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The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Philippines Instant Noodles Of All Time 2018 Edition

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Philippines Instant Noodles Of All Time 2018 Edition

As I mentioned at the begginning of the Top Ten Japanese list, I have added a little chat option to the site. If I’m available, I can turn it on on my phone and people can ask me questions or comment while they browse the website. Thus far, the most questions and comments are from the Philippines. I thought hey – why isn’t there a top ten Philippines list? I haven’t reviewed many from the Philippines lately and I kind of hope companies in the Philippines that make instant noodles might be interested in having me review their products – if so, please contact me. I would love to do an annual list for the Philippines, however without more reviews, there’s not a whole lot of reason to do so. So let’s have a look! These are my favorite Filipino varieties from the over 2,500 reviews I’ve posted to date.

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Philippines Instant Noodles Of All Time 2018 Edition

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This is a presentation of the top ten with commentary by The Ramen Rater.

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Philippines Instant Noodles Of All Time 2018 Edition

#10: Lucky Me! Supreme Seafood Flavor Big Cup

#10: Lucky Me! Supreme Seafood Flavor Big Cup

The noodles have a light gauge and chew – there’s a decent amount of them, and they don’t exhibit any mushiness or sponginess. The broth is very luxuriant – kind of a milky and creamy seafood affair. Definitely a comfort food feel to it. Original review

#9: Lucky Me! Beef Na Beef Instant Noodles

#9: Lucky Me! Beef Na Beef Instant Noodles

The noodles have a nice gauge and good texture to them – nice quantity too. The broth has a very beefy flavor – not one brought about like bouillon does but more like stewed beef. The garnish worked just right. If you like beef, you’ll really love this. Original review

#8: Lucky Me! Special Instant Curly Spaghetti With Yummy Red Sauce

#8: Lucky Me! Special Instant Curly Spaghetti With Yummy Red Sauce

The noodles are definitely large gauge – larger than ramyun even. They also have an excellent chewiness to them. The flavor is a sweet tomato sauce which coats everything quite well. Original review

#7: Lucky Me! Pancit Canton (Chow Mein) Original Flavor

#7: Lucky Me! Pancit Canton (Chow Mein) Original Flavor

The noodles have a great gauge and chew. The flavor is like a salty and garlic kind of thing which is really quite enjoyable. The dry component seems to give it an almost chicken kind of sense whereas the oil and sauce lend to it an oiliness and more garlic flavor which round things out. As I’ve said before, this is much like mee goreng and is very good! Original review

#6: Lucky Me! Pancit Canton (Chow Mein) Sweet & Spicy Flavor

#6: Lucky Me! Pancit Canton (Chow Mein) Sweet & Spicy Flavor

The noodles have a nice standard gauge with a light spring. The chew is right for this application. The flavor is like a nice sweet and spicy with butter and salt kind of thing. Original review

#5: Lucky Me! Special Instant Noodles Jjamppong Flavor

#5: Lucky Me! Special Instant Noodles Jjamppong Flavor

The noodles are thin and have a nice lightness to them – much like one would find in a cup noodle but a little different. The broth has a very good spiciness and seafood flavor which I would expect in a jjamppong instant and works well. The solid ingredients hydrated well and were of excellent quality. Original review

#4: Lucky Me! Special Baked Mac Style Instant Macaroni

#4: Lucky Me! Special Baked Mac Style Instant Macaroni

The noodles have a nice shape and chew to them. The sauce is very good – it has a sweetness and tomato flavor and is frequently augmented with bits of textured vegetable protein which are just like little bits of real hamburger. This was a very pleasant surprise. Original review

 

#3: Quickchow Pancit Canton Toyo-Mansi

#3: Quickchow Pancit Canton Toyo-Mansi

Well I must say this is stupendous and wonderful stuff and I could eat it every day.  I like the noodles and the flavor has a kind of spicy and citrus flavor. Original review

