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Ramyun vs Ramen: 5 Critical Differences You Must Know

Ramyun is a Korean word for ramen, especially for instant ramen.

1. If you like ramen, you might like ramyun too

In May of my freshman year, I was invited to my classmate Jun-won's apartment.

He was my first foreign friend, and he cooked ramyun for me.

My reaction was... "It is too spicy for me, I cannot finish it!"

I didn't have much exposure to spicy food growing up.

But now, I am fine eating this kind of noodles.

And quite enjoy it too!

2. If ramen is Anakin, ramyun is Ahsoka

And lamian is Obi-wan. So ramen was a padawan of lamian.

Long time ago, lamian was introduced to Japan and the Chinese style noodles evolved into the ramen that we know today.

Variety of soup styles based on the Japanese regions, characteristics of ramen noodles, 

And importantly, instant noodles were invented in Japan.

In 1958, these instant noodles were brought to Korea.

And started their own evolution there.

So Ramyun was a padawan of ramen.

3. Ramyun soup is usually red but ramen has brownish or beigish color

Most ramyun has the taste of kimchi.

It is spicy and a little sour.

Ramen has a brownish color if it is shoyu ramen or miso ramen.

If it is tonkotsu ramen, it has a beigish color.

The taste of ramen is milder compared to ramyun.

4. Ramyun has a beaten egg but ramen has ajitama

When you make ramyun, usually you boil the noodles with a beaten egg. It makes the soup milder and tastes good.

While eggs for ramen are usually boiled separately and marinated in the fridge.

5. Ramyun noodles are softer and springier compared to ramen

And I think these noodles are always wavy.

I have never seen straight ramyun noodles like the noodles for tonkotsu ramen.

6 Ramyun has kimchi and rice cake as its topping

Toppings of ramyun are…

Green onions, kimchi, beaten eggs, tteok(Korean rice cake), sausages, and spam.

Toppings of ramen are…

Chashu, ajitama, green onions, nori, naruto, and menma.

7. After eating ramyun, you make rice porridge from the soup

It is a popular style that you put white rice into the ramyun soup.

But for ramen, you don’t usually eat like that.


Due to Covid, a lot of good ramen restaurants have closed

It makes me feel very angry.

I used to eat ramen out frequently,

But in this situation, 

Ramen shops have started to shorten the hours, limit the number of customers, or even closed their shops.

It has affected the industry so much.

I am afraid good ramen will be gone

But meanwhile, you still can enjoy ramen in the comfort of your own home.

Here are some of my recommendations for ramen lovers.

1. Sapporo Ichiban Shio Flavor


In truth, Sapporo Ichiban delivers a good quality shio ramen experience.

Actually, it is very difficult to find good shio ramen.

Do you know why?

Because it is very difficult to make it since it is very simple.

There are many good shoyu and miso flavored instant noodles out there.

But I feel specifically, the shio flavor market is monopolized by Sapporo Ichiban.

Think about this for a moment having good shio ramen for your dinner with your favorite ramen toppings.

Now, you want some, don’t you?

2. Nissin Raoh Shoyu Flavor


It is nearly impossible to make restaurant quality noodles at home without the right tools and equipment.

How can you beat that?

Using Raoh’s shoyu flavour will help you achieve this easily. This is top-notch ramen hands down!

One pinnacle of instant noodles is the soy sauce flavor. It is expensive compared to regular ones but let me tell you, it deserves every single penny.

In a nutshell, I loved every bit of it.

...And I am sure you will too.

3. The problem here is that no toppings come with these packets.

Here are some topping options and recipes for you.

Green onion

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About the Author

Kei is a self-proclaimed ramen lover, blog writer and founder of "Apex S.K. Japanese tableware".

"I am from Ibaraki, Japan.

Ramen is great! It can bring you a sense of happiness and satisfaction that no other food can. I have been eating ramen for 30 years.

If there is no ramen, my life would be miserable.

Ten years ago, I worked as an office worker. The job was really stressful - excessive working hours, low wages, unpaid overtime work, and constantly being yelled at by my boss.

I was new and alone, no girlfriend, no friends, and felt very lonely.

My only oasis was the ramen shop near the office. For me, the ramen chef there was literally an angel. I saw a halo on his head. (No joke)

Tonkotsu shoyu ramen was my all-time favorite. He made ramen with broth chock-full of umami flavor, nice chewy handmade noodles, and tender chashu.

My greatest dream is connect people with ramen through my blog. I want to share a lot of interesting and funny stories and ramen trivia with you.

Knowing more about ramen can help you appreciate your ramen and make it taste extra delicious."

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