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#3163: Mom’s Dry Noodle Spicy Hot Pot Noodle – Taiwan

#3163: Mom's Dry Noodle Spicy Hot Pot Noodle - Taiwan

Here’s a fancy new one from Taiwan! Lots of brands with boxed versions these days. You might see my logo on this one – Mom’s Dry Noodle has been on the top ten Taiwan as well as my annual top ten for the last two years! I will say I haven’t tried this one until today though, but given their track record, I’ll bet it’s good stuff! Let’s find out!

Mom’s Dry Noodle Spicy Hot Pot Noodle – Taiwan

#3163: Mom's Dry Noodle Spicy Hot Pot Noodle - Taiwan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). To prepare, add everything to 700ml boiling water and cook 5~6 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3163: Mom's Dry Noodle Spicy Hot Pot Noodle - Taiwan

A package within the box.

#3163: Mom's Dry Noodle Spicy Hot Pot Noodle - Taiwan

The noodle block.

#3163: Mom's Dry Noodle Spicy Hot Pot Noodle - Taiwan

A wet sachet.

#3163: Mom's Dry Noodle Spicy Hot Pot Noodle - Taiwan

A lot of oily paste.

#3163: Mom's Dry Noodle Spicy Hot Pot Noodle - Taiwan

A dry sachet.

#3163: Mom's Dry Noodle Spicy Hot Pot Noodle - Taiwan

Looks like carrot, cabbage and other vegetables.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added scallions, mushroom, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, boiled beef, carrot, baby bok choy and crisp garlic. Noodles are just perfect – wide and chewy. The broth has a strong Sichuan pepper flavor to it that by itself just doesn’t do it for me; just overwhelms. I won’t say that Included vegetable hydrated nicely. Definitely one that works better with your own garnish. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars.   EAN bar code 4919011150780.

#3163: Mom's Dry Noodle Spicy Hot Pot Noodle - Taiwan

Mom’s Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle – Taiwan 4 Packs

Watch me cook on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

#2902: Yumei Instant Sour Turnip Duck Vermicelli Hot Pot

#2902: Yumei Instant Sour Turnip Duck Vermicelli Hot Pot

Time for another one of these self heating/self cooking hot pots from China. I’ve found so far that the draw of these for me seems to be more of novelty than an thorough enjoyment of the innards of these. But hey – all it’s been up til now is mala – now we’ve got sour turnip duck vermicelli! Let’s check it out!

Yumei Instant Sour Turnip Duck Vermicelli Hot Pot – China

#2902: Yumei Instant Sour Turnip Duck Vermicelli Hot Pot

First, let’s look at the English instructions (click to enlarge). Here we go:

CONSUME DIRECTION:

1. Open the box, remove the upper layer, tear off the sauce bag and chives bag, and pour them into the upper layer.
2. Tear off the vermicelli bag and vegetable bag, and put them into the upper layer, and stir and mix them together.
3. Add water into the upper layer, but not over the edge of the layer (hot water recommend for the better favor).
4. Open the self-heating package bag, and put the self-heating package into lower layer, add cold water until the self-heating package soaked totally.
5. Put the upper layer on the top, and cover the lid, wait 8 minutes or more and enjoy the hotpot.
CAUTION: THE HOT STEAMING AND PREVENT FROM BURNING HURT.

Okay – a couple interesting things here. I do want to avoid the burning hurt when at all possible. Another is that this has a self-heating package that works via a chemical reaction in the lower level of the packaging. Wow – so this stuff literally cooks itself. Fascinating!

#2902: Yumei Instant Sour Turnip Duck Vermicelli Hot Pot

The import/distributor’s sticker (click to enlarge).

#2902: Yumei Instant Sour Turnip Duck Vermicelli Hot Pot

Included put-them-together chopsticks!

#2902: Yumei Instant Sour Turnip Duck Vermicelli Hot Pot

The vermicelli block.

#2902: Yumei Instant Sour Turnip Duck Vermicelli Hot Pot

A huge sachet of vegetables.

#2902: Yumei Instant Sour Turnip Duck Vermicelli Hot Pot

A liquid base sachet.

#2902: Yumei Instant Sour Turnip Duck Vermicelli Hot Pot

A chilli pepper sachet.

#2902: Yumei Instant Sour Turnip Duck Vermicelli Hot Pot

An oil sachet.

#2902: Yumei Instant Sour Turnip Duck Vermicelli Hot Pot

A wet napkin.

