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Shin Bowl “Spicy” Noodle Soup Review

After waiting over a month for my order from Tokyo Central, they finally sent my partial order.

It does NOT MATTER that they said they had the product in stock at the time I had ordered it, but they then decided to only send me what they had which meant I was paying shipping on way less product. On top of that, they don’t notify you that you are being short changed, you just find out when you open your box. Well enough about their online ordering ineptitude.

If I order Shin again, I’m going to order from H-Mart.

Shin, The King of Korean Instant Noodles (Ramyun)

To me Shin is supposed to be the king of Korean instant noodles although I could be wrong.

“Shin Ramyun is the most popular instant noodle brand to date in South Korea. It is now accounting for one quarter of the Korean instant noodle market.”

Yea you see that, “noodle soup.”

They go heavy on the packaging, but everything as usual for a Korean product is very nicely done. From the outer sleeve which is not necessary, to the bowl.

Shin Ramyun started production on October 1st, 1986

It’s not just spicy, it’s “gourmet spicy” just so that we are clear on the type of spice it is.

Unlike some other brands, the Shin bowl is microwavable which can make things little easier if you work in an office without access to boiling hot water.

For roughly a $1.75, you can’t go wrong with this starter bowl that begs you to dump some toppings on it.

Preparation

One packet is all that is needed.

The name of Shin Ramyun is from a Chinese character (辛), meaning “spicy”

No joke, but as I wrote this, I was seriously perspiring at the thought of eating Shinramyun.

Taste

My biggest issue with Korean cuisine, especially during my trips to Korea, is that after a while, I get really sick of eating a million and one dishes that all have gochujang (spicy red pepper) in it. So several days in, I’m begging to eat galbitang or anything without chili paste which can make dishes very onenote.

This ought to get my stomach acids churning like a witches brew.

It is no different with Shin because even though there is some additional umami from the shiitake mushrooms, but the overall flavor is gochujang although the way Shin describes their taste is:

“a perfect product that fits the taste of Koreans with its fantastic harmony of the taste of spicy red pepper and clear beef broth. With the red pepper, dried green onion, shiitake mushroom, and dried carrot processed by the freeze drying method, Shinramyun Bowl Noodle will give you the spicy and savory taste.”

– Nongshim Shinramyun
These noodles are nowhere as good as Paldo Hwa instant noodles.

NONE OF THAT MATTERS because unlike a lot of other instant noodles, Shin is one of the best instant noodles that are great when you add other ingredients such as Spam, kimchi, hot dogs, to cheese in it (check out budae jjigae aka army stew), and it is fantastic with it.

I even used my more pedestrian chopsticks.

Nutritional Facts

Am I reading this right? It says the serving size is 1/2 bowl (43g), but who eats a half bowl? And the servings per container is 2 which means you have to double the numbers below?

1/2 Bowl Serving2 Servings
Calories190380
Total Fat7g / 11%14g / 22%
Saturated Fat3.5g / 18%7g / 36%
Trans Fat0g0g
Cholesterol 0mg0g
Sodium860mg / 36%1,720mg / 72%
Total Carbohydrate28g / 9%56g / 18%
Dietary Fiber1g / 4%2g / 8%
Sugars1g
Protein4g

In Conclusion

The weakest part is the noodles, but the flavor is fairly standard which is spicy (gochujang) although when it comes to my favorite spicy instant noodle, I love Paldo Hwa over Shin by far. Although you can not go wrong with a pack or a bowl of Shinramyun because it is hands down one of the best instant noodles that goes great with a number of toppings. It’s not number one for no reason.

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