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#3114: A-Sha Gourmet Sichuan Peppercorn Flavor – Taiwan

Here’s the third of the A-Sha Gourmet varieties I’m trying today. There’s one more left. So translation isn’t my strong suit and I often turn to friends and colleagues as to what different varieties are called and translate them. At this exact moment, I’m dumbfounded. Google’s not very helpful; one says hemp. I could be mistaken, but I think hemp isn’t going to be in the name of this one. I’ve had varieties say they’re dolphin bone as well, which most certain isn’t the case! I’ll find out shortly though!

A-Sha Gourmet Sichuan Peppercorn Flavor – Taiwan

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it has meat or not – check for yourself. To prepare, boil noodles for 4 minutes. Drain. Add in liquid base and stir. Add dry sachet. Finally, stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

A wet sachet.

A thick sauce.

A dry sachet.

Looks like a peppery garnish.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft egg, chashu pork, spring onion, and sansyo pepper. The noodles are excellent as always – nice chewiness to them and the slight wideness (about 2.5 times wider than an instant noodle) is very nice. The flavor is sweet and very savory, along with a little hit of Sichuan pepper which isn’t overwhelming, but lets you know it’s come for the party. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4715635853674.

Asha Healthy Ramen Noodles, thin size noodles (5 individual 95g pouches) (Sesame, 1 pack)

Watch me cook and garnish this one on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

#2967: Kenko Foods Hot Dry Noodles

#2967: Kenko Foods Hot Dry Noodles

Today, we have one that was part of Japan Crate’s Umai Crate. So Japan Crate is a subscription service which has all sorts of different options for you. pretty neat stuff from Japan! There’s a coupon code for you too – just use THERAMENRATER to get a special discount at check out.

So here’s what the folks at Japan Crate had to say about this variety -“Have a taste of a Japanese take on Sichuan style dry noodles! It takes this typically stir fried dish and transforms it into a delicious ramen. And as we have seen in the past, Kenko Foods has made this ramen with all natural ingredients and good health in mind.”

Interesting – alright, let’s take a look!

Kenko Foods Hot Dry Noodles – Japan

#2967: Kenko Foods Hot Dry Noodles

Here is the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat – check for yourself. To prepare, add noodles to 500cc boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2967: Kenko Foods Hot Dry Noodles

The noodle block.

#2967: Kenko Foods Hot Dry Noodles

A seasoning sachet.

#2967: Kenko Foods Hot Dry Noodles

A dry powder base.

#2967: Kenko Foods Hot Dry Noodles

A liquid base sachet.

#2967: Kenko Foods Hot Dry Noodles

A reddish liquid.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added scallion, hard boiled egg and shichimi togarashi. The noodle is soft but enjoyable as a sturdier one in that they are of good quality and work so well with the broth. Now, the broth neither seems spicy, nor to I get any kind of Sichuan taste. It actually reminds me of the taste and heat level of the Great Value spicy noodles I’ve found in Canada – meaning heat is non existent. Nonetheless, they’re tasty good. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4973044020128.

#2967: Kenko Foods Hot Dry Noodles

Asian Pickles: Sweet, Sour, Salty, Cured, and Fermented Preserves from Korea, Japan, China, India, and Beyond

Woot woot! Juggling in Japan!

Chili Crab, Black Pepper Crab Noodles From Uncle Sun – Unboxing Time

Chili Crab, Black Pepper Crab Noodles From Uncle Sun - Unboxing Time

Let’s get crabby! Uncle Sun contacted me a while back about sending some product samples! After a little snag, things fell in line and here they are! Let’s crack open this box and see what lies within!

Chili Crab, Black Pepper Crab Noodles From Uncle Sun – Malaysia

Can’t wait to give these a try! Thank you!

Meet The Manufacturer: #2865: Wu-Mu Man Dashi Noodle Master BBQ Sauce Dry Ramen

Meet The Manufacturer: #2865: Wu-Mu Man Dashi Noodle Master BBQ Sauce Dry Ramen

Another Man Dashi variety today – this time it’s BBQ! Here’s what they have to say about this one –

The width of the noodle is perfect-proportioned. The middle of wavy noodles are thick, while the both sides are thin, that is why the sauce is more easily stuck in the noodle itself, creating different layers of the tastes!
● The sauce is made of 100% pure sesame oil and few types of seasonings, simmer until it’s cooked. Sweetness and light spiciness blending harmoniously in the mouth, the BBQ sauce is finger-licking.

