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The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time 2020 Edition

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time 2020 Edition

Usually, this is a summer list, coming out late July or early August. No more. Why? A couple of reasons – first, I’ve been busy. The whole diet and exercise thing has kind of taken over my life – which is good and a pain at the same time. I do a LOT of walking – often 15 miles in a day. This takes a lot of time and so there’s that. The other reason is that I’ve heard many ask why this list doesn’t come later in the year when it’s colder.

I figure we’ve had a handful of days already dipping below 32F (0C) and so that’s a good qualifier for being cold. It’s just been hard to find time mainly but no more. Here’s the list in all of it’s glory – with a new #1 and a lot of burning behind it! I want to note that the top couple in this list are really hot and if you’ve never tried spicy stuff, you might want to give some others a try first – they really messed me up! Don’t hurt yourself!

One other thing to note – this year I’ve got not only a link to the review of each one on the list but nine of them have mukbang videos linked as well. Anyways, here’s The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time 2020 Edition!

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time 2020 Edition

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#10: Taihodien Restaurant Supreme Spicy Noodle – Taiwan

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time 2020 Edition

Taihodien is a popular restaurant in Taiwan and apparently, they don’t know when to quit when it comes to Sichuan peppercorn. I mean really – this is so full of ’em that it will numb up your brain and buzz you in to next week!  Original review

#9: Paldo Bulnak Bokkummyun Spicy Fried Noodle – South Korea

A spicy one to be sure and flavored with the sauce one would put on baby octopus! A twist on the spicy Korean chicken, this features thick chewy ramyun noodles and broth free form – sweet and spicy all the way. MukbangOriginal review

#8: Paldo Volcano Curry Kkokkomyun – South Korea

Another dry noodle from South Korea by Paldo. This doesn’t feature the curry flavor I would have expected; it’s kind of like it’s own rendition of curry which didn’t honestly make me really think of curry all that much. But it’s spicy – that’s definitely not in question. MukbangOriginal review

#7: Paldo Teumsae Ramen 9,413SHU Version – South Korea

I’ve ben trying to get this one for a very long time and the folks at Paldo finally sent me some – thanks! This one was very tasty and very hot, although I remember the first time I tried it many years ago and it blew my head off. These days it’s not too hot to handle for me, but it’s still plenty hot. MukbangOriginal review

#6: Liangchengmei 30S” Hot Bird Noodle – China

Thirty seconds to cook, featuring fresh noodles. This company is coming up with some really unique and delicious varieties which I thoroughly enjoy. This one is very reminiscent of another one on this list with a chicken. MukbangOriginal review

#5: Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkeummyeon – South Korea

While not the spiciest in their lineup, I find this to be the real baseline for the heatwave instant noodles have experienced in the past few years. This is the origination of the Fire Noodle Challenge – and it’s popular. I can get this at the local store even – and that’s really saying something to it’s popularity. MukbangOriginal review

#4: Mamee Shinsegae Ghost Pepper Spicy Chicken – Malaysia

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time 2020 Edition

Not the first time Malaysia’s been on this list that’s for sure, but the spiciest offering by far. Black noodles – that’s all I’ve got to say. Ominous and lethal! MukbangOriginal review

#3: Samyang Foods Buldak Mini – South Korea

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time 2020 Edition

The absolutely hottest Samyang Buldak variety yet. In this video I have it wrong – this is almost 2.75x spicy. What I liked about it was that the noodle block was smaller, so doing a mukbang wasn’t such a gut-filling fiesta. Would like to see an extra challenging one though – 20,000 next time! MukbangOriginal review

#2: Isoyama Shoji 18禁カレーラーメン (Age 18 Prohibited/Restricted/Only La-Men Curry Taste) – Japan

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time 2020 Edition

The only variety I’ve NOT been able to conquer. Fail. Twice. First off, I think these taste awful outside of the violent spiciness; like burnt plastic curry. What’s rough is that this calls for 700ml water which I believe is the top end of any instant I’ve had. Not only that, you’d think that would dilute to the point of almost bland but it most certainly does not. I managed 1/4 to a 1/3 each time of trying this. The sheer size of the bowl plays a psychological game with you. It’s mean. MukbangOriginal review

#1: Culley’s World’s Hottest Ramen – New Zealand

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time 2020 Edition

This was hard. The only reason I was able to finish it was because of the size. I think that’s why many people have conquered this one. There are some issues with the directions on this one and I think they could be changed without effecting flavor/heat level. Basically, cook the noodles, drain, add in boiling water and sachets and stir. This was conquering the worm for me. I pounded it and then it pounded me. Eight hours of capsaicin cramping – oh so bad. Felt like an alien was going to pierce its way out of my stomach – no joke. Plus I went through a phase where I was tingling all over, slightly numb, and kind of cold. I either went into or teetered on the edge of being in shock – endorphin land to be sure. MukbangOriginal Review

 

#1 vs. #2: Comparing Two Ultra Spicy Monsters

Okay so these are both violently hot, but there are a couple big differences that make them very hard for me to pit head to head. The 18 Prohibited is downright huge – it’s a big portion. The Culley’s is quite manageable where size is concerned. So, that raises a couple of questions.

