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#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.

#2380: Pulmuone Non-Fried Ramyun With Spicy Beef Broth

#2380: Pulmuone Non-Fried Ramyun With Spicy Beef Broth - South Korea - The Ramen Rater

So here’s something new I found at HMart. This is going to be battle for me, however you might wonder why. Well, much of the package is shiny gold colored. Unfortunately, shiny gold and silver packages are evil. I mean, not really, but really at the same time. Indeed they look nice, but they add a bit of an issue to my process. Indeed, scanning gold or silver foil packs presents a real problem. No matter what, there are wrinkles in the packaging, and ones I usually can use Photoshop to get rid of. However, these wrinkles when in a shiny foil wreak havoc with the scanner and the images come out extremely light and dark in spots. Anyway, just a little behind the scenes on what I do when putting out a post.

But back to the noodles. Pulmuone is kind of a health-minded company. Furthermore, I’m pretty sure all of their instant ramyun is non-fried. Initially, I remember talking to someone from their company mentioning that they have a big farm in South Korea where their vegetables come from. Moreover, they mentioned their founder many times and revered him. Finally, let’s have a look at this Pulmuone Non-Fried Spicy beef!

Pulmuone Non-Fried Ramyun With Spicy Beef Broth – South Korea

#2380: Pulmuone Non-Fried Ramyun With Spicy Beef Broth - South Korea - The Ramen Rater

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). I also include this image. The one above is a photo and the second is a scan with a lot of filtering going on. Contains beef (how I am unsure; importing Southeast Asian beef, chicken and pork is against USDA, however exporting US beef, processing it in SE Asia and re-importing it isn’t – a lot of work but a way to get beef in your products). To prepare, add package contents to 2 1/2 cups boiling water and cook for 5 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

#2380: Pulmuone Non-Fried Ramyun With Spicy Beef Broth - South Korea - The Ramen Rater

The noodle block.

#2380: Pulmuone Non-Fried Ramyun With Spicy Beef Broth - South Korea - The Ramen Rater

The soup base sachet.

#2380: Pulmuone Non-Fried Ramyun With Spicy Beef Broth - South Korea - The Ramen Rater

A liquid base.

#2380: Pulmuone Non-Fried Ramyun With Spicy Beef Broth - South Korea - The Ramen Rater

The vegetables sachet.

#2380: Pulmuone Non-Fried Ramyun With Spicy Beef Broth - South Korea - The Ramen Rater

A colorful mixture.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, beef, spring onion and egg. Starting with the noodles, they have a thicker and wider gauge than ramyun. Moreover, this is the ‘new style’ it seems that all of the South Korean companies are going with. However, the style works very well and has an excellent chew. The broth had its points. So it was spicy and had a kind of beefiness, but it seemed like it was missing a salty taste. Finally, the included vegetables are excellent – the mushroom in particular. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8801114132227.

#2380: Pulmuone Non-Fried Ramyun With Spicy Beef Broth - South Korea - The Ramen Rater

Pulmu one Non-Fried Ramyun Noodles with Spicy Beef Broth, 4.268 Ounce (Pack of 4)

A Pulmuone advertisement featuring (I believe) the winner of Master Chef Korea.

#2370: Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkeummyun Zzaldduck Snack

#2370: Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkeummyun Zzaldduck Snack - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - 짤떡

Part Of The Ramen Rater’s Definitive Guide To Samyang Foods’ Buldak Bokkeummyun

ZZALDDUCK SNACK / 짤떡 / Zzaldduck / Launch 2014.12

Well, today is my birthday and I’m up at 5am getting this post ready. Actually it’s 6am now – I’ve been getting all my ducks in a row (actually chickens har har) in order to post The Ramen Rater’s Definitive Guide To Samyang Foods’ Buldak Bokkeummyun. It’s a total of 9 posts including the guide itself that I’m putting up today. A lot of work, that’s for sure and I’m rushing to get it up.