#2: Payless Xtra Big Chilimansi Pancit Canton

#2: Payless Xtra Big Chilimansi Pancit Canton

The noodles were awesome and very tasty! A bit of chili flavor, a bit citrus. Kind of sweet and salty too. Everything played off of eachother and it was like listening to some groovy funky music but it was going from the bowl into my facehole, getting chewed and into the great oblivious beyond that is my digestive system. Good good stuff – stuff of poetry and philosophy. Original review

#1: Lucky Me! Instant Pancit Canton (Chow Mein) Extra Hot Chili Flavor

#1: Lucky Me! Instant Pancit Canton (Chow Mein) Extra Hot Chili Flavor

The noodles as always in their pancit canton are just right – good gauge and chew. They are complimented this time with a nice coating of salty and spicy flavors that were really good – and the spiciness was definitely more than adequate. Original review

#1645: Lucky Me! Supreme Jjamppong Korean Style Spicy Seafood Soup

I recently reviewed a South Korean Jjajang instant noodle. Well, here’s another double J named instant noodle! Jjamppong! So, what’s jjamppong? Wikipedia has this to say:

Jjamppong (Korean: 짬뽕, Chinese name: 炒碼麵), a spicy noodle soup flavored with onions and chili oil. A form of jjamppong is also the local Chinese specialty in the Japanese port city of Nagasaki (see Chanpon). The noodles are made from wheat flour.

Seafood sounds good! Let’s check it out!

 Detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, empty sachets into bowl. Add boiling water to line and steep for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

 Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

An included fork!

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

Has a spicy scent.

The solid ingredients sachet.

Little bits of fish perhaps.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge).  Added crab stick, fish ball, sliced squid, shrimp, kamaboko, mung bean sprouts and white onion. The noodles are of a thin gauge although made from wheat and have a nice soft texture. The broth has a definitely spicy seafood taste which I really liked. The garnish hydrated well. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4807770272646.

Not a fan of seafood? Try out this Lucky Me Supreme Instant Noodles Bulalo Flavor 65g Pack of 8

A new TV spot from Lucky Me!

Meet The Manufacturer: Re-Review: Lucky Me! Instant Pancit Canton (Chow Mein) Extra Hot Chili Flavor

Today, we say farewell to the Monde Nissin Meet The Manufacturer! It’s been really neat to try all of these different varieties one right after the other – this is the 15th review! I do up to 15 in a row during an MTM. I thought today would definitely be fitting for something hot and spicy. Why you ask?

When we got up this morning, it was 19 degrees outside. That’s -7C! Whatever temperature scale you use, that’s pretty cold. Taking the dogs out in this weather is a tough go, especially when they decide to take their time in picking a spot to do their business (if you have pugs, you’ll understand). I usually take them out a few minutes before I start cooking, and so I should get a good bit of chill in my bones that some spicy food will help relieve. Let’s check out this last one, Lucky Me! Pancit Canton Extra Hot Chili flavor!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block to a pot of boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Drain noodles. On a plate, add sachet contents and stir together. Finally, add noodles and combine with seasonings. Enjoy!

The noodle block.

The dry seasonings sachet.

Has a spicy scent.

A dual sachet of seasoned oil and sauce.

The oil and sauce co-mingling. As you can see, the oil is kind of solid. This can happen and isn’t a sign of the oil being bad in any way, just cold.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sauteed beef and spring onion and fried egg. The noodles as always in their pancit canton are just right – good gauge and chew. They are complimented this time with a nice coating of salty and spicy flavors that were really good – and the spiciness was definitely more than adequate. A very nice note to end this Meet The Manufacturer on. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4807770271229.

If you want to get some of this Lucky Me! Pancit Canton Extra Hot Chili flavor, here’s where to get it!

A Lucky Me! Extra Hot Chili TV spot.

