Over 4,308 Reviews of Ramen

This guy has my limited review section crushed beyond all hope. He has reviewed (as of Feb 20), four thousand three hundred and eight varieties of ramen. The site is in Japanese, so I can't make real sense of it, but I've gotta give this guy an A for effort. The link below also points to the guy's Youtube page, although it is also in Japanese, it's worth watching a couple of his reviews.

Review from BoingBoing:

i-ramen.net is an amazingly meticulous web site that chronicles one man's daily consumption of different kinds of instant noodles since 1997. It appears from the way they're numbered that he is now on his 4,308th bowl. For each new type of instant noodle, he creates a thorough chart that includes a full ingredients list; comments on texture, flavor, quantity, and price; and a starred rating.

$110 a Bowl?

I enjoy a good bowl of ramen as much as the next guy, but $110 a bowl? Only if you’re buying. You can buy your $110 a bowl ramen at the Fujimaki Gekijyo restaurant in Tokyo, and according to the story, you will be able to get them at the Los Angeles restaurant they plan to open.

The "Five-Taste Blend Imperial Noodles" offered at Tokyo's Fujimaki Gekijyo restaurant is ultimately just a bowl of soup and noodles, albeit an expensive one, especially as Japan's economy slowly recovers from its worst recession since World War Two.

But owner Shoichi Fujimaki said it's the soup, and the more than 20 ingredients used to make it, that elevated the dish from street food into five-star cuisine, with the price tag to match.

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Ramen: A True Measure of Inflation

If you really want to know what consumer prices are doing in South Korea, you need to monitor 2 items: ramen and leaf pies. The good news of cheaper ramen and leaf pies comes from South Korea's JoongAng Daily

Nongshim Co., the biggest ramen producer in Korea, said yesterday it would cut the prices of seven ramen products - including its popular Shin Ramyun and Ansungtangmyun brands - by 2.7 percent to 7.1 percent, effective as of today.

Samyang Corp., the second-largest producer of ramen in the country, also said last Friday that it would cut the prices of five major ramen products by an average of 6.7 percent.

What is a leaf pie you ask? Well I have no idea, but it now only costs only 1800 won (about $1.50 as of Feb 7, 2010). This apparently joins the Big Mac Index as another food measure of economics.

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Green Bean Ramen

Franks hot sauce makes everything better, I bet even Wuthering Heights would be readable if it was first doused with hot sauce.

Submitted By: John R

Submitted From: Charleroi, PA


  • 1 Package of Chicken Ramen (Or Beef)
  • 1 Can Of Green Beans
  • Hot sauce (Franks)
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Brown Sugar
  • Plain Tortilla Chips

Put noodles in a bowl in microwave for 1-2 mins just to loosen them up, don’t drench them in water just put a little bit of water in the bowl to “cover” the noodles. Then drain the water and stick them in the frying pan, also add a little bit of butter, about 1/4 stick of butter. Then add some green beans and stir all together, then slowly add 2-3 tsps of brown sugar, the package of chicken seasoning, salt (not alot), pepper, 2 tsps of hot sauce and be prepared to eat!

Buying Just the Ramen Flavor Packets?

Suanne asks:

Do you know if the chicken spice (packet) is sold separately from the noodles?
If you do, where can I purchase this from?

The closest I’ve ever been able to do is buying chicken bullion or beef bullion. I prefer to buy the powdered kind rather than the cubes so that I can control the amount. Has anyone found a way to buy ramen flavor packets or ramen seasoning?

Obnoxious Comment Spammers

Please excuse the “meta”, I need to complain for a minute.

There is a new type of comment spammer that I keep having to deal with here. Someone, a bot presumably, will post “Hey great post, I really liked it” and attach a URL. Now, I don't display the URLs (unless that broke in an upgrade) so this is useless. But it means that I have to decide whether a "Hey nice job" is really Spam or not.

The latest offender here is a shower enclosure company in the UK. They appear to be a legit business, not just a place you can buy Viagra, so I'm curious how they chose spamming a ramen blog to generate business. Anyway, thanks to .htaccess they are now blocked from this site. If they continue to offend, I will be posting their phone number and as much information as I can find on the owners here. You've been warned shower enclosure douchebags!

Ramen Sponge & Soap from Takara Tomy

Ramen Soap

A company in Japan called Takara Tomy is releasing a liquid soap and ramen sponge set. I guess the soap will be the "flavor packet"? The Takara Tomy site is all in Japanese (I think) and I cannot tell if this will come to the US or not.

Via Akihabara News