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Re-Review: Nongshim Potato Noodle Soup

I’ve been wanting to re-review this one for a while, and so here we are. Potato noodles! Chewy! Let’s check it out.

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

A pretty massive block of noodles! Taste pretty good raw.

The powder seasoning.

Smells good!

A big veggie packet.


Finished (click image to enlarge). Added some kimchi, baked chicken, sweet onion and an egg. The noodles are indeed chewier than the normal Nongshim package noodles. They’re also slightly gelatinous like bean thread. They’re quite good though and unique. The broth is light – and tasty. Not really spicy; more of a vegetable broth. The veggies taste nice too. Good stuff! 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 031146157792.

Here’s a South Korean commercial for Potato Noodles!

#918: Nongshim Tempura Udon Flavor Cup Ramyun

Here’s the last of the new Nongshim cups – looks like a good one too!

Here’s a close-up of the lid.

Here’s the information from the side panels (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The seasoning powder packet.

Here’s the powder – has a kind of sweetness to it.

Here’s everything that was in the cup as far as veggies go. Lots of nice looking bits of pieces including narutomaki and other goodies!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added odeng, kamaboko, sweet onion, green onion and a pinch of Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles are good – a little wider than what you normally see in a cup noodle and not at all spongy. The broth is a sweet and seafood flavor I liked very much. As for the extras like the veggies and narutomaki, it’s superb – they hydrate very nicely. It seemed a little more ‘premium’ than I expected from a little cup noodle and I really liked it a lot! 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 031146017096

PSY is now a spokesperson for Nongshim and so I thought I’d throw this in – it’s PSY’s ‘Gangnam Style’ but as a Halloween light display – just watch it…

A sneak preview of the upcoming Public Television (PBS) Series Kimchi Chronicles starring Marja Vongerichten and Jean-Georges Vongerichten. The series is a food and travel show that discovers Korean food and culture over a 13 episode journey. Guest stars include Hugh and Deb Jackman and Heather Graham.

#913: Nongshim Spicy Shrimp Flavor Cup Ramyun

If you look at review #911, #912 and now #913, I think you can see a theme here. Yeah – shrimp! I don’t usually have any shrimp on hand so I thought I should take advantage of it. This is a new one from Nongshim – spicy shrimp. Let’s check it out!

The side panels (click to enlarge).

The lid with cooking instructions (click to enlarge).

Here’s the noodle block.

The seasoning packet.

Lots of spicy powder!

Lots of veggie bits and some shrimp pieces as well.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added sweet onion, broccoli, red bell pepper, snap peas, green bean, water chestnut, kimchi, baby corn and shrimp with a little Tony Chachere’s Creole seasoning. The noodles are good – and plentiful! The broth is very nice – a strong heat and deep shrimp flavor. The veggie re-hydrate well. Good stuff! 4.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 031146017119

Here’s a video of making Neoguri with whole shrimp

For all you gamers out there, here’s a walk-through of how to make a Shim Ramyun emblem in Call Of Duty.

#877: Nongshim Shin Bowl Noodle Soup (New Version)

Realized I haven’t reviewed the new version of the Shin Bowl. A lot of people have asked if I noted any difference from the old version (non-microwaveable) and the new one. Well, I guess we shall see!

Panels from the cardboard outer (click to enlarge).

Here’s a close up of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block – nice color!

A single seasoning packet.

The hot stuff! This is a Korean red broth – something to enjoy thoroughly for its spiciness!

Here are a couple bits that were in the bottom of the bowl under the noodle block. Looks like mushroom and some other things going on. There was a lot more.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added some fresh onions, some kimchi and a couple pieces of processed cheese. The noodles are great – light and buttery. The broth is good too – nice and flavorful and spicy. The veggies aren’t bad – decent amount of them too. As far as a difference, I would say it’s definitely not as spicy as it used to be, but it definitely has a very good taste I enjoyed thoroughly. From looking at the old version review, I’m going to say I like this one a lot better. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars!UPC bar code 031146262441.


A Shin Ramyun commercial.

My interview with KBS America.

Okay so by now, most folks have heard about Psy and Gangnam Style. He’s definitely not representative of all Korean pop music – his tune’s definitely something different. A lot of what you hear from Korea are boy bands/girl bands – and oft times they have a ton of members – I think 2ne1 has like 7 men and women. Here’s something else you see an awful lot – companies having KPop bands promote their products. This is one of the members of T-ara with a recipe for Shin Ramyun. Now what’s interesting about this one is that there was a bit of a controversy in Japan about this; if you watch it, you will notice at a certain point she puts the noodles on the updide down lid and eats them. This is a very common practice in Korea to cool down the noodles. Well, the Japanese found this a little off-putting. People are funny.

#872: Nongshim Chapagetti Roasted Chajang Bowl Noodle

Here it is! This is the Chapagetti Bowl Noodle from Nongshim America. Pretty cool – got to sample this during my trip to Nongshim
America in May – even got to see them made. Let’s have a look at this new product!

Here’s the info from the bottom of the package (click to enlarge).

Here’s the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block. The noodles are definitely wider than usual!

Only one seasoning packet.

A dark, grainy powder.

Under the noodle block there are some tasty bits and pieces – onion, carrot and TVP.

