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#3160: Mazendo Noodles With Chili Mala Sauce – Taiwan

#3160: Mazendo Noodles With Chili Mala Sauce - Taiwan

This one arrived yesterday and I decided hey – how about a mukbang. So since they sent two four packs I went ahead and did one. Timing just worked well – crack it open after the unboxing video and give it a try – why not? I’ve been battling a cold that’s been going around – my son had it then gave it to me and my daughter – only ne left is my wife and I hope she doesn’t end up with it… But some spicy noodles fit the bill yesterday. Let’s check ’em out!

Mazendo Noodles With Chili Mala Sauce – Taiwan

#3160: Mazendo Noodles With Chili Mala Sauce - Taiwan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, boil noodles for 6~7 minutes. Drain. Add sauce. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3160: Mazendo Noodles With Chili Mala Sauce - Taiwan

The noodle block.

#3160: Mazendo Noodles With Chili Mala Sauce - Taiwan

A wet sachet.

#3160: Mazendo Noodles With Chili Mala Sauce - Taiwan

A thick sauce.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft egg, crispy fried garlic, BBQ pork and scallion. The noodles are great – nice width and chewiness. Flavor had a nice balance between Sichuan pepperiness and other flavors – savory and spicy. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4718008950062.

#3160: Mazendo Noodles With Chili Mala Sauce - Taiwan

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#3004: Wei Lih Hell Spicy Dry Noodle With Soup – Taiwan

#3004: Wei Lih Hell Spicy Dry Noodle With Soup - Taiwan

One of the waning few I dragged back from Taiwan with me from my 2017 trip! This is a fascinating variety – it’s one that has a soup and a noodle. Wait, how? What?

Wei Lih Hell Spicy Dry Noodle With Soup – Taiwan

#3004: Wei Lih Hell Spicy Dry Noodle With Soup - Taiwan

Yep – two different bowls! How does that work, though?

#3004: Wei Lih Hell Spicy Dry Noodle With Soup - Taiwan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge). Unsure whether or not it contains beef. To prepare, Add noodles and boiling water to line of first bowl. Cover for 3 minutes. Drain off water into second bowl. Add silver sachet content in to bowl with water. Mix. Add paste sachet contents into bowl with noodles. finally, mix noodles and enjoy!

#3004: Wei Lih Hell Spicy Dry Noodle With Soup - Taiwan

The noodle block.

#3004: Wei Lih Hell Spicy Dry Noodle With Soup - Taiwan

A thick liquid.

#3004: Wei Lih Hell Spicy Dry Noodle With Soup - Taiwan

Dark paste.

#3004: Wei Lih Hell Spicy Dry Noodle With Soup - Taiwan

The soup base sachet.

#3004: Wei Lih Hell Spicy Dry Noodle With Soup - Taiwan

Powder and herbs.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, Chinese sausage and scallions. The noodles has a nice gauge and a tad bit of sponginess. This is easily overlooked however, as the flavor on the noodle is very good. A spicy taste with a nice heat level and tastiness. The broth has a lt of bits floating around which add to it. Alone, they’re a kind of humdrum set, however paired they work excellent – you have a bite of the spicy noodles, then have a little slurp of soup. Aptly turns into a back and forth which seems natural. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 6710199037591.

#3004: Wei Lih Hell Spicy Dry Noodle With Soup - Taiwan

Wei Lih GGE Wheat Crackers Value Package (BBQ Cubes, Soy Sauce Ramen, Original Ramen, Seaweed Flavor, Mexican Spicy)

Watch me prepare this variety!

#2872: Chongqing Suanlabao Food Co., Ltd. Hot Pot Mala Seasoning & Sesame Oil Package

#2872: Chongqing Suanlabao Food Co., Ltd. Hot Pot Mala Seasoning & Sesame Oil Package

Hey it’s a self heating hot pot! I got this one at China World on St. Patrick’s Day this year. The weekend before, we drove up to Canada and checked out China World in Richmond, BC. It was amazing – awesome! Got two baskets of noodles. Went tot he front and boom – cash and Canadian debit only. That sucked. So we came back the next weekend! I found about eight different varieties of these hot pots and so here’s the first. I’ve reviewed two others in the past. Let’s open this thing up and see what makes it tick – yeah – it cooks itself!

