I wasn’t a fan of instant noodles before I came here. In my family back home, everyone except me is a fan of “instant pancit canton”. If there was one instant noodle that I did like, it was Royal’s Chicken Noodle but only when I was sick.
My husband eats “ramyeon” or Korean ramen at least once a week. I didn’t like ramyeon before and I only started liking it when I had a taste of Pulmuone’s Seng Ramyeon. I have pictures of it but I would put it in another post.
Anyway, when Pulmuone (a Korean food company pronounced as “pool-moo-won”) introduced their “Naturally Tasty” or “Ja-yeon-eun mashit-da” (Hangeul: 자연는 맛있다 – 자연 means natural while 맛 is flavor or taste and 있다 means there is so 맛있다 means tasty or yummy in Korean), I didn’t think twice to purchase it at its introductory price: 3,800 won for 4 plus 1.
I don’t eat instant ramyeon often. Simply because it’s not really good for me and also because of the high sodium content. Here’s the nutritional information on Pulmuone’s instant ramyeon:
Serving size: 103.5 grams
Energy: 380 kcal
Carbohydrates (탄수): 77g or 23% of RDA
Protein: 13 g or 22% of RDA
Fats: 2.1 g or 4%
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 1930 mg or 97% of RDA
That’s a lot of sodium, isn’t it? That is why I usually just add half of the contents of the soup powder when cooking ramyeon.
So how do you cook this ramyeon?
According to the package directions:
1. Boil 550 ml of water.
2. When the water is boiling, add the noodles, the condiments (white sachet) and the soup powder (red sachet).
3. Cook for 4 minutes and 30 seconds.
When I prepared this ramyeon last month, I added a handful of “kare tteok” or rice cake usually used for “rice cake soup” during the lunar new year or “seollal”. I also put a teaspoon of minced garlic. When the “tteok” was almost done, I cracked an egg and put it on the noodles. I waited about 10 seconds before beating the egg ;p
This ramyeon is a meal in itself. I would also add “mandu” or Korean dumplings if I had them. I love having ramyeon on a dreary day. It’s one of my comfort foods. It keeps me sane during the harsh winter season while I think of Outer Banks rentals for spring and summer.
Watch out for more “Korean noodle” on this blog ;p