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#2994: Sapporo Ichiban Ise Ebi Soup Noodles – Japan

#2994: Sapporo Ichiban Ise Ebi Soup Noodles - Japan

Today we have a Zenpop.JP variety – so what’s Zenpop? They’re a subscription service for all things Japanese! Definitely, check them out. By the way, use coupon code RAMENRATER to get $2 off! Here’s what they had to say about this one –

“Ise-ebi soup is a type of miso soup which contains ise-eni, Japanese spiny lobster. You can now enjoy the ramen version of this local dish from Mie prefecture. The rich flavor of ise-ebi provides the backdrop for the deep flavor of miso”

Sounds interesting! Let’s get started.

Sapporo Ichiban Ise Ebi Soup Noodles – Japan

#2994: Sapporo Ichiban Ise Ebi Soup Noodles - Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains seafood. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2994: Sapporo Ichiban Ise Ebi Soup Noodles - Japan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2994: Sapporo Ichiban Ise Ebi Soup Noodles - Japan

The noodle block.

#2994: Sapporo Ichiban Ise Ebi Soup Noodles - Japan

Loose bits from the cup.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added 31-44ct shrimp, spring onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and shichimi togarashi. The noodles came out well enough in the 3 minutes allotted.  Broth was of good oiliness, however the flavor was very deep sea. Musty. Stronger than I care for. Vegetable and what I believe to be bits of spiny lobster were pretty good. 2.5 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901734032007.

#2994: Sapporo Ichiban Ise Ebi Soup Noodles - Japan

Sapporo Ichiban Otafuku Okonomi Sauce Instant Yakisoba Pan-fried Noodles 12 tubs Made in Japan [ Japan import]

Watch me prepare this one in my own kitchen!

#2322: Sapporo Ichiban MieKameyama Ramen Gyukotsu Misoaji

#2322: Sapporo Ichiban MieKameyama Ramen Gyukotsu Misoaji - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

Sad to say it but this is the last of the varieties sent to me by Javier over at www.BoxFromJapan.com. He’s decided to end the subscription service for instant noodles, however you can still get neat boxes of Japanese candy! Check ’em out! Well, here’s what he had to say about this variety:

Recreating the taste of the local ramen from the city of Kameyama, Mie prefecture.
Noodles: Broad, slightly yellowish noodles. They are also a little curly, and mix well with the soup. Soup: The soup’s base is beef bone, to which you add a mixture of 3 kinds of miso paste (red miso, soy miso and wheat miso), you flavor it with garlic and ginger, and for the final touch you add pepper and spicy soy sauce. Cauliflower fungus powder from Mie prefecture is also used to enhance the flavor and thicken it. Ingredients: Cabbage, bamboo shoots, Jew’s ear fungus, ground beef, and carrots.

Alright – let’s have a look!

Sapporo Ichiban MieKameyama Ramen Gyukotsu Misoaji – Japan

#2322: Sapporo Ichiban MieKameyama Ramen Gyukotsu Misoaji - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and the vegetables sachet. Cover for 5 minutes. Add in liquid sachet. Stir and enjoy! Garnish with togarashi.

#2322: Sapporo Ichiban MieKameyama Ramen Gyukotsu Misoaji - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

Detail of the lid and its underside (click to enlarge).

#2322: Sapporo Ichiban MieKameyama Ramen Gyukotsu Misoaji - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

The noodle block.

#2322: Sapporo Ichiban MieKameyama Ramen Gyukotsu Misoaji - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

The liquid base.

#2322: Sapporo Ichiban MieKameyama Ramen Gyukotsu Misoaji - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

Has a miso scent.

#2322: Sapporo Ichiban MieKameyama Ramen Gyukotsu Misoaji - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

Vegetables and meat.

#2322: Sapporo Ichiban MieKameyama Ramen Gyukotsu Misoaji - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

Veg and chashu.

