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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

Great Donation From The UK!

I recently got a nice box of noodles in the mail from a gentleman named Martin from Wales. He has rasked me with trying Marmite, something he has said he hasn’t heard of anyone not native to the UK being able to palate. I’m going to have to try it!

Martin sent a nice variety of instant from over there – some Koka varieties that I’ve been looking for for quite some time! New Batchelor’s to try! Also, the elusive Kabuto Noodles. Thank you very much! Looking forward to reviewing them!

#999: Pot Noodle Tony’s Doner Kebab

Wow – here we are; this is the precipice of a very large psychological number! First things first – thanks to Joe & Gil of the UK for sending such a nice mix of interesting noodles! Okay so this is a Pot Noodle – they’re always interesting as the British seem to come up with some really interesting flavors to lend to instant noodles and this is definitely one of them. Doner Kebab. So, what is a Doner Kebab? Well, click here for the seriously huge amount of info from Wikipedia,. Basically what they’re saying is that you have a meat that’s roasted on a vertical spit and then sliced thin and garnished with tomato, lettuce, onion and other things. At least that’s what I’m getting from it. The packaging mentions this is lamb flavor, but beef is also common (and what I’ll use as a garnish).

Here’s the side panel detail (click image to enlarge).

Nope – this isn’t the contents of a seasoning packet. Pot Noodle is the noodles and seasoning and a lot of flour all on the cup. Why flour? Well, British cup noodles hav3e a lot of flour to thicken them up – less of a broth, more of a sauce.

Here’s the front and back of the sauce packet. Pot Noodle always has a packet of some sort – sweet and sour, mango chutney… All sorts of interesting things. This one as you can see is chilli sauce.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added two slices of toasted sourdough. iceberg lettuce, thinly sliced beef that was sauteed with garlic, sweet onions and Cavender’s Greek Seasoning. The noodles are the standard crumbly, flat and wide noodles I’ve always found to be only so-so in Pot Noodle. The flavor? Very light and bland – slight salty taste with a kind of meat-like gravy and lemon hit. The chilli sauce is very hot and has a strange tang to it. The idea is great, the execution bizarre. 1.5 out of 5.0 stars. A low score yes, but this was a lot of fun nonetheless. UPC bar code 8722700473886 – get it here!

Pot Noodle advert.

#974: Pot Noodle Chilli Beef Flavour

Here’s another one of the great varieties sent by Joe & Gill of the UK – thanks again! Chilli Beef Pot Noodle. Looks interesting to me!

The side panels (click image to enlarge)

Powder and noodles. See, British instant noodle cups are different. Instead of a broth that is thin, it comes out more as a thick sauce or gravy.

It comes with a packet of chilli sauce – here’s the front and back.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added broccoli, sweet onion, green bell pepper, fried egg and Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles are the standard broad and slightly crumbly and thick Pot Noodles. The flavor is a little funky – beef flavor is there. The sauce is impressive – I’ve had other varieties of ‘spicy’ Pot Noodle before and this stuff is very hot. Kind of acidic too. 2.25 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 8712566158386 .

Tastified Pot Noodle advertisement.

Stand Up Comedy Gig

#963: Pot Noodle Mr. Chu’s Golden Noodle No. 7 Sticky Rib

Here’s another one from Joe & Gill of the UK! Thanks again! I’ve heard of this one and always wanted to check it out. Definitely one of the more odd flavors out there!

Here’s the info from the side panels (click image to enlarge).

Here’s what you are greeted by: a lot of flour. The flour makes the broth, which is actually a gravy or sauce.

Every Pot Noodle I’ve tried comes with a little sauce packet. Sometimes sweet & sour, sometimes a hot sauce, even a mango sauce. This time it’s a Peking Sauce!

Finished (click image yto enlarge). Added sweet onion, light ham (which I drizzled the included Peking Sauce over), corn with Cavender’s Greek seasoning, and Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles are your standard Pot Noodle noodles – wide, chunky and crumbly. The sauce is interesting; has a rich flavor, but I can’t exactly decipher what flavor it is with my tastebuds. Kind of bitter, kind of brown gravy. The Peking Sauce is great – sweet and a little sticky. Definitely something different! 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 8718114797977.