Meet The Manufacturer: Re-Review: Lucky Me! Special Instant Pancit Bihon With Kalamansi

Rice vvermicelli isknown by many names in the world; bihun, beehoon, bihon – it’s all the same thing! One thing though – these noodles are made with corn starch! But pancit – let’s see what wikipedia has to say:

Pancit or pansit is the term for noodles in Filipino cuisine. Noodles were introduced into the Philippines by the Chinese and have since been adopted into local cuisine. The term pancit is derived from the Hokkien pian i sit (Chinese: 便ê食; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: piān-ê-si̍t or Chinese: 便食; pinyin: biàn shí) which means “something conveniently cooked fast.”[1] Different kinds of noodles can be found in Filipino supermarkets which can then be cooked at home. Noodle dishes are also standard fare in local restaurants. Food establishments specializing in noodles are often referred to as panciterias.

Nancy Reyes Lumen of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism writes that according to food lore handed down from the Chinese, noodles should be eaten on one’s birthday.[1] They are therefore commonly served at birthday celebrations and Chinese restaurants in the Philippines often have “birthday noodles” listed on their menus. However, she warns that since “noodles represent long life and good health; they must not be cut short so as not to corrupt the symbolism.”[1]

Another one here is kalamansi. What is that? Again, wikipedia:

Citrofortunella microcarpa, the calamondin or calamansi, is a fruit tree in the family Rutaceae in native Asia. Other English language common names include calamonding, calamandarin, golden lime, Philippine lime,Panama orange, Chinese orange, and acid orange.[1] Its cultivation has spread throughout Southeast Asia, India, Hawaii, the West Indies, and Central and North America.[2] The plant is characterized by wing-like appendages on the leaf stalks and white or purplish flowers. Its fruit has either a spongy or leathery rind with a juicy pulp that is divided into sections.

The fruit is indigenous and widely cultivated in the Philippines (Tagalog: calamansi or kalamansî [kɐlɐmɐnˈsɪʔ]; Visayan: limonsito or simuyaw [sɪˈmujɐw]), Malaysia (Also known as limau kasturi) and neighboring northern parts of Indonesia. It is available year-round in the Philippines and is usually seen in its unripened green state. When left to ripen it turns a tangerine orange.

I has always thought that kalamansi was just the Filipino word for lime! Now it sounds more like a smaller kind of thing, like a lime and a kumquat combined. Interesting! Let’s check out Lucky Me! Special Bihon – with kalamansi!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free, but check for yourself. To prepare, add vegetables sachet content and noodle block to a bowl and cover with boiling water. Cover for 4 minutes and drain. Add in contents of remaining sachets and stir well. Enjoy!

The bihon block.

The powder base sachet.

A light powder.

A dual sachet of seasoned oil and sauce.

The two seen here co-mingling.

The vegetables sachet.

An interesting mix – looks to be green onion and regular onion.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added pork, sweet onion, spring onion, shrimp, carrot and bell pepper sauteed with soy sauce. The noodles are thin and light. They don’t have to strong of a chewiness which I liked in this one. The flavor is kind of a light meat kind of thing with a little sweet and savory in there but no spiciness. The garnish hydrated well and added a little something something. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4807770272547.

I couldn’t find the Bihon variety on Amazon, but here’s the Pancit Canton Kalamansi flavor!

A short documentary by the BBC about the Philippines.

Meet The Manufacturer: #1532: Lucky Me! Special Instant Noodles Jjamppong Flavor

Well everyone, today is Thanksgiving! I thought I’d like to thank everyone who visit The Ramen Rater every day – your attention and interest inspires me to continue on in my journey to find the best instant noodles in the world and let you know about them! I wanted to also thank you for buying things using the Amazon links I provide. These aren’t products directly from me, but from people/companies selling them on Amazon, and I get a little something every time one of you uses a link and either buys the item shown or browses and finds something else they’d like. This really helps us out, especially around the holidays. If you’re planning on doing holiday shopping on Amazon, consider something from the Noodle Shop or simply go to the Noodle Shop and click on the Amazon logo. You’ll be helping keep The Ramen Rater running ! Thanks, and Happy Thanksgiving!

