Insider’s Guide To The Best Korean Ramen In Korea – Try It Now!

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Are you looking for the best korean ramen experience as you travel South Korea? Look no further! In this article, I will give you insider’s guide to the tastiest and most authentic Korean ramen restaurants across the country. 

Whether you’re a ramen connoisseur or just plan to begin your journey into the world of Korean food, Make sure to read to the end if you don’t want to miss out on this delicious dishes you must try in korea!

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What is Korean Ramen, Ramyun, Ramyeon?

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Ramyeon, as known as Korean Ramen, is one of the most popular comfort food in Korea, especially among youth. On average, South Koreans consume 80 to 90 packs of ramen every single year.

Similar to Japanese Ramen, this dish is made of dried, curly noodles, freeze-dried vegetables, a powdered soup packet, mixed with boiling water to create a quick and satisfying meal. Ramyeon also comes in a wide range of flavors and various toppings.

Historically, Korean Ramen was invented by Jean Jon-Yeon, a businessman who lived in the 1960s during the Korean war. This dish was originally designed to help feed Korean people in a quick and most affordable ways during that hard times.

The original price of Ramyeon was sold at 1 cent. Jean Jon-Yeon was inspired to create Korean Ramen after eating instant ramen during his trip to Japan.

Korean Ramen Based On Location

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There are four main types of ramen in South Korea based on locations:

  • Type #1 Korean Ramen – Pyongyang-style ramen
    Pyongyang style ramen originates from North Korea, and is characterised by its thick, chewy noodles and hearty broth.
  • Type #2 Korean Ramen – Seoul-style ramen
    Seoul style ramen is lighter in terms of flavour, and comes with a clear broth and thinner noodles.
  • Type #3 Korean Ramen – Busan-style ramen
    Busan style ramen is characterised by its spicy and fiery flavours.
  • Type #4 Korean Ramen – Jeju-style ramen
    Jeju style ramen is characterised by fresh seafood ingredients.

Variations of Korean Ramen

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There are some different variations of korean ramen, here are some of the most popular you can find:

  • Kimchi ramen, which is flavored with real fried kimchi for a tangy and spicy taste unique to Korean cuisine.
  • Shin ramen, a spicy beef-flavored broth that has gained a cult following. Despite its high 2,700 Scoville Heat Units, it is not the spiciest ramyeon option.
  • Jjapaghetti, an instant version of jjajangmyeon or black bean sauce noodles.

1. Samyang Carbo Buldak Ramen

Samyang Ramen is well known worldwide for it’s spiciness. Samyang Carbo Buldak Ramen is no different, the word “Buldak” here refers to “fire chicken” and “Carbo” refers to the addition of a powdered black bean and garlic seasoning, which gives the dish a distinct flavor. 

The noodles character is thin and chewy, and you will get it with the seasoning packets include powdered cheese. This help provides the dish with a creamy flavor. However, do note that this ramen has a high level of spiciness. Grab it here.

2. Nongshim Shin Ramen

Nongshim Shin Ramen is one of the most famous Korean ramen in town you can find as you travel here. Most of household in Korea have this ramen stored in their kitchen. You can find this ramen easily in any Korean local or online markets.

Do note that this ramen is well known for it’s high level of spiciness. If you can’t eat or hate spicy food, then you better avoid this one. This korean ramen usually comes with a little bit of beef and vegetable flake with it. Click here to try it now.

3. Ottogi Jin Ramen

Ottogi Jin Ramen is another korean ramen that most korean household have in their kitchen. This ramen taste similar to Shin Ramyun with a slight different in that this ramen has more red pepper taste to it. Jin Ramen has a milder flavor compare to another ramen on the list, which makes it perfect for those who hate spicy food.

4. Nongshim Jjapaghetti

Jjapaghetti ramen is a classic dry and no-broth type of ramen with a thick and chewy texture noodles. This korean ramen was popularized by a famous ‘Parasite’ Korean dramas.

Jjapaghetti comes with Chajang sauce, as known as dark soybean paste sauce which give it a distinct taste. This ramen has a sweet flavor and the packet usually comes together with a loose dried vegetable garnish, seasoning powder and seasoning oil.

5. Samyang Jjajang Buldak Ramen

Samyang jjajang buldak ramen is a combination of traditional black bean sauce (jjajang) and spicy Korean sauce (buldak). This ramen comes with with a small packet of vegetable flakes. Make sure to top this ramen with eggs or meat as toppings to makes it even more satisfying.

6. Nongshim Ansung Tangmyun

Nongshim Ansung Tangmyun korean ramen is known for its rich, savory broth and thick, chewy noodles, which makes it a popular choice among instant noodle lovers. To be exact, Nongshim Ansung tangmyun is the 6th best-selling ramyeon in South Korea. The taste is milder compare to other spicy ramen and has a strong miso flavors. Grab it here.

7. Paldo Bibimmyun

Paldo Bibimmyun is a popular Korean ramen that comes with the famous sweet and spicy sauce, gochujang, as it’s sauce topping. Typically, koreans mixed this ramen with a hard boiled egg, vegetables such as cucumber and sometimes meat or seafood. 

Paldo Bibimmyun is one of the most popular dish during hot summer days as it is refreshing and has a balance of sweet, and spicy flavors. Pro tips, immediately rinse the noodles with cold water once it’s ready to get the best taste experience.

