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The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2016 Edition

Instant noodles sold in bowls are very popular as they provide a certain convenience to those ‘on the go.’ They’re great to pack in a bag for a trip or for the office at lunch. These are the best of the best that I’ve tried out of my over 2,060+ reviews to date. With that, open lid halfway, pour in some boiling water, stir – and enjoy!

A video presentation.

#10 – Unif Man Han Feast Sichuan Chili Eel Flavor Instant Noodle – Taiwan


The noodles are flat and broad. They have a nice quality to them; not too chewy but very good for a bowl noodle. The broth is rich with a good spiciness. The added bonus with this is the eel – it’s really good! Everything is rich and hearty and it’s definitely a feast to behold and consume. I should also note – this is one of a line that includes a braised beef variety amongst others. I would very much like to review every one of these, both in pack and bowl form. If you can source them and would like to send me some, please use the above contact form to do so! Thanks! Original review here

#9: Paldo Jjajangmen Chajang Noodle King Bowl – South Korea


Another in Paldo’s King Bowl line. Again, this one has thick and chewy ramyun but is a broth-free variety, coated with a delicious and savory black bean chajang sauce. Sticks-to-your-ribs! Original review here

#8 – Nissin Chikin Ramen Donburi – Japan

This one really brings me back. My first brush with exotic instant noodles was the Nissin Chikin Ramen package version when I was around 8-10 years old. This one really builds upon that, including a freeze dried block which springs to life with boiling water. It contains scrambled egg and spring onion – and delivers. This is excellent, classic and delicious. Original review

#7 – JML Spicy King Bowl Noodle Spicy Chicken Noodle – China

The noodles as usual plumped up nicely as they engorged themselves on the broth. good gauge, good chew. The broth is definitely strong and worthy of the top ten spicy list – it means business! Sichuan chilli heat is abundant. The oiliness is great and the hydrated vegetable bits are good as well – a tasty spicy bowl. Original review

#6 – Seven & I (Nissin) Gold Sumire Ramen – Japan

The noodles are thick and chewy – very premium. The broth has a very rich miso flavor that had a little thickness and a nice oiliness. The vegetables and bits hydrated perfectly – nice bits of ground meat and menma float happily about and are of good quality. Original review

#5 – Tokushima Seifun Yakibuta Ramen – Japan

The broth has a nice saltiness and soy flavor with just a little touch of sweetness. The pork flavor finds it’s way into the broth as well which is spectacular. The pork has a nice sweetness and ‘fall off the bone’ texture to it which is pure delicacy. The army of decent sized slices of narutomaki were amazing, and the spring onion and bamboo shoots were perfect. A bowl of amazing taste and quality. Original review

#4 – Nissin Raoh Rich Soy Sauce Flavor – Japan


The noodles and broth play so nicely together and the pork is quite good. A bowl of noodles to really enjoy by candlelight. Raoh slips to 4th place this year. Original review here

#3 – ORee Garden Malaysia Green Curry Noodle – Malaysia

A newcomer in both variety and brand to this list for 2016, ORee Garden’s green curry bowl is amazing stuff. Decent noodles are brought to life with a very rich and flavorful green curry broth which acts more like a tasty sauce. Then, they augment it with the inclusion of tofu puff and long bean. Exquisite! Original review

#2 – Choripdong Hurricane Rice Cake Topokki – South Korea


It’s red. It’s got a thick spicy and sweet sauce. It’s got ramyun. It’s got topokki. This was a real find – Just looking at the picture makes me want some right this instant. One of the most wonderful bowls of noodles I’ve ever had. Slipping from first place last year. Original review here

#1 – Nissin Gyoretsu-no-Dekiru-Mise-no-Ramen (Shrimp Tantanmen) – Japan

Talk about amazing. Now, on most of these bowls, you’ll notice I’ve added my own garnishes. I don’t count them in my reviewing – everything is reviewed prior to any additions I make. This is one where I’ve added nothing and just look at it! This one had very good noodles to start off. The broth was a very thick prawn infused decadent flavor spectacle. Then there’s the little crunchy topping and the other garnish they provide and this is just amazing stuff. Wow. Floored. Original review