Jjangppong is one of two popular Korean-Chinese dishes, the other being Jjangmyeon which is a broth free dish of noodles with black bean sauce. Wikipedia has this to say about Jjangppong:

Jjamppong (Korean: 짬뽕, Chinese name: 炒碼麵), a spicy noodle soup flavoured with onions and chili oil. A form of jjamppong is also the local Chinese speciality in the Japanese port city of Nagasaki (see Chanpon). The noodles are made from wheat flour.

Instant Jjamppong usually has a rich seafood broth and pictures on the front of the package showing the noodle soup accompanies by assorted seafood. Let’s have a look at Lucky Me! special Jjamppong!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, add contents of package and sachets into a large bowl. Add 400ml boiling water to bowl and cover for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

A round noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

Has a nice spicy seafood scent.

A solid ingredient sachet.

Looks to be mostly small bits of seafood.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added octopus, mussels, clams, shrimp, squid, green onion and sweet onion. The noodles are thin and have a nice lightness to them – much like one would find in a cup noodle but a little different. The broth has a very good spiciness and seafood flavor which I would expect in a jjamppong instant and works well. The solid ingredients hydrated well and were of excellent quality. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4807770273100.

Lonely Planet Philippines (Travel Guide)

A Lucky Me! Special Jjamppong TV advertisement.

Meet The Manufacturer: #1531: Lucky Me! Special Instant Sopas Chicken Flavor

Thought this would be one my son would like. He’s been keen on trying new things, and I doubt he’s ever had any Filipino soups before. Sopas is basically chicken soup, but has a Filipino twist to it. Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about Sopas in the Philippines:

Western style chicken soup in the Philippines is called sopas. While there are many variations in the recipe, it usually contains chicken strips in broth, onions, vegetables (mainly carrots, cabbage and celery), and macaroni noodles. It is cooked with evaporated milk to give it richer flavor. Sopas is normally associated with the cold, rainy season in the Philippines, and may thus be regarded as local comfort food.

Oriental style chicken soup are generally called mami and normally served with sliced chicken, broth, noodles, chopped vegetables which resembles their East Asian versions.

Other chicken dishes are considered soups. Tinola has chicken cuts in broth, with ginger, chayote, and chili pepper leaves. Sinampalukang manok is basically just a chicken version of sinigang, but here the meat is browned first before being boiled in the water.

Sounds like something he will like – let’s see what’s inside Lucky Me! Instant Sopas!

 Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, cook noodles in 2 cups briskly boiling water for 3 minutes. Add contents of sachet and cook another minutes. Stir and enjoy!

A package of spiral macaroni – just like in Lucky Me! Baked Mac.

The soup base sachet.

Has a kind of milky chicken scent.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge) Added grilled chicken, bell pepper and sweet onion with just a sprinkle of Jane’s Krazy Mixed up Pepper on top.. The noodles have a nice chew to them and work well with the broth. The broth is indeed comfort food driven, with a very nice creaminess and good chicken flavor. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4807770272615.

Memories of Philippine Kitchens – In the newly revised and updated Memories of Philippine Kitchens, Amy Besa and Romy Dorotan, owners and chef at the Purple Yam and formerly of Cendrillon in Manhattan, present a fascinating—and very personal—look at Filipino cuisine and culture. From adobo to pancit, lumpia to kinilaw, the authors trace the origins of native Filipino foods and the impact of foreign cultures on the cuisine. More than 100 unique recipes, culled from private kitchens and the acclaimed Purple Yam menu, reflect classic dishes as well as contemporary Filipino food.

A Lucky Me! Special Sopas TV spot. It mentions NAPA (No Artificial Preservatives Added), a seal on much of the Lucky Me! packaging.

