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Re-Review: Samyang Foods Fresh Jjajang

Okay so I guess karma will get you. I dunno. Let me explain… So I got this pack along with a couple others at HMart a week or two ago (great store, HMart by the way) and they had one of this series in single packs to buy, but the other two were in 5 packs that were around $9 each. Well, I went to the trouble of opening a couple of the 5 packs and taking out one each . Now, I’m unsure if this is truly a horrible thing to do; I’m sure they just put them on the shelf with the others that are sold in singles. Plus hey – I got them at HMart (there – the third time I mentioned HMart! Ooh a fourth!), so if you want to get these you can find them there. Well, as it turns out I reviewed this one in May and now I’m reviewing it again! Wasn’t my plan to do a re-review today but here we are. So perhaps the pulling of single packs from the multipack is why this happened. But probably not; I’m just getting old. Anyways, this is a jjajang/zha jiang (black bean sauce) noodle. Let’s hit it!

The back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat. to prepare, add noodles and vegetables to 600ml boiling water and cook for 4 minutes. Drain. Add in contents of powder and oil sachets. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The powder sachet.

A lot of powder.

The vegetables sachet.

Looks like vegetables and some TVP (textured vegetable protein).

A liquid sachet.

Oil!

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles were thick and chewy and very premium. The sauce was serious business; a little spicy hit and a thick slather with a very hearty black bean flavor. The included vegetable and TVP really worked well. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8801073113176.

Samyang God Jjajang Instant Noodle 650g (130g X5 Packs)

An old TV commercial for Samyang Foods Chacharoni.

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten South Korean Instant Noodles Of All Time 2014 Edition

It’s no secret that I eat a lot of instant noodles. Last year alone, I did 320 new reviews! I’m often asked, “when you aren’t reviewing, what instant noodles do you like to eat?” South Korean ramyun is the answer. In 1963, instant noodles were first introduced to South Korea as ‘ramyun.’ People were a little confused at first; they thought it was a textile! They also weren’t super keen on it being chicken flavored; South Koreans prefer rich beef flavors as opposed to lighter poultry tastes. With a little tweaking, the spicy rich beef noodles synonymous with ramyun were born.  The thick noodles, rich broth and spiciness keep me coming back for more. This list contains my favorites from the 1272 reviews I’ve done thus far. They are all made in South Korea, and many will be hard to find in the United States, if not impossible. With that, here’s my list.

#10: Paldo Cucumber Bibim Men

Regular Bibim Men is quite good, but this has a little extra something. It is a cold variety, great for the summer months and delivers a spiciness and slight sweetness. The cucumber bits hydrate and end up crunchy and refreshing. Original review here

#9: Ottogi Bekse Curry Myon

I’m a big fan of curries from all over the world.  We start with thick ramyun noodles. The broth is rich and luxuriant with a nice deep curry flavor. The little potato pieces (a rarity in the instant noodle realm) are very welcome and give it a little extra comfort food appeal. Original review here

#8: Paldo Namja Ramyun

A spicy premium ramyun variety. The noodles are thick and chewy and the broth has beef, chicken and garlic components. Namja translates to “men’s” or “guy’s.” Strong stuff and quite good. Original review here

#7: Samyang Foods Buldalk Bokkeummyeon

This spicy fried chicken flavored broth-free variety means business! It’s on the Top Ten Spiciest list from 2013 and it really packs a punch! Great noodles and great flavor. Comes with sesame seeds and seaweed as a garnish. Original review here

#6: Paldo Rabokki

Rabokki is a cross between ramyun and ttebokki. Ttebokki is a populat dish which features tube shaped chewy pasta made from rice and usually a thick spicy sauce. Basically, this is ramyun with a ttebokki sauce – and it’s really good! Wish they’d bring this one to the United States! Original review here

#5: HoMyeonDang Premium Noodle House Crab Jjampong

This is a very premium and fancy variety. The noodles are very good with a premium feel to them. The broth has a rich crab flavor augmented with a little sesame oil which gives it a little extra heartiness. The vegetable and crab piece mix rounds it out masterfully. Original review here

#4: 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 here

#3: Paldo Cheese Noodle

I really like cheese added to ramyun. This one already has a cheese flavor packet with it – perfect! It’s got a spicy broth which is pretty common of South Korean instant ramyun, but once you add the cheese powder packet, the broth takes on a different tack. It softens the blow of the heat yet maintains a balance where the one doesn’t completely overwhelm the other. Original review here

