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#3210: Prima Taste Singapore Prawn Soup La Mian – Singapore

#3210: Prima Taste Singapore Prawn Soup La Mian - Singapore

Today I’m reviewing the third iteration of this variety from Singapore. I really like good prawn flavor and hoping this one blows my mind like Prima Taste’s other varieties. Let’s give it a try!

Prima Taste Singapore Prawn Soup La Mian – Singapore

#3210: Prima Taste Singapore Prawn Soup La Mian - Singapore

Detail of the package (click to enlarge). Contains prawn. To prepare, boil noodles in 500ml water for 5 minutes. Add in sachet contents and cook an additional 2 minutes. Finally, stir adn enjoy!

#3210: Prima Taste Singapore Prawn Soup La Mian - Singapore

The noodle block.

#3210: Prima Taste Singapore Prawn Soup La Mian - Singapore

Two identical wet sachets.

#3210: Prima Taste Singapore Prawn Soup La Mian - Singapore

A liquid stock.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, shichimi togarashi, shrimp, and chicken baked with NuTek Salt for Life. Noodles are thick and chewy – absolute excellence. The broth seems to be about as prawny as can be – a very buttery kind of prawn hit is what I get from it, less so the sweet prawn of the north. Great stuff! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8886350068066.

#3210: Prima Taste Singapore Prawn Soup La Mian - Singapore

Prima Taste Wholegrain Laksa Lamian 185g Pack of 6

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#3196: Prima Taste Singapore Chilli Crab Flavoured La Mian – Singapore

#3196: Prima Taste Singapore Chilli Crab Flavoured La Mian - Singapore

I was contacted recently by Prima Taste about their new Black Pepper Crab variety as well and a couple of recipe updates. This on’s got a new recipe – and the thumbs up on the pack denotes it being tasty. Far be it for me to avoid tastiness! Let’s check it out!

Prima Taste Singapore Chilli Crab Flavoured La Mian – Singapore

#3196: Prima Taste Singapore Chilli Crab Flavoured La Mian - Singapore

Detail of the package (click to enlarge). Contains fish and crustacea. To prepare, boil noodle block in 500ml water for 6 minutes. In a second pot, boil sachets for the same amount of time as the noodles. Drain noodles, saving 3 tablespoons water. Add everything together. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3196: Prima Taste Singapore Chilli Crab Flavoured La Mian - Singapore

The noodle block.

#3196: Prima Taste Singapore Chilli Crab Flavoured La Mian - Singapore

Two sachets of chilli crab sauce.

#3196: Prima Taste Singapore Chilli Crab Flavoured La Mian - Singapore

Contents of one of the sachets.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, surimi, coriander, and black sesame seeds. Noodle was on point as always – thick and chewy. The flavoring was a nice balance running between a prawn inspired crab hit, a spiciness, and a meaty kind of buzz. A fine plate of noodles. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8886350067908.

#3196: Prima Taste Singapore Chilli Crab Flavoured La Mian - Singapore

Prima Taste Singapore Chilli Crab Lamian Noodles, Pack of 4

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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

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#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

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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

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 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.

Prima Taste New Recipe Prawn Soup Samples – Singapore

Prima Taste New Recipe Prawn Soup Samples - Singapore

I mentioned a second box from an Unboxing Time video I posted yesterday. Well, here it is! They’re updated the recipe for their Prawn Soup variety yet again and it’s supposed to be really great stuff. Let’s see what’s inside.

Prima Taste New Recipe Prawn Soup Samples – Singapore

New!! Prima Taste Black Pepper Crab & Other Recipes – Singapore

I’ve already just posted the review for the new Prima Taste Black Pepper Crab La Mian, but here’s the video unboxing! It’s been busy and I really wanted to try it so here we are. I had an energy drink today so getting a lot of stuff done today! Enjoy!

New!! Prima Taste Black Pepper Crab & Other Recipes – Singapore

 

#3096: Prima Taste Singapore Black Pepper Crab Flavoured La Mian – Singapore

#3096: Prima Taste Singapore Black Pepper Crab Flavoured La Mian - Singapore

Here’s something pretty cool – I was contacted by the folks at Prima Taste who said they had a new product. Now their Whole Grain Laksa has been number one on my top ten for 3 years now, so naturally I want to try something new from them. They don’t come out with new stuff often and never had anything I didn’t like.

I’ve had quite a few black pepper crab flavored instant varieties actually – from Singapore and Hong Kong and elsewhere. Curious how this will stack up as I honestly haven’t been a huge fan. Let’s find out!

