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1764: Pirkka Nuudeli Tom Yum Katkarapu

This one’s made by Thai President Foods’ Hungarian factory for a supermarket chain in Finland. As many know, tom yum is a spicy Thai soup with lemongrass. Katkarapu translates to shrimp in Finnish, so this is a shrimp tom yum variant. Let’s have a look inside!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add contents of package to a bowl and then add 320ml boiling water. Cover and steep for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The soup base powder sachet.

A granulated powder with flecks of vegetables.

A sachet of seasoned oil.

Has a spicy scent.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added fishball, mung bean sprouts, coriander, crushed red pepper and white onion. The noodles hydrated just right – flat noodle with nice texture. The broth is shrimp tom yum – so you get a lemongrass, a spicy chilli and a tinge of shrimp to it. All in all a decent tom yum. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 6410405144782.

The Food & Cooking of Finland

A Pirkka advertisement.

#1212: Ruski Instant Noodles Tom Yum Flavour

Here’s another one sent by Samonporn. This one’s by the same company that makes MAMA noodles in Thailand. Let’s check it [email protected]

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat-free but check for yourself.

The noodle block.

Powdered soup base sachet.

Very granular powder.

The liquid sachet.

Has a spicy and citrus scent.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sauteed shrimp, sweet onion and bell pepper as well as coriander and Fresno chilli peppers. The noodles are thin and nicely crumble as you chew them. The broth has a nice spiciness and citrus flavor. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 8850987140006.

Anthony Bourdain goes to Thailand.

#1199: MAMA Instant Noodles Chicken Green Curry Flavour

MAMA! Thai! Green curry! Chicken! It sounds really good – let’s check it out as we are on the cusp of another hundred reviews down!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat-free but check for yourself.

The noodle block.

Soup base powder sachet.

A light powder with bits of vegetable/herbs.

The paste sachet.

Green curry paste.


Finished (click image to enlarge). Added baked chicken, seasoned with Urashim aVegetable furikake, sweet onion and Fresno chili peppers. The noodles are thin and bouncy – they’re really great – nice texture and chew. The broth has a nice creamy color and a bit of green curry spiciness.  3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 8850987144370.

Here’s a TV spot for this variety.

Samples Sent From Germany, Made In Thailand

Saw some varieties on Amazon recently I’d never heard of before. Thought I’d introduce myself to the seller and see if they had any samples they could send.

Here they are! All the way from Germany! Thank you!


Top Ten List: The Past Two Days Have Been Amazing!

So these last two days have been crazy – so many people from Taiwan just coming in droves to the site and declaring their passion for the instant noodles of their country! You should be proud of yourselves; I’m never going to look at Taiwanese noodles the same again, that’s for sure! I’m sure I’ll be reviewing more very soon so keep your eyes on The Ramen Rater!

A quick note for new/media people: I’m GMT-7 (Pacific Daylight Time – just north of Seattle). I’m very open to doing interviews to whomever would like to – be it Taiwanese or agencies from other countries. Please contact me via this link and I will reply ASAP. Would really love the opportunity to say hello to all the deicated instant noodle fans out there!

Thank You,

– Hans Lienesch, The Ramen Rater

The Ramen Rater: Noodle News #5

As always, I scour the Internet searching from news about instant noodles. Here’s some articles that you may find interesting:

  • Thai firms eager to tap opportunity (in Burma) – Link

  • Video: Camera inside pill shows how instant ramen is digested – Link

  • Raise The Red Flag : Cut out the hypocrisy in the anti-palm oil campaign – Link

  • Commercialize the taste of ramen collected a vote of 970,000 votes! – Link

  • Nauseating: 10cm-long dried lizard found in instant noodles cup – Link

  • Lee Kyung-gyu to start scholarship fund with profits from ramen – Link

  • Cup Noodles Museum in Minato Mirai Area, Yokohama – Link

  • Red Tricycle: The Top Seven Bowls of Ramen in San Francisco – Link

  • China’s ‘crush-crush tribe’ irks supermarkets – Link

  • Food for Gamers: Make Your Instant Noodles Own Your Tastebuds – Link

  • Tofugu – 1,452 Bowls Of Instant Ramen And Counting: The Ramen Noodle Diary – Link

  • A Research of Construct Depth Marketing Channel about ShenYang Nong Shim Company – Link

  • College Cuisine: Ramen Recipes – Link

  • Valentine: Indomie Delights Youth with Red Hot Jamz – Link