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#1950: Fujiwara Red King Crab Flavor Ramen

Here’s another one that Casey sent from Hong Kong – thanks again! I tried one that was snow crab last time, but this one’s red king crab. Curious… Let’s check it out!

Detail of the distributor/import label (click to enlarge).

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains crab and pork. To prepare, add noodles to 600ml boiling water and cook 3 minutes. Add contents of liquid sachet. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

Dark and crabby!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added barbecue pork, narutomaki, kizami shoga and spring onion. The noodles have a very standard instant noodle gauge – round and thin. They have a very sturdy chew to them though which was very nice. The broth was good too – kind of a shoyu and crab thing going on. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4976651071040.

Sendan Bowl Navy 7.75″dia.x 2.75″h

A huge Tasmanian King Crab!

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

Meet The Manufacturer: #1772: JML Spicy King Spicy Beef

This is a very red package! The woman is jubilant with her golden ladle! Her name is Dee Hsu – a popular entertainer from Taiwan. Spicy sounds good – let’s check it out!

Detail of the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Contains beef. To prepare, add contents of package to 550ml boiling water and cook for 3-4 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

Dry soup base sachet.

Powder and vegetables.

A liquid base.

Smells beefy!

A vegetable sachet.


Finished (click image to enlarge). Added chilli pepper, mung bean sprouts, white onions, beef and broccoli. The noodles are perfect – plump and plentiful. The broth is wonderful – perfect oiliness and heat and beef flavor. The heat tastes like it’s coming from Sichuan peppers. The vegetables in the powder sachet hydrated very well. The supplied seaweed is perfect. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 6921555590218.

JML INSTANT NOODLE Artificial Spicy BEEF FLAVOR-5 small bags

A great JML TV commercial.

#1523: Paldo Jjamppong Seafood Noodle King Bowl

Here’s a new Jjamppong King Bowl from Paldo. The king bowl is yet another instant noodle form factor. There are cups, king cups, bowls and king bowls. I think the main different between cups and bowls are really the portability factor. I think a king cup and a king bowl hold the same amount of liquid though; I’ll have to compare them some day. But I digress. This is Jjamppong – here’s a little from Wikipedia about Jjamppong who are unclear about what it is:

Jjamppong (Korean: 짬뽕, Chinese name: 炒碼麵), a spicy noodle soup flavoured with onions and chili oil. A form of jjamppong is also the local Chinese speciality in the Japanese port city of Nagasaki (see Chanpon). The noodles are made from wheat flour.

So like Jjajangmen (noodles with black bean sauce), this is Chinese-Korean fusion. This bowl has some interesting directions which are a little tough to figure out but I’ll go over that further along. Let’s have a look at this Paldo Jjamppong king bowl!

Here is some detail from the text on the top and bottom of the plastic outer wraps (click image to enlarge).

Here’s the lid (click image to enlarge). To prepare, open lid halfway and take out sachets. Add in soup base and seafood vegetable mix and pour boiling water up to fill line (400ml). Cover and steep for 4 minutes. Stir well and add in finishing touch sachet. Enjoy! So, none of the sachets say finishing touch. If you do look at the ingredients list from the last picture, you’ll see the ingredients of the finishing touch sachet – and they’re almost all oil, so it’s the oil sachet.

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

A strong spicy seafood scent.

A vegetable block.

This block contains dehydrated vegetables and seafood. When water is added, it reveals its bounty!

So this is the ‘finishing touch’ sachet.

Has a sesame scent amongst other things.


Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sliced large green onion, mung bean sprouts, shrimp, mussel, octopus and clam. The noodles are nice thick ramyun; wide and chewy. The broth is just awesome – it has a very strong spiciness and a very good seafood flavor, along with a slight sweetness. The broth has a slight thickness which gives it a really great character. Best ramyun I’ve had in a while – 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 648436100866.

You can get a 12 pack of these bowls here.

A Paldo Spicy Seafood TV advertisement.

#1318: Nissin King Spa王 (Spa Oh) Tarako Spaghetti

I’ll admit when I first saw the packaging, I thought this stuff was called Spaz! I kind of wish it was as that would be exceedingly humorous, but I digress… This is Tarako Spaghetti; so what is tarako? Wikipedia tells us:

Tarako (鱈子?), in Japanese cuisine, is a salted roe food, usually made from Alaska pollock,[1] although tara (鱈?) actually means cod in Japanese.

