Here’s another one we found at the Real Canadian Superstore in Richmond, BC. The last one was found in the more domestic area while this one was found with the more Asian food varieties. They have tons of this Rooster branded stuff in bowls, packs, cups – singles, multi packs and cases. It’s pretty impressive. they did also have a nice selection of other things. Cool store! Let’s check this kimchee variety out!
ooster Kimchee Flavour Noodle Soup – Canada
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, open lid halfway, add 350ml boiling water. Cover for 3 minutes. Add in powder sachet. Finally, stir and enjoy!
Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, processed cheese, and beef for Korean BBQ. The noodle is thin and flat. It came out quite well – soft and in the comfort realm. The broth has a slightly piquant kind of taste with a moderate saltiness. Didn’t expect I’d like this as much as I did. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 061483036658.
Today we have Song Song Kimchi Ramen. Kimchi varieties out of South Korea are among my favorites. I really like the tangy as well as bright, spicy flavors. Kimchi is interesting; it’s cabbage as well as many other ingredients that is allowed to ferment for an amount of time.
Personally, I really like kimchi. Here’s a pic from a local Korean grocery store – they make huge amounts of kimchi in store. We saw them doing it one time a few years back and it’s a serious operation. I’ve introduced kimchi to friends and family in the past with mixed results. My son Andy really doesn’t like it – he tried it when he was around 6 or 7 years old and got the most disgusted look on his face. I opened a jar for my friend Matt B. to give it a try and he literally freaked out and almost ran out of our apartment.
I’ve felt that I’ve had a more adventurous palate than most. The more exotic, the better. Food is a language in which we can learn so much about the daily lives of people from around the world – better to embrace it – whatever we are used to.
It’s not a too distant cousin of sauerkraut, but different. It is said to have some important health benefits. Let’s see what Wikipedia has to say about kimchi –
Kimchi is a traditional Korean dish consisting of pickled vegetables, which is mainly served as a side dish with every meal, but also can be served as a main dish. Kimchi is mainly recognized as a spicy fermented cabbage dish globally, but there are currently more than 200 variations, and continues to grow. These variations of kimchi continues to grow, and the taste can vary depending on the region and season 
Kimchi has been a staple in Korean culture, but historical versions were not a spicy dish. Theories of the origin of Kimchi varies including a belief that it appeared during the Shilla Dynasty, and became prevalent once Buddhism caught on throughout the nation and fostered a vegetarian lifestyle. However, the addition of spicy peppers to this cultural dish did not appear until the arrival of Portuguese missionaries in the 1700s who brought chili peppers. The pickling of vegetables was an ideal method, prior to refrigerators, that helped to preserve the lifespan of foods. In Korea, kimchi was made during the winter by fermenting vegetables, and burying it in the ground in traditional brown ceramic pots, and further allowed a bonding between women within the family.
The origin of kimchi dates back at least to the early period of the Three Kingdoms (37 BCE‒7 CE). Fermented foods were widely available, as the Records of the Three Kingdoms, a Chinese historical text published in 289 AD, mentions that “The Goguryeo people [referring to the Korean people] are skilled in making fermented foods such as wine, soybean paste and salted and fermented fish” in the section named Dongyi in the Book of Wei.Samguk Sagi, a historical record of the Three Kingdoms of Korea, also mentions the pickle jar used to ferment vegetables, which indicates that fermented vegetables were commonly eaten during this time.
Pickled radish slices make a good summer side-dish, Radish preserved in salt is a winter side-dish from start to end. The roots in the earth grow plumper everyday, Harvesting after the frost, a slice cut by a knife tastes like a pear.
— Yi Gyubo, Dongguk isanggukjip (translated by Michael J. Pettid, in Korean cuisine: An Illustrated History)
However, early records of kimchi do not mention garlic or chili peppers. Kimchi was not red until the late 16th century, when chili peppers were introduced to Korea by Portuguese traders based in Nagasaki, Japan. The first mention of chili pepper is found in Jibong yuseol, an encyclopedia published in 1614.Sallim gyeongje, a 17‒18th century book on farm management, wrote on kimchi with chili peppers. However, it was not until the 19th century that the use of chili peppers in kimchi was widespread.The recipes from early 19th century closely resemble today’s kimchi.
