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The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten South Korean Instant Noodles Of All Time 2016 Edition

South Korea has the highest per person consumption of instant noodles in the world. It’s not a surprise that their instant noodle are quite good – usually the noodles (known as ramyun) are thicker and accompanied by a spicy broth. These are my very favorite varieties of South Korean instant noodles – hope you enjoy!

#10: 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

#9: Paldo Jjamppong Seafood Noodle King Bowl

Thick and chewy ramyun noodles are augmented by a broth with a good consistency – a little thickness was very good. Also a slightly sweet, seafood and spicy flavor to it I thoroughly enjoyed. Original review here

#8: Samyang Foods Red Nagasaki Jjampong

The noodles are perfect – what I like to find in ramyun! Thick and chewy. The broth is amazing – an excellent level of heat balanced with a respectable amount of seafood flavor. The added vegetable pieces hydrated quite well. Top notch! Original review

#7: Paldo King Bowl Super Spicy Pan Stirfried Noodle

The noodles are of a good ramyun gauge – lots of them as well. The flavor is a kind of seafood and spicy thing and there’s a sweetness going on as well. The supplied vegetables did great – this was an amazingly good stir noodle! Original review

#6: Nongshim Soon Veggie Noodle Soup

This is the first instant noodle on the top ten to be marketed towards vegetarians. What surprised me about it was the broth had such a full flavor to it; deep and satisfying. The noodles are slightly larger in gauge than your run of the mill instant, which is common of South Korean ‘ramyun.’ Magnificent stuff! Original review

#5: Nongshim Zha Wang (Jjawang) Noodles With Chajang Sauce

The noodles are out of this world – soft and chewy, with a nice width and thickness – very hearty. The sauce coats everything and there’s more than enough of it. It has a rich black bean flavor augmented with peas, cabbage and other veggies. This is the best jjajang I’ve ever tried. Original review

#4: Paldo Cheese Noodle

These noodles – wow. I think the best addition to South Korean ramyun has to be cheese. Well, not only is cheese included here but it’s got just the perfect notes of spiciness and strong, rich flavor. The little guy with the sign that says cheese noodle rocks as well. Original review

#3: Paldo Rabokki Noodle

The noodles plumped up just perfectly – thick and a good chew. The broth is more of a sauce and it’s very rich – spicy and sweet – like an adult version of Spaghetti-O’s which I find delectable. Original review

#2: Nongshim Jinjja Jinjja

The noodles are very good – nice thick ramyun. The broth has a seriously spicy kick to it and a very peanut aroma with pork notes. The vegetables hydrated very well. Back with a vengeance! Original review

#1: ChoripDong Hurricane Rice Cake

It’s red. It’s got a thick spicy and sweet sauce. It’s got ramyun. It’s got topokki. This was a real find – Just looking at the picture makes me want some right this instant. The most wonderful big bowl of noodles I’ve ever had. Original review here

#1422: Nissin Pan Asian Kitchen Spicy Szechuan Chicken Flavor Ramen Noodles

Hey here are some noodle made here in the USA! Interesting – spicy Szechuan… I’m curious how spicy it will be. I’ve had many different takes on Szechuan before – I’m hoping this one is good as usually I don’t tend to like Szechuan variants so much. Actually, I like the ones like this usually more than the ones actually made in China! Let’s see how this one comes out.

The bottom of the tray (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, remove outer wrap and open lid halfway. Take out all sachets. Add peanut and premium ingredient sachets. Add water to fill line and re-cover. Microwave 5 minutes and let sit for 1 minute. Add liquid sachet contents and stir. Enjoy!

Here’s how the lid looks under the wraps (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block.

A sachet of peanuts.

Little bits.

The premium ingredients sachet.

An interesting mix here – looks like corn peas and bell pepper in there.

A liquid sachet.

A thick and oily liquid.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sweet onion, red and green bell pepper and chicken I sauteed. The noodles are great – it’s amazing how well they come out in the microwave. The flavor however isn’t really my cup of tea. It reminds me of the flavor you get in microwaveable TV dinners – the low calorie ones – when they’re trying to do an Asian chicken of some type. It is like they’re shooting for teriyaki, but end up with this spicy, citrus Szechuan thing. The veggies did well though and the peanuts were a nice touch. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 070662487273.

This is a demo reel showing off Nissin products. I’m imagining it was played at a trade show, most likely in Hong Kong, as these products look to be part of the Nissin Hong Kong line.

#1225: Nissin Pan Asian Kitchen Sweet & Sour Chicken Flavor Ramen Noodles

Man I’m beat and my feet hurt. Maybe Birkenstock sailboat deck sandals aren’t the best choice for walking 2 miles. This sounds good though – I really like sweet and sour! This one’s made in the United States, too! Let’s give this one a peek.

Here’s the bottom of the tray (click image to enlarge). Contains wheat and soybean. To make this one, open the tray halfway and put only the vegetables sachet’s contents in. Fill it to the line and microwave for 5 minutes.  Let it sit for 1 minute, then add the liquid sachet and stir and you’re ready to eat!

Here’s the li ditself (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The premium ingredients sachet.

You know, that kind of looks like a bird’s eye chilli pepper on top. I suppose we’ll see!

The liquid seasoning sachet.

Oil and sauce co-mingling.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added baked chicken, bell pepper, sweet onion and pineapple with a bit of garlic salt. The noodles are really good – great texture and gauge. The flavor is good too, although it’s not the sweet and sour I am used to at Chinese takeout restaurants, it’s pretty darn good. The veggies hydrated very nicely (and that was a nice spicy pepper!). 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 070662487280.

This is a great tour of the Nissin Cup Noodle Museum – it is a dream of mine to visit here someday!