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

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

恭喜发财 and Happy Lunar New Year to all! I had a look at my lists I hadn’t updated in a while and saw it was in January of 2014 last I did a top ten Chinese list. Why so long? Well, I like to have done quite a few reviews in a year when it comes to country lists for that specific country. If I’d done only two and there weren’t any big changes, I’ll kind of let it go until the next year. This one seemed ripe and ready for a new version. Of the almost 150 reviews I’ve done of Chinese instant noodles, these are my favorites. I should mention that if you are an instant noodle in mainland China and interested in having me review your products, please contact me to set up a review series. With that, let’s have a look at The Ramen Rater’s top Ten Chinese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition. 

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

A video presentation of The Ramen Rater’s top Ten Chinese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition.

#10: Sichuan Baijia Broad Noodle Chilli Oil Flavor

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

So The noodles are very broad and hydrated well. They have a nice chewiness to them. The flavor is excellent – a nice oily spiciness, a slight sweetness and a kind of puckery taste as well. The vegetable hydrated very well. Original review here

#9: Master Kong Tomato Sauce Instant Noodle

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

The noodles are about double the width of a standard instant noodle and flat. Very floppy but very nice in this application. The broth is indeed tomato flavored, and has a nice tomato taste at that. The included vegetables hydrated perfectly – all the way down to the peas. Original review here

#8: Baixiang Noodles Sauerkraut Flavor Instant Noodle

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

You might be thinking ‘sauerkraut?’ But actually, pickled cabbage as well as other vegetables are quite popular throughout Asia. The noodles are a little wide and flat. The are really very good and there’s a lot of them. The broth has a rich flavor – the sauerkraut’s bitterness is there, but also a kind of artificial meat flavor that works well. Also, there’s a little spiciness to it which was great! Original review here

#7: JML (Jin Mai Lang) Spicy King Spicy Beef Instant Noodle

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

The noodles are perfect – plump and plentiful. The broth is wonderful – perfect oiliness and heat and beef flavor. The heat tastes like it’s coming from Sichuan peppers. The vegetables in the powder sachet hydrated very well. The supplied seaweed is perfect. Original review here

#6: Wugudaochang Sour Soup & Minced Meat Flavor Chef’s Grain Naked Oat Noodles

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

The noodles have a standard instant gauge. They have just the right backbone to them – good texture and chew. The broth is extremely good – a tart beef flavor with good oiliness to it. The carrot and beef are excellent! Like a gourmet vegetable beef noodle. Original review here

#5: Sichuan Baijia Chongqing Noodles Spicy Hot Flavor

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

The noodles are thin and flat with a medium width. They really work well here. The broth is a very spicy beef with a Sichuan pepper hit among others. There are sesame seeds throughout and the bits of vegetables in there were great. Original review here

#4: JML (Jin Mai Lang) Spicy King Spicy Chicken Instant Noodle

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

The noodles came out very nicely – lots of them and of good texture and chew. The broth has a great spiciness – still worthy of the top ten spicy list. Sichuan pepper for sure. Nice color and oiliness in the broth as well. Original review here

#3: Sichuan Baijia Chongqing Noodles Burning Dry Noodles

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

I mean wow! I wasn’t sure of what to expect here, but this is really great! The noodles are extremely plentiful and really soft and floppy. This is perfect as the seasonings and liquids combine with them very well. The flavor is like an almost beefy and tasty lasagna but with Sichuan pepper and other spices going on. Moreover, the more you eat, the spicier it gets – heat, upon heat, upon heat! The pain! I really expected this to probably be really salty and have a strong vinegar taste but I was completely mistaken. I love this. Original review here

#2: JML (Jin Mai Lang) Spicy King Spicy Pork Instant Noodle

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

The noodles came out nice and plump and there’s a good amount of them. The broth has a fiery spiciness and great flavor to it. I really have to say the red chillies add a very nice hit of spice and vegetable elements. Original review here