This one is a snack variety. I would liken these to noodles – kind of like hollow tteokbokki in a way. Almost like a short and wider penne pasta. Let’s check out these crunchy little things!

Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkeummyun Zzaldduck Snack – South Korea

#2370: Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkeummyun Zzaldduck Snack - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - 짤떡

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, simply open the bag and eat. There’s no stirring – just enjoy!

#2370: Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkeummyun Zzaldduck Snack - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - 짤떡

A close up of the little pieces.

#2370: Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkeummyun Zzaldduck Snack - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - 짤떡

Miles has really liked these spicy bites!

#2370: Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkeummyun Zzaldduck Snack - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - 짤떡

Finished (click to enlarge). Okay so since these are a snack and no preparation is required, you just open the bag and dig in. The pieces are short and hollow. They have a nice crunch to them. Indeed, they do have a flavor reminiscent of buldak bokkeummyun – a very sweet initial taste then a bit of spiciness. For a snack, I’ll give these 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8801073310735.

#2370: Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkeummyun Zzaldduck Snack - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - 짤떡

Samyang Popeye 72g x 8

A YouTube video about Zzaldduck!

#2369: Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkeummyun Curry Flavor

#2440: Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkeummyun Curry Flavor - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - fire noodle challenge

Part Of The Ramen Rater’s Definitive Guide To Samyang Foods’ Buldak Bokkeummyun

HOT Chicken Flavor Ramen Curry / 커리불닭볶음면 / Curry Buldak Bokkueummyun   Launch 2016.12 / SHU 3,810

Here’s the newest variety from Samyang Foods’ Buldak Bokkeummyun line. Curry! I make no illusion to the fact that I absolutely think that curry is the finest thing in the universe. I freaking love curry. Here’s a little about Korean c urry from Wikipedia –

Though curry was introduced to Korea in the 1940s, the Indian dish was only popularized decades later, when Ottogi entered the Korean food industry by launching its powder-type curry product in 1969.[28][29] Korean curry, usually served with rice, is characterized by the golden yellow colour from turmeric.

Curry tteokbokki, along with curry rice, is one of the most popular curry dishes in Korea. It is made of tteok (rice cakes), eomuk (fish cakes), eggs, vegetables, and curry. Curry can be added to various Korean dishes such as bokkeumbap (fried rice), sundubujjigae (silken tofu stew), fried chicken, vegetable stir-fries, and salads. Curry is also in Korean-style western food such as pasta and steak, as well as Korean-style Japanese food such as cream udon.

Wow curry rice cake sounds really good – I’ve had Korean curry a couple of times – more like a stew. I find it fascinating  that there are so many curries are around the world. Indeed, this is a new one for me – I don’t think I’ve done a review of South Korean curry stir noodles. Let’s crack this pack open and give it a try!

Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkeummyun Curry Flavor – South Korea

#2440: Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkeummyun Curry Flavor - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - fire noodle challenge

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle and vegetable sachet to 600ml boiling water and cook for 5 minutes. Drain. Add in liquid sachet and 8 spoons water (approx 120ml) and stir fry for 30 seconds. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2440: Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkeummyun Curry Flavor - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - fire noodle challenge

The noodle block.

#2440: Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkeummyun Curry Flavor - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - fire noodle challenge

The liquid base sachet.

#2440: Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkeummyun Curry Flavor - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - fire noodle challenge

A thick sauce.

#2440: Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkeummyun Curry Flavor - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - fire noodle challenge

The vegetable or ‘flake’ sachet.

#2440: Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkeummyun Curry Flavor - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - fire noodle challenge

Fried potato, carrot and TVP (textured vegetable protein).

Finished (click to enlarge). Added coriander, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and chicken massaged with sesame chilli oil, gochujang, salt and pepper then baked at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 50 minutes. The noodles are super thick. Furthermore, they’re very chewy and hearty. The flavor coats the noodles very well. It is very spicy, however nowhere near as spicy as its predecessors, It’s got a sweet Korean curry kind of thing going on which is good. Finally, the bits of potato, carrot and TVP hydrated to perfection and were a nice touch. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8801073113404.