So this Song Song Kimchi Ramen is a little different – it is a broth-free variety. I did look up ‘Song Song’ and tried to figure out what it means but with no luck. However, I asked Samyang Foods – here’s what they had to say:
I’ll answer the question about ‘Song Song’ meaning.
The word ‘Song Song’ we use is not the Song Dynasty regarding a family name.
It’s a Korean word that means chopping into small pieces.
We use it as an adverb(mimetic word).
For example, Korean can use Song song like this.
chop scallions into small pieces.= Scallions Song Song.
Let’s check out this new variety from Samyang Foods – Song Song Kimchi Ramen.
Samyang Foods Kimchi Song Song Ramen – South Korea
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodles and flake into 600ml boiling water and cook for 5 minutes. Drain saving 8 spoons water (120ml). Add in liquid sachet and stir-fry for 30 seconds. Finally, stir and enjoy!
The noodle block.
The liquid base.
A spicy kimchi smell wafts from the cup.
The flake sachet.
Looks like kimchi to me!
Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles come out very well – good gauge and chew to them. The flavor is a strong sort of tomato kimchi and the included kimchi with it is of very good quality – hydrates well and has a nice crunchiness. 4.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8801073113466.
Here’s one sent by Javier over at Box From Japan. At Box From Japan, you can receive boxes of instant ramen from Japan as well as different subscription boxes like Japanese candy! Sounds interesting, doesn’t it? What’s more, in the two years I’ve been reviewing these, I’ve not ever received one that I’d reviewed before! This one has a unique flavor – let’s see a little more from Wikipedia –
Indeed, kimchi isn’t really a staple of Japan but South Korea. Also, pork isn’t really as popular in South Korea as beef. I would consider this a kind of Japanese/Korean fusion kind of taste which sounds interesting to me. Let’s give it a whirle, Earl!
Nissin Deka Buto Kimchi Pork Flavor – Japan
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, add 500ml boiling water and cover for 4 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!
Finished (click to enlarge). Added frid onion and Salad Cosmo mung beans sprouts. The noodles in this one were extra wide with a hearty chewiness to them. I liked the broth in this one – it was a kind of vingary tart initial hit with a creamy finish. The kimchi and pork was prevalent and of decent quality. Unique and tasty. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.JAN bar code 4902105238448.
Here’s one big bowl of noodles! I like these – they kind of remind me of what we have here in the US – Nissin makes a line called the ‘Souper Bowl’ and it’s big too. OF course, there aren’t any Black Garlic Tonkotsu or Kimchi Pot flavored ones here. I always wish there were, but tthe fact that every country has it’s own flavors is what I really love about reviewing, and since the USA is a country, we’ve got our own. Anyways, Spicy! Kimchi! A friend of mine sent me a jar of kimchi in the mail and I go t it yesterday! Perfect timing! Let’s check this one out!
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork, chicken and fish. To prepare, add in the sachets marked with a 1 and fill to line with boiling water. Let steep for 3 minutes covered. Add in liquid sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!
The noodle block.
Powder soup base.
A lot of powder!
The vegetable sachet.
Looks like kimchi, spring onion and maybe some green beans and egg.
The liquid sachet.
A kimchi scented oily concoction.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, beef, hard boiled egg and kimchi. The noodles are plentiful and of decent quality. The broth does have a slightly spicy kimchi taste to them, however I’m not a super huge fan. The included bits are very good – the kimchi hydrated nicely and tasty as well. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4897878120093.
Here’s another one that was sent to me by Justin M. from Winfield, BC up north of here in Canada! This is the last of the ones he sent.It’s actually made in China, for sale in Canada and a South Korean kind of flavor. Got it? Let’s have a look inside.
Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block to 500ml boiling water. Cook for 3 minutes and add sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!
The noodle block.
The soup base sachet.
Has a kind of kimchi scent.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added beef, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, cheese and spring onion. The noodles were just plain wrong. Almost brittle then mush. The broth while it smelled good was literally like if you had two cups of water and then dropped one piece of kimchi in, boiled it for a few minutes and then removed the kimchi. Basically, this stuff is bland. That coupled with the noodles give it a 0.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 057197990225.
Here’s one from Vietnam. Vietnamese instants usually tend to be pho flavors for the most part, but a lot of them are Thai or in this case, South Korean styled. Let’s see why this one’s leaning South Korean, other than the flavor.
Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free, but check for yourself. To prepare, boil 500ml water and add noodle block. Cook 3 minutes, then add in contents of sachets. Cook another 2 minutes, stir and enjoy!
The noodle block – the noodles look to be thick like South Korean ramyun.
The soup base sachet.
Has a spicy and acidic scent.
The vegetables sachet.
A decent amount!
A chilli powder sachet.
Finished (click image to enlarge). The noodles definitely bulked up a lot like ramyun. They had a nice gauge and chew and were ample in portion. The broth was quite nice – kind of a creamy and spicy kimchi flavor ala Korean styles. A lot of hydrated vegetable matter was there and quite good. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8934563715205.
Here’s one I got from Justin M. from Winfield, BC up north of here in Canada! Thanks! Let’s see here: the instant noodle cup was invented in Japan. This one is sold in Canada under the name Azami and sold by Loblaw’s, a supermarket chain. It’s manufactured in China. The flavor is of kimchi, which is South Korean. Wow. I’ve got hopes that this will be a good one! Let’s check these Azami noodles.
Detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add in contents of sachet and 280ml boiling water. Re-cover and let steep for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!
Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).
The noodle block.
The soup base sachet.
Has a strong kimchi scent.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added spring onion and mung bean sprouts. The noodles were at the lowest end of the spectrum. The ended up crumbly and almost rubbery with no character or flavor whatsoever. The broth was also wasn’t to my liking; very bland in taste with at least some spiciness but other than that it was akin to spicy water. 0.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 057197990263.
Seems like it’s been a while since I’ve reviewed something from Nongshim. Well, let’s check out this one – and it’s kimchi flavor!
The side panels (click image to enlarge). Contains beef.
Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge). To prepare, open lid halfway, add contents of sachet, add boiling water to line and re-cover for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!
The noodle block.
Soup base sachet.
Soup base powder.
Vegetables and pieces of kamaboko.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added cheese, kimchi, sauteed thin sliced beef, green onion and egg. The noodles are good – thicker gauge than most cup varieties and a very comfort food feel. The broth is tasty and not extremely spicy. Does have a kimchi flavor to it. The veggies hydrate well and the kamaboko when hydrated was actually some of the nest I’ve had in an instant. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 031146271238.
A great recipe for making your own kimchi at home!
My friend Todd T, clued me in the other day about a new Asian grocery on 99 in south Everett and we checked it out. Well, I found this interesting one. Vietnamese kimchi ramn! Check it out!
Back of the package. Click to enlarge.
The noodle block.
Chili powder on top of the seasoning powder.
Lots of little bits in there.
Looks like veggies and seafood – smells like seafood at least.
I want to take a minute to talk about kimchi. As you can see, I like it! Got this jar maybe three weeks ago. Basically, it’s cabbage and a couple other things like onion, green onion, salt, anchovy soup broth and chili paste. The recipe differs from person to person that makes it, but from what I’ve seen it’s usually pretty close to that.
