Category Archives: South Korea

Re-Review: Samyang Foods Fresh Jjajang

Okay so I guess karma will get you. I dunno. Let me explain… So I got this pack along with a couple others at HMart a week or two ago (great store, HMart by the way) and they had one of this series in single packs to buy, but the other two were in 5 packs that were around $9 each. Well, I went to the trouble of opening a couple of the 5 packs and taking out one each . Now, I’m unsure if this is truly a horrible thing to do; I’m sure they just put them on the shelf with the others that are sold in singles. Plus hey – I got them at HMart (there – the third time I mentioned HMart! Ooh a fourth!), so if you want to get these you can find them there. Well, as it turns out I reviewed this one in May and now I’m reviewing it again! Wasn’t my plan to do a re-review today but here we are. So perhaps the pulling of single packs from the multipack is why this happened. But probably not; I’m just getting old. Anyways, this is a jjajang/zha jiang (black bean sauce) noodle. Let’s hit it!

The back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat. to prepare, add noodles and vegetables to 600ml boiling water and cook for 4 minutes. Drain. Add in contents of powder and oil sachets. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The powder sachet.

A lot of powder.

The vegetables sachet.

Looks like vegetables and some TVP (textured vegetable protein).

A liquid sachet.


Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles were thick and chewy and very premium. The sauce was serious business; a little spicy hit and a thick slather with a very hearty black bean flavor. The included vegetable and TVP really worked well. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8801073113176.

Samyang God Jjajang Instant Noodle 650g (130g X5 Packs)

An old TV commercial for Samyang Foods Chacharoni.

#2187: Pulmuone Non-Fried Ramyun Noodle (Crab Flavor)

Crabby crab from South Korea! This one was sent to me by colin from the east coast – thanks! Not a lot of ramyun I’ve seen out there with crab as a main flavor. In fact, I think this might be the first ramyun I’ve seen in this vein. You might say ‘hey – you’ve reviewed noodle that have crab flavor before’ but this is ramyun. ramyun is strictly a South Korean thing – it’s really has to do with the noodle gauge and the chewiness. Originally it was beef broth and spicy, but different things have come into the mix during the years – like crab! Let’s give it a try!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains fish, crustacean and shellfish. To prepare, add everything to 3 cups of boiling water and cook for 4 1/2 minutes. stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

Looks like spicy ramyun seasoning to me!

The dry garnish sachet.

Quite a diverse mixture.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and spring onion. The noodles are great – very good ramyun. They have this kind of two-tier texture to them like a lot of the non-fried noodles do. There’s a kind of gelatinous layer on the outside of the noodle and then more thick inwards with a sturdy chew. The broth had a nice spiciness to it indicative of South Korean variants as well as a nice flavor that teetered on the edge of crab and beef, free of the slight bitterness I have always found in many of the ramyun variants out there. The supplied garnish was good – nice sized pieces of vegetables and all garnish hydrated very nicely and was of good quality. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8801114124260.

Pulmuone Non-fried Ramyun Noodle 3.7 Oz Each – Pack of 4 (Crab)

A PR film by Pulmuone in English.

New Samples From South Korea’s Paldo Food

First, I want to send a special thank you to Yongmin Park for sending me product samples! See, every year I do the Top Ten South Korean Instant Noodles list and each year it’s starting to seem like I get fewer and fewer products to try from South Korea. People have been getting grumpy about the list too – see, it’s only for products made IN South Korea, not elsewhere. Let’s have a look inside and see what awaits!

Under the lid (click to enlarge).

New premium varieties – jjamppong and jjajang (click to enlarge).

Budae Jigae (click to enlarge) – if you look at the enlargement, you can see that there are very interesting things on the package – beans, macaroni, sausages… Budae Jigae was developed after the Korean War – lots of US military rations were left for the people and they adapted them into a special stew/soup!

Finally, Bibimmyun – IN A BOWL (click to enlarge)!!! I’ve been trying to get my hands on this for a VERY long time! Thanks again Yongmin Park – you rock!

#2161: Nongshim Chal Bibim Myun

After perusing Nongshim America’s website, I saw these noodles I hadn’t heard of before. A quick message to my contact at Nongshim and these magically arrived in a couple days! This is what you would call a Summer variety – the noodles are served cold with a spicy sauce. It’s made in South Korea, but definitely in packaging for the United States. Let’s give it a try!

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 2.5 cups of water and cook for 3 minutes. Drain and run under cold water. Add in contents of liquid sachet. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The liquid sauce sachet.

Has a spicy and sweet scent to it.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion and hard boiled egg. The noodles are nice and thick with a great chew – ramyun through and through. The sauce works extremely well; it’s sweet and spicy and works perfectly with a cold noodle. Best bibim myun I’ve ever hard! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 031146034802.

Nongshim Chal Bibim Myun 4.58oz (130g) x 10 pack

Looks like this product has been around for a while in South Korean.

#2140: Wang Rice Noodle Seafood Flavor

A big rice noodle bowl from South Korea graces my desk today. I must say, this is the only one I’ve ever seen mentioning ‘clean room’ on the label. Unsure if this is in reference to where it’s produced or has to do with ‘clean eating.’ Either way, let crack it open and look within.

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp. 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 soup base sachet.

A lot of powder.

A big square in a sachet.

A freeze dried block – probably containing seafood and vegetables.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, crab claw fish cake, Busan fish cake and carved squid. The rice noodles hydrated very nicely and have a soft chew to them. I used kitchen scissors and made a couple of crosscuts to make them more manageable. The broth was very nice too – a good seafood taste with a nice body. It has just a note of spiciness as well. The included garnish was nice and included lots of nice chewy bits of seafood and vegetables. This was much better than I expected – 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 087703111165.

Wang Kimchi Base Multipurpose Hot Sauce

Very odd people trying Korean street food.