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

#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 Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition

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

It’s time for another top ten list and this time it’s The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition! The first list debuted in 2013 – I can’t believe this is the sixth list! As always – if you are a company who would like me to review your products, please contact me via the contact link – I want to talk to you! These are my favorite instant noodle bowl selections from my over 2800 reviews to date. Let’s get started!

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

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

#10 – Paldo Bul Jjamppong – South Korea

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition #10 - Paldo Bul Jjamppong - South Korea

This variety boasts a thick and chewy ramyun – a wider and flatter noodle that’s become popular in the last few years. Pairing that with a spicy soup with strong notes of grilled seafood taste – almost smoky – and vegetables/seafood and you’ve got an excellent bowl. Original review

#9 – Maruchan Bowl Taste Of Asia Tom Yum Ramen Noodle Soup – United States

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition #9 - Maruchan Bowl Taste Of Asia Tom Yum Ramen Noodle Soup - United States

To be honest, I’m about as surprised by this one as you might be! But make no mistake – this US domestic variety is truly amazing. The tom yum flavor is just superb along with a huge quantity of noodles. You’ll fill up and be extremely happy as you do so. Original review

#8 – Maruchan Gotsumori Shio Wonton Ramen – Japan

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition #8 – Maruchan Gotsumori Shio Wonton Ramen - Japan

The second Maruchan variety on the list and this one comes from Japan. A light and tasty shio broth is paired with a large quantity of noodles in this bowl. The inclusion of wonton – which are very good I might add – rounds everything out and becomes a delicious feast. Original review

#7 – Seven & I (Nissin) Gold Sumire Ramen – Japan

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition #7 – Seven & I (Nissin) Gold Sumire Ramen – Japan

The noodles are thick and chewy – very premium. The broth has a very rich miso flavor that had a little thickness and a nice oiliness. The vegetables and bits hydrated perfectly – nice bits of ground meat and menma float happily about and are of good quality. Original review

#6 – Uni-President Man Han Feast Braised Pork Flavor Instant Noodles Bowl – Taiwan

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition #6 – Uni-President Man Han Feast Braised Pork Flavor Instant Noodles Bowl – Taiwan

First, the noodles have a little bit thicker a gauge than most instant varieties. Indeed they are premium although a slight bit softer than one might expect. The broth is a sea of rich pork flavor – different than many. As a matter of fact, this really REALLY has a nice pork flavor; most pork varieties don’t have a great pork taste as the pork taste they do have get overshadowed by saltiness. The vegetables hydrated well and the pork was very good. Original review

#5 – Uni-President Man Han Feast Super Hot Pot Beef Flavor Instant Noodles – Taiwan

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition #5 – Uni-President Man Han Feast Super Hot Pot Beef Flavor Instant Noodles – Taiwan

So the noodles are broad and flat with a light chew and an excellent quantity. The broth is a tour de force of beef taste. It has a good thickness/oiliness to it as well as a good flavor. Indeed as expected, there’s a decent punch of spiciness. Indeed, the chunks of beef are of good size and quality. Moreover, the liquid with the beef in the retort pouch add depth to the broth. Finally, little rings of chilli pepper are here and there, joining the party. Original review

#4 – TTL Sesame Oil Chicken With Rice Wine Noodle – Taiwan

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition #4 – TTL Sesame Oil Chicken With Rice Wine Noodle – Taiwan

TTL stands for Taiwan Tobacco & Liquor and indeed there’s a sachet of rice wine in here! Add to that a big retort pouch full of decent sized chunks of chicken, good noodles and garnish, This is definitely a bowl to seek out and try. Original review

#3 – Little Cook Braised Beef Noodles With Tendon & Meat – Taiwan

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition #3 - Little Cook Braised Beef Noodles With Tendon & Meat - Taiwan

Okay so first off, this is a heavy bowl. There’s a huge retort pouch in here full of beef and beef tendon. The noodles are wide and have a great chew and the broth has a nice flavor. But the start of the show is that braised beef and tendon – it’s perfect and there’s just so much of it. Very impressive! Original review

#2 – Nissin Gyoretsu-no-Dekiru-Mise-no-Ramen (Shrimp Tantanmen) – Japan

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition #2 – Nissin Gyoretsu-no-Dekiru-Mise-no-Ramen (Shrimp Tantanmen) – Japan