Tarako is served in a number of ways:

  • Plain (usually for breakfast)[2]
    As a filling for onigiri
    As a pasta sauce (usually with nori)

So I’m guessing we’re talking the last on that list. My son Andy picked this one to try today – a very adventurous choice considering he tends to gravitate towards chicken flavor almost exclusively; tarako sounds interesting. Let’s have a look under the hood of this big bowl of noodles!

Detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge). As far as containing meat, I’m guessing there’s fish involved but I’m not sure. To prepare, take everything out and then put the noodles in. Add boiling water for 1 minute then drain. Add liquid and powder sachets and stir. Garnish with seaweed. Enjoy!

Here’s detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

A fresh noodle pouch.

Powder base sachet.

Has a seafood taste kind of like kamaboko. Since Andy really likes kamaboko, I think I might throw some in there as a garnish for him.

The liquid ingredient sachet.

Guessing this is oil and the tarako.

A garnish sachet perhaps?

Little strips of seaweed.


Finished (click image to enlarge). Added some kamaboko. The noodles cooked really quick – only a minute, basically just heating them up. They had a nice texture as one would expect from spaghetti. The flavor was pretty good – had a strong seafood kind of flavor and a slight greasiness from the liquid sachet content. The seaweed strips were much better than I expected here; they complimented and were enjoyable. Andy liked it – not as much as his chicken noodles, but still he liked them. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 4902105216163.

This is a pretty weird TV commercial for Nissin Spa王.

#1014: Nissin King Spa Oh Peperoncino Spaghetti (日清生タイプSpa王 ペペロンチーノ)

Here’s one from Nissin Japan. Not a lot of English on this package so I had to do some research. What I found is that this is part of a series of spaghetti instant noodles. You add boiling water to the noodles and veg and let steep for one minute, then drain and add the oil and dry powder packet contents. Let’s give it a try!

Here’s the distributor’s sticker.

The side panels (click image to enlarge).

The noodles seen here are made or durum wheat and fresh.

Dry seasoning.

Has a nice flavor with some herbs and maybe a little cheese?

Vegetable packet.

Little bits and pieces.

The liquid oil packet.

Has a buttery garlic scent.


Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sweet onion, green bell pepper, rib eye steak sauteed with minced garlic and Worcestershire sauce and a sprinkle of Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake.Excellent noodles – definitely spaghetti. Nice texture and chew. The flavor is interesting. First, it’s light – don’t look for a strong flavor in this one. It’s subtle and works extremely well. I really liked it – 4.25 out of 5.0 stars. Added UPC bar code 4902105216170.

A Nissin Spa-Oh commercial.

Re-Review: Paldo Kokomen Spicy Chicken Flavor King Cup

Here’s the original review. It’s cold today so I thought it sounded good. I figure I should mention – there will be some new reviews very soon! I am working on a huge project that’s been taking so much time. A hint – it has to do with upgrading this blog! I’ve been editing every post and image. A lot of work let me tell you! It will definitely be worth it in the end!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added kamaboko, stir fry vegetables, an egg, sweet onion and processed cheese. Awesome – just as good as last time – 4.75 out of 4.0 stars! UPC bar code 648436100705 .


Here’s a Korean Kokomen TV commercial

A video of Lee Kyung-Kyu making Kokomen!

#927: Paldo Kokomen Spicy Chicken Flavor King Cup

Here’s some more Kokomen – this is the one sold in the USA! It’s a really rainy day today and some spicy chicken noodles sound really tasty! Let’s hit it!

The side panels (click image to enlarge). Note the address on the lower left – these must be Gangnam style!

The noodle block.

The powder seasoning packet.

Ahhh – Jalapeno and chicken powder! Smells great!

Those little white strips? Dehydrated chicken!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sliced turkey breast (how fitting for this week), sweet onion, Krazy Mixed Up Salt and Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles are really good, although I think the pack variety’s offering is a little better. The broth is wonderful – a nice jalapeno chicken flavor. The veggies are nice and the little bits of chicken are neat to see. I love this stuff – jalapeno chicken noodle soup is right up my alley! Just like the Kko Kko Myun King Cup from Korea, I give it 4.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 648436100705 .


