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The Ramen Rater’s Reader’s Choice Top Ten Instant Noodles 2016 Edition

A couple days after The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2015 Edition came out, I got to thinking. Every year, a lot of people enjoy my list, a lot also complain. They’ll say things like ‘how can this not be on here,’ or ‘you have no clue of what youre talking about’ – you can guess the rest but it sometimes gets downright rude. I usually tell people to go and review as many instant noodles as I have and make their own list and we can compare notes, but nobody’s ever taken me up on that. At the same time I thought of this, I came to the realization that although they might not agree with me, they’re still people who love their varieties of instant noodles. I thought that they (you) should have a voice. So, I started a poll. I didn’t want to make a list of varieties for people to pick from – that would sway things in those varieties’ favor. I told people to just write in the flavor they liked and what brand made them. A week or so ago, I ended up with a difficult task. See, a lot of them were listed as the brand name but no variety (six people put Maggi, but Maggi what? From India, From Malaysia? Which one?). Some got cut, but most got counted. There were almost 300 votes and here are the results. I’m going to start a new poll tomorrow and this will be an annual thing! Let’s begin!

#10: 3 Way Tie: Paldo Kokomen / Paldo Cheese Ramyun / Paldo Teumsae Ramyun – South Korea

Each got three votes and since many only got three votes but were from different brands, I figure that 3 with 3 equals 9 for Paldo and that’s more than the other companies got that only had three votes. One thing is certain – you guys like ramyun! Reviews: Paldo Kokomen / Paldo Cheese Ramyun / Paldo Teumsae

#9: 2 Way Tie: Indomie Chicken Curry – Indonesia / Prima Taste Singapore Curry Laksa – Singapore

These two both had 4 votes each. A couple of curries! Reviews: Indomie Chicken Curry / Prima Taste singapore Curry Laksa

#8: Two Way Tie: Indomie Soto Mie – Indonesia / Nongshim Neoguri – South Korea

With 5 votes each, these two have fans from around the globe. Reviews: Indomie Soto Mie / Nongshim Neoguri

#7: MyKuali Penang White Curry – Malaysia

This is where the ties end and the numbers start to rise. MyKuali’s Penang White Curry scored 6 votes. Review: MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodle

#6: Samyang Buldak Bokkeummyun – South Korea

Apparently, many of you like to feel the burn! This is the famous noodle that people use to challenge eachother to see whether they can handle the fiery heat. It got 7 votes. Review: Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkeummyun

#5: MAMA Instant Noodles Shrimp Creamy Tom Yum – Thailand

With 9 votes, the flavor of this tom yum hits the halfway mark. Review: MAMA Instant Noodles Shrimp Creamy Tom Yum Flavour

#4: Nongshim Shin Ramyun – South Korea

Okay granted I don’t know if everyone was voting for the variety produced in South Korea, the United States or China, I won’t nitpick. Shin Ramyun got an impressive 18 votes. Review: Nongshim Shin Ramyun

#3: Nongshim Shin Ramyun Black – South Korea

Yeah you guys really like your ramyun! This one got 22 votes! Review: Nongshim Shin Ramyun Black

#2: Prima Taste Singapore Laksa La Mian – Singapore

A seriously good one – with 28 votes! Review: Prima Taste Singapore Laksa La Mian

#1: Indomie Mi Goreng Fried Noodles – Indonesia

Team Indonesia really turned out for their favorites. Indomie’s Mi Goreng got a whopping 46 votes! Way to go! Review: Indomie Mi Goreng Fried Noodles

Well, there’s the inaugural readers’s choice list. Hoping for more votes next time around! Remember, the more voters there are, the better glimpse we can see of everyone’s favorites! The new poll will be going up very soon so be on the lookout!

The Ramen Rater Top Ten Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2013 Edition

After more than a year of pondering and reviewing since the last list, here’s the new top ten instant noodle bowls. This encompasses all instant noodle bowls reviewed up to today, June 15th, 2013. With no further adieu, the top ten instant noodle bowls of all time, 2013 edition.

