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

Top Ten Best Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019

This is my list of my all time favorites (compiled up to review #3132). These are the best and most memorable varieties – some you’ll be able to find easily, some you won’t. In the images you see, you’ll see garnished bowls of noodles. Note – reviewing is done BEFORE products have anything externally added by myself, and I follow directions on the package – for better or for worse. I should also note that going forward, the official last day for companies to submit varieties to be considered for the annual top ten will be January 31st. That’s enough – let’s have a look at The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition!

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

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#10: Indomie Real Meat Mi Instan Goreng Rendang – Indonesia

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition

The first Indomie variety on the list in years and it’s really amazing. Basically take their Mi Goreng Rendang and include a sachet of real rendang in a retort pouch. This comes after recently hearing that Indomie Rendang is hard to find here in the United States, something I was surprised to hear since it’s such a popular product and such a good one. Original review

#9: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Ramen – Hong Kong

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I’ve become enamored and thrilled with the straight ramen noodle varieties in recent years – especially ones from Hong Kong which have been on the last two The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time lists. This is Sau Tao’s first appearance on the list. A Thai flavor is delivered masterfully – broth has a great richness and crispness of tom yum kung – spicy and lemongrass and shrimp notes play together very well. Original review

#8: Mom’s Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle – Taiwan

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It’s second year on The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time, Mom’s Dry Noodles’ Dan Dan Noodle is just wonderful stuff. A broth-free offering with gourmet Taiwanese dry noodles, and myriad sauces that harmonize, salty, spicy, sweet and other flavors masterfully. Flavorful and deep. Original review

#7: Red Chef Green Tom Yum Soup Noodles – Malaysia

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Another one returning to The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time list, Red Chef’s Green Tom Yum Soup Noodles feature a fried noodle with a great mouthfeel and quantity. They work well with the broth which is like a mashup of tom yum and green curry. The spiciness and flavors are just great – it might seem like a strange gimmicky kind of thing but definitely not. I love the new and this is a new flavor for the instant noodle world. Original review

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

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Since a very young age when my mother would cook curried chicken livers over rice, I’ve absolutely loved curry. This one is just mind blowing and has been on the top ten for years and years. The noodles are thick and chewy  – and have a rustic kind of feel to them. Marry that to the broth which comes from a large sachet of curry paste and one full of coconut milk powder, you end up with a rich, luxuriant experience you’ll love. I should note they also have a version with non-wholegrain noodles which is also very impressive. Original review

#5: CarJEN Nyonya Curry Laksa – Malaysia

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition

Back again with their rich curry noodle, CarJEN brings something very special to the table in their Nyonya Curry Laksa. You dip the paste seen on the spoon into the broth to flavor it and it has little bits of shrimp in there that really are a nice addition. Sweetness, spiciness, richness from coconut milk powder, and a nice plump noodle makes this so tasty and memorable. Original Review

#4: A-Sha Gourmet Braised Beef Noodle Soup – Taiwan

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition

This is the highest position a Taiwanese variety has achieved in The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time before – congratulations, Taiwan! 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

#3: Liangchengmei Biang Biang Men – China

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My wife Kit saw this while we were up in Canada and it piqued my curiosity so thought hey let’s give it a try. Noodles are very broad – over an inch. The flavoring is just superb – to use a word I normally don’t, this is yummy. What’s interesting too is that they included meat – at least I thought it was meat – it’s made from soy protein! Unique, delicious, and the highest a Chinese variety has achieved on The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time to date. Congratulations! Original review

#2: Red Chef Spicy Sakura Prawn Soup Noodles – Malaysia

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Let the prawn-slaught begin! Returning to the #2 spot this year, we have a Red Chef variety that just gives and gives when it comes to sweet and savory prawn flavor. This umami bomb has a nice chewy noodle that is complimented by just the sweetest, strongest prawn broth with an excellent thickness and just the right amount of spiciness. What’s more they include a sachet of crispy onions to put on top that round things out so well. If you want to have a prawn freak out, this is an indispensable tool. Original review

