Category Archives: Ottogi

#1650: Ottogi Sesame Ramen Korean Style Instant Noodle

I’ve gotten a good amount of comments about this one. Ottogi Sesame Ramen seems to have filled an interesting niche in the noodle market! It’s pretty neat stuff – it has something called an ‘egg block.’ It is basically dehydrated egg that when introduced to the boiling water springs to life! I’ve had the bowl version (also known as a king cup) before, but never reviewed the pack. Let’s check out Ottogi Sesame Ramen!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Contains egg and beef. To prepare, add every thing but the oil to 500ml boiling water and cook for 4 minutes. Add in oil, stir, and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The powder soup base sachet.

Has a kind of spicy beef scent.

The egg block!

A condensed block that should make for a lot of extra oomph!

The sesame oil sachet.

Definitely sesame oil – smells good!

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). The noodles have a classic ramyun gauge – thicker than you standard instant and with a very nice chew to them. The broth has a nice spiciness to it which builds and then levels off. The sesame, spiciness and beef tones are managed well and nicely balanced. The ebb block added a lot of little bits of scrambled egg throughout – very small, but made it a little nicer. Also in the egg block was spring onion which was very nice. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 645175525233.

Ottogi Sesame Flavor Noodle

An Ottogi Sesame Ramen TV commercial.

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten South Korean Instant Noodles Of All Time 2015 Edition

The Ramen Rater’s top Ten South Korean Instant Noodles Of All Time made it’s debut last January and I thought this would be a good day to release the new one for 2015! South Korean instant noodles (known as ramyun) are characteristically thicker and chewier than most instants. Spiciness is a common trait as well as beef flavors. Here are my top picks of the South Korean varieties I’ve reviewed of my 1,573 reviews to date.

#10: Paldo Cucumber Bibim Men

Regular Bibim Men is quite good, but this has a little extra something. It is a cold variety, great for the summer months and delivers a spiciness and slight sweetness. The cucumber bits hydrate and end up crunchy and refreshing. Original review

#9: Ottogi Bekse Curry Myon

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I’m a big fan of curries from all over the world.  We start with thick ramyun noodles. The broth is rich and luxuriant with a nice deep curry flavor. The little potato pieces (a rarity in the instant noodle realm) are very welcome and give it a little extra comfort food appeal. Original review

#8: Paldo Namja Ramyun

A spicy premium ramyun variety. The noodles are thick and chewy and the broth has beef, chicken and garlic components. Namja translates to “men’s” or “guy’s.” Strong stuff and quite good. Original review

#7: Paldo Kko Kko Myun

This one is like a bowl of candy to me. We start with nice quality noodles, and then the broth takes over. The broth has a kind of chicken and jalapeno flavor to it. The flavors play off of each other quite nicely and deliver both a strong bite as well as a mellow comfort food flavor in one bowl. The vegetable packet includes little chicken pieces. Original review

#6: Paldo Korean Traditional Beef Gomtangmen

The noodles are nice and sturdy after three minutes of cooking and have a great texture and chewiness. A couple minutes later, they’ve gorged themselves a bit more on the broth and changed quite a bit – I like that. The broth has a very nice and rich beef flavor and it’s tasty, non-spicy and warm. This would be really great after hours out in the cold. Original review

#5: Paldo Jjamppong Seafood Noodle King Bowl

The noodles are nice thick ramyun; wide and chewy. The broth is just awesome – it has a very strong spiciness and a very good seafood flavor, along with a slight sweetness. The broth has a slight thickness which gives it a really great character. Original review

#4: Samyang Foods Red Nagasaki Jjampong

The noodles are perfect – what I like to find in ramyun! Thick and chewy. The broth is amazing – an excellent level of heat balanced with a respectable amount of seafood flavor. The added vegetable pieces hydrated quite well. Top notch! Original review

#3: 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 was the broth had 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

#2: Paldo Cheese Noodle – South Korea


These noodles – wow. I think 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 as well. Original review

#1: Samyang Foods Maesaengyitangmyun Baked Noodle – Southh Korea


Last year was the 50th anniversary of ramyun in South Korea, pioneered by Samyang Foods. Samyang decided to try making something new – SBN, a baked noodle. What’s really neat here is that the noodles smell like bread! The broth is a lot like gomtang, a traditional beef soup. To shake it up, maesangyi is added – kind of like seaweed spun into a cotton-like consistency. The finished product is quite delectable; almost like a chowder! Original review

#1491: Ottogi Potato Ramen

Woot woot – potatoes! These sounded good today – potato ramen… I really like the little Ms. Potato Head on the packaging. Ottogi makes some interesting varieties – I reviewd many of them waaaay back when I moved to Edmonds, WA. I would walk every day and pick up a single pack and bring it home, cook and review. Those were in the #100-#300’s. Seems like forever ago! These noodles are made primarily with potatoes, which give them an extra chewiness. Let’s check out Ottogi Potato Ramen!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Contains beef. To Prepare, add noodle block and sachet contents to 500ml boiling water. Cook for 2 minutes, 30 seconds. Enjoy!

A very large noodle block.

Powdered soup base sachet.

Has a nice garlicky scent.

The vegetable ingredients sachet.

Mushroom, potato, green onion, cabbage, red pepper.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sweet onion, thin sliced beef and Jane’s Krazy Mixed Up Pepper. The noodles are thick and indeed chewier than most ramyun noodles I’ve had. The broth has a nice garlicky and beefy kind of thing going on – pretty good. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8801045522388.


Alternately, if you like cheese more than potatoes as well as a character that has a block of cheese on her head, you might like this cheese ramyun!

Here’s an ad for Ottogi Jin Ramen. Okay so if you follow my blog, you should know that I’m a die-hard San Francisco Giants fan. Well, this Ryu guy is now a pitcher for the LA Dodgers, the team we’ve had probably one of the most notable rivalries with in all of baseball history! Anyways, last time this guy pitched against us, we beat the dodgers 9-0! It was a really great game.

#1426: Ottogi Cheese Bokki

I thought I’d make one for my wife today. Kit loves cheese. I mean she really loves cheese! I don’t know anyone who gets happier when cheese is mentioned! I thought this would be a perfect one for her. Cheese noodles for a cheese lover. Let’s check it out!

Detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge). Looks like it has chicken brothh powder. To prepare, fill cup with boiling water and cover for 4 minutes. Drain using drainage holes on lid. Add cheese powder sachet and stir. Enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge). Note the four little stars on the right side – when you want to drain off the water, poke these thru with chopsticks.

The noodle block.

The cheese powder sachet.

Has a nice cheese scent.

Hey she likes it!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sauteed beef with garlic salt, Worcestershire sauce and Jane’s Krazy Mixed Up Pepper and a mix of shredded Colby and Jack cheese. The noodles came out well enough – standard nice thick ramyun gauge and a good chewiness. The cheese? Coats well and turns everything into a cheese flavored tangle. Good stuff! 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8801045570945.

An Ottogi Cheese Bokki TV spot. The also show other Ottogi bowls that drain through the lid in this one.