Talk about amazing. Now, on most of these bowls, you’ll notice I’ve added my own garnishes. I don’t count them in my reviewing – everything is reviewed prior to any additions I make. This is one where I’ve added nothing and just look at it! This one had very good noodles to start off. The broth was a very thick prawn infused decadent flavor spectacle. Then there’s the little crunchy topping and the other garnish they provide and this is just amazing stuff. Wow. Floored. Original review

#1 – Little Cook Thailand Green Curry Instant Noodle – Taiwan

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodle Bowls Of All Time 2018 Edition #1 – Little Cook Thailand Green Curry Instant Noodle – Taiwan

Wow – I’m so freaking impressed with this one. First, there are two bowls. Peel back the lid of the first bowl and add boiling water. After a short time, you poke holes in the lid and drain the liquid into the second. A sachet of soup base is added and you have a soup with lots of corn and herbs. Next, a huge sachet with chicken and vegetables boasts a great spicy green curry flavor which mixes with the noodle. A really amazing product which is unique and delicious. This is Little Cook Thailand Green Curry Instant Noodle’s second year in the number one spot in a row – congratulations! Original review

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

UPDATE: Here’s the new 2019 List!

Top Ten South Korean Instant Noodles

Kicking off Top Ten List season, I bring you the South Korean Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time for 2018. I looked at how many varieties from South Korea I’ve reviewed to date and got 326 so far. South Korean varieties continue to evolve and innovate in different ways in order to satisfy the changing needs and tastes of the consumer – definitely keeps things interesting. As always, I ask any companies, whether in South Korea or elsewhere – that would like me to review their products to send me an email! I am happy to talk to you!  Without further delay, let’s have a look at the Top Ten South Korean Instant Noodles list for 2018 – the best South Korean varieties available out of the over 360 South Korean varieties from the over 2,500 varieties of instant noodles I’ve reviewed thus far.

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten South Korean Instant Noodle Of All Time 2018 Edition

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A video presentation of the Top Ten South Korean Instant Noodles Of All Time 2018 Edition.

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten South Korean Instant Noodle Of All Time 2018 Edition

#10: Nongshim Shin Ramyun Black

#10: 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

#9: Paldo Cheese Noodle

#9: 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

#8: Nongshim Champong Noodle Soup Spicy Seafood Flavor

#8: 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

#7: Nongshim Neoguri Stir-fry Noodles Spicy Seafood

#7: Nongshim Neoguri Stir-fry Noodles Spicy Seafood

New to the market is Nongshim’s Neoguri Stir-Fry Noodles. 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

#6: Paldo Rabokki Noodle

#6: 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

#5: Nongshin Chal Bibim Myun

#5: Nongshin Chal Bibim Myun

Nongshim’s Chal Bibim Myun is a cold noodle which is great anytime, but especially during the summer months. A kind of sweet and spicy sauce coats the noodles and is also refreshing at the same time. Pairs very well with fresh cucumber and hard boiled egg. Original review

#4: Ottogi Jin Jjambbong Spicy Seafood Ramyun

#4: 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 Noodles where 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

#3: Paldo Budae Jjigae

#3: Paldo Budae Jjigae

Here we have last year’s #1 on this list and it is also on the annual The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 annual 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

#2: Ottogi Budae Jjigae Ramen

#2: 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

#1: Samyang Foods Paegaejang Ramen

#1: Samyang Foods Paegaejang Ramen

The number one this is year is Samyang Foods Pagaejang. This is a very tasty beef noodle with strong flavor – a hearty broth and rich taste. The noodles are just perfect for me – a nice light outer edge and chewier insides. Definitely one to try and I hope it comes to the United States for all here to sample. Original review

#2526: Samyang Foods Jjamppong Big Bowl

#2526: Samyang Foods Jjamppong Big Bowl - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - ramyun

Here’s one Samyang Foods sent a little while back – thanks again! So this is a jjamppong bowl – a spicy seafood concoction from South Korea. Here’s some more info from Wikipedia about it –

Jjamppong (짬뽕) is a Korean spicy noodle soup part of Korean Chinese cuisine. Its broth is flavoured with seafood, garlic and gochugaru (red pepper powder).[1] It contains assorted vegetables such as onions, bell peppers and Cloud ear fungus, and the noodles are made from wheat flour.[2] Although the dish itself derived from Shandong-style chǎomǎmiàn (炒码面), the dish name derived from chanpon, a Japanese Chinese dish derived from Fujian-style mènmiàn (焖面).[3] During the Japanese forced occupation (1910–1945), the Japanese saw chǎomǎmiàn in Chinese restaurants in Korea and named it chanpon, as the white soup seemed similar to the soup of chanpon to their eyes.[3] The Japanese word sounded like jjamppong to Korean ears.[3] Addition of gochutgaru (chili powder) and chili oil in jjamppong began in the 1960s.[3]

Alright – let the feasting begin!