#2: Samyang Foods Baked Noodle Maesaengyitangmyun

Samyang Foods celebrated it’s 50th anniversary in 2013 – they originally introduced ramyun to South Korea in 1963 (people originally thought it was a textile). They decided to make a new baked noodle line for 2013 as something new. The result is a rich creamy broth with a twist. Maesaengyi is almost like a woven seaweed thread. It is fine and wispy and breaks apart in the broth and gives the broth an added ‘from the sea’ kind of taste, slightly reminiscent of a chowder. The baked noodles smell and taste quite nice. Original review here

#1 Nongshim Jinjja Jinjja Ramyun

This is the fourth time in a different top ten list. Jinjja Jinjja is absolutely wonderful stuff. The noodles are quite nice to begin with – classic gauge and chew. The broth has a strong spiciness couples with a pork flavor. To finish things off, there’s a packet of peanut powder with black sesame seeds. Jinjja Jinjja translates to Really Really – and I really really think this is excellent stuff! Original review here

Re-Review: Ottogi Bekse Curry Myon

I’ve had a hankering to re-review this one since I had the cup version and really liked it. Made me think maybe I was a little tough on this one when I reviewed it as #121. But now I’m looking through the archives and I gave it a 3.5/5.0 stars, which isn’t bad, then I re-reviewed it and gave it 3.5/5.0 again. Funny, I didn’t think I’d re-reviewed this one… Well, I guess it’s a re-re-revie; I already took the pictures of everything, right? Let’s give this one another peek.

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

The noodle block – really thick noodles.

The powder base sachet.

Mmm – curry smell!

The solid ingredient (vegetable) sachet.

Peas in there. Potatoes too! Potatoes!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added beef, Walla Walla sweet onion, peas and carrots. The noodles are pretty thick and a little extra chewy. They have a kind of ‘gooey-ness’ to them that is really nice. The broth has a great curry taste. Would have been nice to see a bit more in the veggie pack – more potatoes especially. Very satisfying – worthy of 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 645175523376.

They not only have this as a noodle, but they also have curry mixes for different uses. I’ve seen large pouches of premixed curry sauces at my local Korean grocery – makes me curious…

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodle Cups Of All Time 2013 Edition

Cups were the second instant noodle innovation that really took the world by storm. Nissin founder Momofuku Ando of Japan decided that a cup would be a really handy way to have instant noodles on the go. His creation came to the market in 1971. Forty-two years later, the instant noodle landscape is filled with many different cup designs and contents – some all inclusive only needing hot water,m and some requiring a little more with packets – and some even with forks! Of all the varieties I’ve tried to date, here are my favorite ten.

#10: Pot Noodle Bombay Bad Boy Flavour – United Kingdom

Pot Noodle is a UK company whose plastic cups are things of legend. Their myriad of interesting flavors are always fascinating, with such greats as Sticky Rib, Jamaican Jerk and now Piri Piri. Bombay Bad boy has a nice spiciness to it from a little supplied packet. These don’t have so much of a broth, but more of a sauce or gravy. Original review here

#9: Nissin Cup Noodle Seafood Curry – Hong Kong

Since 1971, Nissin Cup Noodle has been synonymous with… Well, noodles in a cup! The noodles come out just perfectly in these. Not only that, there are copious amounts of veggies and seafood. Then there’s the flavor – a really nice Japanese curry with seafood notes – great stuff! Original review here

#8: Paldo Gomtang – South Korea

Gomtang (pronouced gohm-tahng) is a traditional South Korean soup made with brisket or oxtail. It has a rich, hearty taste that will warm your bones on a wintry day. This one has such a warm and creamy flavor and the noodles are nice and full in the ramyun style. Original review here

#7: Eat & Go    Spicy Chicken Mi Instan Cup – Indonesia

I only just had this one recently and was immediately enthralled. Contains five different seasoning packets which provide chili powder, veggies, seasoned oil and even a packet of tofu chips! Plus, you get a fork. Pure deliciousness! Original review here

#6: Ottogi Bekse Curry Myon Cup – South Korea

This little cup has some wonderful attributes. The seasoning and noodles end up nicely – the broth is thick and has a strong curry flavor and a nice spiciness. What was also very memorable was that there were potatoes in there – the only time I’ve seen potatoes in an instant noodle. A true friend for the curry fanatic! Original review here

#5: Paldo Kokomen Spicy Chicken Cup – South Korea

This is the third list this year that Paldo Kokomen has appeared on. The broth has such a great melding of the heat of jalapeno pepper and the flavor of chicken. The noodles are very good and the bits of chicken and vegetables are top notch. Original review here

