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!
Yay! Another new variety of the popular Buldak Bokkeummyun ‘Fire Noodle Challenge’ series. This one’s called Carbo. At first, I saw the name and the heart and thought low carbohydrate, but that’s definitely not the case here.
Carbo is short for carbonara, and they came out with this variety to celebrate their 1 billionth sale of Buldak bokkeummyun. Here’s a little about carbonara from Wikipedia –
The recipe is not fixed, with any sort of hard cheese and any kind of pasta being acceptable. Cooks often substitute Guanciale (pork jowl) for the bacon. Another common substitute outside Italy is lardons of smoked bacon. The cheese is usually Pecorino Romano.Spaghetti is the usual pasta, however, fettuccine, rigatoni, linguine, or bucatini are also used.
The dish was created in the middle of the 20th century.
I asked my contact at Samyang Foods three questions that I’m guessing are going to be the top three I get from readers – what’s the exact SHU, are these HALAL and do they contain pork. Here’s EXACTLY what they had to say:
– carbo Buldak Bokkeummyun packet: about 2,600
– Yes, we are going to obtain the halal certificate. All the HOT Chicken flavor ramen meet the halal requirements.
– As anwser 2, all the HOT Chicken flavor ramen don’t contain any pork ingredients.
Samyang Foods Carbo Buldak Bokkeummyun – South Korea
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat, however I should note before you ask – I don’t see a HALAL mark on here. To prepare, add noodles to 600ml boiling water and cook for 5 minutes. Drain, saving 8 spoons (15ml * 8 = 120ml) water. Return noodles and 120ml water to pot and add in liquid and powder seasoning. Stirfry for an additional 30 seconds. Finally, stir and enjoy!
The noodle block.
A dry sachet.
Guessing this is the carbonara sauce element.
A liquid base sachet.
Dark with a spicy scent.
Finished (click to enlarge). We are first greeted with wide, thick noodles that have a nice heartiness to them. The flavor is a creamy carbonara which is highly influenced by the popular Buldak Bokkeummyun flavor that is very well-known. It’s a kind of sweet and spicy with a strong linger. The heat level is less than the original Buldak Bokkeummyun and far less than the 2x spicy, but don’t be lulled into a sense of complacency thinking that it won’t be spicy. It is indeed quite spicy – leaps and bounds over most things that say spicy on them. A creamy and tasty addition to the popular range. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8801073142190.
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.