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Is Shin Ramen Healthy and How Often Should You Eat it?

Jason Park
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Have you been eating shin ramen every day?

And… worried if it’s actually healthy. I’ll cut to the chase and tell you that it’s not.

Shin ramen is not healthy. Especially not when you’re eating it every single day. Now, that doesn’t mean that eating it once in a while will hurt your overall health. But some people notice:

  • Puffy face
  • Headache
  • Feeling nauseous

Of course, this isn’t the case for everyone, but it’s still important to mention. If you have any of the symptoms above and have been eating a lot of ramen lately…

…you probably know why.

Let’s dive deeper into shin ramen.

In short: Experts say that Shin Ramen is considered unhealthy, but eating once a week or once every two weeks won’t hurt your health. Depending on the amount you eat, it probably won’t impact your overall health.

How Often Should You Eat Ramen?

Ramen can be eaten every single day, but if that’s healthy is something else. There have been students that eat lots of ramen.

And with a lot… I mean almost every single day.

But in the long run, it won’t be healthy, so don’t do that. What you should do instead is eat ramen every now and then. 

Generally speaking, you should only eat ramen once or twice a week at max. More than that will most likely be unhealthy, which may lead to serious health concerns later on in life.

Now, considering that ramen is so easy to make, most people are too lazy to cook a full meal. They prefer cooking instant noodles because it’s just so easy.

You don’t have to do anything. Boiling some hot water, and that’s all there to it.

So, if you’re going to eat a lot of ramen, make sure to only do it once or twice a week. And most importantly, look at the amount you eat. Because one person can eat 3 to 4 bags of ramen while someone else only eats 1 bag. 

This makes a huge difference, and let me tell you…

…ramen makes you gain weight, very fast.

Why Is Shin Ramen So Cheap?

Ramen is incredibly cheap compared to other types of instant food. We called up some ramen factories and asked them these questions:

Question: “Why is instant ramen so cheap and what’s the average cost of one cup/bag?”

Answer: “Because we produce ramen in bulk, mostly hundreds if not thousands at the time the costs are way lower than other food factories in the industry. On average we produce about 5000 to 10,000 cups every day. The cost of one cup of ramen, including the cup itself, is about 30 to 50 cents as of today.”

Question: “Is the ramen business profitable and if so could you tell me what the average profit margins are?”

Answer: “I mean… look at the amount of ramen that gets sold worldwide, of course it’s profitable! Our gross profit margin is about 35% to 45% depending on suppliers and time of year”

After the call, you see why ramen is so cheap. With a gross profit margin of about 35% to 45%, which is unheard of in most food industries it’s a thriving business.

And since instant noodle consumption is only going up, it’ll likely be even more profitable in the next few years.

4 Easy Ways To Make Shin Ramen Taste Even Better

1. Adding a fried egg on top

If you haven’t done this already, you’re really missing out. Most people in Korea add a fried egg on top to make it taste better, and while it’s easy, it’s also very healthy.

Have you ever seen those K-drama’s where people always eat instant ramen…

…me too and it always looks so delicious. Now, what most people don’t know is that shin ramyun noodles are originally served with a fried egg and kimchi on the side.

Most people do this already, but it’s will make the ramen noodles taste even better. And I know for a fact that 90% of people only eat instant ramen, and don’t add anything else to it.

So, if you haven’t already, make sure to give it a go.

2. Stir-frying the noodles

Stir-frying instant noodles is very underrated. And because most people don’t do it… because of the hassle, they miss really miss out. It does remove the soup from the noodles, but besides that stir-frying shin ramyun is really a no-brainer.

Especially when you drink soju on the side. (im getting hungry writing this)

If you’ve ever been to a Korean street food market, you see that a lot of noodles get stir-fried instead of boiled in hot water.

Not only is that more delicious, but it’s also easier to eat. And the best part about stir-frying instant ramen noodles is that you can add fried rice to them. 

More on that later. 

So if you’ve never stir-fried your ramen noodles, you really have to give it a try.

3. Mixing different instant noodles

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you mixed different kinds of instant noodles together? Well… me too.

And that’s exactly what I did. I bought different kinds of ramen noodles and started to mix them together, but without the seasoning.

Because adding different kinds of seasoning together will most likely overpower the flavor, which isn’t tasty at all in my opinion.

So, if you are going to mix different kinds of noodles, make sure to get the ones that actually taste well together. 

4. Adding fried rice to the ramen noodles

Like I said before adding fried rice to the ramen noodles is godly. Almost anywhere in myeong-dong (Korean street food market), people do this already.

And because it’s so easy to add some rice to the noodles, it’s fast and delicious.

Most instant ramen noodles are soup based, so don’t add rice to that. But if you’re going to stir-fry your ramen noodles, then it’s a no-brainer.

It’ll literally blow your mind, that’s how delicious this is. I’m actually surprised that this isn’t as popular as it should be.

So, make sure to give it a go, you won’t regret it.

Wrapping up

After all, shin ramen is considered unhealthy when you eat too much of it. Now, that doesn’t mean that it’ll be devastating for the health. Experts say that eating ramen once or twice a week won’t be a problem, but eating more than that should make you cautious.

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    Jason Park

    Jason has been living in Seoul for over 4 years, and during that time, he has experienced many of the city's hidden stores. He loves to write about his experiences and share them with others. Jason has been quoted and referenced by different major media companies like Mashed, Distractify, ThePrint and TastingTable. In his free time, he likes to watch Korean dramas and learn more about Korean culture.

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