One thing I absolutely love is instant noodles. I started off eating the likes of Bachelor’s Super Noodles and Pot Noodles but I soon realised these sucked. Once I tried a handful of Asian branded instant noodles I realised instant ramen is truly awesome. Yes, I know it isn’t good for me. Yes, I know it isn’t exactly gourmet food. But you know what, instant ramen is tasty, filling and so quick to make. It’s one of those things in life that will forever have a special place in my heart.
Awesome noodles that stand out from the rest
Over the years I’ve tried a variety of noodles. Typically the Western branded noodles suck and I definitely tend to favour the Asian brands. I’ve tried many noodles from the likes of Nissin, the Japanese company who actually invented the first instant noodle product. While I definitely would say overall Nissin is the best instant ramen brand about who produce some great flavours, one packet of noodles definitely stands out from the rest for me. The noodles I’m talking about? Shin Ramyun from the brand Nongshim. Shin Ramyun is a Korean brand of noodle that was introduced to the market in October 1986 after the team wanted to launch a Sogogijanguk (cabbage and beef stew) product thus the glorious Shin Ramyun was born.
Now I LOVE Shin Ramyun. I even mentioned the brand of noodle in my June 2018 favourites, I love them that much. They’re a soupy beefy, spicy, red-pepper seasoned noodle that contains the best chewy instant noodles I’ve ever come across. Forget your horrid weirdly textured Pot Noodle, these noodles have it all happening. They really do pack a punch when it comes to flavour and I find they’re just the right spiciness for me although a lot of people I’ve spoken to have said that they find Shin Ramyun rather hot so if spicy food isn’t your thing, I’d probably give these a miss.
Shin Ramyun two ways
As previously mentioned in my post typically Shin Ramyun is a soupy noodle that requires adding a fair bit of water to make the tasty broth. However, sometimes I like to mix things up a little and drain the noodles of all their water and add the flavour sachet into the noodles with little to no liquid. This achieves a sort of stir-fried noodle effect and because you aren’t diluting the flavour packet with water, it means the spice is very concentrated. This most likely wouldn’t be everyone’s cup of tea but when I really want a spicy hit, I cook the noodles this way. Having said that though both cooked with the recommended amount of water and without, the noodles are still awesome.
I also like to amp up my spicy Korean branded noodles by adding veggies and boiled eggs in. It might sound crazy but don’t knock it until you’ve tried it, yeah? Beware though, Shin Ramyun is really rather addictive so don’t say I didn’t warn you. Also, did you know as of 2015 28 billion units of Shin Ramyun were sold? It’s no surprise that these are Korean’s best selling instant noodle and they are popular worldwide too because they are just fantastic.
Packet noodles are the way to go
It’s also worth noting that Shin Ramyun comes in two forms, packet and cup. By far the packet version that you have to make on the hob wins hands down. However, if you do want to try out a cup noodle for extra convenience, avoid the standard sized cup. Instead opt for the big bowl version instead. The noodles in the big bowl version are closer in texture to the packet version and taste a heck of a lot better than the standard sized cup noodle. However, like I said, the packet form is definitely the best and is miles better than either cup version.
Have you tried Shin Ramyun? Are you a noodle lover?