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Meet The Manufacturer: #3081: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce – Garlic & Sesame Flavor – Taiwan

Meet The Manufacturer: #3081: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Garlic & Sesame Flavor - Taiwan

We bid a fond farewell to Fu Chung today and I hope we will see more of their products in the future! Let’s try this one – sesame and garlic!

Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce – Garlic & Sesame Flavor – Taiwan

Meet The Manufacturer: #3081: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Garlic & Sesame Flavor - Taiwan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself.  To prepare, add noodle block to a large pot of boiling water. After one minute, separate noodles gently. Continue cooking 5~6 minutes. Drain. Add wet sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3081: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Garlic & Sesame Flavor - Taiwan

One of the four individual packs.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3081: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Garlic & Sesame Flavor - Taiwan

The noodle block.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3081: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Garlic & Sesame Flavor - Taiwan

A dark wet sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3081: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Garlic & Sesame Flavor - Taiwan

Soy sauce going on in this one.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3081: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Garlic & Sesame Flavor - Taiwan

A light wet sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3081: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Garlic & Sesame Flavor - Taiwan

A creamy looking liquid.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3081: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Garlic & Sesame Flavor - Taiwan

A clear wet sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3081: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Garlic & Sesame Flavor - Taiwan

Oil.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3081: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Garlic & Sesame Flavor - Taiwan

Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft egg, baked chicken with NuTek Salt For Life, scallions, Fu Chung Spicy Chili Sauce, and sesame seeds. As always, the noodle are great – chewy and have a great mouthfeel. The flavor though was definitely a lot of garlic, however it was very bitter and I would have liked more saltiness in this one. Just not appealing to me. 1.25 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4710887929900.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3081: Fu Chung Village Dry Noodles With Sauce - Garlic & Sesame Flavor - Taiwan

Lonely Planet Taiwan (Travel Guide)

Watch me cook this one up on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

#2894: Maruchan Gotsumori Pirikara Garlic Ramen

#2894: Maruchan Gotsumori Pirikara Garlic Ramen

This is another one from Zenpop.jp. Zenpop is pretty cool – they have different boxes you can get – Japanese stationery, snacks, ramen… It’s quite a variety. They’re pretty cheap, too. Here’s what they had to say about this variety:

A new flavor from Gotsumori (large-sized) series. This pirikara (tingling hot) pork-based soup is zested up with spicy chili oil and garlic. This combo is often called ‘stamina’ flavor in Japan. Satisfy your mouth and stomach with this tasty Gotsumori!

Spicy and tingly pork eh? Let’s hit it and see if I have the stamina required!

Maruchan Gotsumori Pirikara Garlic Ramen – Japan

#2894: Maruchan Gotsumori Pirikara Garlic Ramen

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains chicken and pork. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and vegetables sachet contents and cover for 3 minutes. Add in remaining sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2894: Maruchan Gotsumori Pirikara Garlic Ramen

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2894: Maruchan Gotsumori Pirikara Garlic Ramen

The noodle block.

#2894: Maruchan Gotsumori Pirikara Garlic Ramen

Loose vegetables from the cup.

#2894: Maruchan Gotsumori Pirikara Garlic Ramen

A dry sachet.

#2894: Maruchan Gotsumori Pirikara Garlic Ramen

A powder soup base.

#2894: Maruchan Gotsumori Pirikara Garlic Ramen

A liquid base sachet.

#2894: Maruchan Gotsumori Pirikara Garlic Ramen

Chilli oil.

#2894: Maruchan Gotsumori Pirikara Garlic Ramen

A vegetables sachet.

#2894: Maruchan Gotsumori Pirikara Garlic Ramen

Unsure exactly what we have here.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, hard boiled egg, spring onion, chashu pork and shichimi togarashi. The noodles were alright – lots of them. They have a very soft tooth with a square shape. The broth was exactly as advertised – garlic and spicy. In fact, that’s just about it. A lot of garlic flavored spicy broth with very standard noodles. It just didn’t come across as amazing. But, for what it was, it was exactly as it was saying it would be and it wasn’t bad. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901990339735.

