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#3338: Nissin Pasta U.F.O. Camaron Fuego Salsa Habanero Picante – Mexico

#3338: Nissin Pasta U.F.O. Camaron Fuego Salsa Habanero Picante - Mexico

Here’s another one of the Nissin Mexico varieties I received recently – thanks again! Spicy? Let’s find out! It mentions that it’s got kick from habanero which is most definitely spicy.

Nissin Pasta U.F.O. Camaron Fuego Salsa Habanero Picante – Mexico

#3338: Nissin Pasta U.F.O. Camaron Fuego Salsa Habanero Picante - Mexico

Detail of the bottom of the outer wraps (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, take out sachet and add in 2 cups boiling water. Cover for 5 minutes. Peel off drain spout cover and drain. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

A wet sachet of sauce.

Loose bits from the bowl.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added fried egg, shrimp, spring onion, mild cheddar, red pepper flake, and Bufalo Clasica sauce. The noodles have a nice kind of whole wheat bump to them which was quite nice. Te flavor was a kind of lemony and spicy affair with notes of shrimp. Spiciness was there but balanced and mellow. Included vegetables were great. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 070662248140.

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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

Meet The Manufacturer: #2339: Nissin Cup Noodles Sopa Nissin Sabor Camaron, Habanero Y Limon

Meet The Manufacturer: #2339: Nissin Cup Noodles Sopa Nissin Sabor Camaron, Habanero Y Limon - Mexico - The Ramen Rater

Here’s the second of the Nissin Mexico fiery hot Habanero line. Habanero peppers are definitely not to be messed with; I’ve made hot sauce a few times using them. The worst was when I hadn’t used rubber gloves and later in the day rubbed my eyes – burned really good even after multiple hand washings! Yeah – no fun. But, they deliver a great heat – let’s give this shrimp variety a try!

Nissin Cup Noodles Sopa Nissin Sabor Camaron, Habanero Y Limon – Mexico

Meet The Manufacturer: #2339: Nissin Cup Noodles Sopa Nissin Sabor Camaron, Habanero Y Limon - Mexico - The Ramen Rater

Detail of the cardboard outer (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and let steep covered for 3 minutes. Add in contents of hot sauce sachet. Stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #2339: Nissin Cup Noodles Sopa Nissin Sabor Camaron, Habanero Y Limon - Mexico - The Ramen Rater

The cup!

Meet The Manufacturer: #2339: Nissin Cup Noodles Sopa Nissin Sabor Camaron, Habanero Y Limon - Mexico - The Ramen Rater

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

Meet The Manufacturer: #2339: Nissin Cup Noodles Sopa Nissin Sabor Camaron, Habanero Y Limon - Mexico - The Ramen Rater

The noodle block.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2339: Nissin Cup Noodles Sopa Nissin Sabor Camaron, Habanero Y Limon - Mexico - The Ramen Rater

Loose bits from the cup.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2339: Nissin Cup Noodles Sopa Nissin Sabor Camaron, Habanero Y Limon - Mexico - The Ramen Rater

The habanero sauce sachet (click to enlarge).

Meet The Manufacturer: #2339: Nissin Cup Noodles Sopa Nissin Sabor Camaron, Habanero Y Limon - Mexico - The Ramen Rater

Spicy stuff!

Meet The Manufacturer: #2339: Nissin Cup Noodles Sopa Nissin Sabor Camaron, Habanero Y Limon - Mexico - The Ramen Rater

Finished (click to enlarge). Added shrimp and fire roasted corn. The noodles hydrated well and had a decent quantity. The broth has a little lemony hint before I added the habanero sauce which kind of overwhelmed it. In a way, it reminded me of a Mexican tom yum! 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 070662141229.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2339: Nissin Cup Noodles Sopa Nissin Sabor Camaron, Habanero Y Limon - Mexico - The Ramen Rater

El Yucateco Variety 7-Pack

Looks like some amazing seafood in Mexico!

