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Top 20 best Japanese instant ramen you should absolutely try!

Are you looking for the best instant ramen to try? With so many kinds, flavors, and variants of instant ramen in the market, choosing which one to try is already a difficult task.  Even the best Ramen Michelin star restaurant from Japan are making their instant ramen nowadays!

In this article, we list down the top 20 best instant ramen and we hope that you find this edition helpful and informative. Most of the instant ramen in this list are available in our online shop and it is our pleasure to inform you that we ship worldwide. 

1. Nissin Donbei kitsune – Udon (vegetarian)

This is an instant Udon, a type of thick wheat flour noodle. The broth is made from a rich soy sauce that will match the Udon nicely.

This Nissin Donbei kitsune version “Fox udon” comes topped with aburaage (sweet deep-fried tofu), an Osaka specialty.

The perfect instant noodle for all vegetarian! Give it a try! We have it in stock on our store here

2. Myojo Ippeichan Yakisoba

This Instant Yakisoba (which mean “fried noodles”) is classic Japanese ramen that you should try at least once to call yourself a Japanese instant ramen expert! This Yakisoba is flavorful and comes with many different topping that could be added per your liking.

We have it in stock on our shop here: (Worldwide delivery)

  • Samyan ramen – spicy chicken
  • Nongshim Shin Ramyun – gourmet spicy
  • Nissin cup noodle

This is the original instant cup ramen! You probably already seen this iconic packaging somewhere. The Nissin cup noodle now exists in a variety of different versions. You should try the original version first before venturing out to other flavors.

The cup comes with some seasoning powder and also mixed toppings. Add some hot water to the bowl and enjoy your cup! Perfect for a fast lunch or a late-night craving.

3. Sapporo Ichiban Shio ramen noodles

Sapporo Ichiban is the second biggest brand for instant ramen here in Japan (after Nissin). So you know their instant ramen is still the real deal.

This is a Shio (“salt”) based broth; this means it’s a clear and flavorful broth that will nicely accommodate the noodles.

What you will find inside the package—the noodles, the broth mix, light powder, a sesame pack. Mix everything in a bowl and add hot water. Wait a couple of minutes for it to cool down before eating! Enjoy!

4. Nissin UFO yakisoba

Another Instant Yakisoba ramen! This one is from the Nissin brand (number one brand of instant ramen in Japan). You will like the different texture those noodles have—a bit chewier than your usual instant ramen—that will fit the subtle and creamy sauce and crips cabbage included in the pack.

You can, of course, add more topping in this instant Yakisoba to mix things up to your taste!

Buy it online on our shop here! 

5. Tsuta Instant Ramen

This instant banger comes from the incredible collaboration between Tsuta restaurant (the first Michelin star awarded ramen shop in Tokyo) and 7-Eleven!

It was the most popular item on our online store for a while (until we run out stock) :

We will, of course, add it to our inventory as soon as it’s re-released.

So what’s the big deal?

It’s instant soba (thicker noodles) that comes with fresh condiments like green onions and bamboo shoots. This instant soba also comes with an incredible soy sauce broth and a truffle oil sauce.

A must-try for all instant ramen nerds!

Available on our online shop here

6. Ippudo – Instant Ramen

This is another restaurant based collab instant ramen. Ippudo is a popular ramen restaurant that has franchises worldwide! They partnered with Nissin to offer this premium instant ramen that you can only by in 7-eleven across Japan.

Or you can find it in our shop here

This instant ramen comes with two special broth flavor pack, one usual seasoning sauce, and another black soy sauce and spicy miso sauce.

This instant ramen also comes with a big piece of chashu (slice of pork) to add in your instant ramen.

How does it taste? This is a rich Tonkotsu broth that will melt your heart! If you are looking a quick comfort instant ramen, search no more try out the Ippudo instant ramen!

7. Nakiryu Dandan – Instant Ramen

To continue the list on the premium instant ramen “experiences” let me present you the Nakiryu Dandan instant ramen!

