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The Ramen Rater’s Bottom Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

The Ramen Rater's Bottom Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

So today it’s the fifth annual The Ramen Rater’s Bottom Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time. On my other lists, I exclude varieties that no longer are on the market. On this list, everything’s fair game for the bottom ten. As I say in the video presentation, if you like some of these, there’s nothing wrong with you – I just find these detestable personally. These are my least favorite varieties of the over 2400 varieties posted to date. Without gurther ado, the bottom ten.

The Ramen Rater’s Bottom Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

The full list video!

#10: Roland Ramen Japanese Style Quick-Cooking Alimentary Paste With Chicken Artificially Flavored Soup Base – United States

The Ramen Rater's Bottom Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

Honestly, I expected this to be a kind of ‘run-of-the-mill’ variety. I review based on the base product as well as the provided cooking directions. Well, they call for 3 cups of water and they’re violently bland. In the nutrition facts, they mention that this pack contains 3 servings! I’m guessing this is so they can say the sodium level is low? I’m unsure. What I’m sure of is that I really disliked these. Original review

#9 – Sichuan Guangyou Sweet Potato Instant Noodle Braised Spicy Chitterling Flavor – China

The Ramen Rater's Bottom Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

The sweet potato thread was alright, but very gloppy. The flavor was kind of brutal; indeed, too strong for me. I think the soup direction might have been better. What’s more, the powder sachet contents didn’t work well as the peas didn’t hydrate whatsoever. Original review

#8 – Maruchan Spicy Tomato Salsa Ramen – Japan

The Ramen Rater's Bottom Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

The noodles hydrated very nicely and have a standard flatness and thin character. The flavor was unfortunately something of a departure. It was a kind of spicy and putrid tomato melange – like homemade salsa left out overnight from binge drinking with a crew of chainsmokers – which just tastes like pure trainwreck. The bits of potato were interesting and hydrated well enough though – kind of liked that they had potato skins on. But yeah – this was just a fusion that should come undone. Original review

#7: Vedan Wei Wei A Instant Noodles Chicken Flavor – Taiwan

The Ramen Rater's Bottom Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

The noodles were very ho-hum. While they hydrated well, they seemed like they just didn’t belong in the ‘food’ group; spongy and riddled with sadness. As for chicken flavor, that was definitely absent. I was really happy about the vegetables, but they were mushy. Original review

#6 – Master Kong Artificial Abalone Crab Flavor Instant Noodle – China

The Ramen Rater's Bottom Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

The noodles were alright – plentiful too. Nothing to write home about. What is to write home about is the flavor. Write a warning letter home! I mean this was just plain funky; seemed initially like a crab stick kind of scent and essence but it just turned into this not food kind of taste that I just couldn’t stomach whatsoever. Couldn’t pour this down the drain fast enough. Original review

#5 – Koyo Reduced Sodium Garlic & Pepper Ramen – United States

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The noodles are thick – more like ramyun. They have an alright chew; although they seem almost doughy- and not Hakata style ramen noodle doughy. The broth does taste of garlic and pepper, but it’s so very bland. It really is like you could boil some pepper and a clove of garlic and achieve the same results. Not at all to my liking. Original review

#4 – Urban Noodle Authentic Street Food Black Bean – United Kingdom

The Ramen Rater's Bottom Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

The noodles in this one were flat instead of round. They came out very nicely. The flavoring however was just strange. I expected maybe something of a Korean-Chinese fusion dish, but those are hearty and rich and not savory and sweet. In fact, this one was a little too sweet for me. The thinly sliced bamboo shoots don’t work for me either; leaving them whole would be nicer I think. What’s more, it has a kind of chemically aftertaste; like chlorine or soap. Original review

#3 – One Dish Asia Japanese Ramen Noodle – United States

The Ramen Rater's Bottom Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

This one comes with a fresh noodle pouch. They didn’t have a very fresh texture; more mushy. The bamboo shoots (which more resembled overcooked carrot and I had to consult the ingredients to figure what they were) were mushy as well. The broth had an acidic and a flavor reminiscent of the teriyaki flavor I’ve encountered in bad teriyaki instant flavors. A hot mess. Original review here

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

The Ramen Rater's Bottom Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

I was told by a guy from the company that this indeed was believed to be medicinal and helpful to women having their ‘time of the month.’ I’m also been told by a reader that people generally don’t like black bone chicken soup even in China. Very slimy sweet potato noodles, thick, greasy broth and horrid veggies that didn’t hydrate well was just a flavor, texture, and complete food hole nightmare for me. This was just horrible stuff that I couldn’t stand. Original review