#2894: Maruchan Gotsumori Pirikara Garlic Ramen

Black pork curry udon cup 87gx12

Dude what? I want a robot too…

Meet The Manufacturer: #2812: Little Couples Q Noodle Fried Garlic Taste

Meet The Manufacturer: #2812: Little Couples Q Noodle Fried Garlic Taste

Hey who doesn’t like garlic? Okay, maybe vampires… But hey – I certainly like garlic. Fried garlic is good too. Let’s see how this one comes out.

Little Couples Q Noodle Fried Garlic Taste – Taiwan

Meet The Manufacturer: #2812: Little Couples Q Noodle Fried Garlic Taste

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, boil noodle for 5 minutes. Drain. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #2812: Little Couples Q Noodle Fried Garlic Taste

A thinner noodle than the others.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2812: Little Couples Q Noodle Fried Garlic Taste

The liquid seasoning base.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2812: Little Couples Q Noodle Fried Garlic Taste

Thick stuff!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added fried garlic and spring onion. Noodles had a great gauge and chew to them. Flavor was on point – very savory – just the perfect combo of garlic and saltiness. Now we’re talkin’! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4712928250011.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2812: Little Couples Q Noodle Fried Garlic Taste

Lonely Planet Taiwan (Travel Guide)

Little Couples Q Noodle products on a Taiwanese show

#2775: Vifon Garlic Flavour Instant Noodle Soup

#2775: Vifon Garlic Flavour Instant Noodle Soup

I found this one up in Canada at a place called Hen Long Market. Did find a whole lot there, but this was definitely a score. They’re made in Vietnam – however they’re for Poland! Poland! European noodles! Yeah – I’m sure you can tell that makes me happy. Always wish I can find more stuff from/for Europe.

A mild garlic noodle soup. This definitely has possibilities. But they could be anything – extremely garlicky or not very. A thin, bland soup or a nice rounded bowl. Well, only one way to find out.

Vifon Garlic Flavour Instant Noodle Soup – Poland

#2775: Vifon Garlic Flavour Instant Noodle Soup

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add everything to a bowl and add 400ml boiling water. Cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2775: Vifon Garlic Flavour Instant Noodle Soup

The noodle block.

#2775: Vifon Garlic Flavour Instant Noodle Soup

A dry base sachet.

#2775: Vifon Garlic Flavour Instant Noodle Soup

Powder and herbs.

#2775: Vifon Garlic Flavour Instant Noodle Soup

A seasoned oil sachet.

#2775: Vifon Garlic Flavour Instant Noodle Soup

Some little bits in there along with the seasoned oil.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion and hard boiled egg. The noodles came out very poorly after 3 minutes, but a bit more and they were more done. The broth was so-so; it had garlic flavor to it, but it smelled tastier than it was. Overall disappointing. 2.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8934561244639.

#2775: Vifon Garlic Flavour Instant Noodle Soup

Polish Cookery : Bestselling Cookbook Adapted for American Kitchens

A TV spot for Vifon

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

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

So today it’s the fifth annual The Ramen Rater’s Bottom Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time. On my other lists, I exclude varieties that no longer are on the market. On this list, everything’s fair game for the bottom ten. As I say in the video presentation, if you like some of these, there’s nothing wrong with you – I just find these detestable personally. These are my least favorite varieties of the over 2400 varieties posted to date. Without gurther ado, the bottom ten.

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

The full list video!

#10: Roland Ramen Japanese Style Quick-Cooking Alimentary Paste With Chicken Artificially Flavored Soup Base – United States

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

Honestly, I expected this to be a kind of ‘run-of-the-mill’ variety. I review based on the base product as well as the provided cooking directions. Well, they call for 3 cups of water and they’re violently bland. In the nutrition facts, they mention that this pack contains 3 servings! I’m guessing this is so they can say the sodium level is low? I’m unsure. What I’m sure of is that I really disliked these. Original review

#9 – Sichuan Guangyou Sweet Potato Instant Noodle Braised Spicy Chitterling Flavor – China

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

The sweet potato thread was alright, but very gloppy. The flavor was kind of brutal; indeed, too strong for me. I think the soup direction might have been better. What’s more, the powder sachet contents didn’t work well as the peas didn’t hydrate whatsoever. Original review

