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#3276: Nongshim Neoguri Seafood & Spicy Ramyun – South Korea

#3276: Nongshim Neoguri Seafood & Spicy Ramyun - South Korea

So you might be wondering – you haven’t reviewed this popular South Korean variety before? Well, yes and no. I’ve had it quite a few times – South Korean versions as well as ones manufactured in the United States. However this particular version is made for Europe and Oceania, so a different export version. I try to hit every version of everything- especially ones people have lots of access to. This one is generally a nice spicy seafood soup – let’s check it out.

Nongshim Neoguri Seafood & Spicy Ramyun – South Korea

#3276: Nongshim Neoguri Seafood & Spicy Ramyun - South Korea

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains fish and crustaceans. To prepare, add everything to 550ml boiling water and cook for 5 minutes. Note the instructions mention dried kelp, which was not present. Finally, stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

A dry base sachet (watch this being used on the episode of Instant Noodle Recipe Time below).

A sachet of flake.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, shrimp, carved squid, Busan fishcake, egg yolk, sesame seeds, and pepper flake. The noodles are just about the thickest ramyun I’ve found and work just perfectly with a broth. Strong seafood flavor and great heat and hallmarks of this variety. Lots of seaweed and bits of vegetable galore. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 031146150304.

Korean Hit Nongshim Noodles Ramen Variety 10 pack (Shin,Shin Black,Neoguri Udon,Kimchi Ramyun,Soon Veggie 2each) + (4) Mixx Snack Boxx Chopstick

Watch me cook on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten South Korean Instant Noodles Of All Time 2018 Edition

UPDATE: Here’s the new 2019 List!

Top Ten South Korean Instant Noodles

Kicking off Top Ten List season, I bring you the South Korean Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time for 2018. I looked at how many varieties from South Korea I’ve reviewed to date and got 326 so far. South Korean varieties continue to evolve and innovate in different ways in order to satisfy the changing needs and tastes of the consumer – definitely keeps things interesting. As always, I ask any companies, whether in South Korea or elsewhere – that would like me to review their products to send me an email! I am happy to talk to you!  Without further delay, let’s have a look at the Top Ten South Korean Instant Noodles list for 2018 – the best South Korean varieties available out of the over 360 South Korean varieties from the over 2,500 varieties of instant noodles I’ve reviewed thus far.

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten South Korean Instant Noodle Of All Time 2018 Edition

Video Presentation

A video presentation of the Top Ten South Korean Instant Noodles Of All Time 2018 Edition.

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten South Korean Instant Noodle Of All Time 2018 Edition

#10: Nongshim Shin Ramyun Black

#10: Nongshim Shin Ramyun Black

When Shin Ramyun Black came onto the scene a few years back it was a huge hit and still is. An upgraded version of their popular shin Ramyun, it includes a sachet of Sul-Long-Tang soup base which gives an extra heartiness to the broth. Thick ramyun noodles and a spicy bite round out the scene. It took me some time to get a pack made in South Korea, a requirement of this this. Original review

#9: Paldo Cheese Noodle

#9: Paldo Cheese Noodle

Paldo’s Cheese Noodle has been on the list for awhile now and with good reason. The way the cheese intermingles with the red spicy broth is amazingly good. The noodles are nice and thick ramyun and there’s a large quantity of them. Definitely one that everyone should try – and now there’s a spicier version on the market. Original review

#8: Nongshim Champong Noodle Soup Spicy Seafood Flavor

#8: Nongshim Champong Noodle Soup Spicy Seafood Flavor

Nongshim Champong is a spicy seafood noodle soup. It combines what you are used to with the beefiness of a standard Korean ramyun but replaces the beef with seafood flavor. This more ‘of the sea’ variety works very well with the chewy ramyun noodle. It’s kind of like a seafood stew to be honest.  Excellent when paired with seafood. Original review

#7: Nongshim Neoguri Stir-fry Noodles Spicy Seafood

#7: Nongshim Neoguri Stir-fry Noodles Spicy Seafood

New to the market is Nongshim’s Neoguri Stir-Fry Noodles. Neoguri Spicy Seafood Soup is a long time favorite of many and now it’s been converted in this new version as a dry noodle, sans broth. To be honest, I like this much better – not only does it have the great flavor of Neoguri, it’s got a plethora of garnish included – featuring little pieces of fishcake with the raccoon mascot on them. Original review

