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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

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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.

Unboxing Time: Favorites From CarJEN Foods Of Malaysia!

Unboxing Time: Favorites From CarJEN Foods Of Malaysia!

Usually when there’s a big list coming up, I’ll ask companies to send samples along for re-review. Well, here are a couple from CarJEN Foods of Malaysia! Both of these have graced Top Ten Lists, both past and present. Let’s get to it!

Favorites From CarJEN Foods – Malaysia

A big thanks to the folks at CarJEN for sending these along!

#1978: CarJEN Nyonya Curry Laksa [Improved Taste]

The other day I got some samples from CarJEN – this one piqued my interest. First off, the ‘Improved Taste’ sticker – it actually if from the outside of a 4 pack but I figure since I always just do pics of the individual packs, I’d just unstick it and restick it. It was #4 on last year’s big The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2015 Edition. Wonder what’s changed? Let’s have a look!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains crustaceans. To prepare, cook the noodle block in 400ml boiling water for 2 minutes. Add in the soup paste and stir well. Add in the creamer and stir. Garnish with dipping sauce and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The paste sachet.

Has a nice and savory scent to it.

The dipping sauce sachet.

A nice shrimp scent.

A non-dairy creamer sachet.

I love this – coconut cream powder!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and tau pok. The noodles are thick and buxom with a absolutely wonderful firmness. They slurp up the broth immediately. The broth is just paradise; such a richness to it and a heat – not too much, not too little. I’m very impressed with these yet again – spectacular! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 9557226082989.

The Penang Nyonya Cookbook

A New Variety From CarJEN!

Got a big box delivered today! What’s inside? Let’s take a look!

Well packed!

This is CarJEN’s new Otentiq Cheezy Mushroom instant noodles!

Nice packaging! I’m real curious about this one. There’s going to be a Cheezy Curry as well!

They kindly sent along a couple signed posters for my collection! Thank you!

Some literature about Otentiq Cheezy Mushroom – and wait – what’s this?

Stickers!

CarJEN’s Nyonya Curry Laksa was #4 on the 2015 Top Ten list! Looks really nice on there too! Thanks to Sugu, Cherene and Santhosh for sending me these new samples!

Meet The Manufacturer: #1585: CarJEN Nyonya Curry Laksa

Here’s the new CarJEN Nyonya Curry Laksa! This one’s supposed to be pretty good and comes with a sachet of sambal dipping sauce. So to start, let’s see what wikipedia has to say about the term Nyonya:

From the Malay influence a unique “Nyonya” cuisine has developed using typical Malay spices. Examples are Chicken Kapitan, a dry chicken curry, and Inchi Kabin, a Nyonya version of fried chicken. Pindang bandeng is a common fish soup served in Indonesia during the Chinese New Year and so is a white round mooncake from Tangerang which is normally used during the Autumn Festival. Swikee Purwodadi is a Peranakan dish from Purwodadi, it is a frog soup dish.

Nyonya Laksa is a very popular dish in Singapore and Malacca, Malaysia while another variant called Asam Laksa is famous in Penang, Malaysia. Pongteh is also another popular and savoury dish of the Peranakan community. The main ingredient is onion, black mushroom (optional), chicken (at times pork is used instead of chicken, hence it’s called Babi Pongteh) and fermented bean sauce. The Malaccan Nyonyas are well known for this dish.

