Category Archives: South Korea

#3283: O’taste Spicy Tteokbokki – South Korea

#3283: O'taste Spicy Tteokbokki - South Korea

Found this one up in Canada at Smart N Save as well. It turns out that this brand is actually related to Nongshim. It’s produced by Taekyung Nong San, which is part of the Nongshim company as can be seen on their logo. Interesting! This is a combo of tteokbokki and noodles. Let’s check it out!

O’taste Spicy Tteokbokki – South Korea

An import sticker (click to enlarge).

#3283: O'taste Spicy Tteokbokki - South Korea

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free from the sticker, however the sticker mentions items not present; may not correctly correlate to this products so check for yourself. To prepare with microwave, Add 80ml water to the line in the cup. Add noodles, veggies, and seasoning. Microwave for 3 and a half minutes. To prepare on the stove (how I’ll be doing it) Add 160ml water to a pot and boil. Add noodles and cook for a minute and a half. Add veggies and seasoning, stir in, and cook an additional minute and a half.

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

An included fork!

A pouch of noodles.

Tteokbokki.

A wet sachet of sauce (see it being implemented on the episode of Instant Noodle Recipe Time below).

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, soft egg, sesame seeds, and chili flake. Wow – this one is amazing. The noodle is a glass style and works well with the sauce and tteokbokki. Tteokbokki came out splendidly. The sauce is literally full impact yummy. I don’t eat many instant varieties except for mukbang, and I’m happy to say there are two more varieties of these bowls I have to review and they will both get mukbang-ified. The flavor is a sweet, spicy one with a thick luxuriant sauce. This is absolutely excellent and it was very hard not to go caveman on this and gobble it down. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8809061679000.

Otaste Roasted Misugaru Multi Grain Powder, 2 Pound

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#3281: Samlip Hi-Myon Spicy Katsuo Udon – South Korea

#3280: Samlip Hi-Myon Spicy Katsuo Udon - South Korea

Got this a little while back up in Richmond, BC at the HMart in Aberdeen Centre. This is the spicy counterpart to the non-spicy version I reviewed about 110 reviews ago. Let’s take a look.

Samlip Hi-Myon Spicy Katsuo Udon – South Korea

#3280: Samlip Hi-Myon Spicy Katsuo Udon - South Korea

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains fish and shrimp. To prepare, add udon and sachet contents to 350ml boiling water and cook 2 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

The udon pouch.

A dry sachet (see contents on the episode of Instant Noodle Recipe Time below).

A wet sachet.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, barbecued pork, chili flake, and tempura. The udon in this one is extra nice. It has a thick wide and slightly flat gauge. Broth compliments well with a sweetness and a spiciness that I thoroughly enjoyed. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8801068090321.

#3172: Samlip Hi-Myon Katsuo Udon - South Korea

Korean History in Maps: From Prehistory to the Twenty-First Century

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#3279: Palkin The knight of Fire ribs – South Korea

#3279: Palkin The Knight Of Fire Ribs - South Korea

Someone on social media alerted me to the existence of a new spicy variety on the market. This is The Knight Of Fire Ribs. I’ve reviewed The Knight Of Ribs (in fact, that was on the 2018 Top Ten Instant Noodles OF All Time list). This is a spicy version and we shall see exactly how spicy it is. Let’s give it a try!

Palkin The Knight Of Fire Ribs – South Korea

#3279: Palkin The Knight Of Fire Ribs - South Korea

Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, boil noodles in 550ml water for 4 minutes. Drain, saving 5 spoons water (5 * 15ml = 75ml). Add in sachet and reserved water and return to boil on low heat for 10 seconds. Finally, stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

A large retort pouch. See it in use on the Instant Noodle Recipe Time episode below.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion. Noodles are thick with a nice chew to them. The sauce from the retort pouch contains pork and potato and a lot of flavor. It doesn’t smell spicy to me, but once I took a bute it seemed like a bit of a dirty trick! This stuff is spicy – I think maybe habanero spicy going on. A very respectable heat, however I think the regular knight is much, much better; I just found myself wanting that flavor instead of the spicy infused one. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8809402741410.

Maangchi’s Real Korean Cooking: Authentic Dishes for the Home Cook

 

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#3276: Nongshim Neoguri Seafood & Spicy Ramyun – South Korea

#3276: Nongshim Neoguri Seafood & Spicy Ramyun - South Korea

So you might be wondering – you haven’t reviewed this popular South Korean variety before? Well, yes and no. I’ve had it quite a few times – South Korean versions as well as ones manufactured in the United States. However this particular version is made for Europe and Oceania, so a different export version. I try to hit every version of everything- especially ones people have lots of access to. This one is generally a nice spicy seafood soup – let’s check it out.