Samyang Foods Jjamppong Big Bowl – South Korea

#2526: Samyang Foods Jjamppong Big Bowl - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - ramyun

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains seafood. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and powder sachet as well. Cover and let steep for 4 minutes. Add in oil sachet. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2526: Samyang Foods Jjamppong Big Bowl - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - ramyun

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2526: Samyang Foods Jjamppong Big Bowl - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - ramyun

The noodle block.

#2526: Samyang Foods Jjamppong Big Bowl - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - ramyun

Some loose garnish from the bowql.

#2526: Samyang Foods Jjamppong Big Bowl - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - ramyun

The soup base sachet.

#2526: Samyang Foods Jjamppong Big Bowl - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - ramyun

The spicy stuff.

#2526: Samyang Foods Jjamppong Big Bowl - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - ramyun

An oil sachet.

#2526: Samyang Foods Jjamppong Big Bowl - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - ramyun

Smells good!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, Busan fish cake, shrimp and carved squid. The noodles came out perfect – thick and chewy. The broth has a very good spicy seafood flavor. The included garnish hydrated well – all in all quite good. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8801073210943.

#2526: Samyang Foods Jjamppong Big Bowl - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - ramyun

Samyang Godd Jjambbong Spicy Noodle Soup Ramen 5-pack

A Samyang Foods TV spot

#2483: Paldo Bul Jjamppong Spicy Seafood Noodle Soup

#2483: Paldo Bul Jjamppong - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles - ramyun - spicy seafood

I’m pretty sure I found this one at HMart a few months back but to be honest I can’t remember. This one is a fancy variety of jjamppong. Here’s a little something from Wikipedia –

Jjamppong (짬뽕) is a Korean spicy noodle soup part of Korean Chinese cuisine. Its broth is flavoured with seafood, garlic and gochugaru (red pepper powder).[1] It contains assorted vegetables such as onions, bell peppers and Cloud ear fungus, and the noodles are made from wheat flour.[2]

Usually these have a nice seafood taste and I toss a ton of seafood in there. Let’s see if I like the bowl version better than the pack.

Paldo Bul Jjamppong – South Korea

#2483: Paldo Bul Jjamppong - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles - ramyun - spicy seafood

The import/distributor sticker (click to enlarge).

#2483: Paldo Bul Jjamppong - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles - ramyun - spicy seafood

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains fish and crustacea. To prepare, remove liquid sachets and add boiling water to fill line. Cover with liquid sachets on top for 3 1/2 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2483: Paldo Bul Jjamppong - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles - ramyun - spicy seafood

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2483: Paldo Bul Jjamppong - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles - ramyun - spicy seafood

The noodle block.

#2483: Paldo Bul Jjamppong - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles - ramyun - spicy seafood

The liquid sachet.

#2483: Paldo Bul Jjamppong - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles - ramyun - spicy seafood

Sauce with a spicy seafood scent.

#2483: Paldo Bul Jjamppong - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles - ramyun - spicy seafood

A liquid sachet.

#2483: Paldo Bul Jjamppong - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles - ramyun - spicy seafood

Seasoned oil.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added carved squid, 36-44ct shrimp, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion and Busan fishcake. The noodles had a very good chew to them. Indeed they are the more flat and broad ones that the market has favored as of late. The broth is excellent. I really love the taste – like grilled seafood. I found the pack versiuon needing salt but this one was just perfect. Also a nice hit of oiliness and spiciness. Excellent! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8809296883340.

