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#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.

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten South Korean Instant Noodles Of All Time 2015 Edition

The Ramen Rater’s top Ten South Korean Instant Noodles Of All Time made it’s debut last January and I thought this would be a good day to release the new one for 2015! South Korean instant noodles (known as ramyun) are characteristically thicker and chewier than most instants. Spiciness is a common trait as well as beef flavors. Here are my top picks of the South Korean varieties I’ve reviewed of my 1,573 reviews to date.

#10: Paldo Cucumber Bibim Men

Regular Bibim Men is quite good, but this has a little extra something. It is a cold variety, great for the summer months and delivers a spiciness and slight sweetness. The cucumber bits hydrate and end up crunchy and refreshing. Original review

#9: Ottogi Bekse Curry Myon

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I’m a big fan of curries from all over the world.  We start with thick ramyun noodles. The broth is rich and luxuriant with a nice deep curry flavor. The little potato pieces (a rarity in the instant noodle realm) are very welcome and give it a little extra comfort food appeal. Original review

#8: Paldo Namja Ramyun

A spicy premium ramyun variety. The noodles are thick and chewy and the broth has beef, chicken and garlic components. Namja translates to “men’s” or “guy’s.” Strong stuff and quite good. Original review

#7: 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

#6: Paldo Korean Traditional Beef Gomtangmen

The noodles are nice and sturdy after three minutes of cooking and have a great texture and chewiness. A couple minutes later, they’ve gorged themselves a bit more on the broth and changed quite a bit – I like that. The broth has a very nice and rich beef flavor and it’s tasty, non-spicy and warm. This would be really great after hours out in the cold. Original review

#5: Paldo Jjamppong Seafood Noodle King Bowl

The noodles are nice thick ramyun; wide and chewy. The broth is just awesome – it has a very strong spiciness and a very good seafood flavor, along with a slight sweetness. The broth has a slight thickness which gives it a really great character. Original review

#4: 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

#3: 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

#2: Paldo Cheese Noodle – South Korea


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

#1: Samyang Foods Maesaengyitangmyun Baked Noodle – Southh Korea


Last year was the 50th anniversary of ramyun in South Korea, pioneered by Samyang Foods. Samyang decided to try making something new – SBN, a baked noodle. What’s really neat here is that the noodles smell like bread! The broth is a lot like gomtang, a traditional beef soup. To shake it up, maesangyi is added – kind of like seaweed spun into a cotton-like consistency. The finished product is quite delectable; almost like a chowder! Original review

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!

#1308: Nongshim Soon Veggie Noodle Soup

Here’s a new one from Nongshim for the vegetable crown. At first, I thought it would be a tofu based variety; the reason was that I’ve gone to a local Korean restaurant and ordered ‘Soon Tofu’ a few times, which is a spicy soup with tofu in it. Well, ‘soon’ translates to ‘soft.’ Well, tofu is a vegetarian friendly construct, so I thought I’d give it a try today with this new one. A few people have been asking about this one, so with that, let’s check it out.

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). This is Vegan friendly. To prepare, boil 500ml water and add noodles and sachet contents. Cook for 4 – 5 minutes stirring every once in a while. Eat!

The noodle block.

Soup base sachet.

A light powder with a nice scent.

The vegetable sachet.

A colorful mix.

Prep, prep, prep… We hit the local Boo Han Market nearby for vegetables last night. All sorts of things I’d never seen before – green onions the size of leeks! Huge bags of peeled garlic! Something called Gobo that looked like a spear for impaling someone! I also was hunting for tofu and found this extra firm ‘tofu cutlet’ which looked pretty good.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added enormous green onion, sweet onion, Fresno pepper, white mushroom, baby bok choy and fried tofu cutlet. The noodles are perfect – nice ramyun gauge and texture I enjoy thoroughly. The broth is very good – especially for a vegetarian skewed variety. Usually I find anything vegetarian to have this, well, funk to it. This doesn’t have that. It’s very reminiscent of Shin Ramyun, yet a little less spicy. Add to it the fact that it isn’t as heavy; while the broth is very rich and tastes very good, it seems somewhat fresher and light. The hydrated veggies did pretty well. All in all, I’m quite impressed – best Vegan instant ever. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 031146022823.

I’m not sure what they’re conversing about, but it’s pretty interesting!

Product Samples From Nongshim USA!

Yesterday I saw the FedEx truck coming around the corner through the patio door window. They stopped. What’s nice is that the guy just parks and comes up to the window these days. Let’s see what inside!

Hey rad! So these are two new ones for sale in the US that are made in South Korea. On the left is the Soon Veggie Ramyun – vegan friendly ramyun. On the right, they’ve brought back the Garlic Teriyaki Udon! Sweet! Really looking forward to trying these brand new products that will be able to be got here in the US. Thank you very much!