Category Archives: South Korea

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.

#2234: Paldo Bibim Men

SPECIAL ELECTION MESSAGE

I wanted to take a second to talk about the events that have happened concerning the Presidential election here in the United States. I’ve got to say, I wasn’t expecting the outcome we’ve seen here. I live in Washington state – a very Liberal state – where Bernie Sanders won over 80% of the votes for the primary. Personally, I think we’d have a different President today if the DNC hadn’t played politics and made it impossible for him to win. Our delegates here all went for Clinton – even though the people voted otherwise. I decided not to vote for either Clinton or Trump as I didn’t like either of them. My friend Raffael over at Happy Souper in Germany has posted a review – and he mentioned people there are kind of freaked out about our new President. I guess we’ll see what happens. I’ll keep reviewing noodles. I did this video a long time ago – wish he would’ve gotten the nomination. 

Today I’ll be trying something new sent to me by Yongmin Park of Paldo – thank you very much! I’ve been really wanting to review the bowl version of Bibim Men for a long time and finally I got one! It’s funny; I’m sure this is as easy to get as anything in South Korea – like going to the convenience store here and getting a Pepsi… But this variety had eluded me for a long time. No longer! Let’s give it a try!

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 steep for 3 minutes. Use a chopstick and poke holes in the designated spots on the lid (there are three of them) and use them as a drain spout. Add in liquid sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge). Note the three marks on top to create the drain.

The noodle block.

The liquid sachet.

Has a sweet and spicy scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added hard boiled egg, spring onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and red pepper strands. This is such a nice match; you have the cold noodle which has a good denseness to it – kind of like the cold causes the noodle to contract a little. Then, you have a spicy sweet sauce which meets with the noodle and is just devourable. I really love this one – seriously good and simple; noodles and sauce. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8801128503594.

Paldo Bibim Men Cup Noodle 2-pack

A recent Paldo Bibim Men TV spot.

#2220: Paldo Budae Jigae Ramyun

Today I’ll be trying something new sent to me by Yongmin Park of Paldo – thank you very much! Very curious about this one as I’ve never seen it before. This is Budae Jigae – let’s see what Wikipedia has to say about it:

Budae jjigae (Korean pronunciation: [pudɛ tɕ͈iɡɛ]; literally “troop stew”) is a type of jjigae (a thick Korean soup similar to a Western stew). Soon after the Korean War, food was scarce in Seoul, South Korea. Some people made use of surplus foods from U.S. military bases around the Uijeongbu area, Pyeongtaek area (also called Songtan)[1] or Munsan area, such as hot dogs, Spam, or ham, and incorporated them into a traditional spicy soup flavored with gochujang (red chili paste) and kimchi.

Budae jjigae

Budae jjigae is still popular in South Korea. The dish often incorporates such modern ingredients as instant noodles and sliced American cheese. Other ingredients may include ground beef, sliced sausages, baked beans,minari, onions, green onions, tteok, tofu, chili peppers, macaroni, garlic, mushrooms, and other vegetables in season.[2]

Okay, this really sounds fascinating! Let’s give it a try, shall we?

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to contain meat. To prepare, Add the large sachet contents to 500ml boiling water and stir. Add in the noodle block and simmer for 4 minutes. Add in contents of oil sachet. Stir and enjoy!

The large noodle block.

Liquid soup base.

Smells spicy!

The solid ingredients sachet.

Lots of interesting things in here – looks like sausage and tofu amongst other things!

The oil sachet.

Definitely detecting the scent of a hot dog vendor!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, coriander, processed cheese, Beanee Weenie, sausage, SPAM and kimchi. Wow – okay again I’m shocked when something comes across my desk that’s unlike anything I’ve reviewed before. Starting with the noodles – they’re great – thick ramyun. Chewy and thick gauge. The broth is really good – a little thicker than most and has a kind of ‘been boiling with hot dogs in it all day’ kind of thing going on. The included garnish was a real treat as it contained not only beans, processed meat and slices of sausage but pieces of macaroni as well. They really went above and beyond on this one and I’m impressed. Definitely find this one for the Winter months – good ‘stick to your ribsy’ kind of stuff. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8809296883616.

Another one of my favorite Paldo products – Rabokki Noodle 5.11 Oz (Pack of 4) by Paldo

A nice little first person shooter – involving instant noodles…

#2212: Paldo Bul Jjamppong

Here’s a new Jjamppong from Paldo of South Korea sent by Yongmin Park of Paldo. Thank you very much!  I really like jjamppong so let’s check it out!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, add noodles and both the red and white sachets to 550ml boiling water and cook for 5 minutes. Add in oil at the end. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

A liquid sachet.

A liquid soup base.

The vegetables sachet.

A nice little mixture.

An oil sachet.

Spicy oil!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, carved squid, Busan fishcake and shrimp. The noodles are big thick and great – very nice! The broth has a very good taste to it but seems to be missing the saltiness perhaps? I really like it, but something seems missing; maybe that makes it gourmet? Unsure. Vegetable bits hydrated very well. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8809296883180.

Paldo Bul Jjamppong Noodle Soup, Spicy Seafood Flavor, 4.90 Ounce

A Paldo video about adding garlic and pork to a pan, sauteing it, then adding in water and this product and cooking it.