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#2397: Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkummyun Cheese Flavor (Black Bowl)

#2397: Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkummyun Cheese Flavor (Black Bowl) - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Wait a second – this looks familiar. So there are two versions of the Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkummyun cheese flavor bowls. Indeed there are two versions of the packs as well. Here’s the orange version I reviewed – #2291. What’s the difference? I’m going to guess that they came out with the black one first and people mistook it for the regular version and were annoyed. Kind of makes sense since the black one definitely looks like the standard Buldak Bokkummyun bowl. Well, except for the chicken with the cheese. Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about the original variety:

Buldak Bokkeum Myun (Korean: 불닭볶음면) is a brand of ramyeon produced by Samyang Food in South Korea since 2012.[1] In 2015, the brand attained monthly sales of 6 to 7 billion won.[2] Buldak Bokkeum Myun is known for being one of the spiciest ramyeon in Korea.[3][4]

I recently created The Definitive Guide To Buldak Bokkeummyun and reviewed the whole line of the Buldak Bokkeummyun products and interviewed Samyang Foods too. This black background version indeed was changed up for a more ‘cheese colored’ version. Anyways, let’s crack this one open.

Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkummyun Cheese Flavor (Black Bowl) – South Korea

#2397: Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkummyun Cheese Flavor (Black Bowl) - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and let sit covered for 4 minutes. Poke holes in the lid (through the little triangles). Use them to drain off excess water – leave just a little in there. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2397: Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkummyun Cheese Flavor (Black Bowl) - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2397: Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkummyun Cheese Flavor (Black Bowl) - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The noodle block.

#2397: Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkummyun Cheese Flavor (Black Bowl) - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The sauce sachet.

#2397: Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkummyun Cheese Flavor (Black Bowl) - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The fiery stuff of legend.

#2397: Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkummyun Cheese Flavor (Black Bowl) - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The cheese sachet.

#2397: Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkummyun Cheese Flavor (Black Bowl) - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

This looks slightly different from review #2191. I don’t see the flecks of seaweed and sesame seeds in that one.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, cucumber and baked chicken. So the noodles came out great. Indeed, they have a thick gauge and decent backbone. The flavor is spicy hot in the extreme. This is one of the hottest instant noodles out there, however about half as spicy as the original. It is not a non-spicy though so don’t think you’re getting off the hook with just a cheese taste – it’s still extremely spicy. Finally, the cheese powder just doesn’t cut into the heat very much and is kind of undetectable for this reviewer. I think a liquid cheese sachet to drizzle on top would bump it up a notch. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8801073210967.

#2397: Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkummyun Cheese Flavor (Black Bowl) - South Korea - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

2-Pack Samyang Spicy Chicken Roasted Cheese Cup Noodle / Cup Ramen

My definitive guide to the whole series of these ultra-spicy noodles.

Recipe: Stir Budalk Bokkumyeon

I saw a recipe that sounded interesting a few weeks ago, and decided I wanted to try it. The issue: I only had one bowl of Samyang Foods’ Budalk Bokkumyeon, a fiery and spicy fest whose close relative the package version made the Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All Time 2013 list. I emailed Samyang Foods about it and they kindly sent some as well as some other new varieties.

Stir Budalk Bokkummyeon

Ingredients

  • 1 bowl Samyang Foods Budalk Bokkumyeon
  • 1 Traiangle kimbap
  • 1 slice Cheddar cheese

Here’s everything I’ll be using.

It’s hot and spicy, but the additions to it will cool it down a bit.

If you haven’t seen these, inside the wraps are triangle shaped rice with tunafish in the middle. You can find them at most South Korean grocery stores along with kimbap that comes in a roll which looks a lot like sushi.

I was told that most cheddar cheese in South Korea tends to be white in color, so thought I’d go with a white cheddar.

Directions

1. Prepare the noodle bowl by removing the two sachets and adding boiling water. Poke holes in the top to drain off the water after a few minutes (except for about two tablespoonfuls). The red sachet is the spicy sauce that is stirred in with the noodles which the other contains sesame seeds and short pieces of seaweed.

2. Once the noodles are drained, add the sauce and stir – a lot! Get everything combined well.

3. Drop the triangle kimbap on top and them combine it with the noodles – it breaks up pretty easily. Add some cheese on top and the contents of the sesame seed and seaweed sachet.