Meet The Manufacturer: #2334: Nissin Cup Noodles Sopa Nissin Sabor Mariscos, Habanero Y Limon

Meet The Manufacturer: #2334: Nissin Cup Noodles Sopa Nissin Sabor Mariscos, Habanero Y Limon - Mexico - The Ramen Rater - fideos instantanea

Check this one out – HABANERO! This is another one that comes with a sachet of hot sauce! Awesome! Mariscos means seafood – something I’ve always dreamed of doing is visiting the coastal areas of Mexico and trying the seafood dishes there! Let’s give this one a try!

Nissin Cup Noodles Sopa Nissin Sabor Mariscos, Habanero Y Limon – Mexico

Meet The Manufacturer: #2334: Nissin Cup Noodles Sopa Nissin Sabor Mariscos, Habanero Y Limon - Mexico - The Ramen Rater - fideos instantanea

Detail of the cardboard outer (click to enlarge). Contains crustaceans. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and cover for 3 minutes. Add contents of hot sauce sachet. Stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #2334: Nissin Cup Noodles Sopa Nissin Sabor Mariscos, Habanero Y Limon - Mexico - The Ramen Rater - fideos instantanea

The iconic foam cup – en Espanol!

Meet The Manufacturer: #2334: Nissin Cup Noodles Sopa Nissin Sabor Mariscos, Habanero Y Limon - Mexico - The Ramen Rater - fideos instantanea

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

Meet The Manufacturer: #2334: Nissin Cup Noodles Sopa Nissin Sabor Mariscos, Habanero Y Limon - Mexico - The Ramen Rater - fideos instantanea

The noodle block.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2334: Nissin Cup Noodles Sopa Nissin Sabor Mariscos, Habanero Y Limon - Mexico - The Ramen Rater - fideos instantanea

Some bits from the inside of the cup.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2334: Nissin Cup Noodles Sopa Nissin Sabor Mariscos, Habanero Y Limon - Mexico - The Ramen Rater - fideos instantanea

The spicy sauce sachet (click to enlarge). Looks like this is made by El Yucateco. I’ve had their hot sauces before and man, are they hot!

Meet The Manufacturer: #2334: Nissin Cup Noodles Sopa Nissin Sabor Mariscos, Habanero Y Limon - Mexico - The Ramen Rater - fideos instantanea

Spicy stuff!

Meet The Manufacturer: #2334: Nissin Cup Noodles Sopa Nissin Sabor Mariscos, Habanero Y Limon - Mexico - The Ramen Rater - fideos instantanea

Finished (click to enlarge). Added shrimp, cilantro and two types of fishcake. The noodles hydrated nicely and had a nice light chew to them. The broth was good before the hot sauce was added – a kind of sweet and tangy seafood hit to it. Once the included habanero hot sauce was in play though it definitely upped it a notch, giving some great heat. The veggies hydrated well. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 070662141281.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2334: Nissin Cup Noodles Sopa Nissin Sabor Mariscos, Habanero Y Limon - Mexico - The Ramen Rater - fideos instantanea

El Yucateco Variety 7-Pack

Usually when doing a new Meet The Manufacturer from a country I’ve never done one from, I end up thinking ‘what’s their street food like?’ Well, check it out – this looks like seriously good stuff!

Meet The Manufacturer: Product Samples From Nissin Mexico (2 of 2)

This box is even larger than the first one! Let’s see what’s inside!

A shopping bag (click to enlarge).

An advertisement for the Wall Of Fame (click to enlarge)!

We start with the pillow pack varieties (click to enlarge) – beef, shrimp and chicken.

The the Cup Noodles (click to enlarge) – chicken, spicy shrimp, seafood and beef.

Here we have Cup Noodles that come with a botanera hot sauce sachet (click to enlarge).

Next, habanero sauce variants (click to enlarge) – chicken, shrimp and seafood.

Finally, what looks to be a new premium variety (click to enlarge). Thank you! Really looking forward to sampling!

