Today we have an interesting little cup of noodles from South Korea – a little spicy one. This has been on my top ten spicy list for a while now and it’s some mean stuff.
So, as you can see, there’s a little octopus. This is octopus flavor! Nothing like a little octopus and violent heat to begin your day, eh? Well, let’s get to this Bulnak!
Paldo Bulnak Pan Stirfried Noodle – South Korea
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains octopus. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and cover for 3 minutes. Poke holes in scored spots on the lid and use as a drain spout. Add in the liquid base. Finally, stir and enjoy yourself! (I really love how this one doesn’t just say enjoy, but enjoy yourself)
Detail of the lid (click to enlarge). Note the three little spots toward the top to poke with a chopstick to use as a drain spout.
The noodle block.
Loose bits of vegetable and noodle from the cup.
The spicy liquid base.
Spicy stuff here!
Finished (click to enlarge). Alright so yeah it’s a pretty bad picture. But actually, this is because I did a mukbang with this one. I do YouTube videos quite a bit these days. Anyways. The noodle came out nicely with a strong tooth and excellent gauge. The sauce coated everything and was sweet as well as exceedingly spicy. Vegetable bits hydrated. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 648436101269.
Here’s something new from Paldo of South Korea – cheese noodle! I am a big fan of cheese! I also like noodles obviously, so this should be a nice pairing. Let’s dig in to some cheesy goodness!
Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat-free but check for yourself.
The noodle block.
The soup base sachet.
Light on the spiciness.
The vegetables sachet.
The cheese powder sachet.
My son Andreas saw this hat I had yesterday up on a shelf and decided he’d like to wear it. He didn’t know the noodles we’d be having today would be from Paldo!
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added swiss cheese, sweet onion and Fresno chili peppers. The noodles are extremely good – they’ve got some potato starch going on and I always like noodles with potato starch. They’re thick like normal ramyun but a little less chewy. The broth is excellent – while it has a medium spicy flavor before you add the cheese powder packet, the cheese powder softens the spicy blow but doesn’t overwhelm it. The two intermingle in the broth and engorge the noodle with a good flavor. The veggies were pretty good. I could see myself having this one often. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 648436100873.
[AMAZONPRODUCTS asin=”B005Z3E5WG”]This one’s great too and pairs nicely with processed cheese. Swiss would probably go well too – although swiss doesn’t melt easily, it stays nice and chewy and gloppy.[/AMAZONPRODUCTS]
A commercial for one of their other products showing a recipe involving whelk! I tried it a while back – check it out here.
My pal Moses over at Paldo sent me a message the other day: “I’m sending you something…”
Cheese ramyun! Something brand new by Paldo over in South Korea! Cheese is good stuff and the little cheese guy holding up a sign that says cheese noodle is awesome. Thanks Moses! I’ll be giving this one a try soon!
Here’s the original review. It’s cold today so I thought it sounded good. I figure I should mention – there will be some new reviews very soon! I am working on a huge project that’s been taking so much time. A hint – it has to do with upgrading this blog! I’ve been editing every post and image. A lot of work let me tell you! It will definitely be worth it in the end!
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added kamaboko, stir fry vegetables, an egg, sweet onion and processed cheese. Awesome – just as good as last time – 4.75 out of 4.0 stars! UPC bar code 648436100705 .
It’s the day after Thanksgiving and I thought this would be nice to have. I’ve reviewed the Korean version in the past – this is the version for sale in the US.
Back of the package (click image to enlarge). From the ingredients, you can see the beef, chicken and garlic components.
The noodle block.
Seasoning powder packet.
Ahhh look at all of the powder – should be hot’n’spicy!
A nice little melange.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sweet onion, some processed cheese, fresh Thanksgiving turkey, French’s French Fried Onions, a hard boiled egg and Krazy Mixed Up Salt. The noodles are great – nice and plump and plentiful. The broth has a great flavor – a strong spiciness too. Excellent red broth! The veggies are very nice too – good amount of garlic in there! Great stuff! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars! UPC bar code 648436100729 – get it here.
Here’s the commercial for Namja Ramyun
Hey sweet – I live just a couple minutes south of Lynwood!
Here’s some more Kokomen – this is the one sold in the USA! It’s a really rainy day today and some spicy chicken noodles sound really tasty! Let’s hit it!
The side panels (click image to enlarge). Note the address on the lower left – these must be Gangnam style!
The noodle block.
The powder seasoning packet.
Ahhh – Jalapeno and chicken powder! Smells great!
Those little white strips? Dehydrated chicken!