Finished (click image to enlarge). The kimbap and cheese chill out the extreme heat of the Budalk Bokkumyeon. You can also add yellow radish to cool it down even more. Thanks to the folks at Samyang Foods for sending me what I needed to try this out! I’ll be doing a review of the bowl itself very soon!

South Korean Samples From Samyang Foods!

Recently I heard about this recipe using Samyang Foods Budalk Bokkumyeon (Hot fried chicken flavor ramyun). I only have one of the bowls so I needed at least onhe more so I could do a regular review as well as try the recipe. I asked a friend at Samyang Foods if they could possibly send some more and I got a yes! Today this box arrived.

Inside was another box!

Snacks!

Sweet! Two of the bowl versions of the hot fried chicken ramyun! The other is a spicy jjampong.

Wow!

The two on the right are brand new baked varieties called SBN (Samyang Baked Noodles). They’re geared towards the health conscious. The left is the new Red Nagasaki Jjampong!

I asked if they could throw in a poster and sign it – and they did! Thank you very much for everything!

#1160: Samyang Foods Chacharoni

Gotta love the name. This is a South Korean combination of Jjajang (a black bean dish) and noodles. They usually end up nice and hearty with just a sauce and no broth. Let’s check it out!

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

The noodle block.

The sauce packet.

Has a rich black bean scent.

The solid ingredient packet.

Some bits of veg and textured vegetable protein.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sauteed Walla Walla sweet onion, peas, corn and beef. The noodles are very wide and chewy.- very hearty. The chajang sauce coats everything nicely and is almost meaty although it’s not full of meat. With summer pretty much over, this is a good one for the colder months. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 8801073101524.

A Chacharoni advertisement from the 80’s.

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles Of All time 2013 Edition

This year, we’ve got some new fiery additions to this list of spicy and burning hot varieties. If you can find them, you’ll be feeling quite the burn! If you think you’ve found anything hotter or noteworthy of being on this list, please comment below or send me an email. Without further adieu, here’s the 2013 picks for the spiciest instant noodles I’ve found after 1,128 reviews!

#10: Indomie Mi Instan Mi Goreng Rasa Cabe Ijo – Indonesia

With a spicy green chilli bite, this brothless variety from Indonesia came onto the scene in 2012. It’s unique green color is fun to see and it’s flavor is top-notch. This is the only green chilli flavored instant I’ve seen to date. Original review here

#9: JML (Jinmailang) Artificial Spicy Hot Beef – China

JM also makes a Spicy Beef variety, but this one is Hot Spicy Beef. The title doesn’t lie; it’s vicious! Along with the fire is a nice hearty broth and excellent noodles. Original review here

#8: Namchow Mee Jang Sour Spicy Chicken – Thailand

I get a kick out of this one because if you don’t look closely, this looks like a happy little chicken flavor noodle bowl. Looks can be deceiving though! The broth is a fiery melding of citrus and chili pepper fire that will test your gumption. Original review here

#7: MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodle – Malaysia

This is Malaysia’s first time on any of my top ten lists. This is some really hot and fiery curry. It’s also one of the best curry instant noodles I’ve ever had. The noodles are a little thicker and the curry paste is ample. Original review here

#6: Nongshim Jinjja Jinjja Flamin’ Hot & Nutty Noodle Soup – United States

A melange of intense heat, pork broth and a peanut powder packet with little black sesame seeds. This South Korean ramyun is absolutely amazing. First in South Korea exclusively, they now produce it here in the United States as well, so it’s pretty easy to come by. Original review here

#5: Indomie Curly Noodle With Chicken & Chilli Paddi – Indonesia

A nice chicken mi goreng with a surprise. The Bird’s Eye chilli that lurks within will change your day in a second. The thing could be anywhere in a bowl – but you will definitely know when you’ve bitten into it – intense, lingering heat will ensue and bring you to your knees. Original review here

#4: emart Dare You! Habanero Jjamppong – South Korea

Extreme heat is paired with nice bit of seafood broth and lots of bits of seafood. All the fire and flavor melded together with thick ramyun noodles make it hot as well as delicious. This one comes in at 1,960 SHU (Scoville Heat Units). Original review here

#3: Paldo Teumsae Ramyun – South Korea

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 undernerath the word Teumsae which reads, ‘Flavor. Culture. Human’ Original review here