#1: Wugudaochang Tomato Beef Brisket Flavor Purple Potato Noodle

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

The noodles, made from purple potatoes have a nice texture to them – a little sturdier than your garden variety instant and they were very nice to chew. The broth is a thick beef and tomato affair, with a very luxuriant and rich texture to it – almost creamy in a way. The inclusion of large pieces of tomato and real beef brisket in there was admirable and very enjoyable. Premium bowl of noodles. Original review here

Meet The Manufacturer: #1690: Wugudaochang Sour Bamboo Shoot & Beef In Hot Pot Flavor Noodles

Today we wind up the Wugudaochang Meet The Manufacturer. It’s really been great to try these new flavors and varieties from China in the last few days! I think I have learned a little more about the flavor profiles that are popular in Chinese cooking these days; usually the varieties I get that are from China are for export of course, while these have been varieties only sold and available within China. The flavors have been strong, vibrant and really quite good. I should also say that the quality of these products has been top-notch. A lot has been said of the quality of food coming from China and question of it’s quality. I would say this: China is a big country with many producers – sometimes, things will happen that bring negative attention. They certainly happen here in the United States from time to time don’t they? I don’t think it a reason to stay away from Chinese products – I certainly won’t!  Let’s have a fond farewell look at this bamboo shoot and hot pot flavor bowl!

Detail of the outer wraps (click image to enlarge). Not sure if it contains meat. To prepare, add in all sachets and 550ml boiling water. Cover for 4 minutes, stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

An included fork!

The noodle block.

The soup base powder.

A light powder with some bits of vegetable in there.

A paste sachet.

Thick stuff.

A large pouch.

Lots of bamboo shoots!

Finished (click image to enlarge). The noodles hydrated well. They have a decent backbone and enjoyable feel in the mouth.. The broth has a strong heat – very black peppery. Little bits of beef were nice to find as well as the bamboo shoots which were nice and crisp.. The bamboo shoots are excellent – a light pickled taste which paired perfectly with the broth. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 6936986833087.

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Meet The Manufacturer: #1689: Wugudaochang Tomato Beef Brisket Flavor Purple Sweet Potato Noodles

When I first saw this one, I knew it sounded interesting. Beef brisket and tomato? Sign me up! Then the purple sweet potato – I’ve been a fan of those since back when people called them Space Potatoes! This looks like a nice premium one – let’s give it a look as we start to wind down this great Meet The Manufacturer series.

Here’s the back panels of the box (click image to enlarge). Contains beef. To prepare, add noodles to 600ml boiling water for 2 1/2 minutes. Add in contents of sachet and cook an additional 1 minute. Enjoy!

The noodle block is in one of these packages within the box.

The back of the purple potato noodle block package (click image to enlarge).

Indeed, these are purple noodles!

An extremely large sachet/retort pouch.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added coriander. The noodles, made from purple potatoes have a nice texture to them – a little sturdier than your garden variety instant and they were very nice to chew. The broth is a thick beef and tomato affair, with a very luxuriant and rich texture to it – almost creamy in a way. The inclusion of large pieces of tomato and real beef brisket in there was admirable and very enjoyable. Premium bowl of noodles. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 6936986858233.

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Meet The Manufacturer: #1688: Wugudaochang Sea Tangle & Spareribs Flavor Noodles

Now, we again return to the tangle of the sea. This is the package version of the first variety I tried on this Meet The Manufacturer. Is there a difference? Let’s see!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Not sure whether is contains meat or not. To prepare, add everything to 600ml boiling water and cook 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy

The noodle block.

Powder soup base.

A very light powder.

A paste sachet.

Thick like peanut butter.

The vegetables sachet.

Peas, sea tangle and carrot.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added pork, red bell pepper and white onion. The noodles are of a good gauge and light in chew. The broth has a creamy color and nice flavor. The sea tangle also known as kelp was all over the place and glad it was invited – went very nicely. Bits of carrot were also there and of nice quality. As with the bowl version, I was happy about the presence of little cubes of pork which were perfectly hydrated and of excellent quality. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 6936986811108.

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Meet The Manufacturer: #1687: Wugudaochang Chef’s Grains Millet Noodle

Here’s a different one – a box with 5 different varieties! Check it out –

I reviewed one that had the oat noodles the other day, and in a couple days I’ll be reviewing one that has the purple potato noodles. I thought I would check out the millet noodle today.!

