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#3004: Wei Lih Hell Spicy Dry Noodle With Soup – Taiwan

#3004: Wei Lih Hell Spicy Dry Noodle With Soup - Taiwan

One of the waning few I dragged back from Taiwan with me from my 2017 trip! This is a fascinating variety – it’s one that has a soup and a noodle. Wait, how? What?

Wei Lih Hell Spicy Dry Noodle With Soup – Taiwan

#3004: Wei Lih Hell Spicy Dry Noodle With Soup - Taiwan

Yep – two different bowls! How does that work, though?

#3004: Wei Lih Hell Spicy Dry Noodle With Soup - Taiwan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge). Unsure whether or not it contains beef. To prepare, Add noodles and boiling water to line of first bowl. Cover for 3 minutes. Drain off water into second bowl. Add silver sachet content in to bowl with water. Mix. Add paste sachet contents into bowl with noodles. finally, mix noodles and enjoy!

#3004: Wei Lih Hell Spicy Dry Noodle With Soup - Taiwan

The noodle block.

#3004: Wei Lih Hell Spicy Dry Noodle With Soup - Taiwan

A thick liquid.

#3004: Wei Lih Hell Spicy Dry Noodle With Soup - Taiwan

Dark paste.

#3004: Wei Lih Hell Spicy Dry Noodle With Soup - Taiwan

The soup base sachet.

#3004: Wei Lih Hell Spicy Dry Noodle With Soup - Taiwan

Powder and herbs.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, Chinese sausage and scallions. The noodles has a nice gauge and a tad bit of sponginess. This is easily overlooked however, as the flavor on the noodle is very good. A spicy taste with a nice heat level and tastiness. The broth has a lt of bits floating around which add to it. Alone, they’re a kind of humdrum set, however paired they work excellent – you have a bite of the spicy noodles, then have a little slurp of soup. Aptly turns into a back and forth which seems natural. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 6710199037591.

#3004: Wei Lih Hell Spicy Dry Noodle With Soup - Taiwan

Wei Lih GGE Wheat Crackers Value Package (BBQ Cubes, Soy Sauce Ramen, Original Ramen, Seaweed Flavor, Mexican Spicy)

Watch me prepare this variety!

Unboxing Time: New Products From KIKI Noodles Of Taiwan

Unboxing Time: New Products From KIKI Noodles Of Taiwan

You’re probably thinking ‘dang dude, you sure get a lot of samples coming from Taiwan.’ Well, you’re right! The competition in Taiwan is extremely fierce, and people know who I am there, so it makes sense. This box has some tape from TATLTOB, aka  ‘the agency that likes to open boxes that aren’t theirs.’ Hopefully all is intact! Let’s find out!

New Products From KIKI Noodles – Taiwan

A package full of interesting things! Thank you very much – looking forward to trying them!

Unboxing Time: Blount Bowls – Rice & Noodle Bowls From Blount Fine Foods

Unboxing Time: Blount Bowls - Rice & Noodle Bowls From Blount Fine Foods

As you might remember, I recently did a Meety The Manufacturer series of the Blount Bowls – at the time they had a chicken and a coconut chicken variety. Well, they now have rice bowls and asked if I would show them. So here we go!

Unboxing Time: Blount Bowls – Rice & Noodle Bowls From Blount Fine Foods – United States

Let’s have Unboxing Time With The Ramen Rater!

For more information, please visit www.BlountBowls.com to find out where you can find their products.

Unboxing Time: Happy Noodle From Taiwan

Unboxing Time: Happy Noodle From Taiwan

Today, it’s another installment of Unboxing Time With The Ramen Rater. We have some interesting things from Taiwan to check out! I thought it would be fun to have a special guest on this unboxing, so my son Andy has joined me today. Impressively, he’s sampled some of the spiciest noodles in the world – the number one from my top ten spicy list – and handled it pretty well earlier this year! Well, let’s get to the unboxing – I’ve started a new video series called ‘Unboxing Time With The Ramen Rater’ – I hope you enjoy it!

Unboxing Time: Happy Noodle – Taiwan

Here’s the unboxing – joining me today is my son Andy!

The September Box From Japan!

It’s so awesome! Every month, I get a box of instant noodles from Javier over at www.BoxFromJapan.com. There’s always 4 bowls and cups (he also has boxes of unique Japanese candies as well!), 4 pairs of chopsticks and a  note about the box. To date, I’ve NEVER RECEIVED ONE I’VE REVIEWED BEFORE. This is truly amazing to me! Shall we look inside the September box?

