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

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

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

#10: Nongshim Jinjja Jinjja – South Korea

While still not available in the United States, Jinjja Jinjja is back in South Korea! This one packs a serious punch of heat along with pork, peanut and black sesame seeds. Original review here

#9: JML Emperor Instant Noodles Spicy Chicken – China

I wasn’t expecting this one to be extremely spicy at the outset and then was in for a ride. Very very hot – augmented with a large sachet of coarse chilli peppers. Original review here

#8: emart Dare You! Habanero Jjamppong – South Korea

Extreme heat is paired with nice bit of seafood broth and lots of bits of seafood. All the fire and flavor melded together with thick ramyun noodles make it hot as well as delicious. This one comes in at 1,960 SHU (Scoville Heat Units). Original review here

#7: MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodle – Malaysia

MyKuali’s new recipe added a big punch of heat to their already amazing and groundbreaking Penang White Curry Noodle. Thick almost saucelike broth fires up the palate and includes a generous amount of garlic this time. Original review here

#6: Ching’s Secret Hot Garlic Instant Noodles – India

When I found this one at a local Indian market, I was very enthused. I thought to myself ‘hey, I like garlic!’ I kind of expected a salty, buttery and almost fettucini kind of thing. But no – this innocuous looking plate of noodles was violently spicy! Super hot garlic spiciness just builds and builds! Original review here

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

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

#4: Paldo Teumsae Ramyun – South Korea

On the list for four years now! Another South Korean ramyun with serious kick to it. This isn’t to be trifled with!  Teumsae has restaurants in South Korea which serve up some seriously spicy fare. I really like the text underneath the word Teumsae which reads, ‘Flavor. Culture. Human’ Original review here

#3: Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkeummyeon – South Korea

I would say that I’ve seen dozens of videos on YouTube showing people competitively eating this one. This stuff is extremely hot. Another brothless variety and it really packs a punch as well as has a nice taste to it. Thick ramyun noodles round everything out nicely and will transmit the spicy sauce to your tongue. Original review here

#2: Paldo Bulnak Bokkummyun Spicy Fried Octopus Ramyun – South Korea

See that little octopus on the package with the smile on his face? He’s laughing. Laughing as he watches you sweat as you eat this ultra spicy ramyun! I’m not kidding this one was over the top spicy! Bring a fire extinguisher. Original review here

#1: emart Dare You! Habanero Ramyun – South Korea

For the fourth year running, this stuff tops the list. Despite a packaging design change, you should still heed the warnings; habanero pepper top right corner, temperature gauge and screaming person, black packaging… Yeah – it’s not one to underestimate; this is violently hot. The broth just keeps delivering the heat and it’s just insane. Try licking a lit candle – I swear this stuff is hotter! Original review here

 

A STATEMENT REGARDING THE TAIWANESE RESPONSE TO THE RAMEN RATER’S BOTTOM TEN INSTANT NOODLES OF ALL TIME 2013 EDITION

NOTE: Another site has translated this for Chinese readers – see it here.

注:另一幅为中国读者翻译 – 在这里看到它

Thanks to Colors Colers for notifying me of this!

Here’s the video interview with me on NTD TV – LINK

A STATEMENT REGARDING THE TAIWANESE RESPONSE TO THE RAMEN RATER’S BOTTOM TEN INSTANT NOODLES OF ALL TIME 2013 EDITION

After being asked for a list of my least favorite instant noodles of all time, plenty came to mind. I find noodles that are of poor character to be mushy, non-elastic, or not enjoyable to my palate. Broths with poor taste also are not to my liking. I believe the varieties that I have listed in the Bottom Ten List are of this nature.

As stated at the top of the list, these are my opinions. In my years of sampling packaged noodle varieties, I have learned quite a bit about them and most importantly, the differences between one type and another, as well as the importance of following the directions on each and every variety as well as sampling them before adding any external ingredients.

It has been said that my reviews of the Taiwanese varieties on the Bottom Ten List were conducted incorrectly. This is not the case.

During the last two days, I have received a large response to the list from people in Taiwan. Many of the responses were kind and thoughtful, however many were rude, disrespectful and geared towards insulting me.

To those kinder responders, thank you – I very much enjoy reading and responding to your comments. To those sending insults, you’re not only disrespecting me but the people of your country. I want people who have seen these comments to know that not all Taiwanese are disrespectful and rude – in fact I have met many people from Taiwan recently that are kind and pleasant to converse with.

I would also like to send a message to the Taiwanese media. I have watched video of your reporting on both the Top Ten list and the Bottom Ten list. I am at a loss as to why you have not contacted or interviewed me on these matters. Of course, you are more than welcome to and I would be happy to grant an interview. I think it would be the right thing to do.

With this said, I hope no one finds the words of some few to color their opinion of Taiwan, a country I have never visited, but hope to someday as it looks quite amazing.

In closing, as with the Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2013 Edition, I stand by my list and my taste buds. Appeasing them is my one and only agenda.

Thank you,

Hans Lienesch
The Ramen Rater
www.theramenrater.com

Top Ten List: The Past Two Days Have Been Amazing!

So these last two days have been crazy – so many people from Taiwan just coming in droves to the site and declaring their passion for the instant noodles of their country! You should be proud of yourselves; I’m never going to look at Taiwanese noodles the same again, that’s for sure! I’m sure I’ll be reviewing more very soon so keep your eyes on The Ramen Rater!

A quick note for new/media people: I’m GMT-7 (Pacific Daylight Time – just north of Seattle). I’m very open to doing interviews to whomever would like to – be it Taiwanese or agencies from other countries. Please contact me via this link and I will reply ASAP. Would really love the opportunity to say hello to all the deicated instant noodle fans out there!

Thank You,

– Hans Lienesch, The Ramen Rater

New Page – The Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time by The Ramen Rater

Yep! The Ramen Rater Top Ten List is here! Check it out by clicking here!