#6: Paldo Rabokki Noodle

#6: Paldo Rabokki Noodle

To understand Paldo’s Rabokki Noodle, you have to understand tteokbokki. It’s also spelled topokki – but however you spell it, tteokbokki are thick cylindrical rice tubes that have a nice chewiness to them. They’re often paired with a thick red sauce which is spicy as well as sweet and served with fishcake, egg and other garnish. These noodles are paired with the sauce in a very tasty representation and crossover of the dish. Original review

#5: Nongshin Chal Bibim Myun

#5: Nongshin Chal Bibim Myun

Nongshim’s Chal Bibim Myun is a cold noodle which is great anytime, but especially during the summer months. A kind of sweet and spicy sauce coats the noodles and is also refreshing at the same time. Pairs very well with fresh cucumber and hard boiled egg. Original review

#4: Ottogi Jin Jjambbong Spicy Seafood Ramyun

#4: Ottogi Jin Jjambbong Spicy Seafood Ramyun

Ottogi’s Jin series added a couple of new varieties recently, and this is my favorite of the two. During a recent trip to Taipei, I went to a restaurant called Love Instant Noodles where they doll up packs of instant noodles and serve them piping hot. This is the one I chose from their selection. Jjambbong is a kind of spicy stew and this one has a nice kind of grilled flavor to it, alongside the popular broader ramyun currently spreading around  – great stuff! Original review

#3: Paldo Budae Jjigae

#3: Paldo Budae Jjigae

Here we have last year’s #1 on this list and it is also on the annual The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 annual list. So, what’s Budae Jjigae? Well, take donated rations from US soldiers from the Korean War and mix them with the local South Korean cuisine. This interesting fusion works so well including tastes from both cultures. Original review

#2: Ottogi Budae Jjigae Ramen

#2: Ottogi Budae Jjigae Ramen

Ottogi also has a Budae Jjigae – and it’s my favorite of the varieties to spring onto the market in the last couple years. With bits of processed meats and other niceties, it combines with South Korean flavors into a crescendo of tasty goodness. Budae Jjigae translates to ‘troop stew’ or army stew’ as it originated from donated rations from US forces during the Korean War. Original review

#1: Samyang Foods Paegaejang Ramen

#1: Samyang Foods Paegaejang Ramen

The number one this is year is Samyang Foods Pagaejang. This is a very tasty beef noodle with strong flavor – a hearty broth and rich taste. The noodles are just perfect for me – a nice light outer edge and chewier insides. Definitely one to try and I hope it comes to the United States for all here to sample. Original review

#2696: Nongshim Neoguri Spicy Seafood Flavor Noodle Soup

#2696: Nongshim Neoguri Spicy Seafood Flavor Noodle Soup

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve had a version of Neoguri to review. Actually, wait – not that extremely long – they came out with the Neoguri dry stir noodle one recently. So this is one I got up in Canada a couple of months ago.

So Neoguri is a Korean style spicy noodle soup – reddish broth, seaweed, you know the drill. I definitely like the Korean seafood varieties because they are spicy and generally do have a good seafood hit to them. Alright – let’s delve. As this is one from Canada, usually they’re coming from China, but this one is made in Rancho Cucamonga at Nongshim America. Here we go!

Nongshim Neoguri Spicy Seafood Flavor Noodle Soup – United States

#2696: Nongshim Neoguri Spicy Seafood Flavor Noodle Soup

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains fish and shellfish. To prepare, Add sachet content and boiling water to the line and cover for 4 minutes. Alternatively, you can add room temp water and sachet contents and microwave for 4 minutes. Either way, stir and enjoy!

#2696: Nongshim Neoguri Spicy Seafood Flavor Noodle Soup

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2696: Nongshim Neoguri Spicy Seafood Flavor Noodle Soup

The noodle block.

#2696: Nongshim Neoguri Spicy Seafood Flavor Noodle Soup

Loose bits from inside the cup.

#2696: Nongshim Neoguri Spicy Seafood Flavor Noodle Soup

The soup base sachet.

