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#3279: Palkin The knight of Fire ribs – South Korea

#3279: Palkin The Knight Of Fire Ribs - South Korea

Someone on social media alerted me to the existence of a new spicy variety on the market. This is The Knight Of Fire Ribs. I’ve reviewed The Knight Of Ribs (in fact, that was on the 2018 Top Ten Instant Noodles OF All Time list). This is a spicy version and we shall see exactly how spicy it is. Let’s give it a try!

Palkin The Knight Of Fire Ribs – South Korea

#3279: Palkin The Knight Of Fire Ribs - South Korea

Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, boil noodles in 550ml water for 4 minutes. Drain, saving 5 spoons water (5 * 15ml = 75ml). Add in sachet and reserved water and return to boil on low heat for 10 seconds. Finally, stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

A large retort pouch. See it in use on the Instant Noodle Recipe Time episode below.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion. Noodles are thick with a nice chew to them. The sauce from the retort pouch contains pork and potato and a lot of flavor. It doesn’t smell spicy to me, but once I took a bute it seemed like a bit of a dirty trick! This stuff is spicy – I think maybe habanero spicy going on. A very respectable heat, however I think the regular knight is much, much better; I just found myself wanting that flavor instead of the spicy infused one. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8809402741410.

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The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten South Korean Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten South Korean Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition

It’s January 2019, and so it is time for the first of many Top Ten Lists. I always start the year with the latest South Korean Top ten. This list was compiled as of posting 3,058 unique reviews of instant noodles, 349 of which are South Korean. All varieties are manufactured in South Korea. If you are a company interested in having your products showcased, please drop me a line. Let’s begin!

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten South Korean Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition

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#10: Nongshim Shin Ramyun Black

Best South Korean Ramen - Nongshim Shin Ramyun Black

When Shin Ramyun Black came onto the scene a few years back it was a huge hit and still is. An upgraded version of their popular shin Ramyun, it includes a sachet of Sul-Long-Tang soup base which gives an extra heartiness to the broth. Thick ramyun noodles and a spicy bite round out the scene. It took me some time to get a pack made in South Korea, a requirement of this this. Original review Get it here

#9: Paldo Cheese Noodle

Best Korean Ramen - Paldo Cheese Noodle

Paldo’s Cheese Noodle has been on the list for awhile now and with good reason. The way the cheese intermingles with the red spicy broth is amazingly good. The noodles are nice and thick ramyun and there’s a large quantity of them. Definitely one that everyone should try – and now there’s a spicier version on the market. Original review Get it here

#8: Nongshim Champong Noodle Soup Spicy Seafood Flavor

Best Korean Ramen - Nongshim Champong Noodle Soup Spicy Seafood Flavor

Nongshim Champong is a spicy seafood noodle soup. It combines what you are used to with the beefiness of a standard Korean ramyun but replaces the beef with seafood flavor. This more ‘of the sea’ variety works very well with the chewy ramyun noodle. It’s kind of like a seafood stew to be honest.  Excellent when paired with seafood. Original review Get it here

#7: Nongshim Neoguri Stir-fry Noodles Spicy Seafood

Best Korean Ramen - Nongshim Neoguri Stir-fry Noodles Spicy Seafood

Neoguri Spicy Seafood Soup is a long time favorite of many and now it’s been converted in this new version as a dry noodle, sans broth. To be honest, I like this much better – not only does it have the great flavor of Neoguri, it’s got a plethora of garnish included – featuring little pieces of fishcake with the raccoon mascot on them. Original review Get it here

#6: Paldo Rabokki Noodle

Best Korean Ramen - Paldo Rabokki Noodle

To understand Paldo’s Rabokki Noodle, you have to understand tteokbokki. It’s also spelled topokki – but however you spell it, tteokbokki are thick cylindrical rice tubes that have a nice chewiness to them. They’re often paired with a thick red sauce which is spicy as well as sweet and served with fishcake, egg and other garnish. These noodles are paired with the sauce in a very tasty representation and crossover of the dish. Original review Get it here

