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The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2014 Edition (Part II)

Well folks, it’s that time again. Since the last list, I’ve reviewed another 335 varieties – almost one a day This list reflects the ones I’ve reviewed in the last year as well as those reviewed before that – 1,365 varieties in all. It seems to get tougher each time – so many good ones! Here’s this year’s list – the best of the best. With that, I present to you The Ramen Rater’s top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2014 Edition.

#5: Samyang Foods Maesaengyitangmyun Baked Noodle – Southh Korea
Last year was the 50th anniversary of ramyun in South Korea, pioneered by Samyang Foods. Samyang decided to try making something new – SBN, a baked noodle. What’s really neat here is that the noodles smell like bread! The broth is a lot like gomtang, a traditional beef soup. To shake it up, maesangyi is added – kind of like seaweed spun into a cotton-like consistency. The finished product is quite delectable; almost like a chowder! Original review here

#4: Sapporo Ichiban Otafuku Okonomi Sauce Yakisoba – Japan
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 here

#3: Prima Taste Singapore Curry La Mian – Singapore
Premium chewy noodles are given the opportunity to swim in some of the best curry broth I’ve ever had. The real difference here is that there are two sachets – curry paste and a ‘premix’ which is primarily coconut powder. Sheer delight! Original Review / Special 2014 Re-Review

#2: Prima Taste Singapore Laksa La Mian – Singapore
Prima Taste’s La Mian noodles are just pure wonderful, and their paste and coconut powder sachets are brimming with rich flavor. This one is a little spicy and has strong shrimp flavor. Little beads of chilli oil dance around the top of the broth like miniature rubies. Spectacular! Original review / Special 2014 Re-Review

#1: MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodle – Malaysia
The ultimate! The noodles are just the right texture and gauge – not too wide or too narrow with a chewiness that is perfection. The broth is amazing – extremely spicy (hit #7 on the 2013 Spiciest Instant Noodles list), and features a strong curry flavor and a hearty finish. I am truly impressed with this one and would consider it to be the one I would love to eat every day. Bravo! Original review / Special 2014 Re-Review

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Bowls of noodles. They’re made all around the world and are a great option for those with access to boiling water and are ‘on the go.’ Some are basic and have very little imagination to them or perks, while others are really full meals that include meat and vegetables, seafood and other niceties. I’ve review 1,410 different noodle varieties and of those, many have been bowls. Here’s a list of the best, most memorable bowls I’ve come across is my adventure in tasting.

#10 – Nissin Demae Iccho Instant Noodle With Soup Base XO Sauce Seafood Flavour – Hong Kong (Not pictured)

The noodles in this one feature a familiar gauge and texture, however the broth is pretty stellar. It’s got a rich and hearty seafood flavor, and is augmented with a goodly amount of vegetable bits and lots of little dehydrated narutomaki. Original review here

#9 – Samyang Foods Ganjjampong – South Korea

This is what you call a ‘stir noodle.” The noodles steep in the bowl, are drained, and then a spicy seafood sauce is added. With some stirring, you have a really delicious and spicy melange of excellence. Original review here

#8 – Nissin King Spa王 (Spa Oh) Tarako Spaghetti – Japan

Here’s another one where the liquid is drained off. Tarako is a fish roe based sauce used in Japanese pasta dishes. The flavor is very good and the noodles came out just right. The seaweed bits go very nicely as well. Original review here

#7 – Nongshim Chapagetti Roasted Chajang Noodle – United States

Although originating in South Korea, Nongshim now makes these in Southern California. Chajang is a traditional Chinese black bean sauce that is wonderful with noodles and the nice part with this particular variety is that it’s the first I’ve seen in a bowl. What’s more, it’s easy to make and has excellent hearty flavor as well as great noodles. Original review here

#6 – Paldo Kokomen Spicy Chicken Flavor King Cup – South Korea

Kokomen is a South Korean ramyun with a light or white broth. It’s got a chicken and jalapeno kind of flavor that’s really quite excellent. The translation from pack to bowl is exemplary, losing none of the quality. Original review here

#5 – Acecook Comet Mori Yukino Tan-tan Men – Japan

This stuff is very red! The noodles are broad and flat. They have a very nice chew to them and are of a premium type. The broth is very rich and oily. It has a strong spiciness and is almost thick – but not in a bad way. A rich pork flavor abounds. The veggies and other bits hydrated quite nicely. Original review here

