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Happy Birthday, Singapore! New Products From Prima Taste

Some new stuff just arrived! Perfect timing too, as it’s Singapore’s 54th birthday!Let’s check it out!

Happy Birthday, Singapore! New Products From Prima Taste

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2019 Edition

Th Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2019 Edition

Every year I come out with new lists in many categories. The more reviews I do, the more I figure the lists will change less and less. It amazes me though how much they do change and how much the industry evolves and changes. Here’s the latest list of bowls, current as on review #3180. All products are prepared according to labeling on the package, and scores are given before any external garnish is added. Let’s check out the Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls for 2019!

Th Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2019 Edition

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#10 – Master Kong – Golden Stock Shrimp Noodles Bowl – China

#10 - Master Kong - Golden Stock Shrimp Noodles Bowl - China

This one features a good quantity of decent noodles and a broth that has a rich and flavorful body to it. Oiliness is on pint, and the inclusion of little seafood balls in the mix is very good. Original review

#9 – Uni-President Man Han Feast Braised Pork Flavor Instant Noodles Bowl – Taiwan

#9 – Uni-President Man Han Feast Braised Pork Flavor Instant Noodles Bowl – Taiwan

First, the noodles have a little bit thicker a gauge than most instant varieties. Indeed they are premium although a slight bit softer than one might expect. The broth is a sea of rich pork flavor – different than many. As a matter of fact, this really REALLY has a nice pork flavor; most pork varieties don’t have a great pork taste as the pork taste they do have get overshadowed by saltiness. The vegetables hydrated well and the pork was very good. Original review

#8 – Uni-President Man Han Feast Super Hot Pot Beef Flavor Noodles – Taiwan

#8 – Uni-President Man Han Feast Super Hot Pot Beef Flavor Noodles – Taiwan

So the noodles are broad and flat with a light chew and an excellent quantity. The broth is a tour de force of beef taste. It has a good thickness/oiliness to it as well as a good flavor. Indeed as expected, there’s a decent punch of spiciness. Indeed, the chunks of beef are of good size and quality. Moreover, the liquid with the beef in the retort pouch add depth to the broth. Finally, little rings of chilli pepper are here and there, joining the party. Original review

#7 – TTL Sesame Oil Chicken With Rice Wine Noodle – Taiwan

#7 – TTL Sesame Oil Chicken With Rice Wine Noodle – Taiwan

TTL stands for Taiwan Tobacco & Liquor and indeed there’s a sachet of rice wine in here! Add to that a big retort pouch full of decent sized chunks of chicken, good noodles and garnish, This is definitely a bowl to seek out and try. Original review

#6 – Samyang Foods Samyang Ramen Hot – South Korea

#6 - Samyang Foods Samyang Ramen Hot - South Korea

A newcomer to the list, however a flavor I’ve known for a while. Samyang Ramen and Samyang Ramen Hot are just plain delicious; a thick and chewy noodle is coupled with a great spicy ham broth which is just sensational. It hit #2 this year on my Top Ten South Korean list. Original review

#5 – Little Cook Tomato Beef Noodles – Taiwan

#5 - Little Cook Tomato Beef Noodles - Taiwan

This one featured a strong tomato flavor broth and chewy, thick noodles. The beef in here is delicious and on great quality. Another example of Taiwanese companies stepping up products to make them more premium. Original review

#4 – Little Cook Braised Beef Noodles With Tendon & Meat – Taiwan

#4 – Little Cook Braised Beef Noodles With Tendon & Meat – Taiwan

Okay so first off, this is a heavy bowl. There’s a huge retort pouch in here full of beef and beef tendon. The noodles are wide and have a great chew and the broth has a nice flavor. But the start of the show is that braised beef and tendon – it’s perfect and there’s just so much of it. Very impressive! Original review

#3 – Nissin Raoh Kogashi Shoyu – Japan

#3 - Nissin Raoh Kogashi Shoyu - Japan

Premium noodles in this one. Very chewy and with an excellent mouthfeel. The broth just bristles with a rich meatiness. Flavor is just wonderful – an asset to this high end Nissin Japan range. Original review

#2 – Nissin Gyoretsu-no-Dekiru-Mise-no-Ramen (Shrimp Tantanmen) – Japan

Th Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2019 Edition #2 – Nissin Gyoretsu-no-Dekiru-Mise-no-Ramen (Shrimp Tantanmen) – Japan

Talk about amazing. Now, on most of these bowls, you’ll notice I’ve added my own garnishes. I don’t count them in my reviewing – everything is reviewed prior to any additions I make. This is one where I’ve added nothing and just look at it! This one had very good noodles to start off. The broth was a very thick prawn infused decadent flavor spectacle. Then there’s the little crunchy topping and the other garnish they provide and this is just amazing stuff. Wow. Floored. Original review

#1 – Little Cook Thailand Green Curry Instant Noodle – Taiwan

Th Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2019 Edition #1 – Little Cook Thailand Green Curry Instant Noodle – Taiwan

Wow – I’m so freaking impressed with this one. First, there are two bowls. Peel back the lid of the first bowl and add boiling water. After a short time, you poke holes in the lid and drain the liquid into the second. A sachet of soup base is added and you have a soup with lots of corn and herbs. Next, a huge sachet with chicken and vegetables boasts a great spicy green curry flavor which mixes with the noodle. A really amazing product which is unique and delicious. This is Little Cook Thailand Green Curry Instant Noodle’s third year in the number one spot in a row – congratulations! Original review

 

New!! Prima Taste Black Pepper Crab & Other Recipes – Singapore

I’ve already just posted the review for the new Prima Taste Black Pepper Crab La Mian, but here’s the video unboxing! It’s been busy and I really wanted to try it so here we are. I had an energy drink today so getting a lot of stuff done today! Enjoy!

