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JAPANESE: TOP 10 BEST INSTANT NOODLE BY JAPANESE

Since the invention of instant noodle, human race has been blessed with more tastier, creative instant noodle from all across the globe. Everyone must have tasted instant noodle at some point iCreaten their life, be it for the taste, for its availability and convenience or merely just as a mean to save money. Instant noodle is everyone best companion especially for those late hungry night at home. While the drive to get 1 instant noodle for everyone might be different but there is one thing that is hard to be mistaken, which is the fact that Japanese produce some of the best instant noodle in the market. It is almost a sin to pass on a classic instant noodle in Japan and hence here we are today with the top 10 best instant noodle voted by the Japanese themselves. 

(Disclaimer: Ranking sourced from Japanese site mynavi)


10. NISHIN RAOH RAMEN (POLL RATING: 2.2%)

Nishin Raoh Ramen series is very popular among the Japanese. Among the flavour within the series are; Backfat Rich Shoyu Ramen, Nojyuku Toro Tonkotsu Ramen, Umami Tonkatsu Flavor and Salty flavoured Ramen. Do not underestimate the texture of its noodle; it is on par with those serve at ramen outlet and the richness of its broth will definitely satisfy your craving. 

Netizen comments: “Best among its class”; “Irresistible rich broth”

Noodle: ★★★★★

Broth: ★★★★☆

Overall: ★★★★☆


SPLIT NO 8: MYOJO IPPEI-CHAN JUMBO NIGHT MARKET STYLE YAKISOBA (POLL RATING: 3.2%)

Sweeping the ramen scene since its debut, Myojo Ippei-Chan Ramen is still going strong in today ramen competition. The biggest selling point aside from it tasty and enormous portion, is the special mayonnaise that comes with it. Packaging wise it has also adopted the creativity of Japanese by designing a water releasing hole for a more convenient experience. So get yourself one and try it out!

Netizen comments: “Mayonnaise + Yakisoba sauce= Indescribable satisfaction”; “Perfect!”

Noodle: ★★★★☆

Seasoning sauce: ★★★★★

Overall: ★★★★☆


SPLIT NO.8: NISSIN CHIKIN RAMEN DONBURI (POLL RATING: 3.2%)

The first ever Chicken Donburi Ramen in cup noodle form ever introduced to the market. Don’t be fool by its name; this is no ordinary chicken ramen. This ramen comes with a block of dry, frozen egg and spring onion. As soon as you pour the hot water in, the aroma will instantly flows through your nostril and teases your appetite.  The broth is mainly made of sesame chicken paste and taste salty which make it suitable for all occasion. 

Netizen comments: “Unforgettable experience”; “Feels like as if I am back in time, dining with my mum”

Noodle: ★★★★☆

Broth: ★★★★★

Overall: ★★★★☆


NO 7. NISSIN CUP NOODLES CURRY (POLL RATING: 3.3%)

The main attraction of this cup noodles is none other than its rich curry broth. Just the aroma alone is enough to make anyone salivates. The cup might be small, but it holds a generous amount of noodles as well as meat pieces and potato cuts; guaranteed to satisfy your hunger. 

Netizen comments: “Special blend of curry, with cute tiny potatoes cuts in it”; “Taste so nostalgic”

Noodle: ★★★★☆

Broth: ★★★★★

Overall: ★★★★☆


NO.6 MARUKA FOOD BEYOUNG INSTANT CUP NOODLES (POLL RATING: 4.4%)

This particular brand has immense popularity among the Japanese. It is best known for its enormous portion and aromatic sesame oil. The sauce prepared is also rich compare to other brand, but not too greasy at the same time. Combined with it smooth and chewy noodle, no wonder Japanese couldn’t get over it!

Netizen comments: “The seasoning sauce tops its competitor”; “Liking it’s on point texture and chewy noodles”

Noodle: ★★★★★

Seasoning Sauce: ★★★★★

Overall: ★★★★★


NO 5. MARUCHAN AKAI KITSUNE UDON INSTANT ORIENTAL NOODLES (POLL RATING: 4.5%)

This one is highly recommended by the Japanese. Just by it looks you know you are in for a big portion of noodles, and Maruchan ensured there is enough flavouring to compensate for the portion. SO don’t worry about the richness of the broth. The Udon noodles are perfectly done too. It doesn’t taste too rubbery or too thick. The Aburaage (tofu skin) is also well-seasoned with a taste of sweet and saltiness. If you are feeling hungry and up for a treat, this is definitely one option for you.

