Ramen Reviews

Mr.Kon – China – Hot Beef Noodle Flavour
March 12, '10, 12:27 am
Filed under: Beef, China

Review: Mr. Kon is one of the premium chinese brands of instant noodles. The packaging is excellent made with thick foil and the vibrant design on the front assures a tasty meal. This packet contains 3 sachets; chilli, dried vegetables/seasoning and paste. The appearence of the noodles before cooking is very nice. It is presented in a round shape and will nicely fit a small saucepan perfectly.

The taste is delicious. The hot pepper and chilli combine to provide a satisfying aroma and the noodles absorb the flavours quite well. If a minimum amount of water is used to cook these, the resultant broth is very strong in taste but it is more peppery than chilli in flavour. The noodles are springy in nature and the portion size is reasonable.


Cost: £0.65

Ingredients: Noodle: Wheat flour, palm oil, starch, salt, sodium carbonate, potassium carbonate, carrot extract powder. Powder Soup: Salt, monosodium glutamate, spices. Vegetable soup: Dried vegetables, chilli

Rating: 7.5/10


General Update – March 2010
March 11, '10, 12:33 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

Hello there friends,

I have not made a post in a couple of years and I was suprised to see the statistics for the site have remained consistantly good. This has provided me with motivation to continue the site and update it regularly.

When I first started the blog, I was restricted to cooking noodles only in prepackaged bowls, but now I am able to review packets, which is what instant noodles are really all about. I hope that you continue to view my site, and enjoy the reviews. Don’t be afraid to leave a comment.



PS: I will no longer be providing nutritional information as it is too time consuming.

Water Lily – Thailand – Instant Rice Stick – Beef Flavour Soup – Pho Bo
November 1, '07, 7:36 pm
Filed under: Rice Noodle, Thailand | Tags: , ,

Water Lily – Thailand – Instant Rice Stick - Beef Flavour Soup – Pho Bo Water Lily – Thailand – Instant Rice Stick - Beef Flavour Soup – Pho Bo 2 Water Lily – Thailand – Instant Rice Stick - Beef Flavour Soup – Pho Bo Cooked

Review: This is the first rice noodle of the series, and the first ramen from Thailand. First impressions are not so good. Plastic bowl with two sachets, which incidentally were placed under the noodles, so the lid had to be peeled all the way off. The basil leaves do give off a nice sweet aroma, however the flavouring paste was almost like a solid as opposed to liquid form. Both sachets had no easy-open-mechanism and had to be cut open with scissors. Also note the strange figures in the nutrition information.

The broth has an extremely strong salty flavour. With 3.2 grams of sodium in the soup it is almost like drinking salt water. Hence, I’d recommend using only half of the flavouring sachet. The spices are well integrated, and give off an aromatic scent reminiscent of restaurant quality. The noodles did not cook fully after 5 minutes, which is disappointing, as I’m a fan of rice noodles. The flavour stays on your lips for at least five minutes after drinking the broth. The strength of the broth was far too intense for my palate, and this is the first soup I have not finished drinking so far.


Cost: $0.80

Ingredients: Rice Stick: Rice Flour 99%, Water 1% Soup Mix: Onion 35%, Soya Bean Oil 14.5%, Garlic 13%, Salt 12%, MSG 8.5%, Sugar 6.5%, Soy Sauce Powder 2%, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein 2%, Ginger 1.5%, Beef Artificial Flavour 1.5%, Cinnamon 1%, Spices 0.5%, Chilli 0.5%, Citric Acid 0.2%, Water 0.8%

Rating: 4.0/10

Paldo – Korea – Pork Flavour – Dosirac
October 31, '07, 9:34 pm
Filed under: Korea, Paldo | Tags: ,

Paldo Pork Paldo Pork Cooked

Review: Paldo employ a good quality rectangular polystyrene container with resealable plastic lid which provides a good cooking environment. It is worth noting that the container doesn’t burn your hands when carrying it after it is filled with boiling water. A nice selection of dried vegetables and flakes and a good serve of seasoning powder is provided. The noodle cake is a good size for a bowl-ready ramen. The broth has a spicy kick to it, however it isn’t overpowering and balances the meaty flavour perfectly. The noodles were well cooked after five minutes and absorbed the soup flavour allowing an enjoyable eating experience. The textured vegetable pieces were chewy and enjoyable, reminiscent of textured soy. However, they didn’t hold much flavour. Overall a very well balanced box noodle soup, for a very reasonable price.


Cost: $0.99

Ingredients: Noodle: Wheat flour, Palm oil, Salt, Modified Potato Starch, Onion Paste Soup: Red Pepper, Soy Sauce powder (Soy bean,Salt,Water) Monosodium Glutamate, Bean Powder. Vegetable flake, Textured vegetable, Pork flavour, BBQ seasoning.