#2696: Nongshim Neoguri Spicy Seafood Flavor Noodle Soup

The powder base.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, narutomaki, Busan fishcake, spring onion and Colby-Jack cheese. The noodles came out very, very well (I followed the microwave instructions). They had a great chew to them and were of a thick gauge. The broth had a very good spicy seafood taste to it I really liked – more than the other versions of Neoguri I’ve had to date. The amount of broth seemed very minimal using the microwave directions. Seaweed was ubiquitous and welcome. Reminded me of my childhood days on the beach nearby our house. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 031146035755.

#2696: Nongshim Neoguri Spicy Seafood Flavor Noodle Soup

NongShim N e o g u r i Noodle, Spicy Seafood, 2.18 Ounce (Pack of 6)

A retrospective of commercials of this product from 1983-2017

#2597: Nongshim Neoguri Stir-Fry Noodles Spicy Seafood

#2579: Nongshim Neoguri Stir-Fry Noodles Spicy Seafood - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - neoguri bokkeum

I have long recognized this package – except this one has a twist! These have no broth. Here’s a little from Wikipedia about Neoguri –

Neoguri (Korean너구리 lit. Raccoon dog) is a brand of ramyeon produced by Nongshim in South Korea since 1982.[citation needed] It is exported to over 80 different countries,[1] and is the fourth highest selling brand of noodles in South Korea.[2] It is well known for its thick noodles and its spicy seafood flavour. The Korean version has a big piece of kombu, while the U.S. version doesn’t have a piece of seaweed in it.

I’m experiencing a little confusion about that mention of kombu. I’ve had many packs of Neogurio throughout the years and many I’ve found here in the United Styates have indeed had the kombu in there. So maybe this is a bit off. I remember my teachers in college would never let me use Wikipedia for citations. Well, hopefully it’s correct but I don’t think so… I really like seafood flavors and this should be really nice from what I’m seeing here. I guess we will find out! Let’s have a look!

Nongshim Neoguri Stir-Fry Noodles Spicy Seafood – South Korea

#2579: Nongshim Neoguri Stir-Fry Noodles Spicy Seafood - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - neoguri bokkeum

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains fish and crustacea. To prepare, add noodles and flake sachet content to 600ml boiling water and cook for 5 minutes. Drain, saving 5 tablespoons (75ml) water. Return to stove and add in remaining sachets. Cook on high for 30 seconds. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2579: Nongshim Neoguri Stir-Fry Noodles Spicy Seafood - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - neoguri bokkeum

The noodle block.

#2579: Nongshim Neoguri Stir-Fry Noodles Spicy Seafood - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - neoguri bokkeum

The soup base sachet.

#2579: Nongshim Neoguri Stir-Fry Noodles Spicy Seafood - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - neoguri bokkeum

Smells spicy!

#2579: Nongshim Neoguri Stir-Fry Noodles Spicy Seafood - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - neoguri bokkeum

An oil sachet.

#2579: Nongshim Neoguri Stir-Fry Noodles Spicy Seafood - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - neoguri bokkeum

Deep orange.

#2579: Nongshim Neoguri Stir-Fry Noodles Spicy Seafood - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - neoguri bokkeum

The flake sachet.

#2579: Nongshim Neoguri Stir-Fry Noodles Spicy Seafood - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - neoguri bokkeum

Wow – Neoguri fishcake in the mix!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, carved squid, 31-44ct shrimp and spring onion. The noodles are excellent – plump and juicy while keeping a nice chewiness. The flavor is undeniably Neoguri and to be honest, I love this – I think it’s better than the broth version. Spicy and tasty! Lots of seafood taste going on and the little raccoon pics on the fishcake are a great touch along with all the meaty little bits that are omnipresent as well as the kombu. This is where it’s at! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 031146039678.

#2579: Nongshim Neoguri Stir-Fry Noodles Spicy Seafood - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - neoguri bokkeum

Nongshim N e o g u r i  Noodles, Spicy Seafood, 4.2 Ounce (Pack of 16)

A Nongshim TV spot for this product

Bokkeum Neoguri & Mr. Bibim Samples From Nongshim South Korea

Bokkeum Neoguri & Mr. Bibim Samples From Nongshim South Korea - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - ramyun

A fellow reviewer from Happy Souper posted about these new Nonshim varieties and gave me the contact info for Nongshim Korea – I lost touch with my contact a while back. These were kindly sent by Danny – thank you very much! Let’s have a look!