Here are the side panels of the box (click image to enlarge). Not sure if these contain meat. To prepare, add noodles to 600ml boiling water for 3 minutes and add contents of one seasoning sachet. Stir and enjoy!

The box has 5 of these packages of noodles, and this is the pea variant.

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The box contains 5 sachets of soup base. I asked what flavor they are; what it sounds like is that it’s kind of a universal flavor that will work with anything you add. I’ll try to describe it when I try it.

A very light powder.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added pork boiled after tasting as well as coriander. The noodles have a very nice texture – these different variants have been really fascinating insofar that the noodles all have had a different texture and flavor from one to the next. also, they influence the broth greatly. This one ended up with a nice buttery scent to it I enjoyed along with the salty and herbed flavors. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 6936986821114.

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Meet The Manufacturer: #1686: Wugudaochang Chef’s Grains Buckwheat Noodle

Here’s a different one – a box with 5 different varieties! Check it out –

I reviewed one that had the oat noodles the other day, and in a couple days I’ll be reviewing one that has the purple potato noodles. I thought I would check out the buckwheat noodle today.

Here are the side panels of the box (click image to enlarge). Not sure if these contain meat. To prepare, add noodles to 600ml boiling water for 3 minutes and add contents of one seasoning sachet. Stir and enjoy!

The box has 5 of these packages of noodles, and this is the pea variant.

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The box contains 5 sachets of soup base. I asked what flavor they are; what it sounds like is that it’s kind of a universal flavor that will work with anything you add. I’ll try to describe it when I try it.

A very light powder.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added chicken that was marinated in soy sauce then baked and sliced and some spring onion. The noodles had a chewiness to them – stronger than many. As with the pea noodle, the broth took on a different color from the noodle’s ingredients. The broth has a kind of herbed and salty taste to it. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 6936986821084.

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Meet The Manufacturer: #1685: Wugudaochang Chef’s Grains Pea Noodle

Here’s a different one – a box with 5 different varieties! Check it out –

I reviewed one that had the oat noodles the other day, and in a couple days I’ll be reviewing one that has the purple potato noodles. I thought I would check out the pea noodle today. I’ve never heard of such a thing, and so it sounded fascinating. Let’s take a pea-k at the pea noodle!

Here are the side panels of the box (click image to enlarge). Not sure if these contain meat. To prepare, add noodles to 600ml boiling water for 3 minutes and add contents of one seasoning sachet. Stir and enjoy!

The box has 5 of these packages of noodles, and this is the pea variant.

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The box contains 5 sachets of soup base. I asked what flavor they are; what it sounds like is that it’s kind of a universal flavor that will work with anything you add. I’ll try to describe it when I try it.

A very light powder.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added red bell pepper and beef. The noodles definitely have a green complexion! They also have a nice subtle pea taste I quite enjoyed. The broth which is identical in all of these varieties is exactly as stated; a kind of ‘pan-flavor’ which would go well with a pairing of most any meats or vegetables. Salty and herbed. This was really nice! 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 6936986858257.

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Meet The Manufacturer: #1684: Wugudaochang Sichuan Pepper & Chicken Flavor Noodles

I’ve been really curious about this one, a brothless variety. This is made in the same way as mi goreng, however is more along the lines of what would be called a stir noodle or dry noodle. The looks from the package is interesting – I see peanuts! Peppers! Let’s crack it open and have a look!

Detail of the outwer wraps (click image to enlarge). Unsure as to whether there is any meat in this one. To prepare, take everything out but the noodle block. Add boiling water and cover for 4 minutes. Drain. Add in powder and liquid sachets and stir. Sprinkle with peanut/pepper mix and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge). Note the pour spout on the top left.

An included fork.

The noodle block.

Powder seasoning.

A light granular powder.

A liquid sachet.

Soy sauce!

A seasoned oil sachet.

Has a sesame scent to it.

A decent sized garnish sachet.

Peanuts and peppers!