#2: Samyang Foods Buldalk Bokkeummyeon – South Korea

The English translation? Hot fried chicken flavor. This one is yet another brothless variety and it really packs a punch as well as has a nice taste to it. Thick ramyun noodles round everything out nicely and will transmit the spicy sauce to your tongue. Original review here

#1: emart Dare You! Habanero Ramyun – South Korea

At 5,930 SHU, this variety tops the list for a second year in a row. I think the only way to make something hotter would be to drop in some pure capsicum oleoresin! If you like the absolutely spiciest stuff, this is for you. If not, then you’re in for some serious pain. Endure the burn! Original review here

#1124: Samyang Foods Ganjjampong

Here’s one from South Korea. This is a seafood variety, but with no broth. If you look closely, you’ll see three triahles on the lid. These are perforated holes that you poke through and use to drain the noodles. Let’s check this one out!

Here’s the side panel (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block.

Liquid seasoning.

A deep res color and a nice spicy seafood scent.

Here is a little of the vegetable bits from the bottom of the bowl.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added Vidalia sweet onions, kamaboko, narutomaki, odeng and green onion. The noodles are nice – a little chewy and not soggy or spongy. The liquid coats everything with a really good spicy seafood flavor that’s really nice and rich. The little bits hydrated nicely as well and were of decent quality. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 8801073210233.

Here’s a Samyang TV commercial.

Meet The Manufacturer: #1026: Samyang Foods Bajirak Kalgugsu

Okay folks – here’s something I’ve never seen before. This is bajirak kalgugsu. I’ve had kalgugsu before, but this has a special ingredient: actual clams in shells! Here we go!

The back of the package (click to enlarge). I spent a while trying to figure out how to cook this stuff; watched videos on how to steam clams, etc. Well, after I opened the vacuum pack of clams, I knew they were precooked. Everything in the boil for six minutes. Simple!

The noodle block – flat and broad looking noodles.

Powder seasoning.

Light in color and a very fine powder.

The vegetable packet.

The veggies.

Look at that! The little clam pack!

As you can see, they’re already open and precooked. I’ve never steamed clams before and I was quite pensive about the idea of doing so. Thankfully, I don’t have to.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sweet onion and green onion. The noodles are broad and thick. Pretty good! The broth is light and has a nice clam flavor. The dehydrated bits came out nicely. The clams from the vacuum pack: perfectly cooked and good quality. This is really neat stuff! 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 8801073111080.

Here’s a video on how to make homemade bajirak kalgugsu.

Meet The Manufacturer: #1025: Samyang Foods Hot Chacharoni

Okay so what’s Hot Chacharoni? Well, its a form of jjajangmyeon. What’s jjajangmyeon? Wheat noodles with a black bean sauce! Pretty much every South Korean instant noodle company has their own take on the popular dish, but this is the only one that I’m aware of that is spicy! Let’s check it out.

Here’s the back of the packaging.

The noodle block.

The liquid packet.

This is the black bean sauce. Has a rich and hearty kind of scent.

The solid ingredient packet.

Bits of vegetable and possibly textured vegetable protein.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sauteed rib eye beef with Worcestershire and minced garlic, carrots, green bell pepper, sweet onion and broccoli. The noodles are great – good chew. The black bean sauce is definitely spicy. I like how there’s a decent amount of the sauce too. The added veg and bits from the packet are nice as well. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 8801073110304.

An old Chacharoni TV advertisement.

Meet The Manufacturer: #1021: Samyang Foods Beef Flavor Ramyun (South Korean Version)

Beef flavor – you might be wondering what the difference between this and Samyang Ramyun is. Well, I think this one’s not as spicy possibly. Also, the key that Samyang Foods sent show this as having added milk. I’ve reviewed the export version before – this has only one packet as opposed to the export having veggies too. Well, let’s give it a try!

Back of the package (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block.

Powder seasoning packet.

Nice beefy flavor!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added rib eye steak sauteed with Worcestershire sauce and minced garlic, green bell peppers, broccoli, a slice of cheese, and sweet onion. The noodles are great as usual – thick and satisfying. The broth has a very slight spiciness – very slight. A nice rich beef flavor abounds. I really like this one! 4.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 8801073106222.

Samyang Ramyun commercial.

