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The Malaysian love for instant noodles is unlike any other.

It’s kept us company during broke student nights, satisfied hunger pangs while trapped at home and even the perfect midnight snack at the mamak.

Well guess what, it turns out that this love is international because…

Penang instant noodles is No 2 globally in Instant Ramen Power Rankings 2019!

The list by the Pulitzer Prize-winning Los Angeles Times (LA Times) newspaper names Malaysia’s MyKuali Penang White Curry as the second best tasting instant ramen of 2019.

World’s No 2 instant ramen, MyKuali Penang White Curry.
(Credit: MyKuali)

31 instant noodles were ranked based on two factors, taste and in ‘Truth In Advertising’, as in: “Is the taste correct to what it says it is?”

Based on these criteria, food columnist Lucas Kwan Peterson invariably fell in love with the MyKuali Penang White Curry, calling it “one of the best” with a “deep seafood flavour, slightly sweet and almost coconutty.”

That’s not the only Malaysian instant noodles that made it to the list though. In fact, THREE Malaysian instant noodles made Top 10!

At No 5 is Ibumie Mi Goreng Curry Kapitan, deemed a “very satisfying dry noodle” where the “sweet-spicy combo is done exceedingly well” thanks to its cumin, coriander and chilli flavour profile.

World’s No 5 instant ramen, Ibumie Mi Goreng Curry Kapitan.
(Credit: eshop.tesco)

Meanwhile, MyKuali wins taste buds again at No 7 with Lucas crowing the Penang Spicy Prawn as the top for Truth in Advertising for its deep and briny taste. He calls it a crustacean carnival, colourfully describing the soup’s flavour akin to “sucking the goopy marrow from the head of a shrimp.”


World’s No 7 instant ramen, MyKuali Penang Spicy Prawn.
(Credit: MyKuali)

In case all you Indomie die hard fans were wondering, don’t worry.Indomie Barbecue Chicken is No 1 while Indomie Mi Goreng is at No 10.

Surprisingly, our local instant noodles also came ahead of the Korean Nongshim Shin (No 3), Samyang (No 13) and Japanese Sapporo Ichiban (No 4).

Oh well, it just goes to show that Penang’s food power is not to be messed with. Just like when this Penangite’s Kopitiam restaurant in New York listed among best new restaurants in America.


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