#2902: Yumei Instant Sour Turnip Duck Vermicelli Hot Pot

This is the fascinating item – the heating bag. When cold water is introduced, it starts a chemical reaction which brings the heat – apparently enough to cook this product. I’m really very curious about this – never have I seen such a thing in an instant noodle before. What gets me though is that it recommends using cold water in the lower tray with this and hot water in the upper tray with the food. If you need hot water to make this, why not just cook it with the hot water you’ve already prepared? But hey, this will be fun.

Finished (click to enlarge). The vermicelli was decent and came out perfectly. Vegetablesd were of good quality and quite a few different things going on. This is the third self heating hot pot I’ve tried thus far and the broth has the best flavor yet – mainly because it isn’t just spicy oily but tasty spicy oily. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 6952395703384.

#2902: Yumei Instant Sour Turnip Duck Vermicelli Hot Pot

Asian Hotpots: How to Cook Simple and Delicious Hot Pot Dishes at Home

Pretty good video showing how this one’s prepared

#2883: Taihodien Restaurant Supreme Spicy Noodle

#2941: Taihodien Restaurant Supreme Spicy Noodle

Here’s a new one from Taiwan! Taihodien Restaurant is known as a hot pot place that has some of t he spiciest stuff out there. Here’s a bit about the restaurant from their website:

“Taihodien was the name of the palace where the emperors of the Qing dynasty held court. Since its establishment in 1994, Taihodien Restaurant has worked to ensure that its customers can enjoy the quality of service and savor the taste of food fit for an emperor. The restaurant only uses the finest quality materials in the hope and expectation that visitors from around the world will always carry the memory of Taiwan’s good flavors on their taste buds. Coming to Taihodien Restaurant to partake of the Taiwanese passion for gourmet dining is like attending a dinner held by the United Nations. The world of the gourmet knows no boundaries; we welcome all comers to share in this special dining experience.
Taihodien Restaurant’s spicy chili soup is smooth and mild, and low in dryness and heat; it can be enjoyed even in the summer. The stock is made with all natural ingredients. Our famous soft duck blood pudding tofu is made with a triple stewing process—alternately bringing it to a boil and then slow-marinating three times. Bring your family and friends to come and taste our natural, quality flavors.”

Sounds impressive! Maybe I’ll have to visit next time in Taiwan! Let’s have a look.

Taihodien Restaurant Supreme Spicy Noodle – Taiwan

#2941: Taihodien Restaurant Supreme Spicy Noodle

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat – check for yourself. To prepare, boil noodle in 1200ml water for 6 minutes. Drain. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2941: Taihodien Restaurant Supreme Spicy Noodle

An interesting dry noodle block.

#2941: Taihodien Restaurant Supreme Spicy Noodle

The first of three liquid sachets.

#2941: Taihodien Restaurant Supreme Spicy Noodle

Spicy paste.

#2941: Taihodien Restaurant Supreme Spicy Noodle

Another liquid base sachet.

#2941: Taihodien Restaurant Supreme Spicy Noodle

Soy sauce.

#2941: Taihodien Restaurant Supreme Spicy Noodle

The third sachet.

#2941: Taihodien Restaurant Supreme Spicy Noodle

Spicy oil.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Chinese sausage and coriander. The noodles are narrower than a lot of dry noodles and have a pleasant chew to them I really like. The flavor is very intense. If you like Sichuan peppercorn flavor, you’re in for a treat. For me, I will have to admit it’s just too much of an inundation of Sichuan peppercorn – just way way too much for it to me enjoyable taste-wise. However, it’s seriously impressive spicy-wise. This one packs a punch to be sure! 2.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4710006581651.

#2941: Taihodien Restaurant Supreme Spicy Noodle

Sichuan Peppercorns 4 Oz.

A video from Taihodien Restaurant.

#2872: Chongqing Suanlabao Food Co., Ltd. Hot Pot Mala Seasoning & Sesame Oil Package

#2872: Chongqing Suanlabao Food Co., Ltd. Hot Pot Mala Seasoning & Sesame Oil Package

Hey it’s a self heating hot pot! I got this one at China World on St. Patrick’s Day this year. The weekend before, we drove up to Canada and checked out China World in Richmond, BC. It was amazing – awesome! Got two baskets of noodles. Went tot he front and boom – cash and Canadian debit only. That sucked. So we came back the next weekend! I found about eight different varieties of these hot pots and so here’s the first. I’ve reviewed two others in the past. Let’s open this thing up and see what makes it tick – yeah – it cooks itself!

Chongqing Suanlabao Food Co., Ltd. Hot Pot Mala Seasoning & Sesame Oil Package – China

#2872: Chongqing Suanlabao Food Co., Ltd. Hot Pot Mala Seasoning & Sesame Oil Package

The distributor’s sticker (click to enlarge).

