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Meet The Manufacturer: #1023: Samyang Foods 三養라면 (Samyang Ramyun) (South Korean Version)

First, I want to wish my wife a Happy Birthday! Love you! Well folks, here it is. This is the ramyun that started it all. Here’s an except from my interview with Samyang Foods about their first product:

TRR> What was your first product?

SF> The first product of Samyang Foods was Samyang Ramyun,released in 1963.

This picture on the left side is the first package of Samyang Ramyun which is the first ramyun in Korea. It was produced in 1963 and tasted like chicken soup. Samyang Foods introduced ramyun to Korea from Japan so the first version of Samyang Ramyun was made to suit Japanese tastes which are light. However, Samyang Foods adjusted it to beef flavor, suiting Korean’s taste which is deep and rich.
However, at the first time ramyun was introduced to Korea, people misunderstood that ramyun was a kind of textile because Koreans call cotton ‘myun’ and didn’t even try to buy one. To make them understand ramyun is a kind of food, Samyang Foods started a free sample stand and it worked. People began to love ramyun and consume ramyun a lot.

I’m glad that people figured out that this stuff was food! This stuff started the huge market which is now South Korean ramyun. It’s sold throughout the world and enjoyed by millions. Thanks, Samyang! Well, let’s take a look!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Probably not vegetarian.

A nice big square block of noodles!Wavy and crunchy.

The powder seasoning packet.

Lots of the powder. Has a nice rich and beefy flavor with a hint of spiciness.

The veggie packet.

A nice assortment.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added green onion, sweet onion, leftover Korean BBQ from last night, an egg, kimchi, and a little tteokbokki. The noodles are great as always – plumps and full of flavor. The broth is full of rich beef flavor and a little spicy. Veggie re-hydrated well. All in all, wonderful. The grandfather of all ramyun! 4.5 out of 5.0 stars! UPC bar code 8801073102538 – get the US version here.

A Samyang Ramyun TV commercial. All that orange – they must be San Francisco Giants fans! But wait… That song sounds really familiar…

Hey its the same song as in Bubble Bobble!

New TV Spot For Nongshim’s Shin Ramyun Black Cup With PSY

Unless you’ve been hiding under a proverbial rock for the last couple of months, you have heard the song ‘Gangnam Style‘ by South Korean pop star PSY at one time or another, seen the horse dance, etc. Well, After he sent Nongshim a video asking if he could do a commercial for them, they said yes.

Well today, the commercials have come out – they’re pretty funny. I still want to let it be known that I formally challenge PSY to a ramyun eating contest -maybe Shin Ramyun Black Cup? That’d be awesome! Anyways, here’s some videos to check out of the commercial.

The ‘A’ version of the Nongshim Shin Ramyun Black Cup commercial with PSY

The ‘B’ version of the Nongshim Shin Ramyun Black Cup commercial with PSY

Here’s the ‘making of’ video.

Donation Of Samples From Nongshim America & Nongshim Korea!

I got two shipments today – one from Nongshim America, which I visited last week (there’ll be a lot of stuff all about the visit, the plant tour and the people very soon!). Here’s the first one from Nongshim America!

Hey look at that! Shin Ramyun Black in a big cup! Plus, it’s onion flavor! Also, notic in the box there’s a couple packs of the new Jinjja Jinjja! Also what’s this? Soba? I’m extremely interested in trying these out – never knew they made this! Thanks go to Ray Adams and all the nice folks at Nongshim America! Can’t wait to try these out!

Yesterday, the mailman knocked on our door and had me sign for a box from Korea – samples of a new product called Jinjja Jinjja (which translates to Really Really (Spicy Spicy). I had the opportunity to try it during my tour at Nongshim America last week and boy are they good! I’ll be doing a full in-depth review of them shortly.

It felt like the box just had noodles inside but I was happily surprised! They were kind enough to send some posters and cardboard advertising pieces too!

Awesome! Another reusable grocery bag! Really like these.

They also sent a box with promotional items pertaining to Hooroorook and their new spokesperson, K-Pop star IU.

Last but not least, an apron and triangular hair-holding thing (my wife was kind enough to take the picture and tie it on my head!)! Can’t wait to do a review of these noodles!!! Thanks to Daehyun Song and everyone at Nongshim Korea for sending this along!