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The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten South Korean Instant Noodles Of All Time 2014 Edition

It’s no secret that I eat a lot of instant noodles. Last year alone, I did 320 new reviews! I’m often asked, “when you aren’t reviewing, what instant noodles do you like to eat?” South Korean ramyun is the answer. In 1963, instant noodles were first introduced to South Korea as ‘ramyun.’ People were a little confused at first; they thought it was a textile! They also weren’t super keen on it being chicken flavored; South Koreans prefer rich beef flavors as opposed to lighter poultry tastes. With a little tweaking, the spicy rich beef noodles synonymous with ramyun were born.  The thick noodles, rich broth and spiciness keep me coming back for more. This list contains my favorites from the 1272 reviews I’ve done thus far. They are all made in South Korea, and many will be hard to find in the United States, if not impossible. With that, here’s my list.

#10: Paldo Cucumber Bibim Men

Regular Bibim Men is quite good, but this has a little extra something. It is a cold variety, great for the summer months and delivers a spiciness and slight sweetness. The cucumber bits hydrate and end up crunchy and refreshing. Original review here

#9: Ottogi Bekse Curry Myon

I’m a big fan of curries from all over the world.  We start with thick ramyun noodles. The broth is rich and luxuriant with a nice deep curry flavor. The little potato pieces (a rarity in the instant noodle realm) are very welcome and give it a little extra comfort food appeal. Original review here

#8: Paldo Namja Ramyun

A spicy premium ramyun variety. The noodles are thick and chewy and the broth has beef, chicken and garlic components. Namja translates to “men’s” or “guy’s.” Strong stuff and quite good. Original review here

#7: Samyang Foods Buldalk Bokkeummyeon

This spicy fried chicken flavored broth-free variety means business! It’s on the Top Ten Spiciest list from 2013 and it really packs a punch! Great noodles and great flavor. Comes with sesame seeds and seaweed as a garnish. Original review here

#6: Paldo Rabokki

Rabokki is a cross between ramyun and ttebokki. Ttebokki is a populat dish which features tube shaped chewy pasta made from rice and usually a thick spicy sauce. Basically, this is ramyun with a ttebokki sauce – and it’s really good! Wish they’d bring this one to the United States! Original review here

#5: HoMyeonDang Premium Noodle House Crab Jjampong

This is a very premium and fancy variety. The noodles are very good with a premium feel to them. The broth has a rich crab flavor augmented with a little sesame oil which gives it a little extra heartiness. The vegetable and crab piece mix rounds it out masterfully. Original review here

#4: 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 here

#3: Paldo Cheese Noodle

I really like cheese added to ramyun. This one already has a cheese flavor packet with it – perfect! It’s got a spicy broth which is pretty common of South Korean instant ramyun, but once you add the cheese powder packet, the broth takes on a different tack. It softens the blow of the heat yet maintains a balance where the one doesn’t completely overwhelm the other. Original review here

#2: Samyang Foods Baked Noodle Maesaengyitangmyun

Samyang Foods celebrated it’s 50th anniversary in 2013 – they originally introduced ramyun to South Korea in 1963 (people originally thought it was a textile). They decided to make a new baked noodle line for 2013 as something new. The result is a rich creamy broth with a twist. Maesaengyi is almost like a woven seaweed thread. It is fine and wispy and breaks apart in the broth and gives the broth an added ‘from the sea’ kind of taste, slightly reminiscent of a chowder. The baked noodles smell and taste quite nice. Original review here

#1 Nongshim Jinjja Jinjja Ramyun

This is the fourth time in a different top ten list. Jinjja Jinjja is absolutely wonderful stuff. The noodles are quite nice to begin with – classic gauge and chew. The broth has a strong spiciness couples with a pork flavor. To finish things off, there’s a packet of peanut powder with black sesame seeds. Jinjja Jinjja translates to Really Really – and I really really think this is excellent stuff! Original review here

#1224: HoMyeonDang Premium Noodle House Premium Seafood Ramyun

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It’s a little colder outside today. When I do my reviews, the first thing I do is pick something out. Then, all the photography goes down. I pull some stuff out of the freezer, depending on what kind of noodles and where they’re from to thaw out. Once everything’s all ready to go, I usually go on my daily walk. I walk about a mile to a mile and a half every day before I come home and cook up some noodles. Today it’ll be some hot and pretty fancy looking South Korean seafood ramyun! Sounds good to me. Let’s check these out.

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Contains seafood. To make this one, you boil 550ml of water. Drop the noodle block, powder seasoning and cream colored sachet contents in and cook for 4 minutes and 30 seconds. Add the pieces of seafood and stir.

The noodle block.

Powder soup base sachet.

A nice spicy seafood scent.

The solid ingredients sachet.

Looks like shrimp, kamaboko and other nice bits.

The vegetables sachet.

Wispy little bits.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added shrimp, Busan fish cake, kamaboko and sweet onion. The noodles are top-notch; a great chew, quantity and quality. The broth has a strong spiciness and a rich seafood flavor. The vegetable components were throughout and had a fresh feel. The seafood bits were really nice too. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 8801073110571.

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Meet The Manufacturer: #1024: HoMyeonDang Premium Noodle House Tofu Fried Noodle

Here’s another of the HoMyeonDang private label varieties. This is a stir noodle – drain the noodles after cooking and add the sauce and stir. Let’s check it out.

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Not sure if it’s vegetarian or not.

Unlike the last HoMyeonDang variety, this one uses a fried noodle block.

The liquid packet.

Has a rich beef smell.

The solid ingredients packet.

Looks like there is tofu in this one.

Last time the oil was sesame – not sure this one.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added green bell pepper, sweet onion, green onion, broccoli, and odeng. The noodles are great in a stir situation – nice and chewy and plentiful. The flavoring was spicy but also light. The tofu bits from the oatmeal colored packet were very nice. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 8801073110595.

Ever wonder how tofu is made? Well, here’s a demonstration!

Meet The Manufacturer: #1022: HoMyeonDang Premium Noodle House Crab Jjampong

This sure looks fancy! This is a premium private label variety made by Samyang Foods. HoMyeonDang is a restaurant in South Korea – here’s their website. They’re a organic noodle bar! Crab jjampong! Let’s check it out…

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). I can’t read the ingredients, but looks like there’s some seafood in there.

The noodle block. These noodles are special – not the kind you can enjoy out of the bag, but hard like non-fried noodles.

The powdered seasoning packet.

Has a sweet seafood flavor.

The veggie packet.

Wow look at this – lots of fancy stuff in here… Definitely looks like some crab meat!

Finally, an oil packet.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sweet onion and green onion. The noodles are very nice – chewier than most and have a very premium feel. The broth is exemplary with a rich crab taste and a little thickness. The sesame oil adds to it nicely. The bits of crab and veggies are perfect. Wow – this is good stuff! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars – loved it! UPC bar code 8801073110588.

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