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#3257: Samyang Foods Buldak Hot Chicken Flavor Topokki – South Korea

#3257: Samyang Foods Buldak Hot Chicken Flavor Topokki - South Korea

Okay, alright. It’s another Buldak spicy thing and this time its not topokki and ramen, it’s just topokki. What’s exciting about this is that this is the export version. I’m usually not happy about getting export versions; I want the local versions; te ones that people in their respective countries find at the store. But what’s cool is that this is now available in the United States – and I’ve seen it here recently. This is original Buldak Bokkeummyun flavor – there’s also a Carbo version as well. For those of you who are asking ‘what’s a topokki?!’ here’s a little info from Wikipedia –

Tteok-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] 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).

Ingredients such as seafoodshort ribsinstant noodleschewy noodles are also added to the dish.

Haemul-tteok-bokki, (해물떡볶이; “seafood tteok-bokki”) uses seafood as a sub ingredient.

Galbi-tteok-bokki (갈비떡볶이; “short ribs tteok-bokki”) is a tteok-bokki uses short ribs as an ingredient.

Ra-bokki (라볶이; “instant noodles tteok-bokki”) and jjol-bokki (쫄볶이; “chewy noodles tteok-bokki”), are quite similar. They both add noodles to tteok-bokki. ra-bokki and jjol-bokki differs from the kind of noodles added to tteok-bokki. ra-bokki adds ramyeon noodle, and jjol-bokki adds chewy noodles which are used to make jjol-myeon.

Alright – let’s cook it up and I’ll do my best to lay waste to it.

Samyang Foods Buldak Hot Chicken Flavor Topokki – South Korea

#3257: Samyang Foods Buldak 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 topokki and sauce to the bowl. Add water to fill line (note it’s much lower than on most noole cups. Microwave at 1000W for 2 minutes and 30 seconds with the lid on.  Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3257: Samyang Foods Buldak Hot Chicken Flavor Topokki - South Korea

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3257: Samyang Foods Buldak Hot Chicken Flavor Topokki - South Korea

An included spork!

#3257: Samyang Foods Buldak Hot Chicken Flavor Topokki - South Korea

The sextet of tines here are daunting! Check this out for a full list of forks – it’s really quite fascinating!

#3257: Samyang Foods Buldak Hot Chicken Flavor Topokki - South Korea

The pouch of topokki.

#3257: Samyang Foods Buldak Hot Chicken Flavor Topokki - South Korea

A wet sachet containing the spicy sauce.

Finished (click to enlarge). Chewy topokki is of good quality and plentiful. The sauce is sweet and very spicy. It’s tasty as well as hot – the heat level reminds me of the topokki buldak ramen they produce. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8801073910270.

#3257: Samyang Foods Buldak Hot Chicken Flavor Topokki - South Korea

Buldak Tteokbokki Korean Rice Cake Instant Korean Snack Tteok Tteokbokki Rice Cake (spicy, 1)

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#3248: Samyang Foods Tsuyu Soy Sauce Udon – South Korea

#3248: Samyang Foods Tsuyu Soy Sauce Udon - South Korea

So mornings can suck sometimes. Waking up 2 hours late for example. With that, I better get a move on!

Samyang Foods Tsuyu Soy Sauce Udon – South Korea

#3248: Samyang Foods Tsuyu Soy Sauce Udon - South Korea

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat – check for yourself. To prepare, boil noodles in 550ml water for 5 minutes. Add in sachets. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3248: Samyang Foods Tsuyu Soy Sauce Udon - South Korea

A large noodle block.

#3248: Samyang Foods Tsuyu Soy Sauce Udon - South Korea

A wet sachet (no open pics today – just no time – watch the video for more)

#3248: Samyang Foods Tsuyu Soy Sauce Udon - South Korea

A dry flake sachet.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added habanero togarashi, bbq pork, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, and spring onion, Noodles came out very tasty and chewy. They really complimented the broth which had a rich flavor of soy and sweet with just a tiny amount of spicy. The included garnish was on point. Very happy with this. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8801073113916.

