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The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2019 Edition

Th Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2019 Edition

Every year I come out with new lists in many categories. The more reviews I do, the more I figure the lists will change less and less. It amazes me though how much they do change and how much the industry evolves and changes. Here’s the latest list of bowls, current as on review #3180. All products are prepared according to labeling on the package, and scores are given before any external garnish is added. Let’s check out the Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls for 2019!

Th Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2019 Edition

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Th Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2019 Edition

#10 – Master Kong – Golden Stock Shrimp Noodles Bowl – China

#10 - Master Kong - Golden Stock Shrimp Noodles Bowl - China

This one features a good quantity of decent noodles and a broth that has a rich and flavorful body to it. Oiliness is on pint, and the inclusion of little seafood balls in the mix is very good. Original review

#9 – Uni-President Man Han Feast Braised Pork Flavor Instant Noodles Bowl – Taiwan

#9 – Uni-President Man Han Feast Braised Pork Flavor Instant Noodles Bowl – Taiwan

First, the noodles have a little bit thicker a gauge than most instant varieties. Indeed they are premium although a slight bit softer than one might expect. The broth is a sea of rich pork flavor – different than many. As a matter of fact, this really REALLY has a nice pork flavor; most pork varieties don’t have a great pork taste as the pork taste they do have get overshadowed by saltiness. The vegetables hydrated well and the pork was very good. Original review

#8 – Uni-President Man Han Feast Super Hot Pot Beef Flavor Noodles – Taiwan

#8 – Uni-President Man Han Feast Super Hot Pot Beef Flavor Noodles – Taiwan

So the noodles are broad and flat with a light chew and an excellent quantity. The broth is a tour de force of beef taste. It has a good thickness/oiliness to it as well as a good flavor. Indeed as expected, there’s a decent punch of spiciness. Indeed, the chunks of beef are of good size and quality. Moreover, the liquid with the beef in the retort pouch add depth to the broth. Finally, little rings of chilli pepper are here and there, joining the party. Original review

#7 – TTL Sesame Oil Chicken With Rice Wine Noodle – Taiwan

#7 – TTL Sesame Oil Chicken With Rice Wine Noodle – Taiwan

TTL stands for Taiwan Tobacco & Liquor and indeed there’s a sachet of rice wine in here! Add to that a big retort pouch full of decent sized chunks of chicken, good noodles and garnish, This is definitely a bowl to seek out and try. Original review

#6 – Samyang Foods Samyang Ramen Hot – South Korea

#6 - Samyang Foods Samyang Ramen Hot - South Korea

A newcomer to the list, however a flavor I’ve known for a while. Samyang Ramen and Samyang Ramen Hot are just plain delicious; a thick and chewy noodle is coupled with a great spicy ham broth which is just sensational. It hit #2 this year on my Top Ten South Korean list. Original review

#5 – Little Cook Tomato Beef Noodles – Taiwan

#5 - Little Cook Tomato Beef Noodles - Taiwan

This one featured a strong tomato flavor broth and chewy, thick noodles. The beef in here is delicious and on great quality. Another example of Taiwanese companies stepping up products to make them more premium. Original review

#4 – Little Cook Braised Beef Noodles With Tendon & Meat – Taiwan

#4 – Little Cook Braised Beef Noodles With Tendon & Meat – Taiwan

Okay so first off, this is a heavy bowl. There’s a huge retort pouch in here full of beef and beef tendon. The noodles are wide and have a great chew and the broth has a nice flavor. But the start of the show is that braised beef and tendon – it’s perfect and there’s just so much of it. Very impressive! Original review

#3 – Nissin Raoh Kogashi Shoyu – Japan

#3 - Nissin Raoh Kogashi Shoyu - Japan

Premium noodles in this one. Very chewy and with an excellent mouthfeel. The broth just bristles with a rich meatiness. Flavor is just wonderful – an asset to this high end Nissin Japan range. Original review

#2 – Nissin Gyoretsu-no-Dekiru-Mise-no-Ramen (Shrimp Tantanmen) – Japan

Th Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2019 Edition #2 – Nissin Gyoretsu-no-Dekiru-Mise-no-Ramen (Shrimp Tantanmen) – Japan