#8 – Maruchan Spicy Tomato Salsa Ramen – Japan

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

The noodles hydrated very nicely and have a standard flatness and thin character. The flavor was unfortunately something of a departure. It was a kind of spicy and putrid tomato melange – like homemade salsa left out overnight from binge drinking with a crew of chainsmokers – which just tastes like pure trainwreck. The bits of potato were interesting and hydrated well enough though – kind of liked that they had potato skins on. But yeah – this was just a fusion that should come undone. Original review

#7: Vedan Wei Wei A Instant Noodles Chicken Flavor – Taiwan

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

The noodles were very ho-hum. While they hydrated well, they seemed like they just didn’t belong in the ‘food’ group; spongy and riddled with sadness. As for chicken flavor, that was definitely absent. I was really happy about the vegetables, but they were mushy. Original review

#6 – Master Kong Artificial Abalone Crab Flavor Instant Noodle – China

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

The noodles were alright – plentiful too. Nothing to write home about. What is to write home about is the flavor. Write a warning letter home! I mean this was just plain funky; seemed initially like a crab stick kind of scent and essence but it just turned into this not food kind of taste that I just couldn’t stomach whatsoever. Couldn’t pour this down the drain fast enough. Original review

#5 – Koyo Reduced Sodium Garlic & Pepper Ramen – United States

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The noodles are thick – more like ramyun. They have an alright chew; although they seem almost doughy- and not Hakata style ramen noodle doughy. The broth does taste of garlic and pepper, but it’s so very bland. It really is like you could boil some pepper and a clove of garlic and achieve the same results. Not at all to my liking. Original review

#4 – Urban Noodle Authentic Street Food Black Bean – United Kingdom

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

The noodles in this one were flat instead of round. They came out very nicely. The flavoring however was just strange. I expected maybe something of a Korean-Chinese fusion dish, but those are hearty and rich and not savory and sweet. In fact, this one was a little too sweet for me. The thinly sliced bamboo shoots don’t work for me either; leaving them whole would be nicer I think. What’s more, it has a kind of chemically aftertaste; like chlorine or soap. Original review

#3 – One Dish Asia Japanese Ramen Noodle – United States

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

This one comes with a fresh noodle pouch. They didn’t have a very fresh texture; more mushy. The bamboo shoots (which more resembled overcooked carrot and I had to consult the ingredients to figure what they were) were mushy as well. The broth had an acidic and a flavor reminiscent of the teriyaki flavor I’ve encountered in bad teriyaki instant flavors. A hot mess. Original review here

#2 – Baijia Single Noble Black Bone Chicken Flavor Instant Sweet Potato Noodles – China

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

I was told by a guy from the company that this indeed was believed to be medicinal and helpful to women having their ‘time of the month.’ I’m also been told by a reader that people generally don’t like black bone chicken soup even in China. Very slimy sweet potato noodles, thick, greasy broth and horrid veggies that didn’t hydrate well was just a flavor, texture, and complete food hole nightmare for me. This was just horrible stuff that I couldn’t stand. Original review

#1 – Dr. McDougall’s Vegan Pad Thai Noodle Soup – United States

Bottom Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

Wow – where do it begin. Well, first off when one in the United States thinks of Pad Thai, they think of what they might find at a domestic Thai restaurant. Okay so the rice noodles came out nicely – short, flat and broad and well hydrated. Now for the broth. Thin. Nothing like pad thai. Has a little lime taste and a kind of herbed taste. The floating bits of tofu are a lot like the marshmallows you get in the hot chocolate that comes with marshmallows. This is as far from pad thai as I can even express in words. It’s like someone gave a broken description of pad thai to someone who has short term memory problems and no taste buds a week prior and told them to make it. I kind of feel personally violated and offended. A new #1 on the Bottom Ten. Original review

#2374: World O’Noodle Mi Goreng Garlic Flavour Fried Noodles

#2374: World O' Noodle Mi Goreng Garlic Flavour Fried Noodles

Here’s one I got in the Jason’s Market on the first floor of the Taipei 101 in Taiwan last November. I believe this World O’Noodles line is from a big grocery store chain in Southeast Asia – not 100% sure on that, but pretty sure. Garlic Mi Goreng? Oh yeah – sign me up! I’m hoping that this will be a delightful and delicious instant from Indonesia. Let’s have a look at this World O’Noodle variety.