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#3226: Hite Ramen Cup Noodle Soup – Russia

#3226: Hite Ramen Cup Noodle Soup - Russia

When I used to drink (and I was very good at it, mind you), I would often try beers from different countries. One I remember from South Korea was Hite beer. It’s pretty good stuff – they had them in cans and bottles and then in these huge plastic jugs which I would get from time to time. This one’s a private label variety from Samyang Foods that came in a recent box from them. Very curious about this one – let’s give it a looksie…

Hite Ramen Cup Noodle Soup – Russia

#3226: Hite Ramen Cup Noodle Soup - Russia

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

#3226: Hite Ramen Cup Noodle Soup - Russia

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3226: Hite Ramen Cup Noodle Soup - Russia

The noodle block.

#3226: Hite Ramen Cup Noodle Soup - Russia

Loose bits from the cup.

#3226: Hite Ramen Cup Noodle Soup - Russia

A dry sachet.

#3226: Hite Ramen Cup Noodle Soup - Russia

A coarse powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added egg yolk, boiled beef, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion. Noodles came out well for the most part although got on little crunchy one which flavorwise was negligible. The broth was a lightly spicy one with a sweetness and attention to mushroom. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8801073211698.

#3226: Hite Ramen Cup Noodle Soup - Russia

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#3221: Samyang Foods Buldak Topokki Hot Chicken Flavor Ramen – South Korea

#3221: Samyang Foods Buldak Topokki Hot Chicken Flavor Ramen - South Korea

Spicy stuff! So this one is the latest of the standard pillow pack varieties of the ‘fire noodle’ series. For those of you who don’t know what topokki is, here’s a little something from Wikipedia –

Tteok-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] 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 prototype,[3] and the latter often called gungjung-tteok-bokki (royal court tteok-bokki). Today, variations also include currytteok-bokkicream saucetteok-bokkijajang-tteok-bokkiseafoodtteok-bokkigalbi-tteok-bokki and so on. Tteok-bokki is commonly purchased and eaten at bunsikjip (snack bars) as well as pojangmacha (street stalls).

Ingredients such as seafoodshort ribsinstant noodleschewy noodles are also added to the dish.

Haemultteok-bokki, (해물떡볶이; “seafood tteok-bokki“) uses seafood as a sub ingredient.

Galbi-tteok-bokki (갈비떡볶이; “short ribs tteok-bokki“) is a tteok-bokki uses short ribs as an ingredient.

Ra-bokki (라볶이; “instant noodles tteok-bokki“) and jjol-bokki (쫄볶이; “chewy noodles tteok-bokki“), are quite similar. They both add noodles to tteok-bokki. ra-bokki and jjol-bokki differs from the kind of noodles added to tteok-bokki. ra-bokki adds ramyeon noodle, and jjol-bokki adds chewy noodles which are used to make jjol-myeon.

I would say that topokki is one of the tastiest things I’ve had – whether a spicy one or cream cheese topokki – oh man that’s good too. Anyways, let’s check out this newest variety!

Samyang Foods Buldak Topokki Hot Chicken Flavor Ramen – South Korea

#3221: Samyang Foods Buldak Topokki Hot Chicken Flavor Ramen - South Korea

Here’s the package (click to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, boil noodles and vegetables in 600ml water for 5 minutes. Drain, saving 8 spoons water (8x15ml=120ml) and add in sauce. Stir fry for 30 seconds. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3221: Samyang Foods Buldak Topokki Hot Chicken Flavor Ramen - South Korea

The noodle block.

#3221: Samyang Foods Buldak Topokki Hot Chicken Flavor Ramen - South Korea

A wet sachet.

#3221: Samyang Foods Buldak Topokki Hot Chicken Flavor Ramen - South Korea

Smells spicy!

#3221: Samyang Foods Buldak Topokki Hot Chicken Flavor Ramen - South Korea

A dry sachet.

#3221: Samyang Foods Buldak Topokki Hot Chicken Flavor Ramen - South Korea

Vegetables and fishcake!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, kamaboko, baked chicken with NuTek Salt For Life, spring onion, and soft egg. The noodles are just superb – thick and chewy. Sauce coats everything really well and heat is strong. A great balance of heat and flavor and the little fishcake pieces are a nice bonus. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8801073114159.

#3221: Samyang Foods Buldak Topokki Hot Chicken Flavor Ramen - South Korea

Buldak Tteokbokki Korean Rice Cake Instant Korean Snack Tteok Tteokbokki Rice Cake (spicy, 1)

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#3213: Atomy Potato Vegetable Ramen – South Korea

#3213: Atomy Potato Vegetable Ramen - South Korea

Got an email from a reader named Donald J about this one and he wanted to send a sample – well, here it is! Thanks! Always very interested in Korean varieties – especially ones I’ve not seen before!