#2483: Paldo Bul Jjamppong - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles - ramyun - spicy seafood

Paldo Jjamppong Noodle Soup, Spicy Seafood Flavor, 4.90 Ounce (Pack of 4)

A famous TV commercial from Paldo

#2391: Ottogi Jin Jjambbong Spicy Seafood Noodle

#2391: Ottogi Jin jjambbong Spicy Seafood Noodle - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles - ramyun

It’s definitely been a while since I reviewed anything by Ottogi that’s for theSouth Korean market. Actually, this one is an export version, but the more recent ones have been for Mexico and so this is more of a South Korean variety. So, what is jjambbong? Wikipedia has this to say about it:

Jjamppong is a Korean spicy noodle soup flavoured with seafood and gochugaru (red pepper powder).[1] A form of jjamppong is also the local Chinese speciality in the Japanese port city of Nagasaki (see Champon). The noodles are made from wheat flour.[2]

It kind of surprises me to see that this is all wikipedia has to say about it. Notice that in the quote it is spelled jjamppong. When Korean characters are translated to western languages, there’s a lot of different ways it seems that they end up spelled. Another one is Champong. So let’s open this pack up and check out Ottogi Jin Jjambbong!

Ottogi Jin jjambbong Spicy Seafood Noodle – South Korea

#2391: Ottogi Jin jjambbong Spicy Seafood Noodle - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles - ramyun

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains seafood. To prepare, add flake sachet to 550ml water and bring to a boil. Add in noodle block and large liquid sachet and cook 5 minutes. Add in oil. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2391: Ottogi Jin jjambbong Spicy Seafood Noodle - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles - ramyun

The noodle block. As has been the trend lately, you can see the noodles are extra wide.

#2391: Ottogi Jin jjambbong Spicy Seafood Noodle - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles - ramyun

The liquid soup base.

#2391: Ottogi Jin jjambbong Spicy Seafood Noodle - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles - ramyun

A thick, spicy scented sauce.

#2391: Ottogi Jin jjambbong Spicy Seafood Noodle - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles - ramyun

The vegetable flake sachet.

#2391: Ottogi Jin jjambbong Spicy Seafood Noodle - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles - ramyun

Looks like decent sized bits.

#2391: Ottogi Jin jjambbong Spicy Seafood Noodle - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles - ramyun

An oil sachet.

#2391: Ottogi Jin jjambbong Spicy Seafood Noodle - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles - ramyun

A deep orange colored oil.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, narutomaki, carved squid, shrimp, spring onion and sweet onion. The noodles are wide and thick – the popular way these days in premium instant ramyun. The broth was just fantastic. It had a kind of grilled seafood flavor to it and a nice bump of spiciness from the oil. What’s more, it was tasty and savory. The included garnish was just a home run. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8801045522555.

Ottogi Jin Jjamppong Spicy Seafood Noodle, 4.59 Ounce Unit (Pack of 4)


Here’s an Ottogi Jin Ramen TV commercial. So I did an interview a few years back for local TV. There was a commercial by another South Korean noodle company where the guy slurps the soup loudly and says ‘aahhh’ pretty loud. During the interview, I did this a lot and think I looked pretty silly. This one totally jumps the shark with the post-slurp grunting!

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten South Korean Instant Noodles 2017 Edition

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten South Korean Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

South Korean instant noodles are known around the world as being spicy and beefy for the most part. However, there are many different styles. In fact, seafood jjamppong, black bean jjajang, cold noodles, and creamy beef noodles exist in the scene. Today, I’ll do a rundown of my favorites – the best of the highest rated South Korean varieties from over 2,300 unique varieties I’ve reviewed from around the world. Finally, I would like to note that it’s tougher to find South Korean varieties. Therefore, any instant noodle companies from South Korea should contact me promptly to be considered for upcoming top ten lists. Let’s get started.

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten South Korean Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

This year’s video presentation with some extras!

#10: Nongshim Soon Veggie Noodle Soup

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 is that the broth has 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 here

#9: Samyang Foods Cheese Curry Ramyun

Samyang Foods Cheese Curry

The noodles are of a decent ramyun gauge and hydrate nicely in the three minutes directed. In addition, the broth is thick with a very nice kind of creamy curry flavor. Finally, an inkling of spiciness. Beautiful stuff! Original review here

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

Nongshim Zha Wang Chajang Jjajangmyun

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. Finally, its thick, rich black bean flavor is has peas, cabbage and other veggies. This is the best jjajang I’ve ever tried. Original review here

#7: Paldo Cheese Noodle

Paldo Cheese Noodle

These noodles – wow. Arguably 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 too! Original review here