The included note (click to enlarge).

The four bowls (click to enlarge). Looks great! Thanks again! It’s really a good deal – check out www.BoxFromJapan.com now!

Meet The Manufacturer: Special Items From Nissin Hong Kong

A couple days back, I got a box from Nissin Hong Kong with instant noodle ‘premiums.’ Premiums are things that might be given away at a special event or prizes! I usually ask companies partaking in a Meet The Manufacturer if they might have some to send I can show – let’s see what’s inside!

Under the wraps.

Bubble wrap!

Wow (click to enlarge) – a really neat bowl featuring China Chai, Demae Ramen’s mascot!

A box (click to enlarge) containing a bowl.

A great little food bowl (click to enlarge)! The bowl and lid are plastic and a little metal bowl insert is within – could put noodles or rice in there and the lid and plastic bowl will keep the heat insulated.

A long box (click to enlarge) with the Demae Ramen logo.

Fancy chopsticks (click to enlarge) with the Demae Ramen logo.

Finally (click to enlarge) a little robe for a kid! They said that this could be for after a bath or after swimming at the beach! I wish they had these that were my size haha! Thank you very much for all these great items!

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2016 Edition

Instant noodles sold in bowls are very popular as they provide a certain convenience to those ‘on the go.’ They’re great to pack in a bag for a trip or for the office at lunch. These are the best of the best that I’ve tried out of my over 2,060+ reviews to date. With that, open lid halfway, pour in some boiling water, stir – and enjoy!

A video presentation.

#10 – 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. I should also note – this is one of a line that includes a braised beef variety amongst others. I would very much like to review every one of these, both in pack and bowl form. If you can source them and would like to send me some, please use the above contact form to do so! Thanks! Original review here

#9: Paldo Jjajangmen Chajang Noodle King Bowl – South Korea


Another in Paldo’s King Bowl line. Again, this one has thick and chewy ramyun but is a broth-free variety, coated with a delicious and savory black bean chajang sauce. Sticks-to-your-ribs! Original review here

#8 – Nissin Chikin Ramen Donburi – Japan

This one really brings me back. My first brush with exotic instant noodles was the Nissin Chikin Ramen package version when I was around 8-10 years old. This one really builds upon that, including a freeze dried block which springs to life with boiling water. It contains scrambled egg and spring onion – and delivers. This is excellent, classic and delicious. Original review

#7 – JML Spicy King Bowl Noodle Spicy Chicken Noodle – China

The noodles as usual plumped up nicely as they engorged themselves on the broth. good gauge, good chew. The broth is definitely strong and worthy of the top ten spicy list – it means business! Sichuan chilli heat is abundant. The oiliness is great and the hydrated vegetable bits are good as well – a tasty spicy bowl. Original review

#6 – Seven & I (Nissin) Gold Sumire Ramen – Japan

The noodles are thick and chewy – very premium. The broth has a very rich miso flavor that had a little thickness and a nice oiliness. The vegetables and bits hydrated perfectly – nice bits of ground meat and menma float happily about and are of good quality. Original review

#5 – Tokushima Seifun Yakibuta Ramen – Japan

The broth has a nice saltiness and soy flavor with just a little touch of sweetness. The pork flavor finds it’s way into the broth as well which is spectacular. The pork has a nice sweetness and ‘fall off the bone’ texture to it which is pure delicacy. The army of decent sized slices of narutomaki were amazing, and the spring onion and bamboo shoots were perfect. A bowl of amazing taste and quality. Original review

#4 – Nissin Raoh Rich Soy Sauce Flavor – Japan


The noodles and broth play so nicely together and the pork is quite good. A bowl of noodles to really enjoy by candlelight. Raoh slips to 4th place this year. Original review here

#3 – ORee Garden Malaysia Green Curry Noodle – Malaysia

A newcomer in both variety and brand to this list for 2016, ORee Garden’s green curry bowl is amazing stuff. Decent noodles are brought to life with a very rich and flavorful green curry broth which acts more like a tasty sauce. Then, they augment it with the inclusion of tofu puff and long bean. Exquisite! Original review

#2 – Choripdong Hurricane Rice Cake Topokki – South Korea


It’s red. It’s got a thick spicy and sweet sauce. It’s got ramyun. It’s got topokki. This was a real find – Just looking at the picture makes me want some right this instant. One of the most wonderful bowls of noodles I’ve ever had. Slipping from first place last year. Original review here

#1 – 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

The June Box From Japan

For a while now, Javier over at BoxFromJapan.com has been sending me sample boxes and they’ve been really out of this world. Box From Japan is a subscription service – you can get a new box every month to your door – it’s reasonably priced I think since you can’t find any of these in the USA, plus I’ve NEVER gotten a single instant ramen from him that I’ve ever reviewed before – and that’s definitely saying something. Not only that, he also has a candy box – all sorts of neat treats from Japan as well! Let’s look inside!

