It’s been a long time since I’ve reviewed Nongshim Shin Black – and it’s gotten a packaging facelift. This is made here in the USA in Rancho Cucamonga, California! This is the ‘flagship’ of their new line of ‘Black Class Noodle Soup’ varieties. This one’s got neww clothes – but is it still the same underneath? Let’s have a look at this dressed up pack of Nongshim Shin Black noodles!
Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Contains beef. To prepare, boil 550ml water and add contents of package. Cook 4-5 minutes (I’ll be doing 4.5 minutes), stirring occasionally. Enjoy!
The noodle block.
The spicy soup base sachet.
Has a spicy scent.
A sul-long-tang soup base sachet.
Has a very nice garlic and beef scent.
The vegetables sachet/.
A nice mix!
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added beef, egg, spring onion and mung bean sprouts. The noodles are thick and chewy as ramyun always should be. There'[s a lot of them and they are very good. The broth is a strong beef and garlic affair with a good hit of spiciness to it. What I really liked are the vegetables – mushrooms are present as well as a ton of sliced garlic – which hydrates to a crisp fresh pinnacle of yumminess. A great bowl of ramyun! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 031146013524.
Here we go with the last of the Shin Ramyun varieties I’ll be doing for Nongshim Meet The Manufacturer week. Shin Ramyun Black!
Back of the packaging (click image to enlarge).
The noodle block – ready for anything!
The red packet – what inside this?
Lots of red spicy seasoning of course!
This packet (front and back shown) has the oxtail soup broth – nummy stuff! Lots of onion flavor as well.
Had a little taste – oh yeah this stuff’s good!
Here’s the vegetable and beef packet. This one’s a little larger.
Notice the freeze dried beef – this is actually quite good.
Thought I’d mention that my review – the one with the Top Ten List – is featured on the Shin Ramyun black slide on Nongshim America’s website! Pretty cool! Glad they liked the review! Click image to enlarge.
Finished (click image to enlarge). I added an egg, some onions, some of my local veggie mix, some Fresno peppers, a slice of processed cheese with a little Tabasco Buffalo Style hot sauce, some Ajishima Furikake and some beef lunch meat. As I mentioned above, this one’s on the Top Ten List. It’s number seven – and out of over 650 reviews (when I did the list), that’s quite a high score! The Shin Ramyun Black is great stuff – the broth has such a nice flavor, there’s a ton of noodles that are really good as well as the veggies and beef – of course you can see I like adding some extras to it as well after I taste it. Wonderful stuff. 4.75 out of 5.0 stars!!! UPC bar code 031146013524.
Here’s the Shin Ramyun Black commercial.
A couple talking about their ramyeon with subtitles – kinda funny.
So this guy named Dave P. posted a YouTube video on the Ramen Rater Facebook page showing some people in Korea making a bowl of Shin Ramyun a little different that I’ve made it in the past. I thought I’d try to get the ingredients and give it a try. Here’s the video:
Anyways, I had a pack of Shin Ramyun Black I got at Uwajimaya in Seattle and though ‘hey, let’s give it a try!’ Here we go.
Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). This was from the original review.
First, the noodle block. Round! Fits great in the pot! Very thick too – lots of nice Nong Shim noodles!
The three magic packets: the big green one has veggies and nice little beef bits. The red is the spicy soup base and the bottom one is the very nice smelling pack! Very onionny.
Again from the original review. Green pack top, red lower left and gold packet lower right.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find the odeng. I went with the fact that this is Shin Ramyun Black had the extra word ‘Black’ in it and considered that a replacement ingredient. Really wish I would’ve found it [email protected] Next time. Here’s the might frothed egg.
Finally, the slice of processed cheese. This is a slice of Kraft Singles American Pasteurized Cheese. I wonder if the cheese in Korea was Korean cheese? Interested to know.
Finished (click image to enlarge). This was really good – as for the noodles, here’s what I posted in the original review:
The noodles are of a good quality. They are chewy but not overly so. There is also a happy aundance of noodles, making for a decent sized meal. The broth is fine – nice spiciness that you would expect from Shin Ramyun but it has an added depth and richness. I taste a lot of onion, garlic and meaty tones. As for the veggies and beef, I think that’s where this bowl shines. The beef is excellent – like little pieces of steak amongst the noodles – chewy and they taste fresh and good. The vegetables re-hydrate very nicely – and they aren’t tiny little bits! They’re of a decent size and of good quality. Long story short, I would happily say that this is one of the better South Korean instant noodles I’ve tried, possibly ranking up in the top two or three. I will say I like it better than the original Nong Shim Shin Ramyun as well. I’m giving this one 4.75 out of 5.0 stars. Why not 5.0 stars? Well, I would have liked a little more of the beef!
Adding the extra ingredients and using the EatYourKimchi.com recipe, I’d jump it up to 5.0 out of 5.0 stars – the egg was nice but the bok choy and surprisingly the cheese really round things out and make it even better! The cheese makes the broth a little heartier. The UPC barcode is 031146013524 and you can get it here. Thanks for the post to Simon and Marina at EatYourKimchi.com! Very good stuff!
The Gaming Edition of Wonderful Adventure Now Korea (WANK)
Then it totally started dumping snow as soon as I finished the noodles!