Snack Review: Nongshim Chapagetti Chajang Noodle

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Details: More information can be found at http://www.nongshimusa.com/homev2/our-products/meal-noodle/chapagetti-2/

The main problem with Chapaghetti is that Samyang and Paldo have better tasting jajang options because they use a liquid flavoring packet. Chapaghetti uses powder, which leads to a lousier taste. It’s still pretty good and has a far longer shelf life compared to Paldo and Samyang.

Score: 6.7/10

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Snack Review: Gom Tang Men

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Details: More information can be found at http://www.paldofood.com/User/Product/Noodle0107.asp

This was really disappointing. Gom Tang is a Korean soup made from bone broth, like tonkatsu ramen broth. It’s supposed to have an almost creamy mouthfeel, with a very subtle taste. This ramen captures none of that. The noodles were too thin and kind of crap. The broth just tasted like your average, cheapest priced ramen, except that Paldo ramen generally cost more than the cheapest priced stuff. Avoid this.

Score: 4/10

Snack Review: Paldo Jja Jang Men, Chajang Noodle

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Details: More information can be found at http://www.paldofood.com/User/Product/Noodle0104.asp

This is a damn good choice for Korean style jajang instant noodles. The sauce comes in a liquid package, which tastes better than powdered seasoning, but has the shorter shelf life of one year. The liquid package requires the additional step of dumping out most of the water and adding and cooking the sauce packet afterwards. This also adds to the superior taste over instant noodles that rely on powdered seasoning. They also have substantial sized package of vegetables to mix in. This was great.

Score: 7/10

Snack Review: Samyang Hot Chicken Flavor Ramen

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Details: More information can be found at https://www.samyangfoods.com/eng/brand/view.do?searchCateCd1=&searchMainUseYn=Y&seq=403

Samyang is most famous for their spicy flavor of ramen. This combines that spicy flavor with Korean style jajang flavor. This thing was surprisingly good, but really spicy so you should prepare for that. I would say the spiciness kind of overpowered the jajang flavor. If you really want jajang flavor, maybe just get jajang noodles and not this. I really liked it though.

Worth mentioning is that this thing only lasts a year. I think that’s due to a liquid sauce packet, which tastes much better than powdered seasoning. There’s also an additional step where you drain out most of the water and just cook it with the sauce, which makes it taste much better than your average instant noodles.

Score: 7/10

Snack Review: Samyang Cheese

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Details: Not sure if this is the same product because the packaging is different. However, this was the only cheese instant noodles on Samyang’s official website: https://www.samyangfoods.com/eng/brand/view.do?pageIndex=2&pageUnit=10&searchCateCd1=60&searchCateCd2=64&searchNewUseYn=&seq=299

Samyang Cheese is practically the same thing as Kraft macaroni and cheese, except that there is an additional spicy flavor powder packet and we’re using noodles instead of macaroni.

First you boil the spicy powder packet in water. Then you boil the noodles. Then you remove most of the water and stir in the cheese powder like you do in Kraft macaroni and cheese. The result is something like Kraft’s product, except spicier and with noodles, which I think makes Samyang’s product better than Kraft’s.

Overall, this was fine. I don’t think I’d get it again because the idea of eating powdered cheese isn’t too good.

Score: 6.7/10