ve made with instant noodles (a new recipe or a sculpture; really – go wild with it) with your first name, last initial, general location and a description of your noodles to [email protected]. Don’t forget to check out the Momofuku Ando Day 2013 post – worked hard on that one! With that, let’s check out some noodles! My wife judges them – here we go!

#9 Here’s one from Ray A of Nongshim America in Rancho Cucamonga, California:

This was Jinjja Jinjja and emart soupbase. Mmm spicy goodness!

#8 Here’s one from Justin C:

YUM! SO good! No need to add hot sauce as Shin Ramyun Black is spicy enough. Hey @theramenrater ! Here’s my pic. 🙂

#7 Here’s one from Lisa H of Nissin Foods USA’s Marketing Department in California:

Chow Mein Thai Chicken Noodles

Ingredients:
1. 2 packages of CHOW MEIN Thai Peanut Flavor
2. pre-cooked chicken, diced
3. Thai Peanut dressing/marinade
4. chopped celery
5. green onions
6. peanuts
Cooking Directions
Prepare CHOW MEIN following the cooking directions on the package.
Add pre-cooked chicken, celery, green onions, and peanuts (as much or as little as you like). Toss and serve hot or cold.

#6 Here’s one from Joe & Gill of the UK

Here’s some more noodle pics and a video that we meant to send you October/November time….enjoy!

Video:

#5 Here’s one from Naho K of Nissin Foods USA’s Marketing Department in California:

Instant Chow Mein

Ingredients: ½ cup chopped green onions, handful of bean sprouts, char siu (roast pork), vegetable oil, salt and pepper.
Directions:
1. Cook Chow Mein Teriyaki Beef according to directions on package
2. Sauté vegetables and char siu
3. Add vegetables and char siu to cooked Chow Mein
4. Empty the liquid seasoning (from Chow Mein package) on top
5. Toss and serve

#4 Here’s one by Christina Y of Nissin Foods USA’s Marketing Department in California:

Souper Meal Shrimp

Ingredients:
1 Nissin Souper Meal with Shrimp
4 pieces large cooked shrimp (41 to 50 count per pound)
Baby Broccoli
Directions:
1.       Prepare Souper Meal with Shrimp according to instructions
2.       Steam baby broccoli with a little water in microwave
3.       Top noodles with baby broccoli and shrimp
4.       Enjoy

#3 This is a submission by Aya H of the Nissin Foods USA Marketing Department in California:

Bacon Spinach Ramen
Ingredients:
1 package Nissin Top Ramen Chicken Flavor
½ cup fresh, baby spinach
1 Tbsp of Bacon bits or cooked minced bacon
2 cups water
Coarsely ground black pepper (to taste)
Directions:
1. Boil 2 cups of water in a pot. Add noodles, breaking up if desired.
2. Add baby spinach 2 minutes and 30 seconds after adding the noodles. Stir occasionally.
3. Remove from heat 30 seconds later. Stir in seasonings from flavor packet. Top with bacon bits or chopped bacon and ground black pepper to taste.
Serves 1
Cooking and Preparation time – 5 minutes

Ramen Italiano

Ingredients:
1 package Nissin Top Ramen Chicken Flavor
½ cup fresh, baby spinach
3 Tbsp chopped tomatoes and juices (from a can)
2 cups water
½ tsp garlic seasoning
½ Tbsp grated parmesan cheese
Directions:
1. Boil 2 cups of water in a pot. Add noodles, breaking up if desired.
2. Add the tomatoes after 2 minutes and baby spinach 30 seconds later. Stir occasionally.
3. Cook for 30 seconds then remove from heat. Stir in seasonings from flavor packet and garlic seasoning. Top with parmesan cheese.
Serves 1
Cooking and Preparation time – 5 minutes

#2 Here’s one from Josh S:

Namja Ramen from Paldo with Corn, Green Beans, Onion, Imitation Crab, and an Egg marinated in Bulgogi sauce!
Delicioso!

