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

Top Ten Best Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019

This is my list of my all time favorites (compiled up to review #3132). These are the best and most memorable varieties – some you’ll be able to find easily, some you won’t. In the images you see, you’ll see garnished bowls of noodles. Note – reviewing is done BEFORE products have anything externally added by myself, and I follow directions on the package – for better or for worse. I should also note that going forward, the official last day for companies to submit varieties to be considered for the annual top ten will be January 31st. That’s enough – let’s have a look at The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition!

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

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#10: Indomie Real Meat Mi Instan Goreng Rendang – Indonesia

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition

The first Indomie variety on the list in years and it’s really amazing. Basically take their Mi Goreng Rendang and include a sachet of real rendang in a retort pouch. This comes after recently hearing that Indomie Rendang is hard to find here in the United States, something I was surprised to hear since it’s such a popular product and such a good one. Original review

#9: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Ramen – Hong Kong

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition

I’ve become enamored and thrilled with the straight ramen noodle varieties in recent years – especially ones from Hong Kong which have been on the last two The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time lists. This is Sau Tao’s first appearance on the list. A Thai flavor is delivered masterfully – broth has a great richness and crispness of tom yum kung – spicy and lemongrass and shrimp notes play together very well. Original review

#8: Mom’s Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle – Taiwan

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition

It’s second year on The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time, Mom’s Dry Noodles’ Dan Dan Noodle is just wonderful stuff. A broth-free offering with gourmet Taiwanese dry noodles, and myriad sauces that harmonize, salty, spicy, sweet and other flavors masterfully. Flavorful and deep. Original review

#7: Red Chef Green Tom Yum Soup Noodles – Malaysia

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Another one returning to The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time list, Red Chef’s Green Tom Yum Soup Noodles feature a fried noodle with a great mouthfeel and quantity. They work well with the broth which is like a mashup of tom yum and green curry. The spiciness and flavors are just great – it might seem like a strange gimmicky kind of thing but definitely not. I love the new and this is a new flavor for the instant noodle world. Original review

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

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition

Since a very young age when my mother would cook curried chicken livers over rice, I’ve absolutely loved curry. This one is just mind blowing and has been on the top ten for years and years. The noodles are thick and chewy  – and have a rustic kind of feel to them. Marry that to the broth which comes from a large sachet of curry paste and one full of coconut milk powder, you end up with a rich, luxuriant experience you’ll love. I should note they also have a version with non-wholegrain noodles which is also very impressive. Original review

#5: CarJEN Nyonya Curry Laksa – Malaysia

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition

Back again with their rich curry noodle, CarJEN brings something very special to the table in their Nyonya Curry Laksa. You dip the paste seen on the spoon into the broth to flavor it and it has little bits of shrimp in there that really are a nice addition. Sweetness, spiciness, richness from coconut milk powder, and a nice plump noodle makes this so tasty and memorable. Original Review

#4: A-Sha Gourmet Braised Beef Noodle Soup – Taiwan

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition

This is the highest position a Taiwanese variety has achieved in The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time before – congratulations, Taiwan! For a long time, I’ve really enjoyed this style of noodle from Taiwan. It’s wide, with a center line which is thicker, and the sides are thinner – which gives them a very unique and wonderful mouthfeel. I’ve also always thought that these would just sing is in a broth (usually they are presented with a combination of sauces but no broth). The soup is rich with a strong beef flavor and hint of Sichuan peppercorn that do not overwhelm. The nice part is the inclusion of real beef in here. It should be noted that there is a special version of this that comes out during Lunar New Year which includes Wagyu beef – very expensive at a whopping $15USD per serving!, but very tasty as well. Original review

#3: Liangchengmei Biang Biang Men – China

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition

My wife Kit saw this while we were up in Canada and it piqued my curiosity so thought hey let’s give it a try. Noodles are very broad – over an inch. The flavoring is just superb – to use a word I normally don’t, this is yummy. What’s interesting too is that they included meat – at least I thought it was meat – it’s made from soy protein! Unique, delicious, and the highest a Chinese variety has achieved on The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time to date. Congratulations! Original review

