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#2424: Samyang Foods Cheese Type Buldak Bokkeummyun

#2424: Samyang Foods Cheese Type Buldak Bokkeummyun

Well lookie here – another one from Colin – thanks again! This one’s a cheesy version of the ever popular Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkeummyun. This is what people use to do the famous ‘fire noodle challenge’ – although this is the cheesy version. This stuff is hot – real hot. The Ramen Rater’s top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodle Of All Time list kinda hot. Let’s take a look.

Samyang Foods Cheese Type Buldak Bokkeummyun – South Korea

#2424: Samyang Foods Cheese Type Buldak Bokkeummyun

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block to 600ml boiling water and cook for 5 minutes. Drain. Add 120ml water. Add in sachet contents and stir well. Stirfry for 30 second. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2424: Samyang Foods Cheese Type Buldak Bokkeummyun

The noodle block.

#2424: Samyang Foods Cheese Type Buldak Bokkeummyun

The liquid base sachet.

#2424: Samyang Foods Cheese Type Buldak Bokkeummyun

Smells very spicy!

#2424: Samyang Foods Cheese Type Buldak Bokkeummyun

The cheese powder sachet.

#2424: Samyang Foods Cheese Type Buldak Bokkeummyun

Cheese powder flecked with herbs.

#2424: Samyang Foods Cheese Type Buldak Bokkeummyun

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and spring onion. The noodles were great – only cooking them for 3 minutes does the trick where in a soup version 4 or more would probably be prescribed. Thick ramyun from the original South Korean ramyun company – a good chew and gauge. The flavor is pretty much identical to the original fire noodle challenge noodle, the cheese only goes so far. I could see this one with a liquid sachet of cheese one could heat and squeeze over the noodles and give it even more cheese flavor. The cheese powder works pretty well, though quickly overpowered by the fiery taste . Don’t be fooled by the serene nature of the plate you see above; dragonflies here breathe fire! 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8801073113268.

2016 new Samyang Ramen / Spicy Chicken Roasted Stir Buldak Noodles C h e e s e Flavor (Pack of 5)

My definitive guide to the fire noodle challenge line of buldak bokkeummyun

#2397: Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkummyun Cheese Flavor (Black Bowl)

#2397: Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkummyun Cheese Flavor (Black Bowl) - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Wait a second – this looks familiar. So there are two versions of the Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkummyun cheese flavor bowls. Indeed there are two versions of the packs as well. Here’s the orange version I reviewed – #2291. What’s the difference? I’m going to guess that they came out with the black one first and people mistook it for the regular version and were annoyed. Kind of makes sense since the black one definitely looks like the standard Buldak Bokkummyun bowl. Well, except for the chicken with the cheese. Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about the original variety:

Buldak Bokkeum Myun (Korean: 불닭볶음면) is a brand of ramyeon produced by Samyang Food in South Korea since 2012.[1] In 2015, the brand attained monthly sales of 6 to 7 billion won.[2] Buldak Bokkeum Myun is known for being one of the spiciest ramyeon in Korea.[3][4]

I recently created The Definitive Guide To Buldak Bokkeummyun and reviewed the whole line of the Buldak Bokkeummyun products and interviewed Samyang Foods too. This black background version indeed was changed up for a more ‘cheese colored’ version. Anyways, let’s crack this one open.

Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkummyun Cheese Flavor (Black Bowl) – South Korea

#2397: Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkummyun Cheese Flavor (Black Bowl) - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

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 let sit covered for 4 minutes. Poke holes in the lid (through the little triangles). Use them to drain off excess water – leave just a little in there. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2397: Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkummyun Cheese Flavor (Black Bowl) - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2397: Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkummyun Cheese Flavor (Black Bowl) - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The noodle block.

#2397: Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkummyun Cheese Flavor (Black Bowl) - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The sauce sachet.

#2397: Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkummyun Cheese Flavor (Black Bowl) - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The fiery stuff of legend.

#2397: Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkummyun Cheese Flavor (Black Bowl) - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The cheese sachet.

