Shin Ramyun FAQs
Is “Ramyun” or “Ramen”?
When buying ramen, you may notice that some noodle products are named “ramen”, while others are spelled “ramyun” or “ramyeon”. These differences in spelling refer to the unique origins of noodle product.
While “ramen” is used to refer to the noodle dish in general, the spelling originates from how it is pronounced in Japanese, where ramen originates from. Japanese ramen is typically made fresh and features an umami flavor coupled with savory toppings. The broth of ramen is made with great care and preparation, with some specialty broths taking nearly a full day to make. Instant varieties of Japanese ramen attempt to recreate this classic taste while cutting down on preparation time.
“Ramyun” is the Korean interpretation of Japanese ramen. In the Korean language, one pronounces “ramen” as “ramyun”. In the 1960s, Jung Yun Jeon, founder of Samyang Food Company, brought Japan’s famous noodle dish to South Korea. Jung decided to deep-fry the noodles and make them “instant ramyun” because South Korea was ravished by poverty at the time. With little income and time to enjoy a full-featured meal, ramyun became an instant hit for its filling nature and low cost. Since then, ramyun in Korean exclusively refers to instant noodles.
Is Shin Ramyun Vegetarian?
We cannot wholeheartedly label Shin Ramyun as vegetarian friendly, as the vague labelling of these artificial ingredients mean that there may still be traces of meat-based flavoring present in the product. Some Samyang Ramen noodle variants gain this chicken flavoring from artificial flavors rather than being directly chicken-based.
However, Nongshim does offer alternative products to instant noodle lovers that are either vegan or vegetarian. Soon Veggie Noodle Soup is made with 100% vegan ingredients. Instead of a meat-based flavored broth, Soon Veggie’s broth is vegetable-based, meaning you can enjoy the delicious flavors of instant ramen without worrying about breaking your diet!
How Spicy is Shin Ramyun?
Compared to other spicy Korean noodle products, Shin ranks in the middle of the pack. It is not the spiciest Korean ramen on the market, but people particularly sensitive to spicy foods should be wary and proceed with caution!
What Is Shin Ramen Black?
Introduced in 2011, Shin Ramyun Black was introduced as a premium variation of the standard, red packaging Shin Ramyun that was released back in 1986. Aside from the different packaging, it is immediately apparent that the Black version is different to standard Shin Ramyun when opening its contents. Shin Ramyun Black contains an extra seasoning packet; one is a packet of Shin Ramyun’s signature chili mix, and the other is a beef and anchovy soup base. In addition, the dehydrated vegetable packet is noticeably larger and includes bigger chunks of peppers, scallions, and mushrooms compared to the standard variation.
The extra seasoning packet coupled with the different vegetable packet gives Shin Black a heartier, balanced broth compared to the original ramen. The beef and anchovy soup base creates a milder flavor that contrasts with the standard Shin’s salt and spice punch. While Shin Standard has a thin, yet flavorful broth, the beef extract and fat contained in its seasoning creates a thicker, creamier soup that is unlike traditional packaged ramen dishes. As a result, Shin Black may appeal to people that find standard Shin Ramyun to be too spicy for their preferences.
Shin Ramen Flavors
Compared to regular Shin Ramyun noodles, the noodles are air-dried, meaning that they are chewier and contain less fat compared to the original noodle formula. In addition, the broth is vegetable-based. In all, Shin Light provides a similar taste profile with less fat and less calories compared to Shin Ramyun Original.
Are Shin Ramyun Noodles Healthy?
Although Shin Ramyun, and instant noodles in general, makes for a great quick meal, it is not the healthiest type of food. A full packet of Shin Ramyun Original (2 servings) contains 500 calories and 10 grams of protein. While the caloric and protein values may not seem too offending, the other nutritional facts are where issues arise.
Shin Ramyun contains a whopping 1,840mg of sodium, which is more than 70% of the recommended daily value. While sodium is a mineral that serves an important facet of the operation of your body, consuming an excess amount of sodium increases the risk of stomach cancer, stroke, and heart disease.
Additionally, it contains 80g of carbohydrates, mainly from the noodles. Carbohydrates are one of three essential nutrients, along with fats and proteins, for your body to produce energy. However, eating too many carbohydrates overburdens your body’s metabolic system, leading to weight gain and increased risk of heart disease.
Ultimately, Shin Ramyun is a dish that should be enjoyed in moderation.
How is Shin Ramyun Made?
Since their creation, instant noodles have been produced in largely the same way. The noodle dough is flattened out, cut into long strings, steamed, dried, briefly fried to remove moisture, chilled, and then packaged into discrete portions. Some ramen varieties are dehydrated using hot air instead of being fried.
Seasoning sachets are frequently included with instant noodles. There are three different types of seasonings: powder, liquid, and granulated powder. The most popular of these is the powder variety. This could include anything from basic ingredients like salt, sugar, soy sauce, and oil to more intricate mixtures made from dried meat, seafood, and spices.
Shin Ramyun’s noodles are freshly made and then deep-fried to ensure its long preservation. It is then molded into shapes that fit the packaging it will go into (packet, bowl, cup) and sealed with seasoning and vegetable packets to millions of people worldwide. In the United States, the majority of Shin Ramyun products are produced and distributed at the Nongshim USA Factory located in Rancho Cucamonga, California.
How To Make Shin Ramen Better
The beauty of Shin Ramyun is that you can add your own touches to make your eating experience even better! Some of the most common toppings that people add to their ramen are poached eggs, kimchi, onions, and thinly sliced meat. These toppings will add a premium feel to your ramen experience, as well as exponentially increasing its taste! Here are some additional topping suggestions to add a unique spin to your ramen eating experience:
- Milk (seriously)
- Tteokbokki/spicy rice cake
How To Make Shin Ramen Less Spicy
If you feel like Shin Ramyun is too spicy for your tastes, you’re not alone! Here are a couple of ways you can make Shin Ramyun less spicy while preserving its taste:
- Put in less of the spice packet
- Add in more water to compensate for the seasoning
- Add milk. While this idea may sound strange at first, including milk while cooking the noodles will neutralize the spice present in the seasoning, while introducing a creamier flavor to the soup.
- Buy Shin Ramen Black instead of Original