17 (Wed) March 2021
Wangi Ramyeon with Ddeok & Mandu
-Changgok, Sujeong, Seongnam, Gyeonggi, Republic of Korea-
with the Family
Wangi Ramyeon is an instant noodle product by the Korean lifestyle company Gangbly. As yet, available only via internet. 4,950 won for a package of 5, plus 2,500 won for shipping. The name is a play on words, meaning “Ramyeon of Kings” or “If I were King.”
I was introduced to the brand by my cousin at our recent meeting at the cabin. I ordered a box that very night.
In addition to noodles and soup powder, the pack comes with a cake of dehydrated ingredients, including bean sprouts, scallions, and chilies, and some sort of starch that provides a dense thickness to the broth.
Wangi Ramyeon is excellent. The noodles are thick and curly, as most Korean ramyeon noodles tend to be, but chewier. The broth is also standard in its spiciness, but much richer in flavor, further enhanced by the thick texture. Indeed, the broth is almost too intense to be eaten as is, demanding the addition of other components, like rice cakes or dumplings, eggs or meats.
If it becomes more widely available (i.e., in supermarkets), this could become our family’s go-to brand.
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