Meet The Manufacturer: Interview With Nissin Mexico

Meet The Manufacturer: Interview With Nissin Mexico

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The Meet The Manufacturer with Nissin Japan really opened some great doors – and this is another one. They put me in contact with Nissin Mexico, and now we’re starting a new Meet The Manufacturer spotlight series today! I conducted an interview with Sandra Gazca, the Marketing Manager for Mexico and Central America.

Interview With Nissin Mexico

THE RAMEN RATER> Thank you for agreeing to this interview! To start, can you tell my readers about the history of Nissin in Mexico?

NISSIN MEXICO> We can say that in Mexico, we are actually new. We established a plant in 2005, and currently we have the 60% SOM in the southern part of the country and 11% SOM in the country, but we keep growing.

TRR> What was the first product you produced?

NISSIN MEXICO> The Company was founded in 1948 by Momofuku Ando, right after the WWII, and it was in 1958 when Mr. Ando developed the formula for the “Chikin Ramen”, the first instant noodle soup which is now sold by the company as Cup Noodles. Initially they were sold as a luxury item; through time, the product gained popularity and today it is part of Japanese Cuisine, and has its main consumption among young people.

TRR> Your company is located in Mexico. Can you tell us a little about your country and the area you’re located in?

NISSIN MEXICO> Nissin Foods Mexico is located in Lerma, Estado de México. Lerma is a city and municipality located just east of Toluca and 54 km west of Mexico City. Mexico is the second largest economy in Latin America and is abundant in resources it is the world’s greatest producer of silver, and also produces zinc, lead, gold, mercury, coal and copper.

According to the Mexico’s Secretary of Economy, Office of Representation in Japan, from 2005 to January 2013, Japanese companies’ investments in Mexico accounted more than US$9.6 billion in sectors such as automotive and auto parts, but also electronics, metallurgic and machinery projects, agribusiness, food processing and high technology manufacturing.

To November 2012, Mexico-Japan bilateral trade reached 20.2 billion dollars, an increase of 7.8% from the same period last year. Mexico’s exports to Japan increased by 10.6% reaching US$ 4,033 million, while imports from Japan increased by 7.1% to US$ 16,179 million. In 2011, Mexico-Japan bilateral trade reached US$ 20.5 billion, a 10.6% increase compared with 2010.

Official name: United Mexican States
Capital: Mexico City
Population: 120,286,655
Official language: Spanish
Money: Peso

TRR> Can you tell us about the varieties of noodles you make?

NISSIN MEXICO> Based on the Global strategy of Nissin Group, we locally adapted flavors by focusing in offer a big taste differentiated by packaging. In Mexico we have five flavors of regular Cup Noodles, shrimp, spicy shrimp, beef, chicken and seafood. We also have the hottest of our noodles, Habanero with Lime Cup Noodles, which have three different flavors, sea food, chicken and shrimp. And least, we have Hot Sauce Cup Noodles, which is the perfect soup for those who enjoy their food with a slight touch of hotness, it comes in three different flavors, which are chicken, shrimp and beef, and they also include extra hot sauce so the consumer can make it as hot as he or she wants.

TRR> How many noodle products do you produce every year?

NISSIN MEXICO> Nissin Foods is the No.1 Cup Noodles Company, with the most sales worldwide. With nearly 50 years of innovation in flavors, Nissin Foods, through its Cup Noodles has sold 40 billion units in more than 80 countries all around the world.

TRR> How does your noodle making process differ from other instant noodle manufacturers?

NISSIN MEXICO> Nissin Foods makes all of its products with 100% natural wheat, which provides energy, also Nissin develops and operates rigorous quality assurance tests, which detect dangerous substances, monitoring the handling of food from the field to the table, Nissin Cup Noodles contain no preservatives or chemical additives, the principle of conservation is based on the low amount of water contained in the product; and vegetables are also dehydrated. All ingredients used are approved by the Health Regulations for human consumption.

