Instant noodles, 라면 ramyun in Korean and ラーメン ramen in Japanese (whisky & whiskey), has been the #1 go-to MRP (meal replacement product) for Koreans ever since its inception, enjoyed by presidents and beggars alike. Wanna have ramyun before you go? History of Korean instant noodles.
Now, thanks to the emergence of K-Pop and Korean movies and drama series, Korean ramyun noodles are gaining popularity worldwide from Costco to K-Mart to Switzerland’s Matterhorn, even. What makes it even more fun is they come in all kinds of flavors, from kimchi to jjajangmyun to budae jjigae to rose pasta!
However, how people enjoy these curly noodles hasn’t caught up with the evolution of flavors, but Koreans have come up with creative, more convenient, and simpler ways to enjoy ramyun. DO try these at home.
We will show you two methods for 생라면 saeng ramyun – Crunchy “Raw Ramyun Noodles”, and 뽀글이 bboguri – The “Potless Ramyun”. For this, we prepared three ramyun products (purchase link to Amazon include) – 신라면 Shin Ramyun (spicy), 삼양라면 Samyang Samyun (medium), and 진라면 Jin Ramyun (mild). You are free to use the ramyun of your choice for the following methods.
생라면 SAENG RAMYUN – CRUNCHY “RAW RAMYUN NOODLES”
Okay first batter up is 생라면 saeng ramyun. As the name “raw ramyun noodles” suggests, it’s about enjoying it raw, like chips. It’s super convenient as it doesn’t require a kitchen! The ideal choice for those who don’t like doing the dishes or drinking the hot soup. Takes less than a minute to make and you can just toss the empty bag in the trash.
There are two ways to make saeng ramyun – The whole chunk version and the bite-size chunk version.
Let’s do the whole chunk version first.
We used Shin Ramyun for this.
Let’s open up just the top. Nice and easy.
Pro Tip – Now, take it out on to a dish, and we’ll microwave it for 30 seconds. Doing this will make the noodles even more crispy and crunchy, as it’s already been coated with oil during the making.
In you go! See you in 30 seconds!
It sure does look a little more brownish and smells awesome… You need to hold down your urge to take a bite here.
What you do now is sprinkle the seasoning powder, according to the level of flavor intensity you desire. One thing you might want to consider is that the content amount of the whole packet is for when you make it with water, meaning that emptying the whole packet might be too strong, so it’s a good idea to sprinkle sparingly as you go on.
Looks good! Munch on them already!
Okay. Next up is Samyang Ramyun. We’re going to use this for bite-size chunks. Don’t be fooled by the color of the package, which is orange, because it doesn’t taste like it.
Open just the top.
Crush it into smaller chunks! (Think of someone you hate)
Sprinkle the seasoning powder according to your liking. We suggest try 1/3 of it first and gradually increase the amount should you feel it necessary.
Now the fun part! Disco time! Make sure to shake it in all directions to mix evenly.
Yum-yum-yum! Here comes a new challenger, Doritos! This is legit!
All right, the previous two were super easy to make, but for those of you who still want the good old soup and soft noodles, but don’t want all the water boiling, cleaning up, and doing the dishes, let us introduce…
뽀글이 bboguri – The “Potless Ramyun”
Okay, a little backstory on 뽀글이 bboguri. Meaning “curly” or “nappy”, 뽀글이 bboguri, it refers to the cooking method for ramyun noodles where you pour boiling water straight into the wrapping paper. It’s a very convenient way of making ramyun, as it doesn’t require a pot but just boiling water. Who invented it? Not surprisingly, its origin traces back to the Korean Army (not the BTS fandom) because they had to devise a way to quickly and easily make a combat meal, which can be stored for an extended period without going bad. Now this K-Army cooking hack gained popularity among ordinary Koreans, especially those living alone.
Despite its convenience, it’s a fairly complicated task as you’d have to deal with boiling water and thin packaging that sometimes wouldn’t want to stay the way you’d want. So be extremely cautious when dealing with hot water during the pouring, consuming, as well as emptying the content. Try this at your own risk and DO NOT try this at home without adult supervision or if you are all thumbs!
Okay! Without further ado, let’s make 뽀글이 bboguri!
진 라면 Jin Ramyun [Mild] is our choice.
And for this method, prepare an unsplit chopsticks or a clothespin.
Get crushin’ and break them into smaller chunks to make some room for water later.
Add in the seasoning powder AND the dried veggies.
Carefully pour boiling water or water that’s hot enough to soften up the noodles into the package. It’s recommended that you secure a spot where you can make it stand on its own, without you having to hold it.
Don’t fill it up to the brim. 1/2 is just enough.
Lookin’ good, my friend!
Now, using the still unsplit chopsticks, gently press the noodle chunks so they can absorb hot water.
Now, twist the upper portion of the packaging and use the unsplit chopsticks to seal it.
Double check to make sure that it can stand on its own.
Alternatively, or in case you accidentally disembodied the chopsticks, you can use a clothespin instead.
Give it a nice hot bath for 3 full minutes.
And after 3 minutes, you got yourself a delicious ramyun-in-a-bag!
Indulge with care.
Cleaning up is easy. Just empty out whatever you didn’t take.
Rinse it with water and the dishes are done!
There you have it, guys! Which one of the three is your favorite? You can decide after trying them all! You should also try them with different ramyun products to find your new favorite! We’ll put our favorite picks below.
Shin Ramyun Noodle Soup, Gourmet Spicy <- Can never go wrong with Shin Ramyun. Spicy, though.
Neoguri Noodles, Spicy Seafood <- Thicker noodles. Spicy.
Samyang Ramyun – Original Flavor <- Not too spicy, not too mild.
Jin Ramen, Mild Flavor – Korean Instant Ramen Noodle, Best Tasting Soup <- Ideal choice for someone with a mild palate.