#4: Seven & I Shoyu Noodle – Japan

Yes – they have 7-11 convenience store in Japan! With a great flavor and lots of vegetables and seafood, this is really a memorable cup. Strong soy sauce flavor and perfectly hydrated bits and noodles make this an all time favorite of mine. Original review here

#3: Nongshim Shin Ramyun Black Spicy Beef Cup – South Korea

First, Nongshim made Shin Ramyun which is still incredibly popular. Then they upgraded and came out with Shin Ramyun Black. Finally, Shin Black has made it into a cup – and it’s really good! Rich beef flavor and real beef along with thick ramyun noodles. Premium stuff! NOTE: Previously, this was marked as being from the United States. This one shown here was in fact manufactured in South Korea. I will be reviewing the one made in the United States at Nongshim America soon.  Original review here

#2: Nissin GooTa Demi Hamburg-Men – Japan

Another fairly recent discovery. GooTa is a high end offering from Nissin with premium ingredients. Excellent noodles, a beef and tomato inspired broth, veggies like corn and then the topper – a dehydrated hamburger patty. No joke! What’s better than the novelty of the hamburger is that it works so well with the noodles and broth. Wow. Original review here

#1: Indomie Mi Goreng Instant Cup Noodles – Indonesia

Indomie’s Mi Goreng was a variety I was enjoying long before becoming The Ramen Rater. Quality noodles coated in a spicy and sweet combination of flavors that never get old. The way you do it is you add the boiling water, steep for a few minutes, then use the supplied plastic lid which has holes to drain it. Just like the pack version, it comes with all of the standard flavor packets you’re used to and comes out just right. Original review here

#950: Ottogi Kiss Myon Asian Style Instant Noodle Bowl (Cup)

Here’s the first new Ottogi variety I’ve reviewed in a long time! It’s an interesting one, too. This is most definitely a cup, however it says it is a noodle bowl on the packaging – weird! Hoping in 2013 to be able to get with Ottogi and do a Meet The Manufacturer – they’ve got some interesting twists on Korean instant noodles that are really good! Well, let’s give this one a try!

Here are the details from the side panels (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block.

A single seasoning packet.

A hot and spicy powder! Wow!

Here’s a little bit of the veggies from the bottom of the cup.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added an egg, green bell pepper and Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles are really quite nice. They have a little tension to them and are soft. The broth has a rich and spicy chicken flavor which I enjoyed. A good white broth cup! 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 645175573227 – get the pack version here.

Kiss Myon TV commercial.

Another K-Pop star commercial for Ottogi.

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!

#735: Ottogi Asian Style Instant Noodle Odongtong Myon (Seafood) Spicy Flavor

In the last week, I did a ‘Meet The Manufacturer on Indomie and have been enjoying Indonesian instant noodles. Today, I am going to try something completely different – donated by Ramen Place. It’s a Korean seafood big bowl – spicy stuff! This should be interesting as Indonesian noodles have been so different. Here we go!

Here’s the side panels (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block – looks like wide gauge noodles here.

A single seasoning pack – feels full!

It was quite full – of the red spicy powder seasoning!

Under the noodle block was the vegetables. Looks like a decent assortment.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added some of the great local veggie mix we made and froze and a little Ajishima Salmon furikake.  The noodles in this one were really a disappointment. Very spongy. They didn’t soak up a lot of flavor either which was a bummer. The broth is good, though – it’s been a little while since I’ve had some Korean red soup broth and it was very nice. The veggies were decent too – a nice variety as well as some decent dehydrated seafood rounded things out well. Unfortunately, couldn’t get past the noodles. 2.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 645175572824 – get it here.

B2ST doing an Ottogi commercial.

So my wife and I have been listening to some different music lately. I’ve been trying to listen to the local music of the brands of noodles I’m reviewing. Yesterday we were listening to a lot of K-Pop and this one kind of stood out. ‘Nonsense’ by Koyote

#718: Ottogi Kiss Myon Spicy Chicken Flavor

Thanks to this sample from Nick over at OrderRamen, today I’m trying the third entry into the ring of ‘white broth’ ramyuns from Korea. The others, Paldo’s Kko Kko Myun and Samyang’s Nagasaki Jjampong I found to taste a lot like Jalapeno Cheese Cheetos! Very curious if Ottogi’s offering is like that too. Let’s find out!

Here’s the back of the packaging (click image to enlarge). This one’s different from the other two – right now, you can’t get the other two in the USA, but Ottogi’s got this stuff available now for US customers.

This is one big block of noodles! Awesomeness!

This is one decently filled packet of powder seasoning.

Very powdery stuff – much like the other white broth soups.

Here come the veggies!

