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The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodle Cups Of All Time 2014 Edition

Yeah – it’s that time of year again! Cups are interesting; they usually hold a lot less water than a bowl, so the steeping process is a little different and so are the noodles. I’ve had some horrendous cups over the years, but then there are some that are really quite good. This last year has been a great one where cups are concerned! Let’s have a look at the best of the best! The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodle Cups Of All Time 2014 Edition!

#10: Nongshim Sir Long Tang Creamy Beef Noodle Soup – United States

Sir Long Tang is a creamy beef noodle soup. Creamy beef soups are very common in South Korean cuisine – such varieties as Seollongtang and Gomtang feature broth that is made from boiling beef bones for hours and hours. Sir Long Tang has a very nice and rich beef flavor with a great creaminess and excellent noodles. Original review here

#9: Nissin Cup Noodles Seafood Curry Flavour – Hong Kong

Since 1971, Nissin Cup Noodle has been synonymous with… Well, noodles in a cup! The noodles come out just perfectly in these. Not only that, there are copious amounts of veggies and seafood. Then there’s the flavor – a really nice Japanese curry with seafood notes – great stuff! This is it’s second year appearing in this spot. Original review here

#8: Paldo Kokomen Spicy Chicken Cup – South Korea

This is the third list this year that Paldo Kokomen has appeared on. The broth has such a great melding of the heat of jalapeno pepper and the flavor of chicken. The noodles are very good and the bits of chicken and vegetables are top notch. Dropped from 5th to 8th. Original review here

#7: Nissin Cup Noodle Chili Tomato – Japan

The noodles were broad and flat and had a very satisfying texture and feel to them; not bad at all. The broth has a nice tomato taste and lots of flavor. Bits of meat and veggies are throughout and make it a very hearty cup of noodles. Original review here

#6: 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

#5: 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

#4: 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

#3: 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! Last year, I featured the version made in South Korea and this year we have the one made in the United States. Second year at #3. Original review here

#2: 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

#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. Original review here

 

Meet The Manufacturer: #1262: Mi ABC Mi Cup Rasa Kari Ayam Chicken Curry Flavour

The last ten reviews have been varieties that are now available in the US. The next five will be ones sent to me by ABC President that are only available in Indonesia. Let’s check this one out!

The side panels (click image to enlarge). I decided to make this black and white – the color scan was hard to read. Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, empty all sachets and add boiling water to line for three minutes. Stir and you’re done.

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge). Looks like a contest!

An included fork!

The noodle block. They got a little banged up on their ride over from Indonesia.

A dual sachet – soup base on the left and chilli powder on the right.

Chilli powder atop the soup base.

Seasoned oil sachet.

Curry!

The veggie sachet.

TVP (textured vegetable protein) and other vegetable bits.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added chicken sauteed with BonCabe Level 10 chilli seasoning and sauteed sweet onions. The noodles were good quality; cups often have spongy noodles and these were quite good. The broth’s flavor was that of curry and onion – it was really nice. Veggies were good as well. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 8992388121021.

This looks like a neat variety!

Re-Review: Meet The Manufacturer: Eat & Go Rendang Beef Flavor Fried Instant Noodle

As I said in the last post, today is the anniversary of the first time my wife and I spoke to eachother, four years ago. More on that in the video at the bottom. I had the fortune to be able to try real rendang yesterday! They make it at Waroeng Jajanan! I’ll do a special post about it soon! This one was really good last time – let’s revisit it!

The side panels (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, fill to line with boiling water and let steep for 3 minutes. In a separate bowl, put the sachet contents, minus the fried wonton and fried onion. Drain. Add to bowl and stir and garnish with the onion and wonton.

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

Included fork!

The noodle block.

A dual sachet – seasoning powder on the left and chilli powder on the right.

Chilli powder atop the seasoning powder.

A triple sachet (from left to right): seasoned oil, chilli sauce and sweet soy sauce.

A sweet, salty and spicy melange.