#2322: Sapporo Ichiban MieKameyama Ramen Gyukotsu Misoaji - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

A garnish sachet.

#2322: Sapporo Ichiban MieKameyama Ramen Gyukotsu Misoaji - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen


#2322: Sapporo Ichiban MieKameyama Ramen Gyukotsu Misoaji - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles are very chewy – very premium stuff. The broth is VERY rich – probably some of the strongest miso flavor I’ve experienced in an instant ramen before. That being said, it’s pretty overwhelming to me; I like a nice rich miso, but this one jumps the shark and is just too much. The vegetables are decently hydrated and of good quality. 2.5 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901734026747.

#2322: Sapporo Ichiban MieKameyama Ramen Gyukotsu Misoaji - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

Sapporo most miso ramen bowl 81g ~ 12 pieces

A Sapporo Ichiban TV commercial.

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time 2014 Edition


If you like it hot, you’re in for a real treat here. These are the spiciest instant noodles you can get that I’ve reviewed from my 1,446 reviews thus far. If you can’t handle spicy foods, these definitely aren’t for you – these are serious! Many of these were so hot, I couldn’t finish the bowl – and I can handle a decent amount of heat! I used to review hot sauces! Anyways, Hope everyone is having a great summer and here are the spiciest instant noodles of all time for 2014!

#10: Nongshim Harmony Korean Spicy Noodle Dish With Chipotle – United States

This unique instant is very new and quite spicy. What’s interesting about is that you can serve it hot or cold, but the spiciness is going to bite you either way! This is the only variety I’ve found featuring chipotle pepper heat. Original review

#9: Mamee Mi Segera SLLRRRP! Perencah Kari Xtra Pedas – Malaysia

The noodles are good – plump with a nice chewiness. The broth is very spicy and hot – not for the faint of heat! It has a good curry flavor to it. If you like spicy curry, check this one out. By the way, Kari Xtra Pedas means extra hot curry if you couldn’t figure that out! Original review

#8: Maggi Extra Spicy Curry Instant Noodles – Singapore

2014_8_4_tts_008Maggi 2 Minute Curry is a nice instant with a little bit of heat, and with the demand for more hotness, they made this new variety. Extra Spicy Curry has a really great flavor to it and a heat that will definitely challenge many. Original review

#7: MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodle – Malaysia

2014_8_4_tts_007When MyKuali’s White Curry Noodle hit this list last year, there was a bit of a craze for it in Malaysia! People really wanted to give it a try. Not only is it retaining it’s spot this year on the spicy list, but it is the reigning number one on The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2014 list. If you can, you have got to try this spicy marvel! Original review

#6: Indomie Curly Noodle With Chicken & Chilli Paddi – Indonesia

This one’s a lot of fun; kind of like Russian roulette on a plate! You’re eating your noodles and all of a sudden wham! There’s usually a couple of these little chillies in there and they pack an extreme punch. You’ll definitely know it when you find it! Original review

#5: 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

#4: Paldo Teumsae Ramyun – South Korea

On the list for three 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

#3: Samyang Foods Buldalk Bokkeummyeon – South Korea

I would say that I’ve seen dozens of videos of 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

#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

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

For the third year running, this stuff tops the list. See the little guy in the top right? 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

#1297: GaGa Mie Gepeng Kuah Rasa Ayam Lada Hitam

A friend sent this a while back from Jakarta – thank you! This is one that says kuah on it. What’s kuah? Well as far as I can gather, kuah is gravy. So instead of a broth, this one should be a bit thicker. Guess we’ll see! Black pepper chicken )rasa ayam hitam) – let’s check it out!

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 350cc boiling water for 3 minutes stirring gently. Add contents of all sachets, stir and enjoy.

A piece of the noodle block.

A dual sachet.

The dual sachet contents: chilli powder atop dry soup base.

Seasoned oil sachet.

