How To Make Buldak Ramen Less Spicy

How To Make Buldak Ramen Less Spicy

Buldak in Korean translates to fiery chicken, so the name tells you what you can expect from this ramen flavor.

Originating in South Korea, buldak ramen has become a popular snack or meal worldwide because it is delicious. It is probably one of the most accessible and convenient meals to make.

But, it can be too spicy even for those who relish the hottest foods.

If you like this snack but find it too spicy for your palate, try these tips below to make buldak ramen less spicy:

  1. Don’t use the whole sauce or spice packet.
  2. Add dairy like milk, butter, yogurt, or cheese. 
  3. Add some eggs.
  4. Add a sweetener.
  5. Add vegetables or meat.
  6. Don’t drain all the water.
  7. Add peanut butter or any nut butter.
  8. Add more ramen. 

Let’s look at how to make your Buldak ramen less spicy in more detail.

1. Don’t Use the Whole Sauce or Spice Packet

Don’t Use the Whole Sauce or Spice Packet

All the delicious flavor in your buldak ramen comes from the little sauce or spice pack. This seasoning is spicy because it contains pepper extract, not whole peppers. The extract is, of course, much spicier. 

When you open the little sauce packet, you are immediately hit with the spicy smell, so don’t pour the entire content of the packet into your noodles.

Instead, start with maybe one-quarter of the packet and mix. If you need more flavor and heat, gradually add more until satisfied.

Using less of the sauce packet means less flavor is added to your ramen. However, it will also significantly reduce the heat and spiciness, making the snack tolerable to people with lower spice tolerance.

Moreover, half a spice packet will reduce the sodium content in the noodles. Too much salt can easily lead to dehydration or other health issues.

Therefore, reducing the spice packet is a healthier way to enjoy your buldak ramen.

2. Add Dairies Like Milk, Butter, Yogurt, or Cheese

Dairy is a fantastic addition to buldak ramen if you want to make it less spicy. If your noodles are in a cup, you can move and cook them in a pan with boiling water before adding the sauce to the packet.

You may then add in your choice of dairy product, such as cheese or milk.

Milk or Cream

Coconut milk
Coconut milk is also a good choice for creamy and richness of the soup.

If you like a creamy taste, add milk or cream. Start with a little and gradually add as much as you need.

Leave it to simmer on the stove for a few minutes until it’s well mixed into the sauce.

You can add yogurt or sour cream for a creamy and tangy taste. Milk will cut the spiciness and add another kind of flavor. 



Butter is another great option that adds extra flavor. Either salted or unsalted butter goes well with buldak ramen.

Add about a teaspoon of your choice of butter into the boiling mixture, stir, and taste until you get the flavor you like.


American Cheese

Although most dairy products go well with buldak, the most popular one is cheese, as everything seems better with cheese! Adding cheese to your ramen will make it less spicy.

There is no measure of how much cheese you need, so add as much as you like. The combination of spicy sauce and cheesy goodness is heavenly!

Here is a cheese that goes well with ramen:

  • American Cheese – is great for adding a creamy texture.
  • Mozzarella – melty and goes great with the broth
  • Cheddar – is sharp and gives your ramen an extra kick

If you want to explore more cheese, I have written a full guide about cheese that goes with ramen in this link.

Lactose-Free Milk

If you have lactose intolerance but like the creaminess of milk, you can swap cow’s milk or cream with coconut milk or coconut cream.

You get the same creamy flavor without the dairy. Other milk substitutes like almond or soy milk don’t work as well, but it’s up to personal preference.  

3. Add Some Eggs

onsen egg
Onsen Egg

Adding some eggs to your buldak ramen will reduce the spiciness and add protein, making the meal more balanced. 

There are four ways to add eggs to your ramen.

Fried scrambled eggs

The first method is to scramble the eggs and fry them in a separate frying pan. You can then put them on your ramen before serving.

Boiled scrambled eggs

The other option, especially if you want to cut down on the number of pots you have to wash, is to add the raw eggs to your pot of ramen, stir them in, and let them cook together.

The trick is to cook it quickly while continually stirring so that your eggs are light, fluffy, and not lumpy. 

Eggs and milk

Another thing you can do to cut the spiciness and add protein is to crack your eggs into a cup and mix in a tablespoon of milk.

