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#3240: Tseng Noodles Spicy Dolar – Taiwan

#3147: Tseng Noodles Spicy Dolar - Taiwan

Recently, I heard about a variety from Tseng that I guess has been around for a little while but I’d never heard of it. A lot of confusion for me about this one. The biggest issue is the variety itself – what the heck is spicy dolar anyway? Nothing I could find on Wikipedia or elsewhere. But dolar must be a pretty common concept because there’s a restaurant in Canada I saw in Richmond that mentions it – something like Dolar Hotpot or something. Well, let’s check it out!

Tseng Noodles Spicy Dolar – Taiwan

#3147: Tseng Noodles Spicy Dolar - Taiwan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, boil noodles for 4.5~5.5 minutes. Drain, saving some cooking water. Add noodles and reserved water to a bowl along with sachet contents. Finally, stira nd enjoy!

#3147: Tseng Noodles Spicy Dolar - Taiwan

One of the 4 servings in the pack.

#3147: Tseng Noodles Spicy Dolar - Taiwan

Thin noodles.

#3147: Tseng Noodles Spicy Dolar - Taiwan

A wet sachet.

#3147: Tseng Noodles Spicy Dolar - Taiwan

Liquid and paste.

#3147: Tseng Noodles Spicy Dolar - Taiwan

A second wet sachet.

#3147: Tseng Noodles Spicy Dolar - Taiwan

Smells like soy sauce.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added scallions, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, and barbeque pork. The noodles have a nice gauge – thick and a little wide. They are chewier than I expected with the cook time. They went well with the sauce, which at the outset smelled extremely sweet, had a good balance of spiciness. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4713008550359.

#3147: Tseng Noodles Spicy Dolar - Taiwan

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New Spicy Dolar From Tseng Noodle – Taiwan | Unboxing Time

New Spicy Dolar From Tseng Noodle - Taiwan | Unboxing Time

A friend send me a picture showing this new variety from Tseng Noodle I’d not heard of before: Spicy Dolar. I thought hmmm… I’d better see if I can get a sample! Well, the box arrived, I’m ready to open it, and so let’s have a look!

New Spicy Dolar From Tseng Noodle – Taiwan

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

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

It’s been quite a year of reviewing as far as Taiwan is concerned. I brought back a trove of varieties I’d never had the chance to try before. Really opened my eyes many varieties that people had recommended I try over the years. This is the top ten – the best Taiwanese varieties I’ve tried from the over 2,500+ reviews I’ve posted to date. As always, if I’ve not tried your noodles, please contact me! I’m interested! Let’s check it out!

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

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#10: Kiki Noodles Sichuan Spices Flavor Noodle

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Noodles are thin with a great chew to them. The flavor is excellent – there’s a sweetness and a fire! I really like how the pepper is in a sachet – gives one the option for how hot they like their noodles. Original review

#9: Mom’s Dry Noodle Sichuan Spicy Flavor

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The scalloped edges, the width, the chew are great and in fact, I could chew on these forever – not that they’re overly chewy and would require such. The spicy Sichuan pepper flavor coats and satisfies. Furthermore, it’s not a one trick pony and in the end, it’s spicy and very tasty as well. Original review

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

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The noodles are flat and a little broader with a very serious chew to them. The flavor is very unique. It’s a kind of crisp black vinegar hit along with a spicy oil hit to it. It’s like ping pong; you notice the heat, then the vinegar, then the heat. Original review

#7: TTL Sesame Oil Chicken With Rice Wine Noodle

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The noodles are soft and plentiful – very nice. A soft noodle works very well here in a sea of chicken flavored broth. The notes of ginger and sesame go well with the rice wine. Finally, the real chicken is really good. Original review

#6: Uni-President Man Han Feast Super Hot Pot Beef Flavor Instant Noodles

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Here’s one I’d been hoping to try. Recommended to me quite a few times, this one features a soft noodle with a rich beef broth. The heat isn’t too much and the beef really adds a nice extra. Original review

#5: Kiki Noodles Scallion Oil & Soy Sauce Flavor Noodle

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The noodles are thin and have a very agreeable mouthfeel. The flavor is a sweet kind of onion hit which is quite tasty. Original review

#4: Tseng Noodle Scallion With Sichuan Pepper Flavor

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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

#3: Little Cook Thailand Green Curry Instant Noodle

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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

#2: Xiao Ban Mian Traditional Shallot & Onion Oil Noodle

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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

#1: Mom’s Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle

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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

#2218: Tseng Rice Noodle Spicy Braised Pork Flavor Flavor

Okay now this – this sounds good. I absolutely love a few things in this world. Curries, Korean BBQ, dim sum… Something new has been anything braised and Taiwanese. We’ve got a little restaurant nearby called Looking For Chai and their braised pork and braised beef is so good – tender and so full of flavor. Just a nice slab of it on a bed of rice and that’s all you need – well, that and a little milk tea. Let’s check out this spicy braised noodle!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat. To prepare, you can make it with soup or have it dry. Dried:  250 c.c  cook for 3 to 3.5 mins. Soup: 400 c.c   cook for 2.5 mins  to 3 mins   (Recommended).

