Top 10 Korean Ramens You Should Try!

Korean Ramen has become a staple food in Korea. It is the go-to ‘meal’ for almost every age! Ramen is popular comfort food, mainly because they are cheap, easy to find, and most importantly delicious. All convenience stores tend to carry Korean ramen, and some of them can go for as low as 1,000 won. Certain convenience stores even allow customers to cook their ramen over a cooker topped with eggs! Best enjoyed outdoors with their family and friends.

Koreans take pride in their ramen. Preparation for ramen is considered an art form here in South Korea. They often take creative liberties on how they could make their delicious steaming bowl of instant noodles even better. Whether throwing in a couple of eggs, a dosage of cheese, or some healthy greens, eating ramen – whether instant or home-made from scratch – Korean ramen is an experience in itself.

Here are the popular brands of Korean ramen you can easily find on your next trip to Korea as well as a couple of ramen restaurants that are worth making a trip to!

Samyang Korean Fire Noodles (Buldak Ramen)

Buldak Bokeum Myeon_Hot Chicken Flavor Ramen
Source: https://www.samyangfoods.com/

Samyang noodles are famed for their next level of spice – which in turn prompts the ever so famous Samyang fire noodle challenge where people would attempt to finish a bowl of these fiery noodles without drinking water. Despite their spice, Samyang spicy noodles have an addicting taste, thanks to the nicely sprinkled sesame seeds and seaweed flakes that come in each package. Once you can get over the volcano in your mouth, you’ll find yourself craving for more! The stir-fried Korean fire chicken noodle ramen is one of the top 7 ramens in Korea. Not to mention it is halal certified.

[Written recipe on the product]
1. Put noodles into the boiling water (550ml) and simmer for 5 minutes.
2. Throw away the water and remain 8 spoons of water. Put liquid source and stir-fry 30 seconds more.
3. Add flakes and stir well and serve.

Weight: 140g
Calories: 530kcal

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Samyang Spicy Chicken Noodle Carbonara Flavor
Source: https://www.samyangfoods.com/

Samyang ramen now comes in different flavors; for those craving for even a bigger challenge, Samyang ramen even offers flavors that have DOUBLE the spiciness than the original. Otherwise, Samyang spicy noodles offer flavors such as carbonara fire noodles, spicy cheese ramen, and Samyang jjajang buldak spicy black bean roasted chicken ramen noodle. They are a little kinder on your tongue without compromising the richness of the noodle’s taste. Alternatively, cooking the noodles in milk and using only half of the sauce packet will also help with the spice!

Weight: 130g
Calories: 550kcal

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Nongshim Shin Ramyeon (Ramen)

Nongshim Shin Ramen
Source: http://eng.nongshim.com/

Nongshim Shin Ramyeon has to be one of the best and most loved ramens by Korean locals. Every household probably has Nongshim Shin Ramyeon in their homes. It is popular in Korea but also in other parts of the world. The deep and spicy beef broth’s taste pleases every taste bud. The noodles have a thicker texture which makes chewing on it a more satisfying feeling as well. Its’ original spicy flavor has a good balance of spice which perfectly accommodates its full-bodied broth, making a cup of Nongshim Shin Ramyeon noodles a very comforting meal on a cold wintry day, or even after a hard day of work.

Nongshim noodles come in a variety of flavors – Spicy miso, Chapagetti ramen (Korean black bean noodles instant), Gourmet spicy, Kimchi ramen, Soo air-dried (beef and Korean seaweed noodle), spicy, spicy seafood ramen, and Soon veggie noodle soup. It is often, and probably best, eaten topped with egg and some dried vegetables. Some might even add cheese and spam to the mix for a more filling meal.

[Written recipe on the product]
1. Boil 550ml (about 2 1/4 cup) of water. Add noodles, soup base, and vegetable mix.
2. Cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Remove from heat and serve.

Weight: 120g
Calories: 510kcal

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Ottogi Jin Ramen

Ottogi Jin Ramen
Source: http://www.ottogi.co.kr/

Jin Ramen comes in two varieties – hot and mild. The former carries a spicier flavor for those craving for a kick, while the latter cools down the spice without compromising its taste. Regardless of your choice of flavor, both varieties offer a packet of noodles with a similar thick and chewy texture as Nongshim, and a flavorful broth garnished with bits of dried vegetable and mushroom that would make this comfort meal quite healthy on its own. The broth also carries the full-bodied flavor of beef and kimchi, which makes this bowl of ramyeon a nostalgic flavor of home.

