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#3339: Samyang Foods Jjajang Buldak Ramen Topokki – South Korea

Samyang Foods Jjajang Buldak Ramen Topokki - South Korea

I thought today would be a fun day to include Miles in on an episode of Instant Noodle Recipe Time (see below). I figured hey – he’ll leave the stove alone… Well, he did which was good and it was nice having a co-host! Job well done, Miles!

Today’s review is a spicy one from the famous Fire Noodle range of Buldak products manufactured by Samyang Foods. Not only does it contain noodles, but topokki as well which is a nice touch. If you haven’t tried topokki, you’re really missing out! Let’s give it a try!

Samyang Foods Jjajang Buldak Ramen Topokki – South Korea

Samyang Foods Jjajang Buldak Ramen Topokki - South Korea

Detail of the back of the package (click to enlarge).

Here are the included instructions they made for me (click to enlarge).

Samyang Foods Jjajang Buldak Ramen Topokki - South Korea

Included is a package with a noodle block.

Here’s the topokki – make sure you remove the dessicant sachet.

Two wet sachets of jjajang sauce.

The vegetable sachet.

Samyang Foods Jjajang Buldak Ramen Topokki - South Korea

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, fish cake, and baked chicken, Noodles come out with a nice chew to them and the topokki is with a nice chew as well. The instructions said 5~6 minutes and I did 5 1/2, so 6 would probably yield more tender topokki. The sauce is thick and luxuriant, with a strong Buldak kind of flavor as well as the black bean component. It’s definitely spicy as well. A good combo – tasty and great. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8801073310964.

Samyang Original Ra-bokki Buldak Chicken Flavored Rice Cake Ramem Noodles 2019 New

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#3337: Nongshim Fururu Cold Noodles – Japan

#3337: Nongshim Fururu Cold Noodles - Japan

Today, we have one that was part of Japan Crate’s Umai Crate. So Japan Crate is a subscription service which has all sorts of different options for you. pretty neat stuff from Japan! There’s a coupon code for you too – just use THERAMENRATER to get a special discount at check out.

So here’s what the folks at Japan Crate had to say about this variety -“Korean bibim noodles (think bibimbap, but switch out the rice with noodles) is popular in Japan on sunny days. These cold bibim noodles are flavored with sweet, sour, and spicy gochujang sauce. A relaxing and cold meal with a kick!”

Alright – it’s a sunny day! Let’s give ti a try!

Nongshim Fururu Cold Noodles – Japan

#3337: Nongshim Fururu Cold Noodles - Japan

Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat – check for yourself. To prepare, boil noodles for 3 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold wate. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

A large noodle block.

A wet sauce sachet.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added egg, cucumber, carrot, ham, sesame seeds, pepper flake, and spring onion. Noodles are thin with an interesting chew to them. The sauce imparts a sweet and bitter taste with a nice spicy level to them. Has a definite premium kind of flavor and experience. Refreshing and tasty! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4582214630229.

159gX10 pieces Nongshim Flour cold noodle survivin cold noodles

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#3335: Samyang Foods Bibimmyun – South Korea

#3335: Samyang Foods Bibimmyun - South Korea

It’s summer right now (I wrote and reviewed this on the last day of July) and one thing that happens during the summer months is that South Korean brands put out their cold noodles. This one is a play on bibimbap – instead of rice, it’s noodles. Here’s a little about bibimbap from Wikipedia –

Bibimbap[2] (/ˈbbɪmbæp/ BEE-bim-bap,[3] from Korean 비빔밥 [pi.bim.p͈ap̚], literally “mixed rice”), sometimes romanized as bi bim bap or bi bim bop, is a Korean rice dish. The term “bibim” means mixing various ingredients, while the “bap” noun refers to rice. Bibimbap is served as a bowl of warm white rice topped with namul (sautéed and seasoned vegetables) or kimchi (traditional fermented vegetables) and gochujang (chili pepper paste), soy sauce, or doenjang (a fermented soybean paste). A raw or fried egg and sliced meat (usually beef) are common additions. The hot dish is stirred together thoroughly just before eating.[4]

The noodle version is served cold while the rice version is hot – and my favorite is served in a stone pot. The rice at the bottom is kind of crunchy and you pour a little tea in and it makes it’s own little rice soup which is nice. Let’s check out this, the noodle version called bibimmyun.