Netizen comments: “Often craves for it during late night”; “That sweet and saltiness is to die for”

Noodle: ★★★★★

Broth: ★★★★☆

Overall: ★★★★★


NO 4. NISSIN KITSUNE UDON DONBEI (POLL RATING: 5.4%)

One of the best instant Udon noodle out there! The broth is made of quality Bonito stock and it is complimented by a large piece of sweetened tofu skin (Abuurage). The Udon noodle is thinner than those you see at market but it will absorb the essence of the broth for the best eating experience. 

Netizen comments: “Both the broth and the noodle are awesome”; “The temptation to eat the Abuurage is strong”

Noodle: ★★★★★

Broth: ★★★★★

Overall: ★★★★★


NO 3. NISSIN U.F.O FRIED RAMEN (YAKISOBA WITH MAYONAISE) (POLL RATING: 9.1%)

Pioneer of its kind, Nissin U.F.O Yakisoba is the first yakisoba made into instant noodle packaging. It has since been well-received by the people. The yakisoba sauce is specially made to provide top notch sensation for the consumer. The package also comes with hydrated veggies and meat along with a decent portion of chewy noodle.

Netizen comments: “The combination of the richness from yakisoba sauce with mayonnaise topping is perfect!”; “Just the smell of the yakisoba sauce makes me droll uncontrollably”

Noodle: ★★★★★

Seasoning sauce: ★★★★★

Overall: ★★★★★


NO 2: NISSHIN SEAFOOD CUP NOODLE (POLL RATING: 9.4%)

Here is another score for Nisshin noodle! This particular flavour is best known for its light seafood flavour with a sweet, buttery taste and a hint of saltiness to back everything up. The noodles are thin and fat, but still chewy nonetheless. Add some squid, soft-boiled egg, kamaboko, narutomaki and this could be the ramen you didn’t know you need!

Netizen comments: “Love how slurry the noodle feels”; “The craving for this noodle is real, especially through the night!” 

Noodle: ★★★★★

Broth: ★★★★★

Overall: ★★★★★


NO 1:  NISSIN ORIGINAL CUP NOODLE (POLL RATING: 28.0%)

TADAAA! It is no surprise that Nissin appears top on the list as well with an undisputable win. With poll rating tripled the 1st runner-up; this particular model has been a hot-seller all year through since its introduction in 1990. The broth is mainly seasoned by the saltiness of soy sauce and with a pinch of light fish notes. Along with the package are well hydrated shrimps, eggs and minced pork which enriched the whole eating sensation. This is definitely a must try if you want a taste of the most classic Japanese instant cup noodle!

Netizen comments: “The most original taste of instant noodle!”; “Simply eat this and it will take all your blues away.” 

Noodle: ★★★★★

Broth: ★★★★★

Overall: ★★★★★

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9 Must-go Festival in Korea!

Thanks to the Korean wave that has been sweeping off the globe, travelling industry in Korean has also blossomed exponentially. However, travel to Korea is no longer restricted to just paying visit at picturesque tourist spots. Travellers these days opt to experience cultural immersion through participating in the local’s traditional events and celebrations. There are plenty of celebrations happening in different provinces in Korea annually which are full of entertainment and cultural values. Long story short, here are 9 featured events that you can mark down on your calendar for your next trip to Korea. 


#1 Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival |얼음나라 화천산천어축제  

Also known as the grand winter event, Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival has been crowned as one of the 7 wonders of winter by CNN. During winter, traveller from across the country floods the venue to enjoy winter activities there. There are 12,000 ice fishing holes being prepared by the organizer to accommodate ice fishing activities and thanks to the crystal clear water beneath the ice, visitors are able to see the fishes swimming freely in the lake and streams. The main highlight of the event is the barehanded masu salmon fishing competition. In this competition, participants are only allowed to wear short sleeved shirt and shorts in attempt to catch masu salmon barehanded under the chilly weather. Do note that in all of the fishing activities, participants are only limited to 3 catch per person. Visitors are also allowed to grill the salmon on the spot.

Festive period: January until beginning of February. (Date are subjected to change, please refer to official unit for confirmation)

Activities available: Ice Fishing, Sled-riding, Ice Soccer, Indoor Ice Sculpture Square, Barehanded Masu Salmon Fishing.


#2 Jeju Fire Festival |제주 들불축제

Once awarded as “Most Valuable Festive in Jeju island”, The Jeju Wildfire Festival held in the early March is undoubtedly one of the most celebrated and worthwhile celebrations in Korea. Wildfire festive is a praying activity in hope for good health and bountiful crop harvest in the following year. The highlight of the festival is none other than the burning of 300,000 square feet of open field at Sabyeol Oreum hill. Before the burning ceremony, the locals will attach their wishes onto the haystack and the burning signifies their wishes being granted.