If the 18 Prohibited were the same size of the Culley’s, would I be able to eat it all? Yeah – just like the Culley’s I would have been able to just plow through it. If the Culley’s were the same size as the 18 Prohibited? Oh God no – nobody could. So, I went with the one that seemed hotter to me. Like I said above, the 18 Prohibited has a bit of a psychological game it plays just from the size of the beast, whereas it’s quite possible to finish the Culley’s before the full build of heat has even unleashed.

Another gauge is the pepper used itself. The 18 Prohibited uses Bhut Jolokia and the Culley’s Carolina Reaper. One could simply search Wikipedia for SHU levels of each variety, but that doesn’t fly since the exact quantity of each would need to be taken into account; I could make a little meat pie with Carolina Reaper mash that has a very high SHU, but if I use an eyedrop worth or a half cup is what’s going to decide the heat really.

In the end, I went with the one that ended up having the most effect on me, and that was the Culley’s. I didn’t eat the whole 18 Prohibited, but I’m kind of guessing I would not have been able to keep all of that one down, and definitely couldn’t these days what with my diet and exercise regimen really changing how I can tolerate not only the sheer heat but such a straight carb slam like these.

 

#3047: Samyang Foods 10,000 SHU Hek Buldak Bokkeummyun (Nuclear Fire Noodle/2x) – South Korea

#3142: Samyang Foods 10,000 SHU Hek Buldak Bokkeummyun (Nuclear Fire Noodle/2x) - South Korea

Well, it finally happened. Samyang Foods originally released their 2x Spicy Buldak Bokkeummyun in South Korea a while back – for a limited time. In fact, it was supposed to be for a limited time everywhere. Well, it was in South Korea. But as of December 3rd, 2018 they brought it back. The original 2x was 8,706 SHU. This one is 10,000 SHU. This would then be 2.25x Spicy as the original version was 4,404 SHU. But one could round it up to 2.3, and if we’re rounding up I suppose one could round 2.3 up to 2.5. Regardless of how you look at it, it is indeed spicier. Let’s take a look!

Samyang Foods 10,000 SHU Hek Buldak Bokkeummyun (Nuclear Fire Noodle/2x) – South Korea

#3142: Samyang Foods 10,000 SHU Hek Buldak Bokkeummyun (Nuclear Fire Noodle/2x) - South Korea

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Doesn’t appear to contain meat but check for yourself. To prepare, boil noodle block in 600ml (3 cups) of water for 5 minutes. Drain. Return to pot and add wet sachet contents and 8 spoons of water (spoon=15ml * 8 = 120ml) and return to heat. Once back to a boil, stirfry for 30 second. Finally, top with garnish and enjoy!

#3142: Samyang Foods 10,000 SHU Hek Buldak Bokkeummyun (Nuclear Fire Noodle/2x) - South Korea

The noodle block.

#3142: Samyang Foods 10,000 SHU Hek Buldak Bokkeummyun (Nuclear Fire Noodle/2x) - South Korea

A wet sachet.

#3142: Samyang Foods 10,000 SHU Hek Buldak Bokkeummyun (Nuclear Fire Noodle/2x) - South Korea

The spicy sauce.

#3142: Samyang Foods 10,000 SHU Hek Buldak Bokkeummyun (Nuclear Fire Noodle/2x) - South Korea

A dry sachet.

#3142: Samyang Foods 10,000 SHU Hek Buldak Bokkeummyun (Nuclear Fire Noodle/2x) - South Korea

Sesame seeds and seaweed strips.

#3142: Samyang Foods 10,000 SHU Hek Buldak Bokkeummyun (Nuclear Fire Noodle/2x) - South Korea

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles are thick and plump with a nice chew to them. The sauce engages them perfectly and has a strong heat. I found that if I continuously ate them, the heat didn’t build as fat. However once I stopped, the fury was unleashed and got me huffing and puffing! Very welcome to see a new spicier variety. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8801073113435.

