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#3339: Samyang Foods Jjajang Buldak Ramen Topokki – South Korea

Samyang Foods Jjajang Buldak Ramen Topokki - South Korea

I thought today would be a fun day to include Miles in on an episode of Instant Noodle Recipe Time (see below). I figured hey – he’ll leave the stove alone… Well, he did which was good and it was nice having a co-host! Job well done, Miles!

Today’s review is a spicy one from the famous Fire Noodle range of Buldak products manufactured by Samyang Foods. Not only does it contain noodles, but topokki as well which is a nice touch. If you haven’t tried topokki, you’re really missing out! Let’s give it a try!

Samyang Foods Jjajang Buldak Ramen Topokki – South Korea

Samyang Foods Jjajang Buldak Ramen Topokki - South Korea

Detail of the back of the package (click to enlarge).

Here are the included instructions they made for me (click to enlarge).

Samyang Foods Jjajang Buldak Ramen Topokki - South Korea

Included is a package with a noodle block.

Here’s the topokki – make sure you remove the dessicant sachet.

Two wet sachets of jjajang sauce.

The vegetable sachet.

Samyang Foods Jjajang Buldak Ramen Topokki - South Korea

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, fish cake, and baked chicken, Noodles come out with a nice chew to them and the topokki is with a nice chew as well. The instructions said 5~6 minutes and I did 5 1/2, so 6 would probably yield more tender topokki. The sauce is thick and luxuriant, with a strong Buldak kind of flavor as well as the black bean component. It’s definitely spicy as well. A good combo – tasty and great. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8801073310964.

Samyang Original Ra-bokki Buldak Chicken Flavored Rice Cake Ramem Noodles 2019 New

Watch me cook on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

#2784: Samyang Foods Jjajang Buldak Bokkeummyun

#2873: Samyang Foods Jjajang Buldak Bokkeummyun 짜장불닭볶음면

Alright, folks! Today I bring you the brand new Samyang Foods Jjajang Buldak Bokkeummyun. 1,920 SHU is the heat level. But wait – what’s jjajang? Let’s find out with some info from Wikipedia!

Jajangmyeon (자장면) or jjajangmyeon (짜장면) is a Korean Chinese noodle dish topped with a thick sauce made of chunjang, diced pork and vegetables.[1] A variant of the dish uses seafood.

Jajangmyeon dates back to 1905, when it first appeared in Gonghwachun (공화춘共和春), a restaurant in Incheon Chinatown run by an immigrant from the Shandong Province of China. The restaurant is now the Jjajangmyeon Museum.

Although the name jajangmyeon is cognate with the Chinese dish zhájiàngmiàn (炸酱面), Korean jajangmyeon differs in many ways. Yong Chen, an associate history professor at the University of California, Irvine, argued that although the dish “began as the Northern Chinese noodle-and-ground pork dish zhájiàngmiàn, it is thoroughly Korean.”[2]

Do I detect a little national pride in the end there? Let’s pop this open and give it a try!

Samyang Foods Jjajang Buldak Bokkeummyun – South Korea

#2873: Samyang Foods Jjajang Buldak Bokkeummyun 짜장불닭볶음면

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block and solid ingredients sachet to 600-ml boiling water and cook for 4 minutes. Drain, saving 120ml water. add noodle, sachet contents and water to pan and return to a boil. Stir-fry for 30 seconds. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2873: Samyang Foods Jjajang Buldak Bokkeummyun 짜장불닭볶음면

The noodle block.

#2873: Samyang Foods Jjajang Buldak Bokkeummyun 짜장불닭볶음면

The liquid base sachet.

#2873: Samyang Foods Jjajang Buldak Bokkeummyun 짜장불닭볶음면

Thick and brown.

#2873: Samyang Foods Jjajang Buldak Bokkeummyun 짜장불닭볶음면

The solid ingredients sachet.

#2873: Samyang Foods Jjajang Buldak Bokkeummyun 짜장불닭볶음면

Peas and other bits in there.

#2873: Samyang Foods Jjajang Buldak Bokkeummyun 짜장불닭볶음면

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles come out very well – thick and chewy. They have a great ramyun gauge and good mouthfeel. The flavor is jjajang for sure – thick black bean sauce augmented with that trademark Buldak Bokkeummyun sweet spiciness as well. Vegetables hydrated perfectly and went well with it. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8801073113909.

