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#2203: Nongshim Bowl Noodle Soup Independence Day Limited Edition Spicy Chicken Flavor

I saw this at the local supermarket the other day and just couldn’t pass it up. I don’t think I’ve ever seen an instant noodle showing such patriotism before! Also, before anyone starts sending me comments saying ‘how dare they use our flag – that’s made in South Korea,’ I have news for you. Nongshim America is down in Rancho Cucamonga, California and employs a LOT of Americans! Yep – chances are that if you’re living in the USA and enjoy Shin Ramyun or Shin Black or any of the Bowl Noodles, it was most likely made here in the states. Make sure to check out the factory tour video at the end of this post – I went on it in 2012 and it was a blast! Anyways, let’s check this one out!

Detail of the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, tear off lid and add in sachet contents. Microwave for 3-4 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

A side shot of the bowl.

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge). Notice the little chart showing time vs noodle consistency.

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

Has a spicy scent.

Bits from the bottom of the bowl.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, chicken I cooked sous vide style at 146 degrees Fahrenheit for 2 hours with Johnny’s Chicken & Seafood seasoning and crushed red pepper. The noodles came out great – I did them for 4 minutes and they were on the soft side as promised. The broth has a nice kind of spicy chicken flavor as advertised. As for the included bits, they hydrated well too. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 031146262571.

Nongshim Bowl Noodle Soup, Spicy Chicken, 3.03 Ounce (Pack of 12)

This is a great tour of Nongshim with Ray Adams – a real nice guy!

#1824: Nongshim Soon Veggie Noodle Soup

I’ve seen this one online a few times recently, but never in the store – until a couple of weeks ago, that is! I really liked the pack version of this one – made the 2014 Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time list – the first vegetarian one to do so. The pack was made in South Korea – but this cup is made here in the United States at Nongshim America down in sunny Rancho Cucamonga, California. I went and visited Nongshim America in 2012 – was really neat – big factory and nice people! Let’s check out this cup and see how it compares to the pack version.

Detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge). Vegan friendly! To prepare in a microwave, remove lid and add in sachet contents. Add room temp water to fill line and microwave at 1000W for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid.

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

Has a nice scent – kind of a slight spicy beef.

Some of the vegetables loose in the cup – there was quite a bit more.

Finished. The noodles came out perfectly – a nice and soft texture to them with just the right backbone. The broth is reminiscent of Shin Ramyun, albeit almost completely devoid of spiciness. The vegetables were exceptional – rarely do I review a cup whose kernels of corn actually taste fresh – but this one did that – and the large mushroom pieces were great as well. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 031146027033.

Nongshim Soon Cup Veggie Noodles, 2.6 Ounce (Pack of 6)

A Nongshim Veggie Noodle Soup commercial from South Korea.

#1678: Nongshim Shin Black Spicy Pot-Au-Feu Flavor (New Edition)

It’s been a long time since I’ve reviewed Nongshim Shin Black – and it’s gotten a packaging facelift. This is made here in the USA in Rancho Cucamonga, California! This is the ‘flagship’ of their new line of ‘Black Class Noodle Soup’ varieties. This one’s got neww clothes – but is it still the same underneath? Let’s have a look at this dressed up pack of Nongshim Shin Black noodles!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Contains  beef. To prepare, boil 550ml water and add contents of package. Cook 4-5 minutes (I’ll be doing 4.5 minutes), stirring occasionally. Enjoy!

The noodle block.

The spicy soup base sachet.

Has a spicy scent.

A sul-long-tang soup base sachet.

Has a very nice garlic and beef scent.

The vegetables sachet/.

A nice mix!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added beef, egg, spring onion and mung bean sprouts. The noodles are thick and chewy as ramyun always should be. There'[s a lot of them and they are very good. The broth is a strong beef and garlic affair with a good hit of spiciness to it. What I really liked are the vegetables – mushrooms are present as well as a ton of sliced garlic – which hydrates to a crisp fresh pinnacle of yumminess. A great bowl of ramyun! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 031146013524.

Nongshim Shin Black Noodle Soup, 4.58 Ounce Packages (Pack of 18)

A TV spot for Nongshim Shin Black.

#1622: Nongshim Quick2 Hot & Spicy Noodle Soup With Habanero & Lime

Quick2 is a new one from Nongshim America. The 2 has to do with the cooking time of two minutes. I find this one interesting; kind of a departure from their more premium lines and if you notice the color and lines, it more resembles a pack version of a Nongshim Bowl Noodle in graphic design. Let’s have a look at Nongshim Quick2 and see what’s inside!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Contains beef. To prepare, boil 500ml water and add noodle block and sachet contents. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Enjoy!