The garnish sachet.

Fried wonton (pangsit goreng) and fried onion (bawang goreng).

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added kerapuk aci from Waroeng Jajanan, sauteed beef with garlic salt and some Dua Belibus chilli sauce. The noodles have a good gauge and chewiness. The flavor is really good – sweet, salty and spicy. The garnish is great too – crisp and flavorful. Everything comes together very well – excellent! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 8992388133178.

After one of the worst years of my life, 2009 ended on a really positive note as I met my future wife in person at Oakland airport down in California. I will never look at New Year’s Eve the same ever again!

Re-Review: Meet The Manufacturer: Mi ABC Mi Instan Rebus Rasa Ayam Bawang Onion Chicken Flavour

Close to 100 reviews ago, I tried this for the first time. Four years ago today, my wife and I had our first conversation! It’s a big anniversary for us – check out the video at the end for more on that. Let’s revisit this one by ABC President!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, boil 400ml water. Add noodle block and cook 3 minutes. Put sachet contents in a bowl. Add liquid and noodles and stir in the bowl.

The noodle block.

A dual sachet – soup base on the left and chilli powder on the right.

Chilli powder atop the soup base.

Seasoned oil sachet.

Has a very strong onion scent.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sauteed chicken with garlic salt. The noodles have a good body and texture to them. The broth is the real star here with a rich chicken and onion flavor which I liked a lot and the oil provides a little extra heatiness. Just as good as last time. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 8992388111237.

My wife and I met eachother on an online dating service. She lived in California, I in Washington. We first started talking four years ago today. The first phone call with eachother lasted over four hours! I remember we talked for over 12 hours Christmas Eve 2009! This became our song; we couldn’t get enough of talking to eachother and missed eachother so much when we couldn’t, although we hadn’t actually met eachother yet. That all changed though when she invited me down for New Year’s Eve. I accepted and the rest is history!

#1261: Meet The Manufacturer: Eat & Go Rasa Baso Sapi Meat Ball Mi Instan Cup

I wanted to do something special with this one. Recently, I visited Waroeng Jajanan, an Indonesian grocery nearby. As it turns out, they make Indonesian style meatballs! I didn’t want to make this without sampling them, so this is a really exciting one for me! Honestly, I’ve never had Indonesian food other than instant noodles before! Let’s check it out!

The side panels (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add all sachet contents except the tofu chips to the cup and add boiling water to the fill line. Steep for three minutes, stir and add tofu chips on top.

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

An included fork!

The noodle block.

A dual sachet – soup base on the left and chilli powder on the right.

Chilli powder atop the soup base.

The vegetable sachet.

A nice quantity.

Seasoned oil sachet.

Has an onion scent.

The garnish sachet.

Tofu chips!

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added greens and a large meatball from Waroeng Jajanan and some hard boiled egg. The noodles were as good as usual – nice gauge and texture. The broth was a nice meaty flavor and had a decent heartiness. The tofu chips were a nice addition (not pictured as I forgot to add them in in this shot). 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.

By the way – the big meatball from Waroeng Jajanan was absolutely delectable! I wish I would’ve gotten a picture of what was inside this amazing thing – a perfectly cooked hard boiled egg with a soft yolk! Thank you! Wonderful! 5.0 out of 5.0 for their food! I’ll be doing a review of something else I got from there today after the Meet The Manufacturer is over. UPC bar code 8992388112807.

I thought the computer voice on this was a little odd!

#1260: Meet The Manufacturer: Mi ABC Mi Goreng Pangsit Fried Noodle With Dumpling

This is a little different – fried dumplings! Basically they’re little chips of fried wonton as a garnish. These were present in one of the Eat & Go cups I reviewed earlier. 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, boil noodles in 400ml water for 3 minutes. During this, put everything but the fried wonton in a bowl. Drain the noodles and mix in with the ingredients in the bowl. Sprinkle fried wonton on top.

