[Jeju Island, Korea] Korean instant noodles, otherwise known as ramyeon, is probably one of the most highly consumed food products in South Korea and plays a significant role in shaping modern South Korean food culture.
While these processed foods are not the healthiest thing to frequently consume as a staple diet, additional fresh ingredients are usually added to make it a wholesome meal.
At Nobala, one can enjoy extravagant seafood ramyeon filled with Jeju seasonal catch such as crab, octopus and abalone, without worry of breaking your budget.
The basic Seafood Ramyeon (KRW8,000, SGD9.20) came topped with a crab of my palm size, a couple of live abalone and tons of cabbage to create a crustaceans pot jam-packed with umami flavours.
For more luxurious treat, go for the premium Octopus Seafood Ramyeon (KRW15,000, SGD17.20) which has a large whole octopus sitting on the bed of seafood ramyeon.
The octopus was so HUGE (I think can cover my whole face) and we had to cut it up into smaller pieces to consume. The tentacles were surprisingly tender and not overly rubbery to chew on.
There is a choice of spicy or non-spicy broth, and I would recommend the latter. I felt that the spicy broth tasted one-dimensional and was overpowered with peppery spices which overwhelmed the natural sweetness from seafood.
I also observed neighbouring tables going for the One Seafood Ramyeon & Two Dosirak Set (KWR19,000, SGD21.80) which was reasonably priced for sharing between two or three pax.
The Dosirak bento was filled with sweet beancurd skin, kimchi, anchovies, sunny-side up and white rice and we were to shake the bento with gochujang dressing to mix everything evenly.
(Photo from @bcm8280)
Unfortunately, the weather was gloomy at my time of visit, if not I could have got myself a perfect seaside view while slurping on a bowl of hot seafood ramyeon.
100 Gueom-gil, Aewol-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do, South Korea
제주특별자치도 제주시 애월읍 구엄길 100
Opening Hours: 10am – 6pm (Mon – Sun), Closed for Break 2pm – 3pm
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* Written by Lewis Tan @juicyfingers, a self-proclaimed coffee addict. DFD paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.