#2873: Samyang Foods Jjajang Buldak Bokkeummyun 짜장불닭볶음면

Samyang Jjajang Buldak 140g / Spicy Black Bean x Roasted Chicken Buldak Ramen / NEW Buldak / 짜장불닭 / 짜장불닭볶음면 (5)

The Official The Ramen Rater Jjajang Buldak Bokkeummyun Spicy Noodle Mukbang video!

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten South Korean Instant Noodles 2017 Edition

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten South Korean Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

South Korean instant noodles are known around the world as being spicy and beefy for the most part. However, there are many different styles. In fact, seafood jjamppong, black bean jjajang, cold noodles, and creamy beef noodles exist in the scene. Today, I’ll do a rundown of my favorites – the best of the highest rated South Korean varieties from over 2,300 unique varieties I’ve reviewed from around the world. Finally, I would like to note that it’s tougher to find South Korean varieties. Therefore, any instant noodle companies from South Korea should contact me promptly to be considered for upcoming top ten lists. Let’s get started.

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten South Korean Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

This year’s video presentation with some extras!

#10: Nongshim Soon Veggie Noodle Soup

Nongshim Soon Veggie Noodle Soup

This is the first instant noodle on the top ten to be marketed towards vegetarians. What surprised me about it is that the broth has such a full flavor to it; deep and satisfying. The noodles are slightly larger in gauge than your run of the mill instant, which is common of South Korean ‘ramyun.’ Magnificent stuff! Original review here

#9: Samyang Foods Cheese Curry Ramyun

Samyang Foods Cheese Curry

The noodles are of a decent ramyun gauge and hydrate nicely in the three minutes directed. In addition, the broth is thick with a very nice kind of creamy curry flavor. Finally, an inkling of spiciness. Beautiful stuff! Original review here

#8: Nongshim Zha Wang (Jjawang) Noodles With Chajang Sauce

Nongshim Zha Wang Chajang Jjajangmyun

The noodles are out of this world – soft and chewy, with a nice width and thickness – very hearty. The sauce coats everything and there’s more than enough of it. Finally, its thick, rich black bean flavor is has peas, cabbage and other veggies. This is the best jjajang I’ve ever tried. Original review here

#7: Paldo Cheese Noodle

Paldo Cheese Noodle

These noodles – wow. Arguably the best addition to South Korean ramyun has to be cheese. Well, not only is cheese included here but it’s got just the perfect notes of spiciness and strong, rich flavor. The little guy with the sign that says cheese noodle rocks too! Original review here

#6: Nongshim Champong Noodle Soup Spicy Seafood Flavor

Nongshim Champong Noodle Soup Spicy Seafood Flavor

These noodles are big and plump and chewy – wider as well. They’re fantastic! Would love to see a Shin Ramyun using this noodle! The broth is equally wonderful insofar as the flavor has this taste and smell. It has a seafood barbecue kind of taste. The oil adds a nice extra to the broth. Spicy, tasty and awesome! Original review here

#5: Paldo Rabokki Noodle

Paldo Rabokki Noodle

The noodles plump up perfectly – thick and a good chew. The broth is more of a sauce and it’s very rich – spicy and sweet – like an adult version of Spaghetti-O’s which I find delectable. Original review here

#4: Nongshim Jinjja Jinjja

Nongshim Jinjja Jinjja

The noodles are very good – nice thick ramyun. In addition, I have read that they are augment them with chilli pepper in them as well. Next, the broth has a seriously spicy kick to it and a very peanut aroma with pork notes. Finally, the vegetables hydrate very well. Back with a vengeance! Original review here

#3: Nongshin Chal Bibim Myun

Nongshim Chal Bibim Myun

First, the noodles are nice and thick with a great chew – ramyun through and through. Second, the sauce works extremely well. It’s sweet and spicy and works perfectly with a cold noodle. Finally, the flavor is nice and crisp while smooth and effective. Original review here

#2: ChoripDong Hurricane Rice Cake

ChoripDong Hurricane Rice Cake Rabokki

Very red. It’s got a thick spicy and sweet sauce. Fresh ramyun. It’s got topokki. Indeed, this is a real find – Just looking at the picture makes me want some right this instant. Slipping from #1 to #2 this year. Original review here

#1: Paldo Budae Jigae

Paldo Budae Jigae / Chigae

As always, I’m shocked when something comes across my desk that’s unlike anything I’ve reviewed. In the first place, the noodles are great – thick ramyun. Indeed they are chewy and thick gauge. The broth is really good; thicker than most and has a kind of ‘boiling with hot dogs in it all day’ kind of thing going on. Moreover, the included garnish is a real treat as it contains not only beans, processed meat and slices of sausage, but pieces of macaroni as well. This one really goes above and beyond on this one – I’m impressed. Original review here

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten South Korean Instant Noodles Of All Time 2016 Edition

South Korea has the highest per person consumption of instant noodles in the world. It’s not a surprise that their instant noodle are quite good – usually the noodles (known as ramyun) are thicker and accompanied by a spicy broth. These are my very favorite varieties of South Korean instant noodles – hope you enjoy!

