The Ramen Review — Samyang Jjajang Hot Chicken Flavor Ramen

Today I tried the Samyang Jjajang Hot Chicken Flavor Ramen for the first time. Like all the other Samyang Hot Chicken Flavor Ramens I purchased, this was also $1.49 as the Asian supermarket. The only one they sell that I haven’t reviewed yet is the curry flavor, so you can expect that one next!

The jjajang flavor of Samyang noodles has a flakes packet, which goes into the water at the same time as the noodles. Draining the water from the noodles takes a tiny bit more precision as you don’t want to dump out any of those hydrated veggies.

I cooked these for the full 5 minutes (only because I turned away from the timer for a minute) and they weren’t mushy like some of the others I’ve cooked at 5 minutes. The sauce packet looks identical to the others in the family but this is where the jjajang Korean black bean sauce is, along with the spice. It was noticeably darker, almost black, which wasn’t really a surprise. Everything else was business as usual.

These noodles were pretty good. That’s about it. They weren’t remarkable in any way. I thought that I had had jjajangmyeon in the past (different brand) and absolutely hated it, so I was dreading trying this. I remember the sauce being sweet. This was not sweet at all. Honestly it did not taste that much different than the original Samyang Hot Chicken Flavor Ramen. It seemed a little less spicy to me. That might have been all in my head or it might have been cooled down by the black bean sauce. I still ate it and enjoyed it, as I like these Samyang noodles, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to get the Jjajang flavor like I would for cheese or carbo.

Rating: 3/5

Doing what I love: eating noodles and writing about it. I’m no expert; just doing this for fun!

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