#4: Unif Man Han Feast Sichuan Chili Eel Flavor Instant Noodle – Taiwan

The noodles are flat and broad. They have a nice quality to them; not too chewy but very good for a bowl noodle. The broth is rich with a good spiciness. The added bonus with this is the eel – it’s really good! Everything is rich and hearty and it’s definitely a feast to behold and consume. Original review here

#3 – Maruchan Midori No Tanuki Instant Soba Bowl – Japan

The only one from last year’s list to remain. Although it slipped out of first place, this is a seriously excellent bowl of noodles. The buckwheat noodles have a delicate crumble that works so well here and the broth is nice and rich. The disk of tempura is a real treat. Original review here

#2 – Plats Du Chef Cuisine Adventures Chicken Phở Soup – Canada

I have to say this was a great surprise. I have had a throng of horrible Canadian instant noodles – in cups, bowls, packs – just horrible. This one is a diamond in the rough. It includes excellent rice noodles, a very tasty pho broth and to top it off, it’s got real chicken! This is a bowl to behold. Original review here

#1 – Nissin Raoh Rich Soy Sauce Flavor – Japan

Back again in the top spot is Raoh. The noodles and broth play so nicely together and the pork is quite good. A bowl of noodles to really enjoy by candlelight. Original review here

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#1600: Chering Chang Instant Non-Fried Noodles Shallot Pork Flavour - Taiwan

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added boiled pork, fried shallots and spring onion. The noodles have a very premium feel and chew - just wonderful. The broth had a masterfully spiced broth - lots of really great flavors coming together all at once - and a good consistency as well. The vegetables hydrated to perfection. I’m impressed - and my wife enjoyed it as well! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4710589440772.

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Meet The Manufacturer: #1452: Nissin Premium Instant Noodles Spicy Beef Flavour - Singapore

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added coriander, sliced green onion and some sweet onion, beef and bell pepper sauteed with soy sauce and BonCabe Level 15 chilli seasoning. The noodles were pretty good - a decent quality and quantity; they’re wider gauge than I would have expected too. The broth is great - with a fine beef flavor and a heat that doesn’t overwhelm. The pastes in these give the bowl a lot of authenticity. Supplied veggies hydrated nicely. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.EAN bar code 8888279610081.

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#1592: Mom’s Dry Noodle Vegan Chilli With Sesame Sauce - Taiwan

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added cucumber, carrot and onion. The noodles have a really nice chew to them - very high quality. The flavor is really neat - it first presentas itself and a soy flavor. Then, a taste of the sesame comes in, finished by a nice spicy oil hit that is nice and strong. Again, Mom’s Dry Noodle brings something very nice to the table. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4717011150032.

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So I saw this recipe here and I thought hmmm… What a great idea! But I thought it might go better a little done differently…

Grilled Kimchi’n'Cheese Shinwich

  • 2 Slices sourdough – the big stuff
  • Kimchi – I used store brand
  • 1 pack Nongshim Shin Ramyun instant noodles
  • 4 slices processed cheese – I used two American and two Pepper Jack
  • Spray olive oil

Let’s first get the noodles cooking. Boil 300cc water and add seasoning packet. This is significantly less water than on the package directions. The reason we do this is so that when we drop the noodles in and they cook, they suck up a lot of the flavoring. Drop the veggies in as well. Add the noodles and cook for about 5 minutes or so. Drain and set aside.

Slap two slices of cheese on each slice of bread. Also make ‘em mirrored so once the noodles hop on board, it’s a bit easier. Add kimchi to both sides of the bread.

Add noodles on top of the kimchi, close sandwich and drop in a hot skillet with a very decent amount of spray olive oil.

I’m going to tell you right now that flipping this thing over can be a real pain, but just go all in and you’ll be fine. Helps if the bottom is nice and done – one flip here folks.

Here’s the finished product (click image to enlarge)! It’s really good – the noodles that end up sticking out end up a little crunchy, the cheese is really nice and drippy too. Be careful – if it is being eaten right out of the skillet, the kimchi can be really hot – kind of like an onion on a patty melt that comes out and slaps ya on the chin and you learn about medieval torture the hard way. Anyways, enjoy.