#10: Paldo Kko Kko Myun

This one is like a bowl of candy to me. We start with nice quality noodles, and then the broth takes over. The broth has a kind of chicken and jalapeno flavor to it. The flavors play off of each other quite nicely and deliver both a strong bite as well as a mellow comfort food flavor in one bowl. The vegetable packet includes little chicken pieces. Original review

#9: Paldo Jjamppong Seafood Noodle King Bowl

Thick and chewy ramyun noodles are augmented by a broth with a good consistency – a little thickness was very good. Also a slightly sweet, seafood and spicy flavor to it I thoroughly enjoyed. Original review here

#8: Samyang Foods Red Nagasaki Jjampong

The noodles are perfect – what I like to find in ramyun! Thick and chewy. The broth is amazing – an excellent level of heat balanced with a respectable amount of seafood flavor. The added vegetable pieces hydrated quite well. Top notch! Original review

#7: Paldo King Bowl Super Spicy Pan Stirfried Noodle

The noodles are of a good ramyun gauge – lots of them as well. The flavor is a kind of seafood and spicy thing and there’s a sweetness going on as well. The supplied vegetables did great – this was an amazingly good stir noodle! Original review

#6: Nongshim Soon Veggie Noodle Soup

This is the first instant noodle on the top ten to be marketed towards vegetarians. What surprised me about it was the broth had such a full flavor to it; deep and satisfying. The noodles are slightly larger in gauge than your run of the mill instant, which is common of South Korean ‘ramyun.’ Magnificent stuff! Original review

#5: Nongshim Zha Wang (Jjawang) Noodles With Chajang Sauce

The noodles are out of this world – soft and chewy, with a nice width and thickness – very hearty. The sauce coats everything and there’s more than enough of it. It has a rich black bean flavor augmented with peas, cabbage and other veggies. This is the best jjajang I’ve ever tried. Original review

#4: Paldo Cheese Noodle

These noodles – wow. I think the best addition to South Korean ramyun has to be cheese. Well, not only is cheese included here but it’s got just the perfect notes of spiciness and strong, rich flavor. The little guy with the sign that says cheese noodle rocks as well. Original review

#3: Paldo Rabokki Noodle

The noodles plumped up just perfectly – thick and a good chew. The broth is more of a sauce and it’s very rich – spicy and sweet – like an adult version of Spaghetti-O’s which I find delectable. Original review

#2: Nongshim Jinjja Jinjja

The noodles are very good – nice thick ramyun. The broth has a seriously spicy kick to it and a very peanut aroma with pork notes. The vegetables hydrated very well. Back with a vengeance! Original review

#1: ChoripDong Hurricane Rice Cake

It’s red. It’s got a thick spicy and sweet sauce. It’s got ramyun. It’s got topokki. This was a real find – Just looking at the picture makes me want some right this instant. The most wonderful big bowl of noodles I’ve ever had. Original review here

#1827: Nongshim Zha Wang (Jjawang) Noodles With Chajang Sauce

Being a superfan of all things instant noodle, I have newsfeeds I check daily on my phone pertaining to them. I saw an article about Nongshim’s Jjawang in the Korea Times New York edition. It mentioned with it’s release, jjajang variants are flying off the shelves in NY and NJ. I figured hey – I better find this stuff!

I had an idea where to look. In Lynnwood, WA, there’s a store called G Mart. They usually have a Nongshim promo at the front and sure enough, they did. We also had my friend Paul S. over last night and he brought some Heaven Sent fried chicken. I had bought some Nongshim Waffle snacks (they taste like maple syrup and crunchy waffle) and they went together well. Now, what’s jjajang? Here’s something from wikipedia:

Jajangmyeon (자장면; 짜장면; jjajangmyeon), a Korean Chinese cuisine, is a noodle dish topped with a thick sauce made of chunjang (a salty black soybean paste when unheated), diced pork and vegetables, and sometimes also seafood. Jajang (alternately spelled jjajang), the name of the sauce when heated, is the Korean pronunciation of the Chinese characters , which literally means “fried sauce.” Myeon (also spelledmyun) means “noodle”, which is represented by the Chinese character .

