Part of The Ramen Rater’s Definitive Guide To Samyang Foods’ Buldak Bokkeummyun Series
HOT Chicken Flavor Ramen / 불닭볶음면 / Buldak Bokkueummyun
Launch 2012.4.16 / SHU 4,404
This one came by way of eBay seller 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. This is the variety that set off the Fire Noodle Challenge. In reality, Buldak Bokkeummyun is spicy fried chicken flavor. In South Korea as well as many places in Asia, fried chicken is extremely popular. Korean fried chicken is great; double coated and comes in violently spicy, regular and honey garlic to name a few.
To be honest, South Korean bar food is amazing. Tteokbokki are fat tubes of chew ricecake often served with a spicy sweet sauce, egg, Busan fishcake and kamaboko. That’s one of our favorites. We used to go to a great place nearby which had such things on the menu, but unfortunately they switched owners and it went to crap. I hope someday I’ll get to visit South Korea – everything I’ve heard about the place is wonderful – and get to sample some of the foods there, especially pojangmacha – street vendor fare.
But back to the noodles. These have cause many a man to weep and have a tantrum over their mouths being on fire. ! There’s a new limited edition 2x spicy now, and I do have it! I wanted to review this one again though in it’s new packaging. Let’s make Buldak Bokkeummyun!
Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkeummyun (New Packaging) – South Korea
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 a pot of boiling water and cook for 5 minutes. Drain, saving 120ml water. Add in liquid sachet. Return to heat and stirfry for 30 seconds. Sprinkle garnish. Finally, stir and enjoy!
The noodle block.
The liquid sachet.
A fiery liquid!
A garnish sachet.
Sesame seeds and seaweed.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles are fat and plump with a great chew. The flavor is extreme. It’s hot and super spicy. Moreover, the heat lingers on for a long time. Still, it does have flavor to it – if you peel back the layers of tongue that are burned off, it’s pretty tasty actually! A kind of sweet and salty hit at the beginning I like a lot. But yeah – if you’re not up for any kind of spicy or think Tabasco sauce is hot stuff, this isn’t for you. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8801073110502.
A Samyang Foods video featuring Hochi and other characters from their products.