#2872: Chongqing Suanlabao Food Co., Ltd. Hot Pot Mala Seasoning & Sesame Oil Package

The underside of the cardboard piece (click to enlarge). Doesn’t appear to contain meat. To prepare, add everything but the heating pack to the upper tray. Add hot water to fill line. Add heating pack to lower tray. Add cold water to fill line – close to the bottom. Place upper tray back on lower tray and replace plastic lid. Let it do it’s thing for 15 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2872: Chongqing Suanlabao Food Co., Ltd. Hot Pot Mala Seasoning & Sesame Oil Package

The front and back of an informational slip (click to enlarge).

#2872: Chongqing Suanlabao Food Co., Ltd. Hot Pot Mala Seasoning & Sesame Oil Package

Included chopsticks!

#2872: Chongqing Suanlabao Food Co., Ltd. Hot Pot Mala Seasoning & Sesame Oil Package

The noodles package.

#2872: Chongqing Suanlabao Food Co., Ltd. Hot Pot Mala Seasoning & Sesame Oil Package

A big pouch of vegetables.

#2872: Chongqing Suanlabao Food Co., Ltd. Hot Pot Mala Seasoning & Sesame Oil Package

A huge soup base sachet.

#2872: Chongqing Suanlabao Food Co., Ltd. Hot Pot Mala Seasoning & Sesame Oil Package

The sesame oil sachet.

#2872: Chongqing Suanlabao Food Co., Ltd. Hot Pot Mala Seasoning & Sesame Oil Package

The heating pack. I definitely wouldn’t eat this.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added fried Mala Sichuan Spicy SPAM. The noodle come out nicely, as did the vegetables. They are both of good quality. The soup is violent. So full of Sichuan peppercorn and oiliness that it just is far too overwhelming to any other flavors. It seems kind of pointless to have such fine ingredients only to stifle them with monotone flavor. 0.25 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 6971070680024.

Here’s a video from Straits Times about these interesting self heating hot pots.

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition

It’s time for another top ten list and this time it’s The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition! The first list debuted in 2013 – I can’t believe this is the sixth list! As always – if you are a company who would like me to review your products, please contact me via the contact link – I want to talk to you! These are my favorite instant noodle bowl selections from my over 2800 reviews to date. Let’s get started!

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition

Video

Here’s this year’s video presentation of The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition.

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition

#10 – Paldo Bul Jjamppong – South Korea

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition #10 - Paldo Bul Jjamppong - South Korea

This variety boasts a thick and chewy ramyun – a wider and flatter noodle that’s become popular in the last few years. Pairing that with a spicy soup with strong notes of grilled seafood taste – almost smoky – and vegetables/seafood and you’ve got an excellent bowl. Original review

#9 – Maruchan Bowl Taste Of Asia Tom Yum Ramen Noodle Soup – United States

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition #9 - Maruchan Bowl Taste Of Asia Tom Yum Ramen Noodle Soup - United States

To be honest, I’m about as surprised by this one as you might be! But make no mistake – this US domestic variety is truly amazing. The tom yum flavor is just superb along with a huge quantity of noodles. You’ll fill up and be extremely happy as you do so. Original review

#8 – Maruchan Gotsumori Shio Wonton Ramen – Japan

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition #8 – Maruchan Gotsumori Shio Wonton Ramen - Japan

The second Maruchan variety on the list and this one comes from Japan. A light and tasty shio broth is paired with a large quantity of noodles in this bowl. The inclusion of wonton – which are very good I might add – rounds everything out and becomes a delicious feast. Original review

#7 – Seven & I (Nissin) Gold Sumire Ramen – Japan

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition #7 – Seven & I (Nissin) Gold Sumire Ramen – Japan

The noodles are thick and chewy – very premium. The broth has a very rich miso flavor that had a little thickness and a nice oiliness. The vegetables and bits hydrated perfectly – nice bits of ground meat and menma float happily about and are of good quality. Original review

#6 – Uni-President Man Han Feast Braised Pork Flavor Instant Noodles Bowl – Taiwan

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition #6 – Uni-President Man Han Feast Braised Pork Flavor Instant Noodles Bowl – Taiwan

First, the noodles have a little bit thicker a gauge than most instant varieties. Indeed they are premium although a slight bit softer than one might expect. The broth is a sea of rich pork flavor – different than many. As a matter of fact, this really REALLY has a nice pork flavor; most pork varieties don’t have a great pork taste as the pork taste they do have get overshadowed by saltiness. The vegetables hydrated well and the pork was very good. Original review

#5 – Uni-President Man Han Feast Super Hot Pot Beef Flavor Instant Noodles – Taiwan