#6: Nongshim Champong Noodle Soup Spicy Seafood Flavor

Nongshim Champong Noodle Soup Spicy Seafood Flavor

These noodles are big and plump and chewy – wider as well. They’re fantastic! Would love to see a Shin Ramyun using this noodle! The broth is equally wonderful insofar as the flavor has this taste and smell. It has a seafood barbecue kind of taste. The oil adds a nice extra to the broth. Spicy, tasty and awesome! Original review here

#5: Paldo Rabokki Noodle

Paldo Rabokki Noodle

The noodles plump up 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 here

#4: Nongshim Jinjja Jinjja

Nongshim Jinjja Jinjja

The noodles are very good – nice thick ramyun. In addition, I have read that they are augment them with chilli pepper in them as well. Next, the broth has a seriously spicy kick to it and a very peanut aroma with pork notes. Finally, the vegetables hydrate very well. Back with a vengeance! Original review here

#3: Nongshin Chal Bibim Myun

Nongshim Chal Bibim Myun

First, the noodles are nice and thick with a great chew – ramyun through and through. Second, the sauce works extremely well. It’s sweet and spicy and works perfectly with a cold noodle. Finally, the flavor is nice and crisp while smooth and effective. Original review here

#2: ChoripDong Hurricane Rice Cake

ChoripDong Hurricane Rice Cake Rabokki

Very red. It’s got a thick spicy and sweet sauce. Fresh ramyun. It’s got topokki. Indeed, this is a real find – Just looking at the picture makes me want some right this instant. Slipping from #1 to #2 this year. Original review here

#1: Paldo Budae Jigae

Paldo Budae Jigae / Chigae

As always, I’m shocked when something comes across my desk that’s unlike anything I’ve reviewed. In the first place, the noodles are great – thick ramyun. Indeed they are chewy and thick gauge. The broth is really good; thicker than most and has a kind of ‘boiling with hot dogs in it all day’ kind of thing going on. Moreover, the included garnish is a real treat as it contains not only beans, processed meat and slices of sausage, but pieces of macaroni as well. This one really goes above and beyond on this one – I’m impressed. Original review here

#2282: Samyang Foods Gold Jjamppong Fried Noodle

I’ve liked jjamppong for a while now. For those of you not familiar with it, it’s kind of like a spicy Korean seafood hnoodle soup. Let’s check it out!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains seafood. To prepare, add noodles and sachet contents (except the oil) to 550ml boiling water for 5 minutes. Add in oil. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The soup base.

A lot of spicy smelling stuff!

The solid ingredients sachet.

Vegetables and seafood.

An oil sachet.

Spicy oil!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added carved squid, pork, shrimp, chopped garlic and spring onion and sauteed with La-Yu chilli oil and added. The noodles are very good – thick, slightly wide and chewy. Definitely on the gourmet spectrum. The broth has a rich kind of smoky and spicy seafood taste to it which is really great. The included garnish hydrated very well. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8801073113213.

Samyang Godd Jjambbong Spicy Noodle Soup Ramen 5-pack

If you want to make jjamppong from scratch, check out this recipe! Maangchi makes a lot of videos on Korean cooking – great stuff!

#2212: Paldo Bul Jjamppong

Here’s a new Jjamppong from Paldo of South Korea sent by Yongmin Park of Paldo. Thank you very much!  I really like jjamppong so let’s check it out!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, add noodles and both the red and white sachets to 550ml boiling water and cook for 5 minutes. Add in oil at the end. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

A liquid sachet.

A liquid soup base.

The vegetables sachet.

A nice little mixture.

An oil sachet.

Spicy oil!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, carved squid, Busan fishcake and shrimp. The noodles are big thick and great – very nice! The broth has a very good taste to it but seems to be missing the saltiness perhaps? I really like it, but something seems missing; maybe that makes it gourmet? Unsure. Vegetable bits hydrated very well. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8809296883180.

Paldo Bul Jjamppong Noodle Soup, Spicy Seafood Flavor, 4.90 Ounce

A Paldo video about adding garlic and pork to a pan, sauteing it, then adding in water and this product and cooking it.