Talk about amazing. Now, on most of these bowls, you’ll notice I’ve added my own garnishes. I don’t count them in my reviewing – everything is reviewed prior to any additions I make. This is one where I’ve added nothing and just look at it! This one had very good noodles to start off. The broth was a very thick prawn infused decadent flavor spectacle. Then there’s the little crunchy topping and the other garnish they provide and this is just amazing stuff. Wow. Floored. Original review

#1 – Little Cook Thailand Green Curry Instant Noodle – Taiwan

Th Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2019 Edition #1 – Little Cook Thailand Green Curry Instant Noodle – Taiwan

Wow – I’m so freaking impressed with this one. First, there are two bowls. Peel back the lid of the first bowl and add boiling water. After a short time, you poke holes in the lid and drain the liquid into the second. A sachet of soup base is added and you have a soup with lots of corn and herbs. Next, a huge sachet with chicken and vegetables boasts a great spicy green curry flavor which mixes with the noodle. A really amazing product which is unique and delicious. This is Little Cook Thailand Green Curry Instant Noodle’s third year in the number one spot in a row – congratulations! Original review

 

#3107: Samyang Foods Bowl Noodle Soup Chicken Flavor – South Korea

#3107: Samyang Foods Bowl Noodle Soup Chicken Flavor - South Korea

This one might be a bit of a surprise to you – insofar that I haven’t reviewed it, that is. Well, two other brand have these ‘bowl noodle’ style products from South Korea as well. This is Samyang’s entry into the fray of this form factor and style. Don’t get me wrong – one that’s been popular for years is their Yukgaejang bowls which look almost identical – except the name. They recently sent a bunch of these in different flavors – let’s give chicken a try!

Samyang Foods Bowl Noodle Soup Chicken Flavor – South Korea

#3107: Samyang Foods Bowl Noodle Soup Chicken Flavor - South Korea

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add in sachet contents and boiling water to line. cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and e enjoy!

#3107: Samyang Foods Bowl Noodle Soup Chicken Flavor - South Korea

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3107: Samyang Foods Bowl Noodle Soup Chicken Flavor - South Korea

The noodle block.

#3107: Samyang Foods Bowl Noodle Soup Chicken Flavor - South Korea

A dry sachet.

#3107: Samyang Foods Bowl Noodle Soup Chicken Flavor - South Korea

A light powder soup base.

#3107: Samyang Foods Bowl Noodle Soup Chicken Flavor - South Korea

Loose bits from the bowl.

#3107: Samyang Foods Bowl Noodle Soup Chicken Flavor - South Korea

Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft egg, chicken, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, and spring onion. Noodles hydrated nicely and worked well with the broth, which was much better than I expected. It had a nice chicken soup kind of taste, however it also had a sweet element which was quite enjoyable. Included vegetables were here and there. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8801073211735.

#3067: Samyang Foods Bowl Noodle Soup Hot & Spicy Flavor - South Korea

Spicy Flavor Roasted Cup Noodles Soup (x 6 Cups), Spicy Flavor Cup Ramyun Korean Noodle Ramen

Watch me cook on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

#3067: Samyang Foods Bowl Noodle Soup Hot & Spicy Flavor – South Korea

#3067: Samyang Foods Bowl Noodle Soup Hot & Spicy Flavor - South Korea

Got a box with a bunch of these new Samyang Foods Bowl Noodle Soup varieties in it. Definitely something fr export here – haven’t reviewed something in this style in ages! Let’s check it out!

Samyang Bowl Noodle Soup Hot & Spicy Flavor – South Korea

#3067: Samyang Foods Bowl Noodle Soup Hot & Spicy Flavor - South Korea

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, add in sachet contents and boiling water to fill line. Cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3067: Samyang Foods Bowl Noodle Soup Hot & Spicy Flavor - South Korea

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3067: Samyang Foods Bowl Noodle Soup Hot & Spicy Flavor - South Korea

The noodle block.

#3067: Samyang Foods Bowl Noodle Soup Hot & Spicy Flavor - South Korea

Loose vegetable and fishcake from the bowl.

#3067: Samyang Foods Bowl Noodle Soup Hot & Spicy Flavor - South Korea

The soup base sachet.

#3067: Samyang Foods Bowl Noodle Soup Hot & Spicy Flavor - South Korea

A granular mixture.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added uncooked egg yolk, spring onion, processed cheese and fried onion. The noodles were soft and thin. They were very good and worked great with the broth. The broth had a nice salty and spicy flavor – not at all bitter and accessible to most in terms of spiciness. It tasted incredibly good – was kind of surprised by this. Included vegetables worked well. Narutomaki looked nice, but was mainly a textural departure. Long story short though, I found this to be a really exceptional Bowl Noodle Soup. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8801073106079.