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition #5 – Uni-President Man Han Feast Super Hot Pot Beef Flavor Instant Noodles – Taiwan

So the noodles are broad and flat with a light chew and an excellent quantity. The broth is a tour de force of beef taste. It has a good thickness/oiliness to it as well as a good flavor. Indeed as expected, there’s a decent punch of spiciness. Indeed, the chunks of beef are of good size and quality. Moreover, the liquid with the beef in the retort pouch add depth to the broth. Finally, little rings of chilli pepper are here and there, joining the party. Original review

#4 – TTL Sesame Oil Chicken With Rice Wine Noodle – Taiwan

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition #4 – TTL Sesame Oil Chicken With Rice Wine Noodle – Taiwan

TTL stands for Taiwan Tobacco & Liquor and indeed there’s a sachet of rice wine in here! Add to that a big retort pouch full of decent sized chunks of chicken, good noodles and garnish, This is definitely a bowl to seek out and try. Original review

#3 – Little Cook Braised Beef Noodles With Tendon & Meat – Taiwan

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition #3 - Little Cook Braised Beef Noodles With Tendon & Meat - Taiwan

Okay so first off, this is a heavy bowl. There’s a huge retort pouch in here full of beef and beef tendon. The noodles are wide and have a great chew and the broth has a nice flavor. But the start of the show is that braised beef and tendon – it’s perfect and there’s just so much of it. Very impressive! Original review

#2 – Nissin Gyoretsu-no-Dekiru-Mise-no-Ramen (Shrimp Tantanmen) – Japan

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition #2 – Nissin Gyoretsu-no-Dekiru-Mise-no-Ramen (Shrimp Tantanmen) – Japan

Talk about amazing. Now, on most of these bowls, you’ll notice I’ve added my own garnishes. I don’t count them in my reviewing – everything is reviewed prior to any additions I make. This is one where I’ve added nothing and just look at it! This one had very good noodles to start off. The broth was a very thick prawn infused decadent flavor spectacle. Then there’s the little crunchy topping and the other garnish they provide and this is just amazing stuff. Wow. Floored. Original review

#1 – Little Cook Thailand Green Curry Instant Noodle – Taiwan

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition #1 – Little Cook Thailand Green Curry Instant Noodle – Taiwan

Wow – I’m so freaking impressed with this one. First, there are two bowls. Peel back the lid of the first bowl and add boiling water. After a short time, you poke holes in the lid and drain the liquid into the second. A sachet of soup base is added and you have a soup with lots of corn and herbs. Next, a huge sachet with chicken and vegetables boasts a great spicy green curry flavor which mixes with the noodle. A really amazing product which is unique and delicious. This is Little Cook Thailand Green Curry Instant Noodle’s second year in the number one spot in a row – congratulations! Original review

#2835: Da Long Yi Self Heating Hot Pot – Vegetable Version

#2835: Da Long Yi Self Heating Hot Pot - Vegetable Version

Alright – now if this isn’t something that doesn’t make you wanna check your head… So we went up to Canada yesterday. What was up there? This, the second one I’ve reviewed that has a little sachet that actually heats the bowl of noodles and cooks it. Where did I find it? I’m sure you’re thinking ‘oh some neat Asian grocery store.’ No. Hold onto your butts. My wife saw this one. At Walmart. Yeah. Walmart. The Walmart locations both in Richmond, BC and Vancouver, BC have decent noodle aisles with varieties from all over. It should be noted though that there’s a huge Asian population in this area – and so kind of makes sense in a demographic way. I mean, you certainly won’t see this near Walmart HQ in Bentonville, Arkansas…I thought it would be really cool if my son Andy got a chance to try and cook one of these. It should be fun! Glad we found it at Walmart – it was our last stop before heading back home. We go to Walmart every time we go to Canada. It’s really nice up there. Let’s cook this sucker up!

Da Long Yi Self Heating Hot Pot – Vegetable Version – China

#2835: Da Long Yi Self Heating Hot Pot - Vegetable Version

Detail of the stickers from the outer wraps (click to enlarge). The barcode on this sticker is different from the barcode on the cardboard. Remember to avoid the burning hurt at all costs.

#2835: Da Long Yi Self Heating Hot Pot - Vegetable Version

Detail of the underneath of the cardboard outer (click to enlarge). Says it’s vegetable. To prepare, take off lid and take out inner bowl. Add sachet contents and noodles. Add hot water to cover. Underneath in the lower bowl add the cooking sachet. Add cold water to cover the sachet. Put top bowl back on top and put lid back on. Let cook for 8 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Two ‘arms’ wrap themselves around the sides of the bowl (click to enlarge) – here they are side-by-side.

