We鈥檙e no strangers to ramen . Between the budget-friendly noodle-slurping in college and the abundance of ramen bars popping up in major cities, it might be safe to say we鈥檝e become downright obsessed. (And we鈥檝e got a collection of Instagram posts to prove it!) So when we heard about Samyang 2X Spicy Hot Chicken Flavor Ramen ($9 / five packets), we knew we had to try it.

It鈥檚 packaged just like the ramen we knew and loved growing up, but upon reading the instructions, we were surprised to learn that the broth-y goodness we covet isn鈥檛 invited to *this* ramen party. Instead, you boil the noodles for five minutes, then discard all but eight spoonfuls of the cooking water (it doesn鈥檛 specify teaspoons or tablespoons, so we eyeballed eight tablespoons). Then, you鈥檙e to transfer the cooked noodles with the reserved water to a hot skillet, add the packet of spicy sauce, and stir-fry it for 30 seconds.

To serve, we garnished the noodles with the included packet of flakes, which is comprised of chopped nori and sesame seeds. We got a little fancy and added some scallions to the mix, because who doesn鈥檛 love scallions scattered over their ramen?

The spicy sauce is incredibly inviting at first glance. Its fiery red hue coats the noodles in the most perfect way, and you can鈥檛 help but stick your face into the rising steam to take a whiff. That鈥檚 when you realize you鈥檙e in for a shocker; it鈥檚 nearly a choking hazard. But we didn鈥檛 stop there. We鈥檝e been known to drench our noodles in Sriracha and Sambal, so how bad could this be?

WELL. Let鈥檚 just say that two bites in, we were panting and running to the fridge for milk as our confidence crashed to the floor. We thought that mayyyybe the first few bites would be the worst of it and that it could only get easier, but we were wrong. Two more bites, and our faces started to leak like faucets as our lips went up in flames. (Or so it felt.) Not even gonna lie, we bailed for our own safety. As tasty as it was with its potent chili flavor, we couldn鈥檛 physically do it.

Do we recommend this stuff? Absolutely, but only if you鈥檙e the type to opt for the hottest options on the menu. If you鈥檙e not that into spicy foods, or if you鈥檙e like us and think you can handle spicy foods, take our advice and stick to Samyang鈥檚 not-so-spicy version. Your mouth will thank us.

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