Meet The Manufacturer: #1530: Lucky Me! Spicy Beef Mami Instant Noodle Soup

Lucky Me! Spicy Beef Mami is a newer product I’m pretty sure. A couple neat things about this one is tyhat they use Labuyo pepper. It’s also known as Bird’s Eye chilli as well a cili padi (chilli paddi) in Indonesia and Malaysia. What’s more, this is another instance of instant noodles being referred to as ‘mami.’ As far as I know, this in a purely Filipino thing; never seen instant noodles called mami anywhere else (although there is a Malaysian company called Mamee, (a play on mee and MAMA) and a Thai brand called MAMA (for the same reason). I thought I’d see what Wikipedia has to say about the various meanings of mami and got this list:

  • Mami (goddess), a goddess in the Babylonian epic Atra-Hasis
  • Mami (Japanese name), a Japanese feminine given name
  • Mami, Kerman, a village in Iran
  • Mami, alias of the Algerian raï singer Cheb Mami
  • Mami, a type of noodle soup found in the Philippines
  • MAMI, an abbreviation for Mainz Microtron, an electron accelerator in Germany
  • Mami, a Non-playable-character in Breath of Fire IV, who treated Fou-Lu’s wounds
  • MAMI Moscow State Technical University
  • Mami (film), a 1971 Argentine film
  • Mami Wata, a pantheon of ancient water spirits or deities
  • In some Indian languages, mami means uncle’s wife. Specifically, it means mother’s brother’s wife

That’s a lot of mami right there! Anyways, let’s try these Lucky Me! Spicy Beef Mami Instant Noodles and see what we have inside.

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, cook noodles in 2 cups boiling water fo 3 minutes. Add in garnish and seasoning sachet contents, stir, and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

The soup base has a spicy beef scent.

The garnish sachet.

Looks to be mostly green onions.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added beef, sweet onion and bell pepper. The noodles hydrate quite nicely with a good gauge and mouthfeel that I would expect from a standard instant. The broth has a nice little punch of spiciness and a very good beef flavor. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.EAN bar code 4807770191206.

Maybe want something non-spicy? Check out this Lucky Me! Beef Na Beef here!

A TV spot for Lucky Me! Spicy Beef Mami.

Meet The Manufacturer: #1529: Lucky Me! Special Instant Curly Spaghetti With Yummy Red Sauce

I have tried a few quick spaghetti in the past – from South Korea, Japan and Indonesia, but never from the Philippines! I had a look to see if there’s a particular way in which spaghetti is enjoyed in the Philippines and as it turns out, I found some recipes that included hot dogs. Interesting! Well, let’s have a look at this unique instant variety = Lucky Me! Curly spaghetti!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, cook noodles in briskly boiling water for 4 minutes. Drain. Combine with sauce and enjoy!

The noodle block. The noodles look much wider than most.

The sauce sachet.

The sauce has a sweet tomato scent.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added minced beef, zucchini, bell pepper, mushroom, basil paste, Jane’s Krazy Mixed Up Salt and sauteed it all together and mixed it in and topped with herbed parmesan cheese. The noodles are definitely large gauge – larger than ramyun even. They also have an excellent chewiness to them. The flavor is a sweet tomato sauce which coats everything quite well. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4807770272516.

Get it on Amazon

Filipino Soul Food – Chef Maria Ford is a magna cum laude graduate of the Texas culinary academy and owner of the Cebuana Filipino store in Austin TX. She is a native of Cebu and immigrated to the US in 2003. She was featured in the 2010 east Austin stories documentary “Filipino Soul Food” by Rhea Rivera. In 2010 Chef Maria Ford created her Meryendahan celebration to promote Filipino food, culture and arts. Now Chef Maria Ford is poised to take the culinary world by storm with the release of her first cookbook entitled Filipino Soul Food. This book contains the recipes that Maria prepares on a daily basis and that her loyal customers have grown to love over these past two years

A TV advertisement for Lucky Me! Special Curly Spaghetti With Yummy Red Sauce.

