Samyang Mala Hot Chicken Flavour Ramen

Samyang HOT Mala 
Flavor Ramen


HOT Mala flavour Ramen / 麻辣- 불닭볶음면 / Buldak Bokkeummyun

SHU 2,700

Yet another example of Samyang deciding to focus on a new flavour combination and letting heat take the back-seat. 'Mala' (麻辣) is actually a Chinese, Sichuan based sauce, with the 2 characters combining to mean 'To Numb' and 'Heat'. Literally 'Numbing Heat'. And, hoh boy, was that accurate. As we delved into the noodle packet, the following contents contained:

Although this Buldak Bokkeummyun promised flavour, its title and key ingredients promised awful, dry heat, that saw to numb our mouths, probably explaining why - after the challenge - I couldn't taste anything but that strong, 'in-your-face' Sichuan flavour. To Quote a certain Fred, "It's just... AAAAAAHHHhhhhh- It's just SPICE!"

-  Freddie Smith 2018

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Fred's Verdict

80 %

I think I've already made my stance on these noodles very clear. A mix of ruthless, numbing heat, along with a severe lack of real flavour, really made it hard for me to enjoy this. So hard in fact, that I didn't enjoy it at all. Samyang, you just didn't do it this time, but I forgive you.

Josh's Verdict

50 %

I didn't mind these noodles, they were definitely a dry flavour due to the szechuan peppercorns and there were a lot of conspiracy being 4 x hotter than the original Samyang, making them the hottest to date. But safe to say, it wasn't. The spice maybe be hard for some if you're not a fan of dry heat/flavours which might make people think these are super hot, but the Samyang 2X gave me way worse side effects.