Lotteria’s Ramyeon Burger (롯데리아 라면버거)



January 6th marks the first day that Korean fast food giant Lotteria served up their newly branded Ramyeon burger. While ramen burgers have been on the scene for at least a year, this is really the first time it’s hit the South Korean market in force.

The Lotteria offering rides in a W5400 for a set meal, which includes a soda and side order of fries. What else do you get? Not a lot.

The burger itself is quite small… and it’s not even a real burger. It’s actually a chicken patty. The cooks throw on some additional leaves of lettuce, an onion, and a spicy sauce.

The “buns” are circular formed bits of ramyeon. They are fully cooked, limp, and not fried. So after one bite, the whole thing falls apart.

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So how does it taste?

Meh.

Jo was happier with it than I was. I thought it stated like a run-of-the-mill chicken patty slapped between two cooked sheets of instant noodles. The spicy sauce was nice, but that was about it. In fact, the kid in the video ended up fanning his mouth when it was his turn to devour it.

I will say this, the picture and the product are a lot more in sync than most fast food restaurants.

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KAM Chats: #CoffeeTime


This week on Korea and More Chats, Tom and I are talking about coffee. More precisely, where we like to get coffee when we’re out and about. Many say that that Korea has a great “coffee culture.” That’s a notion I take issue with and think Korea has more of a “cafe culture.”

So sit back, grab a cup of joe and listen to me ramble on about my favorite beverage.

Don’t forget to listen to Tom’s side of the conversation here.

Costco 12 Year Old Scotch


Since college, I’ve enjoyed the sweet, sweet taste of whiskey. A great been is awesome to enjoy, but whiskey is simply sublime. Over the years, Costco has been rolling out a number of liquors for their members. I’ve sampled their bourbon, American vodka, and tequila (añejo and silver). Today, it’s time to add to the collection and try something new – The Costco 12 Year Old Scotch.

Cost actually makes three different kinds of scotch. The Costco 12 Year Old Scotch (which is a blend), an 18 Year Old Scotch, and a 20 Year Old Scotch. In Korea, the latter two are quite expensive ($90 and $120 receptively), but the Costco 12 Year Old Scotch is only $56 or so for 1.75 liters. It makes it a great alternative.

How does it taste? Pretty good. It starts off mild and then the wood kicks in for a nice finish. I’d put this at the same level as Chivas in terms of quality.