TRR> Do your products have primarily Mexican tastes in mind or are there varieties that bring International tastes to the table?

NISSIN MEXICO> In Mexico, and in every place we sell Cup Noodles, we have tropicalized our flavors to the local palate. Here in Mexico we have flavors such as Habanero with lime and Hot Sauce, in our Cup Noodles that give that familiar taste to our consumers. For us flavor is one of the most important values in our products, therefore we constantly develop products and flavors to satisfy the cravings of our consumers.

TRR> Are any of your varieties really spicy?

NISSIN MEXICO> In Mexico, we have Cup Noodles Habanero, which is the perfect combination among the classic flavors of Nissin soups and habanero chili. It is not only the spiciest broth, it also contains inside an envelope of Habanero sauce to make its hotness as intense as you want. You can find three different presentations of Habanero, Chicken, Shrimp and Seafood.

TRR> A lot of people are concerned with their sodium intake. How would you recommend people enjoy your product as part of a healthy meal?

NISSIN MEXICO> It is important to say that, Nissin Foods makes all of its products with 100% natural wheat, which provides with energy and makes them part of the cereal food group. The consumption of products such as Cup Noodles can be included in a balanced diet without being harmful to health, if consumed in adequate amounts, in a balanced diet and as part of an active lifestyle and healthy .

Our Cup Noodles do not contain preservatives or chemical additives; the principle of conservation is based on the low amount of water contained in the product, vegetables are also dehydrated. All ingredients used are approved by strict Health Regulations for human consumption.

TRR> Are you involved in in your local community or participate in charities?

NISSIN MEXICO> Since WWII, Nissin constantly struggles to fight against hunger across multiple resources. Nissin is part of The World Instant Noodles Association, which aims to improve safety and quality of instant noodles and also to provide victims of natural disasters with instant noodles. The latest natural disaster we send Cup Noodles to was Fujian Typhoon in China, last July; we sent around 120,000 soups to de zone. Before that we have helped in other places such as Ecuador (2016) after an earthquake, Tamil Nadu Flood in India (2015), Nepal Earthquake (2015), Katrina and Rita Hurricanes in the USA (2005), among other disasters.

TRR> Are there any new products coming soon?

NISSIN MEXICO> Yes. In Nissin Foods Mexico we are preparing the launchings that will be on the market by next year (2017). We worked on a product, Cup Noodles Gourmet, that it is outside the “instant noodles” category and will belong to the “ready meal “category, which actually in Mexico is having a CARG of 6%.; we will offer new flavors, targeted to the young adults, who are searching to compensate a hard daily work. Cup Noodles Gourmet is perceived by the consumer with a plus, because of its unique benefits and differentiations which are:
• Flavor: Spicy Shrimp broth.
• Size: Bigger Shrimps plus more vegetables.
• Pre- cooked noodles made by wheat flour.

Cup Noodles Gourmet, also involves a new technology on the cup, Eco-style that no other product in Mexico has. This ecofriendly cup reduces wastes dramatically, positioning Nissin Foods as a pioneer on introducing this materials and follow the waste reduction trends.

TRR> In what countries are your products popular? Do people enjoy them differently in different places?

NISSIN MEXICO> The place where se sell the most Cup Noodles is China, with 40,430 units, followed by Indonesia with 13,200 sold units and Japan with 5,540 units. We have the record of 40 billion Cup Noodles sold around the world. We are present in more than 80 countries around the world, in each place we detect the favorite flavors for the local palates and we adapt our products to them.

TRR> When you make noodles for yourself, what do you like to add to them to make them extra special?

NISSIN MEXICO> The Cup Noodles for the Mexican market has already lemon and spicy, this means that it has the Mexican flavor that is part of the Mexican gastronomic culture.
THE RAMEN RATER> Thank you very much for this opportunity to learn about Nissin Mexico and your products!