Samyang Foods Bibimmyun – South Korea

#3335: Samyang Foods Bibimmyun - South Korea

Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, cook noodles 4 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

The oodle block.

A wet sauce sachet.

#3335: Samyang Foods Bibimmyun - South Korea

Finished (click to enlarge). Added sliced egg, spring onion, carrot, cucumber, ham, and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles worked well with the sauce – thick and chewy. The sauce was spicy and sweet – very good and a nice accompaniment to hotter weather. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8801073101449.

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#3323: Samyang Foods Buldak Carbo HOT Chicken Flavor Topokki – South Korea

#3323: Samyang Foods Buldak Carbo HOT Chicken Flavor Topokki - South Korea

Two days in a row of varieties with long names! This one does NOT include noodles, however it’s topokki. What’s that? Wikipedia, if you please –

teok-bokki (떡볶이) or stir-fried rice cakes is a popular Korean food made from small-sized garae-tteok (long, white, cylinder-shaped rice cakes) called tteokmyeon (떡면; “rice cake noodles”) or commonly tteok-bokki-tteok(떡볶이 떡; “tteok-bokki rice cakes”).[1][2] Eomuk(fish cakes), boiled eggs, and scallions are some of the most commonly added ingredients. It can be seasoned with either spicy gochujang (chili paste) or non-spicy ganjang (soy sauce)-based sauce; the former being the most typical form,[3] while the latter is less common and sometimes called gungjung-tteok-bokki (royal court tteok-bokki).

Today, variations also include curry-tteok-bokki, cream sauce-tteok-bokki, jajang-tteok-bokki, seafood-tteok-bokki, galbi-tteok-bokki and so on. Tteok-bokki is commonly purchased and eaten at bunsikjip (snack bars) as well as pojangmacha (street stalls). There are also dedicated restaurants for tteok-bokki, where it is referred to as jeugseog tteok-bokki (impromptu tteok-bokki).

Curry topokki?! Oh man I’m missing out. These little rice tubes of deliciousness are just what the doctor ordered – let’s give it a try!

Samyang Foods Buldak Carbo HOT Chicken Flavor Topokki – South Korea

#3323: Samyang Foods Buldak Carbo HOT Chicken Flavor Topokki - South Korea

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add sauce, topokki, and hot water to the line. Microwave for 2 1/2 minutes at 1000W with the lid on. Add in powder. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

An included spork!

A large pouch of topokki.

A wet sachet of sauce.

A dry cheese powder sachet.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added baked chicken. spring onion, sesame seeds, and fried onion. The tteokbokki comes out very well – very satisfying. The carbo flavor is quite good – although came out soupy this go around. Nevertheless it’s very good. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8801073910287.

Samyang Carbo Buldak Tteokbokki Korean Rice Cake Instant 8oz 230g (Carbo & Roast Chicken Sauce) Snack

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#3314: O’Taste Jjajang Tteokbokki With Noodles – South Korea

#3314: O'Taste Jjajang Tteokbokki With Noodles - South Korea

I got three different version of this up in Canada. After a little translation work, it looks to be Jjajang

O’Taste Jjajang Topokki With Noodle – South Korea

Import/distributor’s label (click to enlarge).

#3314: O'Taste Jjajang Tteokbokki With Noodles - South Korea

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add 80ml water to the line in the cup. Add noodles, veggies, and seasoning. Microwave for 3 and a half minutes. To prepare on the stove (how I’ll be doing it) Add 160ml water to a pot and boil. Add noodles and cook for a minute and a half. Add veggies and seasoning, stir in, and cook an additional minute and a half.

Detail of the lid (click of enlarge).

An included fork!

A little nest of noodles.

Tteokbokki!

A wet sauce sachet.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion and sesame seeds. The noodles are great – working with the sloppiness of the sauce – tteokbokki also was the same. Sauce was interesting – like a sweet and spicy tteokbokki sauce with notes of black bean. Delightful – first one I’ve eaten that wasn’t a mukbang in a while. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8809061679017.