#1 This one’s from Scott A from the Nissin Foods USA Marketing Department in California:

Chow Noodles Alfredo Carbonara

Ingredients: two slices of Canadian bacon or two strips of regular bacon, a splash of cream or milk, parley, EVOO, pepper, and parmesan cheese
Directions:
1.       Cook Chow Noodles Alfredo according to directions on the package
2.       Slice Canadian bacon or regular bacon – cook
3.       Add and heat EVOO in a skillet
4.       Transfer cooked Chow Noodles Alfredo to the skillet
5.       Add a splash of milk or cream while you mix the noodles and bacon for 3 minutes
6.       Add pepper to taste
7.       Add chopped parsley
8.       Add parmesan cheese to taste

Wow this was an awesome roundup! Thanks to everyone who participated and hope to see more pics from you and everyone else that reads the blog!

Show Your Noodles #21

If you’re new to The Ramen Rater’s Show Your Noodles, you can email me a picture of some noodles you’ve made, include your name and location and I’ll post it on the Show Your Noodles roundup! Fancy or functional, it doesn’t matter. I mean, you could do literally anything you want with some instant noodles – use your imagination!  Want to be part of the next Show Your Noodles? Just email me at [email protected]. Let me know you first name, last initial, and city/state or country! My wife does the judging – here we go!

In first place we have Gillian S. from England –

Hello, my name is Gillian. S from London. I am the girlfriend of Joe who you have spoken to before. He will get back to you about Pot Noodle soon, he is lazy. Anyway, here are some pictures I got him to email me of his work lunches of late, plus a video we made of us making some delicious ramen noodles the other weekend. We bought them whilst shopping at one of the small local oriental supermarkets we like to frequent, after recognising them from your blog. Please excuse us in the video, we are slightly intoxicated. Hope you enjoy!

Here’s Gill & Joe’s video!

In 2nd place, Robert J. from New York

Sapporo Ichiban Chow Mein Ramen from my local Wegmans! They have a very large variety (atleast more than any other store around here) of noodles!
Poached egg with pan fried mushrooms and chicken, topped with “Huy Fong – Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce.” It came with a topping of seaweed sprinkles.
The noodles and powder mix alone were pretty good honestly but I wanted a meal out of it instead of a snack.
I hope to do more of these now knowing we have a huge section at my local store! Also thank you for giving me ideas of what to add to my ramen instead of having just plain boring noodles! Keep up the good work!

Finally in 3rd place, Heidi X. from Germany:

I’m a huge fan of your blog and thus I want to contribute.
So the other day I made some Creamy Mushroom Ramen and took a pic of it…
hope that you can feature it in Show Your Ramen #21!
Thank so much 🙂

Wow – awesome group of submissions this time! Thank you very much! Would like to do this as a weekly thing, so everyone in earshot, contribute some pictures of your noodles for all to see!

Show Your Noodles #20

If you’re new to The Ramen Rater’s Show Your Noodles, you can email me a picture of some noodles you’ve made, include your name and location and I’ll post it on the Show Your Noodles roundup! Fancy or functional, it doesn’t matter. I mean, you could do literally anything you want with some instant noodles – use your imagination!  Want to be part of the next Show Your Noodles? Just email me at [email protected]. Let me know you first name, last initial, and city/state or country! My wife does the judging – here we go!

This time, we have only two submissions – and they’re from the same reader! Let’s get some competition here! Here’s what Beth S. of Raleugh, NC sent:

MAMA’s Creamy Shrimp Tom Yum flavor with a poached egg and narutomaki.  I added in the extras during the last minute of cooking and it turned out pretty well!

Sapporo Ichiban Miso Flavour with chicken potstickers and a fried egg.  Unfortunately, the potstickers weren’t very good, but it was still a tasty dinner!

Thanks Beth – great submissions! Hope to see more noodle pictures soon from everyone!

Show Your Noodles #19

If you’re new to The Ramen Rater’s Show Your Noodles, every week you can email me a picture of some noodles you’ve made. include your name and location and I’ll post it on the weekly roundup! Fancy or functional, it doesn’t matter. I mean, you could do literally anything you want with some instant noodles – use your imagination!  Want to be part of next week’s Show Your Noodles? Just email me at [email protected]. Let me know you first name, last initial, and city/state or country! My wife does the judging – here we go!

In second place, here’s Annika L. from Tallinn, Estonia’s entry:

These are Ajinomoto Oyakata curry soba noodles with bacon, fried veggies, benishouga (plum vinegar marinated ginger) and sour cream.