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet. Note the very coarse cut on the top and bottom of the sachet.

Has a nice beef and spicy scent.

The vegetable sachet.

A nice little mixture.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added beef, broccoli and white onion. The noodles are thinner than standard ramyun and have a light texture which was very good. The broth was better than I expected to be honest – it’s spicy and has a very nice beef and spices flavor. The vegetables hydrated well. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 031146029181.

Note the package design on these – Nongshim Hot & Spicy Noodle Bowl, 3.03 Ounce Bowls (Pack of 12)

A new Nongshim Shin Ramyun TV commercial! The Hispanic market is a big consumer of instant noodles and companies want to let ’em know what they’ve got!

#1563: Nongshim Shin Ramyun Noodle Soup (New Edition)

Before you go crazy and say ‘what you’ve never reviewed Shin Ramyun before,’ just listen for a second. So this is the new packaging they rolled out recently. I thought it was worth as whole new review as they’be had the old packaging on this one for eons and eons.

Here is the old packaging. As you can see, the new one’s very red. Red and angry! Rrawr! Let’s get cooking!

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

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

Smells spicy!

The vegetables sachet.

Looks like green onion, mushroom and a little pepper possibly.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added beef and sweet onion sauteed in soy sauce and some sliced spring onion. The noodles are thick and luxuriant as well as plentiful. Good chew. The broth has a nice kind of beef flavor with a nice heat to it that is accessible to many. The vegetables are a nice touch as well. I don’t know if it’s different from the old packaged version, but I sure enjoyed it today. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 031146150601.

 This is one seriously ubiquitous product – however if you can’t find it, your can get it here.

A Nongshim Shin Ramyun TV commercial from South Korea.

#1503: Nongshim Bowl Noodle Soup Shrimp Habanero Lime Flavor

It’s been so long since I’ve reviewed a new Bowl Noodle! I remeber a few years ago I was hunting high and low for certain varieties, many long gone. I remember the beef anfd ginger flavor was pretty good! Then they switched over to these microwaveable versions instead of the foam bowls – and I like them better! Curious how this one will be.

Something special with this review – it’s a double review! I used to review hot sauces a few years back – here’s a link to my old site, now mothballed. I got an email from the folks at TOKI Hot Sauce recently. They are trying to get their product going! It’s a Korean inspired hot sauce! They’ve got a Kickstarter campaign running at the moment – why not check them out? I’m going to cook up some nice shrimp to go with this one and slather them in the sauce! Let’s check both of these products out!

Here’s the back of the cardboard outer packaging (click image to enlarge). Contains both beef and fish products.

Here’s detail of the lid (click image to enlarge). To prepare, take the lid off completely. Add in the sachet contents and add room temperature water to the fill line. Microwave for 3-4 minutes (see the noodle texture chart!). Stir and enjoy! You can also do the same thing with boiling water.

The noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

Has a lime scent.

Here’s just a few of the little bits from the bottom of the bowl.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added shrimp sauteed with Toki Hot Sauce, green onion, sweet onion, lime and bell pepper. The noodles have a nice texture to them – that comforty-buttery thing going on. The broth has a spicy and lime hit and a lighter shrimp flavor in the background which I would have enjoyed more of. The vegetable and shrimp bits while sparing hydrated well. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. The Toki Hot Sauce has a decent punch of heat, and is a nice balance of sweetness with a familiar gochujang kind of flavor. Like a teriyaki gochujang wham-bam – good stuff! Worth trying! UPC bar code 031146026128.

Here’s a 6 variety pack of different Nongshim Bowl Noodle Soups!

Here’s a vid showing where these Nongshim Bowl Noodle Soups are made – in rancho Cucamonga, California!

#1485: Nongshim Spicy Tonkotsu Noodle Soup

Here’s a new one and it’s made here in the United States. Yep – there’s a Nongshim plant here in the US! I was able to visit them a couple years ago and it’s really neat – if you get a chance, you should check out their plant tours! Tonkotsu is a very standard variety of Japanese ramen, however this one’s got a spicy twist to it. Usually tonkotsu broth is made with pork bones that are boiled for a long time and this one does in fact contain pork. Let’s have a look!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, add everything except contents of oil sachet to 550ml boiling water and cook for 5 minutes. Add in oil sachet, stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

A dry soup base sachet.

Has a nice meaty and spicy scent.

The vegetables sachet.

Looks like green onions and seaweed.