Nongshim Neoguri Seafood & Spicy Ramyun – South Korea

#3276: Nongshim Neoguri Seafood & Spicy Ramyun - South Korea

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains fish and crustaceans. To prepare, add everything to 550ml boiling water and cook for 5 minutes. Note the instructions mention dried kelp, which was not present. Finally, stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

A dry base sachet (watch this being used on the episode of Instant Noodle Recipe Time below).

A sachet of flake.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, shrimp, carved squid, Busan fishcake, egg yolk, sesame seeds, and pepper flake. The noodles are just about the thickest ramyun I’ve found and work just perfectly with a broth. Strong seafood flavor and great heat and hallmarks of this variety. Lots of seaweed and bits of vegetable galore. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 031146150304.

Korean Hit Nongshim Noodles Ramen Variety 10 pack (Shin,Shin Black,Neoguri Udon,Kimchi Ramyun,Soon Veggie 2each) + (4) Mixx Snack Boxx Chopstick

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#3271: Samyang Foods Tsuyu Udon Big Bowl – South Korea

#3271: Samyang Foods Tsuyu Udon Big Bowl - South Korea

I’m sure there are some folks out there figuring this is going to violently spicy. Well, that’s just not the case. Not everything that Samyang Foods makes has an angry little chicken on it! Let’s see what we have inside this big bowl!

Samyang Foods Tsuyu Udon Big Bowl – South Korea

A distributor/import sticker (click to enlarge).

#3271: Samyang Foods Tsuyu Udon Big Bowl - South Korea

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains seafood. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and cover for 4 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3271: Samyang Foods Tsuyu Udon Big Bowl - South Korea

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

A wet soup base sachet. To see the sachets in action, watch Instant Noodle Recipe Time video below.

Dry garnish in this one.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added egg, spring onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, pork, and chili flake. Noodle is thick and chewy but more along the lines of their standard ramen. However, the broth is where the udon taste comes in a little more I suppose. It’s tasty and has a hint of spiciness. Myriad green onion and sesame seeds. Enjoyable. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8801073211452.

Samyang Ramen Best Korean Noodles (Tsuyu Udon, 4 Pack)

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More Paldo Samples: More Mr. Kimchi & Japanese Version Teumsae

So the last box from Paldo had some interesting stuff inside and this one is no different. Have a look!

More Paldo Samples: More Mr. Kimchi & Japanese Version Teumsae – South Korea

#3266: Samyang Foods Hot Chicken Flavor Sausage – South Korea

#3266: Samyang Foods Hot Chicken Flavor Sausage - South Korea

No, this is NOT noodles. But it’s a tie in that’s for sure. These are little surimi (fish) sausages to enjoy as a snack, flavored like Buldak Bokkeummyun. I’ve seen these all over recently in different ways – some packs call them ‘Kid’s Bong’ and they come in a variety of flavors. These sounded interesting! Couldn’t resist. Let’s take a look!

Samyang Foods Hot Chicken Flavor Sausage – South Korea

#3266: Samyang Foods Hot Chicken Flavor Sausage - South Korea

Here’s the wrapper (click to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, open by pulling tab, extend sausage. Finally, eat sausage.

The package contains three of them. Note the little red tab.

Finished. I rally didn’t know what to expect with these little sausage things. What I found was they were pretty good – a little chew and a nice seafood and spicy hit from that definitive Buldak Bokkeummyun flavor. Spicy level, not through the roof, but definitely there. For a snack, I’d give these 4 out of 5 stars. EAN bar code 8801073940079.

Samyang Ramen, 4.23-Ounce Units (Pack of 20)

Ultra Spicy Samples From Paldo Of South Korea

Here’s one I’ve been wanting to get a hold of for a long time! These samples include the 9,413SHU Teumsae.

Ultra Spicy Samples From Paldo – South Korea

#3257: Samyang Foods Buldak Hot Chicken Flavor Topokki – South Korea

#3257: Samyang Foods Buldak Hot Chicken Flavor Topokki - South Korea

Okay, alright. It’s another Buldak spicy thing and this time its not topokki and ramen, it’s just topokki. What’s exciting about this is that this is the export version. I’m usually not happy about getting export versions; I want the local versions; te ones that people in their respective countries find at the store. But what’s cool is that this is now available in the United States – and I’ve seen it here recently. This is original Buldak Bokkeummyun flavor – there’s also a Carbo version as well. For those of you who are asking ‘what’s a topokki?!’ here’s a little info from Wikipedia –

