ramyun noodles

Beginners guide to k-food!

김치 (gim-chi) Kimchi or kimchee. Traditional fermented vegetable dish often served as a side dish or cooked into the meal e.g. 김치볶음밥 (gim-chi-bokk-eum-bap) kimchi fried rice or 김치찌개 (gim-chi-jji-gae) kimchi stew.

라면 (ra-myun) Ramyun is instant noodles. You’ll see a lot of people eating these in dramas and are sold cheaply at korean markets. There are many variations of these but one you can find easily is 신라면 (shin-ra-myun), one of the most popular brands.

떡볶이 (ddeok-bokk-i) Spicy stir fried rice cakes. There isn’t really a proper translation but think of these as delicious spicy but sweet rice cakes. They’re a street food and often contain fish cakes.

불고기 (bul-go-gi) Bulgogi. Literally: fire meat. Bulgogi can be beef, pork, chicken….. It will specify on the menu. Meat is marinated then grilled. Delicious.

짜장면 (jja-jang-myun) Jjajangmyun. A Korean-Chinese black bean noodle dish. Available at Korean Chinese takeaways. This is noodles, 면 (myun) means noodles, in a thick black bean sauce with minced pork and vegetables. This is a variation of the Chinese dish zhajiangmian.

잡채 (jap-chae) Japchae. Glass noodles with mixed vegetables, sometimes with meat.

삼겹살 (sam-gyeop-sal) Samgyeopsal. Grilled pork belly.

비빔밥 (bi-bim-bap) Bibimbap. A dish consisting of rice topped with mixed vegetables and then can also contain fish, meat, a fried egg or spicy sauce. It is mixed and eaten.

김밥 (gim-bap) Kimbap. A snack food consisting of vegetables and/or meat rolled in rice and then wrapped in seaweed.

happy eating everyone  ♡

Imagine eating ramyun with bestfriend!Woozi and having a slurp contest between the two of you.

Day 5. So full disclosure I was so busy doing diy house stuff (not the cute YouTuber kinda DIY but more the drilling into walls and building shelves 😅) I forgot to take pictures of everything I ate but fortunately I am a creature of habit and already ate the things I didn’t take pictures of earlier in the week haha 😂.
I was perusing the ramen section at the super market and low key lusting after the shin cup noodle but always thought they had anchovies I them. Imagine my surprise when I looked through the ingredients and saw no animal products! This is one of my favourite “junk” foods so I was so so so happy enjoying a Saturday treat 😍😍🤤🤤🤤

Also for uk peeps veetee are coming out with a new packaging for their rice meaning that the old paging is being sold super cheap at lots of supermarkets (I have seen them at Asda and Lidl for around 78p ua packet) it you’re like me and like to keep microwave rice about for when you CBA I recommend stocking up as (in my opinion) the whole grain and especially the Jasmine rice and delightful 👌🤤😍

Rum & Ramen

One of those sarf London Korean supermarkets

late in the evening

buying packets, a box

of ramen noodles

& my conceit is that

they vaguely know me here

they smile & nod, you know how that is

I’m enjoying the smells, the sights

Of foreign, not quite understood, stuff


In the doorway, looms another gweilo

yes, I know it’s a Chinese word

not Korean

a white ghost, white foreign devil

wobbling slightly

& he says:

Bmnbmbmb, mnbnmmnb, bmnmb

the staff nod politely, as they do

& he says:

Bmnbmbmb, mnbnmmnb, bmnmb, again

only this time a little more loudly

for emphasis

The staff look at me

I shrug back: I don’t know

they smile again, this time I get it

Hey, he’s one of yours, fix this

so I stare at the guy

in that patrician Ingrish way

the silent WTF you want?

He mumbles: bmnbmbmb, mnbnmmnb, bmnmb

and backs wobbling out of the doorway

and is gone

through piles of amaranth, edamame,

pei tsai, pak choy & winter melon

I buy my box of Shin Ramyun noodle soup

we nod again to each other

our business is over for now

neil benbow