New!! Prima Taste Black Pepper Crab & Other Recipes – Singapore

 

Unboxing Time: Red Chef Samples – Malaysia

Unboxing Time: Red Chef Samples - Malaysia

Now that I’m doing Instant Noodle Recipe Time, I’ve asked some companies if they could send over samples of varieties I’ve reviewed for the series. Here are some from Red Chef of Malaysia in this Unboxing Time With The Ramen Rater!

Unboxing Time: Red Chef Samples – Malaysia

Thank you very much! Looking forward to revisiting these!

Re-Review: Paldo Teumsae Ramyun

Paldo Teumsae Ramyun

This is one that’s been in the Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time lists for quite some time. It’s also now in the Gourmet Ramen Club Spicy Pack – a box that I’ve selected the varieties for! I thought it was time for a Re-Review as I’m going to be rolling out the new spicy list in early August! Let’s check out this hot one!

Paldo Teumsae Ramyun – South Korea

Paldo Teumsae Ramyun

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add everything to 500cc boiling water and cook 3~4 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Paldo Teumsae Ramyun

The noodle block.

Paldo Teumsae Ramyun

The soup base sachet.

Paldo Teumsae Ramyun

A deep reddish powder.

Paldo Teumsae Ramyun

The vegetables sachet.

Paldo Teumsae Ramyun

A nice little melange.

Paldo Teumsae Ramyun

Finished (click to enlarge). Noodles come out very well – great chew and quite the quantity. The broth is very very spicy – and has a nice flavor to it as well. Included garnish was great. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 448436100613.

Paldo Teumsae Ramyun

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Re-Review: Prima Taste Singapore Laksa Wholegrain La Mian

Re-Review: Prima Taste Singapore Laksa Wholegrain La Mian

When it comes to my favorites and the annual The Ramen Rster’s top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time list, I like to take nothing for granted. This one has been number one for the past two years and I’m guess it will be so again this year – but I have to try it first just to make sure. Did they change the recipe? Has my taste changed? It gets a little tougher every year with this list as every year there’s about 400 new varieties I’ve been sampling. Anyways, here we go – let give it another try and see how it stacks up!

Prima Taste Singapore Laksa Wholegrain La Mian – Singapore

Re-Review: Prima Taste Singapore Laksa Wholegrain La Mian

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains crustaceans. To prepared, add sachet contents to 500ml water in a pot and bring to a boil. Add in noodle block and cook on low for 7 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Re-Review: Prima Taste Singapore Laksa Wholegrain La Mian

The noodle block.

Re-Review: Prima Taste Singapore Laksa Wholegrain La Mian

A large laksa paste sachet.

Re-Review: Prima Taste Singapore Laksa Wholegrain La Mian

Serious stuff!

Re-Review: Prima Taste Singapore Laksa Wholegrain La Mian

A large dry sachet.

Re-Review: Prima Taste Singapore Laksa Wholegrain La Mian

Aromatic coconut milk powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, scallion, tau pok, fried onion and Dodo fishball. The noodles come out thick and with just the perfect chew to them. Indeed, they seem very artisan – very rustic and hearty. The broth is the stuff of dreams – a nice spiciness, a strong flavor of fish and shrimp and a rich depth from spices. The coconut milk powder gives it a richness and creaminess reminiscent of cooking for hours. 5.0 out of 5.0 hours – just as good as the first time I tried it.   EAN bar code 8886350067854.

Re-Review: Prima Taste Singapore Laksa Wholegrain La Mian

Prima Taste Laksa Wholegrain LaMian, 6.5 Ounce

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The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Japanese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2018 Edition

Recently, I added a chat feature to The Ramen Rater, allowing readers to comment and ask me questions directly. It’s been very eye-opening; great to hear about why people are here and what they’re interested in seeing. One thing I have been asked repeatedly is ‘when will there be an update to the Japan list?’ Well, I heard you. The last list came out in 2014. I’ve been reviewing a LOT of Japanese varieties lately, and it looks like there will be an influx of Japanese varieties for the foreseeable future crossing my desk. This most likely will be an annual list from now on. With that being said I should also mention that with the huge amount of varieties that are released annually in Japan, many are discontinued. While this is the ‘of all time list,’ spanning all my reviews, I try to make sure that what is on it is available. This is very hard with Japanese varieties. Finally, I should mention also that if you’re an instant noodle manufacturer from Japan or elsewhere for that matter and you’d like me to review your products, I encourage you to use the contact form and drop me a line. That being said, let’s take a look at this new list, encompassing my favorite and most memorable reviews from the over 2,500 reviews I’ve done to date.