With that, let’s begin Meet The Manufacturer! I want to thank Sandra Gazca, Adriana De Vizcaya and Daisuke Okabayashi for making this happen.

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time 2016 Edition

Every year, I review a ton of instant noodles – and every year I come out with quite a few lists. This list tends to change the least of all my lists – I’ve had a lot of spicy instant noodles in my time and just seems like nobody’s getting any spicier products to market. Could be that they don’t want to melt people’s faces off perhaps. Anyways, here’s this year’s list – the spiciest varieties out of over 2,100 reviews. Enjoy – if you dare!

A video presentation of The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time 2016 Edition.

#10: 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

#9: 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

#8: 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

#7: 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

#6: 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

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

The noodles plumped up well and were nice and springy. The broth – ah, the broth. Here’s the improvement! The curry taste is much stronger (the old version called for 450ml water and this one calls for 400ml) – not only that, the little sachet of chilli pepper flake just puts it over the top. It’s hot – real hot – like walking around the living room as my mouth and lips are burning saying ‘ooh’ repeatedly hot. Original review

#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

 

#2074: Nissin Cup Noodles Sabor Pollo Habanero y Limon Sopa Instantanea

Here’s another one sent by Colin, a reader who recently visited Mexico – thanks! Okay so with all the flames on this one, the picture of the habanero and the packet, I’m getting this might be a little spicy. Let’s find out.

Detail of the side panel (click to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and cover for 3 minutes. Stir. Add sachet contents and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

Looks like the USA version except in Spanish. Reads ‘much more than a soup.’

The seasoning infused noodle block.

A couple of the vegetable bits from the cup.

Oh, this could get violent (click to enlarge)! El Yucateco is one of the spiciest hot sauces I’ve come in contact with, especially the habanero!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added baked chicken and cilantro. The noodles are your standard North American fare – round in gauge and with a very light chew. The broth was a hint of spicy – not a barn burner here. The vegetables hydrated very nicely. The packet of El Yucateco – now that’s worth a fuss! Extremely spicy stuff – and not USA habanero spicy, Mexican habanero spicy which is very direct and to the point. It’s hot, has a bite and really ups this cup quite a bit. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 070662141236.

Nissin Cup Noodles Spicy Chile Chicken, 2.25-Ounces (Pack of 12)

A really great Nissin Mexico film – in Spanish.

#2028: Maruchan Ramen Sopa Maruchan Sabor A Camaron, Limon Y Habanero

Here’s one I got from Paul S. – also got one from Colin. Thanks guys! What’s kind of crazy here is that this is the first Minstant noodle I’ve reviewed from Mexico (or at least made for the Mexican market). Instant noodles (fideos instantanea) are extremely popular in Mexico, as well as by the Latino population in the United States. Sopa means soup, sabor a camaron, limon y habanero means shrimp, lemon and habanero flavor. Anyways, let’s crack this sucker open!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, add noodle block to two cups boiling water and cook for three minutes. Add in contents of sachet. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet – this one’s known as lime chili shrimp where the US pack version is concerned.

The seasoning powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added large shrimp, coriander, Texas Pete hot sauce and sweet onion. The noodles hydrated nicely and have a standard domestic gauge. The broth has a nice bite to it and good shrimp flavor, although very thin. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 041789002960.

Maruchan Instant Lunch, Lime Chili Shrimp, 2.25-Ounce Packages (Pack of 12)

A Maruchan TV commercial for the Mexican market.