The spicy garlic oil sachet.

Smells like a sesame and garlic kind of thing going on.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added hard boiled egg, pork butt sauteed with soy sauce, mung bean sprout, sliced green onion and kizami shoga. The noodles are very premium – strong on the chewiness which really surprised me – like they were designed for this variety distinctly which was really a nice surprise. The broth has a nice rich flavor and a good heat to it. The vegetables were alright, too. The amazing thing is the large sliced of garlic that hydrate so nicely – they’re excellent! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 031146025831.


Never had these before? These are definitely a must try if not.

I nominated my friend Ray over at Nongshim America for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge a few weeks back. He’s a great sport and went all in!

#1443: Nongshim Harmony Korean Spicy Noodle Dish With Chipotle

Here’s a new one from Nongshim, and it’s definitely unique. It’s a stir noodle, which means that there’s no broth, but a sauce that it stirred in to coat the noodles. Another unique thing is that it can be served hot OR cold! I was thinking of using a special divided bowl I have, but one side is bigger than the other and so I came up with an idea: since they sent a few packs, I’ll make one hot, sample it and then make one cold and sample it – easy enough. Something else I found interesting was on the right and left sides of the package. It says “NONGSHIM BLACK CLASS NOODLE DISH.” The final interesting this about this one is the inclusion of chipotle. Chipotle? Now that’s different – don’t think I’ve come across that being used in an instant before. Well, let’s open this one up and see what’s inside!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, add noodle block and vegetable sachet to 400ml boiling water and cook 3-4 minutes. Now to make it hot, simply drain and stir in contents of the liquid sachet. To make it cold, drain and run under cold water and stir in contents of liquid sachet. Enjoy!

The noodle block.

The vegetable sachet.

Loys of mushrooms and peas!

The sauce sachet.

Can smell the chipotle!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added mung bean sprouts and sliced green onion. The noodles have a thick ramyun gauge. They have a nice texture and chewiness – very good! The flavor is nice – has a light start and then wham – spicy! What’s interesting is the chipotle component too – not something I’ve tasted in an instant before and it works pretty well. The heat lingers and builds the more you eat! The vegetables were very good – I liked the mushrooms and I’m not a big fan of mushrooms! 4.25 out of 5.0 stars. By the way, the above is it served cold. On hot versus cold, I liked them about equally – although since it’s a warmer day here and in the Summer, cold seemed a skosh nicer.

Here’s a video about where these noodles are made! Yup – in California! I got to visit with my wife in 2012 and it was really awesome there – if you are in the area and can do a plant tour, you won’t regret it – it’s a lot of fun and fascinating!

Samples From Nongshim!

I’ve been really lucky – the FedEx guy has been coming to my patio for ages when I have a package but he’s retired! This is the last box he brought me.

A six pack of Sir Long Tang! Awesome!

A whole case of Soon Veggie noodles! Yeah – I’ve reviewed these and the Sir Long Tang as well. I must admit I’ve been behind in posting boxes I’ve gotten! Thank you very much to everyone at Nongshim America! Excellent stuff!

#1366: Nongshim Sir Long Tang Creamy Beef Noodle Soup

Here’s something new and different from Nongshim. The name might seem a little odd, but it’s a play on the name of a traditional South Korean beef soup called Seoulleongtang, which has a broth which is simmered for a long time with ox bones. I’ve liked non-spicy South Korean beef noodle soups in the past – let’s see how this one fares!

Here are the side panels (click image to enlarge). Contains beef.

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge). To prepare in the microwave, remove lid and empty the sachet contents into the cup. Add room temperature water to the inside line and microwave for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

The single soup base sachet.

A nice fluffy beef scented powder.

The vegetables are already in the cup. Here are some of them.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added some thin sliced sukiyaki beef. The noodles have a decent gauge and instead of being round like most ramyun, they are flat. They have a light chewiness and are soft. The broth has a very nice and rich beef flavor and is indeed creamy. The vegetables were nice – especially the slices of garlic that hydrated perfectly. A great stick-to-your-ribsy kind of noodle soup. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 031146025947.

A neat video showing how Shin Ramyun Black cups are made!

A Nice Surprise From Nongshim America!

Was looking at my posts and found this on that I hadn’t posted for some reason – check it out – it’s from 2013

When we got home from the hospital yesterday, I called the apartment office to see if there were any packages – they said there was one. A mailer from Nongshim America – what’s inside?

There were a couple of sheets of stickers… I immediately put them in one of my noodle binders (yes, I have binders full of instant noodle stuff – mostly the lids and empty packaging).

