Ramen, or Ramyeon, is a popular instant food that – as most of the other instant foods- is relatively cheap and can be prepared rather quickly. In Japanese cuisine, you can have your Ramen instant or fresh but if we are talking about Korean food, Ramen is instant and it comes in ready packages.
There are several popular brands and obviously their availability changes based on your location. There are usually instructions on the packages about how to prepare your Ramen, but -as you will see from the recipes- there is a lot of room for improvisation.
Some consider Ramen junk food. A good case might be made for that, but I am sure everyone can enjoy some guilty pleaseure from now and then.
Korean Ramen Recipes:
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