Pot Noodle Sticky Rib advertisement.
Looked up sticky ribs in England on YouTube and found this recipe!

#952: Pot Noodle Sweet & Spicy Flavour

Here’s another one from Joe & Gill of the UK! Thanks again! Sweet & spicy… I have had quite a few Pot Noodles and recently I had a sweet and sour variety. Curious how this one tastes. Well, let’s check it out!

Here’s the detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge).

Where are the noodles you say? Well, Pot Noodle is much different from what you would find here in the States. The noodles are underneath all of the powder, which is mostly wheat flour. The usual broth you would expect in a cup of noodles is more of a sauce or gravy here.

Pot noodles usually come with a single packet such as you see here (front and back). Make the noodles, add some sauce.

Finished (click image to enlarge. Added onions, stir-fry vegetables, light ham and Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles are your standard Pot Noodle fare; broad and flat with a crumbliness and slight chew. The sauce has a nice taste to it – sweet with a very light spicy factor. The mango sauce has a nice taste – very sweet and a little tanginess. I liked this one – 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 5000118203527

Pot Noodle has a contest – you can win a spinning fork! I really want to review one of these things so if anyone ever wants to make me really happy, send me one!

Yeah I wish we had stuff like this over here…

#945: Pot Noodle Jamaican Jerk! Flavour

Here’s another awesome looking Pot Noodle flavor that was sent by Joe & Gill of the UK – again, I must say thank you very much! They are a couple of the many people who have been extra kind and sent varieties that I haven’t ever reviewed my way. No way I could find this one here in the states! So what is Jamaican Jerk flavor anyways? I asked Wikipedia:

Jerk is a style of cooking native to Jamaica in which meat is dry-rubbed or wet marinated with a very hot spice mixture called Jamaican jerk spice. Jerk seasoning is traditionally applied to pork and chicken. Modern recipes also apply jerk spice mixes to fish, shrimp, shellfish, beef, sausage, lamb, and tofu. Jerk seasoning principally relies upon two items: allspice (called “pimento” in Jamaica) and Scotch bonnet peppers (among the hottest peppers on the Scoville scale). Other ingredients include cloves, cinnamon, scallions, nutmeg, thyme, garlic, and salt.

Sounds interesting – let’s continue.

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

Unlike a cup noodle that one would find here in the states, Pot Noodle is more of a noodles and sauce kind of thing. The sauce comes from all this powder. Much of it is wheat flour.

They also include a packet of some sauce or another. This one has mango sauce.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added onion, stir fry vegetables, baked chicken and Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles have that trademark wide flat shape and thick chewiness and slight crumble. The broth (really a sauce) has an interesting taste. Kind of a bitter and salty flavor with some interesting spices going on. Kind of reminiscent of curry. The mango sauce is really good – I would say its more like sweet and sour sauce you would find here in the states. Interesting. 2.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 8712566382378

Some day, I hope to own a spinning Pot Noodle fork!

Another awesome Pot Noodle advert.

#939: Pot Noodle Sweet & Sour Flavour

Here’s the first of many reviews of instant noodles that were donated by Joe & Gill of the UK! Thank you again! It’s been a while since I’ve reviewed a Pot Noodle. Generally they’re impossible to find in the United States – which surprises me since I think they’d do really well here. Anyways, Let’s check out the sweet and sourness!

Here are the side panels – click image to enlarge.

You’re probably wondering “what is that?” Well, a Pot Noodle is different from a Cup Noodle. The main difference is that instead of a broth is has more of a sauce. The large amount of powder is mainly wheat flour that will turn into the sauce.  Underneath lies the noodle block.

They usually include a little sauce p[acket that goes well with the motif of the cup. It sounds pretty good, too!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sweet onion, turkey breast lunch meat and Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. Wow – for something so downed on in Red Dwarf, this is pretty decent! The noodles are broad and flat with a slightly crumbly texture. The sauce is a thick sweet and sour kind of thing – has a nice taste to it. The little sauce packet was kind of odd – had an almost puckery acidity to it – not what I think many would think of when they think sweet and sour sauce like one would find in Chinese take-out. All in all an interesting melange of flavor. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars – possibly my favorite Pot Noodle thus far! UPC bar code 5000118203610 .