Our first real snow of the year! Otis seems a little cold. Fortunately for him, all the snow should be melted in a couple of hours.

The noodle block.

Powder seasoning sachet.

A very light powder.

A triple sachet (from left to right): seasoned oil, chilli sauce and sweet soy sauce.

Has a nice onion scent.

Chilli sauce on the left, sweet soy sauce on the right.

The garnish sachet.

Little fried wonton chips!

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added shrimp sauteed with a little BonCabe chilli powder and a fried egg. The noodles were very good – just the right texture and chew. The flavor was really great – nice spiciness and sweetness. The fried wonton is really great – nice and crunchy. Everything was perfect – makes reviewing instant noodles a joy! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 8992388112401.

To think this would only cost $1USD!

#1259: Meet The Manufacturer: Eat & Go Chicken Onion Mi Instan Cup

It should be pretty obvious: I like onions. I use them in pretty much every meal I make. Chicken and eggs are quite enjoyable too. Let’s check this one out.

The side panels (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add all the sachets to the cup except the tofu chips. Add boiling water to the outer line and re-cover for 3 minutes. Stir and garnish with tofu chips.

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

Included fork!

The noodle block.

A dual sachet: soup base on the left and chilli powder on the right.

The chilli powder atop the soup base.

A seasoned oil sachet.

Smells of onion.

A vegetable sachet.

Says its TVP (textured vegetable protein), carrot, ‘green vegetable,’ and leek.

The garnish sachet.

Little crunchy bits of tofu.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sauteed chicken and sweet onion seasoned with garlic salt and BonCabe chilli seasoning, Dua Belibus and hard boiled egg. The noodles were consistent in quality with the other Eat & Go cups. Good chew and quality. They have a just slightly narrower gauge than baseline packaged instants. The broth was much lighter than other varieties I’ve tried. It wasn’t spicy but had a nice chicken and onion flavor. The tofu chips added a nice little extra, and the vegetables were very good. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 8992388112784.

Indonesian street food looks like quite an adventure – so many varieties with so many great flavors!

Re-Review: Meet The Manufacturer: Eat & Go Spicy Chicken Mi Instan Cup

This is a really good one – it placed #8 in my Top Ten Indonesian Instant Noodles 2013 Edition! Let’s revisit this one!

The side panels (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add all the sachets, save the tofu chips. Add boiling water to the line and steep for 3 minutes. Stir, and then sprinkle the tofu chips on top.

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

Included fork! Last time, the fork was white, this time clear!

The noodle block.

A dual sachet: soup base on the left and chilli powder on the right.

The chilli powder atop the soup base.

Seasoned oil.

Has a very nice scent.

A dehydrated vegetable sachet.

Nice quantity.

A garnish sachet.

Tofu chips!

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added chicken baked with BonCabe spicy seasoning and sweet onion. The noodles are just the right texture and chewiness. The broth is absolutely wonderful – a great balance of heat and flavor. The tofu chips are a very nice finish. The veggies? Good too! I stand by my original review – excellent! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 8992388112838.

I can’t imagine it’s easy to set up and break down a gamelan!

Re-Review: Meet The Manufacturer: Mi ABC Selera Pedas Mi Instan Goreng Hot Chicken Lemon Flavour

Chick mi goreng time – and it’s spicy and lemony! Sounds interesting. Actually I reviewed this a while back – it was #810. Let’s check this out!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodles to boiling water and cook 3 minutes. During this, put the contents of all the packets in a bowl, save the fried onion. Drain the noodles and put in bowl and stir. Garnish with fried onion.

The noodle block.

A dual sachet: seasoning powder on left, chilli powder on right.

Here’s the chilli powder atop the seasoning powder.

Liquid sachets (from left to right): seasoned oil, chilli sauce and sweet soy sauce.

A saucy sea of sauces.

The garnish sachet.

