Korean spicy noodles, or ramyeon, are earning fans among foreign consumers as can be seen in numerous reviews of Korean products on Instagram, YouTube, and other social networks. Korea Agrafood would like to introduce our readers to major Korean spicy ramyeon products that have entered the global market and each product’s rating on the Scoville scale (pungency measured by capsaicin concentration).
◎ Hot Chicken Flavor Ramen/ Scoville Scale: 4044
These days, the hottest Korean spicy ramyeon overseas is Hot Chicken Flavor Ramyeon. It uses a special spicy sauce, sesame, and roasted seaweed powder. This year, the producer will release and begin exports of a new product in the line, Ultra-Strong Hot Chicken Flavor Ramyeon.
* Inquiries: Samyang Foods
◎ Shin Ramyun/ Scoville Scale: 2700
First Released in 1986, Shin Ramyun is the most well-known Korean instant noodle product. Its biggest merits are chewy noodles and spicy soup. Due to its wide distribution in over a hundred countries, there is a “Shin Ramyun Index” to measure an economy’s purchasing power, similarly to the “Big Mac Index.”
* Inquiries: Nongshim
◎ Teumsae Ramyeon/ Scoville Scale: 8557
Teumsae Ramyeon is the commercialized version of Bbalgye-tteok (spicy ramyeon with slices of rice cake), a specialty of the Korean famous ramyeon franchise Teumsae. It is the spiciest of the instant noodle products made in Korea. Thanks to its strong-flavored, spicy soup, it has received the nickname of “hangover ramyeon” among Koreans.
* Inquiries: Paldo
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