#2835: Da Long Yi Self Heating Hot Pot - Vegetable Version

The little hole in the character’s mouth is a steam vent! These things get extremely hot

#2835: Da Long Yi Self Heating Hot Pot - Vegetable Version

An included pair of chopsticks!

#2835: Da Long Yi Self Heating Hot Pot - Vegetable Version

The noodles.

#2835: Da Long Yi Self Heating Hot Pot - Vegetable Version

The first of three sachets.

#2835: Da Long Yi Self Heating Hot Pot - Vegetable Version

This one is exceptionally large.

#2835: Da Long Yi Self Heating Hot Pot - Vegetable Version

A smaller liquid base sachet.

#2835: Da Long Yi Self Heating Hot Pot - Vegetable Version

Yeah – don’t eat this. This is the heating pack. It’s pretty amazing – a little sachet with a lot of power. This is what makes the bowl bubble and steam and get extremely hot.

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles came out nicely – good thickness and chew. The vegetables – especially the lotus bean pod – were crisp and fresh. The broth was thick and very oily with a strong Sichuan pepper and chili pepper hit to it. I would say t his was the best one so far and many more to come. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 6970164115060.

#2835: Da Long Yi Self Heating Hot Pot - Vegetable Version

Aroma Housewares ASP-137 3-Quart/10-inch 3-in-1 Super Pot with Grill Plate, White/Black

If you haven’t seen any of the Ms. Yeah videos, you’ve been missing out. Check out the New Year’s Hotpot!

Unboxing Time: Taihodien Restaurant Samples From Taiwan

Here’s a box that came from Taiwan recently. Taihodien restaurant is well known for their spicy hot pot and lo and behold, they’ve come out with a dry noodle! Let’s crack this box open and have a look inside and check things out.

Taihodien Restaurant Samples From Taiwan – Taiwan

Cool! Looking forward to giving this a try – thank you!

#2721: Yumei Instant Spicy Hot Pot

#2721: Yumei Instant Spicy Hot Pot - China

Alright kiddie, hold onto your butts! So we have something here I had to review the day after I got it; not because it was going to expire but because I was a little wary of storing it. Why’s that? Well, first off I got this up in Canada at Osaka Market at Yaohan Centre in Richmond, BC. I’d just returned from my trip to Taiwan, my jet lag now gone (for the most part). I had some leftover Taiwanese currency and the Kingmark Currency Exchange doesn’t charge for exchanging which is nice. I converted it so I could treat my family to some wheel cake and milk tea at a little Taiwanese shop at the centre.

I had NO INTENTION OF GETTING ANY NOODLES. PERIOD. I have so many noodles at this point and have to pare down my stock on hand as soon as possible because there’s more coming all the time! Well, we wandered into Osaka Market and their usual big display of fancy imports was replaced by Christmastime cookies and treats. We then hit the noodle aisle and I saw some things I didn’t have, but I held back. So far so good. Then my wife Kit spotted a couple things. One was a Yuzu Cup Noodle that was pretty cheap so went for that. The other was this strange bowl.

My first impression: it was heavy. The second was that I noticed something mentioning ‘self-cooking.’ So I thought this is unique so went for it. Let’s look inside and see what’s going on here.

Yumei Instant Spicy Hot Pot – China

#2721: Yumei Instant Spicy Hot Pot - China

First, let’s look at the English instructions (click to enlarge). Here we go:

CONSUME DIRECTION:

1. Open the box, remove the upper layer, tear off the sauce bag and chives bag, and pour them into the upper layer.
2. Tear off the vermicelli bag and vegetable bag, and put them into the upper layer, and stir and mix them together.
3. Add water into the upper layer, but not over the edge of the layer (hot water recommend for the better favor).
4. Open the self-heating package bag, and put the self-heating package into lower layer, add cold water until the self-heating package soaked totally.
5. Put the upper layer on the top, and cover the lid, wait 8 minutes or more and enjoy the hotpot.
CAUTION: THE HOT STEAMING AND PREVENT FROM BURNING HURT.

Okay – a couple interesting things here. I do want to avoid the burning hurt when at all possible. Another is that this has a self-heating package that works via a chemical reaction in the lower level of the packaging. Wow – so this stuff literally cooks itself. Fascinating!

#2721: Yumei Instant Spicy Hot Pot - China

Here’s the distribution/import sticker (click to enlarge). Note the numbers here – 72 calories and over 9000mg of sodium. Judging by the 46% RDA on this, I’m guessing it’s 915.6mg – that’s more logical. But only 72 calories for this thing? That seems a little suspect. But let’s continue on after noting the name of the distributor – JC Bunny Bunny!

