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Samyang Potato Ramen

Standard instant ramen noodles have a clean bite, but instant potato ramen dis­tin­guishes itself with its addict­ive chewy bite. There are sev­er­al brands — mostly Korean — and this here is Samyang Potato Ramen.

The noodles are Korean, but aside from the name, the major­ity of the text on the pack­aging — includ­ing the instruc­tions — are in Japanese. Each pack­age has a cake of dried noodles, a sachet of soup powder and a sachet for top­pings (mostly leeks with specks of chilli).

Prepare the noodles by sim­mer­ing in 550 ml of water with the soup powder and the top­pings for 3 – 4 minutes.

The potato noodles here are wavy and delect­ably chewy and retain their chew­iness even after cook­ing and rest­ing in the soup for ten minutes. The soup base is savoury and the noodles take on a salt­i­ness, but it does not have a dis­tinct­ive fla­vour of its own, rely­ing on the top­pings for a strong leek fla­vour and a very subtle heat. Unfortunately, this means that if like me, you’re not a fan of leeks — a main­stay of Korean cook­ing — then not includ­ing them leaves you with a bowl of salty, though chewy, noodles.

This pack­age of Samyang Potato Ramen con­tained 118 g. It was pro­duced in Korea and pur­chased in Sydney, Australia in 2017.