Category Archives: Nongshim

#2382: Nongshim Seaweed Instant Noodle Cup

#2382: Nongshim Seaweed Instant Noodle Cup - South Korea - The Ramen Rater

Here’s a cup I found at Carrefour in Taipei, Taiwan during my trip in November of 2016. I’ve never seen this one before and from what it looks like, it’s made for the Chinese/Taiwanese market. At least the packaging in Chinese gives that away. Also, I can see that it’s referencing www.nongshim.com – not a .cn or .tw, so these should be made in South Korea. It also has a little banner proclaiming ‘number one’ but unsure what that’s referring to. Anyways, let’s see what we have here and give these seaweed noodles a try!

Nongshim Seaweed Instant Noodle Cup – South Korea

#2382: Nongshim Seaweed Instant Noodle Cup - South Korea - The Ramen Rater

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Unsure if it contains meat but check for yourself. To prepare, add in sachet contents and boiling water to fill line and let steep covered for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

#2382: Nongshim Seaweed Instant Noodle Cup - South Korea - The Ramen Rater

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2382: Nongshim Seaweed Instant Noodle Cup - South Korea - The Ramen Rater

The noodle block.

#2382: Nongshim Seaweed Instant Noodle Cup - South Korea - The Ramen Rater

Looks to be onion and red pepper among other things.

#2382: Nongshim Seaweed Instant Noodle Cup - South Korea - The Ramen Rater

A dry base sachet.

#2382: Nongshim Seaweed Instant Noodle Cup - South Korea - The Ramen Rater

Has an interesting odor to it; kind of musty.

#2382: Nongshim Seaweed Instant Noodle Cup - South Korea - The Ramen Rater

A tall narrow sachet.

#2382: Nongshim Seaweed Instant Noodle Cup - South Korea - The Ramen Rater

Here is where the seaweed is hanging out, augmented with sesame seeds.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and spring onion. The noodles were pretty good – definitely thinner than Nongshim’s ramyun. Not too bad. The broth had a little pinch of heat to it and otherwise everything was seaweed overload. I like seaweed, but generally not in this kind of extreme. In conclusion, if you love seaweed overload, this is for you. 0.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 031146263738.

#2382: Nongshim Seaweed Instant Noodle Cup - South Korea - The Ramen Rater

Pacific Seaweeds: Updated and Expanded Edition

An Arirang piece about seaweed farming and cultivation in South Korea.

#2356: Nongshim Spicy Shrimp Cup Noodle

#2356: Nongshim Spicy Shrimp Cup Noodle - South Korea - The Ramen Rater -  instant noodles

I’ve had the export version in the past but this is the version that Koreans eat in South Korea. I picked this up in Taipei at a Carrefour store. I’d never been to one before and really didn’t know anything about them other than that I knew they existed in Taiwan. Here’s some info from Wikipedia –

Carrefour S.A. (French pronunciation: ​[kaʁfuʁ]) is a French multinational retailer headquartered in Boulogne Billancourt, France, in the Hauts-de-Seine Department near Paris.[2] It is one of the largest hypermarket chains in the world (with close to 1,600 hypermarkets at the end of 2015). Carrefour operates in more than 30 countries, in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa. Carrefour means “crossroads” and “public square” in French. The company is a component of the Euro Stoxx 50 stock market index.[3]

In 1989, Carrefour became the first international retailer to establish a presence in Asia when it entered Taiwan through a joint venture with Uni President Enterprises Corporation. It leveraged the experience it gathered in Taiwan to expand into other Asian markets.

Apparently there are 87 of them in Taiwan. We call them supermarkets here, but overseas they’re known as hypermarkets. Shrimp! Let’s take a gander.

Nongshim Spicy Shrimp Cup Noodle – South Korea

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Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, add in sachet contents. Add boiling water to fill line and cover for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

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Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2356: Nongshim Spicy Shrimp Cup Noodle - South Korea - The Ramen Rater -  instant noodles

The noodle block.

#2356: Nongshim Spicy Shrimp Cup Noodle - South Korea - The Ramen Rater -  instant noodles

Loose vegetables and shrimp from the cup.

#2356: Nongshim Spicy Shrimp Cup Noodle - South Korea - The Ramen Rater -  instant noodles

The soup base sachet.

#2356: Nongshim Spicy Shrimp Cup Noodle - South Korea - The Ramen Rater -  instant noodles

A spicy mixture.

#2356: Nongshim Spicy Shrimp Cup Noodle - South Korea - The Ramen Rater -  instant noodles

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, shrimp, spring onion and chilli flake. The noodles hydrated well and were of good quality – soft and definitely upright citizens. The broth was very nice – good shrimp hit and spicy hit, and definitely Korean. The included bits hydrated very well. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8801043015776.

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Nongshim Easy Meals Spicy S h r i m p Noodle Cup, 2.36 Ounce (Pack of 6)

A Nongshim Spicy Shrimp TV spot.

#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

#2259: Farmer’s Heart Pho Beef Flavor Vietnamese Rice Noodle Soup

Let’s start with the brand name of this one – Farmer’s Heart. I think many of you will be surprised that it’s a translation of a brand that’s very well known – Nongshim. Usually Nongshim’s flavors lean towards Korean flavors – logically. But this one’s definitely Vietnamese. I’m really curious about it also because not only are these rice noodles, but they can be made in the microwave. Let’s check it out!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains beef and fish. To prepare, add in powder sachet and fill to line with room temperature water. Microwave (1000W) for 3 minutes. Let sit for 1 minute in the microwave. stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The powder base sachet.

Has a very nice pho scent to it.

Some bits from the bottom of the bowl.

The sriracha sauce sachet.

Tasty stuff!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad cosmo mung bean sprouts, coriander, beef, Huy Fong Sriracha chilli sauce, chilli flake and fried garlic. The rice noodles did very well from the microwave. Fully hydrated and a nice way about them. The broth has a nice pho taste -much better than I expected honestly. The supplied sriracha had a nice heat and taste but a bitter finish. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 031146033980.

Farmer’s Heart Soup, Classic Chicken Noodle, 2.64 Ounce (Pack of 6)

A video about Vietnamese street food.