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Japanese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2018 Edition

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#10: Nissin Men Shokunin Kaoruyasai Shio

top ten japanese #10: Nissin Men Shokunin Kaoruyasai Shio

The noodles are very, very good – a really nice thinnish gauge with a strong backbone and just the nicest little bit of crumble to them – almost dainty. the broth is thick and rich shio with a lot of pork and chicken flavor throughout. The included cabbage, sesame seeds and other veggies are just perfect. Original review

#9: Nissin Cup Noodle Light+ Bagna Cauda

#9: Nissin Cup Noodle Light+ Bagna Cauda

The Cup Noodle Light+ series has really impressed me; amazing how much flavor you get out of a low-cal cup. The noodles have a really nice quality to them – not mushy or anything; they’re just really good. The broth is saucy and hearty with a cheese and light fish taste which is augmented with vegetables galore. This is on the top ten cups list and now on the top ten japanese list. Original review

#8: Nissin Raoh Hot & Sour Ramen

#9: Nissin Cup Noodle Light+ Bagna Cauda

Nissin’s Raoh is a range of premium varieties. The noodle are great – excellent chew and backbone. The broth is serious business – oily, rich in color and has a nice hot and sour taste. Original review

#7: Sapporo Ichiban Otafuku Okonomi Sauce Yakisoba

#7: Sapporo Ichiban Otafuku Okonomi Sauce Yakisoba

I’ve always really loved yakisoba and this is the best I’ve found in an instant form yet. Otofuku is a brand of yakisoba sauce that can be found almost anywhere, and it’s inclusion in this one is just perfection. What’s more, the noodles are garnished with green laver (flaked seaweed) and a little mayonnaise packet! Original review

#6: New Touch Sugomen Niigata Seabura Shoyu Ramen

#6: New Touch Sugomen Niigata Seabura Shoyu Ramen

The noodles hydrated very well and have one seriously good chew to them. The broth is equally amazing – a purely elegant shoyu broth with a good oiliness and great flavor. The vegetable bits hydrated very well and were of excellent quality. To top it off, it comes with a happy little slice of pork, which comes out just right. Original review

#5: Maruchan Gotsumori Sauce Yakisoba

#5: Maruchan Gotsumori Sauce Yakisoba

This big tray of yakisoba was a very nice surprise. First, there’s a lot of noodles here – easily enough for two. Second, the flavor has a little hint of spiciness. Thirdly, the cabbage hydrated very nicely with a tantalizing crunch. Finally, the inclusion of Kewpie mayonnaise sealed the deal for me. Original review

#4: Marutai Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen

#4: Marutai Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen

The noodles came out just right – nice firmness and chew with that groovy flouriness Hakata ramen noodle have. The broth is luxuriant – nice and thick with a rich pork flavor and garlic taste. Just top notch tonkotsu. Original review

#3: Seven & I Gold Sumire Ramen

#3: Seven & I Gold Sumire Ramen

The noodles are thick and chewy – very premium. The broth has a very rich miso flavor that had a little thickness and a nice oiliness. The vegetables and bits hydrated perfectly – nice bits of ground meat and menma float happily about and are of good quality. Original review

#2: Tokushima Seifun Yakibuta Ramen

#2: Tokushima Seifun Yakibuta Ramen

The broth has a nice saltiness and soy flavor with just a little touch of sweetness. The pork flavor finds it’s way into the broth as well which is spectacular. The pork has a nice sweetness and ‘fall off the bone’ texture to it which is pure delicacy. The army of decent sized slices of narutomaki were amazing, and the spring onion and bamboo shoots were perfect. A bowl of amazing taste and quality. Original review

#1: Nissin Gyoretsu-no-Dekiru-Mise-no-Ramen (Shrimp Tantanmen

#1: Nissin Gyoretsu-no-Dekiru-Mise-no-Ramen (Shrimp Tantanmen

Talk about amazing. Now, on most of these bowls, you’ll notice I’ve added my own garnishes. I don’t count them in my reviewing – everything is reviewed prior to any additions I make. This is one where I’ve added nothing and just look at it! This one had very good noodles to start off. The broth was a very thick prawn infused decadent flavor spectacle. Then there’s the little crunchy topping and the other garnish they provide and this is just amazing stuff. Wow. Floored. The top of ther Top Ten Japanese varieties Original review

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

NOTE – THERE IS A NEW TOP TEN SPICY LIST FOR 2018 – HERE IT IS

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

It’s that time of year again! Actually, this is the first time the list is coming out in July although at the tail end of July. I usually have the lists come out on the Monday closest to the date it came out the prior year. So this list is a compilation of absolutely hottest and spiciest varieties I’ve had out of the 2,500+ varieties I’ve tried thus far. Something you think belongs on this spiciest of lists? Let me know – I’ll give it a try. Let’s get started!

Note – on the day of posting I remember that there was one variety that should be in this list. I’ve given it an ‘honorable mention’ at the bottom, so don’t forget to give that a look. It will most certainly appear in next year’s list in a position on the list as it is quite spicy and truly should get it’s little place in The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time. My apologies.

