Korean ramyeon noodle.
Shin ramyeon (신라면). Launched in 1986, it still is the bestselling ramyeon of all time, with its marketshare a whopping 25% of the whole ramyeon market. This is the ramyeon which will be served to you at a diner, which people will choose to buy when going on an outing, which Koreans crave the most when overseas, whose soup packet will be used to “cheat” when making soup without a base stock. It’s almost like K-pop, you might not like it at first but after a taste you just can’t get enough. It’s extremely addictive.
So what makes this ramyeon so special? The ‘shin’ (辛) simply means “spicy/hot”. If you’re used to Korean food, you probably already know that the spiciness in Korean food comes in various levels and different aftertastes. There is hot spiciness that leaves your tongue all tingly.