How to Prepare Wicked Ramen (Yogoe Ramyeon) Itaeweon Chamggae Majemat

An unopened package of Wicked Ramen (Yogoe Ramyeon) Itaeweon Chamggae Majemat.
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Wicked Ramen (Yogoe Ramyeon) Itaeweon Chamggae Majemat is the sequel to last week’s article on this popular new series of ramen noodles. This is number 2 out of 5 of the few packages my wife and I were able to find at a local event shop.

To summarize my thoughts so far about this series, the last package of noodles, Vongole Flavor, was seriously lacking in ingredients. The only things you’re getting inside a package with this series are instant noodles and a sauce packet. There is beauty in simplicity, but I can’t shake the feeling that I’m getting conned, because the price of these noodles is far above its established competitors.

Can I at least get a brick of freeze dried egg or something? Is that too much to ask? Well, apparently it is… at least with the folks producing the Wicked Ramen Series.

So, on today’s menu, we’re going to make a Malatang / Sichuan spice-infused bowl of instant noodles (and not much else) called, Itaeweon Chamggae Majemat.

If you’re confused by the name, I don’t blame you. It doesn’t come right out and scream Mala, but it certainly includes those spices. This package of ramen is more of a fusion of Korean, Chinese, and Japanese flavors. The flavors of China are represented with the use of Sichuan peppers. The inclusion of Chamggae (sesame) is clearly a Korean favorite, while I’m guessing the use of ramen noodles and from what I can infer from the name, this is a spin on Mazesoba. It might not be a perfect mashup of flavors and approaches, but I guess that’s what makes this ramen wicked — by haphazardly combining ingredients until you create a monster.

Let’s get started on our journey by attempting to make Wicked Ramen’s Itaeweon Chamggae Majemat.

That is… if we can even open the sauce packet…

Step 1.) Open the package and remove the bibim sauce packet

The bibim sauce packet from a package of Wicked Ramen (Yogoe Ramyeon) Itaeweon Chamggae Majemat.
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Step 2.) Bring 550ml (~2.5 cups) of water to a boil

Boiling around 550ml (~2.5 cups) of water for a package of Wicked Ramen (Yogoe Ramyeon) Itaeweon Chamggae Majemat.
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Step 3.) Add the ramen noodles to the pot

Adding the ramen noodles to a boiling pot of water for a package of Wicked Ramen (Yogoe Ramyeon) Itaeweon Chamggae Majemat.
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Step 4.) Allow noodles to cook for 2.5 minutes

Cooking the noodles for 2.5 minutes for a package of Wicked Ramen (Yogoe Ramyeon) Itaeweon Chamggae Majemat.
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Step 5.) Drain the water from the pot or remove the noodles

Draining the water from the pot for a package of Wicked Ramen (Yogoe Ramyeon) Itaeweon Chamggae Majemat.
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Step 6.) Add the bibim sauce packet

Adding the bibim sauce for a package of Wicked Ramen (Yogoe Ramyeon) Itaeweon Chamggae Majemat.
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Step 7.) Mix well, making sure the bibim sauce completely covers the noodles

Mixing the noodles well with the bibim sauce for a package of Wicked Ramen (Yogoe Ramyeon) Itaeweon Chamggae Majemat.
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Step 8.) Enjoy!

A finished bowl of Wicked Ramen (Yogoe Ramyeon) Itaeweon Chamggae Majemat in a bowl with chopsticks.
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Yet another traditional stovetop cooked bowl of ramen noodles from the Wicked Ramen Series. There’s not much to these noodles other than a packet of bibim sauce and instant ramen noodles! Similar to last time, I was frustrated when trying to open the sauce packet. It didn’t mess up my kitchen, but the “easy cut” packaging failed terribly at doing its job of simply opening. Come on Wicked Ramen! You can do better!

What are your thoughts?

Are you a big fan of Malatang or the flavor of Sichuan peppers? Do you prefer your ramen noodles naked with no additional ingredients? Let me know in the comments!

If you’re interested in hearing more about Korean snack nuts or instant ramen, check out my on-going series, Noodle Story: An Exploration of Korean Instant Noodles and my other series, I Think I’m Going Nuts: An Eyeful of South Korea’s Little Snack Nuts, here on Medium.

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