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#10: MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodle – Malaysia

Spiciest #10: MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodle – Malaysia - The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles 2017 Edition

MyKuali’s new recipe added a big punch of heat to their already amazing and groundbreaking Penang White Curry Noodle. Thick almost saucelike broth fires up the palate and includes a generous amount of garlic this time. Original review

#9: Maggi Hot Heads Green Chilli Noodles – India

Spiciest #9: Maggi Hot Heads Green Chilli Noodles - India - The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

One of the most recent ones I’ve tried. I was on the fence about including it to be honest, however it definitely does belong. A strong spiciness from a serious green chilli flavor. Definitely the hottest variety I’ve tried from India. Original review

#8: CarJEN Hot & Spicy Dry Curry With Chives Soup – Malaysia

Spiciest #8: CarJEN Hot & Spicy Dry Curry With Chives Soup - Malaysia The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

This is one not only spicy but unique. Not only does it have a brothless noodle, it has a sachet you mix with boiling water to make a soup that is served alongside. I’ve seen this done multiple times in Taiwanese variants but never from Malaysia – good show! Original review

#7: Mi E-Zee Perisa Kari Mi Segera – Malaysia

Spiciest #7: Mi E-Zee Perisa Kari Mi Segera – Malaysia - The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

After mentioning I thought it could be improved by making it spicier, they did. They include a sachet of very hot chilli pepper flake – a pretty decently sized one that if you use, you will definitely be feeling the burn. Original review

#6: Samyang Foods Mala Buldak Bokkeummyun – South Korea

Spiciest #6: Samyang Foods Mala Buldak Bokkeummyun - South Korea - The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

The newest variety of the Buldak Bokkeummyun series, this one features Sichuan pepper. It provides a kind of buzzing, numbing effect which is different. Lots of good garnish such as well sized mushroom pieces in here. Original review

#5: Paldo Teumsae Ramyun – South Korea

Spiciest #5: Paldo Teumsae Ramyun – South Korea - The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

On the list for four years now! Another South Korean ramyun with serious kick to it. This isn’t to be trifled with!  Teumsae has restaurants in South Korea which serve up some seriously spicy fare. I really like the text underneath the word Teumsae which reads, ‘Flavor. Culture. Human’ Original review here

#4: Paldo Bulnak Bokkummyun Spicy Fried Octopus Ramyun – South Korea

Spiciest #4: Paldo Bulnak Bokkummyun Spicy Fried Octopus Ramyun – South Korea - The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

After many, many people complaining that I had the order hot and that this should be behind the #3, I decided to give it another try. You were right – totally concede that. However, this is definitely a fiery hot plate of noodles with a nice flavor. Original review

#3: Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkeummyeon – South Korea

Spiciest #3: Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkeummyeon – South Korea - The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

The bowl version of this is what is commonly used in the Fire Noodle Challenge. This stuff will really clean your clock – the initial taste is very sweet and savory and then bam. Indeed a crescendo of flame hits you palate like sucking on a charcoal briquet. Original review

#2: emart Dare You! Habanero Ramyun – South Korea

Spiciest #2: emart Dare You! Habanero Ramyun – South Korea - The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

The current packaging for this one has changed yet again. So now it features the name ‘Super Junior’ which is a reference to a Korean pop music act. Definitely need to try that – but at this point, this is definitely worth of the second spot. The broth is violently spicy – coats your tongue is heat and fire. Original review

#1: Samyang Foods 2x Spicy Hek Buldak Bokkeummyun – South Korea

Spiciest #1: Samyang Foods 2x Spicy Hek Buldak Bokkeummyun - South Korea - The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition 2017 Edition

There is no doubt in my mind that there’s nothing hotter than this one out there – as far as they go, this is the spiciest of the spiciest – at least that I’ve tried. This is a real burner and definitely takes my breath away. Therefore, I would say that if you aren’t comfortable with spicy foods, this will grab you, throw you on the ground and have it’s way with you. Consider this a warning in big red capital letters!! The heat will linger long after the plate is clean – if you can get that far! Original review

Spiciest - The Ramen Rater's Definitive Guide To Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkeummyun - South Korea - instant noodles

I would like to mention that I have made a special ‘Definitive Guide’ and video focusing on the Samyang Food Buldak Bokkeummyun series – you can see it here.

Honorable Mention – Paldo Volcano Curry Kkokkomyun – South Korea

Spiciest Honorable Mention - Paldo Volcano Curry Kkokkomyun - South Korea - The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

As soon as I got everything ready to post this morning, I realized one that I’d reviewed wasn’t in the list – this one. It definitely belong in this list and so since redoing this whole list would take hours of work, I decided to give it the Honorable Mention position. It will most definitely be in next year’s list, If it were on the list this year, it would be in 9th place. Indeed it is a very hot curry that will blow your mind and should appear in the top ten. My apologies. Original review

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Rice Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

Now for the third year, I’m coming out with the latest Top Ten Instant Rice Noodles list. Rice noodles have some benefits as opposed to their fried wheat counterparts. First, they’re virtually fat-free. Also, they’re not fried. Rice noodles are gluten-free by nature, although the ingredients in the sachets that come with these varieties might not be. People ask me for a gluten-free list often, but that would be rather difficult as I’d have to pore over every ingredient list on every review to do this. Well, let’s have a look at these great rice noodle varieties – the best instant rice noodles varieties of the almost 2,500 reviews to date!