Nice – it’s finger-licking good! Let’s see!

Wu-Mu Man Dashi Noodle Master BBQ Sauce Dry Ramen – Taiwan

Meet The Manufacturer: #2865: Wu-Mu Man Dashi Noodle Master BBQ Sauce Dry Ramen

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat. To prepare, boil noodles for 3 1/2 minutes. Drain. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #2865: Wu-Mu Man Dashi Noodle Master BBQ Sauce Dry Ramen

The noodle block.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2865: Wu-Mu Man Dashi Noodle Master BBQ Sauce Dry Ramen

A liquid sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2865: Wu-Mu Man Dashi Noodle Master BBQ Sauce Dry Ramen

Thick – with a sweet scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion and barbecue pork. The noodles have a nice chew to them – lighter than many dry noodles I’ve had but very satisfying. The barbecue flavor was just plain good. It had a slightly sweet and smoky taste to it. Very impressed! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4710175574270.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2865: Wu-Mu Man Dashi Noodle Master BBQ Sauce Dry Ramen

The Technique of Chinese Cooking

The noodle guy who remembers things is back with another short story

Meet The Manufacturer: #2864: Wu-Mu Man Dashi Noodle Master Spicy Hot Dry Ramen

Meet The Manufacturer: #2864: Wu-Mu Man Dashi Noodle Master Spicy Hot Dry Ramen

Time to turn up the heat again – this one claims to pack some spiciness. Here’s what they have to say about it –

● The width of the noodle is perfect-proportioned. The middle of wavy noodles are thick, while the both sides are thin, that is why the sauce is more easily stuck in the noodle itself, creating different layers of the tastes!
● Simmering the carefully selected Dahongpao pepper, onions, ginger, black pepper and other spices, the fragrance of spiciness is charming and the taste of it is not pungent but gentle.

Have I mentioned I like it hot? Let’s crack this one open and see what’s within!

Wu-Mu Man Dashi Noodle Master Spicy Hot Dry Ramen – Taiwan

Meet The Manufacturer: #2864: Wu-Mu Man Dashi Noodle Master Spicy Hot Dry Ramen

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether this one contains meat. To prepare, boil noodles for 3 1/2 minutes. Drain. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #2864: Wu-Mu Man Dashi Noodle Master Spicy Hot Dry Ramen

The noodle block.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2864: Wu-Mu Man Dashi Noodle Master Spicy Hot Dry Ramen

One of two liquid sachets.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2864: Wu-Mu Man Dashi Noodle Master Spicy Hot Dry Ramen

Thick and oily.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2864: Wu-Mu Man Dashi Noodle Master Spicy Hot Dry Ramen

A second liquid sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2864: Wu-Mu Man Dashi Noodle Master Spicy Hot Dry Ramen

A seasoned oil?

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles came out nicely – lighter chew than many of the dry noodles I’ve tried but satisfying. Strong Sichuan pepper on these. A good amount of oiliness. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4710175574256.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2864: Wu-Mu Man Dashi Noodle Master Spicy Hot Dry Ramen

Wu-mu-dried Noodle with Steam Beef Flavor Ramen(pack of 3)

A recipe involving Man Dashi Noodle Master products

#2705: Ichiran Ramen Curly Noodles including Original Red Dry Sauce【Only in Fukuoka】

#2805: Ichiran Ramen Curly Noodles including Original Red Dry Sauce【Only in Fukuoka】

So a couple months ago I read an article mentioning this high end fancy instant ramen. Having never seen nor heard of it, I thought I’d better investigate. I mean, how can I be The Ramen Rater if I’m not going to hop on board for something like this? I got some eBay gift cards for Christmas and thought I’d seek this one out.

Alright so I ordered this on eBay a few weeks ago and it arrived a couple weeks later. I’ve seen this around for $8 a pack. Yeah – $8… I got it off of eBay for $14.98 with ‘free shipping.’ I’ve baked shipping into the price before on eBay when I used to do eBay – everybody does. All I can say is this stuff better be good! I love tonkotsu and so hopefully this is an excellent one. Let’s dive in.

Ichiran Ramen Curly Noodles including Original Red Dry Sauce【Only in Fukuoka】 – Japan

#2805: Ichiran Ramen Curly Noodles including Original Red Dry Sauce【Only in Fukuoka】

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, I was lucky to get some help from a friend to the site for years – a fellow named Marvin – thanks! I mean, who wants to cook a practically $15 pack of instant noodles incorrectly?

