Korea is known as the land of porcelain skinned ladies and handsome lads ready to sweep you off your feet, a la Korean drama style. It is the land of K-pop, known for its flashy dance moves and colourful costumes, catchy beats and scores of fan girls and fanboys.
In terms of food, Korea is known for its signature sour and slightly spicy dish, the kimchi. They’re also known for their hearty stews and barbecued meats.
That said, did you also know that Korean instant noodles rank among the best in the world? The following are some of the hottest Korean noodles out there today, loved by both Koreans and foreigners alike (including us Malaysians)!
This brand is possibly the most recognizable and most popular Korean instant noodle in Malaysia. The soup is slightly sour but has a very rich ‘umami’ taste that is complemented with springy noodles. It’s also spicy but not overpowering in taste.
Shin Ramen is also the most popular instant noodle brand in Korea and is usually consumed during cold and wintery evenings over a hot stove, cooked in a traditional metal pot. This noodle is one of those things that can’t go wrong, no matter how you cook it!
Tip: Qoo10 sells packs of NongShim Shin Ramen at discounted prices and will throw in an extra pack for you free of charge!
Japchae is basically a traditional Korean glass noodle dish whereby they are stirfried with seasonings like soy sauce and sesame oil together with vegetables like carrots, cucumbers and shiitake mushrooms. Sometimes, some sweet marinated beef slivers are also added. Japchae is often eaten as a side dish accompanying alcohol like soju and also as a a side dish when eating barbequed meats or seafood. Instant Japchae is cooked slightly differently by boiling the noodles, draining it and then adding in the condiments like a salad.
Tip: This rare Japchae noodles from Ottogi are sold at Qoo10 at a discounted price. You won’t find this easily at any supermarket or store so grab this opportunity and purchase now!
Spicy Chicken Noodles
Buldak Bokeumyun, or spicy chicken noodles is the latest craze to hit Malaysia! Many search for it and dare each other to try it out because of its overwhelmingly high level of spiciness which increases with every bite. YouTube is even flooded with people recording themselves trying these noodles!
Even in Korea, the level of spiciness is considered significantly high and therefore eating it has become more of a challenge rather than a gastronomic experience. If you plan on taking on the challenge, we suggest keeping a glass of milk within reach!
Tip: Get your hands on a Samyang Spicy Chicken Noodle Pack at Qoo10 for a discounted price and begin your spice journey today!