Otaste Roasted Misugaru Multi Grain Powder, 2 Pound

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#3283: O’taste Spicy Tteokbokki – South Korea

#3283: O'taste Spicy Tteokbokki - South Korea

Found this one up in Canada at Smart N Save as well. It turns out that this brand is actually related to Nongshim. It’s produced by Taekyung Nong San, which is part of the Nongshim company as can be seen on their logo. Interesting! This is a combo of tteokbokki and noodles. Let’s check it out!

O’taste Spicy Tteokbokki – South Korea

An import sticker (click to enlarge).

#3283: O'taste Spicy Tteokbokki - South Korea

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free from the sticker, however the sticker mentions items not present; may not correctly correlate to this products so check for yourself. To prepare with microwave, Add 80ml water to the line in the cup. Add noodles, veggies, and seasoning. Microwave for 3 and a half minutes. To prepare on the stove (how I’ll be doing it) Add 160ml water to a pot and boil. Add noodles and cook for a minute and a half. Add veggies and seasoning, stir in, and cook an additional minute and a half.

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

An included fork!

A pouch of noodles.

Tteokbokki.

A wet sachet of sauce (see it being implemented on the episode of Instant Noodle Recipe Time below).

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, soft egg, sesame seeds, and chili flake. Wow – this one is amazing. The noodle is a glass style and works well with the sauce and tteokbokki. Tteokbokki came out splendidly. The sauce is literally full impact yummy. I don’t eat many instant varieties except for mukbang, and I’m happy to say there are two more varieties of these bowls I have to review and they will both get mukbang-ified. The flavor is a sweet, spicy one with a thick luxuriant sauce. This is absolutely excellent and it was very hard not to go caveman on this and gobble it down. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8809061679000.

Otaste Roasted Misugaru Multi Grain Powder, 2 Pound

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#3281: Samlip Hi-Myon Spicy Katsuo Udon – South Korea

#3280: Samlip Hi-Myon Spicy Katsuo Udon - South Korea

Got this a little while back up in Richmond, BC at the HMart in Aberdeen Centre. This is the spicy counterpart to the non-spicy version I reviewed about 110 reviews ago. Let’s take a look.

Samlip Hi-Myon Spicy Katsuo Udon – South Korea

#3280: Samlip Hi-Myon Spicy Katsuo Udon - South Korea

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains fish and shrimp. To prepare, add udon and sachet contents to 350ml boiling water and cook 2 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

The udon pouch.

A dry sachet (see contents on the episode of Instant Noodle Recipe Time below).

A wet sachet.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, barbecued pork, chili flake, and tempura. The udon in this one is extra nice. It has a thick wide and slightly flat gauge. Broth compliments well with a sweetness and a spiciness that I thoroughly enjoyed. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8801068090321.

#3172: Samlip Hi-Myon Katsuo Udon - South Korea

Korean History in Maps: From Prehistory to the Twenty-First Century

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#3271: Samyang Foods Tsuyu Udon Big Bowl – South Korea

#3271: Samyang Foods Tsuyu Udon Big Bowl - South Korea

I’m sure there are some folks out there figuring this is going to violently spicy. Well, that’s just not the case. Not everything that Samyang Foods makes has an angry little chicken on it! Let’s see what we have inside this big bowl!

Samyang Foods Tsuyu Udon Big Bowl – South Korea

A distributor/import sticker (click to enlarge).

#3271: Samyang Foods Tsuyu Udon Big Bowl - South Korea

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains seafood. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and cover for 4 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3271: Samyang Foods Tsuyu Udon Big Bowl - South Korea

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

A wet soup base sachet. To see the sachets in action, watch Instant Noodle Recipe Time video below.

Dry garnish in this one.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added egg, spring onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, pork, and chili flake. Noodle is thick and chewy but more along the lines of their standard ramen. However, the broth is where the udon taste comes in a little more I suppose. It’s tasty and has a hint of spiciness. Myriad green onion and sesame seeds. Enjoyable. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8801073211452.