#2374: World O’Noodle Mi Goreng Garlic Flavour Fried Noodles – Indonesia

#2374: World O'Noodle Mi Goreng Garlic Flavour Fried Noodles

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Cintains chicken. To prepare, add noodle block to 450-500ml boiling water and cook 3 minutes. Drain. Add in sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

#2374: World O'Noodle Mi Goreng Garlic Flavour Fried Noodles

The noodle block.

#2374: World O'Noodle Mi Goreng Garlic Flavour Fried Noodles

A dual sachet of dry seasonings.

#2374: World O'Noodle Mi Goreng Garlic Flavour Fried Noodles

Fried onion atop powder base.

A triple sachet (from left to right) seasoned oil, chilli sauce, sweet soy sauce.

#2374: World O'Noodle Mi Goreng Garlic Flavour Fried Noodles

The three sachet contents co mingling.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, kerapuk aci, fried egg, manis pedas and fried onion. First, the noodles have a good chew and round shape. The flavor is definitely classic Indonesian instant mi goreng – with a very identifiable garlic taste to it. Moreover, the garlic doesn’t overwhelm; it hangs out and let’s you know it is there without crashing the party. In conclusion, definitely one to try if you see it. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 9557428000880.

#2374: World O'Noodle Mi Goreng Garlic Flavour Fried Noodles

Cradle of Flavor: Home Cooking from the Spice Islands of Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia

A video of a hawker preparing mie goreng in Indonesia.

#2353: Nissin Cup Noodles Rich Garlic, Egg Yolk & Oxtail

#2353: Nissin Cup Noodles Rich Garlic, Egg Yolk & Oxtail - Japan - The Ramen Rater

This was sent to me by Ippin, a purveyor of wonderful Japanese items! Thank you again! This is an ultra special one they came out with to commemorate the anniversary of  Cup Noodles – the Cup Noodle Rich line.

Nissin Cup Noodles Rich Garlic, Egg Yolk & Oxtail – Japan

#2353: Nissin Cup Noodles Rich Garlic, Egg Yolk & Oxtail - Japan - The Ramen Rater

I guess this proclaims that it’ll make you feel like you’re eating a Cup Noodle made by Momofuku Ando on [email protected] The power! Let’s give it a try!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains beef and oxtail. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and cover for 3 minutes. Add in liquid from sachet on top of cup. stir and enjoy!

#2353: Nissin Cup Noodles Rich Garlic, Egg Yolk & Oxtail - Japan - The Ramen Rater

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2353: Nissin Cup Noodles Rich Garlic, Egg Yolk & Oxtail - Japan - The Ramen Rater

The noodle block.

#2353: Nissin Cup Noodles Rich Garlic, Egg Yolk & Oxtail - Japan - The Ramen Rater

Loose bits and seasoning from the cup.

#2353: Nissin Cup Noodles Rich Garlic, Egg Yolk & Oxtail - Japan - The Ramen Rater

The liquid sachet from the lid.

#2353: Nissin Cup Noodles Rich Garlic, Egg Yolk & Oxtail - Japan - The Ramen Rater

Very dark…

#2353: Nissin Cup Noodles Rich Garlic, Egg Yolk & Oxtail - Japan - The Ramen Rater

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles hydrated well and were of the good standard quality of Japanese Cup Noodle – flat, soft, lots of noodles. The broth was a rich creamy one with a beef kind of taste to it. As for the garlic taste, I found it kind of absent and the egg yolk must have been part of the thickener for the broth. The garnish bits were nice – Jew’s ear mushroom, bell pepper and bits of meat were abundant. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4902105236390.

#2353: Nissin Cup Noodles Rich Garlic, Egg Yolk & Oxtail - Japan - The Ramen Rater

Nissin Cup Noodles Rich – Garlic, Egg Yolk & Ox tail

A Nissin Japan TV spot about the new Cup Noodles Rich line.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2313: Xiao Ban Mian Sesame Oil With Garlic Flavor Thin Noodle

Xiao Ban Mian Sesame Oil With Garlic Flavor Thin Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - Instant noodles

This looks very interesting. Check out how thin these noodles are! Sesame and garlic are great flavors to marry together as well. So we’ve seen sesame sauce – the tan colored peanutty kind of stuff and today it’s sesame oil – a much lighter fare. Let’s have a look!