Bokkeum Neoguri & Mr. Bibim Samples From Nongshim – South Korea

Bokkeum Neoguri & Mr. Bibim Samples From Nongshim South Korea - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - ramyun

Lately Miles (click to enlarge) has been my executive assistant in the department of sample examination!

Bokkeum Neoguri & Mr. Bibim Samples From Nongshim South Korea - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - ramyun

Samples and a bit of printed info on the new products.

Bokkeum Neoguri & Mr. Bibim Samples From Nongshim South Korea - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - ramyun

Here’s the new Mr. Bibim – one is kimchi flavor, the other spicy Korean chicken flavor. These are stir noodles – they have no broth (click to enlarge).

Bokkeum Neoguri & Mr. Bibim Samples From Nongshim South Korea - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - ramyun

I heard about this one in a news story (click to enlarge) – this is a spicy stir noodle version of the popular Neoguri Spicy Seafood Ramyun! Looking forward to this!

Bokkeum Neoguri & Mr. Bibim Samples From Nongshim South Korea - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - ramyun

A wrapped box?

Bokkeum Neoguri & Mr. Bibim Samples From Nongshim South Korea - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - ramyun

What have we here?

Bokkeum Neoguri & Mr. Bibim Samples From Nongshim South Korea - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - ramyun

Hey cool (click to enlarge)! Coffee cups with the Shin Ramyun and Neoguri packaging on them. Thank you very much! Looking forward to giving these new varieties a try!

#1515: Nongshim Neoguri Udon Seafood & Mild

It’s a really cold day today and I think a big bowl of seafood noodles sound good. This is a Nongshim Neoguri I got up in Canada. It’s made in South Korea and it’s the milder version of Neoguri. Raccoons I say raccoons! Why do I say raccoons? Well, check out the video at the end of the post – it’ll all become clear I think. Let’s dig in to some Nongshim Neoguri!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, add all package contents to 550ml boiling water and cook 4-5 minutes. Enjoy!

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

Has a nice seafoody scent.

The vegetables sachet.

Bits of seafood and vegetable.

A nice big piece of seaweed. Some people have mentioned that this is not to be eaten, but just as a seasoning. I grew up on an island and miss it a lot, so I tend to eat it. Call me crazy (many do) but it makes me feel like a kid again.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sweet onion, kamaboko, narutomaki, shrimp, sliced squid, sliced green onion and egg. The noodles are indeed very broad and have a nice chewiness to them. The broth is indeed on the mild side compared to a lot of South Korean noodle soups. It does has a nice and rich seafood flavor, just not all the spice. The vegetable bits hydrated nicely. The seaweed? Soft and quite tasty. A nice well rounded bowl of South Korean seafood udon! 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 031146150205.

This is pretty neat – you can get 5 each of Shin Ramyun, Neoguri, Ansungtangmyun and Chapagetti – pretty awesome if you’d like to immerse yourself in South Korean ramyun for a while!

This is a song that they made about raccoons. Why raccoons? Well, Neoguri means raccoon. Why? I’m not exactly sure – but you can find out more Neoguri info here.

A Neat Donation From Nongshim America!

The FedEx guy knocked on my window the other day with a package!

Holy cow – a flat of Neoguri and a flat of Chapagetti! I did a review of Chapaguri a couple weeks ago and to say thanks, they made sure I can make it whenever I like! Thanks!

Here’s the video I made about Chapaguri.

Chapaguri: A Popular New Recipe In South Korea!

I’ve heard of recipes people make where they combine two different types of instant noodles to make something new. Well, here’s one from South Korea that is very popular right now! Chapaguri! 짜파구리 !

As I’m sure you can guess, it’s a combination of Nongshim’s Chapagetti Chajang Noodles and Nongshim’s Neoguri Spicy Seafood Udon. I got the recipe from Nongshim’s South Korean website here.

What I get is that you cook the noodles, add the veggies from the white packets, drain the water off except for about a ladle-full, then add the seasonings and stir. Finally, stir fry for a minute or so, adding the oil packet. Voila – Chapaguri! There is a difference between the Neoguri and Chapagetti made in the US, but it’s not big. In the recipe, you’ll see a little piece of seaweed – that’s not included in the Neoguri made here. With that, let’s check this out!

