True Asians know that instant noodles aren’t just a staple in uni students’ diet, but is a food culture in itself. There is even a museum dedicated to cup noodles in Japan!
However, some of the most interesting, must-try flavours of instant noodles out there are only available in certain countries, and the only way we can get our hands on them is by asking friends and family to bring back from their trips.
But did you know that you can actually find many of these famous instant noodles right in our backyard, and by that we mean on online shopping platforms, ready to be delivered to your doorstep? With surprisingly reasonable shipping fees, there’s no reason we have to limit ourselves to what local supermarkets offer.
Here are 15 yummy instant noodles that you should really try right now!
1. Mom’s Dry Noodle Dan Dan Mian
Sichuan flavoured noodles are, of course, a must try, and this version from Mom’s Dry Noodle is one of the most popular in Taiwan. It comes in four sachets: the noodles, Sichuan seasoning, sesame base and chili oil for that spicy kick.
While the Sichuan flavour is its bestseller, Mom’s Dry Noodles also include other flavours with their own fan base; consider the Dandan Noodles, Pepper & Sesame, Shiitake Zhajiang, Sour & Spicy, and Onion and Shrimps.
Mom’s Dry Noodle Dan Dan Mian is available at Shopee for S$18.90 for a pack of four.
2. TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Instant Noodles With Rice Wine
This popular instant noodles from TTL comes with real chicken pieces, sesame oil seasoning, and an interesting alcoholic twist – a package of rice wine, which goes surprisingly well with the chicken and sesame flavours.
This Taiwanese brand also offers two other popular flavours: Huadiao Chicken and Picked Cabbage Beef if you want to try something different.
The TTL Sesame Oil Chicken Instant Noodles retails for S$21.44 for three packs on Shopee.
3. Kiki Sun Dried Instant Noodles
Endorsed by famous actress Shu Qi, the Kiki Sun Dried Instant Noodles sparked an instant food craze in Taiwan when they first came out, and you can get your hands on them here in Singapore, too. As the name suggests, the noodles are sun dried instead of fried, making it a healthier option.
There are four flavours for you to choose from: scallion, Sichuan pepper, vinegar, and spicy vinegar. IT is extremely popular so try to grab it once you see that it’s available.
It retails for S$13.90 for a pack of five on Shopee.
4. Uni-President Manhan Instant Noodles
This one is definitely for the spicy food lovers out there, with four flavours available: beef, chili beef, mala hot pot beef and chili pork. The noodles also come with a generous amount of real beef or pork pieces to make it a substantial meal on its own.
This retails for S$23 for pack on Shopee.
5. Nissin Donbei Kitsune
Nissin is Japan’s largest instant ramen brand so it’s unsurprising that they have so many popular and iconic flavours that we must try.
One of which is the rich and flavoursome Donbei Kitsune. This instant udon (yes, not noodles) comes with savoury soy sauce-based soup, spicy pepper powder, and aburaage (deep fried tofu). This is going to make you feel like you’re slurping down hot udon in a small stall in Japan.
The Nissin Donbei Kitsune is available on Shopee for S$53.06 for 12 cups.
6. Nissin Men Shokunin
For the health-conscious out there, this Men Shokunin ramen Nissin will be the go-to solution for your instant noodles cravings. The noodles are non-fried and made of whole grains, providing a healthier alternative to your regular instant noodles while not compromising the taste.
You can order the Nissin Men Shokunin ramen here, prices ranging from S$7.90 to S$8.80 depending on the flavour.
7. Sapporo Ichiban Shio Ramen
After NISSIN, Sapporo Ichiban is the second largest instant ramen brand in Japan and the Shio Ramen is one of their most popular flavours.
The shio (salt) soup gives the ramen a rich umami taste while the sesame that comes in a separate pack gives it an extra kick of flavour.
The Sapporo Ichiban Shiop Ramen comes in a pack of five, available at S$15.80 on Shopee. There’s a promotion going on at the time of writing, so click on the link to see its latest price.
8. Ippudo Instant Ramen
Ramen-lovers in Singapore definitely are familiar with the popular ramen chain Ippudo. But did you know they have their own instant ramen version?
The Ippudo Instant Ramen reproduces the flavour of Ippudo’s signature tonkotsu broth. It also comes with two additional packs of seasoning oils: black soy sauce and spicy miso, for the ultimate Ippudo experience.
This retails for S$13 on Shopee. There’s a promotion going on at the time of writing, so click on the link to check for latest price.
9. Nakiryu Dan Dan Men
While Japanese Michelin starred ramen restaurant Nakiryu has not opened a shop in Singapore, you can already have a taste of their famous creation with this Nakiryu Dan Dan Men instant ramen. Expect thick and creamy sesame broth with a hint of spiciness accompanied by thin, chewy noodles.
The Nakiryu Dan Dan Men is available on Shopee for S$12.50.
10. Ichiran Instant Ramen
You might already be missing Ichiran since we haven’t been able to travel anywhere for more than a year.
Relive its taste with this premium instant ramen pack. Look forward to thick, chewy noodles that go well with the rich and flavoursome tonkotsu-based broth.
The Ichiran Instant Ramen is available in five-serving packs at S$36 on Shopee.
11. Nongshim Shin Ramyun Black
If you like the ever popular Shin Ramyun, you will love this upgraded premium version. The noodles are bouncier and chewier, and the soup is thicker with a more intense beef flavour.
You can buy the Nongshim Shin Ramyun Black in a pack of four on Shopee for S$25. There’s a discount going on at the time of writing, so check the link to see its latest price.
12. Paldo Bibim Myun
As much of a ramyun lover as you are, sometimes it’s just too hot out for a steamy bowl of noodles. Instead, try the Paldo Bibim Myun, which combines cold noodles with a sweet, spicy sauce to deliver a refreshing flavour that’s perfect for our weather!
Paldo Bibim Myun is available on Shopee at S$9.70 per pack of five.
13. Samyang Hot Chicken Instant Ramen with Cheese
Cheese ramen may sound a little strange at first, but this Korean creation is going to surprise you. The Samyang’s one offers you both a spicy kick and comforting cheesiness – we assure you, you won’t be able to get enough of it.
This retails for S$25.90 for a pack of five on Shopee. There’s a promotion going on at the time of writing, so click on the link to see latest price.
14. Tang Da Ren Instant Noodles
This popular Chinese instant noodles brand created a buzz with its famous Original Chicken Soup, which is thick, rich, and creamy. The brand also carries other flavours now, including Sour & Spicy Tonkotsu, Seafood, Luo Song, Korean Spicy Beef, and Japanese Miso.
“Tang Da Ren” means “Soup Expert” in Chinese, so you can expect to enjoy instant noodles with superb soup for all of them.
Psst, they’re the same guys who created that pretty sakura ramen that we featured!
Retails for S$49.80 for a box of 12 on Shopee. You can opt for a single flavour or a mix of six flavours. There’s a promotion going on at the time of writing, so click on the link to see latest price.
15. Haidilao Instant Noodles
Love Haidilao’s soup? Then you may want to try its instant noodles.
There are several flavours available but we’ll say try the sweet and spicy beef or tomato beef variants if you want to start with their bestsellers.
This retails for S$29 for six cups on Shopee. There’s a promotion going on at the time of writing so click on the link to see latest price.