Has a really nice scent.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added fried egg, sweet onion and chicken sauteed with a touch of black pepper and lots of BonCabe Level 10. The noodles are a little thicker than others. They have a flat and broad nature and a very comforty chew. The broth is exactly what it portends to be – that of black pepper and chicken. It is indeed also a little thick. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 8888327831857.

A Mie Gepeng TV advertisement.

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Indonesian Instant Noodles Of All Time 2013 Edition

When I was very young, I first discovered a satay variety of Indonesian mi goreng and loved it. I would go on special trips to Seattle just to get tons of it! The many seasoning sachets, oils, and the exotic flavors – it was great! I have been very fortunate to be able to try many, many more varieties of Indonesia instant noodles. I think what makes them distinctly different from others in the world are the use of sweetness and spiciness. These flavors balance so well in mi goreng. Then there’s flavors like lime, hot chillies and the crunch of fried onion. Reviewing such exotic varieties are what makes being The Ramen Rater so enjoyable! With that, I proudly present The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Indonesian Instant Noodles Of All Time 2013 edition!!!!!

#10: Mie Sedaap Mi Goreng Perisa Asli

This one came with quite a few fried onions. Fried onions are wonderful things, especially on mi goreng! The good crunch paired with the sweet and spicy flavors is very good. Original review here

#9: Sarimi Isi 2 Mi Goreng Rasa Ayam Kecap

‘Isi 2’ means ‘for two.’ What I liked about this one was its quantity and balance of heat, sweet soy and a nice chicken flavored sauce. Original review here

#8: Eat & Go Spicy Chicken Mi Instan Cup

This one really took me by surprise. It comes in a small package but has all the accoutrements you would expect in a pack version as well as a fork! The flavor was nice and frisky with the spiciness and it didn’t stop there. Very well done. Original review here

#7: Healtimie Green Barley Noodle Milk Chicken Soup

I’ll be honest – I haven’t had great luck enjoying green noodles in the past! With every rule however, there’s an exception. The slightly wider and flat noodles had a great texture and flavor. The broth was very enjoyable and hearty. Original review here

#6: ABC Selera Pedas Mi Rebus Hot Gulai Chicken Flavour

Curry as well as coconut flavors impressed me here. The noodles had a nice quality and a satisfying texture. A very well-rounded bowl of noodles! Original review here

#5: SuperMi Gobang Goreng Rasa Ayam Bawang

The flavor is great – definitely has an onion chicken flavor and also a lot of sweetness, no doubt from the sweet soy sauce. The chili sauce that came with it also supplies a nice amount of heat. There’s a ton of fried onion to add on top at the end for a nice crunch. Original review here

#4: Indomie Mi Instan Mi Goreng Jumbo

Here it is. How could a top list of Indonesian instants be complete without Indomie Mi Goreng? I went with the Jumbo as you really can’t have too much of a good thing. Good noodles, sweet and spicy – this is great stuff! Original review here

#3: Indomie Mi Goreng Rendang

In a CNN International survey, rendang was voted top. The noodles are chewy enough without being too chewy. The flavor is excellent – like a hot curry beef taste that works so well. I love it. Original review here

#2: . Indomie Mi Instan Mi Goreng Rasa Ayam Panggang Jumbo

Here we go – now this is something really good! A nice big pack of noodles! Great flavors that balance so well with great noodles. Seriously good! Original review here

#1: Indomie Mi Keriting Goreng Spesial

Of all the questions I’ve received as The Ramen Rater, people have asked where they can get the version of this sold in the USA more than anything else. Unfortunately, it’s not sold here anymore – the folks in Indonesia are quite lucky! The noodles in this one are very nice – flat and a little broader than the others in this list and with an excellent flavor. If on a desert island and only able to pick one variety to have with me, this one would come to mind. Original review here

Well, there you go! Thanks to everyone who has sent samples and donations for me to try from Indonesia! It sure looks like there a many I have yet to sample which makes me quite happy! I can’t get enough of the Indonesian varieties and hope to review more soon.