Okay now let’s find out about laksa – wikipedia says:

Laksa is a popular spicy noodle soup in the Peranakan cuisine,[1][2] which is a combination of Chinese and Malay cuisine. It can be found in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia.[3] CNN Travel ranked Penang Assam Laksa 7th out of the 50 most delicious food in the world.[4]

The unique fature of this instant noodle is the sambal dipping sauce – again, I’ll reference wikipedia about sambal:

Fresh chilis are pounded together with toasted shrimp paste (belacan) in a stone mortar to which sugar and lime juice are added. Originally, limau kesturi or calamansi lime, is used but since this is scarce outside of Southeast Asia, normal lime is used as a replacement.[7] Tomatoes are optional ingredients. Sometimes, sweet sour mangoes or equivalent local fruits are also used. It can be eaten with cucumbers or ulam (leafy herbs) in a meal of rice and other dishes. A Malaysian-Chinese version is to fry belacan with chili.[8]

Sounds like we have a lot of flavors going on in this one! Let’s check out the new CarJEN Nyonya Curry Laksa!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, ad noodle block to 400ml boiling water and cook for 2 minutes. Add in curry paste sachet content and stir in, then the creamer sachet content and combine that as well. Garnish with the contents of the sambal sachet and enjoy!

The noodle block.

There’s so many large sachets that they get their own sachet to contain them all!

The Nyonya Curry Laksa paste sachet.

Has a kind of sweet scent to it.

A non-dairy creamer sachet.

Coconut powder – smells like coconut!

Finally, the sambal dipping sauce.

Has a strong shrimp scent to it.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added mint leaf, shrimp, vegetable ball, mung bean sprout, sweet onion and tau pok (tofu puff). The noodles have a very standard and familiar quality to them with just a little extra backbone; they are easily broken by pursing the lips, however they are not spongy or mushy. The broth is superb – firstly, the coconut creamer gives everything a nice richness. The Nyonya Curry Paste adds a nice flavor – sweet and colorful. The sambal has lots of nice bits of shrimp in the paste as well as a little heat and citrus. This was absolutely fantastic stuff. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 9557226082989.

Florence Tan Best Nyonya Recipes – (from Amazon) – Nyonya dishes with its piquant, spicy, savoury and sweet flavours are now within easy reach with this collection from veteran Nyonya chef, Florence Tan. Learn how to cook perennial favourites like PineapplePatchree, Chicken Rumpah, and Pang Susi, a dessert of savoury meat encased in sweet pastry. The elaborate preparation of Nyonya cuisine is clearly explained, from the seasoning and spicy paste to basics like food colouring and coconut milk, allowing you to appreciate the many layers and flavours of Nyonya fare. With easy-to-follow instructions and careful details, Florence Tan makes it a breeze to reproduce the best meals from her collection of Straits Chinese recipes.

Curious about the culture and history of Melaka? CarJEN Nyonya Curry Laksa is made in Melaka – here’s a short travelog which gives you a little snapshot of the history.

Meet The Manufacturer: Product Samples From CarJEN Food Sdn Bhd (2)

Another box from CarJEN Food Sdn Bhd arrived yesterday!

They sent more of their CarJEN Nyonya Curry Laksa and E-Zee Kari as well as a vegetarian curry, vegetarian flavor and a unique one – spinach flavor! Looking forward to reviewing these as part of Meet The Manufacturer! Thank you!

Meet The Manufacturer: Product Samples From CarJEN Food Sdn Bhd

A very large box of samples arrived today!

Looks to be full of interesting items from Malaysia! Let’s see what CarJEN Food Sdn Bhd sent!

These are big packs of their J.J. snack noodles in BBQ flavor.

Here’s their chicken flavor snack noodle – the big packs hold 10 small bags.

The two flavors in their E-mi line.

Many companies around the world not only sell their products with seasonings but without. These are 11 packs of instant noodle blocks.

Here is E-Zee Curry flavor.

I was initially contacted by CarJEN about this product – their new Nyonya Curry Laksa. Sounds pretty good!

They also sent these neat little zipper pouches with fork, spoon, chopsticks and keychains!

These can be folded to make a stand-yup you could put on a store counter. You would then use a marker and color over the parts on the numbers to show the price you were selling them at.

They also sent along a couple of brochures full of interesting info on CarJEN Food Sdn Bhd.

Finally, a couple autographed posters for the Wall Of Fame! Getting up quite a collection! Thanks to everyone at CarJEN Food Sdn Bhd!