It should be noted that while the first variety is considered the spicier out of the two, compared to other instant noodle brands, Jin Ramen is relatively mild in terms of spice. Hence, making it perfect for first-time spicy instant noodle eaters, or for those who cannot take spice in general. If topped with egg and some seafood, Jin Ramen would be a terrific meal on a cold, rainy day. Fun fact, some restaurants do offer Jin Ramen as a meal on their menu! So keep a lookout for it!

[Written recipe on the product]
1. Put the vegetable mix into 550ml (2 3/4 cup) of water, and when it boils, add noodles and powder soup and let it boil for 4 more minutes.
2. For improved taste please add Kimchi, Green onion, Egg, etc.

Weight: 120g
Calories: 500kcal

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Neoguri Ramyun

Nongshim Neoguri Ramen
Source: http://eng.nongshim.com/

A brand under Nongshim, you might be familiar with this ramen brand if you’ve watched the Oscar-winning Korean movie, Parasite. It is one half of the famous recipe, Chapaguri. Neoguri ramen has two main flavors – seafood and spicy, or seafood and mild. Both flavors, however, offer broth with a deep and clean taste, and a healthy amount of Korean kelp which gives Neoguri ramen its unique taste and nutrition. Like many other spicy instant noodles, Neoguri ramen is best enjoyed in the cold weather of winter to warm yourself up.

Aside from Chapaguri, Neoguri ramen can also be used in other creative recipes, such as Neoguri fish cake ramyun, or Jjasai Parsley Udon!

[Written recipe on the product]
1. Boil 550ml (about 2 1/4 cup) of water. Add noodles, soup base, and vegetable mix.
2. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Remove from heat and serve.

Weight: 120g
Calories: 500kcal

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Nongshim Chapaghetti (Korean Black bean noodles)

Nongshim Chapaghetti Ramen
Source: http://eng.nongshim.com/

And now, the second half of the chapaguri recipe from Parasite: Chapagetti! Also under Nongshim (and mentioned briefly under our second recommendation!), Chapagetti is “dry” ramen: instead of a spicy soup base. Chapagetti is Korean black bean sauce noodles topped with vegetable and meat flakes. It comes with a small packet of olive oil that definitely gets your appetite going.

With its catchphrase “On Sunday, I am the chef for Chapaghetti’”, Chapagetti is convenient, fast, and easy to make, but has a taste that gets you hungry, even if you previously weren’t!

[Written recipe on the product]
1. Put noodles and vegetable soup into the boiling water (600ml) 
2. Simmer for 5 minutes.
3. Remove from the heat and leave 6~7 spoons of water 
4. Add soup base and vegetable oil and stir well and serve.

Weight: 128g
Calories: 580kcal

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Chapaguri (Chapaghetti + Neoguri)

If you’ve seen the Korean movie, “Parasite”, you might have seen Chapaguri. One kid on a TV show introduced Chapaguri and how to make it by two kinds of ramen, Chapaghetti and Neoguri. After that, many people tried and loved the tastes. Spicy tastes of Neoguri and sweet-salty tastes of Chapaghetti really goes well together and make interesting flavor. They sell both

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Ottogi Jin Jjambbong

Ottogi Jin Jjambbong Ramen
Source: http://www.ottogi.co.kr/

Ottogi Jin Jjambbong is a cousin of Jin Ramen. Jjambbong is a Korean style Chinese seafood noodle you can easily find in Chinese restaurants in Korea. With plenty of seafood and vegetable ingredients, such as cuttlefish, crab, and vegetables, you can enjoy the rich and spicy flavor of the soup. It has three powders dehydrated vegetables, liquid soup mixed, and lastly the red spicy oil you have to put in just right before you have it. Noodles are thick, chewy, and soup is delicious in its simplicity.

[Written recipe on the product]
1. Boil with 2 3/4 cups (550 ml) of water.
2. Put in liquid soup and noodles.
3. Continue to boil for 5 minutes.
4. After cooking, put in oily soup and stir it.

Weight: 130g
Calories: 505kcal

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Nongshim AnsungTangmyun

Nongshim Ansuntangmyun Ramen
Source: http://eng.nongshim.com/

This is the 6th highest-selling and very popular instant noodle in Korea. If you are not a big fan of nuclear-spicy ramen like Buldak Ramen and you are familiar with miso flavor, I strongly recommend this nice subtle miso and beef-bone flavor ramen, Nongshim Ansungtangmyun. It’s not spectacular but it’s a good comfort-food you can enjoy anytime.
AnsungTangmyun was famous because of the TV commercial copy, “The soup tastes great!” and I heard that it was developed with the proposal to realize the the flavor of cabbage leaf soup enjoyed in the country market of old Korea.