#3142: Samyang Foods 10,000 SHU Hek Buldak Bokkeummyun (Nuclear Fire Noodle/2x) - South Korea

2019 New 10,000SHU 5pcs Samyang Haek(Neculer)-Buldak Chicken Flavored Ramem Noodles Limited Ed.

#2874: Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkeummyun Hot Chicken Flavor Almonds

#2874: Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkeummyun Hot Chicken Flavor Almonds

I’ll be first to say that I enjoy almonds, usually the smokehouse ones. You know the ones I’m talking about. I’m pretty partial to chocolate ones too although I don’t usually have them. I’ve had ones with crunchy candy coating too. I also tasted almond milk the other day – tasty but just seemed so weird – but I liked it.

These on the other hand are a chicken of a different color as it were. Let’s take a look and see how they are.

Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkeummyun Hot Chicken Flavor Almonds – South Korea

#2874: Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkeummyun Hot Chicken Flavor Almonds

Here’s the back of one of the individual packages (click to enlarge). They come in a display box also. No meat here. To prepare, open package, insert pair of grabby fingers. Grasp one or more almonds. Insert into primary face hole. Finally, masticate andf enjoy!

#2874: Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkeummyun Hot Chicken Flavor Almonds

A single almond.

#2874: Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkeummyun Hot Chicken Flavor Almonds

Finished (click to enlarge). The almonds are smooth and shiny from the thin crunchy coating. They are indeed hot – very hot. I really expected a heat level more along the lines of the Zzaldduck snack but these are rip-roaring feisty spicy. The almonds are of good quality and the flavor is undoubtedly Buldak Bokkeummyun original. For a snack, I give these 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8801073910157.

#2874: Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkeummyun Hot Chicken Flavor Almonds

Samyang Buldak Spicy Chicken Squid 40g X 5 Pack Buldak Almond 3 Pack (Buldak Combo Set ( Squid 5Pack + Almond 3Pack))

California probably makes the most almonds anywhere I’m guessing. This looks to be a promo video for use in South Korea.

Spicy Noodle Mukbang – Myojo Ginza Delhi Curry Masala Yakisoba

Spicy Noodle Mukbang - Myojo Ginza Delhi Curry Masala Yakisoba

Today it’s a Japanese – India fusion – a yakisoba that blends the texture of yakisoba and the flavor of spicy South Asian curry masala. It’s also a sad day in the world as Anthony Bourdain is no longer with us. Rest in peace.

Spicy Noodle Mukbang – Myojo Ginza Delhi Curry Masala Yakisoba – Japan

This will probably go down as one of my favorite videos – Miles really goes all in on this one and eats some noodles! Enjoy, like, subscribe and hope you like it!

#2784: Samyang Foods Jjajang Buldak Bokkeummyun

#2873: Samyang Foods Jjajang Buldak Bokkeummyun 짜장불닭볶음면

Alright, folks! Today I bring you the brand new Samyang Foods Jjajang Buldak Bokkeummyun. 1,920 SHU is the heat level. But wait – what’s jjajang? Let’s find out with some info from Wikipedia!

Jajangmyeon (자장면) or jjajangmyeon (짜장면) is a Korean Chinese noodle dish topped with a thick sauce made of chunjang, diced pork and vegetables.[1] A variant of the dish uses seafood.

Jajangmyeon dates back to 1905, when it first appeared in Gonghwachun (공화춘共和春), a restaurant in Incheon Chinatown run by an immigrant from the Shandong Province of China. The restaurant is now the Jjajangmyeon Museum.

Although the name jajangmyeon is cognate with the Chinese dish zhájiàngmiàn (炸酱面), Korean jajangmyeon differs in many ways. Yong Chen, an associate history professor at the University of California, Irvine, argued that although the dish “began as the Northern Chinese noodle-and-ground pork dish zhájiàngmiàn, it is thoroughly Korean.”[2]

Do I detect a little national pride in the end there? Let’s pop this open and give it a try!

Samyang Foods Jjajang Buldak Bokkeummyun – South Korea

#2873: Samyang Foods Jjajang Buldak Bokkeummyun 짜장불닭볶음면

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block and solid ingredients sachet to 600-ml boiling water and cook for 4 minutes. Drain, saving 120ml water. add noodle, sachet contents and water to pan and return to a boil. Stir-fry for 30 seconds. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2873: Samyang Foods Jjajang Buldak Bokkeummyun 짜장불닭볶음면

The noodle block.

#2873: Samyang Foods Jjajang Buldak Bokkeummyun 짜장불닭볶음면

The liquid base sachet.

#2873: Samyang Foods Jjajang Buldak Bokkeummyun 짜장불닭볶음면

Thick and brown.

#2873: Samyang Foods Jjajang Buldak Bokkeummyun 짜장불닭볶음면

The solid ingredients sachet.

#2873: Samyang Foods Jjajang Buldak Bokkeummyun 짜장불닭볶음면

Peas and other bits in there.

