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#3237: Samyang Cheese Ramen – South Korea

#3237: Samyang Cheese Ramen - South Korea

I’ve mentioned a few times recently how much I’ve really been into Samyang Ramen in the last year or so. It’s really quite good – has a ham flavor, nice level of spiciness. It’s just got a good all around comfort food thing going on. Well, here’s the same thing – but now it’s got a cheese component. I’ll admit it – I like cheese. There. That feels better. Load off my mind. I usually add cheese to South Korean ramen, so let’s see how this one with a cheese component included goes.

Samyang Cheese Ramen – South Korea

#3237: Samyang Cheese Ramen - South Korea

Detail of the package (click to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, add noodles to 500ml boiling water and cook for 4 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3237: Samyang Cheese Ramen - South Korea

The noodle block.

#3237: Samyang Cheese Ramen - South Korea

A dry sachet.

#3237: Samyang Cheese Ramen - South Korea

A lot of powder. Notice the little light specks in there.

#3237: Samyang Cheese Ramen - South Korea

Another dry sachet.

#3237: Samyang Cheese Ramen - South Korea

A light cheese powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, uncured ham, and pepper flake. The noodles are thick and have a typical Samyang tooth to them which I thoroughly enjoy. They’re meaty. The broth was not as I expected initially but is quite good. A standard spicy Korean style ramen hit to it – and being Samyang Ramen it’s got a ham flavor. But the cheese is a combo of cheddar, camembert and goude, so it has a smoky element which although unexpected was quite welcoming. Small fishcake were strewn about. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8801073114111.

#3237: Samyang Cheese Ramen - South Korea

Samyang Ramen, 4.23-Ounce Units (Pack of 20)

Watch me cook on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten South Korean Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten South Korean Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition

It’s January 2019, and so it is time for the first of many Top Ten Lists. I always start the year with the latest South Korean Top ten. This list was compiled as of posting 3,058 unique reviews of instant noodles, 349 of which are South Korean. All varieties are manufactured in South Korea. If you are a company interested in having your products showcased, please drop me a line. Let’s begin!

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten South Korean Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition

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The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten South Korean Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition

#10: Nongshim Shin Ramyun Black

Best South Korean Ramen - 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 Get it here

#9: Paldo Cheese Noodle

Best Korean Ramen - 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 Get it here

#8: Nongshim Champong Noodle Soup Spicy Seafood Flavor

Best Korean Ramen - 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 Get it here

#7: Nongshim Neoguri Stir-fry Noodles Spicy Seafood

Best Korean Ramen - Nongshim Neoguri Stir-fry Noodles Spicy Seafood

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 Get it here

#6: Paldo Rabokki Noodle

Best Korean Ramen - 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 Get it here

#5: Ottogi Jin Jjambbong Spicy Seafood Ramyun

Best Korean Ramen - 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 Noodleswhere 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 Get it here

#4: Paldo Budae Jjigae

Best Korean Ramen - Paldo Budae Jjigae

Here we have 2017’s #1 from this list and it was also on the annual The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2017 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 Get it here

#3: Ottogi Budae Jjigae Ramen

Best Korean Ramen - 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 Get it here

#2: Samyang Foods Samyang Ramen Spicy Flavor

Best Korean Ramen - Samyang Foods Samyang Ramen Spicy Flavor

This last year I’ve really fallen for Samyang Ramen – both the regular and spicy version. It’s a bit different from most South Korean varieties as they usually lean towards beef, these have a ham flavor. The thick, chewy noodles and the rich and very tasty broth bring these to this list this year, and while I type this, my mouth is watering just thinking about it. Original review Get it here

#1: Gookmul Knight Of Ribs

Best Korean Ramen - Gookmul Knight Of Ribs

With imagery heralding to days of yore, a very unique and tasty one from South Korea tops this year’s list. A thick noodle is complimented with a retort pouch (a metallic sachet) which brings a sweet and savory sauce full of real pork – really like a pulled-pork noodle. What’s surprising is that this was the first variety I’ve found with one of these from South Korea – and it was excellent. Original review Get it here

#2924: Samyang Foods Samyang Ramen Spicy Flavor

#2924: Samyang Foods Samyang Ramen Spicy Flavor

Spicy is definitely something that Samyang Foods is known for what with their ubiquitous Buldak Bokkeummyun spicy stir noodle line. This however, should also get some due attention. This is the spicy version of their first-ever product, and indeed the first ramyun to be produced in South Korea. What has come as bit of a surprise lately is that this is not a beef variety – it’s ham. Wait, what?! Ham? Yep. I thought beef was the focal point of this one, but from a TV spot Samyang Foods did, it’s pretty evident that it isn’t. Learn something new all the time. Well, let’s give it a try!