Finished (click image to enlarge). I really liked the texture of the noodles – slightly thinner gauge than many and a very good texture. The flavor of the noodles is chicken – and then strong heat! It’s definitely a different kind of heat – I mean it’s hot but kind of like a hot cinnamon without the cinnamon taste to it; definitely something new for me. The peanuts and peppers mix was really good as a garnish – fresh peanuts and more pepper to fire things up. I’m impressed with this one – very premium and quite good! 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 6936986811191.

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Meet The Manufacturer: #1683: Wugudaochang Sour Soup & Minced Meat Flavor Chef’s Grain Naked Oats Noodles

Not a lot of instant noodles come in a box – sometimes tray varieties. This looks to be a very premium variety from Wugudaochang – very fancy! They include one of their Chef’s Grain varieties – there are five of them. Let’s check this one out – looks fascinating!

Here’s the back of the box (click image to enlarge). Not sure if it contains meat. To prepare, add noodles to 600ml boiling water and cook 2 1/2 minutes. Add in contents of large sachet and cook another minute. Enjoy!

In the box are these naked oat instant noodles.

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block.

A very large sachet contains solid ingredients and soup base.

Finished (click image to enlarge). The noodles have a standard instant gauge. They have just the right backbone to them – good texture and chew. The broth is extremely good – a tart beef flavor with good oiliness to it. The carrot and beef are excellent! Like a gourmet vegetable beef noodle. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 6936986858226.

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Meet The Manufacturer: #1682: Wugudaochang Sour Bamboo Shoot & Beef In Hot Pot Flavor Noodles

I’ve had beef hot pot before and really liked it quite a bit. Hot pot a lot of the time consists of a pot and a little gas burner. In the pot is broth and vegetables – you add meat or fish that cooks in the pot quickly and lends the fat to the broth, making it a bit more hearty. Very curious how this translates in this instant variety. Let’s check out another variety by Wugudaochang!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Not sure whether is contains meat or not. To prepare, add everything to 600ml boiling water and cook 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The soup base powder.

A light powder with some bits of vegetable in there.

A paste sachet.

Thick stuff.

A large pouch.

Lots of bamboo shoots!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added beef and white onion. The noodles came out very nice – they have a nice light chew to them and are soft in nature. The broth has a spiciness – black pepper notes – and a nice beef taste along with a sour taste. The bamboo shoots are excellent – a light pickled taste which paired perfectly with the broth. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 6936986831083.

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Meet The Manufacturer: #1681: Wugudaochang Sea Tangle & Spareribs Flavor Noodles

If you’re unsure of what sea tangle is, maybe you’ve heard of kelp. It’s like thick seaweed. When I was a kid, I’d go down to the shoreline and when the tide was out, you’d see these long whip like greenish things every once in a while – big bulbs on the end and long flat leafy looking things. We used to step on the bulbs at the end which were hollow and they’d pop! It was good fun – never thought part of these things would be something I’d look forward to in a noodle dish! Let’s check out this one from Wugudaochang to start off their Meet The Manufacturer!

Detail from the outer wraps (click image to enlarge). Not sure if it contains meat. To prepare, add in all sachets and 550ml boiling water. Cover for 4 minutes, stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

An included fork!

The noodle block.

Powder soup base.

A very light powder.

A paste sachet.

Thick like peanut butter.

The vegetables sachet.

Peas, sea tangle and carrot.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added pork and white onion. The noodles hydrated nicely and have a decent texture. They have a standard instant gauge. The broth has a creamy color and good flavor I enjoyed. The sea tangle also known as kelp was very prevalent and a nice addition. Bits of carrot were also added and of good quality. What I didn’t expect was the presence of little cubes of pork which were perfectly hydrated and very welcome. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 6936986813102.

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Meet The Manufacturer: Product Samples From Wugudaochang

A couple of weeks ago, I got a pair of enormous boxes from Wugudaocheng! Let’s see what’s inside!

The folks at Wugudaochang were very interested to see me opening the boxes, so I also showed where I do what I do.

Wow – box in a box!

Different bowl varieties.

Box varieties.

The second big box!

Inside was another box with multipacks of some varieties.

A long triangular box!

One of two posters.