Something special tonight – I have retired the last set of cups I use to show powders, pastes, and vegetables/garnish. This is the first review using the new set. Black is for powder, white is for paste and oils, and blue is for garnish/vegetables.

Let’s take a look at this potato vegetable variety!

Atomy Potato Vegetable Ramen – South Korea

#3213: Atomy Potato Vegetable Ramen - South Korea

Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge). Unsur whether it’s meat free, so check for yourself. To prepare, add everything to 550ml boiling water and cook 4 1/2 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3213: Atomy Potato Vegetable Ramen - South Korea

The noodle block.

#3213: Atomy Potato Vegetable Ramen - South Korea

A dry sachet.

#3213: Atomy Potato Vegetable Ramen - South Korea

A light powder.

#3213: Atomy Potato Vegetable Ramen - South Korea

A second dry sachet.

#3213: Atomy Potato Vegetable Ramen - South Korea

Vegetables.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, soft egg, and beef. The noodles came out quite nicely – good chew and quality. The broth was a nice and vegetable laden spicy one – good character to it. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8804294022135.

#3213: Atomy Potato Vegetable Ramen - South Korea

Atomy potato instant Noodle Soup Veggie 애터미 감자로 만든 채식 라면 (Pack of 4)

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Knight Of Fire Ribs – Spicy Stuff From South Korea

A reader clued me in about these recently – thanks! I thought I should definitely give these a try. Why? Well, the regular Knight Of Ribs variety was on the Top Ten Instant Noodles 2018 Edition.

Knight Of Fire Ribs – Spicy Stuff From South Korea

#3177: Maison De Coree x Samyang Ramen Gout Coco Poulet – France

#3177: Maison De Coree x Samyang Ramen Gout Coco Poulet - France

Well here we are. The last of the French Samyang stuff. I’ve really found these to be really quite good and hope to see more from them at some time soon – maybe packs? Anyways, this is a coconut chicken flavored variety. Let’s dig in!

Maison De Coree x Samyang Ramen Gout Coco Poulet – France

#3177: Maison De Coree x Samyang Ramen Gout Coco Poulet - France

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

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3177: Maison De Coree x Samyang Ramen Gout Coco Poulet - France

The noodle block.

A dry sachet.

A light powder.

A bit of vegetables loose in the cup.

Finished (click to enlarge). This was nice. A good gauge of noodle with a soft tooth meets a very strong chicken flavor and coconut taste broth. Kind of like ‘chicken noodle plus.’ Not bad. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8805957019486.

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

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

Found this one at the HMart at Aberdeen Centre up in Richmond, BC, Canada. This one at this point is a little vexing as I’m having trouble with translation however I’ve asked Facebook folks to help.

Samlip Hi Myon Katsuo Udon – South Korea

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

Detail of the import/distributor’s sticker (click to enlarge).

#3172: Samlip Hi-Myon 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!

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

The udon pouch.

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

A wet sachet.

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

A dark liquid.

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

A dry garnish sachet.

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

A unique mix.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added green onion and kamaboko. Udon had a flatter shape than most of the fresh pouch varieties usually do. Aside from that, nothing different here I could find. The broth was good – not such a sweetly flavored showing but more savory with better fish taste. Included garnish is vegetable and tempura was good. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.   EAN bar code 8801068090314.

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

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#3165: Mamee / Shinsegae Daebak Spicy Kimchi – Malaysia

#3165: Mamee / Shinsegae Daebak Spicy Kimchi - Malaysia

Here’s another one from Mohd – the last of the ones he sent (please feel free to send more varieties and thank you again!) – this is a collaboration between Malaysian company Mamee and South Korean style company Shinsegae. This is a spicy kimchi soup – let’s hit it up!

Mamee / Shinsegae Daebak Spicy Kimchi – Malaysia

#3165: Mamee / Shinsegae Daebak Spicy Kimchi - Malaysia

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add sachets to 500ml water and bring to a boil. Add noodles and cook 4~5 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3165: Mamee / Shinsegae Daebak Spicy Kimchi - Malaysia

The noodle block.

#3165: Mamee / Shinsegae Daebak Spicy Kimchi - Malaysia

A wet sachet

#3165: Mamee / Shinsegae Daebak Spicy Kimchi - Malaysia

A thick red sauce.