Xiao Ban Mian Sesame Oil With Garlic Flavor Thin Noodle – Taiwan

Xiao Ban Mian Sesame Oil With Garlic Flavor Thin Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - Instant noodles

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodles to a pot of boiling water and cook 2-3 minutes. Drain. Add 2 tablespoons water and sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Xiao Ban Mian Sesame Oil With Garlic Flavor Thin Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - Instant noodles

These almost look so thin they’re like rice vermicelli!

Xiao Ban Mian Sesame Oil With Garlic Flavor Thin Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - Instant noodles

The first of two sachets.

Xiao Ban Mian Sesame Oil With Garlic Flavor Thin Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - Instant noodles

A dark liquid.

Xiao Ban Mian Sesame Oil With Garlic Flavor Thin Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - Instant noodles

A dry sachet.

Xiao Ban Mian Sesame Oil With Garlic Flavor Thin Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - Instant noodles

Has a strong garlic scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added sous vide chicken, cucumber and carrot. The noodles are exceedingly thin. They don’t clump which is nice, and the oil keeps them separated.  The flavor is of garlic and sesame oil. I found the garlic overwhelms the sesame a bit. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4717011150261.

Xiao Ban Mian Sesame Oil With Garlic Flavor Thin Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - Instant noodles

Find Xiao  Ban  Mian on Rakuten

A tour of the factory in Taichung where these noodles are manufactured.

#2056: Koyo Reduced Sodium Garlic & Pepper Ramen

Can’t remember where I got this one, but it’s been a long time since I’ve reviewed anything by Koyo so I thought I’d check it out. So lower sodium, organic noodles, Vegan… But how will it taste? It’s tough to cover all these bases and make something that’s going to have a lot of flavor. Let’s find out!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Certified Vegan friendly. To prepare, add noodle block to 1 1/3 cups boiling water and cook for 4 minutes. Add in contents of sachet. Stir and enjoy!

A small noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

Has an odd scent; very curious.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and kizami shoga. The noodles are thick – more like ramyun. They have an alright chew; although they seem almost doughy- and not Hakata style ramen noodle doughy. The broth does taste of garlic and pepper, but it’s so very bland. It really is like you could boil some pepper and a clove of garlic and achieve the same results. Not at all to my liking. 0.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 813551002306.

KOYO Reduced Sodium Garlic and Pepper Ramen Made with Organic Noodles, 2.1 Ounce (Pack of 12)

I think every time I do a review of Vegan noodles I end up with this video. This lady seems kind of strange, with her affinity for posing with vegetables as she does, but the dish she makes actually does sound pretty good.

#1753: Thai Smile Garlic Rice Noodle Soup Bowl

I’m happy to report that this is the first post I’m doing using my new computer setup. Took a while to get everything all happy but now it’s quite happy as am I. Anyways, we found these in Lynnwood, WA at a store called BigLots. I’ve found varieties there in the past – kind of like a liquidation place. This one seems to definitely be for the western market although made in Thailand. Let’s check it out.

Detail of the cardboard outer (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, open lid partially and add in all sachet contents. Add in boiling water to ‘lower inside ridge.’ Cover and let steep for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Upon removing the cardboard outer wrap, you’re greeted by a plastic bowl with a paper lid.

In the bowl are loose rice noodles of differing lengths.

A powder soup base sachet.

A good amount of powder.

A sachet of oil.

Rice bran oil with garlic scent.

The vegetables sachet.

Little flecks of vegetables.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added coriander, mung bean sprouts and shrimp. The noodles were really interesting. The hydrated nicely and had different widths and lengths. They were soft and comfort-food in texture. The broth was a kind of combination of garlic and sweetness with a good level of oiliness. The supplied vegetable matter was hydrated decently. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8850578954036.

Thai Smile, Garlic Rice Noodle Soup Bowl, Ready in 3 Minutes, 2.5 Oz, Pack of 6

Views of Ratchaburi, Thailand.

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time 2015 Edition

As many might know, I started The Ramen Rater (click to see the old site) in 2002 and did about 60 reviews. Then, I turned my attention to spicy hot sauces with The Sauce Rater. In 2010, I resumed my instant noodle reviewing. I’ve long been a fan of the spicy side of things – strong heat and good flavor are a couple of my favorite things. Let’s have a look at the absolutely hottest varieties I’ve found in my over 1,700 reviews of instant noodles from around the world in this year’s The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time 2015 Edition.

