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#2983: Nongshim Spicy Zha Wang Noodle – United States

#2983: Nongshim Spicy Zhawang Noodle Dish With Roasted Bean Sauce - United States

Here’s one that was sent by Exotic Noods – a company that sells subscription noodle boxes. Thanks! This one is a spicy take on Zha Wang, a popular product from Nongshim – this one’s their spicy version. Zha Wang might sound a lot like Jjajang – that’s no accident. Zha Wang is basically jjajang but with a different name. Let’s give it a go!

Nongshim Spicy Zha Wang Noodle Dish With Roasted Bean Sauce – United States

#2983: Nongshim Spicy Zhawang Noodle Dish With Roasted Bean Sauce - United States

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains beef and shrimp. To prepare, add everything but liquid sachet and 350ml water to a saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir frequently for 5~6 minutes. Add in remaining liquid sachet. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2983: Nongshim Spicy Zhawang Noodle Dish With Roasted Bean Sauce - United States

The noodle block.

#2983: Nongshim Spicy Zhawang Noodle Dish With Roasted Bean Sauce - United States

The sauce mix sachet.

#2983: Nongshim Spicy Zhawang Noodle Dish With Roasted Bean Sauce - United States

A lot of powder!

#2983: Nongshim Spicy Zhawang Noodle Dish With Roasted Bean Sauce - United States

A vegetables sachet.

#2983: Nongshim Spicy Zhawang Noodle Dish With Roasted Bean Sauce - United States

Looks to be predominately peas and carrots.

#2983: Nongshim Spicy Zhawang Noodle Dish With Roasted Bean Sauce - United States

A liquid sachet.

#2983: Nongshim Spicy Zhawang Noodle Dish With Roasted Bean Sauce - United States

Something to add in at the end.

Finished (click to enlarge). Noodles are just superb – nice thickness and width. The sauce works very well and coats everything – there’s only one problem. It’s spicy, and I really don’t feel like spicy works for me in this situation. It’s like if you made spicy Lucky Charms – kind of a ‘wha – huh?’ feel to it. I really hoped for a light spicy but it was pretty strong. Give me the non spicy any day – it’s excellent – but not a fan of this. 2.0 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 031146041190.

#2983: Nongshim Spicy Zhawang Noodle Dish With Roasted Bean Sauce - United States

Spicy Zha Wang Noodle Dish With Roasted Black Bean Sauce, Family Pack (4 packs)

This sounds quite good!

#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

#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.

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

South Korea has the highest per person consumption of instant noodles in the world. It’s not a surprise that their instant noodle are quite good – usually the noodles (known as ramyun) are thicker and accompanied by a spicy broth. These are my very favorite varieties of South Korean instant noodles – hope you enjoy!

#10: 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

#9: Paldo Jjamppong Seafood Noodle King Bowl

Thick and chewy ramyun noodles are augmented by a broth with a good consistency – a little thickness was very good. Also a slightly sweet, seafood and spicy flavor to it I thoroughly enjoyed. Original review here

#8: Samyang Foods Red Nagasaki Jjampong

The noodles are perfect – what I like to find in ramyun! Thick and chewy. The broth is amazing – an excellent level of heat balanced with a respectable amount of seafood flavor. The added vegetable pieces hydrated quite well. Top notch! Original review

#7: Paldo King Bowl Super Spicy Pan Stirfried Noodle

The noodles are of a good ramyun gauge – lots of them as well. The flavor is a kind of seafood and spicy thing and there’s a sweetness going on as well. The supplied vegetables did great – this was an amazingly good stir noodle! Original review

#6: Nongshim Soon Veggie Noodle Soup

This is the first instant noodle on the top ten to be marketed towards vegetarians. What surprised me about it was the broth had such a full flavor to it; deep and satisfying. The noodles are slightly larger in gauge than your run of the mill instant, which is common of South Korean ‘ramyun.’ Magnificent stuff! Original review

#5: Nongshim Zha Wang (Jjawang) Noodles With Chajang Sauce

The noodles are out of this world – soft and chewy, with a nice width and thickness – very hearty. The sauce coats everything and there’s more than enough of it. It has a rich black bean flavor augmented with peas, cabbage and other veggies. This is the best jjajang I’ve ever tried. Original review

#4: Paldo Cheese Noodle

These noodles – wow. I think the best addition to South Korean ramyun has to be cheese. Well, not only is cheese included here but it’s got just the perfect notes of spiciness and strong, rich flavor. The little guy with the sign that says cheese noodle rocks as well. Original review

#3: Paldo Rabokki Noodle

The noodles plumped up just perfectly – thick and a good chew. The broth is more of a sauce and it’s very rich – spicy and sweet – like an adult version of Spaghetti-O’s which I find delectable. Original review

#2: Nongshim Jinjja Jinjja

The noodles are very good – nice thick ramyun. The broth has a seriously spicy kick to it and a very peanut aroma with pork notes. The vegetables hydrated very well. Back with a vengeance! Original review

#1: ChoripDong Hurricane Rice Cake

It’s red. It’s got a thick spicy and sweet sauce. It’s got ramyun. It’s got topokki. This was a real find – Just looking at the picture makes me want some right this instant. The most wonderful big bowl of noodles I’ve ever had. Original review here

#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!