#2397: Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkummyun Cheese Flavor (Black Bowl) - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

This looks slightly different from review #2191. I don’t see the flecks of seaweed and sesame seeds in that one.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, cucumber and baked chicken. So the noodles came out great. Indeed, they have a thick gauge and decent backbone. The flavor is spicy hot in the extreme. This is one of the hottest instant noodles out there, however about half as spicy as the original. It is not a non-spicy though so don’t think you’re getting off the hook with just a cheese taste – it’s still extremely spicy. Finally, the cheese powder just doesn’t cut into the heat very much and is kind of undetectable for this reviewer. I think a liquid cheese sachet to drizzle on top would bump it up a notch. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8801073210967.

#2397: Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkummyun Cheese Flavor (Black Bowl) - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

2-Pack Samyang Spicy Chicken Roasted Cheese Cup Noodle / Cup Ramen

My definitive guide to the whole series of these ultra-spicy noodles.

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.

#2161: Nongshim Chal Bibim Myun

After perusing Nongshim America’s website, I saw these noodles I hadn’t heard of before. A quick message to my contact at Nongshim and these magically arrived in a couple days! This is what you would call a Summer variety – the noodles are served cold with a spicy sauce. It’s made in South Korea, but definitely in packaging for the United States. Let’s give it a try!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block to 2.5 cups of water and cook for 3 minutes. Drain and run under cold water. Add in contents of liquid sachet. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The liquid sauce sachet.

Has a spicy and sweet scent to it.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion and hard boiled egg. The noodles are nice and thick with a great chew – ramyun through and through. The sauce works extremely well; it’s sweet and spicy and works perfectly with a cold noodle. Best bibim myun I’ve ever had! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 031146034802.

Nongshim Chal Bibim Myun 4.58oz (130g) x 10 pack

Looks like this product has been around for a while in South Korean.

#1347: Paldo Bulnak Bokkummyun Spicy Fried Octopus Ramyun

Today I’m trying something really interesting. This is Paldo’s new spicy octopus ramyun! I thought I couldn’t make this stuff without adding some octopus, but I’d never cooked it before and was a little reserved and slightly nervous. Octopus? Hey, why not! I went to the Korean grocery and picked some up. It was a bit of a surprise how many different kinds of packaged octopus there are. I settled on frozen baby octopus. Let’s see how it turns out!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Not sure if it contains seafood or not. To prepare, add noodles and vegetables sachet to 500ml boiling water and cook for 3 and a half minutes. Drain. stir in the remaining sauce sachet, return to heat for 30 seconds. Enjoy!

The noodle block.

The vegetables sachet.

Looks to be mostly green onion.

The sauce sachet.

Wow – this stuff is thick. It kind of looks like barbecue sauce, but it sure doesn’t smell like it! It has a really spicy scent – and I mean spicy!

Here’s my cooked octopus! I did a bit of research and found that octopus is cooked in an interesting way. You take the whole thing and a pot of boiling water and dip it in for 3 seconds, take it out and repeat a few times. This ‘tempers’ the flesh – each dip causes the tentacles to curl a bit more, and I think the idea is that by giving is a little time for it to get used to the heat rather than just dropping it in, it will end up more tender. After the dipping, just drop it in, cover and cook for 20 minutes. Then, turn off the heat and let it sit in the water for another 20 minutes. It’s got a kind of rubbery consistency, more so than squid. Interesting stuff!

Tentacle!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added green onion, sweet onion and baby octopus. The noodles have a very nice gauge and chew; it’s ramyun and so very hearty. The sauce is hot. Uber hot! This is definitely not for the faint of heart and really means it! The veggies were very good and complimented the dish. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 8809296882183.

People are challenging eachother to eat a bowl of this stuff as fast as they can on Youtube – rad!

