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#2784: Samyang Foods Jjajang Buldak Bokkeummyun

#2873: Samyang Foods Jjajang Buldak Bokkeummyun 짜장불닭볶음면

Alright, folks! Today I bring you the brand new Samyang Foods Jjajang Buldak Bokkeummyun. 1,920 SHU is the heat level. But wait – what’s jjajang? Let’s find out with some info from Wikipedia!

Jajangmyeon (자장면) or jjajangmyeon (짜장면) is a Korean Chinese noodle dish topped with a thick sauce made of chunjang, diced pork and vegetables.[1] A variant of the dish uses seafood.

Jajangmyeon dates back to 1905, when it first appeared in Gonghwachun (공화춘共和春), a restaurant in Incheon Chinatown run by an immigrant from the Shandong Province of China. The restaurant is now the Jjajangmyeon Museum.

Although the name jajangmyeon is cognate with the Chinese dish zhájiàngmiàn (炸酱面), Korean jajangmyeon differs in many ways. Yong Chen, an associate history professor at the University of California, Irvine, argued that although the dish “began as the Northern Chinese noodle-and-ground pork dish zhájiàngmiàn, it is thoroughly Korean.”[2]

Do I detect a little national pride in the end there? Let’s pop this open and give it a try!

Samyang Foods Jjajang Buldak Bokkeummyun – South Korea

#2873: Samyang Foods Jjajang Buldak Bokkeummyun 짜장불닭볶음면

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block and solid ingredients sachet to 600-ml boiling water and cook for 4 minutes. Drain, saving 120ml water. add noodle, sachet contents and water to pan and return to a boil. Stir-fry for 30 seconds. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2873: Samyang Foods Jjajang Buldak Bokkeummyun 짜장불닭볶음면

The noodle block.

#2873: Samyang Foods Jjajang Buldak Bokkeummyun 짜장불닭볶음면

The liquid base sachet.

#2873: Samyang Foods Jjajang Buldak Bokkeummyun 짜장불닭볶음면

Thick and brown.

#2873: Samyang Foods Jjajang Buldak Bokkeummyun 짜장불닭볶음면

The solid ingredients sachet.

#2873: Samyang Foods Jjajang Buldak Bokkeummyun 짜장불닭볶음면

Peas and other bits in there.

#2873: Samyang Foods Jjajang Buldak Bokkeummyun 짜장불닭볶음면

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles come out very well – thick and chewy. They have a great ramyun gauge and good mouthfeel. The flavor is jjajang for sure – thick black bean sauce augmented with that trademark Buldak Bokkeummyun sweet spiciness as well. Vegetables hydrated perfectly and went well with it. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8801073113909.

#2873: Samyang Foods Jjajang Buldak Bokkeummyun 짜장불닭볶음면

Samyang Jjajang Buldak 140g / Spicy Black Bean x Roasted Chicken Buldak Ramen / NEW Buldak / 짜장불닭 / 짜장불닭볶음면 (5)

The Official The Ramen Rater Jjajang Buldak Bokkeummyun Spicy Noodle Mukbang video!

#2637: Samyang Foods Jjajang Big Bowl

#2637: Samyang Foods Jjajang Big Bowl - South Korea - The Ramen Rater

I’ve tried the pack version of this and it was some of the best I’ve had. I really like that the South Korean companies have now adopted the wider thick noodle in a lot of products. These have a little extra character and are very good. So Jjajang usually begins the word jjajangmyeon – basically a noodle with black bean sauce. Let’s see how the bowl version of this product fares.

Samyang Foods Jjajang Big Bowl – South Korea

#2637: Samyang Foods Jjajang Big Bowl - South Korea - The Ramen Rater

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and steep for 4 minutes. Drain, saving 6~8 ‘spoons’ of water (the company has informed me that one spoon is 15mL). Add in sachets. finally, stir and enjoy!

#2637: Samyang Foods Jjajang Big Bowl - South Korea - The Ramen Rater

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2637: Samyang Foods Jjajang Big Bowl - South Korea - The Ramen Rater

The noodle block.

#2637: Samyang Foods Jjajang Big Bowl - South Korea - The Ramen Rater

Loose bits from the bowl.