#2721: Yumei Instant Spicy Hot Pot - China

The underside of the outer cardboard packaging (click to enlarge).

#2721: Yumei Instant Spicy Hot Pot - China

An included fork!

#2721: Yumei Instant Spicy Hot Pot - China

A napkin.

#2721: Yumei Instant Spicy Hot Pot - China

The package of vermicelli.

#2721: Yumei Instant Spicy Hot Pot - China

A large liquid base sachet.

#2721: Yumei Instant Spicy Hot Pot - China

A huge sachet of vegetables – fresh vegetables.

#2721: Yumei Instant Spicy Hot Pot - China

A sachet of chives.

#2721: Yumei Instant Spicy Hot Pot - China

This is the fascinating item – the heating bag. When cold water is introduced, it starts a chemical reaction which brings the heat – apparently enough to cook this product. I’m really very curious about this – never have I seen such a thing in an instant noodle before. What gets me though is that it recommends using cold water in the lower tray with this and hot water in the upper tray with the food. If you need hot water to make this, why not just cook it with the hot water you’ve already prepared? But hey, this will be fun.

Finished (click to enlarge). This was quite an experience. Definitely, watch the video where I cook this up. As for the vermicelli, it was cooked nicely. The broth was exceedingly spicy and just buzzing of Sichuan pepper. A little too much acidity going on for my taste. The vegetables did alright – all in all definitely a hot pot of noodles! 2.25 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 6952395703353.

#2721: Yumei Instant Spicy Hot Pot - China

Asian Hotpots: How to Cook Simple and Delicious Hot Pot Dishes at Home

Here’s me cooking this one up

Travels: Taiwan 2017 Day 4: Saturday @ The Food Expo

Travels: Taiwan 2017 Day 4: Saturday @ The Food Expo

Day 1 & 2 * Day 3 * Day 4 * Day 5 * Day 6 * Day 7

Travels: Taiwan 2017 Day 4: Saturday @ The Food Expo

Another day at the food show. Changing over from the hot weeather, it cooled down quite a bit. Surprisingly, overcast with a bit of light rain means lower humidity. It was like spring weather here in Washington State and it was very welcome.

Taiwan 2017 Day 4: Saturday @ The Food Expo

I decided to do another livestream from my hotel room – been having fun yammering in front of the camera.

Here we go – some shots out my window at the hotel and feeling great on the street – just wonderfully comfortable weather here. I gave out some more samples at the food show which was awesome – lots of fun doing that.

We walked across the street to a Thai restaurant. Really good stuff here – very authentic.

So this video isn’t just from today but from quite a few days while here. The hunt for noodles is one I take very seriously – as well as the hunt for gifts to bring home to loved ones.

Kyle and I decided to look around, hitting up the booze area. Lots of companies selling wine, liquor, beer. I actually found a variety of instant noodles I was really searching for here – a company called TTL (Taiwan Tobacco & Liquor) has instant noodles that have a sachet of rice wine and cooking wine, but now they’ve come out with ones with red wine and white wine. The fellow at the booth was more than happy to hook me up with some samples.

Travels: Taiwan 2017 Day 4: Saturday @ The Food Expo

In the evening, I got to hang out with some really great people and go to a hot pot restaurant.

Travels: Taiwan 2017 Day 4: Saturday @ The Food Expo

The beef here is just amazing – I guess one of the hallmarks of this restaurant is that the beef is extremely fresh – within hours of butchering. Lots of good conversation and toasting and then back to the hotel. Another great day in Taipei!

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

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

It’s been quite a year of reviewing as far as Taiwan is concerned. I brought back a trove of varieties I’d never had the chance to try before. Really opened my eyes many varieties that people had recommended I try over the years. This is the top ten – the best Taiwanese varieties I’ve tried from the over 2,500+ reviews I’ve posted to date. As always, if I’ve not tried your noodles, please contact me! I’m interested! Let’s check it out!

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

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

#10: Kiki Noodles Sichuan Spices Flavor Noodle

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

Noodles are thin with a great chew to them. The flavor is excellent – there’s a sweetness and a fire! I really like how the pepper is in a sachet – gives one the option for how hot they like their noodles. Original review

#9: Mom’s Dry Noodle Sichuan Spicy Flavor

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

The scalloped edges, the width, the chew are great and in fact, I could chew on these forever – not that they’re overly chewy and would require such. The spicy Sichuan pepper flavor coats and satisfies. Furthermore, it’s not a one trick pony and in the end, it’s spicy and very tasty as well. Original review

#8: Mom’s Dry Noodle Sour & Spicy Flavor

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

The noodles are flat and a little broader with a very serious chew to them. The flavor is very unique. It’s a kind of crisp black vinegar hit along with a spicy oil hit to it. It’s like ping pong; you notice the heat, then the vinegar, then the heat. Original review

