How to Prepare Paldo King Ttukkeong Instant Noodles

An unopened bowl of Paldo King Ttukkeong Instant Noodles.
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If yesterday’s Bon Go Jang Katsuo Udon had a small package (wink, wink), then Paldo’s King Ttukkeong is definitely overcompensating for something. I think I know what that something is… but I’ll save that for tomorrow’s ramen review. Wrapped in plastic and made from plastic paired with Styrofoam, King Ttukkeong is a slightly spicy and simple bowl of ramen slammed with at least 1.5x the noodles you typically get in other offerings. These noodles from Paldo have also been around for a while. This version that I picked up at my local convenience store (CU) is the 30th anniversary edition of these noodles. That’s quite the milestone in the world of ramen! Paldo should be happy that so many people still enjoy these noodles after so many years. So, if you’ve got an appetite today and reached for this massive bowl, you picked the right noodles because we’re making them now!

Step 1.) Completely remove the lid and take out the 2 packets found inside

The two packets found inside a bowl of Paldo King Ttukkeong Instant Noodles.
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Step 2.) Add the powdered soup packet to the bowl

Adding the powdered soup packet to a bowl of Paldo King Ttukkeong Instant Noodles.
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Step 3.) Add the dried flakes packet

Adding the dried flakes packet to a bowl of Paldo King Ttukkeong Instant Noodles.
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Step 4.) Boil enough water and fill the cup up to the fill line

Boiling water filled up to the fill line in a bowl of Paldo King Ttukkeong Instant Noodles.
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Step 5.) Place the lid back on the bowl and wait patiently for 3 minutes

A closed bowl of Paldo King Ttukkeong Instant Noodles cooking for 3 minutes with the lid on and chopsticks resting on top.
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Step 6.) Mix and Enjoy!

A finished bowl of Paldo King Ttukkeong Instant Noodles still in the bowl with chopsticks.
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As short cooking time and an easy one, two, water in, today! Let’s hope these taste as good as they are simple and painless to make. One thing that I don’t like about these jumbo-sized bowls of noodles is the amount of waste they generate. We have three different types of plastic in this bowl alone. The bowl is made from Styrofoam, the lid is your typical plastic, and the outside packaging is made from vinyl plastic. That means just this simple bowl of ramen noodles you most likely had in a single sitting will take 1,000 years to decompose. Compared to the traditional paper cup lined with plastic, that’s much, much longer. Zero points for environmental damage for this bowl of noodles!

Do you think this is the “King” of ramen noodles? Do you like your ramen small or large like King Ttukkeong? Let me know in the comments!

If you’re interested in hearing more about instant ramen, check out my on-going series, Noodle Story: An Exploration of Korean Instant Noodles, here on Medium.

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