Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Paldo Kokomen (Spicy Chicken Flavor)
Required to Prepare: Saucepan & Range
510 calories per package
Available online via Amazon.com
Next up from the May 2015 Ramen Box is Paldo's Kokomen spicy chicken soup! The package describes it as "Clean Spicy," and according to the Ramen Box pamphlet, this should be a Korean 'Ramyun' version of a classic chicken noodle soup. I'm anxious to give it a try!
The broth has a really nice flavor; the "Clean Spicy" descriptor from the package is actually a really good description. It is a very clean, almost western-style chicken broth, accented by a very fresh-tasting pepper flavor--more than just the heat, you can taste the green accents, it reminds me of the flavor of fresh jalapeño. While the heat level is assertive, it is definitely not overpowering, and interestingly, the heat doesn't seem to 'build' as I eat more of it. The noodles are typical and average for Korean noodles, which is to say there is definitely nothing wrong with them; they are pleasantly firm and pick up the flavor of the soup well.
I have to say, this may be my new favorite Korean-style noodle of all time (sorry, 'Black'); I enjoy how the heat in these are a fresher, brighter flavor than simply adding a big scoop of chili powder, and how it manages to complement rather than overpower the lighter, more delicate flavors in the soup. I could be wrong, but I am even thinking these could be a great "under-the-weather" choice--it has all the 'comfort food' quality of old-fashioned chicken soup, along with some crisp, clean pepper heat to help open up the sinuses.
Not that I would wait until I was sick to have this again; I will definitely be buying more of these. :D