PALDO TEUMSAE RAMYUN
$10.50 for a pack of five, from Korean supermarkets
The soup fired up our palate without the tongue-numbing effects (although it did give us the sniffles), but the thick, chewy noodles failed to soak up the broth and were bland. However, the soup made up for it; it was tasty, with the distinct tang of Korean chili peppers.
NONGSHIM SHIN RAMYUN
$1.45 a bowl, from major supermarkets
The spiciness of the mushroom-flavoured broth is subtle, although the heat builds up as you eat. The noodles had a slight artificial taste and we reckon it’s because of the cup. The packet version might have a more natural flavour.
MAGGI EXTRA SPICY CURRY NOODLES
$3.75 for a pack of five, from major supermarkets
More peppery than tongue-numbing, it brought a hint of nostalgia to testers as everyone recognised the signature taste of Maggi noodles we grew up on.
PALDO SPICY SQUID STIR FRY NOODLES
$11 for a pack of five, from Korean supermarkets The spiciness will hit you like a train, but if you keep going, you’ll be rewarded with a mild squid-like sweetness. The two contrasting flavours work together, with the sweetness putting out the heat ever so slightly. We 8.5 licked the bowl clean.
SAMYANG CHICKEN FLAVOUR RAMEN
$6.90 for a pack of five, from Fairprice This is extremely spicy. One mouthful is enough to cause a jolt to the tongue. The spiciness builds up slowly, so you’ll only feel the burn after a few seconds. But it wasn’t all heat – the ramen was full of flavour and we reached for more despite the gut- wrenching intensity.
COOK SI RICE NOODLES WITH HOT & SPICY FLAVOURED SOUP
The soup wasn’t so fiery as the rice noodles absorbed much of the spiciness, so we got a kick from the noodles rather than the broth. No runny noses here but we liked the texture of the noodles, which were a combination of bee hoon and mee sua – smooth, yet not as delicate or slippery.