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#1824: Nongshim Soon Veggie Noodle Soup - United States

Finished. The noodles came out perfectly - a nice and soft texture to them with just the right backbone. The broth is reminiscent of Shin Ramyun, albeit almost completely devoid of spiciness. The vegetables were exceptional - rarely do I review a cup whose kernels of corn actually taste fresh - but this one did that - and the large mushroom pieces were great as well. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 031146027033.

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Review #1369: A-Sha Hello Kitty Za Jiang (Soy Bean Sauce) - Taiwan (click for full review

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added carrot, sweet onion and green onion. The noodles have an excellent chewiness. They’re wide and thick; definitely not your usual instant noodle. Then again, these are commonly called  ‘cooking noodles.’ You have to boil them - not going to work well if steeped. The flavor is light and with a rich soy taste. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 4715635851076.

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#1390: Indomie Mi Goreng Rasa Iga Penyet - Indonesia

Finished (click image to enlarge). Sauteed some beef with Walla Walla sweet onion, minced garlic and BonCabe Level 10 chilli seasoning, and added a folded fried egg with some ABC manis pedas sauce. The noodles are classic Indomie - great texture and feel - nothing more, nothing less. The flavor is different; it’s got the sweetness and spiciness, but the beef taste is rich. It lingers. Definitely something different with this one and I can see why it’s popular. 4.75 out of 5..0 - worthy stuff!UPC bar code 089686043686.

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The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time 2014 Edition

If you like it hot, you’re in for a real treat here. These are the spiciest instant noodles you can get that I’ve reviewed from my 1,446 reviews thus far. If you can’t handle spicy foods, these definitely aren’t for you - these are serious! Many of these were so hot, I couldn’t finish the bowl - and I can handle a decent amount of heat! I used to review hot sauces! Anyways, Hope everyone is having a great summer and here are the spiciest instant noodles of all time for 2014!

#10: Nongshim Harmony Korean Spicy Noodle Dish With Chipotle - United States
This unique instant is very new and quite spicy. What’s interesting about is that you can serve it hot or cold, but the spiciness is going to bite you either way! This is the only variety I’ve found featuring chipotle pepper heat. Original review

#9: Mamee Mi Segera SLLRRRP! Perencah Kari Xtra Pedas - Malaysia
The noodles are good – plump with a nice chewiness. The broth is very spicy and hot – not for the faint of heat! It has a good curry flavor to it. If you like spicy curry, check this one out. By the way, Kari Xtra Pedas means extra hot curry if you couldn’t figure that out! Original review

#8: Maggi Extra Spicy Curry Instant Noodles - Singapore
Maggi 2 Minute Curry is a nice instant with a little bit of heat, and with the demand for more hotness, they made this new variety. Extra Spicy Curry has a really great flavor to it and a heat that will definitely challenge many. Original review

#7: MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodle – Malaysia
When MyKuali’s White Curry Noodle hit this list last year, there was a bit of a craze for it in Malaysia! People really wanted to give it a try. Not only is it retaining it’s spot this year on the spicy list, but it is the reigning number one on The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2014 list. If you can, you have got to try this spicy marvel! Original review

#6: Indomie Curly Noodle With Chicken & Chilli Paddi – Indonesia
This one’s a lot of fun; kind of like Russian roulette on a plate! You’re eating your noodles and all of a sudden wham! There’s usually a couple of these little chillies in there and they pack an extreme punch. You’ll definitely know it when you find it! Original review

#5: emart Dare You! Habanero Jjamppong – South Korea
Extreme heat is paired with nice bit of seafood broth and lots of bits of seafood. All the fire and flavor melded together with thick ramyun noodles make it hot as well as delicious. This one comes in at 1,960 SHU (Scoville Heat Units). Original review

#4: Paldo Teumsae Ramyun – South Korea
On the list for three 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

#3: Samyang Foods Buldalk Bokkeummyeon – South Korea
I would say that I’ve seen dozens of videos of YouTube showing people competitively eating this one. This stuff is extremely hot. Another brothless variety and it really packs a punch as well as has a nice taste to it. Thick ramyun noodles round everything out nicely and will transmit the spicy sauce to your tongue. Original review

#2: Paldo Bulnak Bokkummyun Spicy Fried Octopus Ramyun - South Korea
See that little octopus on the package with the smile on his face? He’s laughing. Laughing as he watches you sweat as you eat this ultra spicy ramyun! I’m not kidding this one was over the top spicy! Bring a fire extinguisher. Original review