#5: Ottogi Jin Jjambbong Spicy Seafood Ramyun

Best Korean Ramen - Ottogi Jin Jjambbong Spicy Seafood Ramyun

Ottogi’s Jin series added a couple of new varieties recently, and this is my favorite of the two. During a recent trip to Taipei, I went to a restaurant called Love Instant Noodleswhere they doll up packs of instant noodles and serve them piping hot. This is the one I chose from their selection. Jjambbong is a kind of spicy stew and this one has a nice kind of grilled flavor to it, alongside the popular broader ramyun currently spreading around  – great stuff! Original review Get it here

#4: Paldo Budae Jjigae

Best Korean Ramen - Paldo Budae Jjigae

Here we have 2017’s #1 from this list and it was also on the annual The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 list. So, what’s Budae Jjigae? Well, take donated rations from US soldiers from the Korean War and mix them with the local South Korean cuisine. This interesting fusion works so well including tastes from both cultures. Original review Get it here

#3: Ottogi Budae Jjigae Ramen

Best Korean Ramen - Ottogi Budae Jjigae Ramen

Ottogi also has a Budae Jjigae – and it’s my favorite of the varieties to spring onto the market in the last couple years. With bits of processed meats and other niceties, it combines with South Korean flavors into a crescendo of tasty goodness. Budae Jjigae translates to ‘troop stew’ or army stew’ as it originated from donated rations from US forces during the Korean War. Original review Get it here

#2: Samyang Foods Samyang Ramen Spicy Flavor

Best Korean Ramen - Samyang Foods Samyang Ramen Spicy Flavor

This last year I’ve really fallen for Samyang Ramen – both the regular and spicy version. It’s a bit different from most South Korean varieties as they usually lean towards beef, these have a ham flavor. The thick, chewy noodles and the rich and very tasty broth bring these to this list this year, and while I type this, my mouth is watering just thinking about it. Original review Get it here

#1: Gookmul Knight Of Ribs

Best Korean Ramen - Gookmul Knight Of Ribs

With imagery heralding to days of yore, a very unique and tasty one from South Korea tops this year’s list. A thick noodle is complimented with a retort pouch (a metallic sachet) which brings a sweet and savory sauce full of real pork – really like a pulled-pork noodle. What’s surprising is that this was the first variety I’ve found with one of these from South Korea – and it was excellent. Original review Get it here

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2018 Edition

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The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2018 Edition

Well, it’s that time again. Since the last The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time list came out , I’ve reviewed 383 different varieties. I want to thank the companies and individuals who have sent me varieties I could not easily get. Incidentally, all of these are reviewed the same way – I follow instructions to the letter and taste each variety before I add any external garnish.. I figure that a naked bowl of noodles every day would be quite boring, plus it has given many ideas on what to add to them. As always, if you are an instant noodle company  or a reader who wants me to try one that I’ve not, please contact me. With that, let’s have a look at the top ten for 2018 – the finest and most memorable instant noodles I’ve tried.

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2018 Edition

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#10: Gookmul Knight Of Ribs – South Korea

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time - #10: Gookmul Knight Of Ribs - South Korea

Gookmul really made their mark with their special lobster variety last year. But I think this eclipses the taste of those by a lot. The noodles are perfectly chewy and of high quality with a great mouthfeel. What’s amazing about this one is the noodles get ensconced in a luxuriant sauce with lots of real pork – it’s kind of like having barbecue pulled pork noodles and it’s simply delectable and memorable. Original review

#9: Nissin Demae Ramen Straight Noodle Spicy Tonkotsu Flavour – Hong Kong

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time - #9: Nissin Demae Ramen Straight Noodle Spicy Tonkotsu Flavour - Hong Kong

Last year, Nissin Hong Kong’s Black Garlic Oil version was on the list. It was extremely good, but this one really impressed me. The noodles are thin and straight with a very nice chew. The broth is a melange of spicy and milky tonkotsu that had a deep and rich flavor. The heat isn’t so strong you’ll be running for the hills, but it’s respectable insofar as it is spicy but doesn’t overwhelm the underlying tonkotsu flavor. Original review

#8: TTL White Wine Carbonara Noodle – Taiwan

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time - #8: TTL White Wine Carbonara Noodle - Taiwan

