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

Well folks it’s that time again. This one’s a big deal – the list that people from around the world have been waiting for every year. Since the last list came out, I’ve reviewed over 400 varieties of instant noodles – a new record in one year for me. So many good ones this year! These are my absolute favorites of the over 2,400 reviews of instant noodles I’ve posted to date. There are some big announcements at the end of the video, so make sure to check them out! As always, I invite instant noodle makers to contact me so I can try your noodles! Now without further ado, The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition!

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

The video presentation of The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition with special announcements!

#10: Paldo Budae Jigae Ramyun – South Korea

#10: Paldo Budae Jigae Ramyun - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Here’s a new one – Budae Jigae. This dish came to be when US troops shared their rations with the locals during the Korean War. The Koreans added the hot dogs, cheese, luncheon loafd, pork and beans and macaroni to a traditional soup and boom – Budae Jigae. The noodles here are thick and chewy, the broth slightly spicy and has a nice oiliness. Augmented by a sachet of oil that smells like hot dogs and garnish which includes sausage, beans and macaroni, this is a unique and really great variety! Original review

#9: Xiao Ban Mian Shallot & Scallion Oil Noodle – Taiwan

#9: Xiao Ban Mian Shallot & Scallion Oil Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

I got to see where these are made in Taiwan last year! I got to try them while there and then tried again for review and both times came to the same conclusion – they’re excellent. The noodles are plentiful and have a very nice chew. The flavor is really great – tasty and full of shallot and scallion flavor. Another example of Taiwan’s mastery of simplicity in the dry noodle genre. Original review

#8: Nissin Demae Ramen Straight Noodle Black Garlic Oil Tonkotsu Flavour Instant Noodle – Hong Kong

#8: Nissin Demae Ramen Straight Noodle Black Garlic Oil Tonkotsu Flavour Instant Noodle - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Hong Kong’s first appearance on the annual top ten. First, these noodles are very good – nice chew and round gauge. Very impressed. Next, the broth is just perfection; a creamy pork tonkotsu broth, savory and rich, is enhanced by the addition of black garlic oil. Original review

#7: Nyor Nyar Penang White Curry Instant Noodle – Malaysia

#7: Nyor Nyar Penang White Curry Instant Noodle - Malaysia - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

I’ve tried a lot of Penang White Curry varieties. I thought new ones had stopped cropping up a while back, and then I get to try this one and I’m just floored. This one’s perfect. Excellent plump noodles and a broth that’s thick and rich; with spiciness and strong flavors. Everything harmonizes together perfectly. Original review

#6: Prima Taste Singapore Curry Wholegrain La Mian – Singapore

#6: Prima Taste Singapore Curry Wholegrain La Mian - Singapore - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The original Curry La Mian made its debut on the 2013 list. In 2016, the Wholegrain version entered into the list – and with good reason. The noodles are hearty and have a kind of rustic, artisan mouth feel. They are perfect for the broth – a thick lavish curry which come from a huge sachet of paste and is made wonderful with lots of coconut milk powder. Original review

#5: MyKuali Penang Red Tom Yum Goong Noodle – Malaysia

#5: MyKuali Penang Red Tom Yum Goong Noodle - Malaysia - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

In short, this is exactly the same kind of flavor I experienced on the exotic resort island of Langkawi off the coast of Malaysia. The noodles are just right – great gauge and chew and perfectly plump. The broth is thick and strong. Spicy flavor, heavy on the lemongrass and lots of shrimp taste. Unique and authentic. Original review

#4: CarJEN Nyonya Curry Laksa  – Malaysia

#4: CarJEN Nyonya Curry Laksa - Malaysia - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

I have had the fortune to know this variety for three years and it’s been on the list for 3 years. Why? Well, the noodles are very good – they look like your basic instant but they really have a nice feel and chew. The broth comes from a curry pasta, coconut powder and a special dipping sauce. You can put the sauce in a spoon and dip it into the broth (or you can just put it all in). Creamy and rich – this is excellence. Original review

#3: Nissin Straits Kitchen/Straits Reborn Laksa – Singapore

#3: Nissin Straits Kitchen/Straits Reborn Laksa - Singapore - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Why the two names? Well, Nissin Singapore just changed the name from Kitchen to Reborn. This one’s great – extra nice noodles in here. Also, a very rich, strong broth. Finally, there’s the sachet of laksa leaf which you can sprinkle on top to add a savory finish. Original review

#2: MyKuali Penang Spicy Prawn Soup Noodle – Malaysia

#3: Nissin Straits Kitchen/Straits Reborn Laksa - Singapore - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

This one used to be called Hokkien Prawn Noodle. This is a dive into prawn land to be sure. First off the noodles are the same MyKuali has had in all their varieties – just perfect. The broth here is oily, thick and exploding with prawn flavor. It’s very sweet and has a great level of spiciness. To top it off (quite literally), a sachet of the best fried onions in any instant I’ve tried add a savory crunch to the bowl. Beautiful and delicious . Original review