One of the four servings in the package.

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge).

The rice noodle block.

A liquid sachet.

Soy sauce.

A paste sachet./

Thick and smells great!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, cabbage, fried fishcake, tofu skin and spring onion. The vermicelli came out very well with a good gauge and chew – nicely hydrated and not dry. The broth was a real one two punch  – a nice braised pork hit but then the Sichuan chilli pepper takes over and moves in saying ‘I live here and here is where I will stay.’ 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4713008550250.

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Eating noodles with Mr. Tseng.

Tseng Noodles – Coming To America!

This is a box I’ve been really excited about – and I think a lot of you will be excited as well. People have been asking me about Tseng/Zeng noodles and where to get them since they were #9 on my annual The Ramen Rater’s top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2016 Edition. They just made #1 on my Taiwan Top Ten list2 days ago. Well, I have it on good authority that they will be available in the United States at 99 Ranch Market in California around Christmas time – that’s all I know for now but if I hear more, I’ll let you all know!

The three varieties (click to enlarge).

Here’s my favorite of the three (click to enlarge)! Hey look – I’m on the pack too now!

Sichuan Pepper Flavor on the left (good for Nine Emporer Gods Festival) and Hu Sesame on the right (click to enlarge). Thanks! Looking forward to seeing these in the Seattle Metro area hopefully soon!

 

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

 

Re-Review: Tseng Noodles Scallion With Sichuan Pepper Flavor

I thought that after making The Ramen Rater’s top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2016 Edition and winning The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Taiwanese Instant Noodles Of all Time 2016 Edition, it would be nice to revisit this tasty noodle! What do you think? Let’s dig in!

Here’s the back of the 4 pack package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add one of the noodle blocks to 800ml boiling water and simmer for 5 to 6 minutes. Drain. Add in contents of sachets. Stir and enjoy!

Here’s one of the individual packages (there are 4 in the big bag).

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

A liquid sachet.

Spicy smelling oil!

The second liquid sachet.

Has a salty and soy scent to it.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added yakibuta pork belly and scallions. These noodles are simply amazing! They’re wide and have a scalloped edge to them. Excellent chew but not al dente – just right. The flavor is equally impressive: a nice and tasty salty soy and oil with a snappy Sichuan pepper hit to it which has a nice heat level. The heat works with the flavor, rather than against it though, making everything balance and sing together beautifully. Love this stuff! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4713008550021.

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Here’s a video showing Mr. Tseng preparing his namesake noodles.

#2168: Tseng Rice Noodle Shallot With Braised Pork Flavor

Here’s another new one from Tseng’s – shallot braised pork. Man, this sounds good – I really have high hopes. As I’ve opined before, Taiwanese braised anything is unbelievably good. Really, it isn’t just my opinion – I would mark it down as fact. If you don’t like Taiwanese braised anything, you just don’t know what tastes good and should have your tongue examined for mold or aliens. Let’s give this one a try and see how it translates to a rice noodle.

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat or not. To prepare, you can make it either with soup or dry. Dried:  250 c.c  cook for 3 to 3.5 mins. Soup: 400 c.c   cook for 2.5 mins  to 3 mins   (Recommended).

One of the individual servings – there are 4 per pack.

The back of the package (click to enlarge).

The rice noodle block.

A liquid sachet.

Soy sauce.

A sauce sachet.

Thick and luxuriant.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added tea egg, mushroom, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and spring onion. The vermicelli came out really nice – good gauge and texture. I used a pair of kitchen scissors to make 3 crosscuts to make it more easily manageable with a fork. The flavor is very good and tasty – definitely a pork taste with a shallot component. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4713008550267.

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Mr. Tseng on a cooking show.