Holy cow! Two sheets of special postage stamps with PSY and Shin Black Cups! Thank you! What’s funny is that when I was very young, I collected stamps, and then my mother took that over once I lost interest. So one sheet will stay in the binder and one will go to my mom. Thanks to Ray A., Hannah C. and all the great folks down in Rancho Cucamonga at Nongshim America – miss you guys!

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Made In The USA Of All Time 2013 Edition

The instant noodle originated in 1958 in Japan, but since that time, they’ve expanded in popularity all over the world, including of course, the United States. Seeing this, instant noodle companies thought it wise to start building plants here in the 1970s. Since then, many brands operate factories here in the US, mostly in southern California. This is a list of my favorite varieties produced here, encompassing my over 1,100 reviews to date. With that, here’s your top ten, America!

#10: Nongshim Shin Bowl Noodle Soup

Shin Ramyun is one of the most popular instant noodles in South Korea. It’s spicy and beefy. This one here has that same great flavor and is microwaveable! A while back, they changed how they make their noodles for their line of bowls, and although they were great before, they’re even better now. Original review here

#9: Nissin Top Ramen Short Cuts Roast Chicken Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

Nissin came out with this new line of noodles fairly recently. What’s unique about then is that they are a large box with a bag of seasoned noodles. You can use as little or as much as you like! The noodles are short and broad with a ‘comfort food’ appeal and a nice roast chicken flavor. Original review here

#8: Maruchan Bowl Hot & Spicy Shrimp Flavor Ramen Noodles With Vegetables

Maruchan has been known for a long time for their Instant Lunch line of noodles cups, but here we have something new for them – bowls! This one stood out for me – it had a ‘south of the border’ heat to it and was full of noodles of great quality. Spicy, but not so spicy most couldn’t handle it. Original review here

#7: Nissin Top Ramen Cucharealo Home-Style Picante Chicken Flavor

This is a serious fusion: the noodles are short and thin. I remember noodles kind of like these in other products when I was a kid, but always felt like I was getting way more soup than noodles. This one quells that need for more noodles – there’s plenty of them. The picante chicken flavor is excellent with notes of chili powder and cumin. Original review here

#6: Nissin Chow Mein Spicy Teriyaki Beef Flavor Chow Mein Noodles

I would have never thought that mixing teriyaki and spicy heat together would work, but it does. The combination is excellent – especially since the sauce coats everything so well. The vegetables hydrate nicely and it’s an all around great meal. Original review here

#5: Nongshim Chapagetti Roasted Chajang Noodle

Thick, slightly chewy noodles in a rich black bean sauce – excellent stuff. What’s also excellent is that you can make it in the microwave. It uses just a little water and the finished product has sucked it all up, leaving you with nice, saucy noodles. Original review here

#4: Maruchan Creamy Chicken Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

I absolutely adore this stuff. Take your standard instant noodle and add a nice creamy chicken flavor. The broth has a really nice ‘stick to your ribs’ way about it. Whenever I’m under the weather, this is my go-to comfort noodle. Original review here

#3: Nongshim Shin Ramyun Black Premium Noodle Soup

After twenty years of Shin Ramyun, Nongshim decided to upgrade it. Enter Shin Ramyun Black. It has a richer broth, great noodles, and an amazing packet with nice veggies and beef – yes, beef. This one has little pieces of freeze dried beef that spring to life – and have an enjoyable chew and flavor! Original review here

#2: Sapporo Ichiban Japanese Style Noodles Chow Mein

This one requires a different approach to cooking, but it really pays off in the end. The noodles are cooked in very little water, which they slurp up rather quickly. Then you stir in the flavor packet and you’ve got some exceedingly wonderful chow. The flavor is reminiscent of yakisoba sauce; kind of a Worcestershire sauce thing going on. Then the fun part – a little packet of ‘green laver’ (powdered seaweed) is supplied for you to sprinkle on top. With it or without it, this one’s worth your time to try. Original review here

#1: Nongshim Jinjja Jinjja Flamin’ Hot & Nutty Noodle Soup

For regular followers of The Ramen Rater, this should be no surprise. I have been touting the greatness of this one back when it was only produced in South Korea. Happily, they make it in southern California now. Jinjja Jinjja (translates to Really Really) is a sumptuous sojourn to flavorland. Ramyun noodles are a little thicker and a little chewier than others. Combine that with a spicy and hearty pork broth, nice veggies and a packet with black sesame seeds and peanut powder. The result is absolutely perfect. Original review here