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#2324: Paldo Jjajangmyeon Instant Noodle

#2324: Paldo Jjajangmyeon - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Here’s a new jjajangmyun from Paldo of South Korea sent by Yongmin Park of Paldo. Thank you very much!  For those of you unfamiliar with jjajangmyeon, here’s some info from wikipedia:

Jajangmyeon (자장면; 짜장면; jjajangmyeon) is a noodle dish topped with a thick sauce made of chunjang (salty black soybean paste), diced pork and vegetables, and sometimes also seafood.

The dish originated from zhajiangmian (, literally “deep fried sauce noodles”) in China’s Shandong region.[1] The start of jajangmyeon can be traced back to the Joseon Dynasty. When the Joseon opened the Incheon port, many Chinese people from the Shandong region moved to a town in Incheon, which is now known as Incheon China Town.[2] these people created chines returant and made a é* The pronunciation of the dish’s name is nearly identical to that of its Korean counterpart. However, Korean jajangmyeon differs from Chinese zhajiangmian, as Korean jjajangmyeon uses black Korean chunjang including caramel, and onions.

Curious how this one will stand up compared to others. Only one way to find out!

#2324: Paldo Jjajangmyeon – South Korea

#2324: Paldo Jjajangmyeon - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

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 vegetables sachet to 600ml boiling water and cook for 4 1/2 minutes. Drain well. Add in contents of large sauce sachet. Stir and enjoy!

#2324: Paldo Jjajangmyeon - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The noodle block.

#2324: Paldo Jjajangmyeon - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The jjajang sauce sachet.

#2324: Paldo Jjajangmyeon - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

A lot of sauce and it smells really good!

#2324: Paldo Jjajangmyeon - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The vegetables sachet.

#2324: Paldo Jjajangmyeon - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Looks like peas and cabbage.

#2324: Paldo Jjajangmyeon - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Finished (click to enlarge). The ramyun is great – thick and chewy just like I like it. The sauce is really awesome. I like the fact that it’s a sauce and isn’t mixed from a powder, although those kinds are really good too. This one has lots of nice bits of vegetables in the sauce. Solid. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8809296883098.

#2324: Paldo Jjajangmyeon - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Here’s Paldo’s other version – Paldo Jjajangmen Chajang Noodle Vegan No MSG 16-pack

A TV commercial for Paldo Jjangjangmyun.

#2319: Nongshim Saeutang Sabalmyeon

#2319: Nongshim Saeutang Sabalmyeon - South Korea - The Ramen Rater

Yet again, a donation from Colin of the east coast – thanks, bro! This is another ‘no way – I’ve reviewed this one’ kinda variety, but it turns out indeed I haven’t. It looks like the Nongshim ‘BIG Bowl’ line, but it’s definitely not the export version if it is. Let’s have a look – very curious about this one.

Nongshim Saeutang Sabalmyeon – South Korea

#2319: Nongshim Saeutang Sabalmyeon - South Korea - The Ramen Rater

The import/distributor’s sticker (click to enlarge).

#2319: Nongshim Saeutang Sabalmyeon - South Korea - The Ramen Rater

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and cover for 4 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

#2319: Nongshim Saeutang Sabalmyeon - South Korea - The Ramen Rater

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2319: Nongshim Saeutang Sabalmyeon - South Korea - The Ramen Rater

The noodle block.

#2319: Nongshim Saeutang Sabalmyeon - South Korea - The Ramen Rater

Curious about what these strips are.

#2319: Nongshim Saeutang Sabalmyeon - South Korea - The Ramen Rater

The soup base sachet.

#2319: Nongshim Saeutang Sabalmyeon - South Korea - The Ramen Rater

A spicy and shrimp scented powder.

#2319: Nongshim Saeutang Sabalmyeon - South Korea - The Ramen Rater

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, Busan fishcake, sweet onion and chilli flake. The noodles had a little bit of a springiness to them that wasn’t cutting the mustard for me. Lots of them though. The broth has a very tasty seafood and spicy hit which worked very well. The included bits of fish and vegetable were good. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8801043015967.

#2319: Nongshim Saeutang Sabalmyeon - South Korea - The Ramen Rater

Bowl Instant Noodle Soup Assorted Bundle 6 Flavors: Shin Bowl + Lobster + Spicy Shrimp + Spicy Kimchi + Spicy Chicken + Hot & Spicy (12-pack)

Hey a new Nongshim product – what is it?