Chongqing Suanlabao Food Co., Ltd. Hot Pot Mala Seasoning & Sesame Oil Package – China

#2872: Chongqing Suanlabao Food Co., Ltd. Hot Pot Mala Seasoning & Sesame Oil Package

The distributor’s sticker (click to enlarge).

#2872: Chongqing Suanlabao Food Co., Ltd. Hot Pot Mala Seasoning & Sesame Oil Package

The underside of the cardboard piece (click to enlarge). Doesn’t appear to contain meat. To prepare, add everything but the heating pack to the upper tray. Add hot water to fill line. Add heating pack to lower tray. Add cold water to fill line – close to the bottom. Place upper tray back on lower tray and replace plastic lid. Let it do it’s thing for 15 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2872: Chongqing Suanlabao Food Co., Ltd. Hot Pot Mala Seasoning & Sesame Oil Package

The front and back of an informational slip (click to enlarge).

#2872: Chongqing Suanlabao Food Co., Ltd. Hot Pot Mala Seasoning & Sesame Oil Package

Included chopsticks!

#2872: Chongqing Suanlabao Food Co., Ltd. Hot Pot Mala Seasoning & Sesame Oil Package

The noodles package.

#2872: Chongqing Suanlabao Food Co., Ltd. Hot Pot Mala Seasoning & Sesame Oil Package

A big pouch of vegetables.

#2872: Chongqing Suanlabao Food Co., Ltd. Hot Pot Mala Seasoning & Sesame Oil Package

A huge soup base sachet.

#2872: Chongqing Suanlabao Food Co., Ltd. Hot Pot Mala Seasoning & Sesame Oil Package

The sesame oil sachet.

#2872: Chongqing Suanlabao Food Co., Ltd. Hot Pot Mala Seasoning & Sesame Oil Package

The heating pack. I definitely wouldn’t eat this.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added fried Mala Sichuan Spicy SPAM. The noodle come out nicely, as did the vegetables. They are both of good quality. The soup is violent. So full of Sichuan peppercorn and oiliness that it just is far too overwhelming to any other flavors. It seems kind of pointless to have such fine ingredients only to stifle them with monotone flavor. 0.25 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 6971070680024.

Here’s a video from Straits Times about these interesting self heating hot pots.

#2787: Samyang Foods Mala Buldak Bokkeummyun Bowl

#2787: Samyang Foods Mala Buldak Bokkeummyun Bowl

I’ve been kind of on a weird crusade lately. It has come to my attention that the popular Mala variety of Buldak Bokkeummyun is being touted by many people across the Interwebs as 4x Spicy. This is totally untrue – it’s really more like 0.5x. I did an informative video presentation about it – check it out here!

Mala was originally made for Chinese markets, but it’s definitely flexed it’s muscles and entered the outside world since everyone wants to try the newest, latest greatest. This one has Sichuan pepper in the mix – it’s got a kind of numbing heat to it which is definitely much different than what Westerners are used to, that’s for sure. Today I’ll do a review and also going to do a spicy noodle challenge with this one. Let’s get started.

Samyang Foods Mala Buldak Bokkeummyun Bowl – South Korea

#2787: Samyang Foods Mala Buldak Bokkeummyun Bowl

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 4 minutes. Drain using poke holes on lid. Add in spicy liquid sachet. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2787: Samyang Foods Mala Buldak Bokkeummyun Bowl

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2787: Samyang Foods Mala Buldak Bokkeummyun Bowl

The noodle block.

#2787: Samyang Foods Mala Buldak Bokkeummyun Bowl

Some bits of garnish.

#2787: Samyang Foods Mala Buldak Bokkeummyun Bowl

The spicy sauce sachet.