#1: emart Dare You! Habanero Ramyun – South Korea
For the third year running, this stuff tops the list. See the little guy in the top right? Yeah - it’s not one to underestimate; this is violently hot. The broth just keeps delivering the heat and it’s just insane. Try licking a lit candle - I swear this stuff is hotter! Original review

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#1462: Wei Lih Steam Instant Noodle Korean Salt & Rib Soup Flavor - Taiwan

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added mung bean sprouts, sliced green onions and sauteed sweet onion and thinly sliced pork seasoned with Jane’s Krazy Mixed Up Seasoning. The noodles came out on the spongy side; not much backbone here. The broth had a very different flavor. It’s like a mild pork broth and had a scent I didn’t enjoy, but it’s not bad. The vegetables hydrated well. 2.25 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4710199077634.

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Meet The Manufacturer: #1386: Takamori Sukiyaki Style Noodle Stew - Japan

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sweet onion, sukiyaki beef and green onion. The noodles are excellent - soft but chewy and thick. The broth is really something - has a nice thickness to it and a sweet, salty and strong beef flavor. I can see why this is for the Winter - very stick to your ribs stuff! 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 4901959100291.

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#1397: Wu-Mu Steam Seafood Flavor Ramen - Taiwan

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sweet onion, green onion and narutomaki. The noodles are broad and flat. The seem of higher quality and have a fresh sense to them. The broth has a buttery seafood flavor which was nice. The seaweed and narutomaki that was included were of reasonable quality. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 4710175565551.

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#1445: MyKuali Penang Hokkien Prawn Noodle - Malaysia

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added mung bean sprouts, sauteed shrimp and sweet onion with soy sauce and hard boiled egg. Wow. The noodles are nice and chewy and there’s a good quantity of them. They have a nice color to them too. The broth - wow. Where do I begin? The broth has a nice heartiness and thickness. Strong prawn flavor leaps out of the bowl along with a kind of sweetness that is pounced on by a nice spicy heat. The crunch of fried onion is such a nice addition - especially with their quantity and quality; they’re not pulverized tiny bits but nice big pieces. This is truly an exemplary bowl of noodles - I can’t wait to try their next product! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 9555655005258.

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#1514: Maggi Royale Penang Seafood Curry - Malaysia

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added mung bean sprouts, Chinese long beans, shrimp, sliced squid and tau pok (tofu puff). The noodles are very good - wider than Maggi’s normal gauge and they do indeed have a springiness with a touch of crumble when munched. The broth has a nice creamy seafood curry taste. It’s got a nice and relatively strong and spicy taste. Very well rounded and tasty - worth trying! 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 9556001215499.

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Meet The Manufacturer: #1449: Nissin Cup Noodles Seafood Curry Flavour - Singapore

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added fish ball, sliced squid, shrimp, sweet onion, crab claw fishcake and green onion. The noodles are of the standard gauged Cup Noodles style. The broth is excellent stuff - a very good seafood and curry taste to it. I especially liked the cuttlefish - it was chewy but not rubbery. The vegetables hydrated perfectly as did the egg as well. A delicious seafood curry. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8888279102050.

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Meet The Manufacturer: #1381: Takamori Curry Udon - Japan

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sukiyaki beef and sweet onion. The udon comes out very nicely - great gauge and chewiness. The broth really turns into a rich curry sauce. It’s downright luxuriant with a nice deep curry flavor. This is the kind of Japanese curry I love! Perfect! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 4901959070631.

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Meet The Manufacturer: #1379: Takamori Shio Yakisoba - Japan

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added shrimp, cabbage, green onion, sweet onion and pineapple. The noodles have a great gauge and chewiness - spot on. The flavor is light; has a seafood taste with a hint of pepper. Worked really well. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 4901959100024.

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Meet The Manufacturer: #1770: JML Spicy King Bowl Noodle Spicy Pork - China

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added beef, broccoli and white onion. The noodles are rounded and of a standard gauge. They have a slight crumble and softness which is enjoyable. The broth has a nice bite of heat and good pork flavor and tanginess which is just excellent. The pickled vegetable bits are a very nice addition and they are nice and fresh. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 6921555591352.

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#1716: Mama Instant Noodles Egg Protein Noodles - Myanmar

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added eggs scrambled with a little coriander and chilli powder on top. The noodles were thin and light - good gauge, light chew. The broth was interesting; a hint of spiciness, then saltiness. Not sure what flavor you’d call it, but it was pretty good! 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8895101100092.