#2637: Samyang Foods Jjajang Big Bowl - South Korea - The Ramen Rater

Seasoning base.

#2637: Samyang Foods Jjajang Big Bowl - South Korea - The Ramen Rater

A lot of dark brown granular powder.

#2637: Samyang Foods Jjajang Big Bowl - South Korea - The Ramen Rater

A liquid sachet.

#2637: Samyang Foods Jjajang Big Bowl - South Korea - The Ramen Rater

Oil.

#2637: Samyang Foods Jjajang Big Bowl - South Korea - The Ramen Rater

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles are great – happy that they’re using this wider style that’s become popular lately. The jjajang sauce is thick and coats every surface. It has a very nice tastiness to it which I really enjoy – seems meaty without meat. The included bits were alright. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8801073210950.

Samyang God Jjajangmen Instant Noodle 650g (130g X5 Packs)

A classic Samyang ramyun TV commercial

#2614: Samyang Foods Chacharoni

#2614: Samyang Foods Chacharoni - South Korea - The Ramen Rater

Chacharoni is a play on words. Jjajang kind of sounds like ‘cha cha’ and the roni calls to noodles. There are other plays on words in the South Korean industry when it comes to jjajangmyeon. So basically what you have here is a thick noodle with a black bean sauce – also known as jjajang. Here’s a little about jjajangmyeon from Wikipedia –

Jajangmyeon uses thick, hand-made or machine-pulled noodles made from wheat flour, salt, baking soda, and water.[7] The sauce, jajang, is made with fried chunjang with other ingredients, such as soy sauce (and/or oyster sauce), meat (usually pork, but sometimes beef), seafood (usually squid and/or shrimp), fragrants (scallionsginger, and garlicvegetables (usually onionszucchini or Korean zucchinicabbage, and), stock, and starch slurry.[7]

When served, jajangmyeon may be topped with julienned cucumber, egg garnishboiled or fried egg, blanched shrimp, and/or stir-fried bamboo shoot slices.[7] The dish is usually served with danmuji (yellow pickled radish), sliced raw onions, and chunjang sauce for dipping the onions.[7]

Alright – let’s dig into Chacharoni!

Samyang Foods Chacharoni – South Korea

#2614: Samyang Foods Chacharoni - South Korea - The Ramen Rater

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and let steep for 4 minutes. Drain. Finally, add in liquid base sachet and stir well – enjoy!

#2614: Samyang Foods Chacharoni - South Korea - The Ramen Rater

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2614: Samyang Foods Chacharoni - South Korea - The Ramen Rater

The noodle block.

#2614: Samyang Foods Chacharoni - South Korea - The Ramen Rater

A little bit of the included solid ingredients.

#2614: Samyang Foods Chacharoni - South Korea - The Ramen Rater

The jjajang sauce.

#2614: Samyang Foods Chacharoni - South Korea - The Ramen Rater

Thick and dark.

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles hydrated nicely in the 4 minutes directed. They have a good ramyun gauge and chew. The sauce coats everything well and has a good black bean flavor. Included vegetable and bits of TVP did well too. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8801073210783.

#2614: Samyang Foods Chacharoni - South Korea - The Ramen Rater

Instant Noodle Ramen Korean Hot Spicy Seafood Flavor Samyang GanChamPong 4.93 oz (5 Packs) Stir Fried

Such a great classic commercial!

#2324: Paldo Jjajangmyeon Instant Noodle

#2324: Paldo Jjajangmyeon - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Here’s a new jjajangmyun from Paldo of South Korea sent by Yongmin Park of Paldo. Thank you very much!  For those of you unfamiliar with jjajangmyeon, here’s some info from wikipedia:

Jajangmyeon (자장면; 짜장면; jjajangmyeon) is a noodle dish topped with a thick sauce made of chunjang (salty black soybean paste), diced pork and vegetables, and sometimes also seafood.

The dish originated from zhajiangmian (, literally “deep fried sauce noodles”) in China’s Shandong region.[1] The start of jajangmyeon can be traced back to the Joseon Dynasty. When the Joseon opened the Incheon port, many Chinese people from the Shandong region moved to a town in Incheon, which is now known as Incheon China Town.[2] these people created chines returant and made a é* The pronunciation of the dish’s name is nearly identical to that of its Korean counterpart. However, Korean jajangmyeon differs from Chinese zhajiangmian, as Korean jjajangmyeon uses black Korean chunjang including caramel, and onions.