#2787: Samyang Foods Mala Buldak Bokkeummyun Bowl

Thick and dark.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Chinese sausage, spring onion, and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles are standard gauge ramyun. The flavor is indeed spicy (nowhere near 4x) but respectably spicy – it would make my wife die. Has a bit of the regular BB taste and Sichuan pepper and other tastes going on. Included vegetables were good. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8801073211391.

#2787: Samyang Foods Mala Buldak Bokkeummyun Bowl

Samyang MALA 4x Buldak Bokeum Ramen. 5pcs. Spicy Hot Chicken Flavor Ramen,

The 0.5x Spicy Mala Fire Noodle Challenge

Here we are again with the Fire Noodle Challenge. This is the Samyang Foods Mala Buldak Bokkeummyun. So, all over YouTube, people are wincing and screaming as they choke down packs of Mala – why? Well, for some reason, they are under the impression that it’s 4x spicy. Don’t get me wrong – it’s quite spicy – it’ll kick your butt. But it is a far cry from the 2x Spicy Nuclear Fire Noodle, that’s for sure.

Here’s my full dissertation of what’s going on here. It’s funny – all of this and even talking to the company and I got this comment on YouTube today – ‘t’s not a same thing man.. they have the mala flavor with 4x spiciness written on the packages. But not every mala flavor has 4x spiciness. I think you are trying the regular one’ – yeah… So all I could find as far as a pack saying 4x was a picture of a pack with a 2 changed to a 4 in Photoshop – and you could even see the 2 underneath still… Amateurs. Anyways, here’s an article touting my claim as well. In the video above you can see that there’s a snippet of a communication with Samyang Foods as well. So yeah sorry YouTube – there’s no 4x spicy fire noodle. Quite honestly, I hope there will be sometime – I hope it’s in a green package too! I mean, they’ve done almost every other color. Maybe a 4x spicy green onion flavor? Guess we’ll just have to wait and see!

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

NOTE – THERE IS A NEW TOP TEN SPICY LIST FOR 2018 – HERE IT IS

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

It’s that time of year again! Actually, this is the first time the list is coming out in July although at the tail end of July. I usually have the lists come out on the Monday closest to the date it came out the prior year. So this list is a compilation of absolutely hottest and spiciest varieties I’ve had out of the 2,500+ varieties I’ve tried thus far. Something you think belongs on this spiciest of lists? Let me know – I’ll give it a try. Let’s get started!

Note – on the day of posting I remember that there was one variety that should be in this list. I’ve given it an ‘honorable mention’ at the bottom, so don’t forget to give that a look. It will most certainly appear in next year’s list in a position on the list as it is quite spicy and truly should get it’s little place in The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time. My apologies.

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

A video presentation of The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition.

#10: MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodle – Malaysia

Spiciest #10: MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodle – Malaysia - The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles 2017 Edition

MyKuali’s new recipe added a big punch of heat to their already amazing and groundbreaking Penang White Curry Noodle. Thick almost saucelike broth fires up the palate and includes a generous amount of garlic this time. Original review

#9: Maggi Hot Heads Green Chilli Noodles – India

Spiciest #9: Maggi Hot Heads Green Chilli Noodles - India - The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

One of the most recent ones I’ve tried. I was on the fence about including it to be honest, however it definitely does belong. A strong spiciness from a serious green chilli flavor. Definitely the hottest variety I’ve tried from India. Original review

#8: CarJEN Hot & Spicy Dry Curry With Chives Soup – Malaysia

Spiciest #8: CarJEN Hot & Spicy Dry Curry With Chives Soup - Malaysia The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

This is one not only spicy but unique. Not only does it have a brothless noodle, it has a sachet you mix with boiling water to make a soup that is served alongside. I’ve seen this done multiple times in Taiwanese variants but never from Malaysia – good show! Original review

#7: Mi E-Zee Perisa Kari Mi Segera – Malaysia

Spiciest #7: Mi E-Zee Perisa Kari Mi Segera – Malaysia - The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