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Rice Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

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#10:Vifon Viet Cuisine Bun Rieu Cua Sour Crab Soup Instant Rice Vermicelli – Vietnam

#10:Vifon Viet Cuisine Bun Rieu Cua Sour Crab Soup Instant Rice Vermicelli - Vietnam - The Ramen Rater - instant rice noodles

The instant rice noodles came out of the microwave slightly underdone, but that was easy to look past as by the time I sat down to eat this, they were very good. Light chew, thin gauge. The broth was very, very good – a nice oiliness and crab taste with lots of crab in there and vegetable. Original review

#9: KOKA Silk Spicy Marinara Instant Rice Fettuccine – Singapore

#9: KOKA Silk Spicy Marinara Instant Rice Fettuccine - Singapore - The Ramen Rater - instant rice noodles

The instant rice noodles – fettuccine – came out remarkably well. Indeed it is perfectly hydrated. I make a couple cross-cuts with a pair of kitchen scissors to make them easier to work with a fork. The broth is very tasty with a fresh taste of tomato and a bit of spiciness. Moreover, the broth definitely has a seafood feel to it – almost has a slight lemony hint to it. The vegetables hydrated very well and were complimentary. Also,m the shrimp that are included taste good and are of a decent quantity. Original review

#8: Nissin Seafood Flavour Rice Vermicelli – Hong Kong

#8: Nissin Seafood Flavour Rice Vermicelli - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - instant rice noodles

The noodles were slightly thick and chewier than many – and it worked well here; a little heartier. The broth was very good – a milky seafood and butter kind of taste which was absolutely delicious. The included bits included scrambled egg, spring onion, mushroom and seafood which all hydrated perfectly. Well done! – Original review

#7: Mamee Chef Gold Recipe Bihun Kari Seribu Rasa – Malaysia

#7: Mamee Chef Gold Recipe Bihun Kari Seribu Rasa – Malaysia - The Ramen Rater - instant rice noodles

The Mamee Chef Gold Recipe on the 2015 Edition of the Top Ten Instant Noodles list, but with bihun! The noodles have a slight dryness to them, but the best part is how the broth is so rich and flavorful; it’s like a bowl of Malaysian love. Original review

#6: Ah Lai Penang Favourite White Curry Rice Vermicelli – Malaysia

#6: Ah Lai Penang Favourite White Curry Rice Vermicelli – Malaysia - The Ramen Rater - instant rice noodles

I found I liked this vermicelli version of their white curry better than their wheat noodle variety! I don’t think that’s happened before; it’s kind of been a love/hate relationship I’ve had with rice based noodles for years. However, the rich flavor of the broth embraces the noodles and enrobes them in curry happiness. Original review

#5: MeeKuali Bihun Sup Rempah Perisa Daging – Malaysia

#5: MeeKuali Bihun Sup Rempah Perisa Daging - Malaysia - The Ramen Rater - instant rice noodles

The vermicelli came out really good. This and cooked nicely. I made a couple of cross cuts with a pair of kitchen scissors to make the vermicelli more manageable. The broth is great . It’s got a great beef flavor and definitely full of spices. Moreover, it has the thickness I like. The shallots pull it together well – crisp and tasty. Original review

#4: Tseng Rice Noodle Seafood Laksa Flavour – Taiwan

#4: Tseng Rice Noodle Seafood Laksa Flavour - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - instant rice noodles

The noodle was great – a little thicker than the other rice noodle varieties from Tseng. A little heartier which worked well here. The broth was a luxuriant sea of deep orange with a good coconut body. The flavor was not extremely strong in this one, but it was satisfying and quite good. Impressed at this being a Laksa coming from Taiwan. Original review

#3: MAMA Instant Rice Noodle Soup Spicy Shrimp Flavour – Thailand

#3: MAMA Instant Rice Noodle Soup Spicy Shrimp Flavour – Thailand - The Ramen Rater - instant rice noodles

The noodles are very good – broad in nature and light in chewiness. The broth is really quite good – it has a spicy, lemongrass flavor with a nice shrimp hit, plus a sweetness as well that I wasn’t expecting. The little shrimp are in there as well, which hydrated quite nicely. Very pleased indeed! Original review

#2: MyKuali Penang Red Tom Yum Goong Rice Vermicelli Soup – Malaysia

#2: MyKuali Penang Red Tom Yum Goong Rice Vermicelli Soup - Malaysia - The Ramen Rater - instant rice noodles

The vermicelli came out nice – not too chewy and very plentiful. I used a pair of kitchen scissors to make 3 cross cuts in order to make them more manageable with a fork. The broth is a sea of flavor. So it has a strong lemongrass presence coupled with a serious spiciness. The shrimp taste is strong here and the broth is thick – really thick. The included garnish was excellent and hydrated perfectly. Original review

#1: MyKuali Penang Hokkien Prawn Soup Rice Vermicelli (Bihun) – Malaysia

#1: MyKuali Penang Hokkien Prawn Soup Rice Vermicelli (Bihun) – Malaysia - The Ramen Rater - instant rice noodles

The bihun as hydrated really well for something steeped. The broth is mind blowing. If you like a thick and serious onslaught of prawny sweetness and heat, this is absolutely for you. It’s so rich and strong and tasty! To top it all off, fried onion bits that are the best I’ve ever had in any instant product – other than the wheat noodle package version of this product. Amazing! Original review

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2017 Edition

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2017 Edition

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2017 Edition is a list of the best bowls I’ve tried of the over 2400 reviews posted to date. Bowls are interesting insofar as they often contain extra things, since there is more room for sachets, spoons, fork, etcetera. As always, I implore instant noodle manufacturers to contact me – I would love to review your products and all it costs is sending some samples and your time! So sit back, grab a bowl, some hot water, peel back the lid, stir – and enjoy!