Prima Taste Singapore Black Pepper Crab Flavoured La Mian – Singapore

#3096: Prima Taste Singapore Black Pepper Crab Flavoured La Mian - Singapore

Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge). Contains fish, crustaceans, shellfish and chicken. To prepare, take two pots. In one boil 500ml water in the other boil water and add sachets (unopened). Add noodle block to pot with 500ml water and cook 6 minutes. Leave the sachets in the first pot during noodle cooking. Take sachets out of pot and remove water. Add sachet contents to the pot as well as 4 tablespoons of water from the pot the noodles cooked in and stir. Drain the noodles and add to the pot with the sachet contents and 4 tablespoons of water mixture. Finally, stir until combined and enjoy!

#3096: Prima Taste Singapore Black Pepper Crab Flavoured La Mian - Singapore

The noodle block.

#3096: Prima Taste Singapore Black Pepper Crab Flavoured La Mian - Singapore

This one comes with two large wet sachets – notice these are pre-release samples.

#3096: Prima Taste Singapore Black Pepper Crab Flavoured La Mian - Singapore

Unprepared liquid from two sachets.

#3096: Prima Taste Singapore Black Pepper Crab Flavoured La Mian - Singapore

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, surimi, black sesame seeds, and crispy fried garlic. The noodles came out extremely well – thick, chewy noodles with a round shape. The black pepper crab flavor was very good. The black pepper aspect of it was in the forefront, but it played well with other flavors; a sweetness of crab taste was easily noticed. The spiciness of black pepper was just right. The sauce coats everything evenly and has an excellent richness to it. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8886350067731.

#3096: Prima Taste Singapore Black Pepper Crab Flavoured La Mian - Singapore

Prima Taste Wholegrain Laksa Lamian 185g Pack of 6

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#2921: Prima Taste Singapore Prawn Soup Wholegrain La Mian

#2921: Prima Taste Singapore Prawn Soup Wholegrain La Mian

Here’s one I’ve not tried before – the wholegrain prawn. I’ve tried the regular prawn, but not the wholegrain. This version married the thick and hearty wholegrain la mian with their prawn soup base. Let’s take a look and see how it is!

Prima Taste Singapore Prawn Soup Wholegrain La Mian – Singapore

#2921: Prima Taste Singapore Prawn Soup Wholegrain La Mian

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains crustaceans and chicken. To prepare, boil noodles in 500ml water for 5 minutes. Add in sachet contents and boil and additional 2 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2921: Prima Taste Singapore Prawn Soup Wholegrain La Mian

The noodle block.

#2921: Prima Taste Singapore Prawn Soup Wholegrain La Mian

The package comes with two sachets of prawn soup stock.

#2921: Prima Taste Singapore Prawn Soup Wholegrain La Mian

The two sachets of prawn soup stock.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, 31-40ct shrimp and sliced chashu pork. Noodle was just exquisite as always – firm chew and very hearty. The broth has a rich and tasty prawn flavor to it. Definitely captures the cooking for days kind of broth effect. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8886350068080.

#2921: Prima Taste Singapore Prawn Soup Wholegrain La Mian

Prima Taste Laksa Wholegrain LaMian, 6.5 Ounce

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Re-Review: Prima Taste Singapore Laksa Wholegrain La Mian

Re-Review: Prima Taste Singapore Laksa Wholegrain La Mian

When it comes to my favorites and the annual The Ramen Rster’s top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time list, I like to take nothing for granted. This one has been number one for the past two years and I’m guess it will be so again this year – but I have to try it first just to make sure. Did they change the recipe? Has my taste changed? It gets a little tougher every year with this list as every year there’s about 400 new varieties I’ve been sampling. Anyways, here we go – let give it another try and see how it stacks up!

Prima Taste Singapore Laksa Wholegrain La Mian – Singapore

Re-Review: Prima Taste Singapore Laksa Wholegrain La Mian

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains crustaceans. To prepared, add sachet contents to 500ml water in a pot and bring to a boil. Add in noodle block and cook on low for 7 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Re-Review: Prima Taste Singapore Laksa Wholegrain La Mian

The noodle block.

Re-Review: Prima Taste Singapore Laksa Wholegrain La Mian

A large laksa paste sachet.

Re-Review: Prima Taste Singapore Laksa Wholegrain La Mian

Serious stuff!

Re-Review: Prima Taste Singapore Laksa Wholegrain La Mian

A large dry sachet.