Meet The Manufcturer: Interview With Samyang Foods

Interview * Samples From Samyang Foods * Samyang Foods Sutah Ramyun * Samyang Foods Ganjjampong * Samyang Foods Kimchi Ramyun * Samyang Foods Nagasaki Jjampong * Samyang Foods Beef Flavor Ramyun (SK Version) * HoMyeonDang Premium Noodle House Crab Jjampong * Samyang Foods 三養라면 (Samyang Ramyun) (SK Version) * HoMyeonDang Premium Noodle House Tofu Fried Noodle * Samyang Foods Hot Chacharoni * Samyang Foods Bajirak Kalgugsu * Samyang Foods Yukgaejang Beef Ramyun * Samyang Foods Buldalk Bokkeummyeon (Hot Fried Chicken Ramyun) * Samyang Foods Nagasaki Crab Jjampong * Samyang Foods Assorted Vegetables (60 Ingredients) Ramyun (SK Version) * HoMyeonDang Premium Noodle House Don Ramyun

Welcome to another Meet The Manufacturer! This time, I am happy to present Samyang Foods (삼양식품) of South Korea. 2013 is a special year for Samyang Foods as they’re celebrating their 50th anniversary. Not only that, but it’s the 50th anniversary or instant Ramyun being sold in South Korea. If you’re like me and really enjoy South Korean Ramyun, this is indeed something to celebrate! With that, here’s my interview with the leader of the Samyang Foods Public Relations Team,  Nam-Seog Choi.

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> Samyang Foods 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, Samyang Foods’ original CEO, Joong-Yoon Chun, was shocked to see almost every Korean suffering from lack of food. 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 and had a thought: Ramen could be the only way to solve the biggest problem which was a shortage of foods. He had hard time borrowing 50 thousand dollars but finally he could be successful in making ‘Samyang Ramyun.’

TRR> I have heard that this is the 50th anniversary of instant ramyun in south Korea – Was Samyang the first available?

SF> Yes, Samyang Foods was the first ramyun maker in South Korea.
There are some other things Samyang Foods was the first to develop in South Korea:


1) Mini Ramyun
In 1967, Samyang Foods launched downsized ramyun which was called ‘Mini ramyun’ for people who eat less than other people and people who need to carry portable foods for travel.

 
2) Root of Bundled Ramyun
Nowadays, people can easily get a bundle of 4-6 ramyun in a pack.
In November 1970, Samyang Foods produced 5 beef flavor ramyun in a big package at consumers’ request. At that time an increasing number of food systems cooked ramyun and they felt taking off plastic wrapping was time-consuming.


3) Cup (Bowl) Ramyun
In March 1972, Samyang Foods launched Cup Ramyun. (In Korea, people actually do not differentiate between Bowl Ramyun and Cup Ramyun. They just call everything big cup ramyun or small cup ramyun.)
Nissin  was the first company which developed cup ramyun in the world in 1971 and Samyang Foods introduced it in 1972.

4) Novel, Unusual and Unique Ramyuns


* Kalgugsu Ramyun
In July 1968, Samyang Foods developed instant Kalgugsu. People loved light, fresh, and simple flavor of Non-frying Kalgugsu and it sold about 4.5 million units for a half year.


* Soybean Paste Ramyun
In March 1970, Samyang Foods developed instant jjajangmyeon (black-bean-sauce noodles).


* Curry Ramyun
In 1970, Samyangfoods put a lot of efforts to meet consumers’ various preference and developed lots of different kinds of ramyun.


* Ramyun for Children
In 1970, Ramyun for Children was developed to help children nutrient-enhanced. Samyang Foods worked really hard to make all ages enjoy ramyun and get well-nourished.


* Cold Noodles Ramyun
In May 1970, Samyang Foods’ developed instant Naengmyeon (Korean cold noodles) using steaming and emitting process.


*  Rice Ramyun
In December 1989, Samyang Foods developed Rice Ramyun which noodle has 30% of rice mixed. It was high in nutrients and had a clean and light taste.

TRR> Are there going to be any special events commemorating the 50th anniversary?

SF> There are some under contemplation.

