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#3346: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Ho Fan – Hong Kong

#3252: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Ho Fan - Hong Kong

Well, what have we here? This one contains a broad flat noodle made with rice. The straight noodle ramen variety from this range is on the 2019 Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time – super tasty stuff! Let’s give it a try!

Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Ho Fan – Hong Kong

#3252: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Ho Fan - Hong Kong

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, add in all sachets and boiling water to fill line. Cover and let steep for… Yeah – no instructions. Great. I’m going to go with 3 minutes and give it a look and if that’s not enough to hydrate the rice noodles, 5 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3252: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Ho Fan - Hong Kong

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3252: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Ho Fan - Hong Kong

An included fork!

#3252: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Ho Fan - Hong Kong

Rice noodle.

#3252: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Ho Fan - Hong Kong

A dry sachet.

#3252: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Ho Fan - Hong Kong

A powder soup base.

#3252: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Ho Fan - Hong Kong

A wet sachet.

#3252: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Ho Fan - Hong Kong

A thick paste.

#3252: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Ho Fan - Hong Kong

A second dry sachet.

#3252: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Ho Fan - Hong Kong

An interesting looking mixture.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added shrimp, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, coriander, and pepper flake. The ho fan was just perfect after 5 minutes steeping time. Really great mouthfeel to it. The broth was just as good as can be with a bright, crisp tom yum flavor with notes of shrimp. Excellent. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 087303866922.

#3252: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Ho Fan - Hong Kong

Sautao Dried Mix Rice Vermicelli Non Fried (Tomyum Kung) – 3 Pack

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#3342: EDO Pack Sesame Oil Flavour Noodle – Hong Kong

#3242: EDO Pack Sesame Oil Flavour Noodle - Hong Kong

Alright so this one is made in Singapore, but it’s made for the Hong Kong market. It’s funny how products are made elsewhere for other countries, right? Well, you honestly should be used to it by now – Take the myriad of products in your home. If you have a Big Mouth Billy Bass on the wall, it’s made in China. Singing bass don’t seem like something very popular in China – could be wrong but who knows. Anyways, let’s crack this open and see what we have.

EDO Pack Sesame Oil Flavour Noodle – Hong Kong

#3242: EDO Pack Sesame Oil Flavour Noodle - Hong Kong

Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, boil noodles in 450ml water for 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

The noodle block – non fried.

A dual sachet – dry base on the left, wet oil sachet on the right.

#3242: EDO Pack Sesame Oil Flavour Noodle - Hong Kong

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, narutomaki, egg, chashu, sesame seeds, and nanami togarashi. The noodles are plump with a nice light chew. The broth has a great salty sesame oil taste to them. Full on umami bomb. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4895058312788.

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#3341: LMF Hong Kong Chow Mein Garlic Minced Pork Flavor – China

#3341: LMF Hong Kong Chow Mein Garlic Minced Pork Flavor - China

Yet again, that awesome little store called Smart’N’Save up in Richmond, BC at the Lansdowne Centre Mall never fails to impress. They had an array of these varieties and they certainly piqued my interest.

This one is a little difficult to locate. While it’s definitely made in Shanghai, I’m unsure whether this is a product for China or for Hong Kong, or just for export. To be on the safe side, I’m just going to go with China. Don’t want to offend anyone – I know there’s a lot going on in Hong Kong recently and in the past, calling a product from China instead of correctly from Hong Kong has caused some dismay. So that being said, if I’m not getting it right, please let me know and I’ll change it. Let’s check it out!

LMF Hong Kong Chow Mein Garlic Minced Pork Flavor – China

Detail of the import/distributor’s sticker (click to enlarge).

#3341: LMF Hong Kong Chow Mein Garlic Minced Pork Flavor - China

Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge). Looks to b meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, boil noodles for 2~3 minutes and drain. Add 2 teaspoons oil into a skillet and heat, then add noodles. Cook for 1~2 minutes and then add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

That’s a wide noodle block! I expected 4 smaller blocks in the package.

Along with two long noodle blocks are two wet sachets.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added egg, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, minced pork with chopped garlic and basil, spring onion, sesame seeds, and chili flake. The noodles are very thin and carried the flavor well. Garlic and minced pork flavor was decent – not salty and carried well. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 6933963802135.