#1 – Dr. McDougall’s Vegan Pad Thai Noodle Soup – United States

Bottom Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

Wow – where do it begin. Well, first off when one in the United States thinks of Pad Thai, they think of what they might find at a domestic Thai restaurant. Okay so the rice noodles came out nicely – short, flat and broad and well hydrated. Now for the broth. Thin. Nothing like pad thai. Has a little lime taste and a kind of herbed taste. The floating bits of tofu are a lot like the marshmallows you get in the hot chocolate that comes with marshmallows. This is as far from pad thai as I can even express in words. It’s like someone gave a broken description of pad thai to someone who has short term memory problems and no taste buds a week prior and told them to make it. I kind of feel personally violated and offended. A new #1 on the Bottom Ten. Original review

#2056: Koyo Reduced Sodium Garlic & Pepper Ramen

Can’t remember where I got this one, but it’s been a long time since I’ve reviewed anything by Koyo so I thought I’d check it out. So lower sodium, organic noodles, Vegan… But how will it taste? It’s tough to cover all these bases and make something that’s going to have a lot of flavor. Let’s find out!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Certified Vegan friendly. To prepare, add noodle block to 1 1/3 cups boiling water and cook for 4 minutes. Add in contents of sachet. Stir and enjoy!

A small noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

Has an odd scent; very curious.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and kizami shoga. The noodles are thick – more like ramyun. They have an alright chew; although they seem almost doughy- and not Hakata style ramen noodle doughy. The broth does taste of garlic and pepper, but it’s so very bland. It really is like you could boil some pepper and a clove of garlic and achieve the same results. Not at all to my liking. 0.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 813551002306.

KOYO Reduced Sodium Garlic and Pepper Ramen Made with Organic Noodles, 2.1 Ounce (Pack of 12)

I think every time I do a review of Vegan noodles I end up with this video. This lady seems kind of strange, with her affinity for posing with vegetables as she does, but the dish she makes actually does sound pretty good.

NCC #1701: Sakurai Foods Organic Shoyu Ramen

First off, you’re probably wondering why it says NCC before the post number. Well, I’m a Star Trek fan and NCC-1701 was the number on the starship Enterprise.

So this is a Japanese variety by Sakurai Foods – a new one. It’s made with all organic ingredients. Shoyu is also known as Soy Sauce flavor ramen. Here’s a little about Shoyu from Wikipedia:

Shōyu (“soy sauce”) ramen typically has a clear brown broth, based on a chicken and vegetable (or sometimes fish or beef) stock with plenty of soy sauce added resulting in a soup that is tangy, salty, and savory yet still fairly light on the palate. Shōyu ramen usually has curly noodles rather than straight ones, but this is not always the case. It is often adorned with marinated bamboo shoots or menma, green onions, kamaboko (fish cakes),nori (seaweed), boiled eggs, bean sprouts and/or black pepper; occasionally the soup will also contain chili oil or Chinese spices, and some shops serve sliced beef instead of the usual chāshū.

Sounds good – let’s have a look!

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 500ml boiling water and cook for 4 minutes. Add in liquid sachet contents and stir. Enjoy!

The noodle block.

A liquid soup base sachet.

Has a nice soy sauce scent.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added green onion, hard boiled egg, chashu and kamaboko. The noodles are very full and very chewy. They have a very premium quality to them for an instant. The broth has a nice brewed soy sauce taste to it. It has a good amount of oiliness which I enjoyed and a taste that’s not too strong, not too light. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4960813210453.

Sakurai food soy sauce ramen 99gX20 bags

I found this clip and kind of think Star Trek: The Next Generation seems a little better in Japanese!

#1172: Koyo Seaweed Ramen Made With Organic Noodles

Been meaning to get to this one. Let’s check out this vegan variety!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Vegan-friendly.

The noodle block.

The seasoning sachet.

Powder seasoning.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added a little seaweed. The noodles are chewy with a slightly wider gauge than your run of the mill instant noodle – nice quality. The broth is pretty good, although it doesn’t say seaweed to me. It has a good vegetable flavor, however the bits of seaweed have a very odd flavor to them I didn’t like at all. 2.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 813551002061.

Here’s a video showing seaweed farming.

Meet The Manufacturer: #1031: HoMyeonDang Premium Noodle House Don Ramyun

Today is the last review of the Samyang Foods Meet The Manufacturer spotlight. Rest assured, there will definitely be more of their products reviewed in the future – I only do a maximum of 15 reviews in a row for a company during a Meet The Manufacturer and they sent more than 15, so lots of neat stuff coming! I want to thank Samyang Foods for their samples and everything else – really nice people!

Don Ramyun… It evokes thoughts of a big whorl of noodles speaking the words ‘I’m going to make you an offer you can’t refuse.’ According to the info Samyang Foods sent, this is a variety with minced pork. Let’s check it out!

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

The noodle block.

Powdered seasoning.

A little spicy and a nice pork flavor.

The veggie packet.

A nice amount and looks like good stuff!

Solid ingredients… Hmmm.

