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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.

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

 This is the fourth year of The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Taiwanese Instant Noodles Of All Time lists. The list definitely has had a lot of movement every year – a good sign as those who produce instant noodles in Taiwan are innovating and producing new styles and flavors all the time! Here are my pick of the tastiest and most memorable Taiwanese varieties from my over 2,000 reviews to date.

A video of this year’s list presented by Hans Lienesch, The Ramen Rater.

#10: A-Sha Dry Noodle QQ Thin Noodle – BBQ Sauce

These noodles are great! Very light and thin and honesty they seem to be happy. It’s a perfect balance of texture and delicateness. They definitely are wonderful to chew. The BBQ sauce? Well, this isn’t what most would think of when you say BBQ sauce – it’s not the 99 cents a bottle stuff at the local grocery store. Instead, it’s a very enjoyable and tasty flavor with nice depth. Soy sauce, garlic, a slight spiciness and other flavors are represented in a wonderful flavor that doesn’t have the usual American ‘slather’ BBQ sauce feel. This is excellent. #1 in 2013. Original review

#9: Mom’s Dry Noodle Onion Oil & Shrimp Flavor

It’s amazing how sometimes when I do a top ten list, some of the best ones are right before the cutoff for my list! I tried this one a week or so ago and let me just say – wow. The noodles are of an excellent quality and texture with a perfect chewiness. The flavor is well balanced with not too much saltiness but definitely not bland; it’s rich and delectable stuff. Original review

#8: Chering Chang Curry La-Men

This is the first variety I’ve tried of this brand and if the others they make are anything like this, they’re going to be doing very well with my reviews! The noodles are of a standard instant noodle gauge but have a very fresh feel to them. The curry broth is a wonderful sweet curry with a excellent richness to it. The included vegetable sachet was a show stopper on this one, with everything hydrating to perfection and a really ample quantity.Original review

#7: Tseng Noodles Rice Noodle Seafood Laksa Flavour

Laksa isn’t something that I would immediately connect with Taiwan, but now I think that’s going to change. This was a really interesting variety to try; the rice noodles have a neat gauge – just a little thicker than their others. The broth was very much on the thick and rich end of things with a nice flavor to it. Luxuriant and aromatic. Original review

#6: Jingqi Aloe Vera Guan Mian Cyanobacteria Noodle With Ginger Oil Sauce

Okay – cyano-what? Cyoanobacteria is often sold as Spirulina – the healthful blue-green algae. The noodles are extremely wide in this one and have a nice softness to them. The flavor was great – a kind of sweet with ginger and salty thing going on here which was absolutely delectable. Original review

#5: A-Sha Dry Noodle Veggie Noodle Baby Grass Noodle With Toona Sauce

The noodles have a very good elasticity to them. They have a broad flat nature and a premium texture and chewiness. The flavor was a soy and something else – the Toona aspect I imagine. It had an earthiness which was subtle and light – just right. I very much liked this; it seemed like something that would pair well with the acidity of tomato and richness of some kind of beef with wine juxtaposition. Original review

#4: Mom’s Dry Noodle Sichuan Spicy Flavor

After trying their Onion Oil & Shrimp, I couldn’t wait to try this one – and it was a real treat as well. What sets this one apart are the noodles. Sun dried and with a perfect texture and thickness. They’re absolutely amazing. As for the flavor, it comes together via three sachets: mushroom oyster sauce, sesame oil and chilli paste. The heat is ample and so wonderfully balanced with the sesame and oyster sauce. #1 in 2014. Original review

#3: Mom’s Dry Noodle Sour & Spicy Flavor

The noodles are really primo – excellent gauge and chewiness. They’re thick and have a gourmet quality to them. The flavor is really great. It goes from an initial hit from the black vinegar’s sourness, then mulls around with the heat and almost transforms into a sweetness at a point. It’s a very active flavor that kept my tastebuds fascinated the whole time. Excellent! Original review

#2: A-Sha Dry Noodle Veggie Noodle Tomato Noodle With Vine Ripened Tomato Sauce – Taiwan

The very first Taiwanese instant to make the annual top ten overall list. But there’s no denying – this is absolutely marvelous stuff. The noodles have a great gauge – broad, flat and soft with a light chew. The great part is the tomato flavor – when I opened the sachet of sauce the whole room smelled like fresh tomatoes. Not only that, there’s more than enough sauce to flavor all of the noodles.Original review

#1: Tseng Noodle Scallion With Sichuan Pepper Flavor

This is only the second Taiwanese variety to ever make the annual top ten overall list. These noodles are simply wonderful – wide with a sturdy chew and strong backbone. The flavor is salty and savory with a great hit of Sichuan pepper – hot, but not too hot. Excellence! Special Top Ten Re-Review

 

New Product Samples From Prima Taste

The last time I got product samples from Prima Taste of Singapore I was pleasantly surprised. Their Laksa and Curry noodles ended up at the top of my yearly top ten list. What lies inside this box?