I knew I wanted to buy some, but I had no idea which one to get. If you go to an Asian grocery, you’ll find a lot of different kinds and brands. I found this one at a place called KS Mart in the Lynnwood, Washington area. KS Mart is awesome – they’ve got everything you could need that is Korean – great instant noodle selection, veggies, candy and chips – if you’re in the area, this is great! Anyways, We went there and got a small amount, then the next time we were hooked and got this enormous one. Check out the price – not too bad for so much of it! This would be considered ‘store brand.’Just seems fresher, which is kind of a funny thing to say…
See, when you get a big jar like this, you should first off know that the contents are going through the process of fermentation. The jar should be opened over a sink to prevent any of the ‘juice’ from spilling out – which I’ll let you know will stain your clothes really well! It’s pretty neat to see though; the top of the stuff can even be bubbling from the gases escaping! It’s not like a vigorously shaken soda or anything, but you should just be mindful of it.
What’s it taste like? Well, it’s crunchy, a bit spicy, kind of acidic and just really good. I highly recommend it!It’s on the list of top healthy foods of the world. Koreans eat it as a traditional food – usually with breakfast, lunch and dinner. Anyways, that was my yammering about kimchi. Now, on with the noodles!
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added some kimchi, onions, odeng (Korean fish cake), Ajishima Kimchi Furikake and Huy Fong Sriracha chili sauce. The noodles are very thin and light for wheat flour noodles and exceedingly good! The broth is excellent – spicy and flavorful with a lot of color. The veggies were good too – and the bit and pieces re-hydrated well and crunchy! Good stuff – 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 8934561240181 – get it here.
Vifon TV commercial
Center for Research and Development of National Music. Hanoi, Vietnam – tranditional Vietnamese music
Hey rad – a big cup of kimchi noodles! I’m a big fan of kimchi these days and hoping this is just what the doctor ordered today!
Side panels (click image to enlarge).
A nice looking noodle block.
Lots of the red stuff!
Lots of veggies in the bottom.
I’m sure Korean folks who see this will say big deal, especially since these exist! But recently we got the big jar of kimchi! It takes up a lot of our fridge – and it’s worth it!
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added some kimchi and some roast beef with a touch of Krazy Mixed Up Salt. The noodles are of that nice soft and buttery type – I must say that in the varieties so far, it sure seems like Paldo varies the types of noodles it puts in its products quite a bit. The broth is great – salty, spicy and has that nice flavor of kimchi. The veggies are great too – re-hydrated very well. This is a great bowl of noodles! 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 648436100385 – get it here.
Here’s one from Uwajimaya. Not sure about much of anything with this one so it’s kind of a crap shoot. Sure hope it’s good – this is breakfast.
Interesting – this has kimchi in it.
Here’s the side panels – not sure what they have to say.
The noodle block – very round.
This is one fat packet of seasoning.
Veggies and seasoning in one.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added two fried eggs, a little beef lunch meat, some snap peas, green bell pepper, broccoli, jalapeno, some Texas Pete hot sauce, Ajishima Kimchi Furikake and a dash of Krazy Mixed Up Salt. The noodles are really quite good for a cup – they’re nice in color and texture and are in abundance. The broth has a spiciness to it and was almost slightly acidic or had a kind of citrus punch to it – was interesting. The veggies were great – they got pretty good sized and were semi-prevalent. I liked this one, although I would’ve liked maybe a tad less seaweed. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 4904511004174 .
Here’s another one from Ramen Place! I’ve tried the cup version which just said 60 Ingredients, but it’s got to be the same thing here, just in a pack. Let’s give it a try!
Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge).
Here’s the noodle block – a big one.
Powder seasoning pack.
Lots of angry reddish powder! Grrr!!!
Vegetable pack – good sized too!
Loads of nice looking veggies!
Finished (click image to enlarge). I added some Bird’s Eye Stir Fry veggies, an egg which I boiled with the noodles, a little pinch of cheese and some Ajishima Kim Chi furikake! So starting with the noodles: chewy and very Korean. A slightly wider gauge than a regular instant noodle and a better quality noodle. The broth is great – a nice vegetable flavor and a good spiciness to it. The veggies were appropriately everywhere and re-hydrated nicely. I liked this one – and then I added all my stuff to it and it was even better! Good stuff – 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC barcode 8801073110168 – get it here.