Much to my chagrin, TTL keeps coming out with interesting varieties. TTL stands for Taiwan Tobacco and Liquor – and they always have some kind of alcohol with their products. This one comes with a retort pouch will of creamy sauce and pork which is augmented by a sachet of white wine. A sipping soup is made with a separate sachet. The combination is apt and Very delicious. Original review

#7: Mom’s Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle – Taiwan

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time - #7: Mom's Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle - Taiwan

I’ve long said that the Taiwanese are masters of simplicity when it comes to food and this one is no exception. We start with a thin noodle, one that is not fried but dried in the hot sun – no sun, no noodles. The flavor is a combination of chilli oil, sesame paste, soy sauce and a dry combo of Sichuan peppercorn hulls and garlic. Finally, the end result is a multi-layered balance of flavors that harmonize perfectly. Original review

#6: Red Chef Green Tom Yum Soup Noodles – Malaysia

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time - #6: Red Chef Green Tom Yum Soup Noodles - Malaysia

Innovation is something I hold in high regard – I’ve tried almost 3,000 kinds of instant noodles from around the world – new flavors are definitely ones that catch my eye and taste buds. This one has noodles that plump up nicely. The broth is strong and kind of reminds me of a cross between a Malaysian tom yum crossed with green curry spiciness. It works very well and is very tasty. Original review

#5: Prima Taste Singapore Curry Wholegrain La Mian – Singapore

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time - #5: Prima Taste Singapore Curry Wholegrain La Mian - Singapore

This one has been on the list for three years now and for good reason. The noodles are thick and chewy – and while they are wholegrain they aren’t coarse on the chew – they’re hearty and rustic. The broth comes from two large sachets – one full of curry paste and one of coconut powder. The richness and depth of flavor here is sensational and delights the palate with flavors that are balanced and superb. Original review

#4: CarJEN Nyonya Curry Laksa – Malaysia

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time - #4: CarJEN Nyonya Curry Laksa - Malaysia

Hailing from Melaka, this Malaysian variety catches the eye and delights the senses. A noodle with a great gauge and chew sets the scene. Finally, a broth with a nice rich and creamy flavor augmented by coconut milk powder and a special ‘dipping sauce’ that has a sweet and spicy shrimp hit just makes everything so good. A truly delightful and enticing scent brings one to the bowl with anticipation and hunger. Original review

#3: MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodle (2018 Recipe) – Malaysia

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time #3: MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodle (2018 Recipe) - Malaysia

Over the years, this variety went from #1 to being off of the list last year. This was due to numerous recipe changes I just didn’t like. Well, this year they’ve done it. The recipe has uniquely changed once again and it’s definitely returned to it’s roots with a flavor I love. The noodle plumps up very well as with all MyKuali varieties – and then the broth. A big sachet of curry paste sets the stage along with creamer and seasoning. The end result is a incredibly strong and spicy curry that is all in all unique and mesmerizing. Original review

#2: Red Chef Sakura Prawn Soup Noodles – Malaysia

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time #2: Red Chef Sakura Prawn Soup Noodles - Malaysia

Once again, this newcomer to the list for 2018 brings their game to the table. The great gauge and gauge to the noodle, and then the broth just takes over. A sweet and extremely strong prawn flavor. A good level of spiciness is here as well and works with the broth rather than overwhelms it. The broth is thick and oiliness is on point. Rounding things out is a sachet of fried onions – good sized ones that add a very agreeable crunch on top. Authentic and wonderful. Original review

#1: Prima Taste Singapore Wholegrain Laksa La Mian — Singapore

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time #1: Prima Taste Singapore Wholegrain Laksa La Mian -- Singapore

Prima Taste’s Laksa sits atop the list for the third year in a row. Its chewy wholegrain noodles are hearty and artisanal – never gritty and just a pleasure to chew with a cosmic mouthfeel. Moreover, the broth is a combination of a laksa paste sachet which is large and full of premium ingredients. The broth is made fuller and creamy with the second sachet, a large one filled with coconut milk powder. All in all, if I had only one noodle to eat on a deserted island, this would be the one. All in all, it’s just exquisite in taste and to the eye. Original review

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I’ve partnered with Gourmet Ramen Club to bring you The Ramen Rater Spicy Pack! This is a box containing 9 of the spiciest instant noodles out there. Almost all have appeared on the annual The Ramen Rater’s top Ten Spicy Instant Noodles Of All Time list. Furthermore, ones that haven’t represent more countries in order to get a chance to try more exotic varieties I’ve enjoyed. They include shipping in the price and the box will land at your door at the low cost of $25. To try all of these individually, have to buy many multiple packs, running to many Asian stores, or buying from sites on the internet, paying separate shipping This is a neat way to try a bunch of single packs in an easy way. Check it out today – a great gift!