Pot Noodle commercials are always really funny

Someone made this video on cooking Pot Noodles…

Amazing Donation From The UK!

A little while back, a couple named Joe & Gill from the UK sent me some pictures for the ‘Show Your Noodles’ competition. They also offered to send some noodles from across the pond! After a little while, here they are!

The bottom of the box was seriously munched. Everything inside fared extremely well, though!

They sent this nice card along with the noodles – awesome! They’ll be getting some The Ramen Rater stickers when the next batch is done! They said the box should be here withing 7-10 days and I believe it arrived in exactly 10.

Wow – look at them all! some that I’ve really been wanting to review for a long time! Pot Noodle Doner Kebab and Sticky Ribs! Amino Borscht! Tons of others I’ve never seen before that Joe recommended – Ko-Lee brand. This was absolutely above and beyond my expectations – you guys are awesome fans and I think I can say that not only myself but all readers truly appreciate your donation! Cheers!

#649: Pot Noodle Chicken & Mushroom Flavour

Well, this is the end of the line. A few months ago, Cindy C. from England sent a nice big box of instant noodles containing many kinds of Super Noodles and Pot Noodle and this is the last of the Pot Noodle! After this, there are two pouches I’ll review called ‘Mug Shots.’ Thanks again Cindy! This has been a lot of fun!

Here we have the side panels (click image to enlarge).

This is so different from anything we have in the states.

Comnes with a single seasoning packet of soy sauce to add.

Finished (click image to enlarge). I’ll say that of all the varieties I tried, this was the best hands down. It was a light flavor, but decently so. The noodles got nice and done in this one. They are flat and broad. The chicken mushroom flavor was decent. I liked it! 3.75 out of 5.0 stars! UPC barcode is 5000118203503 – get some here.

Pretty rad Pot Noodle commercial.

Another really weird Pot Noodle advert.

#625: Pot Noodle Bombay Bad Boy Flavour

Ahh – this is the next to last of the Pot Noodle cups that were sent to me by Cindy C. of England – thanks again! It has most certainly been quite a culinary journey! Bombay Bad Boy eh? Let’s check this oddly named cup of noodles out!

Here’s the side panels – hot curry and hot chilli sauce. Click image to enlarge.

Here’s the stuff before the hot water is added.

You add this at the end – I tried some straight from the packet and indeed it was quite hot! It did have a very strange heat to it though; was more like a sauce too – thick and syrupy.

Finished (click image to enlarge). I will say that of all the Pot Noodle varieties I’ve had thus far, I like this one the most. The noodles came out about the same as the rest – rigid and chewy. The gravy/sauce/broth had a very nice curry taste to it – then the chilli sauce kicks it into a spicy realm. I think if they added bacon bits it would be the best of all my favorites, noodles, curry, hot sauce and bacon. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC code 8712566125760. Get it here.

Extreme exploding!

Hottest curry in Britain!

#607: Pot Noodle Beef & Tomato Flavour

Here we go with another Pot Noodle sent by Cindy C. of England. Beef and tomato eh? Well, I’m very curious as to how this one will fare.

Click image to enlarge. Here’s some shots of the panels on the side. I thought it was interesting that on the bottom it says the values are based on “GDAs for women” – I wonder why. Sounds like the UK has a more specific food guide pyramid perhaps?

Here’s the underside of the lid. I like how it says ‘in store now’ instead of ‘in stores now.’

Wow look at that mound of wheat flour! Thick soupy sauce-like broth coming up!

Came with a packet of tomato sauce – here are both sides.

Didn’t like this one so much. (click image to enlarge). The noodles are flat and broad. The broth is very weird and the tomato sauce doesn’t help either. Kind of like if you took a half cup of already made Hamburder Helper, added extra water and a smallish squirt of ketchup and decreased the flavor by 60%. Disappointing. 1.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 5000118203497.

Pot Noodle advert.

Now if it just ran Android and you could make phone calls with it too.