Instant Noodles – Best Invention Of The 20th Century!

Korean Ramyun 라면

Korean Ramyun 라면

Instant noodles were invented by Taiwan-born Momofuku Ando in Japan. They were first marketed on 25th August 1958 by Ando’s company Nissin under the brand name Chikin Ramen (チキンラーメン).

According to a Japanese poll in the year 2000, “the Japanese believe that their best invention of the twentieth century was instant noodles.”

As of 2010, approximately 95 billion servings of instant noodles are eaten worldwide every year!

Today’s post is about Korean Ramyun (pronounced as ra-mee-on) simply because South Korea is the highest consumer per capita of instant noodles in the world! And in my world (too) since my elder daughter’s boyfriend, Seong, is Korean, we have lots and lots of Korean ramyun in our house.


Oodles of Noodles! and 2 packets of candies (the blue ones)

Per capita: South Koreans consume the greatest amount of instant noodles at 69 servings per year. The population of South Korea represents 0.72 percent of the world´s total population which arguably means that one person in every 140 people on the planet is a resident of South Korea. So how many packets are consumed?


Spicy Mushroom

In the 1960s, instant noodles became popular in South Korea.


Beef Bone Soup Ramyun

Its quick and easy preparation plus cheap price made it popular very quickly among the people.

Potato Noodles

Gamja-myun (Potato Noodles)

In South Korea, instant noodles are more common than non-instant variety and the word ramyun (라면), generally means the instant kind.


Nagasaki Champung (Seafood)

Ramyun is typically spicy.

Kimchi Chige

Kimchi Chige

Shin Ramyun (신[辛], literally “spicy”) is the best-selling brand in Korea.

Shin Ramyun is a spicy (辛) brand of Korean instant noodles produced by Nong Shim Ltd. since 1986.

Shin Ramyun (Spicy Ramen)

Shin Ramyun is a spicy (辛) brand of Korean instant noodles produced by Nong Shim Ltd. since 1986. It is exported to over 80 different countries, and is the top selling brand of noodles in Korea.


Shin Ramyun Black (Beef Bone Marrow Stew)

In April 2011, the brand launched a high-end ramen ‘Shin Ramyun Black’. It is double the price of the regular Shin Ramyun but it generated sales of ₩9.4 billion in May 2011.

The leading manufacturer of ramyun in Korea is the Nong Shim ([農心], literally “Farmer’s Heart”) company, which exports many of its products overseas.

The seaweed looks like Kombu, doesn't it?

The seaweed looks like Kombu, doesn’t it?

If you like chewy al dente instant noodles - try Korean.

If you like chewy al dente instant noodles – try Korean.

Korean Instant Noodles-©BondingTool

My bowl of Korean Instant Noodles.

Typically in Asia, instant noodles takes about 2 minutes to cook, Japanese 3 minutes and the Korean variety being more al dente takes 4-5 minutes of cooking. You may add eggs, vegetables, meat and/or seafood to your instant meal. I bet you have not tried adding a slice of cheddar cheese topped over instant noodles 😉

Happy eating 🙂

Information credit: Wikipedia.

P.S. Thank you all for your kind concern when I was ill. The fever is gone but the aches remained. I found out the reason why after talking to my domestic help. When my body first ached, I tried to relieve them using this massager. I realised after the 3rd day that I may have pounded myself too hard and the pain was actually injury (being punched). Lol…


I was down with fever and my body ached due to mosquito bites.


I used this to relieve my bodyache but I think I hammered myself silly and I realised my pain is actually localised to the areas where I had pounded. Still in pain but am on the road to recovery 😀

13 Responses to “Instant Noodles – Best Invention Of The 20th Century!”
  1. renxkyoko says:

    Oh, wow ! Really? there’s a Korean grocery in my neighborhood, just walking distance, and that’s where we get to buy this… lots of brands. they also sell cooked Korean food, And right across from the store is a Korean restaurant which we always frequent.

  2. drunk ninja says:

    i love korean noodles topped with a fried egg and runny yolk! glad to hear you are better, i’ve been away from WP for almost a month now (my posts are scheduled lol), also sick and nerve pains 😦 i’ve finally have some energy and time to log in this morning!

    • Sam Han says:

      so sorry to hear that, i hope you get stronger soon. have been missing you indeed . welcome back, bloginista! haha, a term i recently learn 😀

  3. Sofia says:

    Quite amusing injuring yourself with a massager… Instant noodles are handy, and your post has reminded me that I haven’t nought any in ages!

  4. Sofia says:

    bought i mean…

  5. Kevin says:

    Instant noodles! Life saver. I survived 2 years of Uni with the Japanese kind (some strands of green vege and an egg) until I figured out how to cook other things. Then I found out about Shin Ramyun about 5 years ago. I still cook with the egg and extra dose of dry seaweed.

    • Sam Han says:

      Can you believe I just saw this comment of yours? It didn’t even show up on my dashboard “comments”. I happened to come here for some research and saw this! Sorry, Kev 😀

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