Food Guide

Korea's Top 5 Instant Ramen Favorites

January 9, 2024

Instant noodles, a staple in Korean households, traces its origins back to 1963. It emerged as a revolutionary convenience food, offering cheap and quick meals to countless individuals. In its early years, from 1963 to 1986, Samyang Ramen took center stage, introducing Koreans to the pleasures of instant noodles.

The landscape of Korean ramen shifted between 1987 and 1990 when Ansungtangmyun rose to prominence, captivating taste buds with its distinct flavors and becoming the nation's favored noodle dish. However, the true ramen revolution ignited in 1991 with the arrival of Shin Ramyun, forever altering the landscape of Korean ramen. Bursting with bold spices and offering an irresistible umami taste, Shin Ramyun became an instant hit and has since maintained its top position, reigning supreme as the nation's favorite ramen for over three decades.

Fast forward to the present, and the legacy continues. Based on the latest reports by Nielsen Korea, the top-selling Korean ramen are Shin Ramyun, Jin Ramen, Chapagetti, Ansungtangmyun, and Yukgaejang, reflecting the diverse preferences of Koreans.

From humble beginnings to a culinary phenomenon, the evolution of Korean ramen reflects not just a convenient meal option but a cultural symbol.

Top 5 Best Selling Instant Ramen in Korea

1. Shin Ramyun

Korean: 신라면

Flavor: Spicy beef bone broth, shiitake mushrooms

Heat Level: Spicy

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2. Jin Ramen

Korean: 진라면

Flavor: Spicy beef bone broth, soy sauce, black pepper

Heat Level: Spicy (매운맛) and Mild (순한맛) option available

3. Chapagetti

Korean: 짜파게티

Flavor: Korean black bean noodles

Heat Level: Not Spicy

4. Ansungtangmyun

Korean: 안성탕면

Flavor: Beef bone broth , soybean paste, chili pepper

Heat Level: Medium Spicy

5. Yukgaejang

Korean: 육개장

Flavor: Traditional Korean spicy beef stew

Heat Level: Medium Spicy

Source: Money Today, Nielsen Korea Ratings 2022

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