#2164: Tseng Rice Noodle Chinese Mushrooms With Soybean Vegetarian Braised Pork Flavour

This one sounds curious to me. While I do like braised pork – a lot- I’m unsure about this Chinese mushroom. But hey – I’ve been pleasantly surprised in the mushroom department before, right? Let’s give it a go!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. to prepare, you can make this in two different ways – with or without soup. Dried:  250 c.c  cook for 3 to 3.5 mins   (Recommended) Soup: 400 c.c   cook for 2.5 mins  to 3 mins.

One of the four individual servings.

The back of the package (click to enlarge).

The rice noodle – 0.5mm!

A liquid sachet.

Smells like good soy sauce.

A sauce sachet.

Has decent size pieces of mushroom in the mix.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, mushroom and spring onion. The vermicelli hydrated nicely – good gauge, good chew. The flavor was a real surprise to me. I’m generally not a fan of mushrooms but this was very hearty. Definitely got a nice braised beef taste and the soybean was like meat. Very tasty and nice. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4713008550243.

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Tseng noodle makes The Ramen Rater’s top Ten Instant Noodles Of all Time 2016 Edition.

#2162: Tseng Rice Noodle Seafood Laksa Flavour

So this is definitely a first – I don’t think I’ve ever heard of laksa from Taiwan! It sounds good – I mean hey, I make laksa here in the United States quite often but I’m sure my neighbors haven’t a clue what they’re smelling ‘must be some off kind of Hamburger Helper’ probably going through their minds. But laksa is a seriously tasty thing and I’m keen on seeing what Tseng has come up with for us. Let’s have a look!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Guessing it contains seafood. To prepare, you can make it with soup or without soup. Dried:  280 c.c  cook for 4.5  to 5 mins – Soup: 450 c.c   cook for 4 mins  to 4.5 mins  (Recommended).

The large bag contains 4 smaller individual servings like this one.

The back of the individual pack (click to enlarge).

The rice noodles. For the Tseng rice noodles, this one is 0.7mm whereas the rest of them are 0.5mm.

A sachet of delicious.

Coconut powder.

A paste sachet.

Laksa paste.

Finished (click to enlarge).  Added basil, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, fried fishcake, fishball and tofu skin. 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. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4713008550236.

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Mr. Tseng has a show – looks like a contest!

Product Samples From Tseng Noodles Of Taiwan

Today started well, then got a little crazy then got better – I started at 5am with reviewing some noodles. Then the power went out around 7am for over two hours! A bit later, the mailman knocked on the door with a big package of Taiwanese noodles! Tseng was in The Ramen Rater’s top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2016 list this year – and they have some new products! Let check them out!

Under the hood (click to enlarge)…

Some literature (click to enlarge) – something very helpful as all of the Tseng varieties have very little English on them.

Here are the three original wheat noodles by Tseng (click to enlarge) – they come in Scallion & Sichuan Pepper Flavor (top), Hu Sesame Flavor (lower left) abd finally Sichuan Pepper Flavor (lower right).

Here are the new varieties from Tseng (click to enlarge). These are all right noodles: from left to right – Seafood Laksa Flavor, Chinese Mushrooms with Soybean Vegetarian Braised Pork flavor and finally Spicy Braised Pork flavor. These sounds very interesting! Thank you very much to everyone at Tseng’s!

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

It’s been quite a year for The Ramen Rater. I’ve reviewed 357 new instant noodle varieties. I got to visit an instant noodle company in Thailand. I just hit my 2000th review. Since the beginning of this ‘noodle journey,’ I’ve wanted to try flavors from around the world and have been able to do just that. This new list is a compilation of the best of the best; the most memorable and most wonderful of the 2,004 varieties I’ve sampled thus far. If you are an instant noodle company and I haven’t reviewed your products, please contact me – I would love to review them. I decided to include what I added to them this year – however note the products are scored before anything is added. With that, let’s have a look at The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of all Time 2016 Edition.

The full video presentation.

MAMA Instant Noodles Coconut Milk Flavour – Myanmar

I received a big box of samples from the company that produces MAMA instant noodles earlier this year, and was thrilled with the cup variety of this one – so much so that it made the 2015 Top Ten Cups list. The pack version was spectacular as well! Great noodles enjoy their time in a sweet (but not overly sweet) sea of coconut and chicken flavor. It is very unique and compelling; a fascinator for the palate. This is Myanmar’s first time on the top ten instant noodles list. Added hard boiled egg, baked chicken, coriander and seared sweet onion.  Original review