The dish originated from zhajiangmian (, literally “fried sauce noodles”) in China’s Shandong region. [1] Zhajiangmian was adapted in Korea to fit the Korean taste. The start of jajangmyeon can be traced back to theJoseon Dynasty. When the Joseon opened the Incheon port, many Chinese people from the Shandong region moved to a town in Incheon, which is now known as Incheon China Town.[2] These people created Chinese restaurants and adapted the traditional Shandong food zhajiangmian in a way that Korean people could enjoy. It is rumored that in 1905 a Chinese restaurant named Gonghwacheun (공화춘), created jajangmyeon. However, it turned out that Gonghwacheun was the first registered business.[3] At this time jajangmyeon was a cheap dish that the worker class enjoyed and was more similar to Shandong region’s zhajiangmian than the current day Korean jajamyeon. After the Korean War, Korean chunjang was invented. With Korean chunjang, caramel was added to give it a sweet taste. After this jajangmyeon became a completely different food from zhajiangmian.[4] The pronunciation of the dish’s name is nearly identical to that of its Korean counterpart. But Korean jajangmyeon differs from Chinese zhajiangmian, as Korean jjajangmyeon uses black Korean chunjangincluding caramel, and onions.[citation needed]

Alright – with your education complete, let’s check out this new Nongshim Zha Wang!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, add noodle and flake sachet to 600ml boiling water and cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, As it cooks, make the sauce by adding 3 tablespoons of water (45ml) and stirring. Drain noodles. Add in the contents of the oil sachet. Add prepared sauce and combine thoroughly. Enjoy!

Broad, flat noodles. There are little specks of kelp powder in them.

The sauce powder sachet.

Has a nice black bean scent.

The vegetable flake sachet.

A nice mixture of vegetables.

An oil sachet.

Vegetable oil.

Finished. The noodles are out of this world – soft and chewy, with a nice width and thickness – very hearty. The sauce coats everything and there’s more than enough of it. It has a rich black bean flavor augmented with peas, cabbage and other veggies. This is the best jjajang I’ve ever tried. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 031146033324.

Korean Nong Shim Ramen Jjawang/zzawang (Pack of 8)

A TV spot from South Korea for Nongshim Zha Wang.

#1575: Paldo Jjajangmen Chajang Noodle King Bowl

It’s still winter, so I thought something hearty would be a nice touch today. Jjajangmen is a Chinese-South Korean fusion dish. Ramyun noodles and Chajang sauce, rich and thick with black beans. Let’s have a look at this new bowl from Paldo!

Here’s the detail from the top and bottom of the outer wraps (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. to prepare, add boiling water to line and steep for 4 minutes, leaving sachet on top to warm up. Poke holes in lid spots shown and drain noodles. Add contents of sauce sachet and combine. Enjoy!

 Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block.

As the sachet is rather large and is warmed on the lid, here is the picture – no picture of just the sauce in a cup today.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added mung bean sprouts. The noodles had a particularly interesting scent when I opened the lid – much like fried food – it was kind of nice. The flavor of the sauce is excellent; it coats everything very nicely and the black beans throughout are very good. A very premium instant. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 648436100859.

 You can get the pack version here.

Paldo products are popular in Russia as well – under the name Doshirak, here’s Jjajangmen!

#1160: Samyang Foods Chacharoni

Gotta love the name. This is a South Korean combination of Jjajang (a black bean dish) and noodles. They usually end up nice and hearty with just a sauce and no broth. Let’s check it out!

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

The noodle block.

The sauce packet.

Has a rich black bean scent.

The solid ingredient packet.

Some bits of veg and textured vegetable protein.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sauteed Walla Walla sweet onion, peas, corn and beef. The noodles are very wide and chewy.- very hearty. The chajang sauce coats everything nicely and is almost meaty although it’s not full of meat. With summer pretty much over, this is a good one for the colder months. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 8801073101524.

A Chacharoni advertisement from the 80’s.

Re-Review: Wei Lih Jah Jan Mien Instant Noodles With Fried Soybeans Paste

Went to the 99 Ranch Market near us a few weeks ago and my son Andy picked this as something he would like to try. Well, today is the day to try it out! The first time I tried this one, I made it completely wrong. Here it is in review #68! Not good!

Back of the package (click to enlarge). Check out the instructions – this isn’t a single bowl of noodles, but rather a bowl of broth and a bowl of noodles that are enjoyed separately.