8. Ottogi Sesame Flavor Ramen

If you are a lover of sesame seeds sweet flavors, then you might want to try this Korean ramen. Ottogi Sesame Flavor ramen is a non-spicy sesame based Korean ramen that gain popularity among foreigners for it’s distinct sweet sesame seed flavors. The package usually contains dried noodles, dried vegetable flakes, and seasonings. 

9. Nongshim Neoguri Ramen

Neoguri ramen is well known for it’s thick udon-style ramen and distinct seafood flavor. The word Neoguri comes from Korean word ‘neo’, which means wild and Japanese word ‘guri’ that means noodle. This ramen is made with a real seafood ingredients, so if you are a seafood and a thick noodle lovers, then this ramen is perfect choice for you.

10. Nongshim Soon Veggie Vegan Ramen

Nongshim Soon Veggie Vegan Ramen is a vegan friendly korean ramen option you can find in korea. This korean ramen name comes from a korean word ‘Soon’, means Mild, to express the flavor of this ramen. The ramen is made with 100% vegan ingredients and flavored with various spices, including garlic and onion. This ramen is a great option for vegan and those who follow a plant-based diet.

11. Paldo Gomtang Ramen

Paldo Gomtang Ramen comes with a beef bones based broth. This broth is then combined with various ingredients such as beef, scallions, and sesame oil to give it a rich and savory flavor. Make sure to topped this ramen with a hard-boiled egg and some sliced green onions to give it some color and flavors.

12. Nongshim Twigim Udong

Nongshim Twigim Udong is a seafood based korean ramen you can find in Korea. The word ‘Twigim’, means fried, which explains that this ramen is based from a fried fish cakes. While you might expect a real thick noodles based on words ‘Udong’, it actually just a little bit thicker compare to a common ramen in korea.

Twigim Udong is considered as a non-spicy Korean ramen, usually served with a dipping sauce such as soy sauce, vinegar, and chili paste. You can easily find this ramen at any street food vendors or traditional Korean restaurants.

13. Ottogi Jin Jjambbong

Jjambbong is the most popular korean – chinese spicy noodle soup in Korea. Ottogi Jin Jjambbong korean ramen has a thick noodles and spicy seafood broth. This korean ramen is a great option to help you beat the cold during winter seasons.

14. Samyang Yukgaejang

Samyang Yukgaejang Korean ramen has a lot of similarities with Shin ramyun in terms of spicy levels, strong flavor, and meat-based korean ramen. The difference is that Yukgaejang adds a little seafood touch to its ramen. In shorts, Yukgaejang is a traditional Korean ramen plus seafood. Other than that, Yukgaejang noodle size is also smaller compare to another common Korean ramen you can find.

15. Nongshim Saeutang

Nongshim Saeutang, Sae u’ (새우) means shrimp, so you can expect that this ramen has a strong shrimp taste and even a little shrimp packed inside the ramen bag or cup. Saeutang has a robust seafood taste, so it is recommended for those who love seafood.

Saeutang noodle size is similar to Yukgaejang in terms of size, which means the size is smaller compare to common korean ramen you can find. This ramen is considered a non-spicy ramen, so it is perfect for those who can’t eat spicy food.

Popular Toppings for Korean Ramen

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There are many popular toppings that can be added to Korean ramen to enhance the flavor and texture of the dish. Some of the most popular toppings include:

  1. Meat: Sliced beef, pork, or chicken can be added as a topping, which provides protein and a savory flavor to the dish.
  2. Shrimp: You can add shrimp as additional topping for seafood korean ramen
  3. Cheese: melting cheese on top of the hot ramen soup gives it a creamy and rich flavor
  4. Kimchi: a spicy and sour fermented cabbage, kimchi adds a tangy and spicy flavor to the dish, as well as a crunchy texture.
  5. Egg: a soft boiled or fried egg is a common topping for Korean ramen that help adds a rich, creamy texture to the ramen.
  6. Vegetables: Sliced carrots, cucumber, mushrooms, and bok choy are popular vegetables toppings, which give additional nutrients, color and textures to the dish.

These are just a few examples, and many people enjoy experimenting with different toppings to find their perfect combination of flavors and textures.

Tips and Tricks for Enjoying Korean Ramen to the Fullest

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There are many different ways to enjoy korean ramen, but here are a few tips and tricks to get the most out of your Korean ramen experience:

  • Choose The Type Of Noodles.
    There are many different types of noodles available, so it’s important to choose the right ones for your preferences. If you like your ramen with a bit of chewiness, opt for thick noodles. For a more traditional texture, go for thin noodles.
  • Choose Your Desired broth.
    The broth is arguably the most important part of any bowl of ramen, so it’s important to know what you’re getting into before you order. 
  • Add the toppings.
    As we mentioned earlier, Korean Ramen is typically topped with things like boiled eggs, beef, chicken, shrimp, etc. Be sure to ask about all the possible topping options before you decide on your bowl of Korean ramen.
  • Feel Free To customize and add on your bowl.
    Many Korean ramen places will allow you to customize your bowl to include things like extra noodles or extra toppings. If you’re not sure what you want, just ask the staff and they’ll be happy to help you out.
  • Use Ramen Pot.
    Most of the time you will get freeze-dried vegetables, freeze-dried meat, flavor packet, and oil packet inside your Korean Ramen packet. Prepare your Korean ramen in a ramen pot to add authentic vibes of korean ramen.

Korean Ramen

With all of it’s delicious and various option of ramen, South Korea is undoubtedly a haven for korean ramen lovers all around the world. We hope this guide has given you some insight and insider’s information about korean ramen. Have you been inspired to try them out for yourself? What are you waiting for? Grab your Korean Ramen now.

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