Oodles of Noodles – The Ramen Rater Rates
Marty Martindale

Are you a heavy user of instant noodles. Noodles are an art in Hans Liensch’s world, and their recipe varieties seem infinite.

Liensch, aka The Ramen Rater Rater, has a great-looking site with dazzling noodle wallpaper almost mahjong –like tiling.  Totally devoted to his topic, Liensch has reviewed almost 800 noodle combos over a ten year period.

What’s fun is to put a food item into his search and see how he experimented with it with noodles and his pleased, or not so pleasing, result. Here, Liensch wanted bacon and kimchi in his noodles, and here is what he discovered:

“Whoa. Okay so I added a huge spoonful of peanut butter and used less water than is called for (to keep it spicy). Two slices of cheese, a good amount of kimchi and of course, the bacon. The peanut butter coats everything really well and I liked that a lot.”

Then there was the time he tried:

“Wei Lih Jah Jan Mien with peanut butter, sriracha, some vegs and a few slices of salami. It was ok, but not really great. The salami didn’t really fit, but I was all out of ham. I’ve done Mama’s Tom Yum ramen with gado gado, habanero, and salty black beans a lot of times though – that’s better!”

The Rater rates each on a 5.0 to 0.0 scale, the latter being “the bottom of the barrel.” He doesn’t get paid for his reviews.  The site’s a hobby, and he enjoys the blogging action, the praise as well as kindly criticism.

Check it all out:

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten List
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Marty Martindale

About Marty Martindale

Foodsite Magazine and Marty aim to help the cooking-challenged avoid dependence on others due to lack of cooking knowhow. We concentrate on quick breakfasts, portable lunches and “good-4-u” night meals. With readily available web translation, the magazine explains separate foods, a little of their history, their nutrition, suggested “go-withs,” serving ideas and links to foodsites with recipes.

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