Maebusim (매부심) is our ability to tolerate spiciness, and Koreans take huge pride in this. No wonder they like to challenge their maebusim by eating super spicy food!
So it’s not surprising that more and more spicy food challenges are being released on YouTube. We can safely say that it’s now a global phenomenon that took the world by storm!
And if you want in on the spicy fun, what are you waiting for? Hop on and test your maebusim with the 5 Spiciest Korean Ramen Noodles!
For each Ramen, we mentioned the Scoville rating which is a popular scale to measure the “spiciness” of a dish. SHU mean Scoville Heat Unit.
5. Samyang Foods 2x Spicy Haek Buldak Bokkeummyeon
Coming in 5th is the Samyang 2x Spicy Haek Buldak Bokkeummyeon. But even if it came last on our list, you should not take it lightly!
After the first bite, the sauce’s sweetness welcomes you and makes you crave more. But once you tsop and take a break, that’s when the spiciness kicks in. And this proves that this isn’t for the faint of heart!
Scoville Rating: 8,808 SHU
4. Paldo Teumsae Ramyeon
Most spicy Korean ramen has a taste of sweetness. But not everyone is a fan of this flavor. If you prefer a saltier taste, then Paldo Teumsae Ramyeon might be the perfect fit for you!
Its fiery red pepper aroma will greet you with just a whiff, and you can immediately tell that this is the real deal. When it comes to the taste, the spiciness lingers from your lips down to your throat.
Scoville Rating: 9,413 SHU
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3. Samyang Challenge Buldak BibimMyeon
Samyang Foods released a smaller variety of their spicy noodles: Buldak Mini. It ranks up to a Scoville rating of 12,000 SHU but the crowd decided that this wasn’t enough. This pushed Samyang Foods to launch a full-sized Challenge Buldak BibimMyeon.
BibimMyeon is a variety of spicy Korean noodles rinsed in cold water before serving. But don’t let this coolness fool you!
The first bite makes you think that it’s as spicy as it can get. But the spiciness gets more intense the more you take a bite!
But despite its spiciness, it’s great that the heat doesn’t overpower its flavor. And that’s what makes this more enjoyable!
Scoville Rating: 12,000 SHU
2. Samyang Foods 3x Spicy Haek Buldak Bokkeummyeon
If you thought Samyang Foods would stop, you thought wrong! They decided to test the crowd’s limits by releasing a version that is 3 times spicier!
This ramen is very straightforward as it kicks you with its spiciness right off the bat! With no time to take a break, this ramen would devour you before you can even finish it up. So if you liked the taste of their 2x Spicy Korean Ramen, you might want to try challenging yourself more with this!
Scoville Rating: 13,200 SHU
1. Bulmawang Ramen
Claiming the top spot of the Spiciest Korean Ramen is the Bulmawang Ramen a.k.a. The Devil of Fire Ramen. Just by its name and packaging, we all know that this is a warning!
It uses the world’s hottest pepper: the Carolina Reaper Pepper, with a Scoville Scale of 1,641,000 SHU. Make sure to brace yourself for this fiery menace as it does not go shy with its spiciness. Its red broth and spicy aroma will make you tear up even before tasting it!
Scoville Rating: 14,444 SHU
Korean spicy ramen isn’t for the weak. Eat more than you can handle and you might just get nasty stomach cramps!
Still, the spiciest Korean ramen noodles are so delicious, they’ll make you eat through the pain. Just be ready to cool down your mouth with these tricks, if you’re brave enough for the challenge!
Make sure you also read this article if you like Korean spicy food!