Category Archives: South Korea

#2291: Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkummyun Cheese Flavor

Okay so most of your should be familiar with the popular ‘fiore noodle’ challenge. That’s where you take a bowl of Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkummyun (spicy fried chicken flavor) instrant noodles and scarf ‘e,m down in one sitting really quick. If you don’t know about this, just go to YouTube and type in fire noodle challenge – you’ll get a ton of videos. Nobody’s ever challenged me to do this; kind of bummed. Anyways, this is a new variety – I think there will be three of these spin offs, but right now we have cheese. Let’s see is the cheese chills this fiery noodle out or if it still has the burn of burns.

A distributor/export sticker (click to enlarge). Definitely check this out – some of the things on the list are very interesting!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and let sit covered for 4 minutes. Poke holes in the lid (through the little triangles). Use them to drain off excess water. Add in liquid sachet contents and stir well. Sprinkle try powder on top and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

A liquid sachet.

Looks fiery and smells fiery.

A garnish sachet.


Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles hydrated very well – awesome ramyun. The taste is like licking the sun; I know it’s cheese because it says it’s cheese and I poured cheese powder on top, but it just tastes like an ultra spicy and sweet kind of thing. For fans of the David Lynch film ‘Dune,’ you will understand when I say heat upon heat upon heat… THE PAIN! Nice quality, serious business. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8801073210967.

2-Pack Samyang Spicy Chicken Roasted Cheese Cup Noodle / Cup Ramen

This guy attempts to eat 10 plates of this stuff.

#2282: Samyang Foods Gold Jjamppong Fried Noodle

I’ve liked jjamppong for a while now. For those of you not familiar with it, it’s kind of like a spicy Korean seafood hnoodle soup. Let’s check it out!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains seafood. To prepare, add noodles and sachet contents (except the oil) to 550ml boiling water for 5 minutes. Add in oil. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The soup base.

A lot of spicy smelling stuff!

The solid ingredients sachet.

Vegetables and seafood.

An oil sachet.

Spicy oil!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added carved squid, pork, shrimp, chopped garlic and spring onion and sauteed with La-Yu chilli oil and added. The noodles are very good – thick, slightly wide and chewy. Definitely on the gourmet spectrum. The broth has a rich kind of smoky and spicy seafood taste to it which is really great. The included garnish hydrated very well. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8801073113213.

Samyang Godd Jjambbong Spicy Noodle Soup Ramen 5-pack

If you want to make jjamppong from scratch, check out this recipe! Maangchi makes a lot of videos on Korean cooking – great stuff!

#2270: Samyang Foods Fresh Bibimmyun Fried Noodle

The first time I tried bibimmyun a long time ago I really didn’t get it. Spicy, sweet, and worst of all, it was cold. Yep – when I first started reviewing, the thought of cold noodles made me cringe. I found this one recently at HMart and honestly have been holding back on it since I just reviewed a bibimmyun a couple weeks ago – but no more. It’s getting colder outside – rainy too. Bibimmyun is really a dish for the hot summer months when something cool and refreshing really hits the spot. Well, maybe there will be a sun break today even though the forecast is for 10 days straight of rain… Let’s check this one out!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block and vegetable sachet contents to 600ml boiling water and cook for 4 minutes. Drain and rinse well with cold water. Add in contents of liquid sachet. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The liquid sachet.

Has a sweet and spicy scent.

The vegetables sachet.

Lots of stuff in there!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, hard boiled egg and red pepper strands. The noodles really got thick and were of good quality here. The sauce was good – very standard kind of bibimmyun flavor most brands have. The vegetables hydrated well but were kind of unremarkable. Nonetheless, a nice plate of bibimmyun. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8801073113251.

Samyang BIBIM MEN Oriental Style Noodle Spicy Cold Ramen 5-pack (Mi Kho Dai Han)

Samyang Foods makes the famous Fire Noodle Challenge noodle – here’s a recent video from them.

Re-Review: Samyang Ramen

A few weeks back I was at an HMart – the one on 184th next to Alderwood Mall in Lynnwood, Washington state. I saw this perky orange pack practically jumping off the shelf at me saying ‘pick me, pick me!’ I’ve reviewed this one a couple times in the past, but it just screamed eat me. Today, I’ve got so much craziness going on – I’ll let you in on it. First, I want to say that if you take really long flights, you should get up and walk around every hour or so. Why? Well, when you don’t, you can end up with blood clots in your legs. Then those blood clots can get into your lungs. Then you can end up in the hospital like I did last weekend with my first IV in my arm and a very timid feeling for the universe. Luckily, I’ll be fine, but it could’ve been much worse (i.e., no more The Ramen Rater). I’ve been having to get my blood checked, get injections this week… Not much fun. On the up side, I should be fine – the only pain I’m in is from shots (fleeting little bits of pain when I’m jabbed) and the clots will go away naturally. The other crazy business is that in 9 days Kit and I expecting our second child together! We’re very excited and I’ll definitely post pictures of her when she’s born! Those are the bigguns – aside from those, I have a sore tooth (drove me bonkers in the last 24 hours but totally eased up now), it’s about to snow any minute now, and oh yeah – Christmas is just around the corner! A lot in a small period of time. New life and dodging a bullet. Wow. Today, I slept in a little and decided to skip reviewing. Well, couldn’t figure out what to have for lunch – I didn’t want anything that would anger the tooth again, and so again this orange pack of noodles was staring at me. Today is your day!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block to 550ml boiling water as well as sachet contents. Cook for 4-5 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

A powder with a slightly spicy beef scent.

The ‘flake’ sachet.

Bits of vegetables.

Finished (click to enlarge). After tasting the base product, cooked another couple minutes  – added a couple eggs, sweet onion and cheese. The noodles are fatty ramyun – super good stuff! The broth has a nice beef taste and a little bit of spiciness in there. The vegetable bits hydrate just right. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 074603005212.

Samyang brand Samyang Ramen Beef Flavor. 4.2oz package (Pack of 20)

A Samyang Foods TV spot for Samyang Ramen. Also FYI – yeah, it’s the Bubble Bobble song.

#2240: Wang Rice Noodle Anchovy Flavor

Here’s a flavor I don’t usually have all to often – anchovy. Salty little fishies! I am hoping it’s tasty but not too fishy; there’s a fine line between yes and yecch when it comes to such things I believe. Let’s give it a go!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains anchovy. To prepare, add sachets into bowl and add boiling water to fill line. Cover for 3-4 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The rice noodles.

A dry sachet.

Dry soup base with flecks of vegetable.

A wide sachet.

A freeze dried block – these spring to life when boiling water is introduced and usually contains lots of flavor and vegetables.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, Busan fishcake, kimchi and chilli flake. The rice noodles were decent – nice gauge and well hydrated in the time allotted. I gave them a couple cross cuts with a pair of kitchen scissors to make them more manageable. The broth was a little fishier than I would have liked, but it is anchovy. It had an alright flavor and the vegetables were of good quantity. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 087703111158.

Wang Kimchi Base Multipurpose Hot Sauce

Some odd people trying Korean street food.