Here are the contents of the packet.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added a couple fried eggs with pepper and Krazy Mixed Up Salt. Starting with the noodles: very different than what I’m used to from a Korean noodle. The noodles bulked up nicely and had an interesting texture – the outermost layer was kind of like bean thread while the inside was firmer. The broth is pretty good stuff – has a nice, spicy jalapeno heat to it and had a good chicken flavor. I would not say though that this broth tastes as much like Jalapeno Cheese Cheetos, though. The veggies aren’t bad – would like to see a bit more. All in all, a pretty good bowl of noodles! 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. 645175524953.

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Ottogi Kiss Myon commercial

Another version of the commercial…

Something I found interesting – there are a lot of ‘making of’ videos of famous Korean stars and their instant noodle commercials! [email protected]!

This guy is REALLY popular in Korea!

Donation From Order Ramen – Something New!

Nick at www.OrderRamen.com mentioned he got in something new last week and asked if I’d like a sample.

Hey thanks! A nice assortment of noodles – hey look at those three there…

Kiss Myon! This is Ottogi’s entry into the ‘white broth’ instant ramyun noodle race that’s been going on in Korea. If you remember, I reviewed the Paldo Kko Kko Myon and the Samyang Nagasaki Jjampong a little while back. This one’s already in the US and you can get it at Nick’s website! I’ll give it a try later today!

The Ramen Rater News: Korea Yakult (Paldo) Will Be Exporting Kkokkomyeon Soon!

I’ve heard now from two separate sources that this Kkokkomyeon stuff is really popular and is going to be a really big deal when it comes to the USA. Both a seller of instant noodles alluded to it as well as a mention by name by the lady at the Kitty House at 99 Ranch Market (they sell Hello Kitty stuff there).

It has been named the business success of the year in Korea – beating out the iPad 2! Pretty amazing that noodles beat out Steve Jobs’ last hurrah.  Here are some articles about this stuff. Rest assured that as soon as I can get my mitts on some of these noodles, a very in-depth and detailed review will be found here.  Hey look!!! I just looked online and found you can get them off of Amazon – look here and here.

The Korea Times – ‘Kkokkomyeon’ to be exported to 20 nations

Work’n’Play – This Year’s 10 Most Sought Out Brands In Korea

The Chosunilbo – Instant Noodles Voted Business Success of the Year

#484: Ottogi Bekse Curry Myon Cup

So I’ve had this variety, but not in a cup before. Strange but it seems that these are just a bit different in cups… Anyways…

Thought I ought to do a side shot too just for fun.

One packet…

The vegetables are in the cup. I was surprised at the little cubes – usually that would be tofu but this time…

Click image to enlarge. Potatoes! I don’t think I’ve ever seen little potatoes in ramen before! So this stuff has a nice strong spicy curry flavor I liked a lot. I distinctly remember that when I had it in a package in the past that I didn’t like it as much because of the amount of water it called for. I think it came out very nicely in the cup.  The broth is almost like a sauce even! Sweetness!

I’m giving this one 4.25 out of 5.0 stars – this made for a really nice little snack.

Here’s someone’s take on Korean curry ramen.

Another in a long string of 7-11 commercials…

#121: Ottogi Bekse Curry Myon

So the new place I found, Boo Han Oriental Market, is really making me happy already. Looky here, looky here – curry ramen!

Two packets – veggies and dry powder. It mentions on the back that 300mg of Turmeric is included for your health! I had no idea turmeric had health benefits. Wikipedia says:

It is taken in some Asian countries as a dietary supplement, which allegedly helps with stomach problems and other ailments. It is popular as a tea in Okinawa, Japan. Pakistanis also use it as an anti-inflammatory agent, and remedy for gastrointestinal discomfort associated with irritable bowel syndrome, and other digestive disorders. In Afghanistan and northwest Pakistan, turmeric is applied to a piece of burnt cloth, and placed over a wound to cleanse and stimulate recovery. Indians, in addition to its Ayurvedic properties, use turmeric in a wide variety of skin creams that are also exported to neighboring countries.

So I’m figuring here it’s going to clean me out. I dunno though; curry seldomn has a negative side effect on me other than ferocious breath.

So some powder and some veggies. Decent amount of veggies and lots of the powder base.

Finished product (click image to enlarge).Noodles were stalwart and fought off weakness as well as mush factor. They were surprisingly chewy! Broth wasn’t bad – I think a bit less salt would’ve beenn fine. The curry flavor is there and the heat is interesting. Not what I exactly expected. I’m giving this one a 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. It’s a big bowl of Korean curry soup and I like it.

Wikipedia contributors. “Turmeric.” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 1 Sep. 2010. Web. 1 Sep. 2010.