Here’s a Korean Kokomen TV commercial

A video of Lee Kyung-Kyu making Kokomen!

Re-Review: Paldo Lobster Taste King Noodle

Last night, Obama got re-elected as the President, and here in Washington state, same-sex marriage was approved – as was the recreational use of marijuana. Quite an evening! Anyways, was fun watching the political process wind up and come to a close for this cycle. Now, on to the urgent task of noodle reviewing!  The last time I reviewed this one was back in February of ’11 and was #287 (link). I forgot how awesome the picture on this one – I love how it says ‘serving suggestion.’ It makes me think that this is one enormous king of the lobsters that wants you to serve it these self-flavored noodles! Roarrr!!! On a side note, if you look at the lower right hand side of the cup, you can see it says “Chitosan Oligosaccaride 2 mg.” What the heck is that?!?! What I got out of this Wikipedia article is that this is something that comes from the exoskeletons of crustaceans. It got me thinking – Chitosan… ChitoSlim? I remember commercials for ChitoSlim, a weight lossupplement. I found it and lo and behold it contains 1000 mg of Chitosan. I figure it’s basically like a super-fiber. Anyways, let’s continue.

The side panels (click to enlarge). Enjoy them – this took awhile!

The noodle block.

The seasoning packet.

Whoa – that’s a lot of red powder! Spicy red powder!

Here’s just a few bits from the mix at the bottom of the cup. Kamaboko and seaweed.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sweet onions, two scrambled eggs with Tabasco Jalapeno sauce and topped with processed cheese and a little Krazy Mixed Up Salt, Texas Pete hot sauce and Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles are nice – not mushy, but they kind of come together when chewed. Kind of hard to explain; not a negative either. The broth is nice – tasty and a little spicy. The little bit of veggies and kamaboko were good too. I liked it! 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 648436100279 – get it here.

Awesome Paldo TV ad for Bibimmen.

Great Korea Yakult TV commercial

Re-Review: Paldo Hwa King Cup Noodle Soup

Yep – another re-review! Had this one back in February of this year for #658. Today I felt like something spicy from Korea!

The side panels (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The seasoning packet.

Lots of spicy powder! Yes!

Some (not all) of the veggies from the bottom of the cup.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added thin rib eye, onion, stir fry veggies, kimchi and processed cheese. The noodles are good – nice gauge and chew and plenty of them. The broth is hot and spicy and has a nice asftertaste. The veggies are pretty good too. I like it – 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 648436100620 – get the pack version here.

An older Paldo TV commercial.

Another oldie but a goodie!

Re-Review: Meet The Manufacturer: Paldo King Cup Kimchi Pot Stew Instant Noodle

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.

Powder seasoning.

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.

Paldo Bibim Men commercial

A demo of an LG kimchi refrigerator

#822: Meet The Manufacturer: Paldo Speed King Bowl (Prototype)

Wow check this out! Paldo sent me this prototype of a new product – a bowl of instant noodles that only takes a minute and thirty seconds to cook. Pretty amazing – but how does it taste?

Cover detail (click image to enlarge).

Looks like a normal noodle block. Maybe a thinner gauge noodle though?

The seasoning packet.

The seasoning powder.

A little melange of veggies at the bottom of the bowl.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Here it is in its natural state. I tasted it before I put it in the nioce looking bowl right after I stirred it at a minute thirty. The noodles are most definitely of a thinner gauge than their usual packet varieties. They;’re light and fluffy. The broth has a slightly spicy beef flavor to it. The veggies did really quite well and were of a decent quantity for this bowl. All in all, I wasn’t expecting this to be anything earth-shaking. I was more curious whether is would be horrible. I must say that it was pretty decent as far as a quick fix snack goes. I could see dropping sdome beef and more veggies in and it being a little fuller, but that’s not what this bowl is going for. Quick and easy to prepare for sure. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars – good show! UPC bar code 8801128509954 .

Paldo King Bowl Commercial

This is absolutely crummy – would love to see a USA vs Korea game!