#3067: Samyang Foods Bowl Noodle Soup Hot & Spicy Flavor - South Korea

Spicy Flavor Roasted Cup Noodles Soup (x 6 Cups), Spicy Flavor Cup Ramyun Korean Noodle Ramen

Watch me prepare this on on an episode of Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

Samyang Bowl Noodles Unboxing – South Korea

Samyang Bowl Noodles Unboxing - South Korea

I’ve seen bowl noodle varieties from almost every instant noodle company in South Korea – almost. Today, we have a box full of varieties from Samyang Foods – let’s check i tout!

Samyang Bowl Noodles Unboxing – South Korea

Hey thank you very much! Looking forward to trying these!

#2838: Nissin Hot & Spicy Blazing Hot Flavor

#2838: Nissin Hot & Spicy Blazing Hot Flavor

Alright o as you all know (at least I think you all do), I do a Top Ten Spiciest list every year. I used to review hot sauces (did 250 of them on Saucerater), and do a series of YouTube videos called Spicy Noodle Mukbang on YouTube. So when a variety with a pepper gauge and mention of being XXtra hot crosses my desk, I’m interested. So let’s see if this one is truly as spicy as it certainly looks like it’s going to be.

Nissin Hot & Spicy Blazing Hot Flavor – United States

#2838: Nissin Hot & Spicy Blazing Hot Flavor

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, add room temp water to fill line as well as dry sachet contents. Microwave for 3 minutes (1000W) with lid completely removed. Let sit in the microwave an additional minute. Add in liquid base sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2838: Nissin Hot & Spicy Blazing Hot Flavor

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2838: Nissin Hot & Spicy Blazing Hot Flavor

The noodle block.

#2838: Nissin Hot & Spicy Blazing Hot Flavor

The powder base sachet.

#2838: Nissin Hot & Spicy Blazing Hot Flavor

A granular mixture.

#2838: Nissin Hot & Spicy Blazing Hot Flavor

The vegetables mixture.

#2838: Nissin Hot & Spicy Blazing Hot Flavor

Looks like a lot of nice things in here.

#2838: Nissin Hot & Spicy Blazing Hot Flavor

A liquid base sachet.

#2838: Nissin Hot & Spicy Blazing Hot Flavor

A thick sauce.

Finished (click to enlarge). Noodles have an interesting bite to them – kind of like the ‘roni’ in Rice A Roni.’ The broth is spicy, but compared to ones on my list of the spiciest in the world, this is pretty tame. It tastes nice though – a lot of vegetables in there and a tangy flavor – one could say it leans toward a kimchi kind of hit to it but it’s more salsa. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 070662096345.

#2838: Nissin Hot & Spicy Blazing Hot Flavor

Nissin Noodle Bowl, Hot and Spicy Fiery Beef, 3.3 Ounce (Pack of 6)

I slurp down a bowl of these as part of my Spicy Noodle Mukbang series

#2203: Nongshim Bowl Noodle Soup Independence Day Limited Edition Spicy Chicken Flavor

I saw this at the local supermarket the other day and just couldn’t pass it up. I don’t think I’ve ever seen an instant noodle showing such patriotism before! Also, before anyone starts sending me comments saying ‘how dare they use our flag – that’s made in South Korea,’ I have news for you. Nongshim America is down in Rancho Cucamonga, California and employs a LOT of Americans! Yep – chances are that if you’re living in the USA and enjoy Shin Ramyun or Shin Black or any of the Bowl Noodles, it was most likely made here in the states. Make sure to check out the factory tour video at the end of this post – I went on it in 2012 and it was a blast! Anyways, let’s check this one out!

Detail of the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, tear off lid and add in sachet contents. Microwave for 3-4 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

A side shot of the bowl.

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge). Notice the little chart showing time vs noodle consistency.

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

Has a spicy scent.

Bits from the bottom of the bowl.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, chicken I cooked sous vide style at 146 degrees Fahrenheit for 2 hours with Johnny’s Chicken & Seafood seasoning and crushed red pepper. The noodles came out great – I did them for 4 minutes and they were on the soft side as promised. The broth has a nice kind of spicy chicken flavor as advertised. As for the included bits, they hydrated well too. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 031146262571.