Re-Review: Prima Taste Singapore Laksa Wholegrain La Mian

Aromatic coconut milk powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, scallion, tau pok, fried onion and Dodo fishball. The noodles come out thick and with just the perfect chew to them. Indeed, they seem very artisan – very rustic and hearty. The broth is the stuff of dreams – a nice spiciness, a strong flavor of fish and shrimp and a rich depth from spices. The coconut milk powder gives it a richness and creaminess reminiscent of cooking for hours. 5.0 out of 5.0 hours – just as good as the first time I tried it.   EAN bar code 8886350067854.

Re-Review: Prima Taste Singapore Laksa Wholegrain La Mian

Prima Taste Laksa Wholegrain LaMian, 6.5 Ounce

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Re-Review: Prima Taste Singapore Curry Wholegrain La Mian

Re-Review: Prima Taste Singapore Curry Wholegrain La Mian

Ah, curry. I’ve loved curry since I was very young. My mother would make a curried chicken liver over rice dish that to this day I crave. Unfortunately, she’s not keen on the chicken liver that they sell at the store anymore. Thankfully, curry is popular around the world and there are no end in sight of options to get my curry fix. When it comes to the instant noodle realm, this is one of my my absolute favorite avenues. It’s been on the Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time list for years – both in Wholegrain form and the original. Let’s crack it open and see what’s in this big pack of noodles!

Prima Taste Singapore Curry Wholegrain La Mian – Singapore

Re-Review: Prima Taste Singapore Curry Wholegrain La Mian

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains crustaceans. To prepare, add sachet contents to a pot for 500ml water and bring to a boil. Add noodle block and cook on low for 7 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Re-Review: Prima Taste Singapore Curry Wholegrain La Mian

The noodle block.

Re-Review: Prima Taste Singapore Curry Wholegrain La Mian

The large paste sachet.

Re-Review: Prima Taste Singapore Curry Wholegrain La Mian

Thick and serious paste!

Re-Review: Prima Taste Singapore Curry Wholegrain La Mian

A second sachet.

Re-Review: Prima Taste Singapore Curry Wholegrain La Mian

A heaping amount of coconut milk powder. What I like is that when I open both of the sachets I get a whiff of deliciousness – and the coconut powder has a nice sweetness to it.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, tau pok, Dodo fish balls, and spring onion. The noodle is exquisite – nice thickness and just a perfect texture to them. What’s more is that in the exact time called for, they’re perfect. Good chewiness. The broth is a luxuriant thick curry – not overly strong but exactly and just right. To speak plainly, this is perfectly delicious. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8886350067830.

Re-Review: Prima Taste Singapore Curry Wholegrain La Mian

Prima Taste Wholegrain C u r r y  Lamian 185g Pack of 6

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Unboxing Time: New Wholegrain Prawn Soup From Prima Taste

Unboxing Time: New Wholegrain Prawn Soup From Prima Taste

Got this package the other day – and I didn’t expect it. Well, I WAS expecting it, however both I and Prima Taste thought that it probably had been seized by customs. The tracking was going great then it hit Oakland, California and then Import Delay. It stuck that way for over a week – and then started moving again! What’s more, they never opened the package. Let’s have a look inside!

Thank you very much to the folks at Prima Taste! Can’t wait to try everything (some tried before, some new to try) and thank you for the birthday gift!

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

Well folks it’s that time again. This one’s a big deal – the list that people from around the world have been waiting for every year. Since the last list came out, I’ve reviewed over 400 varieties of instant noodles – a new record in one year for me. So many good ones this year! These are my absolute favorites of the over 2,400 reviews of instant noodles I’ve posted to date. There are some big announcements at the end of the video, so make sure to check them out! As always, I invite instant noodle makers to contact me so I can try your noodles! Now without further ado, The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition!

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

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#10: Paldo Budae Jigae Ramyun – South Korea

#10: Paldo Budae Jigae Ramyun - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Here’s a new one – Budae Jigae. This dish came to be when US troops shared their rations with the locals during the Korean War. The Koreans added the hot dogs, cheese, luncheon loafd, pork and beans and macaroni to a traditional soup and boom – Budae Jigae. The noodles here are thick and chewy, the broth slightly spicy and has a nice oiliness. Augmented by a sachet of oil that smells like hot dogs and garnish which includes sausage, beans and macaroni, this is a unique and really great variety! Original review

#9: Xiao Ban Mian Shallot & Scallion Oil Noodle – Taiwan

#9: Xiao Ban Mian Shallot & Scallion Oil Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