After mentioning I thought it could be improved by making it spicier, they did. They include a sachet of very hot chilli pepper flake – a pretty decently sized one that if you use, you will definitely be feeling the burn. Original review

#6: Samyang Foods Mala Buldak Bokkeummyun – South Korea

Spiciest #6: Samyang Foods Mala Buldak Bokkeummyun - South Korea - The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

The newest variety of the Buldak Bokkeummyun series, this one features Sichuan pepper. It provides a kind of buzzing, numbing effect which is different. Lots of good garnish such as well sized mushroom pieces in here. Original review

#5: Paldo Teumsae Ramyun – South Korea

Spiciest #5: Paldo Teumsae Ramyun – South Korea - The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

On the list for four years now! Another South Korean ramyun with serious kick to it. This isn’t to be trifled with!  Teumsae has restaurants in South Korea which serve up some seriously spicy fare. I really like the text underneath the word Teumsae which reads, ‘Flavor. Culture. Human’ Original review here

#4: Paldo Bulnak Bokkummyun Spicy Fried Octopus Ramyun – South Korea

Spiciest #4: Paldo Bulnak Bokkummyun Spicy Fried Octopus Ramyun – South Korea - The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

After many, many people complaining that I had the order hot and that this should be behind the #3, I decided to give it another try. You were right – totally concede that. However, this is definitely a fiery hot plate of noodles with a nice flavor. Original review

#3: Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkeummyeon – South Korea

Spiciest #3: Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkeummyeon – South Korea - The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

The bowl version of this is what is commonly used in the Fire Noodle Challenge. This stuff will really clean your clock – the initial taste is very sweet and savory and then bam. Indeed a crescendo of flame hits you palate like sucking on a charcoal briquet. Original review

#2: emart Dare You! Habanero Ramyun – South Korea

Spiciest #2: emart Dare You! Habanero Ramyun – South Korea - The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

The current packaging for this one has changed yet again. So now it features the name ‘Super Junior’ which is a reference to a Korean pop music act. Definitely need to try that – but at this point, this is definitely worth of the second spot. The broth is violently spicy – coats your tongue is heat and fire. Original review

#1: Samyang Foods 2x Spicy Hek Buldak Bokkeummyun – South Korea

Spiciest #1: Samyang Foods 2x Spicy Hek Buldak Bokkeummyun - South Korea - The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition 2017 Edition

There is no doubt in my mind that there’s nothing hotter than this one out there – as far as they go, this is the spiciest of the spiciest – at least that I’ve tried. This is a real burner and definitely takes my breath away. Therefore, I would say that if you aren’t comfortable with spicy foods, this will grab you, throw you on the ground and have it’s way with you. Consider this a warning in big red capital letters!! The heat will linger long after the plate is clean – if you can get that far! Original review

Spiciest - The Ramen Rater's Definitive Guide To Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkeummyun - South Korea - instant noodles

I would like to mention that I have made a special ‘Definitive Guide’ and video focusing on the Samyang Food Buldak Bokkeummyun series – you can see it here.

Honorable Mention – Paldo Volcano Curry Kkokkomyun – South Korea

Spiciest Honorable Mention - Paldo Volcano Curry Kkokkomyun - South Korea - The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 Edition

As soon as I got everything ready to post this morning, I realized one that I’d reviewed wasn’t in the list – this one. It definitely belong in this list and so since redoing this whole list would take hours of work, I decided to give it the Honorable Mention position. It will most definitely be in next year’s list, If it were on the list this year, it would be in 9th place. Indeed it is a very hot curry that will blow your mind and should appear in the top ten. My apologies. Original review

#2508: Samyang Foods Mala Buldak Bokkeummyun

SPECIAL STATEMENT AS OF 12/19/2017: It has come to my attention that many places/people are under the impression that this variety is considered to be ‘Samyang Foods 4x Spicy Buldak Bokkeummyun.’ This is definitely NOT the case. Original Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkeummyun is 4,404SHU, 2x Spicy is 8,706SHU. I have been informed by Samyang Foods that Samyang Foods Mala Buldak Bokkeummyun is 2,700SHU – which is far less spicy than the original Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkeummyun. Sellers claiming this product as Samyang Foods 4x Spicy Buldak Bokkeummyun – this is misleading and untrue. I’ve mentioned in the past that I would love to try a Samyang Foods 4x Spicy Buldak Bokkeummyun, however NO SUCH PRODUCT EXISTS at the time of this update. Please refer to The Ramen Rater’s Definitive Guide To Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkeummyun for more information.