#1: Prima Taste Singapore Laksa Wholegrain La Mian – Singapore

#1: Prima Taste Singapore Laksa Wholegrain La Mian - Singapore - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

For the second year in a row, Prima Taste leads the pack with their Wholegrain La Mian. Their regular non-wholegrain version was #1 in 2013. The wholegrain noodle has vaulted it up high – Really high. The noodle has a hearty chew and texture I love. The broth is a harmony is paste and coconut milk powder that has great taste and richness. It all comes together in a crescendo is flavor and texture which is masterfully delivered. Original review

Announcements

The Ramen Rater For Windows 10 Platforms

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#2290: Nissin Demae Ramen Straight Noodle Black Garlic Oil Tonkotsu Flavour Instant Noodle

One of the more interesting varieties left over from the Nissin Foods Hong Kong Meet The Manufacturer. This one’s very new; a two-serving pack with a pork bone broth and black garlic oil fun! Let’s check it out!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, add noodles to 450ml boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Add powder sachet to a bowl. Add noodles and broth to bowl, stirring broth as it pours out with the powder you already put in the bowl. Add in black garlic oil. Stir and enjoy!

Here’s what you’re greeted with when you open the package: two of everything.

The straight noodle bindle.

The powder base sachet.

A light powder.

The black garlic oil sachet.

Black. Garlicky. Oily.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, chashu pork, spring onion and nanami togarashi. The noodles are just perfect – perfect firmness and chew! The broth is a creamy tonkotsu augmented by the black garlic oil. Rich, hearty and very giving. This stuff is just sensational! Easy 5.0 out of 5.0 stars – super impressed!  EAN bar code 4897878850020.

Nissin Demae Ramen Variety Pack (Tonkotsu Series) (Pack of 16 with 4 Each Flavor)

A Nissin Hk TV commercial about their new Demae Ramen Straight Noodle.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2076: Nissin Demae Iccho Black Garlic Oil Tonkotsu Flavour

After getting a box with over 40 new varieties I’ve not yet reviewed and only 15 that will be in this Meet The Manufacturer, I wasn’t sure which to try first. So this one was looking up at me and I thought okay – let’s give you a try. Alright – let’s open it up and check it out!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork and fish. To prepare, add powder and vegetable sachets. Add boiling water to fill line and cover for 3 minutes. Stir. Add in black garlic oil. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

A light powder.

The vegetables sachet.

A nice mix!

The black garlic oil.

Dark and mysterious…

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, kizami shoga, hard boiled egg, spring onion and baked chicken. The noodles came out well hydrated – nice chew and gauge. The broth is tasty and isn’t overpowered by the black garlic oil but is complimented nicely. It’s got nice heartiness and rich flavor. The vegetables and bit were very nice as well – lots of egg and other bits in there made it quite good. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4897878120086.

Nissin Black Garlic Oil Tonkotsu Flavour Instant Noodles

A Nissin HK TV commercial for the Black Garlic Oil Tonkotsu.

Re-Review: Nissin Demae Ramen Black Garlic Oil Tonkortsu Flavour Instant Noodle

Since I don’t have a huge amount of noodles that haven’t been reviewed yet (around 8 at the moment and I could go through those in four or five says possibly), I’ve decided I should hit the overstock box and see what’s in there. My wife Kit got me a five pack of these for my birthday back in March and so I figure I should eat ’em up! Here’s the original review – look there for the original pics I did of the packaging, packets, etcetera.

Finished (click image to enlarge). I added thin-sliced rib eye, an egg, green onion, Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake and kizami shoga (pickled ginger). The noodles are nicely done – just what you expect from Demae Ramen. The broth was excellent – not too salty and had a rich, deep flavor. I stand by my 4.5/5.0 star rating from before – great stuff! UPC bar code 4897878830015.

The Hong Kong commercial for this stuff!

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu.

#702: Meet The Manufacturer – Nissin Demae Ramen Black Garlic Oil Tonkotsu Flavour Instant Noodle

My lovely wife got me this for my birthday! Ooh black garlic oil tonkotsu? I can’t wait to try this! Sounds awesome!

Note the instructions and ingredients (click image to enlarge).

This is the noodle block – in great condition despite shipping from Hong Kong!

Powder seasoning.

Note the little flecks in the powder.

Here’s the star of the show – black garlic oil!

This gets added at the very end.

Finished (click image to enlarge). I added a smattering of Bird’s Eye Stir-fry veggies, a little kamaboko, a little narutomaki, an egg that I boiled with the noodles, a little Ajishima Kim Chi furikake and a little bit of the Sushinori (seaweed). So if you look at the lower edge of the broth, you can see the black oil! Pretty cool looking. First, the noodles are very good – very much like the noodles Nissin makes for Top Ramen but just a little firmer I think. The broth is sensational – salty and has a nice depth to it – the garlic oil is very nice! This was a very good one – hard to get in the US but worth it if you can. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars!  UPC barcode 4897878830015

The Hong Kong commercial for this stuff!

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