Here’s a video I made showing the process of making Chapaguri with instructions that I made.

Here are the two noodle blocks.

Packets aplenty!

Seasonings ready to go!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Excellent! Like a spicy seafood jjajang! They mention adding fried egg and cucumber, but I would also think that a little thin sliced beef and odeng would go well with it – also some onion would be nice. Of course, kimchi would go very nicely with it too.

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.

#907: Nongshim Neoguri Spicy Seafood Flavor Cup

Here’s something new – Neoguri Spicy in a cup! Kind of interesting; Neoguri usually has a wider Udon-like noodle and I don’t know that I’ve seen anything like that in a cup form before. Well, let’s have a look.

Here are the side panels (click to enlarge).

Close up of the lid with preparation instructions.

Sure enough, the noodles are much wider than what you’d find in a regular cup noodle..

Here’s the seasoning packet.

The spicy powder base.

Bits from the bottom of the cup. Looks like kamaboko and seaweed amongst other things of the sea.

A piece of thick seaweed.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added some onions, kamaboko, odeng kimchi, a slice of processed cheese and a little sprinkle of Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles are great – they are nice and wide and very hearty. Must say I’ve never seen noodles like these in a cup – unique! The broth is nice – a deep and rich seafood taste and a nice trademark spiciness. The added bits of kamaboko and nori are festive and the big chunk of kelp is very nice too. I grew up in a small town on an island in northwest Washington state and always was close to the ocean – the kelp reminds me of that. All in all a good cup of noodles! 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 031146017072 .

Here’s a Neoguri commercial for ya!

I challenge this guy, PSY, to a Shin cup eating competition! Oppan Gangnam Style, meet Spicy Ramyun Style!

A Gift From The President Of Nongshim America

It’s been a couple months since our trip to Nongshim in Rancho Cucamonga, California. I was sent a very nice gift from the president of Nongshim America to thank us for visiting and for our reviews! Thank you! This is a golden pot, a very standard cooking item in Korea used to make ramyun!

A nice new bowl for noodles!

A nice ceramic bowl.

This one’s interesting – it’s a stainless bowl that has an empty air pocket in the middle so hot soup wont burn your fingers if you’re carrying the bowl! I think a bowl like this was used when I had Naengmyeon once.

This one’s fancy – has a nice pair of fish in the middle and a craquelure that’s glazed over – really neat!

This one has a nice earthenware material and the paint drips are really neat! Can’t wait to try these all out – going to of course break ’em in with Nongshim noodles too! Thanks again! As always, my reviews are based on the quality of the products and the products alone – and I’ve really enjoyed Nongshim’s products a lot!

#809: Nongshim Neoguri Mild (Korea)

Here’s another one that Moo Hee-Wi from Korea sent me. she was the one who wrote the JoongAng Ilbo article about The Ramen Rater last month! Thanks again! So this is what you would find in the Korean superkarket if you wanted to get some Mild Neoguri. A while back I reviewed the US version. Let’s give this one a try!

Something I found interesting is the little raccoon character. As we have seen before in Maruchan’s Midori no Tanuki and the Yamamoto Ponpoko bowls, raccoons have a ‘lucky’ thematic reference. Neoguri translates to raccoon in Korean. Click image to enlarge.

The nice round noodle block.

Seasoning powder.

Lots of it.

The veggie packet.

I found this interesting – compare the contents in the US version to these. Looks like kamaboko here but none in the other one.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added some vegetables, an egg, a slice of processed cheese, some fish cakes, kimchi, pepper and gochujang. Good stuff – noodles are nice and thick but not super chewy. Easily broken with pursed lips. The broth is nice too – like it purports to be, the broth is mild and has a rich seafood taste. The veggie packet was mostly seaweed and some kamaboko – I liked the prevalence of the seaweed. The kamaboko was alright but usually I find these to be more for show. A nice bowl of noodles. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 8801043014946 .

Can someone over in Korea email me the link or an *.apk for this? Would love to have this app!

This guy’s got it made – would love to be able to go for a walk and get some of this stuff on the street!