Rating: 7.0/10

Nissin – Japan – Hakodate Salt Flavour – Ramen Noodle Soup
October 30, '07, 9:23 pm
Filed under: Japan, Nissin | Tags: ,

Nissin Salt Flavour Nissin Salt Flavour Cooked

Review: Nissin Japan like to confuse the foreigners by having odd ingredients in the front picture of the package. This salt flavour has prawn and asparagus in the bowl on the main picture, but the soup is salt flavoured with noticable chicken overtones. It is a welcome relief to go back to the Japanese version of the Nissin ramen after sampling the Hong Kong ones. This ramen has two sachets, containing the soup base and a seasoning oil. Sesame seeds also make a small appearance, however there are no dried vegetable flakes. The broth is clear and yellow, with a low odour, while the noodles glisten with their coating of the seasoning oil. This leads to a nice presentation of the ramen.

Nissin do a great job with this ramen, and it helps that their noodles are so delicious, and hold the flavour extremely well. The broth is flavoursome, with a hint of pepper and an almost non-existent aftertaste. Even though it is labelled as a salt flavour, the sodium content is reasonable, and not too strong. Although it is a nice ramen, it is not worth buying when overseas due to the high cost and relative similarity with the plethora of other cheaper chicken flavoured noodles.


Cost: $2.00

Ingredients: In Japanese, sorry. 😦

Rating: 6.5/10

Nissin – Hong Kong – Tonkatsu Flavour – Demae Ramen
October 29, '07, 11:58 am
Filed under: Hong Kong, Nissin | Tags: ,

Nissin - HK - Tonkatsu Nissin - HK - Tonkatsu Cooked

Review: An opaque milky yellow broth frames the Tonkatsu (Pork) flavoured ramen very nicely. The inclusion of sesame seeds is a nice touch, and the aroma of the broth is quite pleasant. Although I was a bit critical of the Hong Kong Nissin noodles in the previous review, they seem to have fluffed up nicely this time, which could indicate a slight undercook in the sesame/chicken review. Two sachets are included again, the soup base, and a seasoning sauce.

The pork flavour combined with chicken is extremely complementary. It is a very filling broth, and by utilising a slight overcook on the noodles, they are able to absorb the flavour quite well. The soup is a perfect balance of strength and weakness, and has a pleasant aftertaste. Add some shredded pork or chicken to the broth, and Nissin’s tonkatsu flavour would be worthy of a low-budget Asian restaurant. However, a noticeable lack of dried vegetables is still a problem.


Cost: $0.70

Ingredients: Noodles: Wheat Flour (73%), Palm Oil (Contains Antioxidant 306), Tapioca Starch, Salt, Mineral Salts (501,500) Soup Base: Salt, Dry Whole Milk, Pork Flavouring (Contains Corn Starch), Sesame Seeds, Flavour Enhancers (621,627,631), White Sugar, Garlic Powder, Chicken Flavouring (Contains Corn Starch), Dehydrated Green Onion , Soy Sauce Powder (Soybeans, Wheat, Salt, Dextrin), Hydrolysed Plant (Corn, Soy, Wheat) Protein Seasoning Sauce: Sesame Oil, Pork Flavouring, Soy Sauce, (Soybeans, Wheat, Salt), Vegetable Oil (Palm, Rice, Antioxidant 306), Cooking Wine, White Sugar, Flavour Enhancers (621), Salt.

Rating: 7/10

Nissin – Hong Kong – Chicken/Sesame Flavour – Demae Ramen
October 28, '07, 11:39 am
Filed under: Hong Kong, Nissin

Nissin - HK- Sesame Nissin - HK- Sesame Cooked

Review: These Nissin ramen are licensed by Nissin Japan, and while the quality is good, it doesn’t compare to the original. The noodle cake looks a lot different with thinner strands, but the bonus of having two sachets; one containing regular seasoning and the other sesame oil, tries to make up for it. Once the sesame oil hits the boiling water, a strong scent emanates from the pot. Having sesame as a main flavour is a unique and works well.

The noodles are definitely not up to par when compared to Nissin Japan. The thinner strands mean that not as much flavour can be absorbed into them, hence they don’t carry much taste. The broth consists of a strong sesame flavour with high soy overtones, it didn’t seem as though the chicken powder was strong enough and was drowned out by the previous two ingredients. I also would expect more dried vegetables, as there is very little green onion flakes in the soup base. Overall it is a quality ramen, however there are far better choices in the market.


Cost: $0.70

Ingredients: Noodles: Wheat Flour (73%), Palm Oil (Contains Antioxidant 306), Salt, Mineral Salts (501,500) Soup Base: Salt, Soy Sauce Powder (Soybeans, Wheat, Salt, Dextrin), White Sugar, Flavour Enhancers (621,627,631), Chicken Flavouring (Contains Egg Powder), Colour (150a), Hydrolysed Plant (Corn, Soy, Wheat) Protein, Spices, Garlic Powder, Dehydrated Green Onion, Food Acid (330) Seasoning Oil: Sesame Oil (1%), Rice Oil, Colour (160b), Spices.

Rating: 6.5/10