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2017 Edition

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#10 – JML Spicy King Bowl Noodle Spicy Chicken Noodle – China

#10 – JML Spicy King Bowl Noodle Spicy Chicken Noodle – China The Ramen Rater instant noodle bowls 2017 top ten

The noodles as usual plumped up nicely as they engorged themselves on the broth. good gauge, good chew. The broth is definitely strong and worthy of the top ten spicy list – it means business! Sichuan chilli heat is abundant. The oiliness is great and the hydrated vegetable bits are good as well – a tasty spicy bowl. Original review

#9 – Seven & I (Nissin) Gold Sumire Ramen – Japan

#9 – Seven & I (Nissin) Gold Sumire Ramen – Japan The Ramen Rater instant noodle bowls 2017 top ten

The noodles are thick and chewy – very premium. The broth has a very rich miso flavor that had a little thickness and a nice oiliness. The vegetables and bits hydrated perfectly – nice bits of ground meat and menma float happily about and are of good quality. Original review

#8 – Tokushima Seifun Yakibuta Ramen – Japan

#8 – Tokushima Seifun Yakibuta Ramen – Japan The Ramen Rater instant noodle bowls 2017 top ten

The broth has a nice saltiness and soy flavor with just a little touch of sweetness. The pork flavor finds it’s way into the broth as well which is spectacular. The pork has a nice sweetness and ‘fall off the bone’ texture to it which is pure delicacy. The army of decent sized slices of narutomaki were amazing, and the spring onion and bamboo shoots were perfect. A bowl of amazing taste and quality. Original review

#7 – Nissin Raoh Rich Soy Sauce Flavor – Japan

#7 – Nissin Raoh Rich Soy Sauce Flavor – Japan The Ramen Rater instant noodle bowls 2017 top ten
Raoh’s noodles are great – premium and chewy. The broth is thick and rich with a strong shoyu taste which satisfies. The garnish includes a nice slice of chashu pork. Original review

#6 – Uni-President Man Han Feast Braised Pork Flavor Instant Noodles Bowl – Taiwan

#6 - Uni-President Man Han Feast Braised Pork Flavor Instant Noodles Bowl - Taiwan The Ramen Rater instant noodle bowls 2017 top ten

First, the noodles have a little bit thicker a gauge than most instant varieties. Indeed they are premium although a slight bit softer than one might expect. The broth is a sea of rich pork flavor – different than many. As a matter of fact, this really REALLY has a nice pork flavor; most pork varieties don’t have a great pork taste as the pork taste they do have get overshadowed by saltiness. The vegetables hydrated well and the pork was very good. Original review

#5 – Uni-President Man Han Feast Super Hot Pot Beef Flavor Instant Noodles – Taiwan

#5 - Uni-President Man Han Feast Super Hot Pot Beef Flavor Instant Noodles - Taiwan The Ramen Rater instant noodle bowls 2017 top ten

So the noodles are broad and flat with a light chew and an excellent quantity. The broth is a tour de force of beef taste. It has a good thickness/oiliness to it as well as a good flavor. Indeed as expected, there’s a decent punch of spiciness. Indeed, the chunks of beef are of good size and quality. Moreover, the liquid with the beef in the retort pouch add depth to the broth. Finally, little rings of chilli pepper are here and there, joining the party. Original review

#4 – TTL Sesame Oil Chicken With Rice Wine Noodle – Taiwan

#4 - TTL Sesame Oil Chicken With Rice Wine Noodle - Taiwan The Ramen Rater instant noodle bowls 2017 top ten

TTL stands for Taiwan Tobacco & Liquor and indeed there’s a sachet of rice wine in here! Add to that a big retort pouch full of decent sized chunks of chicken, good noodles and garnish, This is definitely a bowl to seek out and try. Original review

#3 – Choripdong Hurricane Rice Cake Topokki – South Korea

#3 – Choripdong Hurricane Rice Cake Topokki – South Korea The Ramen Rater instant noodle bowls 2017 top ten
It’s red. It’s got a thick spicy and sweet sauce. Chewy ramyun noodles. It’s got topokki. This was a real find – Just looking at the picture makes me want some right this instant. One of the most wonderful bowls of noodles I’ve ever had. Slipping from first place last year. Original review

#2 – Nissin Gyoretsu-no-Dekiru-Mise-no-Ramen (Shrimp Tantanmen) – Japan

#2 – Nissin Gyoretsu-no-Dekiru-Mise-no-Ramen (Shrimp Tantanmen) – Japan The Ramen Rater instant noodle bowls 2017 top ten

Talk about amazing. Now, on most of these bowls, you’ll notice I’ve added my own garnishes. I don’t count them in my reviewing – everything is reviewed prior to any additions I make. This is one where I’ve added nothing and just look at it! This one had very good noodles to start off. The broth was a very thick prawn infused decadent flavor spectacle. Then there’s the little crunchy topping and the other garnish they provide and this is just amazing stuff. Wow. Floored. Original review

#1 – Little Cook Thailand Green Curry Instant Noodle – Taiwan

#1 - Little Cook Thailand Green Curry Instant Noodle - Taiwan The Ramen Rater instant noodle bowls 2017 top ten

Wow – I’m so freaking impressed with this one. First, there are two bowls. Peel back the lid of the first bowl and add boiling water. After a short time, you poke holes in the lid and drain the liquid into the second. A sachet of soup base is added and you have a soup with lots of corn and herbs. Next, a huge sachet with chicken and vegetables boasts a great spicy green curry flavor which mixes with the noodle. A really amazing product. Original review

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

Well folks it’s that time again. This one’s a big deal – the list that people from around the world have been waiting for every year. Since the last list came out, I’ve reviewed over 400 varieties of instant noodles – a new record in one year for me. So many good ones this year! These are my absolute favorites of the over 2,400 reviews of instant noodles I’ve posted to date. There are some big announcements at the end of the video, so make sure to check them out! As always, I invite instant noodle makers to contact me so I can try your noodles! Now without further ado, The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition!