Here are the instructions for the Ramen. The time regulates the firmness of the noodles :
Cooking Instructions
ICHIRAN Ramen Curly Noodles including Original Red Dry Sauce【Only in Fukuoka】
Necessary Items
ICHIRAN Ramen Curly Noodles including Original Red Dry Sauce【Only in Fukuoka】
Pot
Large Bowl
Favorite Toppings (green onions, pork slices, etc.)
#2805: Ichiran Ramen Curly Noodles including Original Red Dry Sauce【Only in Fukuoka】
1 Boil 500ml (about 2 cups) of water in pot.
firmness
(Estimated Boiling Time)
Extra Firm (as desired)
Firm (2min.30sec.)
Medium (3分)
Soft (3分30秒)
Extra Soft (as desired)
#2805: Ichiran Ramen Curly Noodles including Original Red Dry Sauce【Only in Fukuoka】
2
When the noodles start to separate, turn off the heat and add the “① soup powder” and the “② special oil”. Stir well.
※Refer to the chart below for the level of richness, and adjust to your liking.
Level of Richness

None (None)
Light Taste (as desired)
Medium (Half packet)
Richness (Whole packet)
#2805: Ichiran Ramen Curly Noodles including Original Red Dry Sauce【Only in Fukuoka】
3
Put soup/noodles into large bowl. Add “Spicy Red Powder”.
!) The powder is very spicy, so adjust amount to your preference.
Spiciness

None (None)
Half (A little)
Medium (Half packet)
Double (Whole packet)
Add your favorite toppings like pork slices, green onions, kikurage mushrooms,
!) Contents are hot after heating, so please handle with care.
!) Please eat in a timely manner after opening the package. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2805: Ichiran Ramen Curly Noodles including Original Red Dry Sauce【Only in Fukuoka】

The noodle block.

A powder sachet.

Lots of powder.

A liquid base sachet.

Thick and milky.

The red dry sauce.

Looks kind of like chilli powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added sesame seeds, Salad Cosmo Mung bean sprouts, sesame seeds, spring onion, narutomaki and chashu pork. I cooked the noodles for 3 minutes. They retained a good backbone and were of good quality. The broth was milky but not thick and to be honest I would have like a little more thickness to it. It had a pork and spicy hit to it plus an very good oiliness. Impressed. Worth paying $15USD per pack on eBay? I wouldn’t go that far, but it was pretty darn tasty stuff. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4562214820899.

Japanese populer Ramen “ICHIRAN” instant noodles tonkotsu 5 meals(Japan Import)

#2593: Indomie Instant Noodles Onion Chicken Flavor (Soup Method)

#2593: Indomie Instant Noodles Onion Chicken Flavor (Soup Method) - Nigeria - The Ramen Rater

Note – so I originally reviewed thios one using the ‘dry’ method. This time after some outcry, I’ll be reviewing it made with the instructions for a soupy noodle. One should note however that the ‘dry’ method is the one that’s listed before the soup version.

Here’s one sent by Chef Ron from Mama Pat’s Foods – thank you! So I’ve reviewed a LOT of Indomie in the past, yet it’s hard to come by new varieties to try. Luckily, here’s the first of hopefully more from Indomie’s product line from Nigeria! As far as continents go, Africa has been just the toughest for me to get varieties from. Here’s a little about Indomie from Wikipedia –

Indomie is a brand of instant noodle by Indofood, the largest instant noodle manufacturer in Indonesia with 72% of market share.[1] It is distributed in Australia, Asia, Africa, New Zealand, the United States, Canada and European and Middle Eastern countries. Outside its main manufacturing plants in Indonesia, Indomie is also produced in Nigeria since 1995 where it is a popular brand and has the largest instant noodle manufacturing plant in Africa.

Let’s have a try at this onion chicken flavor instant and see how it is.

Indomie Instant Noodles Onion Chicken Flavor – Nigeria

#2593: Indomie Instant Noodles Onion Chicken Flavor (Soup Method) - Nigeria - The Ramen Rater

Here’s a big distributor sticker from the back of the package (click to enlarge).

#2593: Indomie Instant Noodles Onion Chicken Flavor (Soup Method) - Nigeria - The Ramen Rater

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free although mentions chicken flavor. To prepare add noodle block and sachets to 350ml boiling water and cook 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2593: Indomie Instant Noodles Onion Chicken Flavor (Soup Method) - Nigeria - The Ramen Rater

The noodle block.

#2593: Indomie Instant Noodles Onion Chicken Flavor (Soup Method) - Nigeria - The Ramen Rater

A dual sachet.