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time Hong Kong 2015 Edition

I thought to myself recently that it would be great to end 2014 and start 2015 with a new top ten list – but from where? A couple places came to mind, and Hong Kong sounded like a good one. I’ve found a lot of excellent instant noodles that have been from Hong Kong. Been hoping to see more arrive here in the United States, but many of the ones on this list I’ve found up in Canada. I would definitely like to reach out to instant noodle companies in Hong Kong to take part in Meet The Manufacturer; there’s not been a Hong Kong participant yet! With that, here’s the top ten instant noodles of Hong Kong – the best and most memorable – from the last 1,553 reviews. Enjoy and Happy New Year, Hong Kong!

#10: Nissin Demae Iccho XO Sauce Seafood Flavour

The noodles are pretty good with a very standard gauge and quality. The broth however is quite nice. The XO sauce gives it a very rich seafood flavor that is most enjoyable and hearty. The inclusion of a decent amount of veggies and narutomaki rounds things out well. Original review

#9: Four Seas Seaweed Hot & Spicy Instant Noodle (Mushroom & Beef Flavour)

The noodles were pretty good – nice gauge and a good mouthfeel. The slight crumble gave them a kind of nice texture with the broth. The broth has a definite spicy beef flavor and then the mushroom flavor which is kind of in the background and very good. As for the seaweed, it really complimented things quite a bit and made for a fitting garnish. Original review

#8: Doll Instant Noodle Pickled Vegetable Flavour

Doll’s noodles always look very nice – not bleached white but a nice warm rich wheaten yellow color. They are excellent as far as texture and flavor go too.  The broth was perfect – not strong but not weak. It was just right. I added the two fried eggs and all together this was a fantastic bowl of noodles for a early evening nosh while studying for a computer tech certification. Original review

#7: Doll Instant Noodle Spicy Tonkotsu Flavour

First, the noodles are very nice, high quality and very tasty. The broth has a nice flavor to it and was perfect. I really like Doll products and this is no exception. Original review

#6: Nissin Cup Noodles Seafood

So first off the veggies rehydrated quite nicely. Also, there are bits of seafood in there – real ones! Apparently its pollack, but also there is nondairy creamer in it! Weird… The noodles are great, the broth is great, everything is great! Original review

#5: Nissin Cup Noodles Seafood Curry

The noodles steeped perfectly. The vegetables and little bits of dehydrated fish came out just perfect, and the broth was very curry. My only complaint was that the curry flavor overwhelmed the seafood taste so that there was really none at the end of the day. I really liked this one though. This one was in the 2013 Top Ten Cups list, the first for Hong Kong. Original review

#4: Doll Instant Noodles Artificial Chicken Flavour

This is absolutely spot on – possibly the best chicken instant noodle I’ve ever had – here’s why. The noodles are in the way that Doll’s usually are – great texture and firmness, not bleached but golden. The broth is very hearty, and flavorful. Original review

#3: Nissin Demae Ramen Sesame Oil Flavour Noodles With Soup Base

The noodles are neat – thin and very elastic with a great consistency – some of the best I’ve ever had from a big cup. The broth is quite good too – a nice sesame flavor and rich body. The vegetables were excellent as well – great re-hydration and quality and the narutomaki was plentiful. Original review

#2: Fuku Superior Soup Instant Noodle

This stuff is EXACTLY like Nissin Chikin except it has a little extra powder with it! Originally, my favorite noodles were Nissin ‘Roasted Ramen,’ a product they came out with in the USA when I was a kid. They stopped making it so we hunted for it and they were able to help us out at Uwajimaya in Seattle where they clued my folks in about the Nissin Chikin. This is exactly like that stuff and I’m quite happy. Original review

#1: Nissin Demae Ramen Shoyu Tonkotsu Artificial Pork Flavour

The noodles are great – gauge and chew are very good. The broth is wonderful – has a very rich pork and soy flavor that was well balanced and deep. Hooray for Hong Kong! Original review

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodle Cups Of All Time 2013 Edition

Cups were the second instant noodle innovation that really took the world by storm. Nissin founder Momofuku Ando of Japan decided that a cup would be a really handy way to have instant noodles on the go. His creation came to the market in 1971. Forty-two years later, the instant noodle landscape is filled with many different cup designs and contents – some all inclusive only needing hot water,m and some requiring a little more with packets – and some even with forks! Of all the varieties I’ve tried to date, here are my favorite ten.