One is this! Samyang Ramyun’s new package. Celebrating ramyun’s 50th anniversary, Samyang Foods designed a special package which has customers’ stories on them (ramyun’s 50th anniversary is Samyang Ramyun’s 50th anniversary! Because Samyang Ramyun is the first ramyun of Korea). At the beginning of 2013, Samyang Foods hosted an event gathering consumers’ warm and touching stories relating to Samyang Ramyun. There are 4 stories selected which means there are 4 versions of the new package. Each version has each story written on the front side. This special edition is going to be produced only for 3 months.
This event means something because Samyang Foods has involved customers into making this special package. Also, it was not easy to decide to change the package because the form of Samyang Ramyun’s package has not been changed for 50 years til now. However, Samyang Foods wanted to show appreciation to consumers loving Samyang Foods for years.

TRR> For those who are not familiar with your product line, can you tell us a little about the products you offer?

SF> Samyang Foods produces ramyun, snacks, milk products,  soy and sesame oil products and red pepper paste.

TRR> What does the name ‘Samyang’ mean?

SF> You can write Samyang in Chinese character: 三(‘sam’ sound)養(‘yang’ sound). ‘Sam’ means ‘three which is sky, ground, and people’ and ‘Yang’ means ‘supply plenty of nutrition’.

TRR> What was your first product?

SF> The first product of Samyang Foods was Samyang Ramyun,released in 1963.

This picture on the left side is the first package of Samyang Ramyun which is the first ramyun in Korea. It was produced in 1963 and tasted like chicken soup. Samyang Foods introduced ramyun to Korea from Japan so the first version of Samyang Ramyun was made to suit Japanese tastes which are light. However, Samyang Foods adjusted it to beef flavor, suiting Korean’s taste which is deep and rich.
However, at the first time ramyun was introduced to Korea, people misunderstood that ramyun was a kind of textile because Koreans call cotton ‘myun’ and didn’t even try to buy one. To make them understand ramyun is a kind of food, Samyang Foods started a free sample stand and it worked. People began to love ramyun and consume ramyun a lot.

TRR>  You make a broad range of flavors of instant noodles – are there any new varieties that will be released in the United States and abroad soon?

SF> Sadly, no. There is not any decided plan yet.

TRR> I often am asked if I am worried about sodium levels in all the different instant noodles from around the world I review. How would you recommend people balance their enjoyment of instant noodles and keeping them as part of a healthy meal?

SF> You can simply adjust the amount of water you put to boil ramyun! If you want to adjust sodium levels, you don’t want to finish the soup.

TRR> Is Samyang involved in charity in the local community around you?

SF> Yes, it is. Samyang Foods contributes to the local community with Beautifulstore.  (You can get some information about this store here: http://www.beautifulstore.org/Eng/)

TRR> How many packs, cups and bowls of instant noodles do you make in a year?

SF> Samyang Foods makes four hundred million of packs and one hundred million of cup and bowls.

TRR> Any plans to build a factory in the United States?

SF> There is no plan yet.

TRR> Finally, when you yourself enjoy ramyun, what do you add to it to make it extra special?

SF> I like to add kimchi or fresh vegetables.

TRR> Thank you for this chance for my readers and myself to learn more about Samyang Foods! Happy 50th Anniversary!

SF>Thank you for interviewing Samyang Foods!

There you have it! I’d like to thank Samyang Foods’ Public Relations Team Leader Nam-Seog Choi for doing this interview and Sookkyung Lee for translating the interview as well as supplying instruction on how to cook samples in English.

Interview * Samples From Samyang Foods * Samyang Foods Sutah Ramyun * Samyang Foods Ganjjampong * Samyang Foods Kimchi Ramyun * Samyang Foods Nagasaki Jjampong * Samyang Foods Beef Flavor Ramyun (SK Version) * HoMyeonDang Premium Noodle House Crab Jjampong * Samyang Foods 三養라면 (Samyang Ramyun) (SK Version) * HoMyeonDang Premium Noodle House Tofu Fried Noodle * Samyang Foods Hot Chacharoni * Samyang Foods Bajirak Kalgugsu * Samyang Foods Yukgaejang Beef Ramyun * Samyang Foods Buldalk Bokkeummyeon (Hot Fried Chicken Ramyun) * Samyang Foods Nagasaki Crab Jjampong * Samyang Foods Assorted Vegetables (60 Ingredients) Ramyun (SK Version) * HoMyeonDang Premium Noodle House Don Ramyun