The Taste of Old Hong Kong: Recipes and Memories From 30 Years on the China Coast

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#3282: EDO Pack Spicy Flavour Noodle – Hong Kong

#3282: EDO Pack Spicy Flavour Noodle - Hong Kong

Okay so now that I’ve been doing a lot of weight loss and walking like a fiend (one might call me a White Walker – Game of Thrones reference, sorry), I’ve been running through shoes like crazy. I really like these $30 pairs I’ve been finding at Walmart up in Canada, but as you can guess, after a week there are holes in them. We went up in search for a new pair for me again (no luck grrr) and and during our time up there we hit Lansdowne Centre, a mall in Richmond. Well, there was a new store (at least I think it’s new but I don’t know how we could have missed it) that has a staggeringly wonderful noodle selection. The place is called Smart N Save and they’ve got some really neat stuff in there, including this one. Let’s check it out.

EDO Pack Spicy Flavour Noodle – Hong Kong

#3282: EDO Pack Spicy Flavour Noodle - Hong Kong

Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, add noodles and sachet contents to 450ml boiling water. Cook 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

A dual sachet – powder base on the left and oil on the right (watch the Instant Noodle Recipe Time episode below to see sachet contents).

A dry garnish sachet.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, soft egg, chili flake, black sesame seeds, boiled pork, and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles are quite nice – they’re for Hong Kong, they’re non-fried, but they are manufactured in Singapore. My gut tells me these are made by KOKA S’pore. Excellent noodles, and the broth is no slouch either. It has a nice heat level and the flavor is a nice spicy with a kimchi flavor which is tart and tasty. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4895058312801.

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#3171: Doll Bowl Noodle Satay & Beef Flavour – Hong Kong

#3171: Doll Bowl Noodle Satay & Beef Flavour - Hong Kong

Here’s one I found up in Canada at Aberdeen Centre in a shop that was rife with Hello Kitty plushies and exotic candies and snacks next to the food court – I want to say it was called something like Paint Box or Art Box. This one was a nice surprise as it’s been tough to find Doll Brand varieties other than their export pack versions around here. I reall would love to do a Meet The Manufacturer series with Doll, so if you’re listening, please contact me! Let’s check out this Beef & Satay variety from Hong Kong!

Doll Bowl Noodle Satay & Beef Flavour – Hong Kong

#3171: Doll Bowl Noodle Satay & Beef Flavour - Hong Kong

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains fish and shrimp. To prepare, add sachet contents and boiling water to fill line. Cover for 3 minutes. Finally, sir and enjoy!

#3171: Doll Bowl Noodle Satay & Beef Flavour - Hong Kong

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3171: Doll Bowl Noodle Satay & Beef Flavour - Hong Kong

The noodle block.

#3171: Doll Bowl Noodle Satay & Beef Flavour - Hong Kong

A dry sachet.

#3171: Doll Bowl Noodle Satay & Beef Flavour - Hong Kong

Soup base powder.

#3171: Doll Bowl Noodle Satay & Beef Flavour - Hong Kong

A wet sachet.

#3171: Doll Bowl Noodle Satay & Beef Flavour - Hong Kong

An oily sauce.

#3171: Doll Bowl Noodle Satay & Beef Flavour - Hong Kong

A clear garnish sachet.

#3171: Doll Bowl Noodle Satay & Beef Flavour - Hong Kong

A colorful assortment.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, beef sauteed with Thai Cafe peanut sauce, spring onion, soft egg and black sesame seeds. Noodles hydrated nicely. Broth has a very strong flavor of satay and is really savory – included garnish included nice bits of scrambled egg. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4892333101549.