10 – JFC Japanese Style Noodle Soup Curry Flavour – South Korea

Fresh udon noodles and a curry sauce that’s thick and luxuriant. If you’re in need of a curry fix, look no further! Every time I see it on a store shelf, I get this kind of warm, fuzzy feeling. Original review here

9 – Ottogi Spaghetti Ramen – South Korea

A fun bowl of noodles with thick South Korean ramyun noodles, a sweet powder and a sweet and slightly spicy spaghetti sauce. A nice twist on a classic. Original review here

8 – Little Cook Spicy Beef Flavor – Thailand

This one features firm noodles, a spicy broth with beef and curry notes and fake meat that’s surprisingly good. Myriad of different components collide together in an irresistible way. Original review here

7 – Nongshim Chapagetti Roasted Chajang Noodle – United States

Although originating in South Korea, Nongshim now makes these in Southern California. Chajang is a traditional Chinese black bean sauce that is wonderful with noodles and the nice part with this particular variety is that it’s the first I’ve seen in a bowl. What’s more, it’s easy to make and has excellent hearty flavor as well as great noodles. Original review here

6 – Paldo Kokomen Spicy Chicken Flavor King Cup – South Korea

Kokomen is a South Korean ramyun with a light or white broth. It’s got a chicken and jalapeno kind of flavor that’s really quite excellent. The translation from pack to bowl is exemplary, losing none of the quality. Original review here

5 – Little Cook Mushroom Vegetarian Premium Noodle – Thailand

A combination of a great quality noodle and nice broth is one thing, but they add a retort pouch with really nice vegetables that make this seem more gourmet. I’ve never been a big fan of mushrooms, but these are really quite good. Original review here

4 – Yamamoto Ponpoko Tempura Udon Fried Noodles Bowl – Japan

Thick, slightly chewy noodles and a broth with strong soy flavor. The tempura gives a satisfying crunch. Check out the original review as well to see why this one’s got a great name. Original review here

3 – Maruchan Midori No Tanuki Instant Soba Bowl – Japan

The only one from last year’s list to remain. Although it slipped out of first place, this is a seriously excellent bowl of noodles. The buckwheat noodles have a delicate crumble that works so well here and the broth is nice and rich. The disk of tempura is a real treat. Original review here

2 – FoodMon DJ-DOC Instant Ramen Rice Toppokki – South Korea

Topokki are like really thick chewy short noodles. They’re usually served with a spicy red sauce; here they join instant noodles along with the spicy sauce to make a succulent kind of Soiuth Korean lasagna-esque feast. Original review here

1 – Nissin Raoh Rich Soy Sauce Flavor – Japan

All I can say is that this stuff is epic. The noodles are extremely good and of very high quality. The broth is as rich as the name purports as well. What’s more, it comes with a slice of roast pork which hydrates well and has a very good texture and flavor. This is where it’s at! Original review here

So as you can see, a lot of new contenders this year! I hope you enjoyed the list and look forward to bringing you more as time goes by.

The Ramen Rater Noodle News #29

Here we go with the 29th edition of The Ramen Rater Noodle News! I scour the Internet for articles about ramen and instant noodles and bring them to you! Here are some recent stories you might find interesting!