The noodle block.

The smaller packet, which seasons the broth.

Not a whole lot in this one.

The soybean paste which will coat the noodles.

This makes the noodles end up kind of like Jjajangmen but this is a Taiwanese version.

Here, Andy shows the proper technique: eat some noodles, slurp some soup!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Excellent! The noodles are nice – kind of stick together but that’s not a bad thing really. They have a slightly spicy and salty taste that is really nice. The broth cools the heat (Andy noticed that right away) and has a nice rich flavor. Good stuff – if you haven’t tried it, this is something unique people have really enjoyed. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars!  UPC bar code 4710199050484 .

Here’s a Wei Lih commercial!

The paste is also quite popular on its own – get it here.

#841: Nongshim Chapagetti Chajang Noodle (Korean Version)

Thanks to Moon Hee Wi of the JoongAng Ilbo for sending me these! She wrote this article about me. So I’ve reviewed the Chapagetti that’s available here in the US, but this is the Korean version so it gets its own review. I’ve always done this and now I’ve got more reason to. I was talking to a manufacturer of instant noodles from Korea and they said that they use chicken in their instant noodles. The only problem is that the Food & Drug Administration doesn’t like Korean chicken for some reason. So they have to import chicken from a big poultry supplier in the USA into Korea, process it and package their product and then ship it back to the US for the blessing of the FDA. Not sure if that’s the case here, but regardless, it’s interesting to think that this kind of this has to happen to bring instant noodles to us from abroad.

Back of the packaging (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block. Wide noodles and lots of ’em.

The soup base – more precisely the sauce base.

This is different; more of a granulated kind of thing.

The vegetable packet.

A neat looking little smorgasbord.

A packet of olive oil.

Your standard olive oil here.

Hey look – a new plate! The President of Nongshim America kindly sent some bowls and this interesting plate recently. Thanks!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added broccoli, re bell pepper, onion and some roast beef. The noodles are thick and hearty. I would go so far as to say that once everything is combined, the noodles and sauce are kind of meaty. It’s a really hearty and heavy meal – very tasty! The veggies are pretty good too – this is a fusion dish; spaghetti and Chajang, a black bean dish from China. Here’s a Wikipedia entry on it. I like it! 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 8801043015226 – get the version available in the United States here.

A Chapagetti commercial from the late 90’s – looks like they’re huddled around a monitor checking out the then-new Internet, but the Internet isn’t as awesome as Chapagetti!

Psy doing “Gangnam Style” on SBS today!

Re-Review: Meet The Manufacturer: Paldo Jjajangmen Chajang Noodle

Here’s another interesting one – Jjajangmen. The last time I reviewed this, I had mixed it in like it mentions on the back. This time, I’m going to put it on top like in the picture!

Back of the package (click image to enlarge).

Looks like a big block of thick noodles.

A big packet of sauce. This isn’t a soup base – it’s a sauce.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Noodles are very chewy and the sauce is awesome; it seems like it’s beef laden but there’s no beef here. A very hearty and tasty meal! 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 648436100590 .

Chajang at a restaurant in Korea

The top 30 KPop for this week in Korea

Re-Review: Meet The Manufacturer: Nongshim Chapagetti Chajang Noodle

Here’s another well-known Nongshim pack – Chapagetti.  Basically, you take spaghetti and combine it with Chajang, which is a black bean sauce – now you have Chapagetti!

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

These noodles are of a wide gauge and mention on Nongshim America’s website says there’s 12% more of them than in other varieties of theirs.

Here’s the stuff that makes the sauce.

Different than most of the seasonings I’ve seen – this is very granular.

Vegetable oil? Usually I’ve seen seasoned oil, but this is straight.

Yeah that looks like vegetable oil!

Finally, the vegetable packet.

An interesting looks little mixture! I looked in the ingredients and as it turns out, there’s potato and pork in here!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added some veggies. I distictly remember this being very dry the last time I had this and dry isn’t something that comes to mind here. The noodles are nice and thick and the sauce coats them nicely. The sauce is rich; nice black bean flavor. The veggies and TVP are great – the pork bits especially were enjoyable with a nice bit of chewy freshness. This was good – something I’d eat again. 4.0 our of 5.0 stars! UPC bar code 031146155736 – get it here.

Nongshim Chapagetti commercial

Ancient Korean Traditional Music – Hwang Byeonggi – Kayagum Sanjo Variation (Filmed in 1966)