#2: Red Chef Spicy Sakura Prawn Soup Noodles – Malaysia

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Let the prawn-slaught begin! Returning to the #2 spot this year, we have a Red Chef variety that just gives and gives when it comes to sweet and savory prawn flavor. This umami bomb has a nice chewy noodle that is complimented by just the sweetest, strongest prawn broth with an excellent thickness and just the right amount of spiciness. What’s more they include a sachet of crispy onions to put on top that round things out so well. If you want to have a prawn freak out, this is an indispensable tool. Original review

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

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition

For the fourth year in a row, Prima Taste wins with it’s excellent Wholegrain Laksa. If  abandoned on an island with only a life supply of instant noodles, I’d want them to be these, period. Hearty artisan noodles which are thick and of good quantity are combined with a broth which has a strong flavor and richness from coconut milk powder. A flavorful and striking noodle dish. Original review

What’s New

Instant Noodle Recipe Time

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition

In the last year, I’ve decided to start doing videos for each on of my reviews and as of April 3rd, I’ve done 295 episodes. You can watch me cook and garnish everything as I sit at my stove. People have commented ‘why do you sit?’ Well, it’s a lot easier to record the show that way. Why do you wear sunglasses all the time? I’m legally blind and light sensitive. I answer a lot of questions about what I do from reader questions as well as talk about what I’m up to and give opinions and chatter about anything that crosses my mind. The show comes out every single day at 2pm Seattle time. Check out the show here.

The Chocolate Break

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition

What began as something to try once has become a project my wife Kit and I do regularly. The Chocolate Break is where we try chocolate from around the world – and give our opinions on them. I’m proud to announce that www.thechocolatebreak.com is up and has rundowns of every single episode! Check it out and let us know what you think!

Big Changes For Me

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition

Some of you have been noticing I’ve been losing weight – thank you! In fact I’ve been working hard on that. Reviews I do are usually involving me eating maybe 5% of a bowl of noodles, if that. Everything else goes down the drain.

I keep my regime to around 1200~1500 calories a day. I’ve also been doing a lot of walking with my daughter Miriam. With her stroller decked out with lots of lights and a really loud speaker (I usually play a lot of Primus, Herbie Hancock and Tobacco), we walk all over town. My feet hurt, too! If you put together our walking from April 1st and April 2nd, it comes to 21.12 miles (33.989km)! No, that is NOT a typo. My doctor told me I had high cholesterol back in October and I decided to make some changes. I’ll find out how I’ve done later this month and let you guys know how I’ve done so far.

Re-Review: Mom’s Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle

Re-Review: Mom's Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle

This one really impressed me in the last year and I wanted to have it again. The folks at Mom’s Dry Noodle were kind enough to send another pack of it for review. I thought a fresh taste immediately before finalizing the top ten would be a good plan, and so here we go!

Here’s a little about Dan Dan noodle from Wikipedia –

Dandan noodles or dandanmian (simplified Chinese担担面traditional Chinese擔擔麵) is a noodle dish originating from Chinese Sichuan cuisine. It consists of a spicy sauce containing preserved vegetables (often including zha cai (榨菜), lower enlarged mustard stems, or ya cai (芽菜), upper mustard stems), chili oilSichuan pepper, minced pork, and scallions served over noodles.

Sesame paste and/or peanut butter is sometimes added, and occasionally replaces the spicy sauce, usually in the Taiwanese and American Chinese style of the dish.[1] In this case, dandanmian is considered as a variation of ma jiang mian (麻醬麵), sesame sauce noodles. In American Chinese cuisine, dandanmian is often sweeter, less spicy, and less soupy than its Sichuan counterpart.

Alright – let’s dig in!

