Love Korean instant noodles? Soon you will know exactly how spicy they are

A plate of Nong Shim spicy mushroom, a type of instant noodle from Korea.
A plate of Nong Shim spicy mushroom, a type of instant noodle from Korea.PHOTO: NASPAC MARKETING PTE LTD

SEOUL (KOREA HERALD/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The degree of spiciness of instant noodle products sold in Korea will soon be indicated on the packaging under a new government initiative.

The Agriculture Ministry said Wednesday (Oct 25) an amendment to the Korea Industrial Standards rule on labeling for noodle products has been announced for preliminary review.

The seasoning contained in each noodle product will be tested for spiciness based on its capsaicin content.

According to the test, products will be given a spiciness rating on a 1-to-4 scale, with a 1 indicating a mild flavour and 4 indicating an extra spicy flavour.

The Agriculture Ministry said the new rules will be put into effect in December after a series of public hearings.