#3171: Doll Bowl Noodle Satay & Beef Flavour - Hong Kong

Doll Instant Noodles, Spicy Artificial Pork, 3.49 Ounce (Pack of 5)

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Top Ten Best Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019

Top Ten Best Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019

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

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

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

Top Ten Best Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019

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

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

Top Ten Best Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019

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

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

Top Ten Best Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019

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

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

Top Ten Best Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019

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

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

Top Ten Best Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019

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

#5: CarJEN Nyonya Curry Laksa – Malaysia

Top Ten Best Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019

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

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

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

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

#3: Liangchengmei Biang Biang Men – China

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What’s New

Instant Noodle Recipe Time

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

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

The Chocolate Break

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

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

Big Changes For Me

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

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

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

#3143: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Rice Vermicelli – Hong Kong

#3143: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Rice Vermicelli - Hong Kong

Found this up in Canada at Osaka Supermarket at Yaohan Centre in Richmond, BC. I must admit that the first time I tried one of Sau Tao’s Tom Yum Kung varieties I was kind of surprised. Tom Yum from Hong Kong? That’s a way for Thailand! But one of my favorites lately has been their straight noodle variety. This one’s a rice vermicelli – sounds interesting. Let’s check it out!

Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Rice Vermicelli – Hong Kong

#3143: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Rice Vermicelli - Hong Kong

The distributor/export sticker (click to enlarge).

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp and fish. To prepare, add one pouch of rice vermicelli to 500ml boiling water. Cook for 2 minutes, loosening noodles. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3143: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Rice Vermicelli - Hong Kong

One of the 3 servings of noodles.

#3143: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Rice Vermicelli - Hong Kong

A dry sachet.

#3143: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Rice Vermicelli - Hong Kong

A coarse powder.

#3143: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Rice Vermicelli - Hong Kong

A wet sachet.

#3143: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Rice Vermicelli - Hong Kong

A thick paste.

#3143: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Rice Vermicelli - Hong Kong

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, Dodo shrimp and fish ball, coriander and fried garlic. The noodle wasn’t what I expected. They have the same gauge as yellow noodle and a kind of odd chew to them. Not entirely to my liking. The broth however is very tasty – bright and flavorful with the notes of shrimp, lemongrass and a respectable spiciness. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 087303866885.

#3143: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Rice Vermicelli - Hong Kong

Sautao Dried Mix Rice Vermicelli Non Fried (Tomyum Kung) – 3 Pack

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

Top Ten Best Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019

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

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

Video Presentation

A special presentation of The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#5: CarJEN Nyonya Curry Laksa – Malaysia

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

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

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

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

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

#3: Liangchengmei Biang Biang Men – China

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What’s New

Instant Noodle Recipe Time

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

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

The Chocolate Break

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

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

Big Changes For Me

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

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

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

#3044: Sau Tao Laksa Flavour Ramen – Hong Kong

#3044: Sau Tao Laksa Flavour Ramen - Hong Kong

Here’s another one I got up at the new T&T Supermarket up in Richmond BC that’s at Lansdowne Centre. Or is it Lansdowne Mall? Either way, it’s a big T&T inside what used to be a Target store. Oh – and sad parents can rejoice – TOYS R US IS STILL IN CANADA. Also, if you go to the Walmart in Richmond, you will often see Teslas, Ferraris and the odd Buigatti. It’s like a mirror universe. Let’s check this one out!

Sau Tao Laksa Flavour Ramen – Hong Kong

#3044: Sau Tao Laksa Flavour Ramen - Hong Kong

The distributor/import sticker (click to enlarge).

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, add noodles to 500mL boiling water and cook for 4 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3044: Sau Tao Laksa Flavour Ramen - Hong Kong

One of the two noodle bundles.

#3044: Sau Tao Laksa Flavour Ramen - Hong Kong

A dry sachet.

#3044: Sau Tao Laksa Flavour Ramen - Hong Kong

Lots of powder.

#3044: Sau Tao Laksa Flavour Ramen - Hong Kong

A sauce sachet.

#3044: Sau Tao Laksa Flavour Ramen - Hong Kong

Thick stuff!

#3044: Sau Tao Laksa Flavour Ramen - Hong Kong

Finished (click to enlarge). Added fried onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, Dodo fishball, tofu puff, BonCabe Level 15 and coriander. The noodles are really great – nice roundness, good texture. Married to the broth which is thick and luxuriant with a spiciness and really nice little prawny hit to it with a keen sweetness, it works very well. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 087303866847.