#2593: Indomie Instant Noodles Onion Chicken Flavor (Soup Method) - Nigeria - The Ramen Rater

Chilli powder atop the seasoning base.

#2593: Indomie Instant Noodles Onion Chicken Flavor (Soup Method) - Nigeria - The Ramen Rater

Seasoned oil.

#2593: Indomie Instant Noodles Onion Chicken Flavor (Soup Method) - Nigeria - The Ramen Rater

Oily and seasoned.

Finished (click to enlarge). So this time I used the ‘soup’ instructions. The noodles have a nice gauge and a very interesting chew. They border on the doughy side. The broth has a kind of onion and chicken flavor. I do like the little note of spiciness I get from the chilli powder. I will say however that the chicken has that kind of simulation flavor I’m not really all that fond of. I think this could’ve been a lot of better with the inclusion of some of Indomie’s fried onion. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 089886130010.

#2593: Indomie Instant Noodles Onion Chicken Flavor (Soup Method) - Nigeria - The Ramen Rater

Nigerian Onion Chicken I n d o m i e  Noodles 40 packs

An I n d o m i e Nigeria advert.

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

NOTE – THERE IS A NEW TOP TEN SPICY LIST FOR 2018 – HERE IT IS

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

It’s that time of year again! Actually, this is the first time the list is coming out in July although at the tail end of July. I usually have the lists come out on the Monday closest to the date it came out the prior year. So this list is a compilation of absolutely hottest and spiciest varieties I’ve had out of the 2,500+ varieties I’ve tried thus far. Something you think belongs on this spiciest of lists? Let me know – I’ll give it a try. Let’s get started!

Note – on the day of posting I remember that there was one variety that should be in this list. I’ve given it an ‘honorable mention’ at the bottom, so don’t forget to give that a look. It will most certainly appear in next year’s list in a position on the list as it is quite spicy and truly should get it’s little place in The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time. My apologies.

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

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

#10: MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodle – Malaysia

Spiciest #10: MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodle – Malaysia - The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles 2017 Edition

MyKuali’s new recipe added a big punch of heat to their already amazing and groundbreaking Penang White Curry Noodle. Thick almost saucelike broth fires up the palate and includes a generous amount of garlic this time. Original review

#9: Maggi Hot Heads Green Chilli Noodles – India

Spiciest #9: Maggi Hot Heads Green Chilli Noodles - India - The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

One of the most recent ones I’ve tried. I was on the fence about including it to be honest, however it definitely does belong. A strong spiciness from a serious green chilli flavor. Definitely the hottest variety I’ve tried from India. Original review

#8: CarJEN Hot & Spicy Dry Curry With Chives Soup – Malaysia

Spiciest #8: CarJEN Hot & Spicy Dry Curry With Chives Soup - Malaysia The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

This is one not only spicy but unique. Not only does it have a brothless noodle, it has a sachet you mix with boiling water to make a soup that is served alongside. I’ve seen this done multiple times in Taiwanese variants but never from Malaysia – good show! Original review

#7: Mi E-Zee Perisa Kari Mi Segera – Malaysia

Spiciest #7: Mi E-Zee Perisa Kari Mi Segera – Malaysia - The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

After mentioning I thought it could be improved by making it spicier, they did. They include a sachet of very hot chilli pepper flake – a pretty decently sized one that if you use, you will definitely be feeling the burn. Original review

#6: Samyang Foods Mala Buldak Bokkeummyun – South Korea

Spiciest #6: Samyang Foods Mala Buldak Bokkeummyun - South Korea - The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

The newest variety of the Buldak Bokkeummyun series, this one features Sichuan pepper. It provides a kind of buzzing, numbing effect which is different. Lots of good garnish such as well sized mushroom pieces in here. Original review

#5: Paldo Teumsae Ramyun – South Korea

Spiciest #5: Paldo Teumsae Ramyun – South Korea - The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

On the list for four years now! Another South Korean ramyun with serious kick to it. This isn’t to be trifled with!  Teumsae has restaurants in South Korea which serve up some seriously spicy fare. I really like the text underneath the word Teumsae which reads, ‘Flavor. Culture. Human’ Original review here

#4: Paldo Bulnak Bokkummyun Spicy Fried Octopus Ramyun – South Korea

Spiciest #4: Paldo Bulnak Bokkummyun Spicy Fried Octopus Ramyun – South Korea - The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