#2758: Gookmul Knight Of Ribs

I don’t know if this one came before or after the famous ‘special edition lobster’ variety by this company, but this looks like it’s going to be quite a different variety. Here’s a little about ribs in Korea –

Galbi[1] (갈비), galbi-gui[1] (갈비구이), or grilled ribs[1] is a type of gui (grilled dish) in Korean cuisine. “Galbi” is the Korean word for “rib”, and the dish is usually made with beef short ribs. When pork spareribs or another meat is used instead, the dish is named accordingly. Galbi is served raw, then cooked on tabletop grills usually by the diners themselves.[2] The dish may be marinated in a sweet and savory sauce usually containing soy sauce, garlic, and sugar. Both non-marinated and marinated galbi are often featured in Korean barbecue.[3]

Okay no pressure here, right? Tasty Korean BBQ is a high bar to meet. Why don’t we give this one a try? By the way I found this on in November of 2017 in Taipei at RT-Mart.

Gookmul Knight Of Ribs – South Korea

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, boil noodles in 550ml water for 4 minutes. Drain, saving 5 spoons of water. Stirfry for 10 seconds. Finally, stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The huge retort pouch.

Lots of sauce and pork in here – smells sweet and tasty!

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles have that kind of gooey layer then the chewy innerness that is ramyun. Just plain perfect. The sauce is really stuff to die for – lots of pieces of pork and vegetables smothered in a really nice galbi sauce, sweet and luxuriant. I’m kind of surprised people aren’t losing their minds over this one like they did on the lobster variety last year. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8809402741090.

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#2616: Gookmul Special Edition Lobster Flavor Potato Instant Noodles

#2616: Gookmul Special Edition Lobster Flavor Potato Instant Noodles - Soiuth Korea - The Ramen Rater

I’ve been waiting to get my hands on this one for a while and thanks to Jay H. for sending it my way from Taiwan, I’ve got one! These are from South Korea, but they’re very popular in Southeast Asia currently and very curious as to why.

I’ve never heard of Gookmul before – I perused their site and it looks like Gookmul makes some interesting varieties. One of them has a picture of a mouth on the package and you could put the package up to your face as kind of a mask which is interesting. Anyways, let’s see why this Gookmul lobster variety is so popular!

Gookmul Special Edition Lobster Flavor Potato Instant Noodles – South Korea

#2616: Gookmul Special Edition Lobster Flavor Potato Instant Noodles - Soiuth Korea - The Ramen Rater

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Guessing it contains seafood. To prepare, add noodles and sachet contents to 550ml boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2616: Gookmul Special Edition Lobster Flavor Potato Instant Noodles - Soiuth Korea - The Ramen Rater

The noodle block.

#2616: Gookmul Special Edition Lobster Flavor Potato Instant Noodles - Soiuth Korea - The Ramen Rater

Two sachets joined by a perforation.

#2616: Gookmul Special Edition Lobster Flavor Potato Instant Noodles - Soiuth Korea - The Ramen Rater

A powder base.

#2616: Gookmul Special Edition Lobster Flavor Potato Instant Noodles - Soiuth Korea - The Ramen Rater

A vegetable base with bits of lobster?

Finished (click to enlarge). I’ve aways liked potato noodles; they have a very nice feel to them and these are no exception. The broth really tastes like a standard ramyun broth – definitely not so beefy, but really not detecting a huge massive amazing thing here that others might be. The garnish of vegetables and the rubber lobster seems a little intrusive. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.   EAN bar code 8809353080347>.

#2616: Gookmul Special Edition Lobster Flavor Potato Instant Noodles - Soiuth Korea - The Ramen Rater

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