Nakiryu was the second Japanese ramen shop to earn the dear Michelin star back in 2017!

They collaborated with Nissin and 7-Eleven Japan to create this incredible ramen!

Did I mention that we sell it in our online shop? Here

This is spicy instant ramen, so if you love spicy ramen you should definitely try out the Nakiryu Dandan!

A rich and creamy broth with thin noodles to grip that rich broth.

8. Nissin Raoh Ramen – Tonkotsu ramen bowl

The Raoh lineup is among the premium instant ramen from Nissin.

This ramen has a tonkotsu soup (pork bone broth), usually a rich and creamy white colored broth made from boiling pork bones, fat and collagen for many hours.

The noodles are skinny and taste just like fresh noodles. Perfect for this rich broth!

If you are curious how the premium instant ramen tastes, this Nissin Raoh Tonkotsu should be on your radar. Lucky for you we have it available on our online store here

(Worldwide shipping and get 10% off on your first order)

9. Tokushima Seifun Yakibuta Ramen

Infused with the right amount of saltiness and sweetness, the broth blends well with the pork, with the meat almost falling off the bones. The noodles are thick but with just the perfect amount of chewiness. The narutomaki, the spring onion, and bamboo shoots all add flavor to the broth.  A bowl contains a noodle block, a dry soup base, a sachet of solid ingredients, and a large sachet of yakibuta pork.

10. Ichiran – Instant Ramen

Ichiran, another famous Japanese ramen restaurant which also happens to have more than a dozen international joints. It is a tonkatsu-based broth like the Nissin Raoh so you can expect a rich and flavorful broth.

They are a premium instant ramen coming from one of the top Japanese ramen joints so you are sure that this instant ramen taste fabulous.

We currently have it in stock on our online shop here: (worldwide shipping)

11. Cup Noodle Tom yam Kung

Have you been to Thailand? Did you enjoy the spicy Tom Yam seafood soup from a trip? Looking to repeat this experience?

Nissin with the instant cup noodle offers you to relive that experience through this special variation of the original cup noodle.

You can expect quality instant ramen from Nissin given their experience with producing such for quite a long time already. The cup comes with all the condiments and broth to mix in boiled water.

If you love spicy ramen and Tom yam flavor, you should definitely get a Nissin Cup noodle Tom yam Kung.  If you don’t like a spice that much, you can dilute the broth with more water.

And we have it in our online shop here:

Another famous instant ramen from Nissin, the Cup Noodle Curry.

The cup contains curry seasoning powder and some dry garnish that will come to life once you pour in hot water.

This Instant ramen is a little spicy, but there is nothing to be scared about. Overall, it is a popular and tasty option to change up your ramen meals.

12. Nissin Gyoretsu-no-Dekiru-Mise-no-Ramen

Tantanmen are noodles served with thick, dense broth with a spicy and nutty flavor and usually served with slivers of chashu and aji Tamago.  This particular variety has a thick and chewy noodle which are a little lighter than the other variants. The shrimp and sesame flavor blends well with all the other ingredients.

13. Maruchan Midori no tanuki – Soba with tempura bowl

This instant ramen is a pretty impressive one that contains full tempura. (That pizza-looking thing). It is actually a shrimp based tempura.

The noodles from the Maruchan Midori no Tanuki soba are made from buckwheat soba (brown looking ramen) that give them a bit more substance. You will also find in the pack some seasoning to add to your ramen.

Get yours here

14. Myojo Ippeichan – Regular Yakisoba

The Instant ramen Yakisoba from Myojo Ippeichan is quite similar to the Nissin UFO yakisoba.

This is a very popular option from our online store

The topping for this yakisoba is on point, it even contains Mayonnaise!