Meet The Manufacturer: Friday Video: Food Journey Philippines

Here’s a documentary dealing with the food culture of the Philippines! I thought it would be very fitting to explore the foods of the Philippines while reviewing foods from a Filipino manufacturer! Happy Friday! More reviews coming tomorrow!

#1285: Lucky Me! Supreme Chow Mien Seafood Flavor Instant Stir-Fried Noodles

Don’t see new Filipino varieties often these days, so was very pleased to come across this one. Wondering about the spelling? Well, it’s spelled many ways – mein, mien, mian… Basically, mien means noodles. Anyways, let’s check this one out!

Here are the side panels (click image to enlarge). Contains seafood.

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge). To prepare, open the container and use the fork to poke holes through the little guide on the lid. Take all the sachets out. Open the solid ingredient sachet and pour in the bowl. Add boiling water to outside line for 3 minutes. Drain water. Add the contents of all the other sachets and stir – enjoy!

An included fork!

The noodle block.

Dry powder sachet.

Has a seafood scent.

The solid ingredient sachet.

Bits of vegetable and imitation crab.

Liquid ingredient sachets.

Oil.

Soy sauce.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added narutomaki and sweet onion. The noodles are slightly broad and flat. They’ve got a slightly crumbly texture and a hint of sesame flavor. The additions are interesting. I think what kind of did this in was the amount of oil. I think the dish would have been fine without it. The veggies and crab bits were nice, and the all around flavor was pretty good. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 4807770273162.

Unfortunately, my beard didn’t do that. I guess results may vary.

#628: Lucky Me! Supreme La Paz Batchoy Artificial Beef Garlic Flavor Instant Noodles

Haven’t had any Lucky Me! in quite some time. This is a smaller version of the Lucky Me! La Paz Batchoy I’ve had before. Let give this one a renewed and smaller look!

Click image to enlarge. Was a pain to get this shot of the panel to come out – best I could get.

Clockwise from the top, we have the powdered seasoning, a fork, some little fake beef bits and the seasoned oil packet.

Here’s everything waiting for the boiling water and a few minutes under a plate.

Finished (click image to enlarge). This is so much different than what I’ve been having lately. The noodles are kind of soggy and didn’t really soak up too much flavoring. The broth is full of garlic beef flavor – and the little beef bits are like TVP but different – more like foam. It weird though because it all works very well together It’s good. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC code is 4807770271168 – get it here.

A TV spot for Lucky Me! La Paz Batchoy.

Compared to the vid, it looks kinda like it!

#382: Lucky Me! N-Rich Instant Noodles with Malanggay (Moringa Oleifera) Tinolang Manok Artificial Chicken Flavor with Ginger

So here’s one of the smaller packs of noodles. This one’s from the Philippines and containes something called Malanggay. Here’s what is said about it on Wikipedia:

In the Philippines, the leaves are widely eaten. Bunches of leaves are available in many markets, priced below many other leaf vegetables. The leaves are most often added to a broth to make a simple and highly nutritious soup. The leaves are also sometimes used as a characteristic ingredient in tinola, a traditional chicken dish consisting of chicken in a broth, Moringa leaves, and either green papaya or another secondary vegetable. The leaves can also be processed with olive oil and salt for a pesto-like pasta sauce that has become popular on the Filipino culinary scene.

Hmmm… Interesting!

One packet.

It might look like there’s a lot here, but it was a reasonable small packet and the powder is just spread out. Also this is some soupy stuff – two cups of water went with the noodle block which was small.

Click image to enlarge. Threw an egg in with the boiling noodles. Okay so this is like chicken ramen with just the lightest hint of ginger. I do like it, but it’s not anything to write home about in my opinion. I’m giving it 2.5 out of 5.0 stars – absolutely average, but tasty.