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The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten American Instant Noodles Of All Time 2018 Edition

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten American Instant Noodles Of All Time 2018 Edition

In the past few years, I’ve noticed some shifts in the domestic instant noodle world. Shifting towards a little more healthy being the main thing, but also playing with more exotic flavors and ideas. Here are my favorite varieties out of the reviews up to #2,943 that are made in the United States. What you should also know is that if you live in the United States, these aren’t too hard to come by. If you’re a manufacturer or just a reader who has a variety you’d like to see reviewed, please contact me using the CONTACT form. With that, here’s The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten American Instant Noodles Of All Time 2018 Edition!

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#10: Mike’s Mighty Good Craft Ramen Vegetarian Vegetable Ramen Soup

Mike's Mighty Good Craft Ramen Vegetarian Vegetable Ramen Soup

Noodles came out quite nicely – good chew and gauge. The broth was kind of a vegetable and Western hot and sour affair with tart notes, sweet ones and a generally kind, giving disposition. The amount of vegetables was admirable and it all came together in a very good way. Original review

#9: Maruchan Creamy Chicken Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

Maruchan Creamy Chicken Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

The noodles for this particular variety are just out of this world perfect. They have a decent and very standard gauge and suck up just enough broth. The broth has a very easy going creamy chicken taste, creaminess thanks to non-dairy creamer. Definitely my all-time favorite of the US Maruchan pillow pack range. Original review

#8: Nongshim Shin Black Spicy Pot-Au-Feu Flavor

Nongshim Shin Black Spicy Pot-Au-Feu Flavor

Made in Rancho Cucamonga, California, this is the extra special version of their flagship Shin Ramyun product. Extra broth sachet and great vegetables. Original review

#7: Nongshim Kimchi Flavor Noodle Soup

Nongshim Kimchi Flavor Noodle Soup

First off, this is a Vegan product. What’s awesome is that it’s just got this bright and tangy broth going on that really impresses me. Lots of pickled cabbage in there and great noodles to boot. Original review

#6: Mike’s Mighty Good Craft Ramen Beef Pho Flavor Rice Noodle Soup

Mike's Mighty Good Craft Ramen Beef Pho Flavor Rice Noodle Soup

The rice noodles are awesome. They smelled great as they cooked. The broth ended up a happy, thick mess of wonderfulness. I’ve had my share of bad instant pho. Happy to say this isn’t one of them.  Original review

#5: Sapporo Ichiban Japanese Style Noodles Chow Mein

Sapporo Ichiban Japanese Style Noodles Chow Mein

I’ve loved this one for years and it’s actually been on the annual top ten once or twice at the beginning. A broth free noodle with a very tasty seasoning. Garnish includes seaweed. Original review

#4: Nissin Cup Noodle Seafood Ramen Noodle Soup

Nissin Cup Noodle Seafood Ramen Noodle Soup

The noodles are your standard Cup Noodle fare. They are flat and thin gauged. Soft tooth and decent quantity. The nice thing about this one is the inclusions and the broth. The broth is a tasty and milky seafood one – salty and full of nice seafood flavor without being fishy. Clam and other seafood are abundant in decent size as well as scrambled egg as well as cabbage. Original review

#3: Sapporo Ichiban Tonkotsu Ramen Artificially Flavored Tonkotsu White Chicken Broth

Sapporo Ichiban Tonkotsu Ramen Artificially Flavored Tonkotsu White Chicken Broth

A creamy broth with very hearty noodles. This is one of the first new things from this company in a long time – was worth the wait. Original review

#2 – Maruchan Bowl Taste Of Asia Tom Yum Ramen Noodle Soup

Maruchan Bowl Taste Of Asia Tom Yum Ramen Noodle Soup

To be honest, I’m about as surprised by this one as you might be! But make no mistake – this US domestic variety is truly amazing. The tom yum flavor is just superb along with a huge quantity of noodles. You’ll fill up and be extremely happy as you do so. Original review

#1: Nissin Cup Noodles Very Veggie Spicy Chicken Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