You can then add this egg and milk mixture to your boiling pot of ramen noodles. The result will be light, fluffy, and milky egg noodles. 

Onsen Egg

An onsen egg is a poached egg cooked in its shell at a low temperature and then cracked into the ramen.

This gives your ramen a silky, custardy texture that helps balance the broth’s saltiness.

4. Add a Sweetener

Spoonful of honey

If you enjoy a sweet and sour or sweet and spicy taste, adding a sweetener will cut the heat and add another layer of flavor. Add sugar, brown rice syrup, honey, or maple syrup.

When adding a sweetener, start with a small amount because if it is too sweet, it will be difficult to fix.

You can either add the sugar or honey or syrup straight to the ramen and mix it well or make a sweet sauce.

To make a sauce, combine soy sauce with honey, maple syrup, or sugar, and then add it to your noodles. 

Another option is to use teriyaki sauce or rice vinegar instead of soy sauce. Experiment with the different sauces and sweeteners to get the flavor you like. 

5. Add Vegetables or Meat


Bulk up your meal and reduce the spiciness by adding vegetables or meat. Make sure your veggies or meat are not spiced.

The last thing you want is other flavors and spices from the vegetables or meat clashing with the spice in the buldak noodles. 

The leftover chicken fillet works well. All you need to do is shred it and mix it into the noodles. Other great meat options include ground beef or leftover roast, which you can also shred. 

Vegetables that work well are grated carrots, spinach, kale, bell peppers, sliced cucumber, peas, onions, cabbage, and scallions.

Avoid vegetables like butternut squash and the pumpkin because they will become a soggy mess. 

Raw veggies work well, but you can steam them before adding them to the ramen if you prefer them softer. 

6. Don’t Drain All the Water

Don’t drain out all the water or add more than the suggested amount during the cooking process if you like a broth consistency.

Leaving more water in your buldak ramen will dilute the sauce making it less spicy. 

You can add broth to the ramen if you have some to add more flavor or throw in some stock cubes to balance the spiciness.

This will add a bit of volume to the ramen and make it less watery. 

7. Add Peanut Butter or Any Nut Butter

Peanut Butter

Peanuts and cashew nuts are often found in Asian dishes and add a lovely flavor.

If you’re a fan of these nutty flavors, add peanut butter or nut butter to your boiling pot of buldak ramen.

Cashew nut butter and almond butter are various types of nut butter that work well.

Before adding the nut butter to your ramen, make sure it’s melted to make it easier to incorporate.

Alternatively, you can make a sauce by mixing nut butter and soy sauce before adding the mixture to your ramen. It is simply delicious! 

8. Add More Ramen

Add More Ramen

Many people may not have some or any of the ingredients mentioned above. In that case, you can try a different technique using what you have.

Like most people who enjoy ramen, you probably have a stash of packets or cups in your pantry.

If you’ve accidentally poured the entire sauce packet into the noodles but prefer your noodles less spicy, add another packet of noodles to reduce the heat. 

You will end up with double the amount of ramen you wanted, but luckily ramen keeps quite well in the fridge for about a day or two.

Empty half the ramen into an airtight container, seal it, and pop it into the fridge.

When you want to eat it, empty it into a pot and heat it on the stove, or transfer it into a microwave-safe bowl and warm it up in the microwave. 

Buldak Ramen has Mild Spicy Flavors.

If you’re a big fan of instant ramen noodles and looking for mild flavor, Buldak Ramen still delivers excellent taste.

It has a mild spicy flavor that can satisfy your craving for something savory and spicy without being too overwhelming.

I recommend flavors of Carbonara Hot Chicken, Cheese Spicy Hot Chicken, and Curry Spicy Hot Chicken. It has a Scoville rating of around 2,000 – 3,500 SHU (Less spicy than Jalapeno peppers).

Or, if you want to explore mild flavor click here to see a complete list of all Buldak Ramen flavors.

Final Thoughts

Sometimes even spice lovers find buldak ramen way too spicy. You can do several things to cut the heat to make your ramen more tolerable.

Add less of the sauce packet or add dairy, vegetables, meat, eggs, nut butter, or eggs. You can also add more noodles and water.

Experiment with a combination of these to get the taste you enjoy most. 


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Bill Kalkumnerd

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