Fried onion.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sauteed onions, baked chicken with BonCabe 10 Star chilli spice, fried egg and lime. The noodles have a very nive texture and a good chew. The flavoring is pretty neat – going from lemon to the sweet and salty and finally a creep of heat. Very good! 4.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 8992388112401.

A documentary about the world of spices.

#1257: Meet The Manufacturer: Mi ABC Mi Goreng Mi Instan Cup Mi Goreng Spesial Special Fried Noodle

Mi goreng means fried noodles. To those not familiar with mi goreng, you’ve absolutely must try it! There’s no broth involved and very strong and delicious flavors. I would wager that if I looked through all my reviews, I’d be hard pressed to find a mi goreng that I didn’t like. Well, there was one, but it was a Chinese take on it and the spices were really off. What’s really nice is the ability to pair it with so many different things. Let’s delve into this one; I have a good feeling about it!

The side panels (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, take everything out except the noodles. Add boiling water and cover for 3 minutes. Give it a stir and then drain off the water. Add all the sachet contents, save the garnish and stir. Sprinkle garnish on top and enjoy.

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

Included fork!

The noodle block.

The powder seasoning sachet.

A very light powder.

A triple sachet. From left to right: seasoned oil, chilli sauce, sweet soy sauce.

Has an onion scent.

A sweet and spicy taste.

Sticky and thick, kecap manis (sweet soy sauce) isn’t the soy sauce you find predominately in the US which is salty and thin.

The garnish sachet.

The large rectangular pieces are pangsit goreng (fried wontons). The smaller? Fried onion.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sauteed onions,thin sliced sukiyaki beef, lime, kerapuk aci, fried egg, Dua Belibis chilli sauce, and a generous sprinkle of BonCabe 10 Star spice. The noodles are good – nice texture and quality for a cup version. The flavor is nice – a sweet and spicy taste, and I detected an almost citrussy hint. The fried bits were very nice. . 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 8992388112654.

It has just come to my attention that Peter O’Toole died yesterday at the age of 81. He was in many films, but the one I found most amazing was Lawrence of Arabia. Today’s video is the first half of the film. Don’t worry, the second half is here. It’s a very long film, but I highly recommend it. By the way – there’s nothing wrong; the first couple minutes of both halves are preceded by the overture.

#1256: Meet The Manufacturer: Eat & Go Curry Chicken Mi Instan Cup

To begin this Meet The Manufacturer, I decided that curry chicken flavor sounded good today. One thing I’m a big fan of is curry; from India, Britain, Thailand, Japan and of course Indonesia. In the past, I’ve been pretty amazed at everything that they put inside these Eat 7 Go cups. Let’s see what awaits within!

Here are the side panels (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat-free, but check for yourself. To prepare, put all the contents of the seasoning sachets except the tofu chips in the bowl and add boiling water to the line. Let steep covered for 3 minutes. Uncover and stir. Sprinkly tofu chips on top and you’re done.

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

An included fork!

The noodle block.

A dual seasoning sachet: seasoning base on the left and chilli powder on the right.

Has a nice, warm curry scent.

The oil sachet.

Has a sweet scent.

The vegetable sachet.

A decent amount of veggies.

The garnish sachet.

Tofu chips.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added chicken baked with BonCabe 10 star seasoning I got at Waroeng Jajanan, hard boiled egg with ABC Chilli Sauce and lime. UPC The noodles are thin and of good quality, especially for a cup. The broth has a very nice curry chicken flavor with deep flavor. The vegetable mix was very good quality as well as rather plentiful. The tofu chips add a nice little finish to the bowl. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars. bar code 8992388112791.

ABC make all sorts of sauces in Indonesia, most notably kecap manis (sweet soy sauce).

Meet The Manufacturer: Product Samples From ABC President

A box came the other day – noodles!

Four varieties of pillow pack instants by ABC President.

A Mi ABC cup.

Finally, five different Eat & Go cups. These have been quite good – I’ll re-review the ones I’ve already tried during Meet The Manufacturer. Thanks to Hedy and Darrian!