#2873: Samyang Foods Jjajang Buldak Bokkeummyun 짜장불닭볶음면

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles come out very well – thick and chewy. They have a great ramyun gauge and good mouthfeel. The flavor is jjajang for sure – thick black bean sauce augmented with that trademark Buldak Bokkeummyun sweet spiciness as well. Vegetables hydrated perfectly and went well with it. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8801073113909.

#2873: Samyang Foods Jjajang Buldak Bokkeummyun 짜장불닭볶음면

Samyang Jjajang Buldak 140g / Spicy Black Bean x Roasted Chicken Buldak Ramen / NEW Buldak / 짜장불닭 / 짜장불닭볶음면 (5)

The Official The Ramen Rater Jjajang Buldak Bokkeummyun Spicy Noodle Mukbang video!

The 0.5x Spicy Mala Fire Noodle Challenge

Here we are again with the Fire Noodle Challenge. This is the Samyang Foods Mala Buldak Bokkeummyun. So, all over YouTube, people are wincing and screaming as they choke down packs of Mala – why? Well, for some reason, they are under the impression that it’s 4x spicy. Don’t get me wrong – it’s quite spicy – it’ll kick your butt. But it is a far cry from the 2x Spicy Nuclear Fire Noodle, that’s for sure.

Here’s my full dissertation of what’s going on here. It’s funny – all of this and even talking to the company and I got this comment on YouTube today – ‘t’s not a same thing man.. they have the mala flavor with 4x spiciness written on the packages. But not every mala flavor has 4x spiciness. I think you are trying the regular one’ – yeah… So all I could find as far as a pack saying 4x was a picture of a pack with a 2 changed to a 4 in Photoshop – and you could even see the 2 underneath still… Amateurs. Anyways, here’s an article touting my claim as well. In the video above you can see that there’s a snippet of a communication with Samyang Foods as well. So yeah sorry YouTube – there’s no 4x spicy fire noodle. Quite honestly, I hope there will be sometime – I hope it’s in a green package too! I mean, they’ve done almost every other color. Maybe a 4x spicy green onion flavor? Guess we’ll just have to wait and see!

#2680: Samyang Foods Carbo Buldak Bokkeummyun

#2772: Samyang Foods Carbo Buldak Bokkeummyun fire noodle challenge carbonara

Yay! Another new variety of the popular Buldak Bokkeummyun ‘Fire Noodle Challenge’ series. This one’s called Carbo. At first, I saw the name and the heart and thought low carbohydrate, but that’s definitely not the case here.

#2772: Samyang Foods Carbo Buldak Bokkeummyun fire noodle challenge carbonara

Carbo is short for carbonara, and they came out with this variety to celebrate their 1 billionth sale of Buldak bokkeummyun. Here’s a little about carbonara from Wikipedia –

Carbonara (Italian: [karboˈnaːra]) is an Italian pasta dish from Rome[1][2] made with egg, hard cheeseItalian bacon (Pancetta), and pepper.

The recipe is not fixed, with any sort of hard cheese and any kind of pasta being acceptable. Cooks often substitute Guanciale (pork jowl) for the bacon. Another common substitute outside Italy is lardons of smoked bacon. The cheese is usually Pecorino Romano.[1] Spaghetti is the usual pasta, however, fettuccinerigatonilinguine, or bucatini are also used.

The dish was created in the middle of the 20th century.[3]

I asked my contact at Samyang Foods three questions that I’m guessing are going to be the top three I get from readers – what’s the exact SHU, are these HALAL and do they contain pork. Here’s EXACTLY what they had to say:

1.  SHU

– carbo Buldak Bokkeummyun packet: about 2,600

2. halal

– Yes, we are going to obtain the halal certificate. All the HOT Chicken flavor ramen meet the halal requirements.

3. Pork

– As anwser 2, all the HOT Chicken flavor ramen don’t contain any pork ingredients.

For a full rundown on the Buldak Bokkeummyun series, check out my Definitive Guide To The Buldak Bokeummyun Range. Let’s dig in and see what this one’s all about!

Samyang Foods Carbo Buldak Bokkeummyun – South Korea

#2772: Samyang Foods Carbo Buldak Bokkeummyun fire noodle challenge carbonara

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat, however I should note before you ask – I don’t see a HALAL mark on here. To prepare, add noodles to 600ml boiling water and cook for 5 minutes. Drain, saving 8 spoons (15ml * 8 = 120ml) water. Return noodles and 120ml water to pot and add in liquid and powder seasoning. Stirfry for an additional 30 seconds. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2772: Samyang Foods Carbo Buldak Bokkeummyun fire noodle challenge carbonara

The noodle block.

#2772: Samyang Foods Carbo Buldak Bokkeummyun fire noodle challenge carbonara

A dry sachet.