#10: Wugudaochang Sichuan Pepper & Chicken Flavor – China

The Sichuan pepper was something relatively new to me until I really got a mouthful of them in this variety. It kind of reminds me of the way a hot pepper acts, but then when you inhale, it has a kind of cooling kind of sensation like mint; hard to explain but definitely something different. This one came with a peanut and pepper garnish and the noodles had a very nice gauge and texture. Original review here

#9: Nongshim Jinjja Jinjja – South Korea

While still not available in the United States, Jinjja Jinjja is back in South Korea! This one packs a serious punch of heat along with pork, peanut and black sesame seeds. Original review here

#8: JML Emperor Instant Noodles Spicy Chicken – China

I wasn’t expecting this one to be extremely spicy at the outset and then was in for a ride. Very very hot – augmented with a large sachet of coarse chilli peppers. Original review here

#7: emart Dare You! Habanero Jjamppong – South Korea

Extreme heat is paired with nice bit of seafood broth and lots of bits of seafood. All the fire and flavor melded together with thick ramyun noodles make it hot as well as delicious. This one comes in at 1,960 SHU (Scoville Heat Units). Original review here

#6: MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodle – Malaysia

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 here

#5: Ching’s Secret Hot Garlic Instant Noodles – India

When I found this one at a local Indian market, I was very enthused. I thought to myself ‘hey, I like garlic!’ I kind of expected a salty, buttery and almost fettucini kind of thing. But no – this innocuous looking plate of noodles was violently spicy! Super hot garlic spiciness just builds and builds! Original review here

#4: Paldo Teumsae Ramyun – South Korea

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

#3: Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkeummyeon – South Korea

I would say that I’ve seen dozens of videos on YouTube showing people competitively eating this one. This stuff is extremely hot. Another brothless variety and it really packs a punch as well as has a nice taste to it. Thick ramyun noodles round everything out nicely and will transmit the spicy sauce to your tongue. Original review here

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

See that little octopus on the package with the smile on his face? He’s laughing. Laughing as he watches you sweat as you eat this ultra spicy ramyun! I’m not kidding this one was over the top spicy! Bring a fire extinguisher. Original review here

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

For the fourth year running, this stuff tops the list. Despite a packaging design change, you should still heed the warnings; habanero pepper top right corner, temperature gauge and screaming person, black packaging… Yeah – it’s not one to underestimate; this is violently hot. The broth just keeps delivering the heat and it’s just insane. Try licking a lit candle – I swear this stuff is hotter! Original review here

Meet The Manufacturer: #1387: Takamori Red Pepper & Garlic Peperoncino

Well folks, this is it. The last one for this Meet The Manufacturer. I really have enjoyed reviewing all of these fresh noodle varieties quite a bit, and I think it’s finally gotten me to look at the possibility of a The Ramen Rater’s top Ten Fresh Noodles Of All Time list. They don’t exactly fit into the Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time lists as they’re usually on a different playing field; they’re not fried blocks, but fresh pouches. So that might be something coming up in the near future. I’d like to thank Yuji for the help in making these reviews happen – I’ve messaged him plenty of times with questions throughout as there’s no English on any of the packaging, let alone the title sometimes. Let’s have a look at this interesting variety from Takamori Kosan of Japan as we bid them a fond farewell for now. Yuji has mentioned that there will be new varieties coming, so it’s not goodbye, but til next time.

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Not sure if meat is present. To prepare, sautee some meat and veggies about halfway and set aside. Add a spoonful of water to a skillet and heat. Drop in the noodles and cook a little and then drop in the dry sachet content. Mix thoroughly and then add in your meat and veggies. Cook until done. Enjoy!

The fresh noodle pouch.

The seasoning sachet.


Definitely a garlic scent present!

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added pork, chopped Fresno pepper and sweet onion. The noodles come out nice – good chewiness and gauge. The flavor is nice and harlicky with a little zing of pepperiness. I liked it – 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 4901959100314.

Growing up, I watched a lot of cartoons. The best of them all was Star Blazers, known in Japan as Space Battleship Yamato. Well, I thought I would let those of you who also enjoyed this cartoon know that they made a live action film based on it! Here it is – enjoy!