Tteok-bokki (떡볶이) or stir-fried rice cakes is a popular Korean food made from small-sized garae-tteok (long, white, cylinder-shaped rice cakes) called tteokmyeon (떡면; “rice cake noodles”) or commonly tteok-bokki-tteok(떡볶이 떡; “tteok-bokki rice cakes”).[1][2] Fish cakes, boiled eggs, and scallions are some of the most commonly added ingredients. It can be seasoned with either spicy gochujang (chili paste) or non-spicy ganjang (soy sauce)-based sauce; the former being the most typical form,[3], while the latter is less common and sometimes called gungjung-tteok-bokki (royal court tteok-bokki). Today, variations also include curry-tteok-bokki, cream sauce-tteok-bokki, jajang-tteok-bokki, seafood-tteok-bokki, galbi-tteok-bokki and so on. Tteok-bokki is commonly purchased and eaten at bunsikjip (snack bars) as well as pojangmacha (street stalls). There are also dedicated restaurants for tteok-bokki, where it is referred to as jeugseog tteok-bokki (impromptu tteok-bokki).

Ingredients such as seafoodshort ribsinstant noodleschewy noodles are also added to the dish.

Haemul-tteok-bokki, (해물떡볶이; “seafood tteok-bokki”) uses seafood as a sub ingredient.

Galbi-tteok-bokki (갈비떡볶이; “short ribs tteok-bokki”) is a tteok-bokki uses short ribs as an ingredient.

Ra-bokki (라볶이; “instant noodles tteok-bokki”) and jjol-bokki (쫄볶이; “chewy noodles tteok-bokki”), are quite similar. They both add noodles to tteok-bokki. ra-bokki and jjol-bokki differs from the kind of noodles added to tteok-bokki. ra-bokki adds ramyeon noodle, and jjol-bokki adds chewy noodles which are used to make jjol-myeon.

Alright – let’s cook it up and I’ll do my best to lay waste to it.

Samyang Foods Buldak Hot Chicken Flavor Topokki – South Korea

#3257: Samyang Foods Buldak Hot Chicken Flavor Topokki - South Korea

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add topokki and sauce to the bowl. Add water to fill line (note it’s much lower than on most noole cups. Microwave at 1000W for 2 minutes and 30 seconds with the lid on.  Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3257: Samyang Foods Buldak Hot Chicken Flavor Topokki - South Korea

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3257: Samyang Foods Buldak Hot Chicken Flavor Topokki - South Korea

An included spork!

#3257: Samyang Foods Buldak Hot Chicken Flavor Topokki - South Korea

The sextet of tines here are daunting! Check this out for a full list of forks – it’s really quite fascinating!

#3257: Samyang Foods Buldak Hot Chicken Flavor Topokki - South Korea

The pouch of topokki.

#3257: Samyang Foods Buldak Hot Chicken Flavor Topokki - South Korea

A wet sachet containing the spicy sauce.

Finished (click to enlarge). Chewy topokki is of good quality and plentiful. The sauce is sweet and very spicy. It’s tasty as well as hot – the heat level reminds me of the topokki buldak ramen they produce. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8801073910270.

#3257: Samyang Foods Buldak Hot Chicken Flavor Topokki - South Korea

Buldak Tteokbokki Korean Rice Cake Instant Korean Snack Tteok Tteokbokki Rice Cake (spicy, 1)

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#3248: Samyang Foods Tsuyu Soy Sauce Udon – South Korea

#3248: Samyang Foods Tsuyu Soy Sauce Udon - South Korea

So mornings can suck sometimes. Waking up 2 hours late for example. With that, I better get a move on!

Samyang Foods Tsuyu Soy Sauce Udon – South Korea

#3248: Samyang Foods Tsuyu Soy Sauce Udon - South Korea

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat – check for yourself. To prepare, boil noodles in 550ml water for 5 minutes. Add in sachets. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3248: Samyang Foods Tsuyu Soy Sauce Udon - South Korea

A large noodle block.

#3248: Samyang Foods Tsuyu Soy Sauce Udon - South Korea

A wet sachet (no open pics today – just no time – watch the video for more)

#3248: Samyang Foods Tsuyu Soy Sauce Udon - South Korea

A dry flake sachet.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added habanero togarashi, bbq pork, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, and spring onion, Noodles came out very tasty and chewy. They really complimented the broth which had a rich flavor of soy and sweet with just a tiny amount of spicy. The included garnish was on point. Very happy with this. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8801073113916.

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#3237: Samyang Cheese Ramen – South Korea

#3237: Samyang Cheese Ramen - South Korea

I’ve mentioned a few times recently how much I’ve really been into Samyang Ramen in the last year or so. It’s really quite good – has a ham flavor, nice level of spiciness. It’s just got a good all around comfort food thing going on. Well, here’s the same thing – but now it’s got a cheese component. I’ll admit it – I like cheese. There. That feels better. Load off my mind. I usually add cheese to South Korean ramen, so let’s see how this one with a cheese component included goes.