#10: Pot Noodle Bombay Bad Boy Flavour – United Kingdom

Pot Noodle is a UK company whose plastic cups are things of legend. Their myriad of interesting flavors are always fascinating, with such greats as Sticky Rib, Jamaican Jerk and now Piri Piri. Bombay Bad boy has a nice spiciness to it from a little supplied packet. These don’t have so much of a broth, but more of a sauce or gravy. Original review here

#9: Nissin Cup Noodle Seafood Curry – Hong Kong

Since 1971, Nissin Cup Noodle has been synonymous with… Well, noodles in a cup! The noodles come out just perfectly in these. Not only that, there are copious amounts of veggies and seafood. Then there’s the flavor – a really nice Japanese curry with seafood notes – great stuff! Original review here

#8: Paldo Gomtang – South Korea

Gomtang (pronouced gohm-tahng) is a traditional South Korean soup made with brisket or oxtail. It has a rich, hearty taste that will warm your bones on a wintry day. This one has such a warm and creamy flavor and the noodles are nice and full in the ramyun style. Original review here

#7: Eat & Go    Spicy Chicken Mi Instan Cup – Indonesia

I only just had this one recently and was immediately enthralled. Contains five different seasoning packets which provide chili powder, veggies, seasoned oil and even a packet of tofu chips! Plus, you get a fork. Pure deliciousness! Original review here

#6: Ottogi Bekse Curry Myon Cup – South Korea

This little cup has some wonderful attributes. The seasoning and noodles end up nicely – the broth is thick and has a strong curry flavor and a nice spiciness. What was also very memorable was that there were potatoes in there – the only time I’ve seen potatoes in an instant noodle. A true friend for the curry fanatic! Original review here

#5: Paldo Kokomen Spicy Chicken Cup – South Korea

This is the third list this year that Paldo Kokomen has appeared on. The broth has such a great melding of the heat of jalapeno pepper and the flavor of chicken. The noodles are very good and the bits of chicken and vegetables are top notch. Original review here

#4: Seven & I Shoyu Noodle – Japan

Yes – they have 7-11 convenience store in Japan! With a great flavor and lots of vegetables and seafood, this is really a memorable cup. Strong soy sauce flavor and perfectly hydrated bits and noodles make this an all time favorite of mine. Original review here

#3: Nongshim Shin Ramyun Black Spicy Beef Cup – South Korea

First, Nongshim made Shin Ramyun which is still incredibly popular. Then they upgraded and came out with Shin Ramyun Black. Finally, Shin Black has made it into a cup – and it’s really good! Rich beef flavor and real beef along with thick ramyun noodles. Premium stuff! NOTE: Previously, this was marked as being from the United States. This one shown here was in fact manufactured in South Korea. I will be reviewing the one made in the United States at Nongshim America soon.  Original review here

#2: Nissin GooTa Demi Hamburg-Men – Japan

Another fairly recent discovery. GooTa is a high end offering from Nissin with premium ingredients. Excellent noodles, a beef and tomato inspired broth, veggies like corn and then the topper – a dehydrated hamburger patty. No joke! What’s better than the novelty of the hamburger is that it works so well with the noodles and broth. Wow. Original review here

#1: Indomie Mi Goreng Instant Cup Noodles – Indonesia

Indomie’s Mi Goreng was a variety I was enjoying long before becoming The Ramen Rater. Quality noodles coated in a spicy and sweet combination of flavors that never get old. The way you do it is you add the boiling water, steep for a few minutes, then use the supplied plastic lid which has holes to drain it. Just like the pack version, it comes with all of the standard flavor packets you’re used to and comes out just right. Original review here

The Ramen Rater’s Bottom Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time

So after sampling so many varieties of instant noodles over the years, of course there have been some that I didn’t like. There also were some that are so memorable for how awful they were. After people asked what my least favorites were a few times, I thought I should just make a list of them. I should point out that these are on the list because I couldn’t stand them. I’m pretty sure they are all still in production, and the only reason they would be is that people somewhere find them enjoyable. So who knows – you might have a completely different opinion on these than me, but I found them to be absolutely the worst of the worst. With that, here’s The Bottom Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time, 2013 Edition.