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

#1674: emart Dare You! Habanero Ramen (New Packaging)

This was sent to me by Anders E. from South Korea – thank you very much! For some time new, eMart’s Dare You! Habanero Ramen has topped The Ramen Rater’s Spiciest Instant Noodle Of All Time lists. There’s a really good reason for this too – it’s violently hot. Heat is measure in SHU – Scoville Heat Units. Here’s what wikipedia has to say about the Scoville test:

The Scoville scale is the measurement of the pungency (spicy heat) of chili peppers or other spicy foods as reported in Scoville heat units (SHU),[1] a function of capsaicin concentration. The scale is named after its creator, American pharmacistWilbur Scoville. His method, devised in 1912, is known as the Scoville Organoleptic Test.[2] Unlike methods based on high-performance liquid chromatography, the Scoville scale is an empirical measurement dependent on the capsaicin sensitivity of testers and so is not a precise or accurate method to measurecapsaicinoid concentration. In Scoville’s method, an exact weight of dried pepper is dissolved in alcohol to extract the heat components (capsinoids), then diluted in a solution of sugar water.[3][4][5] Increasing concentrations of the extracted capsinoids are given to a panel of five trained tasters, until a majority (at least three) can detect the heat in a dilution.[4][5][6] The heat level is based on this dilution, rated in multiples of 100 SHU.[4] A weakness of the Scoville Organoleptic Test is its imprecision due to human subjectivity, depending on the taster’s palate and their number of mouth heat receptors, which varies “greatly” among people.[6]Another weakness issensory fatigue:[6] the palate is quickly desensitised to capsaicins after tasting a few samples within a short-time period.[4] Results vary widely, ± 50%, between laboratories.[5]

So basically, you could have a panel of people who really can’t handle hot spicy stuff and get a higher Scoville score. It’s kind of a surprise that it’s really been decided as the ipso-facto spiciness method. I’ll say though that as a hot sauce afficionado (I’ve reviewed over 250 and made my own), this is definitely the hottest one I’ve come across yet. Let’s have a look at eMart’s Dare You! Habanero Ramen.

Detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge). Not sure if it contains beef. To prepare, empty included sachet into cup and add boiling water to fill line. Steep for 3 minutes, stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

Hot and spicy scent!

Some vegetables from the bottom of the cup.

Finished (click image to enlarge). The noodles hydrated well enough and had that big and thick ramyun gauge. The broth was definitely nowhere neat as spicy as the packaged version, whose heat can peel the think off of your brain. It is quite hot though and has a good flavor to it. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8801073210011.

Want to feel your mouth catch on fire? Like using a charcoal briquet as a lozenge? You’ve been warned – get it here!!

I did an interview for O’Live TV via Skype in 2013 that was all about the spiciest instant noodles. They ended up using it as part of a teaser for the show’s first episode.

#1643: emart Dare You! Habanero Jjajang Ramen

This was sent to me by Anders E. from South Korea – thank you very much! I was aware of the regular habanero ramen – the one that’s been #1 on my spicy list for a while now. But this one – jjajang ramen – it sounds pretty dang spicy. Especially if it’s anything like the other Dare You! ramen. For those of you not familiar with jjajang, here’s what wikipedia has to say about it:

Jajangmyeon (자장면; 짜장면; jjajangmyeon), a Korean Chinese cuisine, is a noodle dish topped with a thick sauce made of chunjang (a salty black soybean paste), diced pork and vegetables, and sometimes alsoseafood. Jajang (alternately spelled jjajang), the name of the sauce, is the Korean pronunciation of the Chinese characters , which literally means “fried sauce.” Myeon (also spelled myun) means “noodle”, which Chinese character is .

Let’s have a look at this fiery cup!

 Detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, take out sachet. Add in boiling water to line and steep 3 minutes. Poke holes in lid and use as drain spout. Drain. Add in contents of sachet and stir very well to combine. Enjoy!

 Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The powder sachet.

A decent quantity.

Looks like little TVP bits and some onion or cabbage.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). The noodles hydrated quite well – decent quantity for a cup as well. The TVP and veg did nicely too. The flavor is good – and the heat is very strong! I will say of the three Dare You! varieties (Habanero Ramen, Jjamppong and Jjajang) this is the least spicy. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.EAN bar code 8801073210790.

Want to feel your mouth catch on fire? Like using a charcoal briquet as a lozenge? You’ve been warned – get it here!!

A couple takes a trip to emart!