#1111: Golden Wheat Korean Style Stew Beef Cooking Noodle

Another one we got on our trip to Canada – thank you to my beautiful wife Kit! So I recently got this comment on my Top Ten Strangest & Weirdest list:

funny, some of them are even NOT instant noodle.

i guess there is no authority in this rating

Snarky eh? With all the uproar recently from Taiwan, I’ve gotten quite a few nasty comments – most noteworthy ones trying to discredit my ability to make instant noodles… Geez! Sore losers on the Top Ten, sore at being on the Bottom Ten… As for all of the noodles on that Weird and gross list,, they’re kind of right actually, although truly splitting hairs. You see, there are some instant noodles that require nothing but hot water – you put them in a bowl, add hot water, cover and wait a few minutes and presto – instant noodles. This is what makes them ‘instant.’ Others however must be boiled in a pot on the stove. Many people in the world refer to these as ‘cooking noodles’ as on the front of this pack. To be honest though, most instant noodles can be done both ways (often you’ll see cooking instructions as well as instant instructions). To me, this is splitting hairs and really a kind of silly comment. I mean, you have to have heated water either way, and that’s not really hard to do. Cooking noodles in a pot is barely cooking anyways… So for anyone who’s wondering, if it’s got noodles and a seasoning packet and comes in a small container and cooks in an extremely short amount of time (between 3 and 7 minutes or so), I’m calling ’em instant noodles. But I digress – let’s check out these ‘cooking noodles!’

Here’s the back of the packaging (click image to enlarge). Looks like there’s no meat in this one.

I think this brand puts out the absolutely largest single blocks of noodles I’ve ever seen.

Looks like Golden Wheat may be a re-branded JML.

A light powder.

Paste packet.

Has a meaty aroma.

The veggies packet.

Nice little variety and a decent amount.


Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sauteed beef and Vidalia onions and some green onion. The noodles looks like big Korean ramyun noodles, but they’re a little smaller in the end and have a much less chewy texture. The broth has a faint spiciness and more of a Chinese ‘braised beef’ flavor. It’s hearty and slightly sweet and a little oily  – it’s really nothing like a Korean ramyun. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 6921555584484.

A quick overview of the different varieties of Asian noodles. By the way – I think their idea of making their own broth is great and all but I’ll never do it – viva la seasoning packet! By the way – Tim Lincecum pitched a no-hitter yesterday to the Padres! Check it out here – GIANTS!!!

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