We Tried Those Carbonara Ramen Noodles That Are Trending All Over TikTok — and We Have So Many Thoughts

published Jan 24, 2024
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Let’s be real: Even the most average ramen from your local grocery store manages to hit the spot. I mean, it’s noodles — a universally satisfying comfort food. So, when I stumbled upon the Samyang Buldak Carbana Creamy Ramen on my TikTok feed, I was genuinely captivated. The allure was undeniable, and TikTok, being the algorithmic wizard it is, kept serving it up on my feed because it knew I’d appreciate it. After a few extra scrolls, I quickly found this ramen has taken the internet by storm, and the general consensus was that it was delicious.

According to TikTok aficionados and a couple of our own editors (who have been fans of this ramen for years), these noodles offer a delightful blend of creaminess and just the right amount of spice. The flavor is nothing short of amazing. And the best part? You can conveniently snag a five-pack on Amazon, sparing yourself the hassle of scouring store shelves. For those looking to broaden their flavor horizons, there’s even a variety pack featuring 10 different flavors — pretty hard to resist!

What Is the Samyang Carbana Creamy Ramen?

These noodles are a delicious combo of heat and savoriness that’s hard to resist. Packaged with two sauces — one for carbonara flavor and another for spice — you can control the heat level. Enjoy a rich umami taste with a hint of teriyaki-like sweetness beneath the kick. Whether you love spice or play it safe, these noodles offer an affordable, delicious meal. And based on reviews, you’ll probably keep coming back for more!

What The Kitchn Editors Are Saying

“I’ve been eating this ramen for years and keep it in my pantry practically year-round — it’s just that good! I love that you can really dress it up with all of your favorite toppings without compromising the taste. Speaking of which, if you love Samyang Buldak ramen but can’t handle the intense heat of some of the flavors, Carbonara is a good one to start with. It has a creamier consistency, and while it has a hint of cheesiness, it’s not exactly cheese-flavored. I actually like to sprinkle a layer of mozzarella on top of it for a super satisfying cheese pull. Pro Tip: Adding cheese also helps to bring down the heat of any spicy ramen (if that’s what you prefer).” — Britt Franklin, Best List Editor

“This is the ultimate late-night snack if you’re a ramen lover like me. I have been a big fan of the Samyang Buldak ramen for years, but since they released the Carbonara version, it has always been in my monthly Asian grocery haul! The package still comes with its iconic spicy sauce packet, but there is an additional dry spice packet that balances out the heat. The noodles are a little bit thicker and wider as well, which is a big plus since they absorb a lot more sauce. If you want to make it a little bit more gourmet, I usually add in a sliced boiled egg and scallion as toppings!” — Mila Hoang, Commerce Coordinator

Get five of these delicious ramen packets for just $14 — talk about a budget-friendly option for nightly meals! This ramen is more than a trend; it’s a staple that’ll always be there for you when you’re hungry.