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

#1198: Samyang Foods Maesaengyitangmyun Baked Noodle

Here’s a brand new one from Samyang Foods of South Korea. They sent instructions on how to cook them as well as a little info about this new variety:

To celebrate Samyang ramyeon’s 50th anniversary, we are opening a new era of instant ramyeon which is Samyang Baked Noodle, using a new technique (dry fast on high temperature). Compared to fried noodles and existing non-fried noodles, SBN has a delicious smell like fresh baked/toasted bread! Try some noodle block before you boil them – it’s so crunchy and nutty. These varieties contain Korean beef leg bone, which is a premium ingredient here in Korea. For your information, Samyang Foods is the only company using Maesenyi and natural veggies! We’ve tried to keep both health and taste in mind, and SBN is the fruit of that endeavor!

Sounds interesting! I’m curious though – what is maesaengyi ? I couldn’t find anything about it anywhere. If someone knows, please advise! – A guy names Mike said: Maesaengyi is a special type of seaweed only harvested in a few regions of South Korea. It allegedly requires clean, unpolluted waters to thrive. Only such seaweed is picked for consumption. – Thanks! Let’s check these new noodles out!

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

The noodle block. I took the advice they sent to give it a try – and indeed it does have a nutty flavor to it.

Here’s the soup base sachet.

Light colored – not reddish like ramyun! Curious.

The vegetable sachet I presume.

I’ve never seen anything like this before; it’s like a little furry green chunk of dehydrated vegetables (I think). I tried a taste; it’s like seaweed cotton! I’m guessing this is the maesaengyi? Very interesting.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added egg, sauteed beef, green onions and a touch of kimchi. The noodles are really quite excellent – they have a nice texture that seems familiar as ramyun noodles but slightly more premium I suppose. The broth is exceptional; fresh beef flavor abounds in a creamy rich sea. The seaweed piece readily dissolves and enters the broth in an amazing way; it’s not too strong, not too light. The balance is very well presented and is reminiscent to me of a chowder without the extreme thickness of a chowder. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 8801073112957.

A Samyang Ramyeon TV spot.

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…

#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.

#933: Paldo Kokomen Cup

Hey look! The Kokomen cup! Been waiting to try this one with some leftover Thanksgiving turkey!

The information panels (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block awaits!

The seasoning powder.

The seasoning powder. Spicy jalapeno and chicken yeeouch!

Here’s a little bit of thre veggies and the chicken.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added an egg with French’s French Fried Onions on top, turkey, Cavender’s Greek Seasoning and a little Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles are nice and light in this version – very thin and tasty. I have found this style of noodle to be a little lacking before in cups, but I have to say that the noodle in combination with the broth is absolutely delightful. I must say that the Kokomen broth is truly one of my favorites on the market; it’s got that comfort chicken flavor kicked up with jalapeno – delicious! 4.5 out of 5.0 stars! UPC bar code 648436100712

Angry Kokomen training camp! Can’t wait to get my hands on some of this stuff!

25 things to do in Seoul, Korea

Re-Review: Nongshim Mupama Tangmyun Noodle Soup

I’ve wanted to re-review this one for a while. Just has a kind of weird name, ya’know? Here’s what the Nongshim site says about it:

Mupama Tangmyun is a hearty Noodle Soup with a separate package of freeze-dried vegetable seasonings so there is no need to add additional vegetables.

It says at the bpottom to improve it, add your favorite vegetables. But as always, I’ll give it a try as packaged and then pile some things on.

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

The big ol’ noodle block – looks tasty!

The seasoning packet.

Lots of powder.

A vegetable seasoning packet perhaps?

Interesting little tasties…

Finally, the large vegetable packet.

A lot of veggies and a nice variety too. I don’t think I’ll add more. But then again I am hungry… Hmm…

I asked for a mean angry face – looks like I got one! Top Ramen Chicken with a slice of cheese and some kamaboko for the boy.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added an egg, a slice of cheese and a little squirt of Sunchang Gochujang . The noodles are your standard Nongshim – wider than most and a nice texture. The broth is very veggie – not spicy though. The veggies were decent – and extremely plentiful. I gotta say, it’s all about vegetables in this one. Not bad. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 031146157600 – get it here.

Here’s a Mupama Tangmyun commercial.

This guy shows how to make the best instant noodles.

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!