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten South Korean Instant Noodles 2017 Edition

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten South Korean Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

South Korean instant noodles are known around the world as being spicy and beefy for the most part. However, there are many different styles. In fact, seafood jjamppong, black bean jjajang, cold noodles, and creamy beef noodles exist in the scene. Today, I’ll do a rundown of my favorites – the best of the highest rated South Korean varieties from over 2,300 unique varieties I’ve reviewed from around the world. Finally, I would like to note that it’s tougher to find South Korean varieties. Therefore, any instant noodle companies from South Korea should contact me promptly to be considered for upcoming top ten lists. Let’s get started.

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten South Korean Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

This year’s video presentation with some extras!

#10: Nongshim Soon Veggie Noodle Soup

Nongshim Soon Veggie Noodle Soup

This is the first instant noodle on the top ten to be marketed towards vegetarians. What surprised me about it is that the broth has such a full flavor to it; deep and satisfying. The noodles are slightly larger in gauge than your run of the mill instant, which is common of South Korean ‘ramyun.’ Magnificent stuff! Original review here

#9: Samyang Foods Cheese Curry Ramyun

Samyang Foods Cheese Curry

The noodles are of a decent ramyun gauge and hydrate nicely in the three minutes directed. In addition, the broth is thick with a very nice kind of creamy curry flavor. Finally, an inkling of spiciness. Beautiful stuff! Original review here

#8: Nongshim Zha Wang (Jjawang) Noodles With Chajang Sauce

Nongshim Zha Wang Chajang Jjajangmyun

The noodles are out of this world – soft and chewy, with a nice width and thickness – very hearty. The sauce coats everything and there’s more than enough of it. Finally, its thick, rich black bean flavor is has peas, cabbage and other veggies. This is the best jjajang I’ve ever tried. Original review here

#7: Paldo Cheese Noodle

Paldo Cheese Noodle

These noodles – wow. Arguably the best addition to South Korean ramyun has to be cheese. Well, not only is cheese included here but it’s got just the perfect notes of spiciness and strong, rich flavor. The little guy with the sign that says cheese noodle rocks too! Original review here

#6: Nongshim Champong Noodle Soup Spicy Seafood Flavor

Nongshim Champong Noodle Soup Spicy Seafood Flavor

These noodles are big and plump and chewy – wider as well. They’re fantastic! Would love to see a Shin Ramyun using this noodle! The broth is equally wonderful insofar as the flavor has this taste and smell. It has a seafood barbecue kind of taste. The oil adds a nice extra to the broth. Spicy, tasty and awesome! Original review here

#5: Paldo Rabokki Noodle

Paldo Rabokki Noodle

The noodles plump up perfectly – thick and a good chew. The broth is more of a sauce and it’s very rich – spicy and sweet – like an adult version of Spaghetti-O’s which I find delectable. Original review here

#4: Nongshim Jinjja Jinjja

Nongshim Jinjja Jinjja

The noodles are very good – nice thick ramyun. In addition, I have read that they are augment them with chilli pepper in them as well. Next, the broth has a seriously spicy kick to it and a very peanut aroma with pork notes. Finally, the vegetables hydrate very well. Back with a vengeance! Original review here

#3: Nongshin Chal Bibim Myun

Nongshim Chal Bibim Myun

First, the noodles are nice and thick with a great chew – ramyun through and through. Second, the sauce works extremely well. It’s sweet and spicy and works perfectly with a cold noodle. Finally, the flavor is nice and crisp while smooth and effective. Original review here

#2: ChoripDong Hurricane Rice Cake

ChoripDong Hurricane Rice Cake Rabokki

Very red. It’s got a thick spicy and sweet sauce. Fresh ramyun. It’s got topokki. Indeed, this is a real find – Just looking at the picture makes me want some right this instant. Slipping from #1 to #2 this year. Original review here

#1: Paldo Budae Jigae

Paldo Budae Jigae / Chigae

As always, I’m shocked when something comes across my desk that’s unlike anything I’ve reviewed. In the first place, the noodles are great – thick ramyun. Indeed they are chewy and thick gauge. The broth is really good; thicker than most and has a kind of ‘boiling with hot dogs in it all day’ kind of thing going on. Moreover, the included garnish is a real treat as it contains not only beans, processed meat and slices of sausage, but pieces of macaroni as well. This one really goes above and beyond on this one – I’m impressed. Original review here

#2291: Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkummyun Cheese Flavor (Orange Bowl)

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.

Cheesy!

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!