A note inside the box (click to enlarge).

Wow (click to enlarge). Yet again, four varieties I’ve not reviewed before. I’m really impressed! Javier includes 4 sets of wooden chposticks in every box, too. Check out www.BoxFromJapan.com!

The April Box From Japan!

For a while now, Javier over at BoxFromJapan.com has been sending me sample boxes and they’ve been really out of this world. Box From Japan is a subscription service – you can get a new box every month to your door – it’s reasonably priced I think since you can’t find any of these in the USA, plus I’ve NEVER gotten a single instant ramen from him that I’ve ever reviewed before – and that’s definitely saying something. Not only that, he also has a candy box – all sorts of neat treats from Japan as well! Let’s look inside!

A note inside the box (click to enlarge).

Wow (click to enlarge)! Looks like a very nice selection this month! Go check out BoxFromJapan! Thank, Javier!

The March ‘Box From Japan’

Got another box from Javier over at BoxFromJapan.com today! You can subscribe and get a neat box like this every month! Not only that, he also has Japanese snack boxes – lots of neat candies that I don’t think you can find here. For sure, these bowls of ramen aren’t available here in the states. Let’s look inside!

A note inside the box (click to enlarge).

Wow (click to enlarge)! What’s neat is they send you an email with a rundown on each variety. Definitely a great deal and I highly recommend checking out Box From Japan! Thanks!

New Hao Way White Curry, Laksa Bowl Samples

Got another package from Hao Way this week!

They’ve adapted their Penang White Curry and Penang Laksa varieties into bowl form! I’ll be reviewing these soon – thanks!

They also sent along a couple of posters! Thanks again!

The Ramen Rater Top Ten Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2013 Edition

After more than a year of pondering and reviewing since the last list, here’s the new top ten instant noodle bowls. This encompasses all instant noodle bowls reviewed up to today, June 15th, 2013. With no further adieu, the top ten instant noodle bowls of all time, 2013 edition.

10 – JFC Japanese Style Noodle Soup Curry Flavour – South Korea

Fresh udon noodles and a curry sauce that’s thick and luxuriant. If you’re in need of a curry fix, look no further! Every time I see it on a store shelf, I get this kind of warm, fuzzy feeling. Original review here

9 – Ottogi Spaghetti Ramen – South Korea

A fun bowl of noodles with thick South Korean ramyun noodles, a sweet powder and a sweet and slightly spicy spaghetti sauce. A nice twist on a classic. Original review here

8 – Little Cook Spicy Beef Flavor – Thailand

This one features firm noodles, a spicy broth with beef and curry notes and fake meat that’s surprisingly good. Myriad of different components collide together in an irresistible way. 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 – Little Cook Mushroom Vegetarian Premium Noodle – Thailand

A combination of a great quality noodle and nice broth is one thing, but they add a retort pouch with really nice vegetables that make this seem more gourmet. I’ve never been a big fan of mushrooms, but these are really quite good. Original review here

4 – Yamamoto Ponpoko Tempura Udon Fried Noodles Bowl – Japan

Thick, slightly chewy noodles and a broth with strong soy flavor. The tempura gives a satisfying crunch. Check out the original review as well to see why this one’s got a great name. Original review here

3 – Maruchan Midori No Tanuki Instant Soba Bowl – Japan

The only one from last year’s list to remain. Although it slipped out of first place, 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 – FoodMon DJ-DOC Instant Ramen Rice Toppokki – South Korea

Topokki are like really thick chewy short noodles. They’re usually served with a spicy red sauce; here they join instant noodles along with the spicy sauce to make a succulent kind of Soiuth Korean lasagna-esque feast. Original review here

1 – Nissin Raoh Rich Soy Sauce Flavor – Japan

All I can say is that this stuff is epic. The noodles are extremely good and of very high quality. The broth is as rich as the name purports as well. What’s more, it comes with a slice of roast pork which hydrates well and has a very good texture and flavor. This is where it’s at! Original review here

So as you can see, a lot of new contenders this year! I hope you enjoyed the list and look forward to bringing you more as time goes by.