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Don’t be scared; it’s not that spicy
Reviewed in the United States on December 8, 2018
For all the comments on here that tout the spiciness of these noodles, I didn’t find it all that spicy. I’m not a super crazy pepper head, but I will ask for Thai hot at Thai restaurants in America. Definitely hotter than your standard “spicy” ramen noodles off the shelf. But I definitely would not have a glass of milk standing by just in case. Of course, if you’re not one to tolerate spicy food, yeah, this will be spicy for you. The photo I included on the main package showing the Scoville Heat Units is all you need to really know. I think they rate the noodles correctly on that scale.
And comments on noodle quality: Eh, they’re OK. I think it’s more important to not overlook your ramen noodles. Package says to cook them for 5 minutes and then stir fry them. I did exactly that and yes, they were firm and not mushy. But I’m sure if I overlooked them, they’d be mushy. Cheap ramen noodles go from dry to mushy super quick. The package has your stir fry them (I added a bit of extra oil to do that) after the 5 minute boiling period; this is something I do not do with other packaged ramen noodles. I think the stir frying does add to the chewiness of the noodle. That being said, prepared as the package directs, does end up in a chewier noodle than other packaged ramen noodles.
Overall, not bad. At least they’re not more expensive than NongShim Black, another Korean favorite (not necessarily spicy, but flavorful). I haven’t tried the black packet yet, but they are only 1/2 the Scovilled units of the red, so that means that I’ll be adding some more pepper flakes or Sriracha to it.