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#3248: Samyang Foods Tsuyu Soy Sauce Udon – South Korea

#3248: Samyang Foods Tsuyu Soy Sauce Udon - South Korea

So mornings can suck sometimes. Waking up 2 hours late for example. With that, I better get a move on!

Samyang Foods Tsuyu Soy Sauce Udon – South Korea

#3248: Samyang Foods Tsuyu Soy Sauce Udon - South Korea

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat – check for yourself. To prepare, boil noodles in 550ml water for 5 minutes. Add in sachets. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3248: Samyang Foods Tsuyu Soy Sauce Udon - South Korea

A large noodle block.

#3248: Samyang Foods Tsuyu Soy Sauce Udon - South Korea

A wet sachet (no open pics today – just no time – watch the video for more)

#3248: Samyang Foods Tsuyu Soy Sauce Udon - South Korea

A dry flake sachet.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added habanero togarashi, bbq pork, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, and spring onion, Noodles came out very tasty and chewy. They really complimented the broth which had a rich flavor of soy and sweet with just a tiny amount of spicy. The included garnish was on point. Very happy with this. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8801073113916.

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The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodle Cups Of All Time 2020 Edition

Top Ten Instant Noodle Cups OF All Time 2020 Edition

After years of resisting the common practice of naming these lists after the year ahead, I’ve finally decided I’d conform with societal norms and start doing this with this list. So, there won’t be a 2019 edition (although between you and me that’s what this is as it’s coming out in 2019 and not 2020, but whatever). All lists going forward will be this way. My brain will be okay with it eventually, kind of like how I used to lose my mind when people would pronounce sriracha ‘sirracha,’ which IS the correct way to do s. Time heals all chunks of illogic I suppose. But anyways, these are my favorite and most memorable cup varieties from my reviews up to number 3,180. Let’s take a look at The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodle Cups Of All Time 2020 Edition.

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodle Cups Of All Time 2020 Edition

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#10: Maison De Coree x Samyang Ramen Gout BBQ Coreen – France

A collaboration of Samyang of South Korea and Maison De Coree of France bring this neat variety. A thick and chewy noodle is married to Korean BBQ sauce – a sloppy umami bomb which really is quite delicious. Original review

#9: Nissin Cup Noodles Alitas Hot – Mexico

Top Ten Instant Noodle Cups OF All Time 2020 Edition

Part of their Intensos spicy range, Nissin Mexico brings Alitas Hot – ho wings flavor. The heat level is very tame, however the flavor is off the charts with a very tasty grilled chicken taste. A really nice surprise in this one – worth a try. Original review

#8: MyKuali Penang Red Tom Yum Goong Noodle Authentic Taste – Malaysia

A show stopper, this variety has a super savory broth which is thick and flavorful. Strong tomato and lemongrass notes are present and couples with a great noodle and vegetables sachet. Tastes almost identical to tom yum I tried in Langkawi. Original review

#7: Nissin Cup Noodle Nice Rich Pork Shoyu (New Version) – Japan

This low calorie cup is not low on flavor. A different kind of noodle which has a very good mouthfeel is couples with a strong broth and included garnish which are second to none. At 176 calories for the cup, it makes one wonder why they don’t make all Cup Noodle varieties with this style noodle. Original review

#6: Mamee Chef Curry Laksa Flavour – Malaysia

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These noodles are produced using Mamee Chef’s ‘Mi Tarik’ technology which emulates hand pulled noodles. The broth has a rich and luxuriant curry flavor and is augmented by a myriad of garnish including little tofu puffs. Original review

#5: Miandom Tasty Asia Green Curry Shrimp Flavoured Instant Noodles – Singapore

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With a very unique wheat noodle whose mouthfeel is different from any other on this list, this one has a strong green curry flavor. It’s unique from top to bottom and really delivers a nice green curry experience. Original review

#4: Maruchan QTTA Curry Ramen – Japan

Top Ten Instant Noodle Cups OF All Time 2020 Edition

QTTA (pronounced coo-tah) translated to ‘I’m full/satisfied.’ A cup full of rich curry and thick noodles, with a lot of different included garnish. It definitely should fill you up. Original review