Finished (click image to enlarge). I decided to break in another one of the nice new bowls that I received from the President of Nongshim Holdings, Mr. Shin – thanks again! The noodles are wide and chewy, but not too chewy. I like how they were in the bowl very much; the texture was spot on. The Chajang sauce is perfect – its really amazing how identical in flavor and quality the microwave version is to the package version. I also thought it was really cool while it cooked – As you can see from the directions above, you take the lid completely off. Well, I looked through the window of my trusty microwave and it looked like it was boiling and just at the right spot – no chance of overflowing. Really fascinating. All in all, quite awesome. The flavors meld together and create a nice hearty meal that is quick to prepare and tasty. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars – best bowl noodle I’ve had in eons! UPC bar code 031146016747 .

Nongshim Chapagetti TV commercial.

This is a really wacky commercial for Nongshim Gomtang bowls.

A Gift From The President Of Nongshim America

It’s been a couple months since our trip to Nongshim in Rancho Cucamonga, California. I was sent a very nice gift from the president of Nongshim America to thank us for visiting and for our reviews! Thank you! This is a golden pot, a very standard cooking item in Korea used to make ramyun!

A nice new bowl for noodles!

A nice ceramic bowl.

This one’s interesting – it’s a stainless bowl that has an empty air pocket in the middle so hot soup wont burn your fingers if you’re carrying the bowl! I think a bowl like this was used when I had Naengmyeon once.

This one’s fancy – has a nice pair of fish in the middle and a craquelure that’s glazed over – really neat!

This one has a nice earthenware material and the paint drips are really neat! Can’t wait to try these all out – going to of course break ’em in with Nongshim noodles too! Thanks again! As always, my reviews are based on the quality of the products and the products alone – and I’ve really enjoyed Nongshim’s products a lot!

#782: Nongshim Bowl Noodle Soup Savory Shrimp Flavor


My son wanted to try this one today, so I will have a bite and a slurp too.

Outer packaging detail (click image to enlarge).

The lid.

The noodle block.

The seasoning packet!

The seasoning – fine and powdery.

The bottom of the bowl is full of veggies and one shrimp.

Andy enjoyed it a lot and even hit up the chopsticks! Here’s his LEGO website, www.andyslegostuff.com!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Andy wanted some kamaboko, red bell pepper and snap peas. The broth was nice – had a mellow seafood flavor that was very nice and did taste like shrimp. The noodles were great – a nice relaxy kind of texture. The veggies were okay but more would’ve been nice. More shrimp would’ve been good too, but usually I don’t find any shrimp in shrimp flavored things, so this is better than the norm. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 031146007592 – get it here.

Looks like some kind of gaming competition – interesting.

I’m going to make everyone say kimchi when I take their picture now!

The Ramen Rater On KBS America TV!

During my trip to Nongshim America, I was interviewed – here’s what they aired on TV! This is the first time I’ve ever been on television! Pretty exciting! If someone would like to translate this, I would be very appreciative.

#754: Nongshim Ansungtangmyun Spicy Miso Noodle Soup (USA version)

Okay so I thought this was interesting. Look at the noodle block in this one – very different isn’t it? Well, Let’s give this one a try – this one was made in the USA in Rancho Cucamonga, California.

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

Yeah – a big round block and not a rectangular one.

The seasoning packet.

The powder of spiciness!

Finished (click image to enlarge). I added an egg, onion, broccoli, snap peas , beef lunch meat and a little Ajishima Kimchi furikake. The noodles are nice – they are a lot like the Shin Ramyun noodles but seem slightly softer. The broth has a strong spicy bite to it and a nice miso flavor. Not bad at all – 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 031146157402.


Here’s an Ansungtangmyun TV commercial!

Haven’t heard of this before – hand torn noodles!

Re-Review: Meet The Manufacturer: Nongshim Shin Ramyun Black Premiun Noodle Soup

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.

#711: Nongshim Hearty Beef Rice Noodle Soup

I thought today I’d review this one, sent to me by the nice folks at Ramen Place – thanks! Was thinking it would go nicely with some of the stir fry veggies I’ve been enjoying lately. I also talked with Ray from Nongshim today – found out a little bit of information that you might find interesting if you didn’t know. Nongshim’s logo is a seed, and Nongshim translates to ‘Farmer’s Heart.’ I like that – and we’ll see how I like these noodles now!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Hey – what’s that? A sweepstakes mention on the left side?

Aww I missed the deadline! Click image to enlarge.

Here’s the noodles all ready to go.

Here’s the dry soup base packet.

I took a little taste – mmm garlicky!

Here’s the veggie packet.

…and the veggies – quite a nice amount of them too!

Decided to open up a bottle of my homemade hot sauce. It’s just over a year old and there aren’t many left! Made it for our wedding! Fresno peppers, cilantro, garlic, tomatillo, xanthan gum and vinegar.

Finished (click image to enlarge). I added a two egg omelet with a little bit of shredded cheese, some of my hot sauce, oregano and Krazy Mixed Up Salt on top. I added some store brand stir fry veggies and a little Ajishima Kim Chi furikake to the noodles. Starting with the noodles: these are now my favorite rice noodles now. They’re not overly chewy and have a nice consistency that I’ve not found in rice noodles before; they’re usually drier and chewier. I do like broad rice noodles too, but these are very nice for their gauge. The broth was nice – a creamy color and a nice taste of beef. The veggies were good too – re-hydrated nicely. I liked this one a lot! 4.25 out of 5.0 stars – a pleasant surprise! UPC barcode 031146012190 – get it here.

Commercial for this product!

IU in HooRooRook commercial