#10: Wei Lih Instant Noodles With Artificial Beef Flavored Soup Stock – Taiwan

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I’ve had issues with broth being too salty before, but the lack of flavor in this one wasn’t tolerable. The flavor had a very ‘fake beef’ taste to it which was not at all enjoyable. Original post here

#9: GreeNoodle Miso Made With Moroheiya – Thailand

The noodles had a flavor I found to be akin to dirt – very strange. In the original review, I comment that the broth was ‘nightmarish.’ Original review here

#8: Fashion Food Oriental Flavor Instant Noodles – Thailand

These noodles came in a nice little plastic bowl with lid, As cool as that is, it didn’t make up for some seriously funky noodles and vile broth and veggies. Original review here

#7: Baijia Hot & Sour Flavor Instant Rice Noodle – China

The broth was of a deep crimson color. While interesting to look at, the slimy noodles and overly greasy broth with odd bits floating around were a turn-off trifecta. I couldn’t finish this bowl. Original review here

#6: Noodle Time Spicy Thai Instant Ramen Noodles With Real Vegetables – Canada

A prime example of noodle I dislike: watery broth, exceedingly mushy and spongy noodles and veggies that were lackluster and of the most minimal quantity and quality. Original review here

#5: Nan Hsing Vegetarian Rice Noodles – Taiwan

The noodles were akin to cobwebs – not the ones spiders make, but the fake ones you get for Halloween. The veggies didn’t hydrate well at all, and the broth wasn’t much. Couldn’t eat it. Original review here

#4: Paldo Green Tea Chlorella Noodles – South Korea

While this company makes some noodles I really enjoy, they also make this one which I deplore. It’s just got such a funky flavor to it and a smell I can’t take. Original review here

#3: Fu Chang Chinese Noodle Company Pork, Seafood & Noodles Combo – United States

The noodles in this one were really mushy, and while it had a retort pouch with meat and seafood, it was really nasty. Original review here

#2: Baijia Instant Sweet Potato Noodle Spicy Fei-Chang Flavor – China

A strong ‘dirt and urine’ scent accompanied by slimy sweet potato noodles. As it turns out, Fei Chang relates to fried pork intestines. Original review here

#1: Baijia Single Noble Black Bone Chicken Flavor Instant Sweet Potato Noodles – China

Here is my least favorite variety of all. Slimy sweet potato noodles, thick, greasy broth and horrid veggies that didn’t hydrate well. Original review here

Re-Review: Meet The Manufacturer: Paldo Teumsae Ramyun

I saw a YouTube video recently where a man is trying to handle the heat of this instant ramyun. He couldn’t – to the point of cursing these noodles. Another reason that Paldo’s Teumsae Ramyun is #1 on the Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles of All Time list. But Teumsae; what is that? Teumsae is a well known restaurant chain in Korea. They’re well known for their spicy ways as well!

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

Big noodle block.

The fiery powder packet!

Here it is – a lot of burning fire awaiting your tastebuds!

The veggie packet.

Quite a bit of veggies in this one.

Finished (click image to enlarge). I added an egg, some onions, a slice of processed cheese and a bit of roast beef with Krazy Mixed Up Salt on top. As always, I sampled before I added everything. The noodles are thick and chewy. The broth is just plain mean! Yeah – this is the hottest and spiciest stuff out there that I’ve found. I had good reason to put this at #1 on that spiciest ramen list! The veggies are good too. Also, just to let you know how how this stuff is, it’s burning my mouth really good as I eat it with the egg and cheese and onions added – wow! 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 648436100613.

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Here’s a guy in South Korea who checks out things – one of therm being a Teumsae restaurant!

This is pretty awesome – Korean fusion jazz using a lot of tradition instruments – called Oriental Express