This is just a personal listing of noodles I've tried.
Don't expect this list to be fair - it's gonna be totally biased. Its sole purpose is for me to remember which ones I like, as I am retarded and I keep buying the same shit over and over again.
The ones you'd stock by the thousands in case the factory stops making them.
My go-to noodles whenever I want some really good-tasting food.
★★★★☆ Kang Shi Fu Hot Beef
A pretty decent one. This one has the instructions in Chinese and I have no clue how am I supposed to prepare them, but I cook them for about 3 minutes in 450ml of water.
This comes with three sachets: one for the flavour, another for the oil, and another for the dried vegetables.
Despite being labeled "hot", it's pretty mild by any standard. The taste, however, is amazing and I really recommend giving them a try.
★★★★☆ Mama Pork
Gosh these are really good. These were originally sold in Lidl Spain under the Vitasia brand, but as usual with everything I like, they retired it. I liked them so much at some point I had nearly 30 units of them, but reserves can only last for so long. I tried to figure out the original manufacturer to keep buying them, but other than "made in Thailand", the cup had no meaningful information, so my stockpile eventually ran dry and I forgot about them.
Some weeks ago I stumbled upon these Mama Pork cups in a Suma supermarket, bought one like I always do with unknown noodles, and as soon as I opened the lid, I instantly recognized them as those marvelous Vitasia ones.
Now, about the noodles themselves: I absolutely love how spicy they are - they're spicy, but not so much that prevents you from enjoying the taste.
Speaking of which - that taste is really really good, and tastes like real meat. And they come with flakes of dried vegetables, and fake meat made from soy.
Overall, really recommended. Give them a go if you have a chance!
These are the ones you'd eat if you don't have anything better at hand.
★★★☆☆ Kang Onion Rib
They have a somewhat acceptable taste, but it's too bland for my liking. Also not spicy, which is a bummer for someone that loves spicy food like me. It has plenty of real vegetables which is nice, though.
★★★☆☆ Koka Silk Chicken
These are an interesting variation of the usual noodles - instead of wheat noodles, it has noodles made with rice, which are softer and have a different taste, so they're good if you're looking for something new to try.
The taste, being chicken, is a tad too bland for my liking, but they're still a correct option. Maybe another of the alternatives with a different flavour is better.
★★★☆☆ Samyang Ramen
They're okay-ish. The noodles are like plastic but the soup is pretty fine. Don't be fooled - despite these not being sold as spicy, they are (albeit very midly by my own standards).
★★★☆☆ Samyang Spicy Chicken
Now, these are an odd beast. They're faaar too spicy and my mouth goes numb after ten minutes, so generally that would be a no from me. However, I am not sure if this is like the Stockholm syndrome of noodles, but the more I eat them, the more I like them. I haven't been yet able to finish one entire bowl of these, though.
It'd be better if they came with the spicy powder separated from the main flavour so I could tweak its spiciness to my own liking, but still, they're overall pretty nice and I kinda recommend giving them a try if you
hate yourself like hot stuff.
Just don't even give these a second chance. They're just plain terrible and not worth your money.
★★☆☆☆ JML Spicy Pork
First of all, these noodles came with no kind of instructions for preparation in the localized label for the European market. After peeling it off, the actual package (in English and in Chinese) had no instructions either, so I was all on my own for figuring out what to do with the three different sachets. Zero customer care.
After looking a bit online, I settled on 500ml and 4 minutes at max heat, cooking the noodles, oil and flavour sachets at the same time, and adding the contents of the chili sachet later.
Now, about the results themselves: the noodles are okay-ish and taste good. Their texture is fine, and they're not too thick, nor too thin.
The soup, however, is just plain awful. It has absolutely no resemblance at all to pork, by any stretch. All it tastes to is bitterness, a flavour I'm really not a fan of, and slightly spiciness. That's it.
After trying a couple sips from the soup, it just all went to trash and prepared the Nissin U.F.O. noodles from below (which, spoiler, ended up in the same place). It's not worth eating five hundred kilocalories of pure lad with a disgusting taste.
Also of note is that altough labeled JML, according to the original labelling they seem to be made by the Chinese Nissin factory, which isn't really known for their high quality products. I'll try to stay away from now on from JML-labeled products.
★★☆☆☆ Koka Black Pepper
Very boring. Just a very strong taste of pepper and nothing else. Skip.
★★☆☆☆ Koka Laksa Singapura
These come with three sachets: one with the oil, another with the flavour powder, and a third one with coconut powder.
These have barely any taste, probably because they're meant to be low on calories, and instead of fried the noodles are steamed. Has a good consistency thanks to the coconut. The smell was awful (it genuinely reminded me of manure at first), so I threw it away after a couple of sips.
★★☆☆☆ Nissin Soba Sukiyaki Beef
Can't find any taste in them. Bland like all other Nissin yakisoba noodles.
★★☆☆☆ Nissin Soba Yakitori Chicken
Made these after seeing how awful the Sukiyaki ones were and it was tasteless as well. Skip.
★★☆☆☆ Nissin U.F.O. Spicy Flavour
This Yakisoba bowl is made by Nissin, and has a pretty eye-catching design with pretty detailed instructions in both English and Dutch (?), so it's clearly made for the international market.
The bowl is rather interesting: it has two different openings, one for pouring in the water (about 500ml for three minutes), and another opening in the opposite side for draining the water after they're cooked which has a small filter for keeping the noodles and vegetables inside.
As usual with Nissin, the noodles are fine. They're thinner however than normal Nissin instant noodles with soup, but the taste is however the same and I like them.
After pouring the flavour sachet however, the overall taste doesn't change significantly. I'm not sure if whoever designed this crap forgot some ingredients or what, but the sachet gives zero flavour to the noodles. It only adds a slightly darker color, and spicyness.
I didn't finish them either, and ended up in the trash. After these I gave up for trying new stuff and ended up just eating some random pre-made food I had lying in the fridge.
★★☆☆☆ Paldo Fun&Yum Volcano Chicken Noodle
Literally flaming garbage. Can't tell if they have any flavour at all, they just BURN. Too spicy, skip.
★★☆☆☆ Vifon Beef Flavour
Love the noodles. Taste-wise, it was reeeeally subtle, so subtle I could barely taste. I finished it, but I'm not buying it again.
A special section dedicated for those that made me literally ill.
★☆☆☆☆ Nongshim Shin Ramyun
Holy shit this one. When I thought stuff couldn't get any worse, I decide to buy this foaming piece of toxic radioactive material.
The look was fine, but that was it. Not only I couldn't finish them, as the taste was totally missing and the noodles were floating in a sea of half a liter of water - this junk was waaay too spicy. I've eaten plenty of spicy stuff, even by Indian standards, but holy fuck, this literally made my stomach ache and throw up.
Fuck this, won't be buying anything from this brand ever again.