Nongshim Bowl Noodle Soup, Spicy Chicken, 3.03 Ounce (Pack of 12)

This is a great tour of Nongshim with Ray Adams – a real nice guy!

#1503: Nongshim Bowl Noodle Soup Shrimp Habanero Lime Flavor

It’s been so long since I’ve reviewed a new Bowl Noodle! I remeber a few years ago I was hunting high and low for certain varieties, many long gone. I remember the beef anfd ginger flavor was pretty good! Then they switched over to these microwaveable versions instead of the foam bowls – and I like them better! Curious how this one will be.

Something special with this review – it’s a double review! I used to review hot sauces a few years back – here’s a link to my old site, now mothballed. I got an email from the folks at TOKI Hot Sauce recently. They are trying to get their product going! It’s a Korean inspired hot sauce! They’ve got a Kickstarter campaign running at the moment – why not check them out? I’m going to cook up some nice shrimp to go with this one and slather them in the sauce! Let’s check both of these products out!

Here’s the back of the cardboard outer packaging (click image to enlarge). Contains both beef and fish products.

Here’s detail of the lid (click image to enlarge). To prepare, take the lid off completely. Add in the sachet contents and add room temperature water to the fill line. Microwave for 3-4 minutes (see the noodle texture chart!). Stir and enjoy! You can also do the same thing with boiling water.

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

Has a lime scent.

Here’s just a few of the little bits from the bottom of the bowl.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added shrimp sauteed with Toki Hot Sauce, green onion, sweet onion, lime and bell pepper. The noodles have a nice texture to them – that comforty-buttery thing going on. The broth has a spicy and lime hit and a lighter shrimp flavor in the background which I would have enjoyed more of. The vegetable and shrimp bits while sparing hydrated well. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. The Toki Hot Sauce has a decent punch of heat, and is a nice balance of sweetness with a familiar gochujang kind of flavor. Like a teriyaki gochujang wham-bam – good stuff! Worth trying! UPC bar code 031146026128.

Here’s a 6 variety pack of different Nongshim Bowl Noodle Soups!

Here’s a vid showing where these Nongshim Bowl Noodle Soups are made – in rancho Cucamonga, California!

Brand New Products From Nongshim America!

Here’s something I’ve been waiting for – three new products from Nongshim America! Let’s see what’s inside!

On the left we have Harmony. It’s a broth-free variety that has a chipotle pepper flavor to it. What’s neat is that you can sever is hot or cold – cold sounds good for the summer! On the right is their new Spicy tonkotsu – I don’t know a lot about it except it mentions pork in thje ingredients, so it’s a pork broth – sweet! What I find interesting is that on the edge of the packs it says “Nongshim Black Class Noodle Dish.”

Shrimp is good. Habanero spicy. Lime compliments both of those – very curious how this new bowl will be – been a while since they came out with a new Bowl Noodle! Thank go to Ray and Nikki and all the other great folks at Nongshim America for sending these samples!

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

Bowls of noodles. They’re made all around the world and are a great option for those with access to boiling water and are ‘on the go.’ Some are basic and have very little imagination to them or perks, while others are really full meals that include meat and vegetables, seafood and other niceties. I’ve review 1,410 different noodle varieties and of those, many have been bowls. Here’s a list of the best, most memorable bowls I’ve come across is my adventure in tasting.

#10 – Nissin Demae Iccho Instant Noodle With Soup Base XO Sauce Seafood Flavour – Hong Kong

The noodles in this one feature a familiar gauge and texture, however the broth is pretty stellar. It’s got a rich and hearty seafood flavor, and is augmented with a goodly amount of vegetable bits and lots of little dehydrated narutomaki. Original review here

#9 – Samyang Foods Ganjjampong – South Korea

This is what you call a ‘stir noodle.” The noodles steep in the bowl, are drained, and then a spicy seafood sauce is added. With some stirring, you have a really delicious and spicy melange of excellence. Original review here

#8 – Nissin King Spa王 (Spa Oh) Tarako Spaghetti – Japan

Here’s another one where the liquid is drained off. Tarako is a fish roe based sauce used in Japanese pasta dishes. The flavor is very good and the noodles came out just right. The seaweed bits go very nicely as well. Original review here

