Instameal: Mupama

Name: Nongshim Mupama noodle soup
Cost: $1.20
Contents: Wad of noodles, 3 sachets: 2 soup bases, 1 dried vegetables.
Spiciness: 5/10
Taste: Noodles 8/10, Broth: 8/10
Would I buy it again? Yes.

What is Mupama?/ Best dried veggies in a pack/ unofficial prize

Shiny green sachet/ Full of dried vegetables/ More goodies to come

Add dried vege early/ Allows more time to plump up/ Cooking level up


Lazy person's meal/ Reconstituted veggies/ No need to add own

First of all, I am impressed with its vegetable sachet. It contains chili as well as some kind of asian green. See end product. You’ll need to add the vegetable sachet in at the same time as the noodle to get them plumped up again.
It is a spicy noodle, but it’s not an overly harsh spiciness. You can add more water or less of the yellow sachet if you prefer less spicy noodles. I like how thoughtful they were to cater to people who prefer mildly spicy noodles.
That is enough gushing from me. You should try Mupama.

Instameal: Nongshim Shin Kimchi Ramyun

Name: Nongshim Shin Kimchi ramen
Cost: $0.65 (it was on sale at the time)
Contents: Wad of noodles, 1 soup base sachet, 1 sachet dried vegetables
Spiciness: 5/10
Taste: Noodles 5/10, Broth: 7/10
Would I buy it again? Yes.

Shin: Famous ramen/ This one is medium heat/ Not super spicy

Nifty packaging/ Korean instant noodles/ So considerate


At first glance, fish food/ But actually dried kimchi/ Don't feed fish with this


Fire engine red/ Not as spicy as it looks/ (Taste buds gone awry?)

It’s been a long time, but I do remember liking this one a lot. Out of all the spicy kimchi noodles, I liked this one the best. It is on the spicier side, but it’s the sweet sort of spicy. The kimchi bits help make it sweeter. The kimchi bits are also sizable, and have a vegetable-like texture. (Instead of reconstituted dried something.) You can make it less spicy by adding more water.

Instameal: Nongshim Seafood Udon (mild)

Name: Nongshim Seafood Udon
Cost: $1
Contents: udon noodle wad, 2 sachets (soup base, vegetables) and a piece of dried kelp
Spiciness: 0/10
Taste: Broth 7/10, noodles 5/10 (shortfall of instant udon)
Would I buy it again? Yes.

Picture says udon/ Luckily, that's what you get/ But it is oily

An extra item!/ Hark! A piece of dried seaweed./ Kelp for umami

For the longest time, I thought this would be the best instant udon noodle I’d find for under $2. But I was wrong. Please read the Paldo Udon post for more details. ¬†Click here for Paldo Udon.

Don't eat the seaweed/ Only for photo purpose/ Eat it, if you waaant

This udon has thicker than the Paldo udon, but it also comes with the oiliness that comes with instant noodle. To keep such a thick noodle edible for a long time, you need more oil. Air-dried udon just doesn’t work, or so I don’t think it does. It’s a hearty meal that feels more substantial than ramen. Maybe that’s just my expectation with udons.
The piece of dried kelp helps with the broth, giving it depth of flavour as well as a thicker broth. The vegetables include the usual medley of spring onion and carrots, but also fried onion/mini ricecake? pieces. I don’t know what they are, but they are chewy and gluggy in texture. I don’t like them, so I just pick those out.