An American instant noodle aficionado who runs a well-known blog on the food item gravely offended the people of Taiwan when he omitted Taiwanese brands from his 2014 list of the world’s top ten instant noodles and included two Taiwanese brands on his list of top ten of the worst noodles in the world.
Over 1,000 Taiwanese netizens vented their anger on internet forums when food blogger Hans Lienesch omitted their favorite local brands of instant noodles on his rating blog, The Ramen Rater, according to Want China Times.
On Lienesch’s Bottom Ten Instant Noodles of All Time list, he ranked Taiwan’s Wei Lih Instant Noodles with artificial beef flavored soup stock at number 10, describing it as tasting too salty and fake.
At number five on the worst-of list, Lienesch placed Taiwan’s Nan Hsing Vegetarian Rice Noodles, harshly noting that the taste was “akin to cobwebs”.
In response to the ratings, the manufacturer of the Nan Shing Hsinchu rice noodle brand stated: “It doesn’t matter. People have different opinions.”
We’d like to note that the Chinese brand Baijia Single Noble’s Black Bone Chicken Flavor Instant Sweet Potato Noodles were rated as 2013’s worst instant noodles by Lienesch, who described the broth as “hideously greasy and nasty” with “horrid” sweet potato-based noodles and “strange and inedible” vegetables.
If you care at all about the opinion of one American instant noodle enthusiast , you can check out his list of the Top Ten Chinese Instant Noodles 2014.
[Image via The Ramen Rater]