#2585: Samyang Foods Mala Buldak Bokkeummyun - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - fire noodle challenge sichuan pepper

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Thanks go to Amelia from Samyang Foods in South Korea for sending these along! The Buldak Bokkeummyun line from them is a fiery range which starts with their hot chicken flavor of Fire Noodle Challenge fame. Here’s what they have to say about this one –

MALA BULDAK BOKKEUMMYEON (HOT CHICKEN FLAVOR RAMEN MALA) This is a differentiated ‘Mala(numbing and spicy)’ flavor of BULDAK BOKKEUMMYEON(HOT CHICKEN FLAVOR RAMEN). It features a spicy numbing stir-fry noodle with Chinese ‘Mala’ sauce. It’s a combination of numbing spicy taste and the original flavor of Hot Chicken.

This ‘numbing’ kind of heat comes straight from Sichuan peppercorns. Here’s a little about Mala sauce from Wikipedia –

Mala sauce is a popular oily, spicy, and numbing Chinese sauce which consists of Sichuanese peppercorn, chili pepper and various spices simmered with oil. Regarded as a regional dish for Chongqing cuisine and Sichuan cuisine, it has become one of the most popular sauces in Chinese cuisine and spawned many regional variants. The term málà is a combination of two Chinese characters: “numbing” () and “spicy (hot)” (), referring to the feeling in the mouth after eating the sauce. The numbness is caused by Sichuan pepper, which contains 3% hydroxy-alpha-sanshool. The recipe often uses dried red peppers that are less spicy than bird’s eye chili, which is widely used in Southeast Asian cuisines.

The precise origins of the dish are unclear, but many sources attribute its development to night markets in Chongqing that targeted pier workers in the 19th to 20th century.[1] The strong flavour and thick layer of oil helps preserve foods and removes the unpopular smells of the cheap foods, such as solidified blood, beef stomach and kidney, which were usually served to pier workers. Despite the strong flavour by itself, various dipping sauces are often served to make the texture of cooked meat smooth and oily, and the tastes more complicated.

I must admit although kind of logical, I wasn’t expecting this flavor. This could be a great one for the Chinese market actually – Taiwan too. Well, let’s start the fire!

Samyang Foods Mala Buldak Bokkeummyun – South Korea

#2585: Samyang Foods Mala Buldak Bokkeummyun - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - fire noodle challenge sichuan pepper

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block and dry sachet to 600ml boiling water and cook for 5 minutes. Drain, saving 120ml liquid. Add in sauce and saved liquid. Stir-fry over high heat for 30 seconds. Stir and enjoy!
#2585: Samyang Foods Mala Buldak Bokkeummyun - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - fire noodle challenge sichuan pepper
The noodle block.
#2585: Samyang Foods Mala Buldak Bokkeummyun - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - fire noodle challenge sichuan pepper
The soup base sachet.
#2585: Samyang Foods Mala Buldak Bokkeummyun - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - fire noodle challenge sichuan pepper
Thick, dark and ominous!
#2585: Samyang Foods Mala Buldak Bokkeummyun - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - fire noodle challenge sichuan pepper
The vegetable sachet.
#2585: Samyang Foods Mala Buldak Bokkeummyun - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - fire noodle challenge sichuan pepper
Not sure what all we have here but looks like maybe mushroom, carrot and TVP?

