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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!

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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

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The second top ten list of 2019 is for Hong Kong. It’s been a while since the last one and so I thought it was due. This is current as of review #3058, and of all those the reviews, 158 of them are from Hong Kong. Some old and some new here, so let’s check it out! By the way – if you are interested in seeing any Hong Kong instant noodles reviewed that I haven’t thus far, please contact me if you’d like to send me some samples. Thanks! Alright – let’s get to The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Hong Kong Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition!

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

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#10: Nissin Cup Noodles Seafood Flavour

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A cup full of great noodles and lots of seafood here. This is very popular over in Hong Kong and has a lot going for it, especially the sheer amount of seafood included within; crab stick is prevalent as well as other tasty bits. Original review

#9: Nissin Cup Noodles Seafood Curry Flavour

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Curry is one of my favorite flavors and here, Nissin has augmented their Seafood Cup Noodles with – you guessed it: curry flavor! Ample noodles are complimented by a rich curry broth full of great flavor. Original review

#8: Doll Instant Noodles Artificial Chicken Flavour

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Pretty easy to find along with many others in this range. This was my favorite chicken noodle for quite a while – nice chicken taste and great fried noodles come together in a good way. Very easily upgraded with some egg. Original review

#7: Nissin Demae Ramen Sesame Oil Flavour Noodles With Soup Base

top ten hong kong instant ramen noodles best

One big bowl of noodles! A big noodle block hydrates well and floats in ample broth with a nice sesame flavor. Lots of included garnish – one might say scads! The new version has little fishcake with the Demae Ramen kit on them – tasty and fun! Original review

#6: Nissin Seafood Flavour Rice Vermicelli

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A nice little cup with some great features. The vermicelli comes out soft and light which I found very enjoyable. The broth is creamy and full of garnish – doesn’t make you feel gorged but very much satisfied. Original review

#5: Fuku Superior Soup Instant Noodle

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The Fuku brand has been a cultural phenom in Hong Kong for a very long time; pretty much every person from Hong Kong I’ve asked what variety they’ve liked has mentioned it. It’s now owned by Nissin, however it still exists. This one is the Thai version (it’s sold only in HK but made in Thailand now). I liked it – good to see classics endure. It’s a tasty noodle in a tasty broth. Original review

#4 Nissin Demae Ramen Shoyu Tonkotsu Artificial Pork Flavour

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This was the #1 on this list last time I did it in 2015. A nice tasty soy sauce tonkotsu with a block of fried noodles. Good flavor and lots of noodles place it in the top five still. Original review

#3: Nissin Demae Ramen Straight Noodle Black Garlic Oil Tonkotsu

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Hong Kong’s first appearance on the annual top ten (2017). First, these noodles are very good – nice chew and round gauge. Very impressed. Next, the broth is just perfection; a creamy pork tonkotsu broth, savory and rich, is enhanced by the addition of black garlic oil. Original review

#2: Nissin Demae Ramen Straight Noodle Spicy Tonkotsu Flavor Instant Noodle

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The noodles are thin and straight with a very nice chew. The broth is a melange of spicy and milky tonkotsu that had a deep and rich flavor. The heat isn’t so strong you’ll be running for the hills, but it’s respectable insofar as it is spicy but doesn’t overwhelm the underlying tonkotsu flavor. Original review

#1: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Ramen

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This one really surprised me; it’s the best tom yum noodle I’ve had. Ever. Yeah – and it’s from Hong Kong of all places – pretty darn far from Thailand! The pairing of straight noodles with an absolutely delicious tom yum broth really goes well. This stuff just wowed me – typing right now, I could go for some! Original review