Hey look – another prototype! Thanks, Moses of Paldo America! Kokomen is one of Paldo’s signature products. It’s a spicy chicken and jalapeno broth accompanied by a nice amount of noodles and a garnish that includes these little strips of chicken. Good stuff. This is a milder version. Let’s see how this one compares!
Here’s a close-up on the label (click image to enlarge). This one contains chicken. To prepare, boil 550ml water. Add noodle block and sachet contents. Cook for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Enjoy!
The noodle block.
The soup base sachet. Note that the jagged edges where you tear the sachet open are much larger than in most sachet designs.
A lighht powder with a spicy scent.
The solid ingredient sachet.
The thin light strips are dehydrated chicken and there also looks to be lots of green onion.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added chicken with black pepper and some green onion. The noodles are very good – not overly engorged but still full and thick. Lots of them too. The broth is indeed less spicy than original Kokomen, but it still has a good punch to it. I would definitely say this is still spicier than many could handle. The flavor is a nice jalapeno chicken, reminiscent of Jalapeno Cheddar Chee-tos, and works quite well. The added veggie packet content hydrates nicely. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.
I got a message from my pal Moses over at Paldo America while back asking if I’d like to review some instant ramyun that hasn’t been put out yet but is being sampled with college students to see what they think. I was absolutely rceptive to the idea – prototype instant noodles sound very interesting! Let’s see how barbecue ramyun tastes – this is the first of two versions, the other I’ll try soon.
Here’s a closeup of the label (click image to enlarge). There’s nothing on the back of the package. Not sure if it contains meat. To prepare, boil 500ml water and drop in noodle block and solid ingredients for 4 minutes. Drain, reversing a couple spoonfulls. Add in powder sachet contents and stir. Enjoy!
The ramyun noodle block.
The powder sachet – no labeling whatsoever.
A lot of powder!
The solid ingredients sachet.
Looks like some green onion in there – maybe some TVP?
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sweet onion, fried egg and sukiyaki beef. The noodles are thick and have a decent chewiness – chewier than usual I’d say. The flavor is very different. It seems to be a melding of beef, smokiness and a little spiciness in an approximation of barbecue sauce, but not quite. What gets me is it tastes exactly like barbecue potato chips. Exactly. The interesting thing about that to me is that when Paldo came out with their Kokomen, I thought it tasted like Jalapeno Cheddar Chee-tos. I think they might be on to something! Like a barbecue chip flavored mi goreng. 3.75 out of 5.0 – very curious about the second prototype on this one.
Here’s an example of a focus group. A group of random people are in a room and shown a prototype opf a product and asked many questions about it to try and give the company who wants to make it an idea of whether it will succeed or fail. When you make a million zillion of something, you want it to appeal to people!
But what the heck is this? Prototype ramyun! Paldo America sent three different prototypes – I believe this one is Mild Kokomen. The other two are barbecue flavor variants! Looking forward to trying! Thank you very much!
Wow check this out! Paldo sent me this prototype of a new product – a bowl of instant noodles that only takes a minute and thirty seconds to cook. Pretty amazing – but how does it taste?
Cover detail (click image to enlarge).
Looks like a normal noodle block. Maybe a thinner gauge noodle though?
The seasoning packet.
The seasoning powder.
A little melange of veggies at the bottom of the bowl.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Here it is in its natural state. I tasted it before I put it in the nioce looking bowl right after I stirred it at a minute thirty. The noodles are most definitely of a thinner gauge than their usual packet varieties. They;’re light and fluffy. The broth has a slightly spicy beef flavor to it. The veggies did really quite well and were of a decent quantity for this bowl. All in all, I wasn’t expecting this to be anything earth-shaking. I was more curious whether is would be horrible. I must say that it was pretty decent as far as a quick fix snack goes. I could see dropping sdome beef and more veggies in and it being a little fuller, but that’s not what this bowl is going for. Quick and easy to prepare for sure. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars – good show! UPC bar code 8801128509954 .
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This is absolutely crummy – would love to see a USA vs Korea game!