#1177: Mi ABC Mi Instan Rebus Rasa Ayam Bawang (Onion Chicken Flavour)

Another one sent by my friend in Indonesia – thank you! A little translation. So it’s onion chicken flavor – rasa means flavor, bawang is onion and ayam chicken. Mi instan is instant noodle, but rebus? Rebus translated to boiled and here I think refers to the noodles being ‘cooking noodles.’ As I’ve mentioned in the past, what makes a noodle ‘instant’ is the fact that you can put the noodle block and seasonings in a bowl, add boiling water and then cover for a few minutes, stir and eat. Anyways, let’s check out this Indonesian variant.

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat-free, but check for yourself.

The noodle block.

The dry seasonings sachet. Powder soup base on the left and chili powder on the right.

Chili powder atop the soup base powder.

Seasoned oil sachet.

Has a strong onion scent.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added chicken baked with Lindberg-Snider Porterhouse & Roast Seasoning (I know, but it’s got a lot of sage in it and works great with chicken), red, yellow and orange bell pepper, Walla Walla sweet onion and hard boiled egg. The noodles are pretty average – not amazing buut they’re good. The broth is nice and warming with a touch of spiciness, and a great onion and chicken flavor. The seasoned oil gives it a little oiliness that is perfect. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 8992388111237.

Here’s an ABC advert for a different variety – they make pizza with it!

#789: SuperMi Mi Instan GoKar Goreng Rasa Kari

Here’s another new one, sent by a friend in Indonesia! Thanks again! This looks interesting; a curry flavored mi goreng? I’m down with that!

The back of the package (click image to enlarge).

Here’s the noodle block – this one traveled very well!

The dry seasonings: powdered base on left and chili powder on right.

Here’s the chili powder on top of the seasoning powder.

Fried onions on the left and oil with sweet soy sauce on the right.

This is fried onion – you sprinkle it on at the end – super tasty stuff!

Here’s the oil and soy sauce mixture.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added a fried egg with some Huy Fong Sriracha hot sauce, chicken lunch meat, veggies, and some kizami shoga (pickled ginger). This one’s interesting. The noodles are good – a little chewier than what I’m used to in a mi goreng but no problem – they’re good! The flavoring is very curious; I’ve had quite a few Indonesian curry flavor instant noodles, but never a soupless noodle that was curry flavored. It works, although I find myself wanting for the soup! Nice, warm curry flavored broth is one of my favorite things. The fried onions are awesome – they add a nice little crunch! All in all, this is just another example of the fact that yes, after eating 788 different varieties of instant noodle, #789 and be fascinating and different. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 089686014914 .

Here’s the commercial for this one and the other two – GoSo and GoBang

I got an email –
checkout this link
 that’s about an instant noodle stall in jakarta called Warung Indomie Abang Adek which sells the basic cheapest indomie flavour (ayam bawang or fried)
but the unusual part is that they mixed it with lots of chilli paddi
remember that review #732 ?
u only have one dried chilli paddi in one packet 
that stall uses pounded 25 – 100 fresh chilli paddi for one packet of indomie
 crazy eh?

Holy cow! Crazy doesn’t even begin to describe – I was drooling from that single pepper, but that many would be insane. Here’s a video of that place. Thanks go to Wida from Indonesia for the info!

#771: Wingsfood Mie Sedaap Instant Mi Kuah Rasa Ayam Bawang

Here’s one I got locally at a new Indonesian grocery here in town – Waroeng Jajnan! I can’t wait to go back there! This is onion chicken flavor – ayam means chicken and bawang means onion.

Back of the packaging (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block.

Powder seasoning and chili powder.

Ready for business!

Seasoned oil.

Interesting seasonings – probably onion.

Fried onions go on top!


Finished (click image to enlarge). Added some onions and Fresno peppers, one egg, some Blue Diamond Sea Salt Almonds and some kizami shoga (pickled ginger). The noodles are just right – wonderful. The broth is very chicken onion flavored and just hits the spot. I really liked this one a lot – perfect comfort food! 4.0 out of 5.0 stars!  UPC bar code 8998866200318 .