Festive period: March

Activities available: Opening Ceremony and Torch Ignition, Wildfire Music Concert, Haystack Making Contest, Torch Parade, Jeju Traditional Food Experience, Wildfire Kite Flying and more


#3 Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival |진해 벚꽃제

Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival is a hard to miss festival in Korean. Being one of the most important spring festivals in Korea, the festive attract over 2 million tourists all across the world annually. The most popular activities are strolling down the cherry blossom-lined streets of Jinhae at Jungwon Rotary and Gyeonghwa Station. There features a 1.5km long walkway for the best cherry blossom viewing experience. However, Gweonghwa station only operates during the festive season which added a unique charm to the overall scenery.

Festive period:  March-April

Activities available: Jungon Rotary and Gweonghwa Station, Visitation to the Navy Officers and School Headquarters and the Naval Base, Jinhae Naval International Music Festival.


#4 Gwangju World Culture Kimchi Festival |광주세계김치축제

Mark down your calendar, all Kimchi lovers out there! This festival hosts a series of interesting events at the only Kimchi themed park in Korea. The activities include Kimchi Making Competition, Kimchi Making Classes, Kimchi History Exhibition, Kimchi Popularity Competition, Kimchi Market and more.

Festive period: May until December

Available activities: Culinary Experience, Kimchi History Exhibition, Kimchi Popularity Competition, Kimchi Market, Art and Cultural Performance.

#5 Ultra Korea  

World Grandest EDM music festival has also set its foot in Korea. Every year June, renowned DJ(s), music producer and musician gathers at Seoul to put up the most exhilarating performance perform for the audience. Ultra Festival is famous for it’s out of this world stage setup and the most edgy stage effects. Aside from that, their previous star studded line up that consist of EDM scene big name such as David Guetta, Snoop Dogg, MIA, Skrillex are the reason why it is an sold out event.

Festive period: June


#6 Boryeong Mud Festival |보령머드축제

You have to put Boryeong Mud Festival on your list if you are looking for the most trending festival in Korea right now. Sought after for its cosmetic value, these mud bath located at the south beach of Boryeong is the biggest highlight of the festival. Visitor gets to enjoy the best of a natural mud bath and also sea bathing at the same time! Of course that is not the end of it, there are also Mud Experiencing Museum, Mud Hot Spring, Water Sliding Mud Tunnel, and also various stage or street performances to ensure visitor enjoys their stay.

Festive period: July 

Available activities: Mud Game Experience, Water Sliding Mud Tunnel, Hip Hop/Rap Party, EDM Festival, Open Performance at Fountain Square, Craft and Local Specialty Exhibition.


#7 Jinju Lantern Festival | 진주 남강유등축제

Jinju lantern Festival is one of the iconic autumn festival that guarantees visitor a sensational visual experience from the celebration. The festival originated from the lantern lighting custom used during the Jinjuseong Fortress Battle of the Imjinwaeran War(Japanese invasion, 1592) as a military strategy to prevent Japanese troops from wading the Namgang River. Todays, the tradition is carried out to commemorate the soul of martyrdom. These lanterns are exceptionally breath-taking to be viewed with the backdrop of the Namgang River. 

Festive period: October

Available activities: Lighting ceremony, floating lanterns on the river, Korean lantern exhibition, World traditional lantern exhibition, traditional crafted lantern exhibition, hanging wish-lantern.


#8 Busan Fireworks Festival |부산 불꽃축제

Taking place at Gwangandaego in Busan, this festival offer diverse programs of cultural events, high-tech laser light shows, and myriad of unique and colourful fireworks making this one of the area’s most popular festivals, drawing crowds of over 1 million visitors each year. It is so popular that some visitor went to the beach early in the morning just to get the best view of the magnificent fireworks display.

Festive period: October

Available activities: Firework display, Mime, Magic Performance, Bubble Art Performance.


#9 Seongsan Sunrise Festival |성산 일출 축제

If you are travelling to Jeju Island during New Year period, this is one festival that you wouldn’t want to miss out. Seongsan Sunrise is arguably the best spot to view sunrise in the world. This festival is meant to praise the God given scenery and also serves as a ceremony that signifies a fresh start for a new year. This will serve as a best memory in life as you can start the year with full of positive vibe. 

Festive period: December until January

Activities available: Sunrise Ceremony, Regional Cultural Associations and Grass Carp Performances, Sunrise Wishing, Sharing Rice Cake Soup (Free), Making Tangerine Treats, Luminous Face Paintings and more.

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