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles are plump and chewy. They are the perfect vehicle for the sauce. The flavor on this one is fiery, with a nice Sichuan pepper drop in there. I expected more Sichuan pepper, but it really works well. The flavor is a bit different too; hard to describe – maybe some soy? The bit of mushroom were ubiquitous and of nice quality. A fiery feast to Melt your face! 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code   8801073113619.
#2585: Samyang Foods Mala Buldak Bokkeummyun - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - fire noodle challenge sichuan pepper
Samyang Hek Buldak Extra Spicy Roasted Chicken Ramen Nuclear Edition 10 Pack

Here I give this a try – check it out

Samyang Foods Samples Including New Mala Buldak Bokkeummyun

Samyang Foods Samples Including New Mala Buldak Bokkeummyun - South Kroea - The Ramen Rater - mala fire noodle challenge hot chicken ramen spicy

So both the kids were interesting this box that came yesterday. Miri is just about to start crawling but Miles is running around like a beast these days! Let’s see what’s inside!

Samyang Foods Samples Including New Mala Buldak Bokkeummyun – South Korea

Samyang Foods Samples Including New Mala Buldak Bokkeummyun - South Kroea - The Ramen Rater - mala fire noodle challenge hot chicken ramen spicy

Hmm what’s in here?

Samyang Foods Samples Including New Mala Buldak Bokkeummyun - South Kroea - The Ramen Rater - mala fire noodle challenge hot chicken ramen spicy

Thank you!

Samyang Foods Samples Including New Mala Buldak Bokkeummyun - South Kroea - The Ramen Rater - mala fire noodle challenge hot chicken ramen spicy

A couple crunchy snacks (click to enlarge).

Samyang Foods Samples Including New Mala Buldak Bokkeummyun - South Kroea - The Ramen Rater - mala fire noodle challenge hot chicken ramen spicy

Miles immediately wants to try these (click to enlarge)! There are light ones and dark ones in this bag – the light are a kind of honey-cinnamon taste while the dark have a nice cocoa flavor. He approves!

Samyang Foods Samples Including New Mala Buldak Bokkeummyun - South Kroea - The Ramen Rater - mala fire noodle challenge hot chicken ramen spicy

This is the new Buldak Bokkeummyun Mala flavor. Mala is a sauce full of Sichuan pepper flavor (click to enlarge). I’m going to give them a try later today and you can see on my YouTube channel! Here’s what they had to say about it:

MALA BULDAK BOKKEUMMYEON (HOT CHICKEN FLAVOR RAMEN MALA)
This is a differentiated ‘Mala(numbing and spicy)’ flavor of BULDAK BOKKEUMMYEON(HOT CHICKEN FLAVOR RAMEN).
It features a spicy numbing stir-fry noodle with Chinese ‘Mala’ sauce.
It’s a combination of numbing spicy taste and the original flavor of Hot Chicken.
Samyang Foods Samples Including New Mala Buldak Bokkeummyun - South Kroea - The Ramen Rater - mala fire noodle challenge hot chicken ramen spicy

This one has mayonnaise (click to enlarge)! Here’s a little about it from them –

2. Wasa-Mayo Ramen
This is a stir-fried noodles with original mayonnaise and soybean sauce.
It features a friendly and cute package with a new character.
You can taste a harmonious flavor of Wasabi and Mayonnaise.
It’s a new concept of stir-fired noodle with three different sauces.
Enjoy our premium stir fired noodles!
 
HOW TO COOK Wasa-Mayo Ramen
1. Pour the boiling water up to the inner line and cover lid for 4 minutes.
2. Drain all the water and put in the liquid sauces.
3. Stir well and serve.
Samyang Foods Samples Including New Mala Buldak Bokkeummyun - South Kroea - The Ramen Rater - mala fire noodle challenge hot chicken ramen spicy
Here are couple they’ve sent before (click to enlarge) – you’ll see these in upcoming reviews soon. This is the Song Song Kimchi Ramen – kind of like a Buldask Bokkeummyun but with the focus on kimchi rather than fiery heat – although it is definitely spicy.
Samyang Foods Samples Including New Mala Buldak Bokkeummyun - South Kroea - The Ramen Rater - mala fire noodle challenge hot chicken ramen spicy
Finally, we have Samyang Ramen Bokki (click to enlarge). If you’re not familiar, tteokbokki (also spelled topokki and a lot of other ways) are short rice tubes that are chewy and usually covered with a deep red spicy and sweet sauce along with fishcake, egg and other things. This is basically instant ramyun with the sauce. I’ve really liked ramen bokki in the past from South Korea so got high hopes for this one. Big Thanks for everything to Amelia from Samyang Foods!