This is one strange commercial!

Mie Sedaap commercial

Big Donation: Indofood CBP – Indomie!

I got an email that a package was sent to me from Indomie CBP in Jakarta, Indonesia on the 16th! Well, it arrived on the 21st! Five days from Jakarta – that was impressive!

They were worried that even though they included all the proper paperwork that the samples might not make it past US Customs authorities – looks like it did!

Thinly sliced paper! Great packing!

Oh wow – 19 different local Indonesian varieties of Indomie – 3 of each of them. Oh wow! Going to be doing a Meet The Manufacturer with them soon as well and you can bet I’ll be checking these out with glee! Thanks go to Susienta at Indomie in Jakarta for this amazing shipment! I think I say on behalf of the readers of the site that are from Indonesia, you’ve done an awesome thing! Thank you!

#686: Wingsfood Mi Sedaap Mi Goreng Perisa Sambal Goreng

More Indonesian noodles! This one’s a spicy pack of mi goreng – fried noodles!

This is the export label.

Here’s the package back (click image to enlarge) – the export sticker was a little obstinate.

Here’s the noodle block.

Well, not too hard to tell what we have here – from left to right, seasoned oil, hot chili sauce and sweet soy sauce.

Powdered seasoning sachet!

So everything gets put in the bowl and the noodles once done are drained and everything is stirred up.

Here’s the garnish packet – fried onions!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added two fried eggs, some roast turkey lunch meat, kizami shoga (pickled ginger), Jane’s Krazy Mixed Up Salt and Melinda’s Garlic Habanero hot sauce. Oh – and the fried onion garnish. The noodles are great – chewy and soft too. The flavor is spicy and sweet – along with a satisfying and delicious crunch from the fried onion. This is grubbin! 4.5 out of 5.0 stars! UPC barcode 8998866200448 – get it here.

Mi Sedaap commercial.

Carl Sagan again in this awesome series.

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten List: Exclusively On Foodiggity!

So I did a guest post on Foodiggity! Decided I’d give em’ the exclusive and so The new Top Ten Instant Noodles In The World (according to me) is on their site right now! Don’t worry – it’ll be up here on Saturday, but for now, check it out on Foodiggityhere‘s the link!

If it’s been a long time and you’re looking at this via the  Media Coverage link, here’s the article below (click image to enlarge).

#655: Cap Atoom Bulan Mie Telor Asli

Found this last week while looking for stuff to make my curry soup. Not something standard here; just noodles. But they’re fried noodles from Indonesia by the company that makes the Super Bihun. That rad looking bomb logo calls to me and so here we try Mie Telor Asli Cap Atoom Bulan.

Here’s the back of the packaging (click image to enlarge).

In the pack you get three sheets of noodles like this. They’re about 4mm thick.

I decided that I’d make three bowls; one for my wife, my son and myself. This is the one for my wife. Drained noodles with a little garlic salt, pepper and ham.

Here’s my son Andy’s – I cooked them using the seasoning packet from some Indomie Onion chicken flavor noodles – also from Indonesia. He thinks it should get five stars – high praise!

I went for broth – I used the flavorings from a pack of Indomie Soto Mie and dropped an egg in and covered at the end.

Now for the review: this stuff was chewy and thicker than the noodles from Indonesia I’ve tried. It was interestiong cooking them in a little saucepan as well – got the water boiling and had to babysit the plank of noodles until they were pliable enough the entirely enter the boiling water. Of course, you could break them in half, but that’s against my ideas on noodles. Anyways, good stuff – 3.0 out of 5.0 stars. Curious what they would normally be used with. UPC barcode 8994357010015 . Find it here.

This looks really good

The world’s most dangerous kid’s band, “The Boogers” playing Itsy Bitsy Spider