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#2511: Samyang Foods Samyang Ramen Classic Edition

#2511: Samyang Foods Samyang Ramen Classic Edition - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle ramyun

Here’s a bowl version clad in the trapping of olde. Samyang Ramen was the very first instant ramyun to come out in South Korea – in 1963. Here’s a little about it from Wikipedia –

Samyang Foods Co., Ltd KRX: 003230 is a South Korean food manufacturer. The company was established on September 15, 1961 in South Korea. Its products are sold around the world.

Wow – that was brief. The article mentions products they make and that’s that. Luckily, I was a little more in-depth when I interviewed Samyang Foods a while back –

THE RAMEN RATER> Hello and thank you for giving us the opportunity to learn more about Samyang Foods! To begin, can you tell us about your company – when was Samyang Foods founded, where and by whom?

SAMYANG FOODS> SamyangFoods was founded by Joong-Yoon Chun on September of 1961. Samyangfoods started to produce ramyun in 1963. In the 1960s, after the Korean war had been over, Koreans were barely able to get food to eat. In this poor and hungry period, SamyangFoods’ original CEO, Joong-Yoon Chun, was shocked to see almost every Korean suffering from lack of food. Then, he decided to quit his CEO job at an insurance company at that time and develop substitutional foods by founding food company. He recalled he had a chance to eat ramen when he visited Japan. He had a thought: Ramen could be the only way to solve the biggest problem which was a shortage of foods. Indeed, he had hard time borrowing 50 thousand dollars but finally he could be successful in making ‘SamyangRamyun.’

Okay that’s a little better. So yeah – let’s check out this old school version of a really good ramyun!

Samyang Foods Samyang Ramen Classic Edition – South Korea

#2511: Samyang Foods Samyang Ramen Classic Edition - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle ramyun

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat or not. To prepare, add in sachet contents and boiling water to fill line. Cover for 4 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2511: Samyang Foods Samyang Ramen Classic Edition - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle ramyun

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2511: Samyang Foods Samyang Ramen Classic Edition - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle ramyun

The noodle block.

#2511: Samyang Foods Samyang Ramen Classic Edition - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle ramyun

Loose bits from the cup.

#2511: Samyang Foods Samyang Ramen Classic Edition - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle ramyun

The soup base sachet.

#2511: Samyang Foods Samyang Ramen Classic Edition - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle ramyun

A lot of powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion and beef. The noodles came out perfect – thick ramyun. The broth is really nice – not spicy, but a really tasty flavor with a little tanginess to it. Supplied garnish from the bowl hydrated well. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8801073211001.

#2511: Samyang Foods Samyang Ramen Classic Edition - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle ramyun

Hek Buldak Extra Spicy Roasted Chicken Ramen Nuclear Edition 5 Pack

Another variety they make is the infamous fire noodle! Here’s my video on the entire series.

Meet The Manufacturer: #1963: Kabuto Rice Noodles Vegetable Laksa

Today, we bid a fond farewell to the Kabuto Noodles Meet The Manufacturer. These have all been very unique and innovative products. As I’ve said before, most of the instant varieties I’ve sampled from the UK have been, in a word, bland. Flavorless is another word. These have all had good flavor and great quality. Today, it’s laksa, one of my favorite Southeast Asian flavors. Let’s check it out.

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, remove lid and add boiling water to fill line. Cover loosely and let sit for 3-4 minutes. Stir well and let stand an additional minute. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The rice noodle block.

Some bits of sweetcorn and powder with a sweet coconut scent from the pot.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Dodo fishball, laksa leaf, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and tau pok. The rice noodles hydrated very nicely here and are broad and flat. The broth has a sweet coconut flavor and a hint of heat. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 5060250610348.

Kabuto Noodles Vegetable Laksa 65g – Pack of 6

A head to head challenge between Sophie and Cris – who can eat the most turkey?

#1250: Samyang Foods 三養라면 (Samyang Ramyun) (South Korean Version)

I’ve had lots of different versions of this. Today it’s the South Korean local one – not the export. Sounds really good to me! Let’s check it out!

Here are the side panels (click image to enlarge). Not sure if it contains beef. To prepare, add boiling water to inner line, cover and let sit for 3 minutes.

The noodle block.

Soup base sachet.

Lots of serious red powder!

Veggies from the bottom of the cup.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sauteed beef and green onions. The noodles seem slightly thinner than the normal Samyang Ramyun’s width (packaged) and slightly lower in quality. They’re not bad, I just like the pack version much better. The broth is nice – beef and a little spicy. It’s the variety that was the first ramytun to be made in South Korea 50 years ago, so it’s really the baseline. The veggies and bits are quite good. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 8801073112278.

