Yum or Not: Korea’s Samyang Hot Chicken Flavor with Cheese and Japan’s Toyo Susan Buckwheat Noodle with Shrimp Tempura


Let’s see if both are yum!

If you already have a taste of Samyang noodles before, you know for sure how the spiciness burns your tongue and stays like that for seconds. But were you like us also, who keeps on craving for that distinct sweet flavor of Samyang sauce, despite the tongue torture you’ve been through?

High Five!

But for us, we always have add-ons when eating Samyang.

Either we add in extra sugar and egg just to beat the spiciness. Or for that added texture, we add in crushed Skyflakes crackers!

This variant of Samyang has cheese but for me, the taste is similar to the usual Samyang Ramen we’ve been eating. I was hoping for more cheesiness though.

By the way, I’d like to share one little milestone. Did you know that I won in a Samyang Eating Contest in our office before? But how did I win though? Well aside from that winning spirit, I won because there is a milk drink, which the organizers provided. We were all provided milk but I had to eat faster while gulping milk in between eating.

That’s when I first knew that milk beats the spiciness of Samyang, and I couldn’t think of other better add-on than that.

But wait!

Accidentally, today, we learned that the soup of this Toyo Susan Buckwheat Noodle with Shrimp Tempura is an alternative option to milk!

Just one sip of that noodle soup and all the spiciness die down slowly.

I really thought that the flavor is similar to miso but Joseph said it’s not.

One thing is for sure though, the flavor reminded me of Japan! The buckwheat noodle reminded of the cold noodle we ate in one restaurant in Osaka.

Toyo Susan Buckwheat Noodle with Shrimp Tempura is so comforting to eat. We only need to add in egg like we always do when we eat noodles, but actually you don’t need anymore add-on to enjoy this taste. Unlike Samyang which we enjoy when there’s sugar, egg, milk, flakes or another ramen on the side.

One last tip about eating Samyang: make sure to find that distinct taste of the sauce by eating slowly and do not put in your mouth a spoonful or a chopstick full of noodles. But just enjoy the taste of both noodles little by little..

.until you get to this point of food satisfaction! Y-U-M!

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