In first is Drew D. from Los Angeles, California:

This is Nong Shim HooRooRook with corn, green onion, portabello mushrooms,  jalapenos, cabbage, carrots, hard boiled egg with McIlhenny Co. Tabasco Pepper Sauce and Mixed Up Krazy Salt.  In the broth, I boiled red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, Srirracha Garlic Sauce and a pinch of sea salt.  These have definitely become my favorite noodles!

Well, that’s all! Please send your pictures of what you do with noodles! Anything you got, it’ll make it on here! From gourmet to bizarre!

Show Your Noodles Week 18

If you’re new to The Ramen Rater’s Show Your Noodles, every week you can email me a picture of some noodles you’ve made. include your name and location and I’ll post it on the weekly roundup! Fancy or functional, it doesn’t matter. I mean, you could do literally anything you want with some instant noodles – use your imagination!  Want to be part of next week’s Show Your Noodles? Just email me at [email protected] Let me know you first name, last initial, and city/state or country! My wife does the judging – here we go!

In fourth place, Patric C. from Virginia!

Sapporo Ichiban Chow Mein
2 fried eggs
Butterball Deep fried turkey sandwich meat
dried seaweed on top

In third place, Sue L. from Anacortes, Washington!

This is a Nong Shim Noodle Bowl, Beef flavor. I am definitely new to the different types of noodles, and these noodles are killer, so thin and buttery-feeling. I added snap peas, shredded carrots, green onions and crunchy won ton strips. The seasoned veggies that come with it are great – I just added some extra yellow and white petite corn to make it a bigger meal. Mom was smelling it, saying “Mmmm…what’s that? Smelly yummy!”  And so it was.

In second place, a submission from Gerben W. from Amsterdam, Holland!

As it is kind of a leftover day, I had lot’s of delicious stuff to fill up my noodles.
Here’s what you see:
Indomie noodles, with bean sprouts and morning glory (Ong choy) and a small tomato for veggies.
Some leftover tofu and a poached egg give it body, spring onion and koriander extra flavour.
As I am a big fan of soups like Vietnamese Pho, I often go easy on the added bumbu pack and add some fish- & oyster sauce to make up for it, works great on several instant-noodle-flavours.

Finally in first place, Drew D. of Los Angeles, California!

I can’t get enough of Nong Shim’s products!  This is their Spicy Kimchi ramen, with additional cayenne pepper, portabella mushrooms, green onions, corn and a sunny-side up egg with krazy-salt on top.  There’s also some fresh kimchi at the bottom that you can’t see.  My significant other’s mom makes it herself 🙂 Mmmmmm!

Well, that’s all! Please send your pictures of what you do with noodles! Anything you got, it’ll make it on here! From gourmet to bizarre!

Show Your Noodles Week 17

If you’re new to The Ramen Rater’s Show Your Noodles, every week you can email me a picture of some noodles you’ve made. include your name and location and I’ll post it on the weekly roundup! Fancy or functional, it doesn’t matter. I mean, you could do literally anything you want with some instant noodles – use your imagination!  Want to be part of next week’s Show Your Noodles? Just email me at [email protected] Let me know you first name, last initial, and city/state or country!

In fourth place, here’s one from Sue L. of Anacortes, WA

Sister Sue’s Usual Ramen:
1 block  Maruchan Ramen noodles (no seasoning packet used, thogh I do stash it for when we make fried rice)
1/4 cup petite sweet and golden corn
1/4 cup petite string beans
Boil noodles and veggies, drain, let stand a few minutes, then add unsalted butter and shredded parmesan cheese. After-work quick comfort food!

In third place, this one’s from Ray A. of Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Camping style Shin Black. I used dehydrated corn and peas; both of them soaked up the broth, yumm! We also added an egg and a little ham. Bon Appetite campers!

In second place, Drew D. of Los Angeles, CA

This is Oriental Maruchan Ramen, with peppered turkey slices, mixed veggies (corn, peas, carrots, asparagus, celery), cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes. It was garnished with tomatoes, mushrooms and cabbage.  I ended up making it super spicy! Oh yeah green onions are diced up in the middle of the bowl.  And added a slice of pepper jack to the broth while boiling.

Finally in first place we has this one from Jerrin C. and Michelle H. from Los Angeles, CA.

Hello!
This is isn’t instant ramen, but my girlfriend Michelle H and I, Jerrin C, made this ramen from scratch!