Mom’s Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle – Taiwan

Re-Review: Mom's Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, ad noodle block to a pot of boiling water and cook for 6~7 minutes. Drain. Add in all sachets. Finally, stir well and enjoy!

Re-Review: Mom's Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle

The pack contains four sealed packages. Here’s the noodle block from one of them.

Re-Review: Mom's Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle

A dry sachet.

Re-Review: Mom's Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle

A fascinating and aromatic mixture – Sichuan peppercorn shell, garlic and seasoning.

Re-Review: Mom's Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle

A liquid base sachet.

Re-Review: Mom's Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle

The sesame base.

Re-Review: Mom's Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle

Another liquid base sachet.

Re-Review: Mom's Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle

Bright orange chilli oil!

Re-Review: Mom's Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle

A final sachet.

Re-Review: Mom's Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle

Soy sauce.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added scallion, chashu pork, fried onion, sesame seeds, and an egg. The noodles are so good – chewy but with a giving softness at the same time. The flavor is multilayered – spicy, sesame, soy and then the nice hits of garlic and Sichuan peppercorn. Complex, yet simple – and extremely satisfying. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4717011150322.

Re-Review: Mom's Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle

Taiwan: A New History (East Gate Books)

A promo spot for Mom’s Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle

#2512: Mom’s Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle

#2586: Mom's Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

Here’s a new one from Mom’s Dry Noodle. This one is Dan Dan Noodle flavor – here’s a little about that from Wikipedia –

Dandan noodles or dandanmian (simplified Chinese担担面traditional Chinese擔擔麵) is a noodle dish originating from Chinese Sichuan cuisine. It consists of a spicy sauce containing preserved vegetables (often including zha cai (榨菜), lower enlarged mustard stems, or ya cai (芽菜), upper mustard stems), chili oilSichuan pepper, minced pork, and scallions served over noodles.

Sesame paste and/or peanut butter is sometimes added, and occasionally replaces the spicy sauce, usually in the Taiwanese and American Chinese style of the dish.[1] In this case, dandanmian is considered as a variation of ma jiang mian (麻醬麵), sesame sauce noodles. In American Chinese cuisine, dandanmian is often sweeter, less spicy, and less soupy than its Sichuan counterpart.

The name refers to a type of carrying pole (dan dan) that was used by walking street vendors who sold the dish to passers-by. The pole was carried over the shoulder, with two baskets containing noodles and sauce attached at either end. As the noodles were affordable due to their low cost, the local people gradually came to call them dandan noodles, referencing the street vendors. Literally, the name translates as “noodles carried on a pole”, but may be better translated as “peddler’s noodles”.

A variety of English spellings are used. The first word may be either dandan, dundun or tantan, and the last word may also be spelled mein.

So these are from Taiwan and so far I’ve really liked pretty much everything from Mom’s Dry Noodle. Let’s have a look at this variety.

Mom’s Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle – Taiwan

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Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, ad noodle block to a pot of boiling water and cook for 6~7 minutes. Drain. Add in all sachets. Finally, stir well and enjoy!

#2586: Mom's Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

One of the four individual servings.

#2586: Mom's Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

One of the noodle blocks.

#2586: Mom's Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

The dry base sachet.

#2586: Mom's Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

A mottled and coarse concoction.

#2586: Mom's Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

The first of three liquid sachets.

#2586: Mom's Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

Perhaps a Sichuan pepper oil?

#2586: Mom's Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

A tan sachet.

#2586: Mom's Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

Looks like sesame paste

#2586: Mom's Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

A smaller liquid sachet.

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Smells like soy sauce.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added scallion and ground pork. The noodles came out with a very nice chew. They aren’t mushy whatsoever and have a confident backbone. The flavor is very good as well. The notes of sesame, Sichuan pepper oil, Sichuan pepper in the dry mix and soy sauce all work together and play well with eachother; nobody’s feet get stepped on. Simple yet complex. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4717011150322.

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Formosan Odyssey: Taiwan, Past and Present

A video featuring Kyle from Mom’s Dry Noodles from a few years back