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25 October 2015

One-Minute Essay: "Forget Jjampong, Try Buldak Bokkeum Myun, the Infamous Spicy Instant Noodles from Korea."

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I love spicy food but even I think twice before trying buldak bokkeum myun. If you want to try, here are my tips.

First, get used to eating spicy food. I am not saying just a pinch of spiciness. Those spicy fried chicken meals in our many fast food restaurants are mild compared to buldak bokkeum myun. What I mean is that you can easily handle eating dishes with siling labuyo (Filipino red chili) and authentic Bicol express. If you are already used to eating spicy Thai food and eating our local so-called spicy instant noodles is a breeze for you, then you may be ready for buldak bokkeum myun. Nonetheless, if you are not used to spicy food, this Korean "delight" will bring tears to your eyes, and not in a good way.

For beginners, I suggest that, before you put the chili sauce on the cooked noodles, take a half teaspoonful of the sauce. Believe me; this small amount will burn your tongue but just enough to open those taste buds. This is like attacking a small group of red aliens before attacking the whole squadron. This will also help you decide if you want to continue. Once your tongue has adjusted to the spiciness then you are ready for the big attack. If you are still hesitant, once you have mixed the sauce and the noodles together, wait until the noodles cool down. Eating the noodles hot will just add to the spiciness and you may end up crying or spitting the whole thing. However, if you are gung-ho, then by all means, attack. Be sure to keep ice cream, cold yogurt, dark chocolate or a salt handy to neutralize the spiciness.  Drinking water is not a good way to cool your tongue.

The Hottest Chicken Noodles in Town
Buldak bokkeum myun is not one of the most delicious spicy food that I have ever eaten. After all, it is instant noodles. I assume the authentic buldak or "fire chicken" in Korea tastes better.  On the other hand, buldak bokkeum myun is a spicy challenge, especially during parties.

Enjoy. If you start to cry after eating, just sing “God Gave Me You;” at least you will feel like Alden Richards or Yaya Dub. However, if you can handle buldak bokkeum myun, then you may be Lola Nidora. 

Buldak bokkeum myun is available in most Korean grocery stores. 

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