This time our Korean Food Fan is Hans Lienesch from Edmonds, Washington USA. He runs a website named the Ramen Rater where he reviews all kinds of instant ramen. He even made a hamburger from instant Korean ramyeon! Let’s meet Hans!


What is your name and where do you live?
My name is Hans and I live just north of Seattle in a city called Edmonds.

Tell me about the first time you ever tasted Korean food. Where were you, and what did you eat?
The first Korean food I tried was ramyeon, and I didn’t really like it! It was in 2002 and I think it was Nongshim Neoguri. After years of reviewing hot spicy sauces and trying other things, I returned to Korean noodles. I came out with a top ten list and really liked the Nongshim Shin Black.

Nongshim USA liked that and they invited me and my wife to meet them in Rancho Cucamonga California! We tried Korean BBQ which we love to this day – soooooo good! I love Korean food! Japchae, bulgogi, you name it, I want to eat it, especially kimchi. In fact, I have found kimchi to be very helpful to lose weight!

How often do you cook Korean food following my recipes?
I had an instant rice cake soup that I was stumped on. After getting a translation of the dish from a friend at KoreAm, I discovered your rice cake soup recipe, which helped me with my dish. It was fun and it was easy with your recipe! I ate some and my wife ate the rest. We made it for the lunar new year’s special on my website: instant tteokguk.

What’s your favorite Korean dishes?
Bibimbap is very good – the crunchy rice at the bottom – oh yes! I could eat it every day for sure.

We really like the Korean BBQ at a little place near us named The Secret Garden. I love the Yelp reviews – many people complain that they don’t know whats going on, but my wife and I laugh!

I really love ramyeon. It’s my favorite – especially with egg and Busan fish cake!

What’s your best Korean dish, the one that everybody compliments you on when you make it?
That would be ramyeon.

People are always asking me: ‘How do you get your egg to look like that?’ I crack an egg into a ladle and rock it back and forth until the whites all run off. It’s a real labor of love to be that patient, but it’s worth it to be sure.


eMart Dare You Habanero!

Paldo's Namja Ramyun
The Ramyun Burger!

A guy made ramen burger so I thought why not with Korean ramyeon?
I used Shin Ramyun Black and used all the packets to make the fry seasoning and sauce!

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