Samyang Foods Samyang Ramen Spicy Flavor – South Korea

#2924: Samyang Foods Samyang Ramen Spicy Flavor

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add everything to 550ml boiling water. Cook for 4 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2924: Samyang Foods Samyang Ramen Spicy Flavor

The noodle block.

#2924: Samyang Foods Samyang Ramen Spicy Flavor

The soup base sachet.

#2924: Samyang Foods Samyang Ramen Spicy Flavor

A rich color.

#2924: Samyang Foods Samyang Ramen Spicy Flavor

A vegetables sachet.

#2924: Samyang Foods Samyang Ramen Spicy Flavor

A lively mixture.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added egg yolk, spring onion and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles are plump and delightful ramyun – large quantity, great quality. The broth is very good – excellent heat level and flavor. Indeed, it does taste like ham. Included vegetable was good. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8801073113800.

#2924: Samyang Foods Samyang Ramen Spicy Flavor

[Samyang] SRIRACHA Stir-Fried Ramen Snack (24 g x 3 Pack)

The Samyang Ramen mantra – don’t forget your mantra!

#2878: Samyang Foods Samyang Ramen Hot

#2878: Samyang Foods Samyang Ramen Hot

When I first noticed these on Samyang Foods’ Instagram feed, I was really curious. I’ve had the hot Samyang Ramen in the past and liked it. But I thought I should give it a look, especially with the new red look to it.

A little background on this one: in 1963, Samyang Foods introduced Samyang Ramen. It was the first instant noodle in South Korea and after a little finer tuning (originally it was chicken, confused to be a textile), it came into it’s own as an iconic product of South Korea. This is the hot version. Let’s pop the top and check it out!

Samyang Foods Samyang Ramen Hot – South Korea

#2878: Samyang Foods Samyang Ramen Hot

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add sachet contents and boiling water to fill line. Cover for 3 minutes Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2878: Samyang Foods Samyang Ramen Hot

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2878: Samyang Foods Samyang Ramen Hot

The noodle block (note the bits of vegetable).

#2878: Samyang Foods Samyang Ramen Hot

The soup base sachet.

#2878: Samyang Foods Samyang Ramen Hot

A reddish powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added beef, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, processed cheese and spring onion. Noodle came out just perfect – great Samyang ramyun gauge I really enjoy. The broth has a nice heat to it and indeed has a ham flavor. I’d always thought ramyun was beef flavored but this sure proves that theory wrong. Delicious! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8801073211377.

#2878: Samyang Foods Samyang Ramen Hot

Instant Noodle Ramen Korean Hot Spicy Seafood Flavor Samyang GanChamPong 4.93 oz (5 Packs) Stir Fried

A new Samyang Foods TV commercial

Unboxing Time: New Samyang Jjajang Buldak Bokkeummyun

Unboxing Time: New Samyang Jjajang Buldak Bokkeummyun

OK, so on the chat which you might see on the lower right hand corner, I’ve fielded more questions about Samyang Foods’ Buldak Bokkeummyun (Fire Noodle) range than on anything else. Actually, the most prevalent questions have been whether one is spicier than the other and whether they’re HALAL or not. This is a special unboxing because within is a new variety – Jjajang! Let’s crack it open and have a look!

Unboxing Time: New Samyang Jjajang Buldak Bokkeummyun – South Korea

Lots of other interesting things in here – a new Sriracha Ramen, some other spicy items – definitely take a look to see what’s going to be at your Asian grocery soon! Thank you very much!

#2511: Samyang Foods Samyang Ramen Classic Edition

#2511: Samyang Foods Samyang Ramen Classic Edition - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle ramyun

Here’s a bowl version clad in the trapping of olde. Samyang Ramen was the very first instant ramyun to come out in South Korea – in 1963. Here’s a little about it from Wikipedia –

Samyang Foods Co., Ltd KRX: 003230 is a South Korean food manufacturer. The company was established on September 15, 1961 in South Korea. Its products are sold around the world.