#9: Zeng Noodles Scallion With Sichuan Pepper Flavor – Taiwan

I had the opportunity to try quite a few new Taiwanese varieties this year and this one really got me going. The noodles have a broad, flat character with a very nice chew to them. They don’t have broth, but a flavor which is out of this world. The sauce coats the noodles completely – not too much, not too little. The balance of the Sichuan pepper to other flavors is masterful; it balances perfectly. The Sichuan pepper has a kind of effect like mint – if you eat mint and then draw breath over your palate, you get a cooling feeling. Added Chinese sausage, fried garlic and scallions. Original review

#8: Prima Juzz’s Mee Creamy Chicken Flavour – Sri Lanka / Singapore

I’ve always loved creamy chicken flavor instant noodles. In fact, I believe the first instant noodle I reviewed when I started the site was a creamy chicken variety. These are a completely different ballgame. The noodles remind me of Taiwanese varieties – thick and a little wide, but much softer. The broth is very elegant; more like cream of chicken soup – but with a rich and thick flavor. Added TVP gives it more umami and satisfies. Made in Sri Lanka for the Singaporean market. Added hard boiled egg and chicken baked with Johnny’s Chicken Seasoning and BonCabe Level 10 rubbed into it at 375 degrees for 45 minutes.  Original review

#7: Wugudaochang Tomato Beef Brisket Flavor Purple Sweet Potato Noodles – China

This one’s just amazing to see. First, the purple noodles not only add a striking visual, they are of very high quality. They have a familiar gauge, but a chewiness that’s top notch. The broth is very good – excellent tomato flavor with beef notes and a very gourmet texture. The best part are the large pieces of fresh tomato and beef; truly something to savor. This is China’s first appearance in the top ten instant noodles list. Added coriander. Original review

#6: MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodle Authentic Taste – Malaysia

This noodle was the first from Malaysia that really got me interested in Malaysian varieties. A noodle with a perfect gauge and chew rests in a broth which is now legendary. It’s new ‘Authentic Taste’ recipe is thick, spicy and just plain awesome. This is its third year in a row on the top ten instant noodles list. Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, mint, tau pok, Dodo fish ball and sweet onion. Original review

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

I’ve enjoyed Prima Taste’s Curry La Mian for a few years now – the noodles are thick and chewy, the broth thick and strong, especially with their wonderful paste and coconut powder. What’s different here is that they’ve upped their game with this new recipe noodle using wholegrain flour. It gives them a heartier chew and a rustic, almost artisan quality. Added coriander, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, Dodo fishballs and tau pok. Original review

#4: MyKuali Penang Red Tom Yum Goong Noodle Authentic Taste – Malaysia

Another one of MyKuali’s new ‘Authentic Taste’ recipes. Again, we have the excellent gauge and chew of the noodles. The broth is a thick tom yum goong – strong shrimp, lemongrass and tomato notes abound as well as a lot more mushroom taste in this new recipe. The heat is there as well. Reminds me of our visit to Langkawi in 2014. Its second year on the top ten instant noodles list. Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, coriander and prawns. Original review

#3: CarJEN Nyonya Curry Laksa Improved Taste – Malaysia

Another variety with a new recipe. This one is really fantastic. Firstly (although it doesn’t enter into the judging), the package is really striking. The noodles are a nice gauge and of good character and quality. The broth is a very nice and thick curry – thickened with coconut cream powder instead of non-dairy creamer. The inclusion of the sambal is really great. The new recipe boosted its flavor to be stronger and richer. This is its second year on the top ten instant noodles list. Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and tau pok. Original review

#2: MyKuali Penang Spicy Prawn Soup Noodle Authentic Taste – Malaysia

Up from seventh place last year, MyKuali really upped their game with this new Authentic Taste recipe. The noodles as always are very good – great gauge and chewiness. The broth is just amazing – good thickness and so rich and flavorful with a sweet prawn flavor. What’s more is they include a sachet of fried onion – not pulverized little bits but good sized pieces that are just wonderful. Beautiful. This is its second year on the top ten instant noodles list. Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, coriander, hard boiled egg, barbecue pork and prawns. Original review

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

In the top spot this year we have an old favorite of mine with a new change. The wholegrain noodle just improves this variety by leaps and bounds; giving it such a nice heartiness and rustic flavor and texture. The broth seems unchanged; a beautiful appearance; the oil like shimmering rubies in a cream colored sea. The flavor is rich and spiciness very accessible to most folks. I should mention that both the original Laksa and Curry varieties would be on this list if the new wholegrain ones didn’t exist, however in different places. Added Dodo fish ball and carved squid. Original review

There’s the list for 2015. I will be publishing the results from the 2016 Reader’s Poll – look for it soon! If you are an instant noodle company and I haven’t reviewed your products, please contact me – I would love to review them.