Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Teumsae Ramyeon in Myeongdong, Seoul

Spicy Ramyeon

At first glance, one might find this place rather puzzling. Why go to a restaurant to pay these guys to basically open up packs of instant noodles and cook them for you? Well, on one hand, she garnished these things with a few fresh items that clearly wouldn't come in a packet. But much more importantly, these noodles packed a punch that I'd never gotten from a pack of instant noodles before.

See, common instant noodles from Korean brands like Nong Shim Shin, etc. are usually bright red in appearance, but are really more salty than they are spicy. This one, on the other hand, was blazingly hot. Part of it was because of a load of black pepper that I saw her sprinkle in, but part of it was also just the sheer heat of whatever seasoning packet that they used in this thing. Even the non-spicy version that they offered was pretty darned spicy thanks to that black pepper.

We loved this stuff so much that we immediately went to two supermarkets to try to find this stuff to bring home, but alas, none could be found. Maybe that's why these guys have expanded to so many other locations in the country - and if I read it correctly, they only started making the instant noodles afterwards. I hope I can find some soon.

3 comments:

eimyllin said...

Is the brand - Teumsae Ramyeon? Will be in Seoul soon and I'll go look for it. I find that the usual packets aren't spicy enough either.

내생활 = My Life said...

Hi bma, how do I get to the restaurant in Myeongdong? I couldn't find it. Thanks in advance for the directions!

bma said...

It looks like the address is: 4-1 Myeongdong 2(i)-ga Jung-gu, 02-756-5477. Try punching this into Google Maps: 틈새라면명동본점. Basically go up to the end of the alley up at the little hill. The trick is that it's a tiny room on the second floor of the building on the right, so it won't be obvious at first glance as you have to go up a little staircase. I also think the Seouleats blog had pictures of the building posted, but I couldn't find it again at a quick skim. Anyway, good luck!