I got to see where these are made in Taiwan last year! I got to try them while there and then tried again for review and both times came to the same conclusion – they’re excellent. The noodles are plentiful and have a very nice chew. The flavor is really great – tasty and full of shallot and scallion flavor. Another example of Taiwan’s mastery of simplicity in the dry noodle genre. Original review

#8: Nissin Demae Ramen Straight Noodle Black Garlic Oil Tonkotsu Flavour Instant Noodle – Hong Kong

#8: Nissin Demae Ramen Straight Noodle Black Garlic Oil Tonkotsu Flavour Instant Noodle - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Hong Kong’s first appearance on the annual top ten. 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

#7: Nyor Nyar Penang White Curry Instant Noodle – Malaysia

#7: Nyor Nyar Penang White Curry Instant Noodle - Malaysia - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

I’ve tried a lot of Penang White Curry varieties. I thought new ones had stopped cropping up a while back, and then I get to try this one and I’m just floored. This one’s perfect. Excellent plump noodles and a broth that’s thick and rich; with spiciness and strong flavors. Everything harmonizes together perfectly. Original review

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

#6: Prima Taste Singapore Curry Wholegrain La Mian - Singapore - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The original Curry La Mian made its debut on the 2013 list. In 2016, the Wholegrain version entered into the list – and with good reason. The noodles are hearty and have a kind of rustic, artisan mouth feel. They are perfect for the broth – a thick lavish curry which come from a huge sachet of paste and is made wonderful with lots of coconut milk powder. Original review

#5: MyKuali Penang Red Tom Yum Goong Noodle – Malaysia

#5: MyKuali Penang Red Tom Yum Goong Noodle - Malaysia - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

In short, this is exactly the same kind of flavor I experienced on the exotic resort island of Langkawi off the coast of Malaysia. The noodles are just right – great gauge and chew and perfectly plump. The broth is thick and strong. Spicy flavor, heavy on the lemongrass and lots of shrimp taste. Unique and authentic. Original review

#4: CarJEN Nyonya Curry Laksa  – Malaysia

#4: CarJEN Nyonya Curry Laksa - Malaysia - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

I have had the fortune to know this variety for three years and it’s been on the list for 3 years. Why? Well, the noodles are very good – they look like your basic instant but they really have a nice feel and chew. The broth comes from a curry pasta, coconut powder and a special dipping sauce. You can put the sauce in a spoon and dip it into the broth (or you can just put it all in). Creamy and rich – this is excellence. Original review

#3: Nissin Straits Kitchen/Straits Reborn Laksa – Singapore

#3: Nissin Straits Kitchen/Straits Reborn Laksa - Singapore - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Why the two names? Well, Nissin Singapore just changed the name from Kitchen to Reborn. This one’s great – extra nice noodles in here. Also, a very rich, strong broth. Finally, there’s the sachet of laksa leaf which you can sprinkle on top to add a savory finish. Original review

#2: MyKuali Penang Spicy Prawn Soup Noodle – Malaysia

#3: Nissin Straits Kitchen/Straits Reborn Laksa - Singapore - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

This one used to be called Hokkien Prawn Noodle. This is a dive into prawn land to be sure. First off the noodles are the same MyKuali has had in all their varieties – just perfect. The broth here is oily, thick and exploding with prawn flavor. It’s very sweet and has a great level of spiciness. To top it off (quite literally), a sachet of the best fried onions in any instant I’ve tried add a savory crunch to the bowl. Beautiful and delicious . Original review

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

#1: Prima Taste Singapore Laksa Wholegrain La Mian - Singapore - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

For the second year in a row, Prima Taste leads the pack with their Wholegrain La Mian. Their regular non-wholegrain version was #1 in 2013. The wholegrain noodle has vaulted it up high – Really high. The noodle has a hearty chew and texture I love. The broth is a harmony is paste and coconut milk powder that has great taste and richness. It all comes together in a crescendo is flavor and texture which is masterfully delivered. Original review

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Top Ten List Samples From Prima Taste

Looks like I’ll be doing some interview here in the USA soon! Those are always a lot of fun. I asked Prima Taste over in Singapore if they could send some samples along of the products they have that are in the Top Ten this year – and they did!

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These two (click to enlarge) have been on the list a long time in their normal form, but these are the new wholegrain versions. The Laksa was #1 for 2016 and the Curry #5.

The #8 spot was held by this Creamy chicken Juzz’s Mee – seriously awesome stuff! Thanks!