#2772: Samyang Foods Carbo Buldak Bokkeummyun fire noodle challenge carbonara

Guessing this is the carbonara sauce element.

#2772: Samyang Foods Carbo Buldak Bokkeummyun fire noodle challenge carbonara

A liquid base sachet.

#2772: Samyang Foods Carbo Buldak Bokkeummyun fire noodle challenge carbonara

Dark with a spicy scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). We are first greeted with wide, thick noodles that have a nice heartiness to them. The flavor is a creamy carbonara which is highly influenced by the popular Buldak Bokkeummyun flavor that is very well-known. It’s a kind of sweet and spicy with a strong linger. The heat level is less than the original Buldak Bokkeummyun and far less than the 2x spicy, but don’t be lulled into a sense of complacency thinking that it won’t be spicy. It is indeed quite spicy – leaps and bounds over most things that say spicy on them. A creamy and tasty addition to the popular range. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8801073142190.

#2772: Samyang Foods Carbo Buldak Bokkeummyun fire noodle challenge carbonara

Samyang C a r b o Buldak Roasted Chicken Fried 130g (4PCS) + M a l a Buldak Roast Chicken Fried Ramen Ramyun Noodle 135g (4PCS) + (2) Chopsticks

A video from Samyang Foods

Special Report: 4x Spicy Fire Noodles Do Not Exist

Special Report: 4x Spicy Fire Noodles Do Not Exist

fter seeing multiple posts and videos and online stores advertising for a 4x version of the popular Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkeummyun hot chicken noodle, I felt it required me to make a statement.

Special Report: 4x Spicy Fire Noodles Do Not Exist

First off, let me make one thing crystal clear – this is not a commentary on the quality of these noodles. The Buldak Bokkeummyun range is popular all over the world and This is a statement of fact which is just to make sure people don’t get the wrong idea about the Mala version. I first started seeing people posting YouTube videos about this being 4x spicy a couple of months ago. I asked the company about the SHU – the gauge of how spicy it is. The SHU of Mala is 2,700. This isn’t a low amount – these are definitely spicier than your average instant noodle, that’s for sure. In fact, they’re 6th place on my The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition, so don’t think I’m saying these aren’t spicy.

However, compare the 2,700 SHU to 4,404 SHU – that of the original Buldak Bokkeummyun fire noodle. Finally, the 2x Spicy Nuclear Buldak Bokkeummyun  weighs in at 8,706 SHU.

Long story short, the Mala variety is closer to being 1/4 as hot as the 2x, not twice as hot. a 4x spicy would be in the range of 15,000~16,000 SHU.

I asked Samyang Foods about this and they hadn’t known about this claim being made. They also let me know that the bowl version of Mala is 2,800 SHU vs the pack version being 2,700 SHU. IU remember they mentioned that the bowl versions tend to run a little spicier, due to the fact that by cooking the noodle vs steeping, the way the noodles interact with the sauce is a little different.

It should be noted that at the time of this post (January 2nd, 2017) there is no 4x spicy noodle. I should mention then that although I have not been informed otherwise or that there is one on the way, there’s no reason why Samyang Foods won’t be coming out with one. Indeed, the fact that many people have been posting about a 4x spicy could be impetus for producing such a product as there is obviously an interest and demand for such a product.

Anyways, if you do see a company selling these as 4x or a reviewer saying they’re 4x, it is incorrect. Again, this isn’t a sleight against Samyang Foods or the Buldak Bokkeummyun range nor the Mala product itself. Thank you for your time and despite not being 4x spicy, they’re definitely worth a try.

Rematch: The Story Of The 18 Prohibited Fire Noodle Challenge

Rematch: The Story Of The 18 Prohibited Fire Noodle Challenge

So in late August 2017, a fellow named Jay from Taiwan told me about a very spicy noodle I should try. I had recently put out the new Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time for 2017 and was definitely keen on trying anything and everything spicy of course to begin the search for newcomers for the 2018 list.

Rematch: The Story Of The 18 Prohibited Fire Noodle Challenge

18 Prohibited: The Initial Burn

On September 1st, I gave it a go. My experience with anything spicy in the instant noodle realm hailing from Japan was always one of disappointment. Well, I shouldn’t say disappointment – the dishes usually were very tasty, but the heat level just wasn’t very strong at all. What’s more, the package called for 700ml of water to cook the noodles in – one of the highest amount I’ve ever seen for a single serving of noodles. So, thinking it would be a nice one for clearing my sinuses while I had the flu, I delved into it.

As you can see, it was spicy. Real spicy. I figured ‘hey, maybe this is because I have the flu – maybe I can try it again and it won’t hit me as hard.’ The only problem was that I didn’t have access to another one of these packs easily. a guy named Jonathan from Chicago stepped up to the plate – he had a couple extra and shot one my way.