Samyang Ramen Best Korean Noodles (Tsuyu Udon, 4 Pack)

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#3147: Samyang Foods Hek Buldak Bokkeummyun Mini – South Korea

#3240: Samyang Foods Hek Buldak Bokkeummyun Mini - South Korea

This is a new one – a smaller Buldak Bokkeummyun! However it packs a big punch. This one’s clocking in at 12,000SHU, the highest heat level to date in the range. This is to celebrate the 7th anniversary of Buldak Bokkeummyun – happy birthday! What’s cool too is that the character Hochi’s birthday is the same as my wife’s! I thought hey – I should put this out on her birthday! Let’s give it a try.

Samyang Foods Hek Buldak Bokkeummyun Mini – South Korea

#3240: Samyang Foods Hek Buldak Bokkeummyun Mini - South Korea

Detail of the packaging for the 5 pack (click to enlarge). Like the others, I’m guessing this is meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, boil noodle block in 500ml water for 5 minutes. Drain. Add 5 spoons (5 x 15ml = 75ml) water, sauce sachet contesnts,  and stir fry for 30 seconds. Finally, stir, sprinkle garnish, and enjoy!

#3240: Samyang Foods Hek Buldak Bokkeummyun Mini - South Korea

The noodle block – much smaller.

#3240: Samyang Foods Hek Buldak Bokkeummyun Mini - South Korea

A wet sachet.

#3240: Samyang Foods Hek Buldak Bokkeummyun Mini - South Korea

Spicy sauce!

#3240: Samyang Foods Hek Buldak Bokkeummyun Mini - South Korea

A dry sachet.

#3240: Samyang Foods Hek Buldak Bokkeummyun Mini - South Korea

Sesame seeds and seaweed.

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles are great – nice, thick, and chewy. Sauce is sweet, salty and really hot! I mean really hot. I’ve had all of these ‘fire noodles’ that they’ve ome out with so I’m used to the eat and have had exponentially hotter tings, but if you aren’t used to it, this will knock you on your keester. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8801073142596.

#3240: Samyang Foods Hek Buldak Bokkeummyun Mini - South Korea

2019 New 10,000SHU 3pcs Samyang Haek(Neculer)-Buldak Chicken Flavored Ramem Noodles Limited Ed.

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#3107: Samyang Foods Bowl Noodle Soup Chicken Flavor – South Korea

#3107: Samyang Foods Bowl Noodle Soup Chicken Flavor - South Korea

This one might be a bit of a surprise to you – insofar that I haven’t reviewed it, that is. Well, two other brand have these ‘bowl noodle’ style products from South Korea as well. This is Samyang’s entry into the fray of this form factor and style. Don’t get me wrong – one that’s been popular for years is their Yukgaejang bowls which look almost identical – except the name. They recently sent a bunch of these in different flavors – let’s give chicken a try!

Samyang Foods Bowl Noodle Soup Chicken Flavor – South Korea

#3107: Samyang Foods Bowl Noodle Soup Chicken Flavor - South Korea

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add in sachet contents and boiling water to line. cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and e enjoy!

#3107: Samyang Foods Bowl Noodle Soup Chicken Flavor - South Korea

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3107: Samyang Foods Bowl Noodle Soup Chicken Flavor - South Korea

The noodle block.

#3107: Samyang Foods Bowl Noodle Soup Chicken Flavor - South Korea

A dry sachet.

#3107: Samyang Foods Bowl Noodle Soup Chicken Flavor - South Korea

A light powder soup base.

#3107: Samyang Foods Bowl Noodle Soup Chicken Flavor - South Korea

Loose bits from the bowl.

#3107: Samyang Foods Bowl Noodle Soup Chicken Flavor - South Korea

Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft egg, chicken, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, and spring onion. Noodles hydrated nicely and worked well with the broth, which was much better than I expected. It had a nice chicken soup kind of taste, however it also had a sweet element which was quite enjoyable. Included vegetables were here and there. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8801073211735.