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

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition

For the fourth year in a row, Prima Taste wins with it’s excellent Wholegrain Laksa. If  abandoned on an island with only a life supply of instant noodles, I’d want them to be these, period. Hearty artisan noodles which are thick and of good quantity are combined with a broth which has a strong flavor and richness from coconut milk powder. A flavorful and striking noodle dish. Original review

What’s New

Instant Noodle Recipe Time

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition

In the last year, I’ve decided to start doing videos for each on of my reviews and as of April 3rd, I’ve done 295 episodes. You can watch me cook and garnish everything as I sit at my stove. People have commented ‘why do you sit?’ Well, it’s a lot easier to record the show that way. Why do you wear sunglasses all the time? I’m legally blind and light sensitive. I answer a lot of questions about what I do from reader questions as well as talk about what I’m up to and give opinions and chatter about anything that crosses my mind. The show comes out every single day at 2pm Seattle time. Check out the show here.

The Chocolate Break

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition

What began as something to try once has become a project my wife Kit and I do regularly. The Chocolate Break is where we try chocolate from around the world – and give our opinions on them. I’m proud to announce that www.thechocolatebreak.com is up and has rundowns of every single episode! Check it out and let us know what you think!

Big Changes For Me

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition

Some of you have been noticing I’ve been losing weight – thank you! In fact I’ve been working hard on that. Reviews I do are usually involving me eating maybe 5% of a bowl of noodles, if that. Everything else goes down the drain.

I keep my regime to around 1200~1500 calories a day. I’ve also been doing a lot of walking with my daughter Miriam. With her stroller decked out with lots of lights and a really loud speaker (I usually play a lot of Primus, Herbie Hancock and Tobacco), we walk all over town. My feet hurt, too! If you put together our walking from April 1st and April 2nd, it comes to 21.12 miles (33.989km)! No, that is NOT a typo. My doctor told me I had high cholesterol back in October and I decided to make some changes. I’ll find out how I’ve done later this month and let you guys know how I’ve done so far.

#2921: Prima Taste Singapore Prawn Soup Wholegrain La Mian

#2921: Prima Taste Singapore Prawn Soup Wholegrain La Mian

Here’s one I’ve not tried before – the wholegrain prawn. I’ve tried the regular prawn, but not the wholegrain. This version married the thick and hearty wholegrain la mian with their prawn soup base. Let’s take a look and see how it is!

Prima Taste Singapore Prawn Soup Wholegrain La Mian – Singapore

#2921: Prima Taste Singapore Prawn Soup Wholegrain La Mian

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains crustaceans and chicken. To prepare, boil noodles in 500ml water for 5 minutes. Add in sachet contents and boil and additional 2 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2921: Prima Taste Singapore Prawn Soup Wholegrain La Mian

The noodle block.

#2921: Prima Taste Singapore Prawn Soup Wholegrain La Mian

The package comes with two sachets of prawn soup stock.

#2921: Prima Taste Singapore Prawn Soup Wholegrain La Mian

The two sachets of prawn soup stock.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, 31-40ct shrimp and sliced chashu pork. Noodle was just exquisite as always – firm chew and very hearty. The broth has a rich and tasty prawn flavor to it. Definitely captures the cooking for days kind of broth effect. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8886350068080.

#2921: Prima Taste Singapore Prawn Soup Wholegrain La Mian

Prima Taste Laksa Wholegrain LaMian, 6.5 Ounce

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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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Re-Review: Prima Taste Singapore Curry Wholegrain La Mian

Re-Review: Prima Taste Singapore Curry Wholegrain La Mian

Ah, curry. I’ve loved curry since I was very young. My mother would make a curried chicken liver over rice dish that to this day I crave. Unfortunately, she’s not keen on the chicken liver that they sell at the store anymore. Thankfully, curry is popular around the world and there are no end in sight of options to get my curry fix. When it comes to the instant noodle realm, this is one of my my absolute favorite avenues. It’s been on the Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time list for years – both in Wholegrain form and the original. Let’s crack it open and see what’s in this big pack of noodles!

Prima Taste Singapore Curry Wholegrain La Mian – Singapore

Re-Review: Prima Taste Singapore Curry Wholegrain La Mian

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

Re-Review: Prima Taste Singapore Curry Wholegrain La Mian

The noodle block.

