UPDATED 11/28/2012 – New #1!!!

A couple of days ago, I received an email from a man who was angry. He was angry that the instant noodles he bought said that they were spicy Chicken flavor but weren’t spicy whatsoever and that I needed to change the seasonings ASAP. Every once in a while, I get a comment or email from someone who thinks that I make instant noodles or am affiliated with an instant noodle company. I decided to reply and do a review of the product he had problems with, adding some hot spices, sauces and peppers from around the world to really heat it up. It then occurred to me that a lot of people really like spicy instant noodles and that there’s really no list of the hottest ones out there. I figured I’d better do something about that, and so here’s the Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time!

#10: Wei Lih Good Good Eat Super Ramen Hot Chili Flavor – Taiwan
Has decent noodles and a deep red broth that exclaims ‘beware of fire!’ The broth also has an oily texture and sweet notes that make it quite unique in its fire. Original review

#9: Paldo (Korea Yakult) Kko Kko Myun – South Korea
The result of a comedian on a competition TV show in South Korea, Kko Kko Myun has been a huge craze. The flavor is a jalapeno chicken – and the jalapeno is nice and strong. Has a real good bite to it. Original review

#8: FoodMon DJ-DOC Jjolmyeon – South Korea
DJ-Doc is a hip-hop group in South Korea and they must be pretty happy to have their faces on this stuff. In this bowl, you have noodles, large pieces which are rice cake and a red sauce which has a wonderful heat and flavor. It all ties together to be like a hot and spicy lasagna ala South Korea. Wonderful stuff! Original review

#7: JML Instant Noodle Artificial Spicy Hot Beef Flavour – China
A very spicy Chinese noodle soup. Notice it’s not spicy beef, it’s spicy hot beef! Has decent veggies and a serious punch! Original review

#6: Nongshim Shin Ramyun Noodle Soup – USA
Yep – they make this is the USA now. A standard of the spicy noodle world! Hot and tasty with lots of thick noodles. Original review

#5: Namchow Mee Jang Noodle Soup Sour Spicy Chicken (Tom Yum) – Thailand
The packaging looks pretty tame but this stuff is anything but. The broth is enough to blow your head off – wow! Original review

#4: Nongshim Jinjja Jinjja (Really Really) Ramyun – South Korea
This is hot and unique. Based on pork broth and has some niceties like black sesame seeds and peanut powder. Has a strong heat but it’s got some really great taste to it – this is awesome stuff! Original review

#3: Indomie Curly Noodle With Chicken & Chilli Paddi – Indonesia
Sweet mother – this is intense! That little pepper was enough to burn my lips, mouth and gut for a good long time! Heavy duty! I should also mention there’s a place that sells spicy noodles in Jakarta that has 75 to 100 of these peppers mixed in – Imagination fails me as to the scorching pain! Original review

#2: Paldo Teumsae Instant Noodles With Soup – South Korea
Hands down, bar none, this some seriously spicy stuff. Talk about getting some bang for your buck! In over 800 varieties I’ve tried, this is the very hottest. From the first slurp to the end of the bowl, my mouth was on fire. If you are a big fan of all that is spicy, this is what you are looking for. Original review

#1: emart Dare You! Habanero Ramen – South Korea
Absolutely the all-time hottest I’ve had so far. These are a store brand of emart, a South Korean superstore much like Walmart here in the US. This is breathtakingly hot! I should also mention that I believe this is possibly the second that I have found with habanero in the ingredients of an instant noodle. Original review


  1. I was wondering where you can buy jalipino chili flavored ramen noodles, My brother was in jail, and he brought some out he bought

  2. I noticed in some of your pictures of ramen you’ve garnished, you show star-shaped eggs. I like them. They remind me of the decorative Japanese fish cake pieces you see on ramen sometimes. How to you achieve these small miracles?

    1. Jonathan –

      I first saw fried eggs with little scalloped edges in a picture of Indonesian instant noodles and thought it was awesome – but how to do it? Then it hit me – a cookie cutter. The only issue is that cookie cutters tend to leak at the bottom. I got this other thing that’s silicone that makes them nice and circular, but wish I could find the right size silicone like a star or other shapes. I did a Christmas tree for the Christmas post last year lol.

      – TRR

  3. I really love spicy tastes including all kinds of food not just ramen. I have to try them. As you know, #6: Nongshim Shin Ramyun Noodle Soup – USA above is corrected to #6: Nongshim Shin Ramyun Noodle Soup – South Korea. Making a mistake is understandable, but keeping a mistake will lose your credibility. However your blog is very helpful to choose ramen. Thanks for all your efforts.

  4. Samyang Food’s Buldalk Bokkeummyeon (Hot Fried Chicken Ramyun) must be added, for this list to be valid…

  5. What about Trident Hot & Spicy Thai noodles – they are way hotter than Nongshim Shin Ramyun Noodle Soup

  6. Ramen rater u suck. I. Bought the so called hottest instant noodles paldo’s on ur recommendation and they were way below expectation. Now I can never believe your reviews ever again.

  7. “I should also mention there’s a place that sells spicy noodles in Jakarta that has 75 to 100 of these peppers mixed in.”
    Wait, Did you mean the “Warung Abang Adek” (“The Stall of Older and Younger Brother” in English)? This stall is famous for its very spicy noodle dish. Even you can order a very (no, I mean extra) spicy noodle that mixed with 150 PEPPERS.

    1. Hello –

      although I did ponder it for a moment, compared to everything else it just wasn’t all that spicy. I’m wondering if there might be a spicier Pot Noodle GTi? Wish I could get more donations of the British variants as none of those are availkable here whatsoever.

      – TRR

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