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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.


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!

#2270: Samyang Foods Fresh Bibimmyun Fried Noodle

The first time I tried bibimmyun a long time ago I really didn’t get it. Spicy, sweet, and worst of all, it was cold. Yep – when I first started reviewing, the thought of cold noodles made me cringe. I found this one recently at HMart and honestly have been holding back on it since I just reviewed a bibimmyun a couple weeks ago – but no more. It’s getting colder outside – rainy too. Bibimmyun is really a dish for the hot summer months when something cool and refreshing really hits the spot. Well, maybe there will be a sun break today even though the forecast is for 10 days straight of rain… Let’s check this one out!

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 vegetable sachet contents to 600ml boiling water and cook for 4 minutes. Drain and rinse well with cold water. Add in contents of liquid sachet. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The liquid sachet.

Has a sweet and spicy scent.

The vegetables sachet.

Lots of stuff in there!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, hard boiled egg and red pepper strands. The noodles really got thick and were of good quality here. The sauce was good – very standard kind of bibimmyun flavor most brands have. The vegetables hydrated well but were kind of unremarkable. Nonetheless, a nice plate of bibimmyun. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8801073113251.

Samyang BIBIM MEN Oriental Style Noodle Spicy Cold Ramen 5-pack (Mi Kho Dai Han)

Samyang Foods makes the famous Fire Noodle Challenge noodle – here’s a recent video from them.

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.