#3044: Sau Tao Laksa Flavour Ramen - Hong Kong

生麵皇Non-fried Ramen Instant noodle King Beef Soup Flavour 5-in-1 bag (12.35oz/350g)

Watch me cook this up on Instant Noodle Recvipe Time!

#3019: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Ramen – Hong Kong

#3019: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Ramen - Hong Kong

Found this at the brand spanking new T&T Supermarket at Lansdowne Centre up in Richmond, BC recently. That place was a zoo the day we visited – so many people! But got out of there with a couple things. Anyways, a straight noodle tom yum sounds just bizarre – and possibly really good! Let’s find out.

Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Ramen – Hong Kong

#3019: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Ramen - Hong Kong

The distributor/import/export sticker (click to enlarge).

#3019: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Ramen - Hong Kong

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, add noodles to 500mL boiling water and cook for 4 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3019: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Ramen - Hong Kong

One of the bindles of noodles (2 servings per package).

#3019: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Ramen - Hong Kong

A dry sachet.

#3019: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Ramen - Hong Kong

A light powder.

#3019: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Ramen - Hong Kong

A liquid base sachet.

#3019: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Ramen - Hong Kong

Tom yummy!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added coriander, mung bean sprouts, fried onion, squid flower, and shrimp. Noodles are straight and have a soft approach – and are quite good! The broth is amazing – that sweetness of prawn and that crispness that you get in tom yum – and just the nice as can be level of heat. Extraordinary! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 087303866953.

#3019: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Ramen - Hong Kong

生麵皇Non-fried Ramen Instant noodle King Beef Soup Flavour 5-in-1 bag (12.35oz/350g)

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

#2928: Nissin Cup Noodles Light Spicy Seafood Flavour

#2928: Nissin Cup Noodles Light Spicy Seafood Flavour

Here’s the second variety from Nissin Hong Kong’s new Light Cup Noodles line. Spicy is good – let’s give it a try!

Nissin Cup Noodles Light Spicy Seafood Flavour – Hong Kong

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains seafood. To prepare, open lid halfway, add boiling water to fill line. Cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2928: Nissin Cup Noodles Light Spicy Seafood Flavour

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2928: Nissin Cup Noodles Light Spicy Seafood Flavour

The noodle block.

#2928: Nissin Cup Noodles Light Spicy Seafood Flavour

A lot of solid ingredients from the cup!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion. The noodles are great – really like these ‘light noodles.’ They have a really unique mouthfeel – highly recommended. The broth however while spicy with seafood notes had a bitter aftertaste. The amount of seafood, cabbage and scrambled egg was truly magnificent – good quality too. Just wish it weren’t bitter. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4897878860029.

#2928: Nissin Cup Noodles Light Spicy Seafood Flavour

A Concise History of Hong Kong (Critical Issues in World and International History)

Some pretty cool TV spots coming out of Hong Kong!

#2903: Nissin Demae Ramen Sesame Oil Flavour Potato Chips

#2903: Nissin Demae Ramen Sesame Oil Flavour Potato Chips

Here’s the last of the potato chip varieties I’ve got for review. The hamper is dry of potato chips! Still makes me laugh a little – I would have never thought that instant noodle flavors would crossover to potato chips. Let’s check these out!

Nissin Demae Ramen Sesame Oil Flavour Potato Chips – Hong Kong

#2903: Nissin Demae Ramen Sesame Oil Flavour Potato Chips

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, open bag, and insert hand into bag. Grasp one or more potato chips. Bring hand to primary facial opening and insert potato chips. Chew. Finally, salivate and ingest!

#2903: Nissin Demae Ramen Sesame Oil Flavour Potato Chips

One of the chips.

#2903: Nissin Demae Ramen Sesame Oil Flavour Potato Chips

Finished (click to enlarge). The chips are of a standard size. Also, they are ruffled. As to the mouthfeel, while crisp, they seem extra greasy which didn’t appeal to me. The flavor while tasty, didn’t really bring me a good correlation and unmistakable thought of sesame oil flavor Demae Ramen. For a snack, I give these 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4897053640088

#2903: Nissin Demae Ramen Sesame Oil Flavour Potato Chips

Nissin Demae Ramen Variety Pack (6 Flavors)

We try all sort s of varieties from Nissin Hong Kong!