After many, many people complaining that I had the order hot and that this should be behind the #3, I decided to give it another try. You were right – totally concede that. However, this is definitely a fiery hot plate of noodles with a nice flavor. Original review

#3: Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkeummyeon – South Korea

Spiciest #3: Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkeummyeon – South Korea - The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

The bowl version of this is what is commonly used in the Fire Noodle Challenge. This stuff will really clean your clock – the initial taste is very sweet and savory and then bam. Indeed a crescendo of flame hits you palate like sucking on a charcoal briquet. Original review

#2: emart Dare You! Habanero Ramyun – South Korea

Spiciest #2: emart Dare You! Habanero Ramyun – South Korea - The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

The current packaging for this one has changed yet again. So now it features the name ‘Super Junior’ which is a reference to a Korean pop music act. Definitely need to try that – but at this point, this is definitely worth of the second spot. The broth is violently spicy – coats your tongue is heat and fire. Original review

#1: Samyang Foods 2x Spicy Hek Buldak Bokkeummyun – South Korea

Spiciest #1: Samyang Foods 2x Spicy Hek Buldak Bokkeummyun - South Korea - The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition 2017 Edition

There is no doubt in my mind that there’s nothing hotter than this one out there – as far as they go, this is the spiciest of the spiciest – at least that I’ve tried. This is a real burner and definitely takes my breath away. Therefore, I would say that if you aren’t comfortable with spicy foods, this will grab you, throw you on the ground and have it’s way with you. Consider this a warning in big red capital letters!! The heat will linger long after the plate is clean – if you can get that far! Original review

Spiciest - The Ramen Rater's Definitive Guide To Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkeummyun - South Korea - instant noodles

I would like to mention that I have made a special ‘Definitive Guide’ and video focusing on the Samyang Food Buldak Bokkeummyun series – you can see it here.

Honorable Mention – Paldo Volcano Curry Kkokkomyun – South Korea

Spiciest Honorable Mention - Paldo Volcano Curry Kkokkomyun - South Korea - The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

As soon as I got everything ready to post this morning, I realized one that I’d reviewed wasn’t in the list – this one. It definitely belong in this list and so since redoing this whole list would take hours of work, I decided to give it the Honorable Mention position. It will most definitely be in next year’s list, If it were on the list this year, it would be in 9th place. Indeed it is a very hot curry that will blow your mind and should appear in the top ten. My apologies. Original review

#2348: Ripe’N’Dry Hokkaido Salt Ramen

#2348: Ripe'N'Dry Hokkaido Salt Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Here’s one I got at Jason’s Market at the bottom of the Taipei 101 in Taiwan. I’d been very curious about this line as I’ve seen them before; hard to miss with the angry bear on the front! I’m very curious about how ripe and dry correlate with instant ramen. Lately when I use the term ripe, it’s referring to needing to change a diaper as in ‘ooof Miles – you’re ripe!’ Dry as far as flavor I usually think of when it comes to wine. I’m hoping this doesn’t smell like loaded diapers or taste like wine – I’m guessing it won’t. Let’s give it a go!

Ripe’N’Dry Hokkaido Salt Ramen – Japan

#2348: Ripe'N'Dry Hokkaido Salt Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

An import/distributor sticker (click to enlarge).

#2348: Ripe'N'Dry Hokkaido Salt Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat but guessing there’s a good chance it does. To prepare, add the noodle block to 600ml boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

#2348: Ripe'N'Dry Hokkaido Salt Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The noodle block.

#2348: Ripe'N'Dry Hokkaido Salt Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The liquid base sachet.

#2348: Ripe'N'Dry Hokkaido Salt Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The oily concentrated base.

#2348: Ripe'N'Dry Hokkaido Salt Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, baked chicken, hard boiled egg and nanami togarashi. The noodles had a strong backbone and chew with a little crumble; they were good. The broth had a kind of bitter saltiness which went from ‘I like it’ to ‘I dunno’ back and forth again and again. I leaned towards the latter. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4976651082367.

#2348: Ripe'N'Dry Hokkaido Salt Ramen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Hokkaido bear infested note “Salt” ramen taste 10 bags

A video of travel around Hokkaido.

#2017: Samyang Foods Honey & Cheese Big Bowl

Here’s one sent by Colin from back east – thanks again! I’ve seen this a couple times online and though it sounded fascinating. Honey and cheese? What an interesting combination… Let’s tear open the lid and see what we have here!

The import/distributor sticker (click to enlarge). One should note that this is not meant to be served as soup.