Quite an impressive bunch this go [email protected] Thanks to all of you for your awesome submissions! Please feel free to submit more pictures! Everyone else, get to sending in your pictures tooo!

Show Your Noodles Week 16

Been busy lately so decided it’s time to do this one up!  If you’re new to The Ramen Rater’s Show Your Noodles, every week you can email me a picture of some noodles you’ve made. include your name and location and I’ll post it on the weekly roundup! Fancy or functional, it doesn’t matter. I mean, you could do literally anything you want with some instant noodles – use your imagination!  Want to be part of next week’s Show Your Noodles? Just email me at [email protected] Let me know you first name, last initial, and city/state or country!

There’s three entries this time. In third place, Michelle L. from New York’s entry

It was my lunch today: udon w/ tofu & veggies, gone psychedelic!

In second place, Anniqa from Sweden’s entry:

I got hungry, reading your review of Nong Shim’s Jinjju Jinjju ramyun. At 3am, I couldn’t very well go see what the local supermarket had, so I made my own version: Wei Lih Jah Jan Mien with peanut butter, sri
racha, some vegs and a few slices of salami. It was ok, but not really great. The salami didn’t really fit, but I was all out of ham. I’ve done MAMA’s Tom Yum ramen with gado gado, habanero, and salty
black beans a lot of times though – that’s better!

In first place, Venessa from Indonesia’s entry:

My noodles is Nongshim’s claypot ramyun. I added some homemade chicken balls, sausage, and an egg. I thought it will be spicy enough so I don’t add any bird eye chilli but I was wrong. It was kind of mild even though the broth’s color is red. But after all it was so fulfilling.

Awesome entries, everyone! Please — enter more photos as often as you like! Hoping to have a lot more next time around!

Show Your Noodles Week 15

Got only one entry for week fifteen.  If you’re new to The Ramen Rater’s Show Your Noodles, every week you can email me a picture of some noodles you’ve made. include your name and location and I’ll post it on the weekly roundup! Fancy or functional, it doesn’t matter. I mean, you could do literally anything you want with some instant noodles – use your imagination!  Want to be part of next week’s Show Your Noodles? Just email me at [email protected] Let me know you first name, last initial, and city/state or country!

So let’s get it going here with our sole entry this week!

Koyo Mushroom Ramen- I added red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, crimini and white whole mushrooms, celery, green onion, crazy salt, sliced beef and an egg during the last 25 seconds of preparation.  I also threw some shredded pepperjack cheese into the broth while boiling.  I garnished it with fresh sliced tomato wedges.  It ended up delicious!
— Drew D. in Los Angeles

Show Your Noodles Week 14

Got three entries for week fourteen! entries! If you’re new to The Ramen Rater’s Show Your Noodles, every week you can email me a picture of some noodles you’ve made. include your name and location and I’ll post it on the weekly roundup! Fancy or functional, it doesn’t matter. I mean, you could do literally anything you want with some instant noodles – use your imagination!  Want to be part of next week’s Show Your Noodles? Just email me at [email protected]. Let me know you first name, last initial, and city/state or country! Now, on to the noodle pictures! My wife judges the pictures and here they are!

First place is Drew D. from Los Angeles, California

Here’s my contribution to Show Your Noodles!  It’s Nong Shim Spicy Seafood ramen.  I’ve added fresh mushrooms (as I do with everything I cook), shrimp, fresh broccoli florets, fresh celery, fresh shredded cabbage, red pepper flakes and an egg during the last 25 seconds of preparation.  I added Krazy Salt, and some additional cayenne pepper (as I feel the spicy seafood doesn’t pack the punch that regular Nong Shim ramen does).  I topped it with some fresh bok choy!

In second place, Trish M. with a uniqwue entry from Deptford, New Jersey!

RAMEN noodle pizza!

Finally in 3rd place, Ryan C.’s entry:

What I did was make grab the 1/4lb of pork I had left and tossed it into a pan adding in a multitude of things to spice it up. That nori is actually from a triangle of a sheet I had cut to make some sushi some days previous while the eggs are small hard boiled. nothing too fancy but it was nice and spicy.

Wow – what an impressive gallery of noodle pics! Thanks so much for sending them to me – I thoroughly enjoy this part of doing the noodle blog – I encourage you to keep sending in your pictures! Hoping for more every week! Thank you!