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

The video presentation of The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition with special announcements!

#10: Paldo Budae Jigae Ramyun – South Korea

#10: Paldo Budae Jigae Ramyun - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Here’s a new one – Budae Jigae. This dish came to be when US troops shared their rations with the locals during the Korean War. The Koreans added the hot dogs, cheese, luncheon loafd, pork and beans and macaroni to a traditional soup and boom – Budae Jigae. The noodles here are thick and chewy, the broth slightly spicy and has a nice oiliness. Augmented by a sachet of oil that smells like hot dogs and garnish which includes sausage, beans and macaroni, this is a unique and really great variety! Original review

#9: Xiao Ban Mian Shallot & Scallion Oil Noodle – Taiwan

#9: Xiao Ban Mian Shallot & Scallion Oil Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

I got to see where these are made in Taiwan last year! I got to try them while there and then tried again for review and both times came to the same conclusion – they’re excellent. The noodles are plentiful and have a very nice chew. The flavor is really great – tasty and full of shallot and scallion flavor. Another example of Taiwan’s mastery of simplicity in the dry noodle genre. Original review

#8: Nissin Demae Ramen Straight Noodle Black Garlic Oil Tonkotsu Flavour Instant Noodle – Hong Kong

#8: Nissin Demae Ramen Straight Noodle Black Garlic Oil Tonkotsu Flavour Instant Noodle - Hong Kong - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Hong Kong’s first appearance on the annual top ten. First, these noodles are very good – nice chew and round gauge. Very impressed. Next, the broth is just perfection; a creamy pork tonkotsu broth, savory and rich, is enhanced by the addition of black garlic oil. Original review

#7: Nyor Nyar Penang White Curry Instant Noodle – Malaysia

#7: Nyor Nyar Penang White Curry Instant Noodle - Malaysia - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

I’ve tried a lot of Penang White Curry varieties. I thought new ones had stopped cropping up a while back, and then I get to try this one and I’m just floored. This one’s perfect. Excellent plump noodles and a broth that’s thick and rich; with spiciness and strong flavors. Everything harmonizes together perfectly. Original review

#6: Prima Taste Singapore Curry Wholegrain La Mian – Singapore

#6: Prima Taste Singapore Curry Wholegrain La Mian - Singapore - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The original Curry La Mian made its debut on the 2013 list. In 2016, the Wholegrain version entered into the list – and with good reason. The noodles are hearty and have a kind of rustic, artisan mouth feel. They are perfect for the broth – a thick lavish curry which come from a huge sachet of paste and is made wonderful with lots of coconut milk powder. Original review

#5: MyKuali Penang Red Tom Yum Goong Noodle – Malaysia

#5: MyKuali Penang Red Tom Yum Goong Noodle - Malaysia - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

In short, this is exactly the same kind of flavor I experienced on the exotic resort island of Langkawi off the coast of Malaysia. The noodles are just right – great gauge and chew and perfectly plump. The broth is thick and strong. Spicy flavor, heavy on the lemongrass and lots of shrimp taste. Unique and authentic. Original review

#4: CarJEN Nyonya Curry Laksa  – Malaysia

#4: CarJEN Nyonya Curry Laksa - Malaysia - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

I have had the fortune to know this variety for three years and it’s been on the list for 3 years. Why? Well, the noodles are very good – they look like your basic instant but they really have a nice feel and chew. The broth comes from a curry pasta, coconut powder and a special dipping sauce. You can put the sauce in a spoon and dip it into the broth (or you can just put it all in). Creamy and rich – this is excellence. Original review

#3: Nissin Straits Kitchen/Straits Reborn Laksa – Singapore

#3: Nissin Straits Kitchen/Straits Reborn Laksa - Singapore - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Why the two names? Well, Nissin Singapore just changed the name from Kitchen to Reborn. This one’s great – extra nice noodles in here. Also, a very rich, strong broth. Finally, there’s the sachet of laksa leaf which you can sprinkle on top to add a savory finish. Original review

#2: MyKuali Penang Spicy Prawn Soup Noodle – Malaysia

#3: Nissin Straits Kitchen/Straits Reborn Laksa - Singapore - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

This one used to be called Hokkien Prawn Noodle. This is a dive into prawn land to be sure. First off the noodles are the same MyKuali has had in all their varieties – just perfect. The broth here is oily, thick and exploding with prawn flavor. It’s very sweet and has a great level of spiciness. To top it off (quite literally), a sachet of the best fried onions in any instant I’ve tried add a savory crunch to the bowl. Beautiful and delicious . Original review