Yes! These are the #1 and #2 from my 2013 list – really good stuff!

These are meal kits. You get a couple large pouches of sauce and add meat and vegetables or noodles and you’ve got dinner. I’ve tried the rendang – that was really good!

Look what we have here. This is Prima Taste Chilli Crab, which is Prima Taste’s newest noodle. I’ll be reviewing this pretty soon! Thanks to Zi Hua and everyone else at Prima Taste!

The Ramen Rater Noodle News #30

Here we go with the 30th edition of The Ramen Rater Noodle News! I scour the Internet for articles about ramen and instant noodles and bring them to you! Here are some recent stories you might find interesting!

  • DigTriad – Tractor-Trailer Carrying Ramen Noodles Overturns On I-85 In Greensboro – USA – Link
  • Korea IT Times – Ottogi Overtakes Samyang In Ramen Sales – South Korea – Link
  • Nigerian Bulletin – Ramadan Fasting: Indomie Feeds 2.5 Million Muslims In 30 Days – Nigeria – Link
  • CKGSB Knowledge – Smeared! Why Reputation Management Matters – Even to China’s Instant Noodle King – China – Link
  • RocketNews24 – Love Nissin’s Chicken Ramen? The Yokohama Grand Intercontinental Hotel Has A Room Just For You! – Japan – Link
  • Weekly Times Now – Noodle Demand To Boost Wheat Production – Australia – Link
  • Gothamist – Joey Chestnut Craved Yogurt, Ramen After Eating 69 Hot Dogs – USA – Link
  • ECNS – Netizens Poke Fun At ‘Instant Noodle Building’ – China – Link
  • The Dong-A Ilbo – Korean Cup Noodle Attacks The Taste Of The World – South Korea – Link
  • Daily Trust (via AllAfrica) – Nigeria: We’ll Start Palm Oil Production Next Month – Indomie CEO  – Nigeria – Link
  • The Japan Times – Museum To Launch Ramen For Muslims – Japan – Link
  • The Chosunilbo – Korean Cup Noodles Served On American Airlines – South Korea – Link
  • The Mercury – Nurse Warns On Hot Topic – Australia – Link
  • Nippon – Using Its Noodle For Success: Nissin Food Products – Japan – Link
  • The Asahi Shinbun – Nissin Foods Pins Hopes On Instant Noodles In Kenya With Local Flavors – Japan – Link
  • RocketNews24 – Gut-Busting 6kg Ramen Destroys Stomachs, Self-Esteem – Japan – Link
  • Times Union – Biodegradable Ramen Bowl Expands When Water Is Added – USA – Link
  • The Gulf Today – Price Freeze On Noodles During Disasters Approved – UAE – Link
  • What’s On Xiamen – Zhangzhou Schoolgirl Scalded After Teacher Throws Boiling Noodles Over Her – China – Link
  • ABS/CBN News – Noodles, Bottled Water To Become ‘Prime Commodities’ – Philippines – Link
  • Foodbeast – Ramen-Flavored Chocolate Was Surprisingly Not Invented by High College Kids – USA – Link
  • The Lo-Down – A Conversation With Ramen Master Ivan Orkin – USA – Link
  • Capital Press – S. Korea Tightens Inspection Of Imported Winter White Wheat – USA – Link
  • Korea IT Times – Oregon Wheat Shipment Found to Contain GMO Varieties – South Korea – Link

The Ramen Rater Noodle News #29

Here we go with the 29th edition of The Ramen Rater Noodle News! I scour the Internet for articles about ramen and instant noodles and bring them to you! Here are some recent stories you might find interesting!

