Special instant ramen products―such as jjajang (black bean sauce) ramen and jjamppong (spicy seafood noodle) ramen―have been all the rage in Korea since last year. Compared to general ramen products, jjajang ramen and jjamppong ramen have more solid ingredients such as meat and vegetables, and the noodles are also thicker. What’s more, the liquid has almost the same savory taste as the jjajang-myeon and jjamppong served in Chinese restaurants. One of the first such products, Bibim-myeon, attracted consumers with a chance to make their own creative recipes by adding ingredients of their liking. Buldak-bokkeum-myeon (fried noodles with spicy chicken) is in the spotlight among consumers who enjoy spicy foods. <Korea AgraFood> would like to introduce our readers to the hottest special Korean instant ramen products.
Taste: Jjawang ramen is highly praised for keeping the original flavor of jjajang-myeon with its gan-jjajang (black bean sauce) powdered soup and thick noodles (3mm, as opposed to 1.6mm in general products). The dish has a clean aftertaste thanks to the addition of kelp.
Composition: Dried fried noodles, powdered soup, solid flakes, and vegetable flavored oil
Export: Jjawang was first exported to the US and is now supplied to China, Taiwan, Australia, and other markets.
(Tel: +82-2-820-7114, www.nongshim. com)
Taste: Thanks to the addition of various seafoods such as squid and mussels to the liquefied soup, Jinjjamppong perfectly recreates the strong flavor of jjamppong soup. The noodles are smooth and chewy. The chicken broth base gives the ramen a clean and simple taste.
Composition: Dried fried noodles, liquefied soup, solid flakes, and spicy oil soup
Export: Jinjjamppong is especially popular with Chinese tourists who visit Korea. The product is slated to enter the Chinese and American markets in the first half of this year.
(Tel: +82-2-2010-0778, www.ottogi.co.kr)
Taste: First released in 1984, Bibim-myeon has become the representative Korean special instant ramen. It gives the “fun of mixing noodles” to consumers. It sells especially well in the summer and is popular with those who enjoy chewy noodles and a sweet-and-sour taste.
Composition: Dried fried noodles and liquefied soup
Export: Bibim-myeon started being exported to foreign markets in earnest in the late 1990s. It is currently sold in about 20 countries. These include the US, mainland China, and Hong Kong markets.
(Tel: +82-2-3449-6490, www.paldofood.com)
Samyang Buldak- bokkeum-myeon
Taste: The sauce for Buldak-bokkeum-myeon is made with habaneros, a very spicy type of pepper, so the product is the favorite of spicy food lovers. Because the ramen also contains roasted sesame and powdered seaweed, it has an aromatic aftertaste.
Composition: Dried fried noodles, liquefied soup, and solid flakes (includes roasted sesame and powdered seaweed)
Export: The product enjoys popularity with Southeast Asian consumers who like the spicy taste. It is also exported to the US and China.
(Tel: +82-2-940-3389, www.samyangfood.co.kr)
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