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#2727: Acecook Ohmori Ika Yakisoba

#2727: Acecook Ohmori Ika Yakisoba

Found this one up in Canada – we’ve been going up there a lot lately and it’s been a nice change of pace. About 2 hours from here to the border and we’ve figured out how to time it for the quickest border crossing by avoiding peak times. LKast time going in it was one car in front of us, leaving was 2 cars in front of it – total wait time was around ten minutes!

Kind of confused with this one – looks like one I got a while back but it’s different; no mayo, no powder. Well, there is powder but it’s more like a kind of togarashi. Anyways, here’s a little about fried noodles from Wikipedia –

Yakisoba (焼きそば?), literally “fried buckwheat,” or sōsu yakisoba (ソース焼きそば?) (the same, but in sauce). It first appeared in food stalls in Japan during the early 20th century.[1] Although soba means buckwheat, typically suggesting noodles made from that flour in mainland Japan, yakisoba noodles are made from wheat flour. It is typically flavored with a condiment similar to oyster sauce.

It is prepared by frying ramen-style noodles with bite-sized pork, vegetables (usually cabbage, onions or carrots) and flavored with yakisoba sauce, salt and pepper. It is served with a multitude of garnishes, such as aonori (seaweed powder), beni shoga (shredded pickled ginger), katsuobushi (fish flakes), and mayonnaise.

Yakisoba is most familiarly served on a plate either as a main dish or a side dish. Another popular way to prepare and serve yakisoba in Japan is to pile the noodles into a bun sliced down the middle in the style of a hot dog, and garnish the top with mayonnaise and shreds of pickled ginger. Called yakisoba-pan, pan meaning bread, it is commonly available at local festivals or konbini (convenience stores).

Sometimes, Japanese white Udon is used as a replacement of Chinese style Soba and called Yakiudon. This variation was started in Kitakyushu or Kokura in Fukuoka Prefecture.

In Okinawa, Yakisoba is popular with Okinawans and U.S. service members stationed on the island alike. After the 1945 hostilities ended on Okinawa, the US military command supplied American food products to the malnourished residents. The preferred Okinawan Yakisoba was prepared from spaghetti, spam, ketchup, any available vegetable (usually canned), and mayonnaise for frying. Mess halls and other on-base eateries often serve yakisoba. Chopped hotdogs are a popular addition to yakisoba made on Okinawa, in addition to other meats such as ham, chicken, and pork.

Alright – let’s check out this squid tray right now!

Acecook Ohmori Ika Yakisoba – Japan

#2727: Acecook Ohmori Ika Yakisoba

Import/distributor sticker (click to enlarge).

#2727: Acecook Ohmori Ika Yakisoba

Detail of the plastic outer wrap (click to enlarge). Contains seafood. To prepare, add the vegetable sachet and boiling water to fill line. Cover for 3 minutes. Use supplied drain spout to drain. Add in remaining sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2727: Acecook Ohmori Ika Yakisoba

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2727: Acecook Ohmori Ika Yakisoba

The noodle block.

#2727: Acecook Ohmori Ika Yakisoba

The liquid base.

#2727: Acecook Ohmori Ika Yakisoba

Yakisoba sauce.

#2727: Acecook Ohmori Ika Yakisoba

The vegetables and seafood sachet.

#2727: Acecook Ohmori Ika Yakisoba

Lots of stuff in here!

#2727: Acecook Ohmori Ika Yakisoba

A smaller sachet.

#2727: Acecook Ohmori Ika Yakisoba

Some kind of garnish togarashi?

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion and some extra squid. The noodles were extremely plentiful. This is a big amount of yakisoba! The taste was like a slightly sweeter than normal yakisoba augmented by bits of squid. It worked pretty well. Bit of cabbage added to the scene very well. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901071207182.

#2727: Acecook Ohmori Ika Yakisoba

A c e c o o k  Ika Big Noodle, Instant Source Yakisoba with Squid, Pack of 12

An TV spot from this company

#2648: Paldo Bulnak Pan Stirfried Noodle

#2648: Paldo Bulnak Pan Stirfried Noodle - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - bokkeummyun

Today we have an interesting little cup of noodles from South Korea – a little spicy one. This has been on my top ten spicy list for a while now and it’s some mean stuff.

So, as you can see, there’s a little octopus. This is octopus flavor! Nothing like a little octopus and violent heat to begin your day, eh? Well, let’s get to this Bulnak!

Paldo Bulnak Pan Stirfried Noodle – South Korea

#2648: Paldo Bulnak Pan Stirfried Noodle - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - bokkeummyun

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains octopus. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and cover for 3 minutes. Poke holes in scored spots on the lid and use as a drain spout. Add in the liquid base. Finally, stir and enjoy yourself! (I really love how this one doesn’t just say enjoy, but enjoy yourself)

#2648: Paldo Bulnak Pan Stirfried Noodle - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - bokkeummyun

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge). Note the three little spots toward the top to poke with a chopstick to use as a drain spout.

#2648: Paldo Bulnak Pan Stirfried Noodle - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - bokkeummyun

The noodle block.

#2648: Paldo Bulnak Pan Stirfried Noodle - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - bokkeummyun

Loose bits of vegetable and noodle from the cup.

#2648: Paldo Bulnak Pan Stirfried Noodle - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - bokkeummyun

The spicy liquid base.

#2648: Paldo Bulnak Pan Stirfried Noodle - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - bokkeummyun

Spicy stuff here!

Finished (click to enlarge). Alright so yeah it’s a pretty bad picture. But actually, this is because I did a mukbang with this one. I do YouTube videos quite a bit these days. Anyways. The noodle came out nicely with a strong tooth and excellent gauge. The sauce coated everything and was sweet as well as exceedingly spicy. Vegetable bits hydrated. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 648436101269.