#3: Nissin Cup Noodles Very Veggie Spicy Chicken Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup – United States

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Here you see the Very Veggie Spicy Chicken variety, but truly the whole range which includes beef, chicken, and soy sauce flavors hold this spot – they’r equally good. The sheer amount of vegetables work with the base to create just about the most savory broth you could imagine. Really something that should be experienced by every noodle fan. Original review

#2: MyKuali Penang Hokkien Prawn Noodle Authentic Taste – Malaysia

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If you like prawn like I like prawn, and I really like prawn, you’re going to be exceedingly enthused about this variety. The sheer amount of prawniness is just wonderful – a thick, sweet and spicy broth, great noodles, and included fried onlon just come together so well. Original review

#1: Nissin Cup Noodles Gourmet Sabor A Caldo De Camaron – Mexico

Top Ten Instant Noodle Cups OF All Time 2020 Edition

While other images in this list show the product with additions I’ve made, this one does not. What you see is what you get, and you get a seriously wonderful thing here. A vibrant prawn broth with Mexican flavor, ample garnish (including those reasonably sized shrimp there) and great noodles come together in this one. An absolutely incredible topper to this list. Original review

#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)

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#3226: Hite Ramen Cup Noodle Soup – Russia

#3226: Hite Ramen Cup Noodle Soup - Russia

When I used to drink (and I was very good at it, mind you), I would often try beers from different countries. One I remember from South Korea was Hite beer. It’s pretty good stuff – they had them in cans and bottles and then in these huge plastic jugs which I would get from time to time. This one’s a private label variety from Samyang Foods that came in a recent box from them. Very curious about this one – let’s give it a looksie…

Hite Ramen Cup Noodle Soup – Russia

#3226: Hite Ramen Cup Noodle Soup - Russia

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

#3226: Hite Ramen Cup Noodle Soup - Russia

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3226: Hite Ramen Cup Noodle Soup - Russia

The noodle block.

#3226: Hite Ramen Cup Noodle Soup - Russia

Loose bits from the cup.

#3226: Hite Ramen Cup Noodle Soup - Russia

A dry sachet.

#3226: Hite Ramen Cup Noodle Soup - Russia

A coarse powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added egg yolk, boiled beef, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion. Noodles came out well for the most part although got on little crunchy one which flavorwise was negligible. The broth was a lightly spicy one with a sweetness and attention to mushroom. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8801073211698.

#3226: Hite Ramen Cup Noodle Soup - Russia

The Noodle Narratives: The Global Rise of an Industrial Food into the Twenty-First Century

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#3221: Samyang Foods Buldak Topokki Hot Chicken Flavor Ramen – South Korea

#3221: Samyang Foods Buldak Topokki Hot Chicken Flavor Ramen - South Korea

Spicy stuff! So this one is the latest of the standard pillow pack varieties of the ‘fire noodle’ series. For those of you who don’t know what topokki is, here’s a little something from Wikipedia –

Tteok-bokki (떡볶이) or stir-fried rice cakes is a popular Korean food made from small-sized garae-tteok (long, white, cylinder-shaped rice cakes) called tteokmyeon (떡면; “rice cake noodles”) or commonly tteok-bokki-tteok(떡볶이 떡; “tteok-bokki rice cakes”).[1][2] Fish cakes, boiled eggs, and scallions are some of the most commonly added ingredients. It can be seasoned with either spicy gochujang (chili paste) or non-spicy ganjang (soy sauce)-based sauce; the former being the prototype,[3] and the latter often called gungjung-tteok-bokki (royal court tteok-bokki). Today, variations also include currytteok-bokkicream saucetteok-bokkijajang-tteok-bokkiseafoodtteok-bokkigalbi-tteok-bokki and so on. Tteok-bokki is commonly purchased and eaten at bunsikjip (snack bars) as well as pojangmacha (street stalls).

Ingredients such as seafoodshort ribsinstant noodleschewy noodles are also added to the dish.

Haemultteok-bokki, (해물떡볶이; “seafood tteok-bokki“) uses seafood as a sub ingredient.