  • Nissin x 7 Eleven – Santoka tonkatsu Shio Ramen instant noodle
  • Nissin x 7-Eleven – Sumire Sapporo miso ramen instant noodle
  • Nissin Raoh Ramen – Spicy tantanmen noodles

15. Sapporo Ichiban Otafuku Okonomiyaki Sauce Yakisoba

Yakisoba is best enjoyed by the Japanese during the celebration of summertime festivals. The Otafuku’s classic okonomiyaki sauce has fruitier ingredients than most of the other yakisoba sauces in the market. These fruity notes give this particular variant a slightly sweeter flavor.  Its noodles are also garnished with flaked seaweed comes with a little mayonnaise packet. The Otafuku Okonomiyaki Sauce Yakisoba has another variant—a spicier one with the inclusion of ripe jalapeno peppers.

16. Myojo Wakame Ramen

With un-fried noodles and with a shoyu-based soup spiced with sesame and slices of seaweed, the Myojo Wakame Ramen is satisfying as it is healthy. Wakame is an edible seaweed that has a subtle sweetness and a strong flavor.  Among its health benefits are it aids weight loss, it helps lower cholesterol, boosts energy levels, and maintain hormonal balance.  It also has natural ‘umami,’ perfect garnishing for miso and other soups.


Still available on our online shop

17. New Touch Sugomen Niigata Seabura Shoyu Ramen

An elegantly-tasting shoyu broth with the right hint of oil and great flavors combined with thick, chewy ramen, the Sugomen Niigate Seabura Shoyu Ramen is a soy sauce flavored soup. The Niigata Ramen is a local ramen noodle soup from the Niigata Prefecture, famous for its rich soy sauce-based soup broth that has a hint of pork backfat flavor.

The New Touch Sugomen series features other local noodles soup from Sapporo, Kitakata, Hakata, Aomori, Miyagi, and Kyoto.

18. Maruchan Gotsumori Sauce Yakisoba

This particular yakisoba has more sauce than noodles. The rich and full-bodied flavor of this yakisoba is brought by two different sauces—one is a powdered sauce made from hot and savory spices, and the other one is a thick, liquid, soy-sauce based sauce. A pack of Maruchan Gotsumori Sauce Yakisoba includes cabbage slices, crispy nori seaweed flakes, and a sachet of Kewpie mayonnaise.

19. Itsuki Kumamoto Mokkosu Ramen

Kumamoto is rich ramen dish with thick, sturdy noodles immersed in a soup made with pork bones and lots of garlic chips and oil.  It traces its origin from Kurume, Fukuoka Prefecture which is also where tonkatsu soup originated.

The Itsuki Kumamoto Mokkosu Ramen has the same thick, chewy noodles and a broth that is both creamy and spicy, complementing the pork bone flavor.

20. Marutai Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen

The Hakata ramen style is characterized by the flavor of luxurious pork bone soup stock filled with thin but firm ramen noodles. The Marutai Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen has excellent firm noodles with a luxurious broth flavored with pork and garlic. A package contains ingredients that are enough for two servings—Hakata style ramen noodles, soup base, oil, garlic, dehydrated spring onions, kikurage mushroom, and seaweed.

Frequently-asked questions about instant ramen:

  • Is instant ramen bad for the health?

Instant ramen that contains a lot of sodium (salt) would probably be wrong for you if you eat them often. But you can now find some light instant ramen that limits its salt contents. There are even some healthy vegetarian options.


  • What are the best instant noodles in the UK?

Instant ramen is popular in different parts of the world and some countries have made their own version of this comfort food. Some of the best ones enjoyed in Japan have also gained quite a reputation even in foreign land. There are also some instant noodles from other countries which are enjoyed by different nationalities like the British. We can list them down for you, but that would be a different blog article.

  • Is there any healthy instant noodles?

Yes! Plenty of them are healthy and some are even vegetarian options. Of course, it’s always good to eat various food and not only indulge in Japanese instant ramen.

  • What is the best spicy Ramen?

In our opinion, the Nissin Cup noodle Tom Yam seafood or the Ichiran instant ramen and the Nakiryu Dandan are the best spicy instant ramen available today!

Check out our Japanese instant ramen online shop here:

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