It sat behind my monitor for a few weeks, awaiting its day of glory. I wanted to do it at the right time in order to give it the full attention it deserved.

Training Day 1

I thought maybe I should ‘train’ for this. My plan was to try three fiery varieties in the three days leading up to Friday the 13th in October 2017. First I saw this one on sale in 99 Ranch Market – JML Spicy Hot Beef from China. It was on the inaugural Top Ten Spicy list and I thought that it would definitely be a good one since it had a lot of broth and really burned me up the first time I’d tried it. Well, I really had no problem with this one.

Rematch: The Story Of The 18 Prohibited Fire Noodle Challenge

JML Artificial Spicy Hot Beef Flavour Instant Noodles (get it here)

Training Day 2

Next up on the 11th of October was the original Fire Noodle Challenge – the Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkeummyun. Definitely a spicy sucker – it packs the heat. This one doesn’t have a broth with it (despite the myriad of videos I’ve seen of people preparing it incorrectly) and after scarfing it down in under two minutes, it still packed a serious heat that had the inside of my mouth throbbing.Definitely easier to handle than the first time I’d tried it, for sure.

Rematch: The Story Of The 18 Prohibited Fire Noodle Challenge

Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkeummyun (get it here)

Training Day 3

Finally, the day before I decided to go with the one I’d put at the top of the 2017 Spiciest list – Samyang Foods’ 2x Spicy Haek Buldak Bokkeummyun. This one is known as the Nuclear Fire Noodle Challenge and it’s certainly not one that I’ve had an easy time with in the past. However, I thought that in addition to eating it fast (I did it in 1 minute, 41 seconds) I would try to do it without reacting to it – no ‘oooh’ or strained facial expressions. The only one I had was when I realized that I hadn’t had anything to drink before the attempt. You see, when I eat a lot of something dry, I almost always get the hiccups – this has happened in quite a few videos and I’ve learned to chug down something beforehand. Well, I forgot. Luckily, I didn’t get the hiccups and was kind of surprised I was able to handle it so easily this time around. In fact, the original fire noodle seemed stronger on the previous day – perhaps my theory of tolerance was working and my dream of conquering the 18 Prohibited would be a reality on the following day.

Rematch: The Story Of The 18 Prohibited Fire Noodle Challenge

Samyang Foods 2x Spicy Buldak Bokkeummyun Nuclear Fire Noodle (get them here)

18 Prohibited: The Rematch

So Friday the 13th came. It was a pretty dark and dreary day with some sun breaks. My daughter Miriam was pretty happy – she had a full belly, had her Yo Gabba Gabba playing; the stage was set and I was ready to go. So I cooked up the 18 Prohibited and set forth to conquer the beast – conquer Shai-hulud (yep – Dune reference). Reading further will bring spoilers so watch the video first.

 

So I had the bowl of 18 Prohibited in front of me. The noodles were very hot but had sat under a fan for a little bit and so I was hoping they’d cooked down somewhat. Personally, I was kind of hoping their physical temperature would be about room temp because boiling hot edibles just aren’t my thing. My mom can drink practically boiling hot coffee but I didn’t receive that genetic gift.

I felt confident I could do this; I’d trained. I also have experience with spicy stuff for years. In fact, many of you don’t know, but after about 60 reviews between 2002 and 2003 or so, I switched to hot sauce. Saucerater was borne out of necessity. I was on the Atkins Diet back then and it was very restrictive of carbohydrates, something instant noodles are full of but spicy sauces are not.

So, it was time. I took my first bite. Definitely had the taste of fiery peppers – Jonathan informed me that he saw something mentioning the Bhut Jolokia or ‘Ghost Pepper’ and that 18 Prohibited was full of it. I’ve always found that habanero pepper has a kind of funky – almost chemical taste to them. This was no different. I got the initial kick of spiciness and kept going. Bite after bite, the heat climbed. I thought perhaps that if I just keep shoveling this awful stuff into my pie hole that it would level out and then I could chug down the broth and be done with it.

As the noodles became less and less, they seemed to be more broth covered; wetter. I never got so far as to actually slurp the soup. I was conquered. Beaten. I had failed. About three minutes in I threw in the towel (or napkin as it were) and declared it the spiciest instant noodle I’ve ever had. Samyang Foods’ 2x Spicy was just violently spicy stuff, but this took it to a completely new level. My mouth was on fire – and once again, my gut was wrenched in a kind of death struggle. It definitely was not happy. I ran to the kitchen to snag a little chunk of brownie we had and chugged a ton of liquid. Usually, I can hold my own and let the fire finally fizzle out, but this time I did have that urgent need to drink something.