Here’s the minced pork.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added two slices of cheese. The noodles are very nice and plentiful. The broth has a rich pork taste with a strong spiciness I liked. The added pork bits go really well – there’s a decent amount of them. The veg is nice too. This is a nice bowl of noodles. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. Nice! UPC bar code 8801073110601.

My favorite Samyang Foods commercial!

#973: Springlife Instant Noodles Spinach With Organic Noodles

 

Here’s one of the packs that came from Australia! Thanks go to Melanie I. of Jannali, NSW for sending these and also thanks to Mark K. for getting her to do it! These are from China but sold in Australia. Looks like something different – let’s check it out.

The distributor’s sticker.

The back of the package (click image to enlarge). I went with the second set of instructions.

The noodle block – in it’s own cellophane.

A large seasoning packet.

Interestingly light powder.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added baked chicken, broccoli, sweet onion, green bell pepper, garlic salt and Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles are very nice – great texture and feel. The broth definitely tastes of spinach, but it ends there. It’s not very salty at all, which can be good and bad. Good is that you can add your own, bad is if you don’t have any. I go with the base product of course on my reviews and this is some bland stuff. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 6931162280921 .

A video about organic foods in Australia.

Something completely unrelated – Robocop shows up for dinner in Korea…

#954: Meet The Manufacturer: Sakurai Foods – ARCHE Naturküche Japanische Nudelsuppe mit Ingwer (Japanese Noodle Soup With Ginger)

I know what you’re thinking – “hey – I thought this was a Sakurai Foods Meet The Manufacturer!” Well, it still is. Sakurai Foods also makes products for export and this is one of them. These noodles are for sale in Germany! Never tried noodles from Germany before, regardless of where they are made! This is a real treat. Let’s check out this exotic variety!

Here is the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Says to cook in 400mL of water for six minutes!

This is a rather unique noodle block. First, it is dense and has some weight to it. Second, it is quite thin – about half the thickness of most varieties. These noodles aren’t the kinf you would want to eat raw; they’re hard.

The seasoning packet – which is liquid.

I’m very curious about how this will turn out. Has a very nice smell – ginger is definitely a component, which makes me quite happy.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added hard boiled egg, kizami shoga (pickled ginger, Krazy Mixed Up Salt and Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles are very good – nice chewiness and width. The broth is good – very strong taste to it. Kind of a miso going on. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 4020943134309.

#946: Dr. McDougall’s Right Foods Vegan Chicken Ramen

 

I’ve often wondered if I would ever find this one. I’ve seen i mentioned quite a few times, and finally the other day I found it at a local grocery store. Vegan… Organic… Let’s give it a try.

The side panels (click image to enlarge). Very few ingredients. Also very low in fat.

This is a very small noodle block.

A pretty big seasoning packet.

Has an odd flavor to it – doesn’t make me think of chicken.

Looks like a nice little assortment of veggies.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added kizami shoga (pickled gonger), stir fry vegetables and some Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles are okay – a little low on backbone. The broth is very strange to me. It reminds me of the smell of cooking broccoli but the taste. I don’t know if that’s logical, but it tastes really off to me and nothing like chicken. The vegetable hydrated nicely. If you are vegan and looking for instant noodles that taste like chicken, I wouldn’t say this is where its at, but I don’t know of many other choices. I would say this is more of a vegetable flavor and less of a chicken flavor. Didn’t find it exceptionally good. 1.75 out of 5.0 stars. Turns out they make a Miso flavor noodle cup as well as a hot and sour. Perhaps those will fare better if I ever see them. UPC bar code 767335011179 – get it here.

I expected to find more on YouTube asbout this one, but here’s a guy who does weekly grocery product reviews and has a little spiel about another Dr. McDougall’s product.

Some people like to use Shirataki noodles as they have literally nothing to them. Check out this recipe.

#582: Koyo Tofu And Miso Ramen Made With Organic Noodles

Another Koyo. Very curious how this one does; hoping the tofu is palatable.

Here’s the package back… Click image to enlarge.

A single packet of flavoring.

Awaiting the noodles!

Click image to enlarge. So as with the other Koyo, the noodles were pretty good. However this time there was a strong funky miso flavor and I’m generally not that big of a miso fan. Again like the mushroom it was palatable but not highly enjoyable. 2.5 out of 5.0 stars.  Find it here.

#581: Koyo Mushroom Ramen Made With Organic Noodles

Haven’t liked a ton of these thus far but let’s give this one a chance.

Back panel… Click image to enlarge.

A single packet of flavoring

Was nice to see lots of bits of real mushroom in the mix.

Finished (click image to enlarge). The noodles themselves aren’t too bad – a step above what you’d find in, say, Top Ramen. The flavoring isn’t too bad but not awesome either. It has a nice mushroom flavor but its also very salty. Edible but not amazing. 2.75 out of 5.0 stars. Find it here.