Re-Review: Prima Taste Singapore Curry Wholegrain La Mian

The large paste sachet.

Re-Review: Prima Taste Singapore Curry Wholegrain La Mian

Thick and serious paste!

Re-Review: Prima Taste Singapore Curry Wholegrain La Mian

A second sachet.

Re-Review: Prima Taste Singapore Curry Wholegrain La Mian

A heaping amount of coconut milk powder. What I like is that when I open both of the sachets I get a whiff of deliciousness – and the coconut powder has a nice sweetness to it.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, tau pok, Dodo fish balls, and spring onion. The noodle is exquisite – nice thickness and just a perfect texture to them. What’s more is that in the exact time called for, they’re perfect. Good chewiness. The broth is a luxuriant thick curry – not overly strong but exactly and just right. To speak plainly, this is perfectly delicious. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8886350067830.

Re-Review: Prima Taste Singapore Curry Wholegrain La Mian

Prima Taste Wholegrain C u r r y  Lamian 185g Pack of 6

A news story about healthier foods showing wholegrain products by Prima Taste

Unboxing Time: New Wholegrain Prawn Soup From Prima Taste

Unboxing Time: New Wholegrain Prawn Soup From Prima Taste

Got this package the other day – and I didn’t expect it. Well, I WAS expecting it, however both I and Prima Taste thought that it probably had been seized by customs. The tracking was going great then it hit Oakland, California and then Import Delay. It stuck that way for over a week – and then started moving again! What’s more, they never opened the package. Let’s have a look inside!

Thank you very much to the folks at Prima Taste! Can’t wait to try everything (some tried before, some new to try) and thank you for the birthday gift!

#1947: Prima Taste Singapore Laksa Wholegrain La Mian

So Prima Taste has recently come out with wholegrain varieties. It was explained to me that wholegrain noodles can tend to be brittle or crumbly – so to prevent this, Prima has created a superfine powder. Indeed, the curry whole grain la mian was absolutely wonderful stuff! The noodles were perfect and had a kind of rustic, artisan kind of character to them. The point of wholegrain noodles is to promote a healthier alternative to white flour. Not only that, these are not fried noodles. Instant noodles are now starting to attempt to please the consumer with more healthy options. Pretty cool! I’m very curious how this laksa does! Let’s dig in and find out!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, add the sachet contents to 500ml water and bring to a boil. Add in the noodle block and simmer for 7 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The first of two huge sachets: the laksa paste.

Has an elegant shrimp scent along with other spices.

The second sachet…

A very aromatic quantity of coconut powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Dodo fish ball and carved squid. These noodles are just amazing – they have a kind of rustic and artisan kind of heartiness to them. I get asked ‘if you had to pick one and you were going to be banished to a desert island’ – well, these are contenders. The broth is simply mind blowing with a wonderful rich laksa flavor – a nice amount of heat and layers of flavor. This is what it’s all about for me. This is perfection. I like it even better than the original. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8886350067854.

Prima Taste Laksa La Mian, 185g, (Pack of 6)

A recipe for a more indulgent version of Prima Taste Wholegrain Laksa.

#1907: Prima Taste Singapore Curry Wholegrain La Mian

Here’s something new from Prima Taste that’s geared a little more towards healthy living – this one has noodles made with special wholegrain flour. Their original version has been on my top ten list for a few years now, and I’m very curious to see how this one is. Seems like a good day for some curry! Let’s crack it open!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp paste. To prepare, add contents of sachets to 500ml boiling water and stir in. Add in noodle block and cook for 7 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The first of two very large sachets.

Has a nice strong curry scent.

The second large sachet.

A ton of coconut powder!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added coriander, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, Dodo fishballs and tau pok. The noodle block is big and of a great quantity. The noodles are thick and have a very strong backbone and chewiness which is excellent. As for the difference in flavor from the wholegrain flour, it is there and quite nice! Definitely gives a more ‘wholesome’ kind of taste to the noodle. The broth is as always just exceptional stuff – thick and has a rich curry flavor. Beautiful! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8886350067830.

Here’s the original version – Prima Taste Singapore Curry Lamian Noodles, 4 Packets of 6.2 Ounce

A video from Prima Taste on how to make the Wholegrain Curry more indulgent.