#7: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken With Rice Wine Noodle

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The noodles are soft and plentiful – very nice. A soft noodle works very well here in a sea of chicken flavored broth. The notes of ginger and sesame go well with the rice wine. Finally, the real chicken is really good. Original review

#6: Uni-President Man Han Feast Super Hot Pot Beef Flavor Instant Noodles

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Here’s one I’d been hoping to try. Recommended to me quite a few times, this one features a soft noodle with a rich beef broth. The heat isn’t too much and the beef really adds a nice extra. Original review

#5: Kiki Noodles Scallion Oil & Soy Sauce Flavor Noodle

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The noodles are thin and have a very agreeable mouthfeel. The flavor is a sweet kind of onion hit which is quite tasty. Original review

#4: Tseng Noodle Scallion With Sichuan Pepper Flavor

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A wide noodle with scalloped edges. These have the bonus of a thin edge and thicker center, giving a delicate as well as hearty aspect. The flavor is very good – a soy bump, some onion hit, then the Sichuan pepper oil. It all works together magnificently. Original review

#3: Little Cook Thailand Green Curry Instant Noodle

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This bowl, in fact, is two bowls. One you steep the noodles in. The second? Drain the broth from the first by poking holes in the lid and pour into it. The noodle is accompanied by a spicy green curry and chunks of vegetable and real chicken. The broth slurping soup worked well too. Original review

#2: Xiao Ban Mian Traditional Shallot & Onion Oil Noodle

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Start with a thin kind of rectangular noodle with a strong chew. The flavor that comes with it is a sweet and savory shallot and scallion oil – and it works so well. Who would think something so simple could be so delightful. Original review

#1: Mom’s Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle

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The noodles came out with a very nice chew. They aren’t mushy whatsoever and have a confident backbone. The flavor is very good as well. The notes of sesame, Sichuan pepper oil, Sichuan pepper in the dry mix, sesame sauce as well as soy sauce all work together and play well with each other; nobody’s feet get stepped on. Simple yet complex. Original review

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2017 Edition

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2017 Edition

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2017 Edition is a list of the best bowls I’ve tried of the over 2400 reviews posted to date. Bowls are interesting insofar as they often contain extra things, since there is more room for sachets, spoons, fork, etcetera. As always, I implore instant noodle manufacturers to contact me – I would love to review your products and all it costs is sending some samples and your time! So sit back, grab a bowl, some hot water, peel back the lid, stir – and enjoy!

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2017 Edition

A video presentation of the list.

#10 – JML Spicy King Bowl Noodle Spicy Chicken Noodle – China

#10 – JML Spicy King Bowl Noodle Spicy Chicken Noodle – China The Ramen Rater instant noodle bowls 2017 top ten

The noodles as usual plumped up nicely as they engorged themselves on the broth. good gauge, good chew. The broth is definitely strong and worthy of the top ten spicy list – it means business! Sichuan chilli heat is abundant. The oiliness is great and the hydrated vegetable bits are good as well – a tasty spicy bowl. Original review

#9 – Seven & I (Nissin) Gold Sumire Ramen – Japan

#9 – Seven & I (Nissin) Gold Sumire Ramen – Japan The Ramen Rater instant noodle bowls 2017 top ten

The noodles are thick and chewy – very premium. The broth has a very rich miso flavor that had a little thickness and a nice oiliness. The vegetables and bits hydrated perfectly – nice bits of ground meat and menma float happily about and are of good quality. Original review

#8 – Tokushima Seifun Yakibuta Ramen – Japan

#8 – Tokushima Seifun Yakibuta Ramen – Japan The Ramen Rater instant noodle bowls 2017 top ten

The broth has a nice saltiness and soy flavor with just a little touch of sweetness. The pork flavor finds it’s way into the broth as well which is spectacular. The pork has a nice sweetness and ‘fall off the bone’ texture to it which is pure delicacy. The army of decent sized slices of narutomaki were amazing, and the spring onion and bamboo shoots were perfect. A bowl of amazing taste and quality. Original review

#7 – Nissin Raoh Rich Soy Sauce Flavor – Japan

#7 – Nissin Raoh Rich Soy Sauce Flavor – Japan The Ramen Rater instant noodle bowls 2017 top ten
Raoh’s noodles are great – premium and chewy. The broth is thick and rich with a strong shoyu taste which satisfies. The garnish includes a nice slice of chashu pork. Original review

#6 – Uni-President Man Han Feast Braised Pork Flavor Instant Noodles Bowl – Taiwan