New Samples From South Korea’s Paldo Food

First, I want to send a special thank you to Yongmin Park for sending me product samples! See, every year I do the Top Ten South Korean Instant Noodles list and each year it’s starting to seem like I get fewer and fewer products to try from South Korea. People have been getting grumpy about the list too – see, it’s only for products made IN South Korea, not elsewhere. Let’s have a look inside and see what awaits!

Under the lid (click to enlarge).

New premium varieties – jjamppong and jjajang (click to enlarge).

Budae Jigae (click to enlarge) – if you look at the enlargement, you can see that there are very interesting things on the package – beans, macaroni, sausages… Budae Jigae was developed after the Korean War – lots of US military rations were left for the people and they adapted them into a special stew/soup!

Finally, Bibimmyun – IN A BOWL (click to enlarge)!!! I’ve been trying to get my hands on this for a VERY long time! Thanks again Yongmin Park – you rock!

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

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time 2015 Edition

As many might know, I started The Ramen Rater (click to see the old site) in 2002 and did about 60 reviews. Then, I turned my attention to spicy hot sauces with The Sauce Rater. In 2010, I resumed my instant noodle reviewing. I’ve long been a fan of the spicy side of things – strong heat and good flavor are a couple of my favorite things. Let’s have a look at the absolutely hottest varieties I’ve found in my over 1,700 reviews of instant noodles from around the world in this year’s The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time 2015 Edition.

#10: Wugudaochang Sichuan Pepper & Chicken Flavor – China

The Sichuan pepper was something relatively new to me until I really got a mouthful of them in this variety. It kind of reminds me of the way a hot pepper acts, but then when you inhale, it has a kind of cooling kind of sensation like mint; hard to explain but definitely something different. This one came with a peanut and pepper garnish and the noodles had a very nice gauge and texture. Original review here

#9: Nongshim Jinjja Jinjja – South Korea

While still not available in the United States, Jinjja Jinjja is back in South Korea! This one packs a serious punch of heat along with pork, peanut and black sesame seeds. Original review here

#8: JML Emperor Instant Noodles Spicy Chicken – China

I wasn’t expecting this one to be extremely spicy at the outset and then was in for a ride. Very very hot – augmented with a large sachet of coarse chilli peppers. Original review here

#7: emart Dare You! Habanero Jjamppong – South Korea

Extreme heat is paired with nice bit of seafood broth and lots of bits of seafood. All the fire and flavor melded together with thick ramyun noodles make it hot as well as delicious. This one comes in at 1,960 SHU (Scoville Heat Units). Original review here

#6: MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodle – Malaysia

MyKuali’s new recipe added a big punch of heat to their already amazing and groundbreaking Penang White Curry Noodle. Thick almost saucelike broth fires up the palate and includes a generous amount of garlic this time. Original review here

#5: Ching’s Secret Hot Garlic Instant Noodles – India

When I found this one at a local Indian market, I was very enthused. I thought to myself ‘hey, I like garlic!’ I kind of expected a salty, buttery and almost fettucini kind of thing. But no – this innocuous looking plate of noodles was violently spicy! Super hot garlic spiciness just builds and builds! Original review here

#4: Paldo Teumsae Ramyun – South Korea

On the list for four years now! Another South Korean ramyun with serious kick to it. This isn’t to be trifled with!  Teumsae has restaurants in South Korea which serve up some seriously spicy fare. I really like the text underneath the word Teumsae which reads, ‘Flavor. Culture. Human’ Original review here

#3: Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkeummyeon – South Korea

I would say that I’ve seen dozens of videos on YouTube showing people competitively eating this one. This stuff is extremely hot. Another brothless variety and it really packs a punch as well as has a nice taste to it. Thick ramyun noodles round everything out nicely and will transmit the spicy sauce to your tongue. Original review here

#2: Paldo Bulnak Bokkummyun Spicy Fried Octopus Ramyun – South Korea

See that little octopus on the package with the smile on his face? He’s laughing. Laughing as he watches you sweat as you eat this ultra spicy ramyun! I’m not kidding this one was over the top spicy! Bring a fire extinguisher. Original review here

#1: emart Dare You! Habanero Ramyun – South Korea

For the fourth year running, this stuff tops the list. Despite a packaging design change, you should still heed the warnings; habanero pepper top right corner, temperature gauge and screaming person, black packaging… Yeah – it’s not one to underestimate; this is violently hot. The broth just keeps delivering the heat and it’s just insane. Try licking a lit candle – I swear this stuff is hotter! Original review here