#3165: Mamee / Shinsegae Daebak Spicy Kimchi - Malaysia

A dry sachet.

#3165: Mamee / Shinsegae Daebak Spicy Kimchi - Malaysia

Lots of vegetables.

Finished (click to enlarge). Noodles were really great – gauge and chew were large and hearty. The broth was a very tasty kimchi with a good level of sweetness to it. The spiciness? Definitely much more subdued than the dry version of Daebak. This one has a really great taste to it and I was very impressed. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 9555022305905.

#3165: Mamee / Shinsegae Daebak Spicy Kimchi - Malaysia

Mamee Monster BBQ Noodle Snack (Barbeque Flavor / 10-ct) – 10.58oz (Pack of 1)

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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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#3145: Maison De Coree x Samyang Foods Ramen Gout Poulet Feu – France

#3145: Maison De Coree x Samyang Foods Ramen Gout Poulet Feu - France

I was looking on Facebook and a friend from Samyang Foods posted something about developing a range specifically for France. Having never reviewed anything for the French marketplace, I thought this would be really great to try. Well, they arrived recently and so today we start with this interesting variety. What is it? Well, most likely it’s the standard buldak bokkeummyun fire noodle in different clothes. But we’ll find out. Let’s have a look!

Maison De Coree x Samyang Foods Ramen Gout Poulet Feu – France

#3145: Maison De Coree x Samyang Foods Ramen Gout Poulet Feu - France

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

#3145: Maison De Coree x Samyang Foods Ramen Gout Poulet Feu - France

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3145: Maison De Coree x Samyang Foods Ramen Gout Poulet Feu - France

The noodle block.

#3145: Maison De Coree x Samyang Foods Ramen Gout Poulet Feu - France

A wet sachet.

#3145: Maison De Coree x Samyang Foods Ramen Gout Poulet Feu - France

Smells spicy!

#3145: Maison De Coree x Samyang Foods Ramen Gout Poulet Feu - France

A dry sachet.

#3145: Maison De Coree x Samyang Foods Ramen Gout Poulet Feu - France

Sesame seeds and seaweed.

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles were a bit thinner and chewier then the ones in the regular buldak bokkeummyun cup you may have had. Enjoyed them. The flavor was very close but a little tastier. Spiciness seemed less. Honestly, I liked this quite a bit! 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8805957019455.

#3145: Maison De Coree x Samyang Foods Ramen Gout Poulet Feu - France

Spicy Chicken Roasted Cup Noodles (x 3 Cups), Spicy Chicken Cup Ramyun Korean Noodle Ramen BULDAK BOKKEUM MYUN

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#3140: Samyang Foods Buldak Ramen Topokki – South Korea

#3233: Samyang Foods Buldak Ramen Topokki - South Korea

Alright. So you know about the Buldak Bokkeummyun Topokki variety – well, this one comes with actual topokki as well. It’s a big bag, too! Let’s tear into this and see what we have here!

Samyang Foods Buldak Ramen Topokki – South Korea

#3233: Samyang Foods Buldak Ramen Topokki - South Korea

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge).

#3233: Samyang Foods Buldak Ramen Topokki - South Korea

The folks at Samyang Foods were kind enough to furnish me with some instructions in English (click to enlarge)!

#3233: Samyang Foods Buldak Ramen Topokki - South Korea

A package of noodles.

#3233: Samyang Foods Buldak Ramen Topokki - South Korea

The back of the noodle package (click to enlarge).

#3233: Samyang Foods Buldak Ramen Topokki - South Korea

The noodle block.

#3233: Samyang Foods Buldak Ramen Topokki - South Korea

Actual topokki!

#3233: Samyang Foods Buldak Ramen Topokki - South Korea

Not one but two wet sachets of spicy sauce.

#3233: Samyang Foods Buldak Ramen Topokki - South Korea

Only one sachet of vegetables, though.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added egg, diced ham, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, cheese, and fried tofu. The noodles are great – nice and chewy. Topokki is very chewy too. They work well with the sauce which is very spicy and just tasty as can be. Probably my favorite Buldak variety, although I’ve not tried the Carbo version of this. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 0801073310940.

#3233: Samyang Foods Buldak Ramen Topokki - South Korea

Samyang Carbo Buldak (Roast Chicken) Hot Spicy Rice Cake Tteokbokki

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