The heat lasted for about 45 minutes and then my lips were just numb for about another 15 minutes. I sent my wife Kit a picture – she said they looked puffy and swollen. This was Friday the 13th and I made the attempt to eat a nightmare.

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18 Prohibited (Get them here)

In the hours afterward, my gut wrenched a bit a couple of times but eventually stopped. As a kind of parting gift from the whole experience, I noticed I had a slightly sore throat about 2 or so hours afterward. I’m writing this post at 6 am on the 14th and I’m sick. Sneezing, watery eyes, loads of snot. My son had a runny nose for the past couple of days so I guess the universe decided it was time for me to get a cold.

Despite being knocked down by a package of noodles from Japan, this was a really fun little journey. Honestly, I never expected something from Japan to be on the spicy list – definitely will be next year. I will again say as I did with the 2x Spicy that I don’t think there will ever be anything spicier than this one but I certainly ended up being wrong the last time I said that. I will say this – the 2x Spicy tastes leaps and bounds better than this one does. This one will get zero stars; it’s just foul and horrific. A perfect one to try leading up to Halloween.

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

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#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

#2508: Samyang Foods Mala Buldak Bokkeummyun

SPECIAL STATEMENT AS OF 12/19/2017: It has come to my attention that many places/people are under the impression that this variety is considered to be ‘Samyang Foods 4x Spicy Buldak Bokkeummyun.’ This is definitely NOT the case. Original Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkeummyun is 4,404SHU, 2x Spicy is 8,706SHU. I have been informed by Samyang Foods that Samyang Foods Mala Buldak Bokkeummyun is 2,700SHU – which is far less spicy than the original Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkeummyun. Sellers claiming this product as Samyang Foods 4x Spicy Buldak Bokkeummyun – this is misleading and untrue. I’ve mentioned in the past that I would love to try a Samyang Foods 4x Spicy Buldak Bokkeummyun, however NO SUCH PRODUCT EXISTS at the time of this update. Please refer to The Ramen Rater’s Definitive Guide To Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkeummyun for more information.

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Thanks go to Amelia from Samyang Foods in South Korea for sending these along! The Buldak Bokkeummyun line from them is a fiery range which starts with their hot chicken flavor of Fire Noodle Challenge fame. Here’s what they have to say about this one –

MALA BULDAK BOKKEUMMYEON (HOT CHICKEN FLAVOR RAMEN MALA) This is a differentiated ‘Mala(numbing and spicy)’ flavor of BULDAK BOKKEUMMYEON(HOT CHICKEN FLAVOR RAMEN). It features a spicy numbing stir-fry noodle with Chinese ‘Mala’ sauce. It’s a combination of numbing spicy taste and the original flavor of Hot Chicken.

This ‘numbing’ kind of heat comes straight from Sichuan peppercorns. Here’s a little about Mala sauce from Wikipedia –

Mala sauce is a popular oily, spicy, and numbing Chinese sauce which consists of Sichuanese peppercorn, chili pepper and various spices simmered with oil. Regarded as a regional dish for Chongqing cuisine and Sichuan cuisine, it has become one of the most popular sauces in Chinese cuisine and spawned many regional variants. The term málà is a combination of two Chinese characters: “numbing” () and “spicy (hot)” (), referring to the feeling in the mouth after eating the sauce. The numbness is caused by Sichuan pepper, which contains 3% hydroxy-alpha-sanshool. The recipe often uses dried red peppers that are less spicy than bird’s eye chili, which is widely used in Southeast Asian cuisines.

The precise origins of the dish are unclear, but many sources attribute its development to night markets in Chongqing that targeted pier workers in the 19th to 20th century.[1] The strong flavour and thick layer of oil helps preserve foods and removes the unpopular smells of the cheap foods, such as solidified blood, beef stomach and kidney, which were usually served to pier workers. Despite the strong flavour by itself, various dipping sauces are often served to make the texture of cooked meat smooth and oily, and the tastes more complicated.

I must admit although kind of logical, I wasn’t expecting this flavor. This could be a great one for the Chinese market actually – Taiwan too. Well, let’s start the fire!

Samyang Foods Mala Buldak Bokkeummyun – South Korea

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Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block and dry sachet to 600ml boiling water and cook for 5 minutes. Drain, saving 120ml liquid. Add in sauce and saved liquid. Stir-fry over high heat for 30 seconds. Stir and enjoy!
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The noodle block.
#2585: Samyang Foods Mala Buldak Bokkeummyun - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - fire noodle challenge sichuan pepper
The soup base sachet.
#2585: Samyang Foods Mala Buldak Bokkeummyun - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - fire noodle challenge sichuan pepper
Thick, dark and ominous!
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The vegetable sachet.
#2585: Samyang Foods Mala Buldak Bokkeummyun - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - fire noodle challenge sichuan pepper
Not sure what all we have here but looks like maybe mushroom, carrot and TVP?

