Sunday, January 20, 2008

Nong Shim - Mu-Pama Tang Myun

To be honest, I'm not sure what Mupama means. I think it is some sort of beef and radish broth, but I have never had it at a Korean restaurant or noodle stand. I am generally quite satisfied with Nong Shim's products, so I figured I would give this a shot despite not really knowing what to expect.

The flavor of the broth in the Mu-Pama Tang Myun was quite good. There flavor was primarily beef and scallion which always makes for a nice soup base. There was also a few pieces of dehydrated cabbage, which is unusual but enjoyable. The noodles were thick and chewy with plenty of weight and substance.

Overall, I enjoyed these noodles despite not knowing what dish they were meant to evoke. The broth is a bit spicy, which was a nice surprise. But it's nowhere near the spiciness level of some of the instant noodles that I have been profiling recently. I would recommend trying this one out if you happen to see it, but I know that it is quite rare to find in the US.

Nong Shim - Mu-Pama Tang Myun - 8.0/10

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

maybe yours was expired or undercooked or something because when i ate it, the noodle was neither crunchy nor grainy, and the base probably tasted like soy sauce because you didn't add enough water in it. anyways, the packet you put in isnt soysauce to begin with. im not bashing on you or the post, but i think you should try it again. try putting an egg into it or something. its extremely good when cooked the right way.

Anonymous said...

oops, that comment was meant for the "udon" noodles underneath the "mu-pama"

Anonymous said...

mu = turnip
pa = scallion
ma = first part of garlic

i think that's what it stands for.

Anonymous said...

I lived in Korea for 5 years and fell in love with their ramyun. Shin is my favorite, made any way, but there's nothing like a good Mu Pa Ma. A Korean store close to me carries it in bag form, but finding it in bowl form I have yet to. For some reason I prefer the bowl over the bag in Mu Pa Ma's case.

There is no Korean dish to emulate regarding Shin and Mu Pa Ma, unlike Yukejang. That ramyun is good, but doesn't compare to the real soup.

Anonymous said...

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