#7 – Nongshim Chapagetti Roasted Chajang Noodle – United States

Although originating in South Korea, Nongshim now makes these in Southern California. Chajang is a traditional Chinese black bean sauce that is wonderful with noodles and the nice part with this particular variety is that it’s the first I’ve seen in a bowl. What’s more, it’s easy to make and has excellent hearty flavor as well as great noodles. Original review here

#6 – Paldo Kokomen Spicy Chicken Flavor King Cup – South Korea

Kokomen is a South Korean ramyun with a light or white broth. It’s got a chicken and jalapeno kind of flavor that’s really quite excellent. The translation from pack to bowl is exemplary, losing none of the quality. Original review here

#5 – Acecook Comet Mori Yukino Tan-tan Men – Japan

This stuff is very red! The noodles are broad and flat. They have a very nice chew to them and are of a premium type. The broth is very rich and oily. It has a strong spiciness and is almost thick – but not in a bad way. A rich pork flavor abounds. The veggies and other bits hydrated quite nicely. Original review here

#4: Unif Man Han Feast Sichuan Chili Eel Flavor Instant Noodle – Taiwan

The noodles are flat and broad. They have a nice quality to them; not too chewy but very good for a bowl noodle. The broth is rich with a good spiciness. The added bonus with this is the eel – it’s really good! Everything is rich and hearty and it’s definitely a feast to behold and consume. Original review here

#3 – Maruchan Midori No Tanuki Instant Soba Bowl – Japan

This is a seriously excellent bowl of noodles. The buckwheat noodles have a delicate crumble that works so well here and the broth is nice and rich. The disk of tempura is a real treat. Original review here

#2 – Plats Du Chef Cuisine Adventures Chicken Phở Soup – Canada

I have to say this was a great surprise. I have had a throng of horrible Canadian instant noodles – in cups, bowls, packs – just horrible. This one is a diamond in the rough. It includes excellent rice noodles, a very tasty pho broth and to top it off, it’s got real chicken! This is a bowl to behold. Original review here

#1 – Nissin Raoh Rich Soy Sauce Flavor – Japan

Back again in the top spot is Raoh. The noodles and broth play so nicely together and the pork is quite good. A bowl of noodles to really enjoy by candlelight. Original review here

#980: Meet The Manufacturer – Sun Noodle Cold Ramen Soy Sauce Vinaigrette Sauce With Honey Apple Added

Here’s another cold variety to check out!

The ingredients and instructions (click image to enlarge).

Noodle packet.

The seasoning liquid.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added hard boiled egg, ham and Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles are nice – chewy and very hospitable to their chilliness! The liquid ‘dressing’ is salty and flavorful – light and has a nice balance of saltiness, vinegar and fruit. Delicious! 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 085315400066.

Trailer for ‘Ramen Dreams’

#979: Meet The Manufacturer – Sun Noodle Nama Soba Buckwheat Noodle

First off, I’d like to wish everyone a wonderful Lunar New Year! Here’s another one from Sun Noodle! This one is served either hot or cold, and I thought I would try it cold.

Here are the ingredients and instructions (click image to enlarge).

The noodles. Notice how they are of a different gauge and color.

The liquid seasoning.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added green onion, hard boiled egg slices and Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles are interesting; they definitely have their own flavor of buckwheat and are sturdy and chewy. The liquid has a very light flavor – this reminds me of a salad dressing but exceedingly light in flavor. This was good stuff – never been a huge fan of cold noodles until the last year and really like these. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 085315122333.

Talking ramen with Keizo Shimamoto of GoRamen.com

#978: Meet The Manufacturer – Sun Noodle Ramen Pork Flavor

Here’s another of the Sun Noodle line – pork flavor ramen! Let’s check it out!

As you can see these are fresh ramen. The way you cook them in different from an instant block (click image to enlarge).

Here are the fresh noodles in a little baggie. There are two of these included.

Here’s the broth mix. Tonkotsu is a pork bone broth.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added hard boiled egg, green onion, sweet onion, chopped ham with garlic, narutomaki and Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles are suberb – it is no wonder that ramen restaurants pick these to use. They are so nice and fresh and quite elastic. I have never understood the plusses or minuses of elasticity, but have heard many comment on a good noodle’s elasticity and these have elasticity! The broth is excellent as well – a deep and flavorful pork bone broth with a great balance of flavor, saltiness and depth. This is top-notch stuff. Easy 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 085315400035.

Here’s a video made mentioning Sub Noodle during the Japan Film Festival in Los Angeles.