Galbi-tteok-bokki (갈비떡볶이; “short ribs tteok-bokki“) is a tteok-bokki uses short ribs as an ingredient.

Ra-bokki (라볶이; “instant noodles tteok-bokki“) and jjol-bokki (쫄볶이; “chewy noodles tteok-bokki“), are quite similar. They both add noodles to tteok-bokki. ra-bokki and jjol-bokki differs from the kind of noodles added to tteok-bokki. ra-bokki adds ramyeon noodle, and jjol-bokki adds chewy noodles which are used to make jjol-myeon.

I would say that topokki is one of the tastiest things I’ve had – whether a spicy one or cream cheese topokki – oh man that’s good too. Anyways, let’s check out this newest variety!

Samyang Foods Buldak Topokki Hot Chicken Flavor Ramen – South Korea

#3221: Samyang Foods Buldak Topokki Hot Chicken Flavor Ramen - South Korea

Here’s the package (click to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, boil noodles and vegetables in 600ml water for 5 minutes. Drain, saving 8 spoons water (8x15ml=120ml) and add in sauce. Stir fry for 30 seconds. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3221: Samyang Foods Buldak Topokki Hot Chicken Flavor Ramen - South Korea

The noodle block.

#3221: Samyang Foods Buldak Topokki Hot Chicken Flavor Ramen - South Korea

A wet sachet.

#3221: Samyang Foods Buldak Topokki Hot Chicken Flavor Ramen - South Korea

Smells spicy!

#3221: Samyang Foods Buldak Topokki Hot Chicken Flavor Ramen - South Korea

A dry sachet.

#3221: Samyang Foods Buldak Topokki Hot Chicken Flavor Ramen - South Korea

Vegetables and fishcake!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, kamaboko, baked chicken with NuTek Salt For Life, spring onion, and soft egg. The noodles are just superb – thick and chewy. Sauce coats everything really well and heat is strong. A great balance of heat and flavor and the little fishcake pieces are a nice bonus. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8801073114159.

#3221: Samyang Foods Buldak Topokki Hot Chicken Flavor Ramen - South Korea

Buldak Tteokbokki Korean Rice Cake Instant Korean Snack Tteok Tteokbokki Rice Cake (spicy, 1)

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#3213: Atomy Potato Vegetable Ramen – South Korea

#3213: Atomy Potato Vegetable Ramen - South Korea

Got an email from a reader named Donald J about this one and he wanted to send a sample – well, here it is! Thanks! Always very interested in Korean varieties – especially ones I’ve not seen before!

Something special tonight – I have retired the last set of cups I use to show powders, pastes, and vegetables/garnish. This is the first review using the new set. Black is for powder, white is for paste and oils, and blue is for garnish/vegetables.

Let’s take a look at this potato vegetable variety!

Atomy Potato Vegetable Ramen – South Korea

#3213: Atomy Potato Vegetable Ramen - South Korea

Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge). Unsur whether it’s meat free, so check for yourself. To prepare, add everything to 550ml boiling water and cook 4 1/2 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3213: Atomy Potato Vegetable Ramen - South Korea

The noodle block.

#3213: Atomy Potato Vegetable Ramen - South Korea

A dry sachet.

#3213: Atomy Potato Vegetable Ramen - South Korea

A light powder.

#3213: Atomy Potato Vegetable Ramen - South Korea

A second dry sachet.

#3213: Atomy Potato Vegetable Ramen - South Korea

Vegetables.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, soft egg, and beef. The noodles came out quite nicely – good chew and quality. The broth was a nice and vegetable laden spicy one – good character to it. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8804294022135.

#3213: Atomy Potato Vegetable Ramen - South Korea

Atomy potato instant Noodle Soup Veggie 애터미 감자로 만든 채식 라면 (Pack of 4)

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#3205: EasyBab Hot Chicken Flavor Noodles And Rice – South Korea

#3205: EasyBab Hot Chicken Flavor Noodles And Rice - South Korea

Here’s a spin on the fire noodle – a cook in bag noodle with rice. Definitely something different, that’s for sure! I mean, it’s one thing to copy something, but this isn’t that – it’s unique and hopefully really good – let’s find out!

