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The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Taiwanese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2020 Edition

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Taiwanese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2020 Edition

This is the seventh year of the Top Ten Taiwan Instant Noodles list! Every year, I’m truly amazed at the innovation and unique varieties coming from the beautiful island of Taiwan. If you haven’t had the experience of visiting, you really should – the food, the culture – it truly has been a life changing experience for me. Growing up, all I knew of Taiwan was labels on products that simply said ‘made in Taiwan’ – but it so much more. One aspect is the noodle, and they’re really unique and delicious. This is a list of my favorite out of the reviews I’ve done up to number 3,284. Many images you will see have garnish, however only the base product before any is added is what’s reviewed, as in all of my reviews. I hope you enjoy this year’s list and consider trying some of these great varieties if you’ve not tried before – they’re really great! With that, here’s the Top Ten Taiwanese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2020 Edition.

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Taiwanese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2020 Edition

Video Presentation

Watch me talk about each variety of The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Taiwanese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2020 Edition. A special addition this year is a list at the end of honorable mentions!

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Taiwanese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2020 Edition

#10: A-Sha Dry Noodle Dan Zai Noodle

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Taiwanese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2020 Edition

The noodles have a flat and broad gauge and an excellent chewiness I’ve come to expect from the A-Sha line of products. The flavor is very good – a kind of spicy, salty, slightly sweet and then this savoriness to it – lots of spices that I can really only describe as tasking like Taiwan. Original review

#9: Three Meters Noodles Shallot Taste

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Taiwanese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2020 Edition

Nice gauge and light chew. The flavor was just mind-blowingly good and I am thoroughly excited about this one. The shallot flavor is just right – not too salty, not too pushy – just exactly perfect. Original review

#8: TTL Pickled Vegetable Beef With Hua Diao Liquor

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Taiwanese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2020 Edition

This one I enjoyed immensely – lots of noodles, but the broth was the show stopper. The combo of the liquor and the rich beef broth was very savory. Add vegetables and real beef from the retort pouch and there’s why it’s on this list. Original review

#7: Shin Horng Lukang Thin Noodles Ginger & Sesame Oil Flavor

#7: Shin Horng Lukang Thin Noodles Ginger & Sesame Oil Flavor

A very recent review. Found this at a local store and the combo of ginger and sesame was intriguing. Take a thin noodle and combine it aptly with the aforementioned flavors and there you go. Very tasty ginger and sesame are in the forefront and it’s just plain umami incarnate. Original review

#6: Tseng Noodle Scallion With Sichuan Pepper Flavor

#6: Tseng Noodle Scallion With Sichuan Pepper Flavor

A wide noodle with scalloped edges. These have the bonus of a thin edge and thicker center, giving a delicate as well as hearty aspect. The flavor is very good – a soy bump, some onion hit, then the Sichuan pepper oil. It all works together magnificently. Original review

#5: Little Cook Thailand Green Curry Chicken

#5: Little Cook Thailand Green Curry Chicken

This bowl, in fact, is two bowls. One you steep the noodles in. The second? Drain the broth from the first by poking holes in the lid and pour into it. The noodle is accompanied by a spicy green curry and chunks of vegetable and real chicken. The broth slurping soup worked well too. Original review

#4: Xiao Ban Mian Traditional Shallot & Scallion Oil Noodle

#4: Xiao Ban Mian Traditional Shallot & Scallion Oil Noodle

Start with a thin kind of rectangular noodle with a strong chew. The flavor that comes with it is a sweet and savory shallot and scallion oil – and it works so well. Who would think something so simple could be so delightful. Original review

#3: Mom’s Dry Noodle Blue Elephant Curries

#3: Mom's Dry Noodle Blue Elephant Curries

I think it’s safe to say most people who follow this website are keen on the fact that I love Thai food and I love curry. What’s neat here is that these curries – one red and one green – pair so well with a Taiwanese noodle – and naturally so. Savory curries and dry noodles marry in such a way that a perfect balance of two cuisines harmonize rather than find conflict or dissonance. Impressive! Original reviews 1 & 2

#2: Mom’s Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle

#2: Mom’s Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle

The noodles came out with a very nice chew. They aren’t mushy whatsoever and have a confident backbone. The flavor is very good as well. The notes of sesame, Sichuan pepper oil, Sichuan pepper in the dry mix, sesame sauce as well as soy sauce all work together and play well with each other; nobody’s feet get stepped on. Simple yet complex. Original review

#1: A-Sha Gourmet Braised Beef Noodle

#1: A-Sha Gourmet Braised Beef Noodle

For a long time, I’ve really enjoyed this style of noodle from Taiwan. It’s wide, with a center line which is thicker, and the sides are thinner – which gives them a very unique and wonderful mouthfeel. I’ve also always thought that these would just sing is in a broth (usually they are presented with a combination of sauces but no broth). The soup is rich with a strong beef flavor and hint of Sichuan peppercorn that do not overwhelm. The nice part is the inclusion of real beef in here. It should be noted that there is a special version of this that comes out during Lunar New Year which includes Wagyu beef – very expensive at a whopping $15USD per serving!, but very tasty as well. Original review


Top Ten Lists

Spiciest Instant Noodles 2020

Usually, this Taiwan list would have been released 3 weeks ago – the spicy list would’ve been released last month – what gives?! Well, I’ve been busy. With my 3 year old son Miles home from preschool all summer, time has been spent with him a lot more. Setting up a green screen is a lot more difficult with him and his little sister Miriam running around like banshees in our apartment. I’ve been busy with something else as well…

Weight Loss

The Ramen Rater Diet

In October of 2018, my doctor (who is Taiwanese I should mention!) Gave me a talk. It was the talk I’d gotten many times from him and other doctors: you need to lose weight. He said also that my cholesterol was very high. He told me this on the right day at the right time I suppose and I decided to go all in. I did my first The Ramen Rater Diet video in April after I visited my doctor in April, having lost 65 pounds. I’ve kept it up and lost a lot more since then, and the next video will be out towards the end of October – after a year of eating healthy and exercising every day (I walk a lot – up to 25 miles in a day), I’ll do a big update and share more of what I do and how I do it with you. Many folks have taken my advice and are getting healthier as well, which is very humbling. I think if I can make a big change like this, anyone can!

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).