It’s spicy, it’s salty, it’s addictive – and apparently it boosts testosterone.
Korean ramyun, the manly soup, slurped up by millions around the world in its dried instant noodle form, found in supermarkets around the globe, sold complete with a packet of seasoning and dehydrated vegetables in a disposable container that conveniently serves as a bowl – the ultimate cheap and tasty instant food. But if you’re in the mood for a more ‘upscale’ version, Seoraksan Restaurant prepares a fresh ramyon with a fiery hot broth that will bring tears to a grown man’s eyes.
Delve your chopsticks into the red hot lagoon and a monster mound of tasty noodles will surface. With their curly wave, and soft chewy texture, these noodles balance perfectly with the saltiness of the broth, scooping up the spicy flavors with every mouthful.
Slices of fresh zucchini, green onion, and poached chicken appear when your mouth needs a break from the heat.
Eyes still watering? Eat the egg. One of the best additions ever made to a soup, Korean cuisine tosses an egg into almost everything, whether it be scrambled on rice, whipped into a broth, or fried and plomped on top of bibimbap, here it bobs around as an oval gem adding a mellow texture to the ramyon.
Everyone has their own method for eating soup-based noodles, some carefully place a mouthful onto a spoon and eat it up, others jab their chopsticks into a pile and hope to get it to their mouth before it splashes back in the broth, but the most preferred method is always the fearless and heroic Lift and Slurp.
A modest basement restaurant named after one of Korea’s largest mountains:
Seoraksan Restaurant: 357 Spadina Ave. Toronto. 416-977-2788