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meats. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and cover for 4 minutes. Using holes in lid, drain off excess water. Add in sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The seasoning sachet.

A LOT of powder.

A liquid sachet.

I thought at first this might be honey, but it looks to be vegetable oil. I think the sweetness/honey flavor component will be in the dry sachet.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added coriander and ham lunchmeat. The noodles came out decently hydrated and they are thick and chewy ramyun. The flavor is interesting; indeed the oil wasn’t honey but a strangely spicy concoction; like a hot spicy dandelion oil thing. The dish’s flavor is like a spicy sweet cheese thing with a dandelion hit to it which I found compelling, but in the end something I really didn’t like at all. It sounded good, but just not for me. 0.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8801073210868.

The opposite end of the spectrum – Samyang Buldak Bokkeum Ramyun Gourmet Very Spicy Cup Noodle Soup (Pack of 4)

A very old Samyang Foods TV commercial!

#1213: Nan Jie Cun Hot-Dry Instant Noodles Chilli Flavour

Here another one I got up in Canada at T&T Supermarket in Richmond, BC. Never have I seen this brand before and thought ‘hey – this in interesting!’ What’s more, it’s actually heavy! What’s inside this thing making it so heavy? It took me a bit of looking to find out about this brand and it’s products. Here’s a little something I read on Wikipedia about where the manufacturing facility is:

Nanjie (Chinese: 南街村; pinyin: Nánjiē Cūn) is a village in Linying County, Henan province, China, widely reported as being the last Maoist village in China.[1][2][3] It is under the administration of the town of Chengguan, which also serves as the county seat.In 1992, the GDP of this village exceeded 100 million yuan and became the famous “billion village” at that time,but its output growth is proportional to the loans form some national banks of China.Since it is Unable to repay its huge loans, it is added to the reputation blacklist. There are rumors of bankruptcy about this village.

I decided I wanted to check out whether there was a company website. Nan Jie Cun isn’t a company, but a collective run by the people of Nanjie Village. In true Maoist fashion, they all participate in the production of products and in turn, they can all go to a store and get them for free. There is no currency in Nanjie. During my search, I found this website in English.

I looked at the root domain and found what I was looking for. This place is referred to as a village but looks very big and modern in all the photos. After digging, I found the village’s products page and the noodles.

I looked around and found that this place has kept all the images and ways of the Cultural Revolution – it looks absolutely fascinating. I’ve found that through my study of instant noodles from around the world, it’s given me the opportunity to find out about some pretty interesting places, Nanjie Village being one of them. Let’s check these noodles out!

Importer sticker (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat–free but check for yourself. Take out everything, put the noodles and the dry vegetables sachet back in and add boiling water for 1-2 minutes. Drain. Add the rest of the sachets and stir.

Here’s a detail of the front with the instructions (click image to enlarge).

Hooray! An included fork!

The fresh noodle bag.

The mustard stem sachet (front and back).

They look nice and crunchy.

Dehydrated vegetables sachet.

Green onions, carrot and sesame.

Spicy sauce sachet.

Has a very rich and spicy scent.

The sesame sauce sachet.

The peanut scent is strong.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sweet onion and beef I sauteed with a little garlic salt. the noodles are alright – nice fresh noodles. The flavoring reminds me of dandan noodles – very hot and spicy and dry; dry flavor. Peanut butter and chilli oil abound. The mustard is crunchy and of good quality. Despite the good quality of the ingredients, the flavor is very monotone; hot spicy and peanut butter/sesame taste. I think this may be another instance of me really disliking traditional Chinese flavors (I really dislike a brand of Sichuan province that makes sweet potato thread). I’m sure if you like Chinese flavors like these though, you will be very pleased – I certainly would like to try more of their varieties and will attempt to contact them in hopes of a Meet The Manufacturer spotlight as my curiosity is piqued. 0.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 6938618411076.

Here’s a video clip about Nanjie Village.

Meet The Manufacturer: #1088: Amianda Noodle Tachia Dried Noodles – Peppery

To start things off, we have tachia noodles. It sounds like Tachung county is where a city called Tachia is, so I’m guessing this is a local version. Anyways, let’s check ’em out!

Back of the package (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block. This is really interesting as it is like the noodles are short and woven in a lattice; the whole thing can flex a little.

The peppery sauce.

Has a peppery and slightly acidic scent.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added beef and Vidalia sweet sauteed with some soy sauce. The noodles are nice – flat and a little broad with great texture and chew. The flavoring is that of a very strong black pepper – to the point of being hot and spicy. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.

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