#2440: Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkeummyun Curry Flavor - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - fire noodle challenge

Samyang Hek Buldak Extra Spicy Roasted Chicken Ramen Nuclear Edition 10 Pack

Here’s some people trying the original Buldak Bokkeummyun.

#2368: Samyang Foods Cool/Ice Type Buldak Bokkeummyun

#2426: Samyang Foods Ice Type Buldak Bokkeummyun - South Korea - The Ramen Rater

Part Of The Ramen Rater’s Definitive Guide To Samyang Foods’ Buldak Bokkeummyun

HOT Chicken Flavor Ramen Cool/Ice Type / 쿨불닭볶음면 / Cool/Ice Buldak Bokkueummyun Launch 2016.8 / SHU 4,404

Today it’s the cold variety. Indeed, cold noodles with spicy sauce have long been around in South Korean ramyun varieties. However I’m guessing while cold in temperature, these will probably surpass most other in their hot flavor. This particular one is the export version, sent by a reader named Colin from Massachusetts. I noticed that the liquid sachet didn’t say ‘ice’ but ‘cool.’ Was this to be the original name? Well, I asked!

THE RAMEN RATER> Was the Ice variety originally going to be called Cool?

SAMYANG FOODS> Actually, our export product packages have some differences from those of domestic product. It’s for overseas customer to understand the products better. For example, export products have English subtitles whereas Korean products don’t have.
In Ice version case, Korean one is called “Cool Buldak Bokkeummyun” and overseas one is “HOT Chicken Flavor Ramen Ice”. The difference was made based on the cultural differences.
People accept COOL and ICE in different ways. Koreans naturally understand the meaning of COOL as cold, but they consider ICE as too cold so that they usually use COOL on foods,.
On the other hand, in Southeast Asia, people are not used to using COOL on foods. Therefore, we thought they would understand better when we use ICE type on our package.

I went to the store the other day searching for another one of these for a special presentation I’m doing – need 2 packs for that… But to no avail – perhaps because of the Summer popularity and it’s just ending Winter here? Luckily, my friends at Samyang Foods are sending another along by next week so I’ll be able to do the presentation. So let’s give this spicy chicken cold noodle a dry!

Samyang Foods Ice Type Buldak Bokkeummyun – South Korea

#2426: Samyang Foods Ice Type Buldak Bokkeummyun - South Korea - The Ramen Rater

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, boil noodles in 600ml water for 4 minutes. Then, drain and rinse thoroughly with cold water. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2426: Samyang Foods Ice Type Buldak Bokkeummyun - South Korea - The Ramen Rater

The noodle block.

#2426: Samyang Foods Ice Type Buldak Bokkeummyun - South Korea - The Ramen Rater

The liquid sachet. Note it says ‘Cool’ – perhaps it was originally going to be ‘Cool’ type but they went for Ice instead?

#2426: Samyang Foods Ice Type Buldak Bokkeummyun - South Korea - The Ramen Rater

The spicy sauce.

#2426: Samyang Foods Ice Type Buldak Bokkeummyun - South Korea - The Ramen Rater

The garnish sachet.

#2426: Samyang Foods Ice Type Buldak Bokkeummyun - South Korea - The Ramen Rater

Seaweed and sesame seeds.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, chicken massaged with gochujang, chilli oil, salt and pepper then baked, cucumber and fried shallot. The noodles have a nice and thick gauge and really are very nice chilled. The sauce is strong and spicy with a very nice sweetness to it. Definitely can see how it would be nice in the warmer months. The sesame seeds and seaweed add a nice little touch. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8801073113336.

#2426: Samyang Foods Ice Type Buldak Bokkeummyun - South Korea - The Ramen Rater

Buldak All-in-One Spicy Challenge Package for the Brave One/ 4 different levels/2PCs of each levels inclusive

A recipe to make the original Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkeummyun with milk, cheese and sausage. So many people make different recipes for instant noodles – pretty cool!