#2648: Paldo Bulnak Pan Stirfried Noodle - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - bokkeummyun

Paldo B u l n a k  Pan Noodle Irresistable Sweet Spicy Ramen (Pack of 4)

Here I am chowing down the pack version

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

Re-Review: Paldo Bulnak Bokkeummyun Pan Stirfried Noodle

Re-Review: Paldo Bulnak Bokkeummyun Pan Stirfried Noodle - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles - octopus - spiciest

Okay, okay. After being bombarded with people disagreeing with the odrer of the ranking on my The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles list, I thought I’d give this one another go-round.

The little octopus on the pack seems to be beckoning me to try again – I’ve seen him alkmost every trip to a Korean grocery, although it’s pretty hard for me to do re-reviews. Why? Well, I’ve already tried it. I’ve got so many that I need to try here… But lately that number has been dwindling so just seemed like a good time and especially a good time since I’m preparing for the 2017 edition of the spicy list.

I think I’ll do a mukbang video for this one. That’s when you scarf it down really fast in front of all to see. Kind of weird but why not – that’ll be at the bottom. Okay – let’s check out this Bulnak variety!

Paldo Bulnak Bokkeummyun Pan Stirfried Noodle – South Korea

Re-Review: Paldo Bulnak Bokkeummyun Pan Stirfried Noodle - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles - octopus - spiciest

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains octopus. To prepare, add noodles and vegetables sachet to 500ml boiling water and cook for 3 minutes, 30 seconds. Drain. Add in liquid base sachet and cook for 30 seconds. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Re-Review: Paldo Bulnak Bokkeummyun Pan Stirfried Noodle - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles - octopus - spiciest

The noodle block.

Re-Review: Paldo Bulnak Bokkeummyun Pan Stirfried Noodle - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles - octopus - spiciest

The liquid base sachet.

Re-Review: Paldo Bulnak Bokkeummyun Pan Stirfried Noodle - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles - octopus - spiciest

Thick with a spicy scent.

Re-Review: Paldo Bulnak Bokkeummyun Pan Stirfried Noodle - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles - octopus - spiciest

The vegetables sachet.

Re-Review: Paldo Bulnak Bokkeummyun Pan Stirfried Noodle - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles - octopus - spiciest

Lots of green onion.

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles hydrate just right. An excellent gauge and chew as well. The liquid base coats everything thoroughly – no skimping here. The flavor is an extremely fiery one. It’s a little sweet and then has a nice seafood kind of taste as well. The included garnish works just right. Definitely not for the innocent bystander spicy fan – only for the hardcore. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 648436101030.

Re-Review: Paldo Bulnak Bokkeummyun Pan Stirfried Noodle - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles - octopus - spiciest

Paldo Octopus Pan Noodle Irresistable Sweet Spicy Ramen (Pack of 4)

Watch me do an on camera critique

#1766: Paldo Bulnak Bokeummyun King Noodle

I recently did the Top Ten Spiciest list and the not-so-distant cousin of this one (basically the pack version) was in the second place position. I think this one was definitely violently hot and a good choice for the Fire Noodle Challenge that lots of people do on YouTube. Anyways, let’s see what we have in the bowl and maybe I’ll have to give this Fire Noodle Challenge a shot.

Here’s the distributor’s sticker (click image to enlarge).

Detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge). Contains small octopus and pork. To prepare, add in contents of white sachet and boiling water to fill line. Cover and steep for 3 minutes. Poke holes in spots on lid and use to drain. Add in contents of liquid sachet and stir. Enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The liquid sachet.

Has a violently spicy scent.

The vegetables sachet.

A nice little mix.

Finished (click image to enlarge).The noodles are thick and have a great ramyun gauge and texture. Good stuff as always from Paldo. The flavor is like putting an ashed over charcoal briquet in your mouth – it’s extremely spicy. It’s also sweet as well, but the heat sets in and lingers really long. The vegetable bits worked great. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8809296882213.

Bulnak Stir Fried Spicy Octopus Flavor Ramen, 4.58 Oz (Pack of 16)

Here’s what you can experience while eating this spicy noodle!

New Octopus Noodles From Paldo!

Hey look – a couple of little boxes came in the mail today – wonder what’s inside?

Whoa! Octopus noodles? Okay, they’re not made from octopus, but it certainly sounds interesting, doesn’t it? Looks like I’m going to have to buy some octopus to use with these – should be interesting – thanks!

Re-Review: Meet The Manufacturer: Nongshim Champong Ramyun Instant Noodle Soup

This is a re-review – the last time I had this was probably in 2003 – when it was review #21. For some reason, I thought that it (Neoguri as well) had octopus in it. Clearly, that’s a squid holding chopstick and wearing clothing. I should note that these days, I know that’s a squid – and that squids don’t wear clothing. Moving on…

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

The noodle block.

Powder seasoning packet.

Spicy, red and hot!

The veggie and seafood packet.

Says the seafood component involved mussel flakes and fish cake.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added some onion, odeng, an egg, some processed cheese, some splashes of Tabasco Buffalo Style hot sauce and a little bit of Ajishima Kimchi Furikake. The noodles are nice and wide – they sucked up the broth very nicely and are slightly chewier than the last few Nongshim varieties I’ve had. The broth is great – very very spicy and has a kind of seafood tomato soup kind of sense to it. Very good! The veggies / fish components aren’t bad – all in all a great pack of noodles! 4.0 out of 5.0 stars! UPC bar code 8801043157759 .

Champong TV commercial.

Another Champong commercial