[Updated 1 May 2019]
For those who love watching Korean dramas, what is the one thing that makes you salivate (except drool-worthy actor and actresses, of course)? You guessed that right! It’s their food – ramen, in particular 😍
But wait a second. Do we need to visit Korea every time we crave for their delicious noodles? Ideally yes but realistically, no 😜 Not to worry, you can satisfy your k-cravings with this list of Halal Korean instant noodles you have to try in our very own home countries!
Note: All the Instant Korean Noodles in this list have been certified Halal by the Korea Muslim Federation Halal Committee.
P.S. You can get most of the Korean Noodles brands in any grocery stores in Malaysia such as Giant, Tesco and Jaya Grocer as well as Fairprice and Sheng Siong outlets in Singapore. You can also buy them online on Instagram (when you search for your preferred noodles), especially for Indonesians.
1. Samyang Hot Extremely Spicy Chicken Flavour Stir-Fried Noodles
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The number one instant Korean Noodles you can get practically everywhere now would be Samyang Spicy Korean Noodles! If you have not tried one, there’s no reason to wait anymore 😋
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Samyang Korean Noodles started out with only the spicy flavour being Halal, but good news! The noodles come in a wide variety of flavours now 😃
2. Samyang 2X Spicy Hot Chicken Flavour Ramen
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Claiming to be twice as spicy as the Samyang Korean Noodles, this one will guarantee you’ll become a fire-breathing dragon like the dragon in Games of Thrones 😝 I mean, the only thing you’ll be burning while eating this is your tongue!
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But if you feel like you’re up for a challenge, this spicier edition will definitely rock your taste buds. You have been warned! 🤭
3. Samyang Hot Chicken Flavour Ramen Stew Type
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The packaging may look similar to Samyang 2X Spicy above, but the Samyang Hot Chicken Flavour Ramen Stew Type is perfect for instant noodle lovers who can’t part ways from a heartwarming soup 😊
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Just like the other Samyang flavours, it’s described as spicy and flavourful. Plus, it comes with springy noodles for a satisfying slurp! Since every bowl of noodles tastes better with an egg, don’t think twice about going extra 😉
4. Samyang Cheese Hot Chicken Flavour Ramen
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Samyang’s cheesy ramen flavour combines both our favourites – ramen and cheese! What more can you ask for, really? Some food lovers even add more cheese to their noodles. Talk about going the extra mile! 😍
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At first, I wasn’t too sure how the spiciness and salty flavour of cheese would taste when mixed together but I was pleasantly surprised! You have to give this a try 😉
5. Samyang Curry Hot Chicken Flavour Ramen
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If you’re a curry lover, this is perfect for you! It retains Samyang’s delicious hot chicken flavour but with the added curry kick. It is the fusion that adds complexity to the overall taste of the ramen. This one’s a tad spicier than the normal Samyang though. Don’t say we didn’t warn you! 🤭
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6. Samyang Su Tah Ramen
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Samyang’s version of Su Tah Ramen consists of chewy noodles that taste like hand-kneaded noodles! Like the other noodles in the Samyang range, it is also spicy so prepare a carton of milk before digging into this one 😉
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This might look like the typical Samyang noodles, but you’ll taste the difference in the noodles once you’ve tried it! Prepare yourself for possible second servings 😉
7. Samyang Kimchi Ramen
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Next up on the Samyang line is Ramen Kimchi. As the name suggests, it is, of course, Kimchi flavoured. This is probably the closest an instant noodle can get to authentic Korean Kimchi 😍
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If you’re a really big fan of the spicy pickled cabbage, you can even buy tubs of kimchi nowadays at the grocery store to pair it with your ramen! While you’re at it, you might as well eat like a Korean through and through.
8. Samyang Yukgaejang Hot Mushroom Flavour
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On a cold and rainy night, there’s nothing like a bowl of Samyang Yukgaejang to keep us warm. Also known as spicy beef soup in Korean, the Yukgaejang version will hit the right spot with its delicate taste of shredded beef.
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Similar to most instant noodles, it’s generally served plain. Besides jazzing up your bowl of late-night snack, toss a bit of scallion and beef slices and it’ll taste a notch better. It always does 😃
9. Samyang Carbo Hot Chicken Flavour Ramen
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Anyone else initially thought the ‘carbo’ in Samyang Carbo Hot Chicken Flavour Ramen meant carbohydrate? Okay, maybe it’s just us. Thankfully, we were wrong because they were talking about cream carbonara! 😃
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A fresh spin from their popular range of spicy ramen, it was described as a mixture of sweet, spicy and creamy. It does make you curious enough to try, doesn’t it? Add some mushrooms and seafood, and you pretty much have something delectable to eat while staying up for midnight football.
10. Samyang Jjajang Hot Chicken Flavour Ramen (Korean Black Bean Sauce)
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Samyang Jjajang Hot Chicken Flavour comes highly recommended by one of our readers! Comes with a small packet of Korean black bean sauce powder, mix it well and you’ll get a shiny and delicious coat of the famous jjajang!
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While most of us would enjoy Samyang Jjajang as it is, we recommend topping up your noodles with a runny egg or seaweed for something extra. Just try not to wake your parents up with your loud slurping 😂
11. Nongshim Shin Ramyun
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Another favourite brand is Nongshim Shin Ramyun. The brand’s Korean noodles are also spicy and a worthy challenger of the Samyang line. So be prepared for some heat on your taste buds! 😃
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#HHWT Tip: There’s a number of different packaging for Nongshim Shin Ramyun, which are imported by many countries, including the USA, China and Hong Kong. So be sure to check that the version you’re buying has the Halal symbol, like in the first image!
12. Nongshim Soon Veggie Ramyun Gourmet Mild Noodle Soup
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It’s about time that we see a vegan-friendly instant noodle in our local supermarkets. Nongshim Soon Veggie Ramyun is perfect for anyone who prefers their late-night snack minus the meaty flavours 😊
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Nongshim Soon Veggie Ramyun has bits and pieces of dehydrated choy sum and carrots as well as powdered garlic, ginger and green onion. Despite the mild spiciness, this ramen is said to have a deep brothy flavour. So you should definitely give this vegan-friendly noodles a try!
We hope you’re excited about your ramen chase now! If you visit any store in Malaysia or even Singapore, make your way to the aisle dedicated to deliciously tempting instant Korean noodles to see what’s in store! Be sure to check whether they have the Halal certification label and you’ll be on your way to Korean noodles heaven 😍