Curious how this one will stand up compared to others. Only one way to find out!

#2324: Paldo Jjajangmyeon – South Korea

#2324: Paldo Jjajangmyeon - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block and vegetables sachet to 600ml boiling water and cook for 4 1/2 minutes. Drain well. Add in contents of large sauce sachet. Stir and enjoy!

#2324: Paldo Jjajangmyeon - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The noodle block.

#2324: Paldo Jjajangmyeon - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The jjajang sauce sachet.

#2324: Paldo Jjajangmyeon - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

A lot of sauce and it smells really good!

#2324: Paldo Jjajangmyeon - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The vegetables sachet.

#2324: Paldo Jjajangmyeon - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Looks like peas and cabbage.

#2324: Paldo Jjajangmyeon - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Finished (click to enlarge). The ramyun is great – thick and chewy just like I like it. The sauce is really awesome. I like the fact that it’s a sauce and isn’t mixed from a powder, although those kinds are really good too. This one has lots of nice bits of vegetables in the sauce. Solid. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8809296883098.

#2324: Paldo Jjajangmyeon - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Here’s Paldo’s other version – Paldo Jjajangmen Chajang Noodle Vegan No MSG 16-pack

A TV commercial for Paldo Jjangjangmyun.

#2067: Samyang Foods Fresh Jjajang

There have been some jjajangmyun varieties sweeping sout Korea lately – very very popular. Here’s one of them! Jjajang is a black bean sauce and myun means noodle in Korean. Got it? Good! Let’s check it out!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat. to prepare, add noodles and vegetables to 600ml boiling water and cook for 4 minutes. Drain. Add in contents of powder and oil sachets. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

Sauce base.

Has a rich scent.

The vegetables sachet.

A varied mixture.

An oil sachet.

Oil.

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles in this one are different from the standard Samyang Foods ones. they’re thicker and wider. The flavor is really great – a nice and thick jjajang sauce coats everything in its entirety. Despite it being a sauce coming from a dry powder, this stuff is really extremely good. The veggies were excellent as well, however the peas didn’t hydrate extremely well and after all the time they had boiling, I was a bit surprised by this. Nonetheless, an excellent jjangmyun. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8801073113176.

Samyang God Jjajang Instant Noodle 650g (130g X5 Packs)

An old TV commercial for Samyang Foods Chacharoni.

#1110: GS25 Gonghwachun Jjajangmyun

This was sent to me by Kristina W. of Arizona – thank you! Jjajangmyun is basically a noodle that is coated in a black bean sauce. Let’s check it out!

The back of the package (click image to enlarge). Not sure if it contains meat or not.

The noodle block.

The only packet included is a big one full of sauce. Decided (as I did yesterday as well) not to make a big mess by trying to fit this stuff in one of the little sake cups I usually use.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added some beef, carrot and Vidalia sweet onion. The noodles good – a little chewier than usual and nice and plump. The jjajang sauce is really great – has a rich black bean flavor with a little bit of extra heartiness, especially from the potatoes. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 8801128506571.

Here’s a recipe for jjajangmyeon!

Meet The Manufacturer: #1025: Samyang Foods Hot Chacharoni

Okay so what’s Hot Chacharoni? Well, its a form of jjajangmyeon. What’s jjajangmyeon? Wheat noodles with a black bean sauce! Pretty much every South Korean instant noodle company has their own take on the popular dish, but this is the only one that I’m aware of that is spicy! Let’s check it out.

Here’s the back of the packaging.

The noodle block.

The liquid packet.

This is the black bean sauce. Has a rich and hearty kind of scent.

The solid ingredient packet.

Bits of vegetable and possibly textured vegetable protein.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sauteed rib eye beef with Worcestershire and minced garlic, carrots, green bell pepper, sweet onion and broccoli. The noodles are great – good chew. The black bean sauce is definitely spicy. I like how there’s a decent amount of the sauce too. The added veg and bits from the packet are nice as well. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 8801073110304.

An old Chacharoni TV advertisement.