Have you tried cold noodles before? Doesn’t sound very appetising, does it? Chinese people love their soups boiling hot so I’m usually not a big fan of cold dishes (except for ice-cream!) but, after trying Korean cold noodles for the 1st time in London, I was hooked. (If you’re wondering where to go for Korean food in London, you definitely have to check out New Malden, London’s Korean town- there was a Samsung factory there ages ago so lots of Koreans moved there- so much so that they even have Korean signs! There are tons of Korean eateries on the high street, but my favourite is a little further away (maybe a 10 minutes walk from the tube?). It’s called Jin Go Gae and was recommended by a Korean friend!
Another friend who married a Korean guy gave me a recipe for home made instant noodles, but I don’t often have Asian pears in the house, so I resort to instant versions when I have a craving. Some are awful and some delicious, and I’m losing track of what is what, so keeping track in this post in which I’ll be compiling my Korean instant cold noodles reviews. Will update it every time I try a new brand!
Chung Soo Bibim Naeng Myeon review – TOSS
SGD$9 for a packet of 6 from harinmart.com
I had really, really high expectations for this instant naeng myeon (it was the 1st I’d ever tried) as I’d bought it from a specialist Korean grocer in Singapore (harinmart). Unfortunately, it really sucked. It tasted so bad that I only cooked with it once and could never make myself use it again- in fact, I was going to give up on instant cold noodles forever (which my health would have probably thanked me for) but alas I caved when I saw a promo for another brand on Redmart, which turned out to be really good!
Why didn’t I like Chung Soo Naeng Myeon? Well, it just tasted like I was eating chemicals! We all know instant noodles aren’t healthy, so they should at least taste good! Weirdly enough, the reviews for this seem to be very polarised- some people say it’s awesome and others, like me, find it plastic-y and inedible!
Will definitely not be buying this again!
CJ Foods Cold Noodle with Watery Radish Kimchi – STOCK
So I’d sworn off ever eating instant Korean cold noodles again till a prolonged lockdown which resulted in my not having been to a Korean restaurant in ages. Added to the fact that Redmart (a Singaporean online grocer) was running a promotion on this product, which also had a 4-5 star review, I soon succumbed to temptation and bought it.
I’m glad I did, as it tasted awesome 🙂 In fact, it tastes so good that
- we ate it twice in a week
- it’s been out of stock ever since I first bought it so I’ve not been able to get it again!
Note: this is a different type of cold noodle from the above (bibim naeng myeon is spicy) whilst this one is more refreshing and delightfully tangy. If you’ve not tried it before, you may think it bland, but it’s really not (and I’m someone who NEEDS strong flavours in my food). There’s a little packet of mustard inside, but the broth doesn’t need it to taste good.
OK these are the only 2 brands of instant Korean cold noodles that I’ve tried so far, but I’ll be doing a similar review post for instant Korean jjigaes soon, as I love, love, love soondubu jjigae. (What’s your fave Korean dish?) Check back regularly as I add more Korean instant cold noodles reviews to this list!
If you actually want to MAKE your own Korean food, you can check out some of my other Korean recipe posts, such as how to ferment your own makgeolli, idiot-proof guide to making your own Korean plum syrup, how to make Korean sweet pancakes (hotteok), how to ferment Korean tangerine syrup etc
PS Should I share a Dalgona (from Netflix’s Squid Games) recipe?