EasyBab Hot Chicken Flavor Noodles And Rice – South Korea

#3205: EasyBab Hot Chicken Flavor Noodles And Rice - South Korea

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, remove sachet and fill to line with boiling water. Close for 2 1/2 minute. Drain using side tear. Add in sauce. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3205: EasyBab Hot Chicken Flavor Noodles And Rice - South Korea

The inside of the bag – note the noodle block and rice.

#3205: EasyBab Hot Chicken Flavor Noodles And Rice - South Korea

The wet sachet containing the sauce. Watch the Instant Noodle Recipe Time video to see this being used.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added sesame seeds, spring onion, barbecue pork, and soft egg. Noodles and rice hydrate really well in 2 1/2 minutes and are of cook quality – not soggy or mushy. The flavor is a just slightly muted heat version of the fire noodle sauce and works incredibly well. Definitely one to garnish but without garnish it’s 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8809275313028.

#3205: EasyBab Hot Chicken Flavor Noodles And Rice - South Korea

Ready To Eat Instant Hot Chicken Bibimbap Rice (Hot Chicken Flavor Bibimbap Rice)

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Knight Of Fire Ribs – Spicy Stuff From South Korea

A reader clued me in about these recently – thanks! I thought I should definitely give these a try. Why? Well, the regular Knight Of Ribs variety was on the Top Ten Instant Noodles 2018 Edition.

Knight Of Fire Ribs – Spicy Stuff From South Korea

#3177: Maison De Coree x Samyang Ramen Gout Coco Poulet – France

#3177: Maison De Coree x Samyang Ramen Gout Coco Poulet - France

Well here we are. The last of the French Samyang stuff. I’ve really found these to be really quite good and hope to see more from them at some time soon – maybe packs? Anyways, this is a coconut chicken flavored variety. Let’s dig in!

Maison De Coree x Samyang Ramen Gout Coco Poulet – France

#3177: Maison De Coree x Samyang Ramen Gout Coco Poulet - France

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

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3177: Maison De Coree x Samyang Ramen Gout Coco Poulet - France

The noodle block.

A dry sachet.

A light powder.

A bit of vegetables loose in the cup.

Finished (click to enlarge). This was nice. A good gauge of noodle with a soft tooth meets a very strong chicken flavor and coconut taste broth. Kind of like ‘chicken noodle plus.’ Not bad. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8805957019486.

Let’s Eat France!: 1,250 specialty foods, 375 iconic recipes, 350 topics, 260 personalities, plus hundreds of maps, charts, tricks, tips, and … you want to know about the food of France

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#3172: Samlip Hi-Myon Katsuo Udon – South Korea

#3172: Samlip Hi-Myon Katsuo Udon - South Korea

Found this one at the HMart at Aberdeen Centre up in Richmond, BC, Canada. This one at this point is a little vexing as I’m having trouble with translation however I’ve asked Facebook folks to help.

Samlip Hi Myon Katsuo Udon – South Korea

#3172: Samlip Hi-Myon Katsuo Udon - South Korea

Detail of the import/distributor’s sticker (click to enlarge).

#3172: Samlip Hi-Myon Katsuo Udon - South Korea

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains fish and shrimp. To prepare, add udon and sachet contents to 350ml boiling water and cook 2 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3172: Samlip Hi-Myon Katsuo Udon - South Korea

The udon pouch.

#3172: Samlip Hi-Myon Katsuo Udon - South Korea

A wet sachet.

#3172: Samlip Hi-Myon Katsuo Udon - South Korea

A dark liquid.

#3172: Samlip Hi-Myon Katsuo Udon - South Korea

A dry garnish sachet.

#3172: Samlip Hi-Myon Katsuo Udon - South Korea

A unique mix.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added green onion and kamaboko. Udon had a flatter shape than most of the fresh pouch varieties usually do. Aside from that, nothing different here I could find. The broth was good – not such a sweetly flavored showing but more savory with better fish taste. Included garnish is vegetable and tempura was good. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.   EAN bar code 8801068090314.

