Love Korean instant noodles? Soon you will know exactly how spicy they are

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SEOUL - The degree of spiciness of instant noodle products sold in Korea will soon be indicated on the packaging under a new government initiative.

The Agriculture Ministry said Wednesday (Oct 25) an amendment to the Korea Industrial Standards rule on labeling for noodle products has been announced for preliminary review.

The seasoning contained in each noodle product will be tested for spiciness based on its capsaicin content.

According to the test, products will be given a spiciness rating on a 1-to-4 scale, with a 1 indicating a mild flavour and 4 indicating an extra spicy flavour.

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The Agriculture Ministry said the new rules will be put into effect in December after a series of public hearings.

Top 10 instant noodles of 2017: Singapore brand is No. 1

  • 10. Paldo Budae Jigae Ramyun (South Korea)
  • "It just reeks like hot dogs, plus the garnish has little bits of macaroni and beans. It all comes together and it's really, really good."
  • 9. Xiao Ban Mian Traditional Shallot & Scallion Oil Noodle (Taiwan)
  • "It's super good.. It's the master of simplicity that Taiwan noodles bring."
  • 8. Nissin Black Garlic Oil Tonkotsu (Hong Kong)
  • "Everything just screams quality.. the black garlic oil just gives an oomph to it. I love this stuff."
  • 7. Nyor Nyar Penang White Curry Instant Noodle (Malaysia)
  • "It's got the creaminess, it's got the spiciness, it's got the right amount of heartiness to the broth."
  • 6. Prima Taste Singapore Curry Wholegrain La Mian (Singapore)
  • "The noodles are very thick and juicy, I could eat this for days."
  • 5. MyKuali Penang Red Tom Yum Goong Noodle (Malaysia)
  • "It's got this citrusy punch to it.. bright flavours, very good."
  • 4. CarJEN Nyonya Curry Laksa (Malaysia)
  • "It looks like regular instant noodles but it comes out so well. The broth is thick and very rich, everything comes together and harmonises."
  • 3. Nissin Straits Kitchen/Straits Reborn Laksa (Singapore)
  • "The noodles have a good thickness, good chew.. The broth is pretty heavy-duty. It's just right. You can top it with powdered laksa leaves, and it gives a zing to it."
  • 2. MyKuali Penang Spicy Prawn Soup Noodle (Malaysia)
  • "I love this stuff. The noodle is plump, the broth is sweet, a little spicy and prawn all the way. This will float your prawn boat... topped with fried onion, the whole thing just sings."
  • 1. Prima Taste Singapore Laksa Wholegrain La Mian (Singapore)
  • "This is just like the epitome of radness.. the noodles are thick, chewy, the whole wheat noodles have an artisanal feel. The broth is kinda spicy, very flavourful laksa, and it's beautiful too."
  • The Ramen Rater, Hans Lienesch
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