 

#2318: Happy Cook Sichuan Spicy Flavor

#2318: Happy Cook Sichuan Spicy Flavor - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

This is one I brought back with me from Taiwan! Happy Cook is a brand that one of the factories in Taichung makes.

#2318: Happy Cook Sichuan Spicy Flavor - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Hanging out and taking tea after touring the factory with the guys from Hung Guang. noodle company! I put the video I made while touring the factory at the bottom of the post so check it out! Let’s give the finished product a try!

Happy Cook Sichuan Spicy Flavor – Taiwan

#2318: Happy Cook Sichuan Spicy Flavor - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodles to a pot of boiling water and cook for 5-6 minutes. Drain. Add in sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

#2318: Happy Cook Sichuan Spicy Flavor - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The noodle block.

#2318: Happy Cook Sichuan Spicy Flavor - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The first of two sauce sachets.

#2318: Happy Cook Sichuan Spicy Flavor - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Has a soy scent.

#2318: Happy Cook Sichuan Spicy Flavor - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The second sachet – oil this time.

#2318: Happy Cook Sichuan Spicy Flavor - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Spicy stuff!

#2318: Happy Cook Sichuan Spicy Flavor - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Chinese sausage and sweet onion. The noodles are very wide and thin with an excellent chew – light and giving. The sauce is the fiery breath of Mala, whose Sichuan pepper heat means business. I like how the peppery oil has a kind of pinelike note to it – very good! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4717904326025.

#2318: Happy Cook Sichuan Spicy Flavor - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Made In Taichung City. Cool Gift – Mug

Here’s the factory I ‘m talking about. They use fans and heat to dry out the noodles.

#1210: A-Sha Dry Noodle Hell Spicy Mala

Happy Halloween! Today, I thought I’d go with something spicy – and not just spicy but hell spicy! But what about Mala – what’s that mean? Here’s what Wikipedia had to say:

Mala sauce is a popular oily, spicy, and numbing Chinese sauce which consists of Sichuanese peppercorn, chili pepper and various spices simmered with oil.

Regarded as a regional dish for Chongqing cuisine and Sichuan cuisine, it has become one of the most popular sauces in Chinese cuisine and spawned many regional variants.

The term málà is a combination of two Chinese characters: “numbing” () and “spicy (hot)” (), referring to the feeling in the mouth after eating the sauce.

The numbness is caused by Sichuan pepper, which contains 3% hydroxy-alpha-sanshool. The recipe often uses dried red peppers that are less spicy than bird’s eye chili, which is widely used in Southeast Asian cuisines.

Sounds pretty darn hot! Let’s check it out!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Mentions ‘non-vegetarian sauce.’

The noodle block.

The spicy sauce sachet.

A very deep red color and a strong chili oil scent.

My boy and his pumpkin!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sauteed beef, sweet onion and garlic and garnished with green onions. The noodles are really nice – flat and very broad – and thick. They are so scant on ingredients and have such a nice texture and chewiness – as I’ve said before, they are masterful in their simplicity. The flavor? This stuff is really spicy – the oily liquid base coats every nook and cranny of the noodles with extreme heat and a nice balance of soy. I think the oil really spreads the heat into the palate and gives it a nice long burn. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Back in May, this news story came out in Tasiwan. I asked if Taiwanese companies would contact me and send samples – A-Sha was one of those and I’ve really enjoyed their stuff!