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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.

#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!

#2367: Samyang Foods 2x Spicy Haek Buldak Bokkeummyun

#2425: Samyang Foods Haek Buldak Bokkeummyun - South Korea - 2x spicy - hot fried chicken

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

2X Spicy HOT Chicken Flavor Ramen / 핵불닭볶음면 / Hack/Haek Buldak Bokkueummyun / Launch 2016.1 / SHU 8,808

Alright. Today’s the day. I heard about the double spicy Buldak Bokkeummyun a couple of months ago. After hoping to simply find it at the store with no luck, I received a few of these packs – first, I got one from Anders from South Korea which is a reader who’s sent varieties in the past – thank you! Since I wanted to try these as soon as possible, I (for the first time) ordered some from an eBay seller called 1theKorea – they’ve got all sorts of neat South Korean varieties, and lots of the spicy ones that aren’t the easiest to find or are unavailable in the USA. I also got a ton of varieties from Samyang Foods – including the bowl versions of this one and the Stew as well as a couple snack variants.

The original version is hot. Extremely hot. It’s in third place on my annual Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time for the past 2 or 3 years now. If this is truly as hot as it purports to be, it’ll be number one. I’ve been told about it’s voracious heat and seen videos of people who have tried it. I’m proud to say I’ll be joined by my son Andy – he’s eleven years old and has agreed to try a decent bite of the stuff. I’ll do a video of this event that you can see at the bottom. Indeed, the hour is nigh and we now try Haek Buldak Bokkeummyun.

Samyang Foods Haek Buldak Bokkeummyun – South Korea

#2425: Samyang Foods Haek Buldak Bokkeummyun - South Korea - 2x spicy - hot fried chicken

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, Cook the noodles in 600ml boiling water for 5 minutes. Drain, saving a 120ml of the liquid. Add in liquid sachet and return to the stove and stir. Let sizzle for 30 second. Add garnish. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2425: Samyang Foods Haek Buldak Bokkeummyun - South Korea - 2x spicy - hot fried chicken

The noodle block.

#2425: Samyang Foods Haek Buldak Bokkeummyun - South Korea - 2x spicy - hot fried chicken

The liquid base sachet.

#2425: Samyang Foods Haek Buldak Bokkeummyun - South Korea - 2x spicy - hot fried chicken

The fire! So when I opened the sachet and poured the liquid into this little soju cup, I got a little on my fingers. Tasting it was a look at things to come. My lips burnt for about a half an hour! Indeed, I ran to wash my hands! Can’t have that kind of fire on my fingers – rubbing an eye is one thing, but we have a 2 month old and an 18 month old here – not looking for more meltdowns!

#2425: Samyang Foods Haek Buldak Bokkeummyun - South Korea - 2x spicy - hot fried chicken

The garnish sachet.

#2425: Samyang Foods Haek Buldak Bokkeummyun - South Korea - 2x spicy - hot fried chicken

The garnish appears to consist of sesame seeds and bits of seaweed.

Finished (click to enlarge). Alright so here we go. The noodles are just awesome – thick and chewy – super thick ramyun with a nice mouthfeel. Now, the flavor speaking of the feeling in my mouth… FIRE! I mean really this is seriously painful stuff. It is not something to give a person who can’t handle heat (although I was quite impressed my 11 year old Andy was able to cope with it although it took a few tortilla chips and 3 peanut butter cups to put out the fire).  My take one the experience is that anyone could eat as much of it as they wanted; as long as they don’t stop. You are greeted warmly  (no pun intended) by a nice sweet kind of flavor at the outset. If you continue to scarf down the noodles, it continues this way. Until you stop. Once you stop, the fire begins. The heat builds to a crescendo I can only liken to putting one’s tongue on a hot stove. Truly this is the hottest I’ve had yet. Haek Buldak Bokkeummyun, you win! 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8801073113435.

#2425: Samyang Foods Haek Buldak Bokkeummyun - South Korea - 2x spicy - hot fried chicken

Samyang Hek Buldak Extra Spicy Roasted Chicken Ramen Nuclear Edition 5 Pack

My son Andy and I try the 2x Spicy HaekBuldak Bokkeummyun!

#2366: Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkeummyun Snack Noodle

#2424: Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkeummyun Snack Noodle - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - Instant Noodles

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

Hot Chicken Ramen Snack / 부셔먹는 라면스낵불닭 / Busyeomeongneun Ramyeonseunaek
Buldak / Launch 2016.6

I’ve reviewed a lot of snack noodles in my day and still delight in the comments I get about them. I get people telling me about smashing domestic US varieties, sprinkling the seasoning on them and eating them raw; kind of like they’ve uncovered something fascinating, new and innovative. Unfortunately – I have to break it to y’all, but this isn’t anything new. Moreover, varieties designed and sold in South Korea to be smashed and sprinkled and enjoyed have been around for a long time.

Snack noodles come in all shapes and sizes – pulverized pre-seasoned noodles that are formed into crunchy little short cylindrical thing are popular. Samyang makes one called Star Popeye, which are crunchy bits of ramyun noodles along with little star shaped bits of sugary rock candy. There’s even a company that puts instant noodles into chocolate!  I’ve even come out with a Top Ten List just for snack noodles. Today, it’s a spicy snack noodle – I mean check that that angry chicken and tell me it’s going to taste like candy. Moreover, not only can this one can be smashed and sprinkled then shaken but it can also be cooked. Let’s check it out!

Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkeummyun Curry Snack Noodle – South Korea

#2424: Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkeummyun Snack Noodle - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - Instant Noodles

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, break up instant noodle block by squishing bag. Carefully open and add in contents of sachet. Close bag and shake. Alternate cooking method: add noodle block to 150ml boiling water in a saucepan and stir until water is mostly absorbed and noodles are cooked. Add in sachet. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2424: Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkeummyun Snack Noodle - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - Instant Noodles

The noodle block.

#2424: Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkeummyun Snack Noodle - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - Instant Noodles

The dry base sachet.

#2424: Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkeummyun Snack Noodle - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - Instant Noodles

Has a kind of curry scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). The snack version. Added salt and pepper cashews. I usually will review an instant noodle one way or the other as mentioned on the package, but this one I thought deserved both ways, so here’s the snack version first. The noodles are crunchy and thin – you’re probably not going to break your teeth on them which is definitely a good thing! The flavor is awesome – a sweet and spicy kind of curry hit to it. A very addictive bowl here – can’t leave it alone! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Finished (click to enlarge). The cooked version. Added fried egg, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, fried chicken, chilli oil and chilli powder. The noodles are nice – definitely Korean but much thinner – and they were really great! Like a sweet and spicy curry . I could eat this for days! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 88012073340060.

#2424: Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkeummyun Snack Noodle - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - Instant Noodles

Hot Chicken Ramen Snacks 3.17 Oz (90g)x3

A video from Samyang Foods about spicy stuff!