Nissin Cup Noodles Very Veggie Spicy Chicken Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

The noodles are thin and have a soft tooth. The flavor is a chicken with a lot of cumin and a bit of spiciness – not too much to fend off anyone I know, but enough to say ‘hi – I’m a little spicy.’ Just like the other three varieties in this range (chicken, beef and soy sauce), this one gets a lot of added flavor in the broth from the myriad vegetables included. Corn, bell pepper, and onion are omnipresent and just so welcome here. Of the quartet, this is my favorite, but each one deserves this spot – something newn innovative and delicious. Original review

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

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

After a few years, I thought I ought to update this list. I thought I even ought to change the name a little. Honestly, not a huge amount of instant noodles from the United States cross my desk these days and of those that do, not many are 5 stars. Nonetheless, there are some changes in the past few years that I thought were noteworthy and so here you go! These are the best instant noodles from the United States out of the 2,500+ varieties of instant noodles I’ve reviewed thus far.

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#10: Nissin Chow Mein Spicy Teriyaki Beef Flavor Chow Mein Noodles

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

Been a while since I had this but it’s still a favorite. The teriyaki actually does have a nice teriyaki taste to it – along with a little spicy hit that really makes this one more unique. Original review

#9: Nongshim Chapagetti Roasted Chajang Bowl Noodle

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

So Chajang is a black bean sauce – and it goes very well with noodles. There’s no broth here, but there is a hearty bowl that will have you coming back for more. Original review

#8: Maruchan Creamy Chicken Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

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

If I’m under the weather, this one has been a go to for me for decades. I mean first, it’s chicken soup with noodles and second, it’s creamy. It’s just really comforting and works very well. Original review

#7: Annie Chun’s Ramen House Thai Coconut Ramen

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

The noodles have a nice fresh feel. What’s nice about these like many new varieties is that they do not require refrigeration. With a nice Thai coconut flavor, I get curry and lemongrass and coconut notes in there. Original review

#6: Nongshim Shin Black Spicy Pot-Au-Feu Flavor

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

Made in Rancho Cucamonga, California, this is the extra special version of their flagship Shin Ramyun product. Extra broth sachet and great vegetables. Original review

#5: Nongshim Kimchi Flavor Noodle Soup

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First off, this is a Vegan product. What’s awesome is that it’s just got this bright and tangy broth going on that really impresses me. Lots of pickled cabbage in there and great noodles to boot. Original review

#4: Maruchan Instant Lunch Chipotle Chicken Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

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

Yep – the first Instant Lunch on this list ever. Why? Well, the sheer amount of chipotle peppers in this one is astounding. It tastes really great too – a nice surprise! Original review

#3: Sapporo Ichiban Japanese Style Noodles Chow Mein

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

I’ve loved this one for years and it’s actually been on the annual top ten once or twice at the beginning. A broth free noodle with a very tasty seasoning. Garnish includes seaweed. Original review

#2: Sapporo Ichiban Tonkotsu Ramen Artificially Flavored Tonkotsu White Chicken Broth

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

A creamy broth with very hearty noodles. This is one of the first new things from this company in a long time – was worth the wait. Original review

#1: Maruchan Bowl Taste Of Asia Beef Flavor Sukiyaki Ramen

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

One of three Taste Of Asia products Martuchan came out with in the last couple years. It has a lot of noodles – definitely, bring your appetite. The broth is beefy and sweet as well and is very good. My favorite American instant noodle. Original review

Honorable Mention: Mama Pat’s Chicken Fajita Flavor Instant Ramen Noodles

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

This last year, I’ve gotten to try hundreds of new instant noodles. Well, this one has a difference that is unique among thousands. First, it’s a chicken instant noodle which isn’t strange – however, this one is made for the United States and has a vegetable sachet as well. For the economy category, this is pretty awesome and unseen here. Second, it’s the first instant noodle I’ve ever seen with a sachet that has drink mix in it in an American instant noodle – let aloned one anywhere in the world. Lemonade, fruit punch – and it’s not bad! Definitely, find this! Original review