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The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2021 Edition

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2021 Edition

After one very turbulent year, The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time is back. My mother died, we had an auto accident, the kids missed in-person schooling, and of course the pandemic. It’s been a really rough go but we’re back. Vaccines are rolling out everywhere and hopefully we can all get back together someday son. One thing I’ve found inspiration and enjoyment from during these times is a book I’d been hoping to find was sent to me by a noodle company exec called Momofuku Ando Speaks. It’s a book of quotes (kind of like the Ferengi Rules Of Acquisition if you’re a Star Trek fan) by the inventor of the instant noodle. I’ve been reading one on my show Instant Noodle Recipe Time every day – a lot of fun and a very interesting perspective. Little things like that have been really important as of late. Today, I’m proud to announce the show hits its 1000th episode! ...see full post

#3785: Panda Signature Ramen Noodle Soup Chili Lime Flavor – United States

#3861: Panda Signature Ramen Noodle Soup Chili Lime Flavor - United States

This is the second of the Panda Signature variety cup style noodles I’ll be trying today. I must say, the video where I unboxed a ton of varieties a reader in Montana sent me has done really well. Sadly, it’s not because people are excited about the products. They’ve been much maligned by folks who were sad to see their former favorite get replaced by this brand. One thing people have brought up too is the country of origin on these. You see, on the single packs, the closest thing I could find to a country of origin was from the HALAL seal being from Malaysia. People kept saying that they said ‘product of PRC.’ PRC is People’s Republic Of China. Well, this cup says that, so I have visual confirmation that these are manufactured in China. To me, this isn’t a big deal; a LOT of instant noodles are manufactured in China. However, many are incensed by this insofar that the product it replaced was made in the United States. I’m sure some other reasons have led to their anger about this, which I’m not sympathetic to.  But I can see their point on the made in the USA viewpoint. More importantly, they’ve been extremely critical of the flavor of these products being different, and have been downright disgusted by them. I won’t say any have been favorites of mine, but I haven’t found them as a range to be incredibly bad or worth of my bottom ten list. This being said, I have heard that 12 packs of the noodles around around $2 – which is pretty inexpensive. I wouldn’t expect filet mignon at under twenty cents per portion,. Anyways, I was able to contact the company that produces these and they’ve mentioned that they are going to be producing a reformulated version (aka a new recipe). So, I’ll of course try them when they debut and hopefully be able to do an interview with them when that time comes. If you’re wondering that since they’re made in China why the title up top says United States, this product isn’t for sale like this in China and specifically made for Walmart stores here. Let’s check out this one out – sounds tasty enough from the name. ...see full post

The Ramen Rater In South Korean “Top Class” Magazine

The Ramen Rater In South Korean "Top Class" Magazine

I did an interview a month or so ago after being contacted by a journalist in South Korea. I like to do interviews – they’re fun and I always like to see what kind of questions people will ask me. Anyways, when I do one that ends up in print, I always make the stipulation that I would like to get a copy. Well, she sent five of them! Thank you very much – check it out! ...see full post

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodle Trays Of All Time 2021 Edition

Top Ten Instant Noodle Trays

I’ve done a bowls and cups list over the last few years annually, but I’ve never done a trays list. Most trays end up being yakisoba – so you could consider this a yakisoba list as well. Some tasty stuff in here! This list is current as of review #3,02. Let’s check out the first The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodle Trays Of All Time 2021 Edition. ...see full post

Umai Crate Ramen Subscription Box – April 2021 Unboxing

It’s pretty inadvisable to run to the mall and hang out with tons of people. Well, check out these subscription boxes – they come straight to your door and have some neat stuff inside! Check out www.japancrate.com and use the coupon code THERAMENRATER to score a sweet discount and get some neat noodles! ...see full post

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Hong Kong Instant Noodles Of All Time 2021 Edition

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Hong Kong Instant Noodles Of All Time 2021 Edition

Tried a ton of varieties made in Hong Kong this last year or two and thought I ought to update this list. Some really great new stuff to show you! If you’re a manufacturer of varieties in Hong Kong, please feel free to contact me to try out your products! This list is current as of review #3,702. With that, let’s check out The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Hong Kong Instant Noodles Of All Time 2021 Edition. ...see full post

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Chinese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2021 Edition

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Chinese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2021 Edition

Time for an update! The last The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Chinese Instant Noodles Of All Time debuted in 2017. Many new varieties have been reviewed since then and some were absolutely amazing. This list is current as of review #3,702. If you’re a Chinese company with products you’d like reviewed – please contact me! Let’s check out The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Chinese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2021 Edition. ...see full post