[Written recipe on the product]
1. Boil 1 1/2 cups (550ml) of water.
2. Add noodles and soup base.
3. Cook for 4~5 minutes and serve.

Weight: 125g
Calories: 549.6kcal

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Samyang Ramen

Samyang Ramen Original
Source: https://www.samyangfoods.com/eng/

I should say this Original Samyang Ramen is not the hottest ramen in Korea these days but it’s the first original mild soup and chewy ramen long-loved by Koreans over 50 years. When it was released in 1963, Samyang Ramyeon was made based on chicken broth. At the time, considering the manufacturing price, it was difficult to procure raw materials enough to brew broth from beef and pork. After that, it became famous with ham and beef flavor with its thick soup. If you want to try the original taste of Korean ramen, Samyang ramen original could be a great choice.

[Written recipe on the product]
1. Put the noodle and soup base and flakes into the boiling water(550cc).
2. Leave it for 4 min.

Weight: 120g
Calories: 495kcal

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Paldo BiBimMyun – Sweet & Spicy Cold Noodle

Paldo Bibim myun 5 packs
Source: http://www.paldofood.com/

It is the product with the highest share in the Korean bibim ramen market. It’s a broth-less ramyeon with sweet and spicy seasoning sauce to mix noodles. The most important part of the recipe is that you should hurry to rinse the hot boiled noodles to the cold water to make it chewy. It’s interesting to make and appetizing.

[Written recipe on the product]
1. Put the noodle into the boiling water(550cc).
2. Leave it for 3~4 min.
3. Remove the noodle from boiling water.
4. Wash noodle in cold water 2~3 times.
5. Mix noodles with paste soup well and ready to serve.

Weight: 130g
Calories: 530kcal

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Nongshim Soon Veggie Vegan Ramen

Nongshim Soon Veggie Vegan Ramen
Source: http://eng.nongshim.com/

Soon veggie noodle soup ramen is made with 100% vegan ingredients. ‘Soon’ means ‘Mild’ in Korean and it explains its taste well. This ramen is inspired by Shin ramyun, the best selling ramyeon in Korea, but it has a little bit different savory vegetable broth. If you are a vegan or tired of spicy and salty ramen, I strongly recommend this simple and delicious one.

[Written recipe on the product]
1. Boil 550 mL (about 2 1/3 cups) of water. Add noodles, soup base, and vegetable mix.
2. Cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Remove from heat and serve.

Weight: 112g
Calories: 480kcal

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K-Army Stew Ramen

Nongshim K-Army Stew Noodle Soup

Koreans love “Budae-jjigae” stew and ‘Budae’ literally means Army and Jjigae is a stew. After the Korean war, people started to make a hot and spicy stew using hams and sausages provided by US armies with Kimchi. As a result, Koreans call it Budae-jjigae. Because the noodles of the K-Army Stew are made of 40% of potato starch, it has a chewier texture. And a rich broth with sausages and kimchi give you heartier flavor.

[Written recipe on the product]
1. Boil 500ml (about 2cups) of water. Add noodles, soup base, and flakes.
2. Cook for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Remove from heat and serve.

Weight: 132g
Calories: 550kcal

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Bonus: Ranking of Korean Ramyeon (Ramen) 2020

  1. Nongshim Shin Ramyun
  2. Ottogi Jin Ramen
  3. Nongshim Chapaghetti
  4. Nongshim Yukgaejang Sabalmyeon
  5. Nongshim Neoguri Ramyun
  6. Nongshim AnsungTangmyeon
  7. Samyang Korean Fire Noodles (Buldak Ramen)
  8. Paldo BibimMyun
  9. Samyang Ramen Original
  10. Paldo WangTtukeong

There you have it! If you ever have a chance to visit Korea, give their instant noodles a try! They are great souvenirs! Easy to make! Affordable! And an experience all on their own. Bon appetit! 맛있게 드세요!

Writer: Imelia Kyra Mohamad Iskandar

Currently pursuing her postgraduate in Seoul, Imelia hails from the island of Borneo, known for its lush jungles and beautiful beaches. When she’s not daydreaming about writing her next New York Times Bestseller, she could be seen enjoying a nice cup of convenience store iced coffee as she watches Youtube vlogs.

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