  • NewStatesman – Food: It’s Not For Girls – UK – Link
  • VietnamNet – The Instant Noodle War – Vietnam – Link
  • RocketNews24 – Another Amazing Vending Machine From Japan! But This One’s No High-Tech Gadget – Japan – Link
  • BBC News – Chinese Tourists Warned Over Behaviour Abroad – UK – Link
  • Akihabara News – Nissin – “Cup Noodle Curry trio with mini GUNPLA” – Japan – Link
  • Monterey County Herald – Hot Soup Scaldings Most Common Burn For Kids – USA – Link
  • Daily Planet – United Noodles: Ramen for lunch, ramen ingredients for later – USA – Link
  • The Japan Times – Product names show language creativity at work – Japan – Link
  • Mankato Free Press – Kids burned by instant soup cups – USA – Link
  • Philly – VIDEO: Conan says Taylor Swift’s ’22’ needs more ramen – USA – Link
  • PackagingEurope – Greiner Packaging Wins WorldStar Award – UK – Link
  • Press Release – Cook Up a Quick and Easy Meal, Meet Military Child of the Year on The Balancing Act™ on Lifetime TV – USA – Link
  • The Asahi Shinbun – Nissin Foods to market instant noodles in Kenya – Japan – Link
  • Focus Taiwan – Uni-President’s China-based unit issues ‘dim sum’ bonds – Taiwan – Link
  • Straits Times – Taiwan instant noodles source of new food scare – Singapore – Link
  • The Chosun Ilbo – Korean Cup Noodles a Hit in Swiss Alps – South Korea – Link
  • Focus Taiwan – Tsai Eng-meng tops Forbes list of Taiwan’s richest people – Taiwan – Link

I also thought I’d add some links to news about the current Taiwanese uproar about The Ramen Rater Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2013 Edition. Check it out!

  • May 31, 2013 – Sharp Daily – 馨馨細語:即食麵排名 – Hong Kong – Link
  • May 31, 2013 – Apple Daily – 泡麵部落客評滿分 阿舍推泡麵 –  Taiwan – Link
  • May 28, 2013 – Apple Daily – [VIDEO] 試食叻沙麵 朱薰激讚香噴噴 – Hong Kong – Link
  • May 26, 2013 – Nanyang Post – 被评为全球第一名 新加坡叻沙方便面卖断货 – Singapore – Link
  • May 24. 2013 – gbTimes – [AUDIO] Display Of Diplomacy Prevents Taiwanese Noodle War – Finland – Link
  • May 23, 2013 – Evening Magazine – [VIDEO] Ramen Rating Rage – USA – Link
  • May 23, 2013 – gbTimes – [AUDIO] My Talk With The Ramen Rater – Finland – Link
  • May 21, 2013 – CTTV – [VIDEO] 阿舍乾麵獲美國泡麵部落客滿分評比 — 吳宇舒主播 – Taiwan – Link
  • May 21, 2013 – CTTV – [VIDEO] [東森新聞]「阿舍」退燒? 漲幅逾六成消費者多考量 – Taiwan – Link
  • May 21 , 2013 – China Times – [VIDEO] 中天新聞》平反!美國泡麵網站 給台灣乾麵滿分 – China – Link
  • May 20, 2013 – MSN Taiwan -泡麵票選番外篇-美泡麵達人 給阿舍乾麵滿分 – Taiwan – Link

  • May 20, 2013 – China.org.cn – Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time – China – Link

  • May 10, 2013 – ASEAN China Centre – 新加坡快熟面世界最好吃 – China – Link
  • May 9, 2013 – NOW News – 評選10大泡麵沒台灣 鄉民灌爆部落格受矚目 – Taiwan – Link
  • May 7, 2013 – EtToday – 泡麵沒進排行!台網友留言灌爆 美部落客:寄過來吧 – Taiwan – Link
  • May 7, 2013 – Next Apple News – [VIDEO] 全球10大美味泡麵 台灣摃龜 – Taiwan – Link
  • May 7, 2013 – CTI TV – [VIDEO] 中天新聞》世界美味泡麵 星國第一! 台竟沒上榜 – Taiwan – Link
  • May 7, 2013 – CTI TV – [VIDEO] 【中天】05/07世界美味泡麵 台沒上榜網友不甘心 – Taiwan – Link
  • May 6, 2013 – Apple Daily – [VIDEO] 【影片】全球10大好吃泡麵 台灣槓龜 – Hong Kong – Link