#6 - Uni-President Man Han Feast Braised Pork Flavor Instant Noodles Bowl - Taiwan The Ramen Rater instant noodle bowls 2017 top ten

First, the noodles have a little bit thicker a gauge than most instant varieties. Indeed they are premium although a slight bit softer than one might expect. The broth is a sea of rich pork flavor – different than many. As a matter of fact, this really REALLY has a nice pork flavor; most pork varieties don’t have a great pork taste as the pork taste they do have get overshadowed by saltiness. The vegetables hydrated well and the pork was very good. Original review

#5 – Uni-President Man Han Feast Super Hot Pot Beef Flavor Instant Noodles – Taiwan

#5 - Uni-President Man Han Feast Super Hot Pot Beef Flavor Instant Noodles - Taiwan The Ramen Rater instant noodle bowls 2017 top ten

So the noodles are broad and flat with a light chew and an excellent quantity. The broth is a tour de force of beef taste. It has a good thickness/oiliness to it as well as a good flavor. Indeed as expected, there’s a decent punch of spiciness. Indeed, the chunks of beef are of good size and quality. Moreover, the liquid with the beef in the retort pouch add depth to the broth. Finally, little rings of chilli pepper are here and there, joining the party. Original review

#4 – TTL Sesame Oil Chicken With Rice Wine Noodle – Taiwan

#4 - TTL Sesame Oil Chicken With Rice Wine Noodle - Taiwan The Ramen Rater instant noodle bowls 2017 top ten

TTL stands for Taiwan Tobacco & Liquor and indeed there’s a sachet of rice wine in here! Add to that a big retort pouch full of decent sized chunks of chicken, good noodles and garnish, This is definitely a bowl to seek out and try. Original review

#3 – Choripdong Hurricane Rice Cake Topokki – South Korea

#3 – Choripdong Hurricane Rice Cake Topokki – South Korea The Ramen Rater instant noodle bowls 2017 top ten
It’s red. It’s got a thick spicy and sweet sauce. Chewy ramyun noodles. It’s got topokki. This was a real find – Just looking at the picture makes me want some right this instant. One of the most wonderful bowls of noodles I’ve ever had. Slipping from first place last year. Original review

#2 – Nissin Gyoretsu-no-Dekiru-Mise-no-Ramen (Shrimp Tantanmen) – Japan

#2 – Nissin Gyoretsu-no-Dekiru-Mise-no-Ramen (Shrimp Tantanmen) – Japan The Ramen Rater instant noodle bowls 2017 top ten

Talk about amazing. Now, on most of these bowls, you’ll notice I’ve added my own garnishes. I don’t count them in my reviewing – everything is reviewed prior to any additions I make. This is one where I’ve added nothing and just look at it! This one had very good noodles to start off. The broth was a very thick prawn infused decadent flavor spectacle. Then there’s the little crunchy topping and the other garnish they provide and this is just amazing stuff. Wow. Floored. Original review

#1 – Little Cook Thailand Green Curry Instant Noodle – Taiwan

#1 - Little Cook Thailand Green Curry Instant Noodle - Taiwan The Ramen Rater instant noodle bowls 2017 top ten

Wow – I’m so freaking impressed with this one. First, there are two bowls. Peel back the lid of the first bowl and add boiling water. After a short time, you poke holes in the lid and drain the liquid into the second. A sachet of soup base is added and you have a soup with lots of corn and herbs. Next, a huge sachet with chicken and vegetables boasts a great spicy green curry flavor which mixes with the noodle. A really amazing product. Original review

#2263: Sichuan Baijia Broad Noodle Artificial Beef Flavor Hot Pot

When it says these are broad noodles, its definitely not an understatement. I’ve had mixed feelings about the offerings from this brand in the past – let’s see how this one pans out!

Here is the distributor’s sticker (click to enlarge).

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add everything to the cup and fill to line with boiling water. Let steep for 5 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

An included fork!

The noodle block – see, I told you they were really broad!

The dry base sachet.

When pouring this out of the sachet into the little bowl, the powder was so light and fine that it almost looked like a little bit of vapor came off of it.

A liquid base sachet.

Has a kind of beef scent – I think I detect Sichuan pepper as well.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, coriander, spring onion, beef and chilli flake. The noodles are ultra broad – insanely so! I really like the noodles; they have a bit of chew to them and work well with the broth. The broth has a beef and Sichuan pepper hit along with a good oiliness. The included vegetable bits were pretty good too – the peas mostly hydrated very well – only found one that was a little iffy. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars EAN bar code 6926410320252.

Baijia Instant Noodles, Chinese Spicy Fei-Chang Flavor, 19 Ounce

A corporate video from Sichuan Baijia.