Today we have a Zenpop.JP variety – so what’s Zenpop? They’re a subscription service for all things Japanese! Definitely, check them out. By the way, use coupon code RAMENRATER to get $2 off! Here’s what they had to say about this one – ‘Kimchi and ramen are both nice and delicious foods, and when they are combined, the result is fantastic! If you are not a hot food person, don’t worry, this is just a slightly spicy ramen with a mild but rich kimchi flavor.’
I’ve always found Japanese kimchi ramen o be kind of weird but hey – this could be awesome – let’s find out!
New Touch Kimchi Ramen – Japan
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork and chicken. To prepare, add in everything but oil and cover for 3 minutes. Add in oil. Finally, stir and enjoy!
Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft egg, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, chashu pork and Hachi shichimi. The noodles came out nicely in the 3 minute steep time. They did alright with the broth. The broth was very tasty – bright and tangy. It was definitely kimchi, however not really spicy and no bitterness often found in South Korean counterparts. Very impressed. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4903088011257.
Another one I found in Taiwan. This one is quite interesting as far as the packaging goes. Not only do you see Korean print but Chinese as well. This product is definitely for sale in Taiwan only – an export version. As far as the recipe changing from place to place, I have no clue. Here’s a little about kimchi from Wikipedia –
I’ve been a fan of kimchi for a while – tasty and tangy and spicy. I’ve gotten a lot of reactions to it – most notably my friend Matt B. who literally freaked out and ran out of my kitchen when he smelled it. Honestly, I really don’t know why he had such a reaction – I really like it. Anyways, let’s give this variety a try.
Ottogi Kimchi Ramen – South Korea
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat or not. Some interesting things here – lower right, it mentions insurance. In instructions, mentions seasonings and condiments – however there’s only a powder sachet. To prepare, add noodles and sachet contents to 550ml boiling water and cook for 4 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!
The noodle block.
The seasoning sachet.
Looks like powder and some vegetable matter.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, processed cheese and egg. The noodles are great – nice gauge ramyun with a kind of slick outer and chewier inner. The broth was nice as well – tangy kimchi hit to it. Good on the spicy as well. The aftertaste was a bit bitter. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8801045521312.
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.
chopscallionsintosmallpieces.= Scllions Song Song.
Let’s check out this new variety from Samyang Foods – Song Song Kimchi Ramen.
Samyang Foods Kimchi Song Song Ramen Big Bowl – South Korea
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Desaturated color to make text easier to read. Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and cover for 4 minutes. Poke hole in lid to create a drain and pour out water through it. Add in liquid base sachet. Finally, stir and enjoy!
Detail of the lid (click to enlarge). Note the triangles in the upper left – those are the drain spouts to be poked through with chopsticks.
The noodle block.
A liquid base sachet.
Has a strong kimchi scent./
Loose ingredients from the bottom of the bowl.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. Noodles are top notch – hydrate well in 4 minutes with a good gauge and chew. The flavor is a kind of tangy and tomato hit. There’s a good spicy bite to it. It tastes like a bright kimchi which I like a lot – and not too overwhelming. The included veggies in the bowl are mostly kimchi and work perfectly. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8801073211124.