Restaurant Review: Kyuramen

Details: Located at 133-42 37th Avenue, Queens, NY 11354. Official site is https://www.kyuramen.com/

Score: 7.2/10

This is a new Japanese style ramen place in Flushing. They got some kinks to work out, but the food is good and the interior is well designed and comfortable.

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Snack Review: Samyang Carbo Hot Chicken Flavor Ramen

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Details: The company’s official site is https://www.samyangfoods.com/eng/index.do

Samyang’s Carbo Hot Chicken Flavor Ramen combines the ridiculously hot flavor of their spicy ramen with powdered cheese. The result is a cheesy, burning hot bowl of stir fried noodles.

This stuff is hot, which is the worst part about it. You can’t really taste the cheese. Personally, I hold back on using the whole packet because the cheesy part is pretty good.

Overall, it’s kind of a waste to mix any other flavors along with the spiciness of Samyang’s spicy ramen. That stuff is just too spicy to be able to enjoy the taste of anything other than the spice. You either buy some cheesy ramen or you buy the spicy ramen, not both.

Score: 5.9/10

Snack Review: Samyang Hot Chicken Flavor Ramen

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Details: Official site is https://www.samyangfoods.com/eng/brand/view.do?searchCateCd1=&searchMainUseYn=Y&seq=245

When I purchased this stuff, I had no idea that this was a kind of ramen that people used to make challenge videos with. I’m not a spicy food aficionado, so when I ate this stuff, the results were catastrophic. It was so spicy it made me physically ill. The good thing is that the heat does go away relatively fast, but it is really spicy. It’s spicy to the point that you can’t really taste anything but the spiciness. I don’t know why they advertised chicken flavor, but it’s not there. What’s interesting is that it’s not just the heat, the actual taste without the heat is spiciness or peppers or something.

Worth mentioning is that this is a stir fried noodle. That means you boil the noodle, empty out most of the water, then pour in a liquid sauce packet and stir fry the thing.

Overall, this is spicy challenge ramen. If you love incredibly spicy things, this is for you. Otherwise, avoid this.

Score: 6/10

Snack Review: Samyang Bibimmyun

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Details: Couldn’t find the product on the official site, but here’s the official site anyways: https://www.samyangfoods.com/eng/index.do

Samyang Bibimmyun are great instant noodles. The flavor comes entirely from a liquid sauce packet. Unlike powdered seasoning packets, liquid packets require the additional step of emptying out the water before adding the sauce packet. Liquid seasoning packets also have a much shorter shelf life, usually around a year. The trade off for these minor inconveniences is that liquid sauce packets taste far superior than dry packets. The same holds true here. This stuff was great.

Score: 7/10

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