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles are plump and chewy. They are the perfect vehicle for the sauce. The flavor on this one is fiery, with a nice Sichuan pepper drop in there. I expected more Sichuan pepper, but it really works well. The flavor is a bit different too; hard to describe – maybe some soy? The bit of mushroom were ubiquitous and of nice quality. A fiery feast to Melt your face! 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code   8801073113619.
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Samyang Hek Buldak Extra Spicy Roasted Chicken Ramen Nuclear Edition 10 Pack

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Samyang Foods Samples Including New Mala Buldak Bokkeummyun

Samyang Foods Samples Including New Mala Buldak Bokkeummyun - South Kroea - The Ramen Rater - mala fire noodle challenge hot chicken ramen spicy

So both the kids were interesting this box that came yesterday. Miri is just about to start crawling but Miles is running around like a beast these days! Let’s see what’s inside!

Samyang Foods Samples Including New Mala Buldak Bokkeummyun – South Korea

Samyang Foods Samples Including New Mala Buldak Bokkeummyun - South Kroea - The Ramen Rater - mala fire noodle challenge hot chicken ramen spicy

Hmm what’s in here?

Samyang Foods Samples Including New Mala Buldak Bokkeummyun - South Kroea - The Ramen Rater - mala fire noodle challenge hot chicken ramen spicy

Thank you!

Samyang Foods Samples Including New Mala Buldak Bokkeummyun - South Kroea - The Ramen Rater - mala fire noodle challenge hot chicken ramen spicy

A couple crunchy snacks (click to enlarge).

Samyang Foods Samples Including New Mala Buldak Bokkeummyun - South Kroea - The Ramen Rater - mala fire noodle challenge hot chicken ramen spicy

Miles immediately wants to try these (click to enlarge)! There are light ones and dark ones in this bag – the light are a kind of honey-cinnamon taste while the dark have a nice cocoa flavor. He approves!

Samyang Foods Samples Including New Mala Buldak Bokkeummyun - South Kroea - The Ramen Rater - mala fire noodle challenge hot chicken ramen spicy

This is the new Buldak Bokkeummyun Mala flavor. Mala is a sauce full of Sichuan pepper flavor (click to enlarge). I’m going to give them a try later today and you can see on my YouTube channel! Here’s what they had to say about it:

MALA BULDAK BOKKEUMMYEON (HOT CHICKEN FLAVOR RAMEN MALA)
This is a differentiated ‘Mala(numbing and spicy)’ flavor of BULDAK BOKKEUMMYEON(HOT CHICKEN FLAVOR RAMEN).
It features a spicy numbing stir-fry noodle with Chinese ‘Mala’ sauce.
It’s a combination of numbing spicy taste and the original flavor of Hot Chicken.
Samyang Foods Samples Including New Mala Buldak Bokkeummyun - South Kroea - The Ramen Rater - mala fire noodle challenge hot chicken ramen spicy

This one has mayonnaise (click to enlarge)! Here’s a little about it from them –

2. Wasa-Mayo Ramen
This is a stir-fried noodles with original mayonnaise and soybean sauce.
It features a friendly and cute package with a new character.
You can taste a harmonious flavor of Wasabi and Mayonnaise.
It’s a new concept of stir-fired noodle with three different sauces.
Enjoy our premium stir fired noodles!
 
HOW TO COOK Wasa-Mayo Ramen
1. Pour the boiling water up to the inner line and cover lid for 4 minutes.
2. Drain all the water and put in the liquid sauces.
3. Stir well and serve.
Samyang Foods Samples Including New Mala Buldak Bokkeummyun - South Kroea - The Ramen Rater - mala fire noodle challenge hot chicken ramen spicy
Here are couple they’ve sent before (click to enlarge) – you’ll see these in upcoming reviews soon. This is the Song Song Kimchi Ramen – kind of like a Buldask Bokkeummyun but with the focus on kimchi rather than fiery heat – although it is definitely spicy.
Samyang Foods Samples Including New Mala Buldak Bokkeummyun - South Kroea - The Ramen Rater - mala fire noodle challenge hot chicken ramen spicy
Finally, we have Samyang Ramen Bokki (click to enlarge). If you’re not familiar, tteokbokki (also spelled topokki and a lot of other ways) are short rice tubes that are chewy and usually covered with a deep red spicy and sweet sauce along with fishcake, egg and other things. This is basically instant ramyun with the sauce. I’ve really liked ramen bokki in the past from South Korea so got high hopes for this one. Big Thanks for everything to Amelia from Samyang Foods!