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#2787: Samyang Foods Mala Buldak Bokkeummyun Bowl

#2787: Samyang Foods Mala Buldak Bokkeummyun Bowl

I’ve been kind of on a weird crusade lately. It has come to my attention that the popular Mala variety of Buldak Bokkeummyun is being touted by many people across the Interwebs as 4x Spicy. This is totally untrue – it’s really more like 0.5x. I did an informative video presentation about it – check it out here!

Mala was originally made for Chinese markets, but it’s definitely flexed it’s muscles and entered the outside world since everyone wants to try the newest, latest greatest. This one has Sichuan pepper in the mix – it’s got a kind of numbing heat to it which is definitely much different than what Westerners are used to, that’s for sure. Today I’ll do a review and also going to do a spicy noodle challenge with this one. Let’s get started.

Samyang Foods Mala Buldak Bokkeummyun Bowl – South Korea

#2787: Samyang Foods Mala Buldak Bokkeummyun Bowl

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and cover for 4 minutes. Drain using poke holes on lid. Add in spicy liquid sachet. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2787: Samyang Foods Mala Buldak Bokkeummyun Bowl

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2787: Samyang Foods Mala Buldak Bokkeummyun Bowl

The noodle block.

#2787: Samyang Foods Mala Buldak Bokkeummyun Bowl

Some bits of garnish.

#2787: Samyang Foods Mala Buldak Bokkeummyun Bowl

The spicy sauce sachet.

#2787: Samyang Foods Mala Buldak Bokkeummyun Bowl

Thick and dark.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Chinese sausage, spring onion, and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles are standard gauge ramyun. The flavor is indeed spicy (nowhere near 4x) but respectably spicy – it would make my wife die. Has a bit of the regular BB taste and Sichuan pepper and other tastes going on. Included vegetables were good. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8801073211391.

#2787: Samyang Foods Mala Buldak Bokkeummyun Bowl

Samyang MALA 4x Buldak Bokeum Ramen. 5pcs. Spicy Hot Chicken Flavor Ramen,

The 0.5x Spicy Mala Fire Noodle Challenge

Here we are again with the Fire Noodle Challenge. This is the Samyang Foods Mala Buldak Bokkeummyun. So, all over YouTube, people are wincing and screaming as they choke down packs of Mala – why? Well, for some reason, they are under the impression that it’s 4x spicy. Don’t get me wrong – it’s quite spicy – it’ll kick your butt. But it is a far cry from the 2x Spicy Nuclear Fire Noodle, that’s for sure.

Here’s my full dissertation of what’s going on here. It’s funny – all of this and even talking to the company and I got this comment on YouTube today – ‘t’s not a same thing man.. they have the mala flavor with 4x spiciness written on the packages. But not every mala flavor has 4x spiciness. I think you are trying the regular one’ – yeah… So all I could find as far as a pack saying 4x was a picture of a pack with a 2 changed to a 4 in Photoshop – and you could even see the 2 underneath still… Amateurs. Anyways, here’s an article touting my claim as well. In the video above you can see that there’s a snippet of a communication with Samyang Foods as well. So yeah sorry YouTube – there’s no 4x spicy fire noodle. Quite honestly, I hope there will be sometime – I hope it’s in a green package too! I mean, they’ve done almost every other color. Maybe a 4x spicy green onion flavor? Guess we’ll just have to wait and see!

Special Report: 4x Spicy Fire Noodles Do Not Exist

Special Report: 4x Spicy Fire Noodles Do Not Exist

fter seeing multiple posts and videos and online stores advertising for a 4x version of the popular Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkeummyun hot chicken noodle, I felt it required me to make a statement.

Special Report: 4x Spicy Fire Noodles Do Not Exist

First off, let me make one thing crystal clear – this is not a commentary on the quality of these noodles. The Buldak Bokkeummyun range is popular all over the world and This is a statement of fact which is just to make sure people don’t get the wrong idea about the Mala version. I first started seeing people posting YouTube videos about this being 4x spicy a couple of months ago. I asked the company about the SHU – the gauge of how spicy it is. The SHU of Mala is 2,700. This isn’t a low amount – these are definitely spicier than your average instant noodle, that’s for sure. In fact, they’re 6th place on my The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition, so don’t think I’m saying these aren’t spicy.

However, compare the 2,700 SHU to 4,404 SHU – that of the original Buldak Bokkeummyun fire noodle. Finally, the 2x Spicy Nuclear Buldak Bokkeummyun  weighs in at 8,706 SHU.

Long story short, the Mala variety is closer to being 1/4 as hot as the 2x, not twice as hot. a 4x spicy would be in the range of 15,000~16,000 SHU.

I asked Samyang Foods about this and they hadn’t known about this claim being made. They also let me know that the bowl version of Mala is 2,800 SHU vs the pack version being 2,700 SHU. IU remember they mentioned that the bowl versions tend to run a little spicier, due to the fact that by cooking the noodle vs steeping, the way the noodles interact with the sauce is a little different.

It should be noted that at the time of this post (January 2nd, 2017) there is no 4x spicy noodle. I should mention then that although I have not been informed otherwise or that there is one on the way, there’s no reason why Samyang Foods won’t be coming out with one. Indeed, the fact that many people have been posting about a 4x spicy could be impetus for producing such a product as there is obviously an interest and demand for such a product.

Anyways, if you do see a company selling these as 4x or a reviewer saying they’re 4x, it is incorrect. Again, this isn’t a sleight against Samyang Foods or the Buldak Bokkeummyun range nor the Mala product itself. Thank you for your time and despite not being 4x spicy, they’re definitely worth a try.