Here’s an interesting one – this is a Korean product Colin brought cak from Mexico and sent my way – thanks again! This is unique; i don’t think I’ve ever had noodles in such an Easter egg pastel colored package before. Not only that; Hovenia – where is this place? Is it a place? I looked on wikipedia and maybe this is relevant –
Hovenia dulcis, the Japanese raisin tree or oriental raisin tree, is a hardy tree found from Asia, over Eastern China (萬壽果) and Korea (헛개나무) to the Himalayas (up to altitudes of 2,000 m), growing preferably in a sunny position on moist sandy or loamy soils. The tree has been introduced as an ornamental tree to several countries, and the fruit is also edible. It is considered being one of the most pervasive invader in Brazilian subtropical forests.
I wonder if this has some raisin in it? That would be another first as far as I know. After looking around further, I found that indeed it has extract of Hovenia. Upon looking this up, I found that it’s a hangover cure! Anti hangover ramen! How could this be the first time I’ve seen this? Let’s have a look!
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. It does contain Hovenia extract. To prepare, add package contents to 500ml boiling water and cook 4-5 minutes. Stir and enjoy!
The noodle block.
The soup base sachet.
Has that trademark spicy ramyun scent.
A vegetables sachet.
A nice mixture.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, sweet onion, crushed red pepper flake and Tillamook mild cheddar cheese. The noodles weren’t bad; just seemed to be a little lackluster compared to most ramyun. The broth had a decently spicy heat to it, but had that bitterness I’m not a big fan of. The vegetables hydrated well. Kind of your baseline ramyun. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8809379511009.
Wow no kidding!