  • NewStatesman – Food: It’s Not For Girls – UK – Link
  • VietnamNet – The Instant Noodle War – Vietnam – Link
  • RocketNews24 – Another Amazing Vending Machine From Japan! But This One’s No High-Tech Gadget – Japan – Link
  • BBC News – Chinese Tourists Warned Over Behaviour Abroad – UK – Link
  • Akihabara News – Nissin – “Cup Noodle Curry trio with mini GUNPLA” – Japan – Link
  • Monterey County Herald – Hot Soup Scaldings Most Common Burn For Kids – USA – Link
  • Daily Planet – United Noodles: Ramen for lunch, ramen ingredients for later – USA – Link
  • The Japan Times – Product names show language creativity at work – Japan – Link
  • Mankato Free Press – Kids burned by instant soup cups – USA – Link
  • Philly – VIDEO: Conan says Taylor Swift’s ’22’ needs more ramen – USA – Link
  • PackagingEurope – Greiner Packaging Wins WorldStar Award – UK – Link
  • Press Release – Cook Up a Quick and Easy Meal, Meet Military Child of the Year on The Balancing Act™ on Lifetime TV – USA – Link
  • The Asahi Shinbun – Nissin Foods to market instant noodles in Kenya – Japan – Link
  • Focus Taiwan – Uni-President’s China-based unit issues ‘dim sum’ bonds – Taiwan – Link
  • Straits Times – Taiwan instant noodles source of new food scare – Singapore – Link
  • The Chosun Ilbo – Korean Cup Noodles a Hit in Swiss Alps – South Korea – Link
  • Focus Taiwan – Tsai Eng-meng tops Forbes list of Taiwan’s richest people – Taiwan – Link

I also thought I’d add some links to news about the current Taiwanese uproar about The Ramen Rater Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2013 Edition. Check it out!

  • May 31, 2013 – Sharp Daily – 馨馨細語:即食麵排名 – Hong Kong – Link
  • May 31, 2013 – Apple Daily – 泡麵部落客評滿分 阿舍推泡麵 –  Taiwan – Link
  • May 28, 2013 – Apple Daily – [VIDEO] 試食叻沙麵 朱薰激讚香噴噴 – Hong Kong – Link
  • May 26, 2013 – Nanyang Post – 被评为全球第一名 新加坡叻沙方便面卖断货 – Singapore – Link
  • May 24. 2013 – gbTimes – [AUDIO] Display Of Diplomacy Prevents Taiwanese Noodle War – Finland – Link
  • May 23, 2013 – Evening Magazine – [VIDEO] Ramen Rating Rage – USA – Link
  • May 23, 2013 – gbTimes – [AUDIO] My Talk With The Ramen Rater – Finland – Link
  • May 21, 2013 – CTTV – [VIDEO] 阿舍乾麵獲美國泡麵部落客滿分評比 — 吳宇舒主播 – Taiwan – Link
  • May 21, 2013 – CTTV – [VIDEO] [東森新聞]「阿舍」退燒? 漲幅逾六成消費者多考量 – Taiwan – Link
  • May 21 , 2013 – China Times – [VIDEO] 中天新聞》平反!美國泡麵網站 給台灣乾麵滿分 – China – Link
  • May 20, 2013 – MSN Taiwan -泡麵票選番外篇-美泡麵達人 給阿舍乾麵滿分 – Taiwan – Link

  • May 20, 2013 – China.org.cn – Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time – China – Link

  • May 10, 2013 – ASEAN China Centre – 新加坡快熟面世界最好吃 – China – Link
  • May 9, 2013 – NOW News – 評選10大泡麵沒台灣 鄉民灌爆部落格受矚目 – Taiwan – Link
  • May 7, 2013 – EtToday – 泡麵沒進排行!台網友留言灌爆 美部落客:寄過來吧 – Taiwan – Link
  • May 7, 2013 – Next Apple News – [VIDEO] 全球10大美味泡麵 台灣摃龜 – Taiwan – Link
  • May 7, 2013 – CTI TV – [VIDEO] 中天新聞》世界美味泡麵 星國第一! 台竟沒上榜 – Taiwan – Link
  • May 7, 2013 – CTI TV – [VIDEO] 【中天】05/07世界美味泡麵 台沒上榜網友不甘心 – Taiwan – Link
  • May 6, 2013 – Apple Daily – [VIDEO] 【影片】全球10大好吃泡麵 台灣槓龜 – Hong Kong – Link


The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten List: Exclusively On Foodiggity!

So I did a guest post on Foodiggity! Decided I’d give em’ the exclusive and so The new Top Ten Instant Noodles In The World (according to me) is on their site right now! Don’t worry – it’ll be up here on Saturday, but for now, check it out on Foodiggityhere‘s the link!

If it’s been a long time and you’re looking at this via the  Media Coverage link, here’s the article below (click image to enlarge).