#1: Prima Taste Singapore Laksa Wholegrain La Mian – Singapore

#1: Prima Taste Singapore Laksa Wholegrain La Mian - Singapore - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

For the second year in a row, Prima Taste leads the pack with their Wholegrain La Mian. Their regular non-wholegrain version was #1 in 2013. The wholegrain noodle has vaulted it up high – Really high. The noodle has a hearty chew and texture I love. The broth is a harmony is paste and coconut milk powder that has great taste and richness. It all comes together in a crescendo is flavor and texture which is masterfully delivered. Original review

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The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Taiwanese Instant Noodles Of All Time 2016 Edition

 This is the fourth year of The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Taiwanese Instant Noodles Of All Time lists. The list definitely has had a lot of movement every year – a good sign as those who produce instant noodles in Taiwan are innovating and producing new styles and flavors all the time! Here are my pick of the tastiest and most memorable Taiwanese varieties from my over 2,000 reviews to date.

A video of this year’s list presented by Hans Lienesch, The Ramen Rater.

#10: A-Sha Dry Noodle QQ Thin Noodle – BBQ Sauce

These noodles are great! Very light and thin and honesty they seem to be happy. It’s a perfect balance of texture and delicateness. They definitely are wonderful to chew. The BBQ sauce? Well, this isn’t what most would think of when you say BBQ sauce – it’s not the 99 cents a bottle stuff at the local grocery store. Instead, it’s a very enjoyable and tasty flavor with nice depth. Soy sauce, garlic, a slight spiciness and other flavors are represented in a wonderful flavor that doesn’t have the usual American ‘slather’ BBQ sauce feel. This is excellent. #1 in 2013. Original review

#9: Mom’s Dry Noodle Onion Oil & Shrimp Flavor

It’s amazing how sometimes when I do a top ten list, some of the best ones are right before the cutoff for my list! I tried this one a week or so ago and let me just say – wow. The noodles are of an excellent quality and texture with a perfect chewiness. The flavor is well balanced with not too much saltiness but definitely not bland; it’s rich and delectable stuff. Original review

#8: Chering Chang Curry La-Men

This is the first variety I’ve tried of this brand and if the others they make are anything like this, they’re going to be doing very well with my reviews! The noodles are of a standard instant noodle gauge but have a very fresh feel to them. The curry broth is a wonderful sweet curry with a excellent richness to it. The included vegetable sachet was a show stopper on this one, with everything hydrating to perfection and a really ample quantity.Original review

#7: Tseng Noodles Rice Noodle Seafood Laksa Flavour

Laksa isn’t something that I would immediately connect with Taiwan, but now I think that’s going to change. This was a really interesting variety to try; the rice noodles have a neat gauge – just a little thicker than their others. The broth was very much on the thick and rich end of things with a nice flavor to it. Luxuriant and aromatic. Original review

#6: Jingqi Aloe Vera Guan Mian Cyanobacteria Noodle With Ginger Oil Sauce

Okay – cyano-what? Cyoanobacteria is often sold as Spirulina – the healthful blue-green algae. The noodles are extremely wide in this one and have a nice softness to them. The flavor was great – a kind of sweet with ginger and salty thing going on here which was absolutely delectable. Original review

#5: A-Sha Dry Noodle Veggie Noodle Baby Grass Noodle With Toona Sauce

The noodles have a very good elasticity to them. They have a broad flat nature and a premium texture and chewiness. The flavor was a soy and something else – the Toona aspect I imagine. It had an earthiness which was subtle and light – just right. I very much liked this; it seemed like something that would pair well with the acidity of tomato and richness of some kind of beef with wine juxtaposition. Original review

#4: Mom’s Dry Noodle Sichuan Spicy Flavor

After trying their Onion Oil & Shrimp, I couldn’t wait to try this one – and it was a real treat as well. What sets this one apart are the noodles. Sun dried and with a perfect texture and thickness. They’re absolutely amazing. As for the flavor, it comes together via three sachets: mushroom oyster sauce, sesame oil and chilli paste. The heat is ample and so wonderfully balanced with the sesame and oyster sauce. #1 in 2014. Original review

#3: Mom’s Dry Noodle Sour & Spicy Flavor

The noodles are really primo – excellent gauge and chewiness. They’re thick and have a gourmet quality to them. The flavor is really great. It goes from an initial hit from the black vinegar’s sourness, then mulls around with the heat and almost transforms into a sweetness at a point. It’s a very active flavor that kept my tastebuds fascinated the whole time. Excellent! Original review

#2: A-Sha Dry Noodle Veggie Noodle Tomato Noodle With Vine Ripened Tomato Sauce – Taiwan

The very first Taiwanese instant to make the annual top ten overall list. But there’s no denying – this is absolutely marvelous stuff. The noodles have a great gauge – broad, flat and soft with a light chew. The great part is the tomato flavor – when I opened the sachet of sauce the whole room smelled like fresh tomatoes. Not only that, there’s more than enough sauce to flavor all of the noodles.Original review

#1: Tseng Noodle Scallion With Sichuan Pepper Flavor

This is only the second Taiwanese variety to ever make the annual top ten overall list. These noodles are simply wonderful – wide with a sturdy chew and strong backbone. The flavor is salty and savory with a great hit of Sichuan pepper – hot, but not too hot. Excellence! Special Top Ten Re-Review