Here’s a winter version of the Samyang Ramyun commercial.

#1136: Nissin Yakisoba

Here’s another one from T&T Supermarket up in Canada. From my research, I found that this product was first introduced in 1963. The little medal on the mid-right is about this – it’s the 50th anniversary of Nissin Yakisoba this year! Let’s check this one out!

Here’s the import sticker (click image to enlarge).

This came in a 5-pack – here’s one of the panels from the outer plastic wrap (click image to enlarge).

Here’s the back of the individual package (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The seasoning packet.

The powder smells like yakisoba sauce – sweet and Worcestershire.

A very small packet…

…of seaweed to sprinkle on top!

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added some beef, Walla Walla sweet onion and broccoli that I sauteed in Worcestershire sauce. The noodles have a good consistency – soft with a light chewiness. The flavor is out of this world – everything I would ask for from yakisoba. The seaweed gives it a nice finish. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 4902105001233.

Here’s a commercial for Nissin U.F.O. Yakisoba.

#1113: Samyang Foods 三養라면 (Samyang Ramyun) (SK Version)


Today, it’s a South Korean classic cup. These guys were the very first to introduce ramyun in South Korea back in 1963! I did a Meet The Manufacturer with Samyang Foods- here’s what they have to say about cups:


3) Cup (Bowl) Ramyun
In March 1972, Samyang Foods launched Cup Ramyun. (In Korea, people actually do not differentiate between Bowl Ramyun and Cup Ramyun. They just call everything big cup ramyun or small cup ramyun.)
Nissin  was the first company which developed cup ramyun in the world in 1971 and Samyang Foods introduced it in 1972.

You can read the rest of my interview with Samyang Foods here. Let’s check out this cup ramyun!

Here are the side panels (click image to enlarge). May contain beef.

The noodle block.

The seasoning powder packet.

The red-orange powder that is synonymous with South Korean ramyun. Spicy and rich.

Here is some of the bits from the bottom of the cup. Veggies and some bits of either beef or (most likely) TVP (textured vegetable protein).

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added beef, Vidalia sweet onions and kimchi I sauteed and some green onions. The noodles are a little thinner than the pack version, but have a nice chew and texture. The broth has a nice bit of spiciness and rich flavor. The bits of TVP hydrated well as did the small amount of vegetable. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 8801073102743.

Starting at the 3m20s point, here’s a nice story about South Korean’s ramyun’s 50th anniversary – they even mentioned me in it wow!

Meet The Manufacturer: #1023: Samyang Foods 三養라면 (Samyang Ramyun) (South Korean Version)

First, I want to wish my wife a Happy Birthday! Love you! Well folks, here it is. This is the ramyun that started it all. Here’s an except from my interview with Samyang Foods about their first product:

TRR> What was your first product?

SF> The first product of Samyang Foods was Samyang Ramyun,released in 1963.

This picture on the left side is the first package of Samyang Ramyun which is the first ramyun in Korea. It was produced in 1963 and tasted like chicken soup. Samyang Foods introduced ramyun to Korea from Japan so the first version of Samyang Ramyun was made to suit Japanese tastes which are light. However, Samyang Foods adjusted it to beef flavor, suiting Korean’s taste which is deep and rich.
However, at the first time ramyun was introduced to Korea, people misunderstood that ramyun was a kind of textile because Koreans call cotton ‘myun’ and didn’t even try to buy one. To make them understand ramyun is a kind of food, Samyang Foods started a free sample stand and it worked. People began to love ramyun and consume ramyun a lot.

I’m glad that people figured out that this stuff was food! This stuff started the huge market which is now South Korean ramyun. It’s sold throughout the world and enjoyed by millions. Thanks, Samyang! Well, let’s take a look!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Probably not vegetarian.

A nice big square block of noodles!Wavy and crunchy.

The powder seasoning packet.

Lots of the powder. Has a nice rich and beefy flavor with a hint of spiciness.

The veggie packet.

A nice assortment.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added green onion, sweet onion, leftover Korean BBQ from last night, an egg, kimchi, and a little tteokbokki. The noodles are great as always – plumps and full of flavor. The broth is full of rich beef flavor and a little spicy. Veggie re-hydrated well. All in all, wonderful. The grandfather of all ramyun! 4.5 out of 5.0 stars! UPC bar code 8801073102538 – get the US version here.

A Samyang Ramyun TV commercial. All that orange – they must be San Francisco Giants fans! But wait… That song sounds really familiar…

Hey its the same song as in Bubble Bobble!