Shin Ramyun Bowl “Spicy” Noodle Soup Review

After waiting over a month for my Shin ramyun and random ramen 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, and you just find out when you open your box. Well enough about their online ordering ineptitude because I am here to let you know what Shin ramyun is like.

Photo Description: my ramen and ramyun bounty from Tokyo Central. The cardboard box is filled with various types of instant noodles from various brands.
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.

Photo Description: this is the Nongshim packaging of the Shin Bowl Noodle Soup. The packaging has an outer cardboard sleeve that is primarily RED and black with yellow highlights. On the packaging it says "3 min" high for microwave.
Yea you see that, “noodle soup,” no morons here, they know what’s up.

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

Photo Description: inside the cardboard packaging is the round plastic bowl with the red and black graphic. On top of the packaging it has the cooking directions in both English and French.
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.

Photo Description: the inside of the packaging you can see the round puck of noodles along with the packet of dry seasoning.
For roughly a $1.75, you can’t go wrong with this starter bowl that begs you to dump some toppings on it.

Preparation of the Shin Bowl Using Hot Water

One packet is all that is needed.

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

Photo Description: the powdered spice packet is poured out atop the dry noodles with the paper lid peeled back.
No joke, but as I wrote this, I was seriously perspiring at the thought of eating Shin ramyun.

The Taste of the Shin Spicy Broth

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.

Photo Description: With the water poured in after it has sat for a while, you can see the ready to eat product.
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
Photo Description: a close up of the noodles. I'm holding up a bunch of the noodles with my chopsticks. The noodles look fairly straight and have a white color to them.
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.

Photo Description: it's a decent amount of food in the bowl, and you can see that it comes up to the water line that is clearly demarcated in the plastic bowl.
I even used my more pedestrian chopsticks to get the proper vibe down.

Nutritional Facts of Shin Ramyun

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
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%

In Conclusion of Shin Ramyun

The weakest part of this product 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 (my favorite of the Korean brands). Although you can not go wrong with a pack or a bowl of Shin ramyun 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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