Samyang Cheese Ramen – South Korea

#3237: Samyang Cheese Ramen - South Korea

Detail of the package (click to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, add noodles to 500ml boiling water and cook for 4 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3237: Samyang Cheese Ramen - South Korea

The noodle block.

#3237: Samyang Cheese Ramen - South Korea

A dry sachet.

#3237: Samyang Cheese Ramen - South Korea

A lot of powder. Notice the little light specks in there.

#3237: Samyang Cheese Ramen - South Korea

Another dry sachet.

#3237: Samyang Cheese Ramen - South Korea

A light cheese powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, uncured ham, and pepper flake. The noodles are thick and have a typical Samyang tooth to them which I thoroughly enjoy. They’re meaty. The broth was not as I expected initially but is quite good. A standard spicy Korean style ramen hit to it – and being Samyang Ramen it’s got a ham flavor. But the cheese is a combo of cheddar, camembert and goude, so it has a smoky element which although unexpected was quite welcoming. Small fishcake were strewn about. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8801073114111.

#3237: Samyang Cheese Ramen - South Korea

Samyang Ramen, 4.23-Ounce Units (Pack of 20)

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#3221: Samyang Foods Buldak Topokki Hot Chicken Flavor Ramen – South Korea

#3221: Samyang Foods Buldak Topokki Hot Chicken Flavor Ramen - South Korea

Spicy stuff! So this one is the latest of the standard pillow pack varieties of the ‘fire noodle’ series. For those of you who don’t know what topokki is, here’s a little something from Wikipedia –

Tteok-bokki (떡볶이) or stir-fried rice cakes is a popular Korean food made from small-sized garae-tteok (long, white, cylinder-shaped rice cakes) called tteokmyeon (떡면; “rice cake noodles”) or commonly tteok-bokki-tteok(떡볶이 떡; “tteok-bokki rice cakes”).[1][2] Fish cakes, boiled eggs, and scallions are some of the most commonly added ingredients. It can be seasoned with either spicy gochujang (chili paste) or non-spicy ganjang (soy sauce)-based sauce; the former being the prototype,[3] and the latter often called gungjung-tteok-bokki (royal court tteok-bokki). Today, variations also include currytteok-bokkicream saucetteok-bokkijajang-tteok-bokkiseafoodtteok-bokkigalbi-tteok-bokki and so on. Tteok-bokki is commonly purchased and eaten at bunsikjip (snack bars) as well as pojangmacha (street stalls).

Ingredients such as seafoodshort ribsinstant noodleschewy noodles are also added to the dish.

Haemultteok-bokki, (해물떡볶이; “seafood tteok-bokki“) uses seafood as a sub ingredient.

Galbi-tteok-bokki (갈비떡볶이; “short ribs tteok-bokki“) is a tteok-bokki uses short ribs as an ingredient.

Ra-bokki (라볶이; “instant noodles tteok-bokki“) and jjol-bokki (쫄볶이; “chewy noodles tteok-bokki“), are quite similar. They both add noodles to tteok-bokki. ra-bokki and jjol-bokki differs from the kind of noodles added to tteok-bokki. ra-bokki adds ramyeon noodle, and jjol-bokki adds chewy noodles which are used to make jjol-myeon.

I would say that topokki is one of the tastiest things I’ve had – whether a spicy one or cream cheese topokki – oh man that’s good too. Anyways, let’s check out this newest variety!

Samyang Foods Buldak Topokki Hot Chicken Flavor Ramen – South Korea

#3221: Samyang Foods Buldak Topokki Hot Chicken Flavor Ramen - South Korea

Here’s the package (click to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, boil noodles and vegetables in 600ml water for 5 minutes. Drain, saving 8 spoons water (8x15ml=120ml) and add in sauce. Stir fry for 30 seconds. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3221: Samyang Foods Buldak Topokki Hot Chicken Flavor Ramen - South Korea

The noodle block.

#3221: Samyang Foods Buldak Topokki Hot Chicken Flavor Ramen - South Korea

A wet sachet.

#3221: Samyang Foods Buldak Topokki Hot Chicken Flavor Ramen - South Korea

Smells spicy!

#3221: Samyang Foods Buldak Topokki Hot Chicken Flavor Ramen - South Korea

A dry sachet.

#3221: Samyang Foods Buldak Topokki Hot Chicken Flavor Ramen - South Korea

Vegetables and fishcake!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, kamaboko, baked chicken with NuTek Salt For Life, spring onion, and soft egg. The noodles are just superb – thick and chewy. Sauce coats everything really well and heat is strong. A great balance of heat and flavor and the little fishcake pieces are a nice bonus. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8801073114159.

#3221: Samyang Foods Buldak Topokki Hot Chicken Flavor Ramen - South Korea

Buldak Tteokbokki Korean Rice Cake Instant Korean Snack Tteok Tteokbokki Rice Cake (spicy, 1)

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