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sliced turkey breast (how fitting for this week), sweet onion, Krazy Mixed Up Salt and Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles are really good, although I think the pack variety’s offering is a little better. The broth is wonderful – a nice jalapeno chicken flavor. The veggies are nice and the little bits of chicken are neat to see. I love this stuff – jalapeno chicken noodle soup is right up my alley! Just like the Kko Kko Myun King Cup from Korea, I give it 4.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 648436100705 .
Last night, Obama got re-elected as the President, and here in Washington state, same-sex marriage was approved – as was the recreational use of marijuana. Quite an evening! Anyways, was fun watching the political process wind up and come to a close for this cycle. Now, on to the urgent task of noodle reviewing! The last time I reviewed this one was back in February of ’11 and was #287 (link). I forgot how awesome the picture on this one – I love how it says ‘serving suggestion.’ It makes me think that this is one enormous king of the lobsters that wants you to serve it these self-flavored noodles! Roarrr!!! On a side note, if you look at the lower right hand side of the cup, you can see it says “Chitosan Oligosaccaride 2 mg.” What the heck is that?!?! What I got out of this Wikipedia article is that this is something that comes from the exoskeletons of crustaceans. It got me thinking – Chitosan… ChitoSlim? I remember commercials for ChitoSlim, a weight lossupplement. I found it and lo and behold it contains 1000 mg of Chitosan. I figure it’s basically like a super-fiber. Anyways, let’s continue.
The side panels (click to enlarge). Enjoy them – this took awhile!
The noodle block.
The seasoning packet.
Whoa – that’s a lot of red powder! Spicy red powder!
Here’s just a few bits from the mix at the bottom of the cup. Kamaboko and seaweed.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sweet onions, two scrambled eggs with Tabasco Jalapeno sauce and topped with processed cheese and a little Krazy Mixed Up Salt, Texas Pete hot sauce and Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles are nice – not mushy, but they kind of come together when chewed. Kind of hard to explain; not a negative either. The broth is nice – tasty and a little spicy. The little bit of veggies and kamaboko were good too. I liked it! 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 648436100279 – get it here.
Our refrigerator has been on the fritz lately so I had just let the maintenance guy out when there was a knock at the door; I figured he left something. But it was our mailman! With a box! I really like when that happens!
Paldo sent me the new Paldo Namja King Cup! You can be assured it will be reviewed soon – very cool! Thanks to Moses C. over at Paldo America for sending these over!
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 .
Here’s Paldo’s standard hot & spicy variety. Today and tomorrow are supposed to be the hottest days of the year here in the northwest – temps are supposed to hit 94 degrees today and 96 tomorrow. Hot and spicy sounds just about right! What’s Hwa though? Couldn’t figure that one out but here’s what the health info on soy peptide is! Anyways – I’m hungry – time to noodle it up!
Back of the packaging (click image to enlarge).
The noodle block.
The seasoning packet.
Salty and spicy stuff!
Looks like a decent amount.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added some kimchi, an egg, chicken and some Krazy Mixed Up Salt. The noodles are great – plentiful and nice gauge/texture. The broth has a strong spiciness to it with a nice flavor – not just hot but good taste as well. The veggies aren’t bad – and easily found. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 648436100422 – get it here.
Wow – what are they wearing on their heads? Go Lotte Giants!
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added onions and odeng (fish cake). The noodles are nice and thick as usual in Paldo’s offerings. The broth is spicy and has a nice seafood taste . The veggies and seafood additions lend a nice addition to the broth’s already nice character. A nice. well rounded Korean seafood ramyun! 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 648436100583 – get it here.
The commercial for this one!
A lecture on Korean history from the USC Korean studies Department
I saw a YouTube video recently where a man is trying to handle the heat of this instant ramyun. He couldn’t – to the point of cursing these noodles. Another reason that Paldo’s Teumsae Ramyun is #1 on the Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles of All Time list. But Teumsae; what is that? Teumsae is a well known restaurant chain in Korea. They’re well known for their spicy ways as well!
The back of the packaging (click image to enlarge).
Big noodle block.
The fiery powder packet!
Here it is – a lot of burning fire awaiting your tastebuds!
The veggie packet.
Quite a bit of veggies in this one.
Finished (click image to enlarge). I added an egg, some onions, a slice of processed cheese and a bit of roast beef with Krazy Mixed Up Salt on top. As always, I sampled before I added everything. The noodles are thick and chewy. The broth is just plain mean! Yeah – this is the hottest and spiciest stuff out there that I’ve found. I had good reason to put this at #1 on that spiciest ramen list! The veggies are good too. Also, just to let you know how how this stuff is, it’s burning my mouth really good as I eat it with the egg and cheese and onions added – wow! 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 648436100613.
Here’s a guy in South Korea who checks out things – one of therm being a Teumsae restaurant!
This is pretty awesome – Korean fusion jazz using a lot of tradition instruments – called Oriental Express