Wow – that was brief. The article mentions products they make and that’s that. Luckily, I was a little more in-depth when I interviewed Samyang Foods a while back –

THE RAMEN RATER> Hello and thank you for giving us the opportunity to learn more about Samyang Foods! To begin, can you tell us about your company – when was Samyang Foods founded, where and by whom?

SAMYANG FOODS> SamyangFoods was founded by Joong-Yoon Chun on September of 1961. Samyangfoods started to produce ramyun in 1963. In the 1960s, after the Korean war had been over, Koreans were barely able to get food to eat. In this poor and hungry period, SamyangFoods’ original CEO, Joong-Yoon Chun, was shocked to see almost every Korean suffering from lack of food. Then, he decided to quit his CEO job at an insurance company at that time and develop substitutional foods by founding food company. He recalled he had a chance to eat ramen when he visited Japan. He had a thought: Ramen could be the only way to solve the biggest problem which was a shortage of foods. Indeed, he had hard time borrowing 50 thousand dollars but finally he could be successful in making ‘SamyangRamyun.’

Okay that’s a little better. So yeah – let’s check out this old school version of a really good ramyun!

Samyang Foods Samyang Ramen Classic Edition – South Korea

#2511: Samyang Foods Samyang Ramen Classic Edition - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle ramyun

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat or not. To prepare, add in sachet contents and boiling water to fill line. Cover for 4 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2511: Samyang Foods Samyang Ramen Classic Edition - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle ramyun

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2511: Samyang Foods Samyang Ramen Classic Edition - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle ramyun

The noodle block.

#2511: Samyang Foods Samyang Ramen Classic Edition - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle ramyun

Loose bits from the cup.

#2511: Samyang Foods Samyang Ramen Classic Edition - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle ramyun

The soup base sachet.

#2511: Samyang Foods Samyang Ramen Classic Edition - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle ramyun

A lot of powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion and beef. The noodles came out perfect – thick ramyun. The broth is really nice – not spicy, but a really tasty flavor with a little tanginess to it. Supplied garnish from the bowl hydrated well. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8801073211001.

#2511: Samyang Foods Samyang Ramen Classic Edition - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle ramyun

Hek Buldak Extra Spicy Roasted Chicken Ramen Nuclear Edition 5 Pack

Another variety they make is the infamous fire noodle! Here’s my video on the entire series.

Samyang Foods Sends 2x Fire Noodle & Others

Samyang Foods Sends 2x Fire Noodle & Others

Buldak Bokkeummyun is the Korean name for what people all over the world have been enduring in the Fire Noodle Challenge. It’s a seriously spicy variety – #3 on my Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time 2016 Edition. Well, they’ve come out with a spicier version that’s supposed to be just amazing. I contacted them and they sent me some along with other varieties – let’s check it out!

Samyang Foods Sends 2x Fire Noodle & Others – South Korea

Samyang Foods Sends 2x Fire Noodle & Others

I have the pack versions of these, but didn’t know about the bowls (click to enlarge)! The Stew version on the left and the 2x Spicy bowl on the right.

Samyang Foods Sends 2x Fire Noodle & Others

They also have come out with snack varieties (click to enlarge)! A ‘crsuh noodle’ on the left and a tubular zzaldduck one on the right – both spicy!

Samyang Foods Sends 2x Fire Noodle & Others

Here are some of their myriad varieties (click to enlarge) – None of which I’ve reviewed as of yet!

Samyang Foods Sends 2x Fire Noodle & Others

I was hoping for this (click to enlarge)! Samyang Ramen, their first product in the current look (on the right) and the classic version on the left. Unsure if there’s a difference – will be happy to find out!

Samyang Foods Sends 2x Fire Noodle & Others

I’ve tried the bowl but not the other two (click to enlarge).

Samyang Foods Sends 2x Fire Noodle & Others

Finally (click to enlarge), a couple posters! Already got them laminated by the time of this post. Thank you very much!

#438: Samyang Ramen Beef Flavor Big Bowl Noodle Soup

So here’s something good I’m sure! Haven’t ever seen this popular Korean beef ramen in a big bowl before – let’s try it!

One big packet for one big bowl of noodles!

So I reviewed Nongshim Kimchi Big Bowl yesterday and it had the same configuration – one big packet and the veggies were loose in he bowl. This one’s got a ton of them too!

Click image to enlarge. Added two fried eggs. This came out beautifully. The broth has a little spiciness to it and the noodles suck it up. The vegetables are plentiful and re-hydrate very nicely. I loved this stuff – 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.