#3172: Samlip Hi-Myon Katsuo Udon - South Korea

Korean History in Maps: From Prehistory to the Twenty-First Century

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#3165: Mamee / Shinsegae Daebak Spicy Kimchi – Malaysia

#3165: Mamee / Shinsegae Daebak Spicy Kimchi - Malaysia

Here’s another one from Mohd – the last of the ones he sent (please feel free to send more varieties and thank you again!) – this is a collaboration between Malaysian company Mamee and South Korean style company Shinsegae. This is a spicy kimchi soup – let’s hit it up!

Mamee / Shinsegae Daebak Spicy Kimchi – Malaysia

#3165: Mamee / Shinsegae Daebak Spicy Kimchi - Malaysia

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add sachets to 500ml water and bring to a boil. Add noodles and cook 4~5 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3165: Mamee / Shinsegae Daebak Spicy Kimchi - Malaysia

The noodle block.

#3165: Mamee / Shinsegae Daebak Spicy Kimchi - Malaysia

A wet sachet

#3165: Mamee / Shinsegae Daebak Spicy Kimchi - Malaysia

A thick red sauce.

#3165: Mamee / Shinsegae Daebak Spicy Kimchi - Malaysia

A dry sachet.

#3165: Mamee / Shinsegae Daebak Spicy Kimchi - Malaysia

Lots of vegetables.

Finished (click to enlarge). Noodles were really great – gauge and chew were large and hearty. The broth was a very tasty kimchi with a good level of sweetness to it. The spiciness? Definitely much more subdued than the dry version of Daebak. This one has a really great taste to it and I was very impressed. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 9555022305905.

#3165: Mamee / Shinsegae Daebak Spicy Kimchi - Malaysia

Mamee Monster BBQ Noodle Snack (Barbeque Flavor / 10-ct) – 10.58oz (Pack of 1)

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#3156: Nongshim Spicy Gamjatang – United States

#3156: Nongshim Spicy Gamjatang - United States

What a week! So last week I didn’t do a single regular review. I was knee deep editing all sorts of unboxings and episodes of The Chocolate Break. While we were out I found this one. I’ve seen it many times before, but buying 5 packs isn’t something I like to do at all anymore as first they’re expensive and second I end up with three extra packs to give a home to.

First, this is made in South Korea. However this is an export version and definitely labeled for sale in the United States. This is what is called an export product, and since you wouldn’t find it in this manner in South Korea, even though it’s manufactured there and not at Nongshim in the United States, it’s getting the United States stamp. What’s interesting about this is that it contains pork bone broth and pork fat, so don’t know how they’re getting around that.

Now, this looks really promising. However I think this may just be a new version of one that’s been around for a while. I’ve seen potato pork from Nongshim up in Canada from their Chinese factory. It’s really tasty stuff! Then again, this one seems to have a little more emphasis on spiciness so that’s interesting. Let’s check it out!

Nongshim Gamjatang myun – United States

#3156: Nongshim Spicy Gamjatang - United States

Detail of the entire package (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, add everything but liquid base to 500ml boiling water and cook for 4 minutes. Add in liquid contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3156: Nongshim Spicy Gamjatang - United States

The noodle block.

#3156: Nongshim Spicy Gamjatang - United States

A dry sachet.

#3156: Nongshim Spicy Gamjatang - United States

A lot of powder.

#3156: Nongshim Spicy Gamjatang - United States

A wet sachet.

#3156: Nongshim Spicy Gamjatang - United States

A liquid paste.

#3156: Nongshim Spicy Gamjatang - United States

A garnish sachet.

#3156: Nongshim Spicy Gamjatang - United States

A colorful mixture.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added pork for Korean BBQ, green onion, sesame seeds, and fried crispy garlic. The noodles are just right – nice thickness and chew. The show stopper is the broth which has a nice spiciness and rich pork flavor. I really liked the varied included garnish as well – everything comes together in a very tasty dish. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 031146041732.

#3156: Nongshim Spicy Gamjatang - United States

Nongshim Korean Famous Ramen Variety Selection (농심 라면) (Spicy Gamjatangmyun, 4 Pack)

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