#3067: Samyang Foods Bowl Noodle Soup Hot & Spicy Flavor - South Korea

Spicy Flavor Roasted Cup Noodles Soup (x 6 Cups), Spicy Flavor Cup Ramyun Korean Noodle Ramen

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#3030: Nongshim Shin Black Spicy Rich Bone Broth Flavor – South Korea

#3030: Nongshim Shin Black Spicy Rich Bone Broth Flavor - South Korea

Here’s one I found at the new T&T Supermarket in Lansdowne Center up in Richmond, BC. A Shin Black bowl! I knew they must exist; I mean, there’s generally a pack, cup and bowl for everything that comes out of South Korea. Well, here it is. What’s interesting is that this isn’t available in the United States, and up in Canada it’s not a product of the Nongshim China factory, which most bowls up there seem to be.

I don’t know if I’ve seen it referred to as ‘spicy rich bone broth flavor’ either, but as ‘spicy pot au feu’ in the past. Also something interesting to note is that this one’s microwavable. Anyways a neat find and sounds like something neat to try today. Let’s get started.

Nongshim Shin Black Bowl – South Korea

#3030: Nongshim Shin Black Spicy Rich Bone Broth Flavor - South Korea

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains beef, pork, shrimp and fish. To prepare, remove lid and add in sachet contents. Fill to line with room temperature water. Microwave (1000W) for 4 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3030: Nongshim Shin Black Spicy Rich Bone Broth Flavor - South Korea

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3030: Nongshim Shin Black Spicy Rich Bone Broth Flavor - South Korea

The noodle block.

#3030: Nongshim Shin Black Spicy Rich Bone Broth Flavor - South Korea

Loose bits from inside the cup.

#3030: Nongshim Shin Black Spicy Rich Bone Broth Flavor - South Korea

A soup base sachet.

#3030: Nongshim Shin Black Spicy Rich Bone Broth Flavor - South Korea

A spicy scented powder.

#3030: Nongshim Shin Black Spicy Rich Bone Broth Flavor - South Korea

Another dry sachet.

#3030: Nongshim Shin Black Spicy Rich Bone Broth Flavor - South Korea

A light powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Chinese sausage, scallion and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. Noodles hydrated well and had a great texture to them from the microwave. Broth had that standard Shin Black flavor – no surprises here. Tasty! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 031146042517.

#3030: Nongshim Shin Black Spicy Rich Bone Broth Flavor - South Korea

NongShim S h i n   B l a c k  Noodle Soup, Spicy, 2.64 OZ (Pack of 6)

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#3012: Samyang Foods Sriracha Ramen Snack – South Korea

#3012: Samyang Foods Sriracha Ramen Snack - South Korea

Here we have what you call a ramen snack or noodle snack. These are popular throughout Asia but little known in the United States. In a way. It was often I heard about people taking a domestic pillow pack of instant noodles here in the states and pulverizing it while still in the package and then the seasoning dumped on and held closed, then shaken to distribute the flavor. This was commonly considered a somewhat of a lazy teenager’s way of cooking one of the easiest products to cook around. Well, they’ve been creating products that are prepared in this way for a very long time in Asia. Spicy, sweet, salty – you name it. Here’s Samyang’s Sriracha Ramen flavored one for you to see today!

Samyang Foods Sriracha Ramen Snack – South Korea

#3012: Samyang Foods Sriracha Ramen Snack - South Korea

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat – check for yourself. To prepare, crush noodles through unopened package into bite sized pieces. Open package, remove seasoning sachet and add to crushed noodles. Hold opening closed and shake vigorously. Finally, enjoy as a snack!

#3012: Samyang Foods Sriracha Ramen Snack - South Korea

An uncrushed noodle block.

#3012: Samyang Foods Sriracha Ramen Snack - South Korea

The seasoning base.

#3012: Samyang Foods Sriracha Ramen Snack - South Korea

A very light powder.

#3012: Samyang Foods Sriracha Ramen Snack - South Korea

Finished (click to enlarge). Added honey butter almonds, Craisins, cashews, peanuts, and sesame sticks. The noodles are light and have a nice crunch to them that doesn’t break your teeth. The seasoning brings a salty and spicy hit with a little tinge of sourness which works well. For a snack, I give this one 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8801073310902.

#3012: Samyang Foods Sriracha Ramen Snack - South Korea

Samyang Hot Spicy S R I R A C H A Stir-Fried Noodles Ramen135g (4PCS)

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